Saturday, 30 April 2011

White summer cardigan

Nearly done with this one, and I hope to finish it today because there are other projects starting tomorow May first! More details about the pattern, yarn and my mods later, when it is off the needles!

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Project Spectrum 5

I am completely excited to take part this time in Lollygirl's great colour project. I love the concept she has worked out this time and am looking forward to do some research on the internet about colours, things I have know in the pastbut forgotten about most of it. I still know from school and une that there is additive and substractive colour mixing but only vaguely still know about how everything works in detail. Great opportunity to fresh up that knowledge.

And then all the projects I can make for this. And all those inspiration I will get from the other participants. I even checked out tumblr and pinterest of which I hadn't heard before.

I think I will stick to knitting/crochet and photography - finishing existing works in progress/ufos, as well as small one skein projects, and taking pictures and modifying some in photoshop. Exciting.

Anyone else excited to check out PS5 and take part?

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Bisou's hound sweater

Check out this beauty:

She really enjoys wearing it, it seems to me, as she appreciates the extra warmth!

Pattern is a great one from Terri: and I just made the belly band longer so it actually covers Bisou's naked belly. Almost naked belly. The original is made with thicker yarn fitting a small greyhound and I just used the same numbers using sock yarn. Great fit!

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Sylt sweater

This is the sweater blocking that I have been knitting from a German magazine called Verena. I loved it at first sight.
Big problem: not enough yarn! Started off with 500 grams I had ordered about a year ago for another purpose from a big German yarn catalogue. It is their own brand. When I started this sweater I thought I might be on the short side of yarn but there would be no problem to order what is missing. WRONG.
Yarn is discontinued. I got one leftover skein from a ravely friend that helped me already a lot. Thanks for that! I now am still missing the yarn for one sleeve.

What I am planning is to cut off the lower part of the already existing sleeve, frog it and go ahead with two short sleeves - think elbow length. Not happy about it but that's a way to rescue the sweater, I think. Next winter I think I might retry in another colour as I like the way it is constructed and how it looks therefore.

Any other ideas?

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Thursday, 14 April 2011


It got colder now (more appropriate for April) and we finally had a bit of rain (and lots of wind) but not enough.
This what I see from our front window these days. In the field across the street will be grown potatoes this year (we already had wheat and beets there). A final plowing, digging the rows, fertilizing, putting in the potatoes and heaping up the soil in one single go:

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Just a few pictures from the garden to celebrate spring:

I DO love this time of the year!

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Finished socks

Time to show my Lavender Socks. It took me ages to knit them, not an easy knit for me as I had to look at the chart several times for every single needle. But so worth the effort!

They are from the book "Socken aus aller Welt" from Stephanie van der Linden (I don't know if the english version "Around the world in knitted socks" has exactly the same patterns), in which are a lot more designs I want to knit!

I used Regia sock yarn (splitting) and my short 2.25 mm needles.

Here's a close up of the toe and I am curious to feel if the ribbing is as comfortable as plain stockinette stitch.

And the lavender "blossoms":

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Saturday, 9 April 2011


The stitches are out! A really light bandage to protect the in some parts still not completely closed wound until monday (and the Procollar in unsupervised moments to prevent her from licking the wound elbow) and then she should be fine fine fine. Final control at the vet's in 2 to 3 months.

Those were some hard four months. Four months! I can't tell often enough how happy I am that this is over and hasn't been so bad seen backwards...

I love this picture of Bisou with sleeping "Morgane" in the background...
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Friday, 1 April 2011

April garden

Finally there's some change to be seen (and this was after mowing and airifying the lawn): Thanks for coming over!