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jasper’s hat

a present for jasper, the little boy of friends… we were invited for dinner there tonight, but decided not not drive to hannover hundreds of kilometers – the weather is crazy. the most beautiful snow you can imagine – and heaps of it. but no fun to drive… so jasper’ll get wooly mail soon 😉

i used my handspun superwash merino yarn and i just loooove the result. the yarn knit up so nicely and i like the colours a lot better in the knit fabric. hope the hat will fit.

the pattern is lovely too. really easy to follow. will definitely make more of those…

pattern: thorpe by kirsten kapur

yarn: funnies no 32, handspun superwash merino, roving was from dibadu

needles: 4mm dpns and a 4mm crochet hook

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annis 2

now that it has been finished and gifted as a christmas present i can show you this annis shawl too. it’s my second. the first one was for tim’s mum, the second one was for my mum. it’s a lovely greyish/blueish colour…

pattern: annis from susanna ic

yarn: old maiden aunt, 4ply superwash merino, colourway „dreich“

needles: 5.0mm circular needle

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baktus with stripes

my second bactus. this time not a lacy but a stripy one. i used tow skeins of zauberball of the same colourway and knit them alternating… like the result in some parts but in other parts the same colours merged into big blocks with hardly any visible stripes at all…

pattern: baktus. i used eskimimi’s mods for stripes

yarn: schoppel zauberball, colourway brombeere

needles: don’t remember. 3mm, 3.25mm or 3,5mm… hm…


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funnies no 32

… another dibadu skein. this i my latest work and i love how smooth and squishy the 100% superwash merino turned out! i mainly spin thin yarn, like fingering, sock or lace, so this was a nice change. the result is about aran weight – no yardage either of course. i’m so busy at the moment and lazy. a fatal combination…

here no photo of the unspun roving either. the daylight problem, you remember…

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funnies no 14

i’m not very creative tonight so i’m calling this yarn after the rovings name „no 14“ 😉 it’s the first time i bought roving at dibadu and i quite like the roving i got there. especially the superwash (which this one isn’t by the way).

the roving was a mix of merino, tussah silk and flax. the flax felt really strange while spinning. it was very sturdy and hard and hurt my fingers a bit while spinning, but i like the result. the flax gave shine to the yarn – didn’t make it very soft though.

here i don’t know the yardage either – i keep counting the rounds and then never write it down and forget it after 2 days. :/

and i was too eager to start spinning that i didn’t take a photo of the unspun roving. apart from that it’s really hard to take good fotos at the moment. it’s dark when i go to work, it’s dark when i get home from work… taking photos with flash is crap, so i wait until the weekend, sometimes i’m too busy or forget… well, anyway, here’s just the spun result:

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ramona in the making

this is my first double knitting project, so i wanted to show you some photos even before it’s finished. which will be a looong time from now as this is going really slowly 😉

the pattern is „ramona“ by julia mueller by the way.

i like double knitting, you don’t have the trouble carrying the yarn in the back that you have with other colourwork. and double knitting makes a lovely, warm, double fabric. and the mittens will be fully reversible!

in the beginning i had serious trouble concentrating on the pattern, as you don’t really see instantly if you made a mistake, due to the fact that all the stitches, for back and front, are next to each other on the same needle. i also made life particularly complicated as i knit the black parts of the pattern in white and the white parts in blue/green because i thought it would look nicer. which i still think it does, but it makes you really have to concentrate to get everything right. no way watching tv while knitting 🙂

i’m using wollmeise yarn by the way. i’m always saving my precious skeins for really special projects. i think the greenish/blueish yarn (colourway „pfefferminz prinz“) looks great with the undyed yarn.

the right side:

the wrong side:

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christmas handicrafts

i loooove christmas. it’s my favourite time of year. and it’s still a little early, but here are some christmas decorations i made some time ago. i saw the book on amazon and just HAD to make some of the gorgeous patterns!

these two little angels (carolin & tim angels 😉 ) will go on the door of our flat with a welcome sign:

no idea where these tiny guys will be put up, but i’m sure i’ll find a place. maybe i’ll make some more as presents… tim wanted to help too so he cut out the angel parts:

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pattern: pompon and seeds hat


  • i used 111 g of kerry woollen mills aran wool, so about half a skein
  • set of 5 4mm dpns
  • a needle to sew in the ends
  • for the bobble: cardboard


about 15 sts wide and 28sts high = 10cm x 10cm in seed stitch

finished size:

fits an average woman’s head. slouchy fit.


cast on 94 sts and join in the round without twisting. mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.

devide the stitches evenly on 4 needles: 23, 24, 23, 24.

for the ribbing, work *k1, p1* for 8 rows.

the rest of the hat is knit in seed stitch, which works as follows:

  1. *p1, k1* repeat to end of row
  2. *k1, p1* repeat to end of row

knit in seed stitch for ca 13 cm. if you like a slouchier hat, add some more rows.

now you start decreasing for the top of the hat. when decreasing in the seed stitch part you will always have areas where the pattern doesn’t match up anymore. no reason to freak out though 😉 just try to stay in the pattern as good as you can, dublicate purl or knit stitches here and there won’t be visible in the finished hat anymore.

knit a row and decrease 4 stiches evenly devided by knitting or purling together the last two stitches on each needle. (90 sts)

knit 1 row in seed stitch.

knit a row and decrease 4 stitches evenly across the hat (try to get rid of the dublicate stitches here). (86 sts)

k 2 rows in seed stitch.

knit a row and decrease 5 stitches evenly across the hat. (81 sts)

knit 1 row in seed stitch.

knit a row and decrease 9 stitches evenly across the hat: *k7, k2tog* repeat to end of round. (72 sts)

now switch to stockinette stitch:

knit 2 rows.

knit a row and decrease 9 stitches evenly across the hat: *k6, k2tog* repeat to end of round (63sts)

knit k1 row.

knit a row and decrease 9 stitches evenly across the hat: *k5, k2tog* repeat to end of round (54sts)

repeat decreasing 9 stitches every round until you have 9 stitches left.

cut the yarn, pull it through the 9 remaining stitches twice and sew up the end. also sew up the cast on end.

at last make a pom pom and attach it to the top of the hat. you can either use a pom pom making tool or make one using this description using a 3,5cm radius for the outer and a 1cm radius for the inner circle of the cardboard ring.