December absorbed me and did not let go of me. I just realized, that I have not posted in a whole month! Lots of stuff was going on, like everywhere else around christmas and the beginning of the new year I suppose. During the last weeks I really had no urge to post and so I didn't. What's the point of meaningless posts, just to fill the statistics?
Here are some pictures from last weekend. The christmas tree survived 3 weeks past christmas (we put the tree up on the 24th and decorate it all together). Today I put alle the ornaments away and then it's time to say good bye. On Sunday the light was extraordonarily bright. It was freezingly cold and we had snow for the first time this winter. The kids were sliding on the frozen puddles outside on their bellies (that's when you are glad you have......
IT IS COLD OUTSIDE (AND INSIDE HERE). Brrrr, what started as a little bit chilly devellopped into icy cold. It's raining almost all day long and the wind blows against my windows for days.
The only good that comes from that is knitting and knitwear to snuggle in. I'm currently knitting a fluffy scarf with an altered version of my Fast Forward pattern. No photos yet... But fluffy yarn is a first for me. Most things I start with such yarn end being frogged in the end...
My special someone gets two pairs of socks from my mother every year- one for his birthday and one for christmas - and since that is covered I didn't bother in years to knit him some, too. The thing is he wears them a lot - that's an understatement - he wears them A LOT! Even in......
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.
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......
The knitting bug got me again lately. I went for a trip to my grandma's weeks ago and started a pair of socks with a simple pattern in stranded knitting - easy enough to remember for a quick knit occasionally. The most fun part for me is to choose the colors and see the magically growing pattern with every round of stitches.
The first pair has a green base color acompanied with a solid blue and a variegated blue-green yarn. The variegated yarn was not the best choice, since it has the exact green color as the base color, so some stitches get swallowed by the background making the diamond shapes rather blurry (you can see it perfectly in the picture below in the bottom left)
So I started a second pair for my daughter in......
The last week my knitting was all baby knits. A friend of mine is expecting and it's her first baby so she will need some baby knits, right?
It started so harmless with the Wills sweater from Rowan Classic Babies, Book 4. I knitted this exact same sweater for my boy when he was 6 months or so and I loved the construction of the yoke and wanted to make this again.
Then I looked for a hat pattern and found the Garter Ear Flap Hat by the Purl Bee. It's such a clever and easy design because the ear flaps are not attached afterwards, but knitted on the go with shortrows. I like earflap hats for babies because on tiny heads, hats tend to slip over the forehead too much when you want to cover the ears.
I knitted a pair of socks out of the Finkhof sockyarn. It's thicker than the usual sockyarn - I would say it's like a 6ply sockyarn. I used 50 stitches to make them and used a knit and purl pattern for the leg part forming a plain stockinette triangle in the front. My feet look really big in the picture, I was wearing a second pair of woolen socks underneath. The new socks are for really cold times or guests to pull over.
The kids and I tried out felting balls. I had a small stash of wool for spinning and we watched this video (it's in german - here is an english one) and started right away. I have to admit felting is not my cup of......
I totally forgot to show you 2 pairs of socks I have finished recently and not so recently.
The Gander socks have served their warming purposes in december, right before or after christmas. It's the first heel flap sock in years. I loved the stripes used in the pattern, which would be more difficult to make with the short row heel. So heel flap it is and I love the fit of it!
The leftover sockyarn socks were finished a little bit early - October I guess - but I never showed them. It's a plain sock pattern with short row heel and alternating sock yarn stripes with the gray yarn as a means to tone down the colorfulness. This way it's totally ok to mix random colors -......
The gander socks are making progress. I'm working at the second sock now and left the grafting of the toe for later (because I love grafting so much, that I keep it for the last moment like the cherry on a cake - NOT).
A while back I made this felt star from a pattern by the purl bee. Now it's waiting for the tree to arrive. We have not yet bought one, but since we have a higher ceiling now, this year's christmas tree will be large.
I regret not stuffing this a little bit. It get's kind of wonky and is not easily put in place again. If you want to make this felt star, too, I recommend a little bit of stuffing for the largest size. The smaller......
We made a little shopping trip to the next big town and there was yarn. The next thing I remember is me paying for 4 skeins of sock yarn. The greens and blues just wanted to be with me and yeah, I don't have to apologize for buying yarn with a full stash at home, right, right? Yeah so let's see what I'm doing with this instead:
This yummy stranded knitting sock:
I was first thinking about making my own sock pattern, but then I realized it's almost christmas and I didn't want to deal with new things right now. So off to ravelry I went and pouf! There was exactly what I was looking for - the Gander socks. A flying goose inspired triangle stranded knitting pattern with a striking color palette. When I have finished the green ones, I'll try to get......
Mini-christmassock-knitting is happening around here. These teeny tiny socks are finished so quickly! Now that it's getting colder outside, my husband asks for super-duper-thick socks so he can survive working out in the workshop all day long. You would guess at a blacksmith's place it's warm all day, but it seems like the warm air does not want to warm the feet, but the upper parts only. Poor man, I think I'm about to break my yarn shopping rule (which says no more sock yarn!) and buy some sock yarn to make him some fairisle knitted socks with 6ply yarn or so.
Today I made a new batch of knitting needle gauges. After my husband cuts them out and let the laser do it's work, the gauges get a sanding by hand and oil finish. I use camellia oil which is traditionally used......