Olaf in a tin

My little niece celebrated her birthday this weekend.Looking for handmade gifts in Pinterest I found this incredibly cute mouse in bed in a tin box, that I wanted to make quite a long time. Luckily I had one, which had a not-so-much-childfriendly quote with gummibaers on it. I sanded the print and painted it with 2 layers of white acrylic paint. In the 2nd layer I sprinkled some iridescent very small paillettes. My niece is into "Frozen" like many girls nowadays (and I can't blame her for that) and at first I wanted to make an Elsa doll (and maybe a 2nd as Anna), but it turns out if you don't have the right felt tone for skin, everything looks weird. And I failed at the face and hair and then I decided to go with Olaf, because nobody can ruin a snowman. olaf1
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Free knitting pattern: Ahoy shorts

Ahoy Shorts

This pattern was published in Petite Purls, an online magazine for kids knitting patterns. Sadly the magazine does not exist anymore, so I decided to make it available here, too, in case the original pattern page shuts down forever.
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  The inspiration for these shorts comes from the bavarian lederhose. I always liked the look of these short pants with thick button rows and matching suspenders. Living in the north of Germany I like the maritime theme more than the southern mountain theme though, so I combined the lederhose with sailor style. The result is a double button row shorts with suspenders made with cotton yarn, so it's not too warm to wear in summer.
 Sizes
1 years Shown in size 3 years
Finished Measurements
Waist Circumference: 19 inches Finished Length: 10 inches shorts1b
Materials
Rowan Denim......

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August oh august

This August I was a lazy lazy blogger. But you know when to stop working with delicate fibers when your thread clings to your fingers because it's simply to hot to keep them dry. And you know what? It's ok to let loose. That's what summer is for. Go outside, visit family and friends, make yourself happy with the abundance the outside gives in summer. bodensee1 bodensee2 I took these pictures on our hort trip to my mothers place at the lake of constance. It's the connection point of the three countries Austria, Germany and Switzerland. You can walk from the city of Constance to Kreuzlingen which is in Switzerland. I find it very amusing hopping over the border and back. bodensee3 We took a ship tour on the lake......

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poems and ufos

gartendruck For a family members garden party I wrote this beautiful poem on green linen fabric. At first I wanted to embroider it, but the letters are so small, it would have taken ages to make this acurate enough and not look odd. I've yet to master lettering with stitches - that's something I adore in other people's embroidery work and I think I will practice this more in the future. gartendruckpausen I wrote the poem in a pretty font I felt could be written by hand easily, printed and window-traced it. I use masking tape left over from painting the rooms to attach the paper and fabric. It leaves no trace and can be removed easily from most surfaces. I used a ball pen to write on fabric. I think you should not wash it, but......

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Harvesting

Summer - the kids are around all the time, the weather plays nice and sometimes stormy, the garden is growing, the quails and hens are laying massive amounts of eggs and I'm collecting herbs to dry for tea season. This wonderful and huge lavender bush of my grandma's given me a share of blossoms. They smells so strong and rich! lavendellavendel1 I refilled the small pillow my mother made for my daughter with my grandma's lavender. The smiling face now stays for us 3 holding our hands over her. lavendel1 Below are drying narrow-leaf plantain and mullein. This is the first time I found mullein (only 1 huge and a small plant) and picked the flowers. Picking the flowers was almost like the plant gave them to me freely, it was......

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Tutorial: the nupp

Part three of our journey through the textured stitches is the nupp (speak: noop or like soup with an "n"). The nupp is a stitch used in lace patterns originating in Estonian lace knitting. Other than the bobble it makes a flat and elongated shape. Also it's not knitted back and forth like a bobble. Nupps create a distinct oval dot in lace delicate lace knitting and thus accentuate the shape of certain patterns and forms. There are 2 ways to make a nupp. The traditional way is to create the additional stitches out of one stitch in the first row and purl them together in the second row. The newer way is to do both steps in one row. Both methods have their pros and cons, but it's important to know, that they look slightly different and you shoul not use both methods in one piece if you want the......

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Tutorial: Wrapped stitches

The second part of this series is showing you how to knit wrapped stitches. Unlike the bobble we have seen yesterday, wrapped stitches will not get knitted back and forth to create a three-dimentional effect. The wrapped stitch is made by taking a certain amount of stitches (I use 3 here) around which the working thread is wrapped several times.

Here is how you work the wrapped stitch

01 1. Put 3 stitches on a seperate short needle (like glove needles) or a savety pin. 02 2. Wrap the working thread around these 3 stitches anti-clockwise 5 times (this depends very much on the thickness of your yarn - the thicker the less wraps you'll need). 03 3. Put the working thread behind the knitting and put the 3 wrapped stitches back on......

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Tutorial: knitting bobbles

The first in this mini-series of textured stitches is the bobble. Bobbles are a classic means to create a very defined texture in knitting. They are typically found in patterns that are already textured on their own like cables, ribbing or twisted stitches. Spread on stockinette the bobble makes a popcorn kind of appearance. There are several ways to make a bobble. Size can be altered through the amount of stitches you use and how many rows you knit the bobble. The standard bobble in the tutorial here uses 5 stitches and 1 row.

Here is how you do a standard bobble over 5 stitches:

01 1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in on the knitting needle. 02 2. Yarn over. 3. Work 1 knit stitch, 1 yarn over......

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Introduction: bobbles, nupps and wrapped stitches

Texture in knitting is a wonderful thing. You don't have to be a genius to create texture and there are A LOT of possibilities in knitting to achieve it. One of the most outstanding textural elements are bobbles. For a long time bobbles where regarded as old fashioned - at least here in Germany- but with a wave of textural excitement and experimental spirit the bobbles came back. For the next days I want to show you how to make bobbles and other texture stitches similiar to the bobble and how versatile these stitches are in knitting.

Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction 2. Bobbles 3. Wrapped stitches 4. Nupps  knit-bobbleseries noppenserie  ...

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Enjoy the summer

The last days were the hottest days for a long time here in Germany. On Saturday when we celebrated my son's 10th Birthday it was 39 degrees (Celsius - that's 102° Fahrenheit) outside. We nearly melted away, but it was a great party nevertheless. On Sunday the kids and I went to my father's house at the lake and though it was really hot, it's so much more bearable when you can jump into the water whenever you want. fuchs3klein I used the opportunity to shoot some new photos of my fox hand puppet. Somewhere on my way of product photography I chose to not take my pictures on humans, but on a neutral background.This was partly because my camera back then didn't make a great job taking pictures of bright colored stuff especially not while moving around on the hand of a 3-year......

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