Mar 312013

We’re right in the middle of Easter break here, and March has gone by without me really noticing. So I thought I’d at least tell you that I’m still alive and well, and show you some of today’s pictures. I do have a new camera. I really love it, I have wanted a digital SLR for ages but we’re still getting acquainted. So, Easter pictures:


This is an Easter basket my son put together. A friend of his and her family made the eggs and the bunny (not a fox, a bunny) from salt dough, and he helped painting them.


The traditional hefezopf that I make every year. And like every year ever since we got the new oven it was just a little too dark. But this year I’ll put a note in the cook book so that I’ll remember next time I make it.


View into our backyard. Interestingly there was no snow at Christmas. Egg hunt this year was indoors again.


Closeup of the big maple in our yard.

I have to say I really hope the weather will be more spring-like soon. We have already run out of wood for the wood stove, and it’s about time.

Regardless of the weather I am really looking forward to another week of no work. I plan to go to Augsburg one day to see the textile museum, and I also plan to write and write and write, and tell you all about that soon.

Dec 072012

This is what I saw out of my kitchen window at breakfast:

sunrise 2


sun rise

I’ll tell you all about how NaNoWriMo went (I won), and NaKniSweMo (the sweater is done) soon but for now I wish us all a rather quiet and happy advent.

Aug 132012

It’s been two weeks already, and I’m still waiting for this feeling of summer break. You know, those days that just go by without appointments, or things to do, or places to be. But so far there has been a string of things, and people, and tasks.

It all started with my husband’s last house concert in mid-July. We were still teaching until the end of the month but this year things got a little extra busy. My husband invited a pianist friend who came all the way from Bamberg to play:



Meanwhile I was spinning yarn like mad. This is what I spun during the ‘Tour de Fleece’ (which takes place during the Tour de France):

TdF 220712

The weekend after that we played at another friend’s birthday party. I don’t have a single picture of that but it was sort of fun, and sort of way too much. Especially since we learned two new songs, and rearranged everything else, and only had the week before to rehearse everything.

The weekend after that (still teaching) we went to the pianist friend’s summer fest where my husband played bass. They did a few sixties rock numbers including a fair bit of Santana songs:


Then there were a few more days of teaching, and finally – summer break. I have to say we were too busy even to celebrate my birthday properly. Imagine that. But there was cake.

First my husband had a colonoscopy which certainly was fun. Not. Then we rode our bikes to the nearby beergarden:



In between I had stopped spinning yarn like crazy, and started knitting a cardigan from it. This is the progress after four days:

shades of brown day 4

Then a theme emerged. It was beergarden every day. First we rode our bikes all the way to the Andechs monastery. That’s 2 1/2 hours of bike riding one way. And of course we rode all the way back as well. In the rain.

Here’s my family taking a break from biking:


The day after that we met my husband’s aunt and uncle – beergarden again, and the day after that a friend of mine and her family whom I hadn’t seen in a year or more.

And then I knit, and knit, and knit, and knit, until I was totally sick of the thing, and until it was so big that I could only knit on it in the easy chair in the TV room, and yesterday evening I finally finished the knitting:

shades of brown finished

Now I hope that I’ll manage to both relax, and get tons of stuff done. And we all know how that will end.

And on Thursday my son and I will ride a train all the way to Northern Germany, and meet about two dozen relatives of my father. I’m really looking forward to it but to be frank we’ll spend almost as much time on the train as at the meeting. But I get to see a part of Germany where I’ve never been, and get to meet relatives I’ve never met before, and my father’s sister whom I really like but don’t really know.

I really hope to keep you all posted. I’d wish you all a nice summer break as well but I know that for most of you it’s time to go back to school already. I hope you have a great time anyhow.

Feb 092012

You can all thank Lab Cat for this post. I was telling people over on ravelry about the who this Saturday (look at the post before this if you don’t know what I’m talking about), and I gave links to Lia’s and N’s pictures. Then Cat asked, “Did I miss you showing your pictures?” No, she didn’t I didn’t show them. Part of the problem is that some of the pictures I’m showing are on film, not digital, and getting them into the computer would be quite the project. But then I thought about it (as I tend to do), and, well, I can at least show you the ones that are digital. No problem. By the way, for once these aren’t under my Creative Commons license but copyright by me, all rights reserved.

First two pictures of flowers:

and more flowers:

Both taken at the botanical garden in Munich in 2006. From the same day I give you some turtles:


And some not quite as pretty turtles from three years later, same place:

Now for something completely different, a gargoyle, seen on vacation in 2010:

And now for something totally, and completely different, a still life from when I attempted to take 365 photos in 365 days:

There are some more landscapes but I can’t show them to you. They’re pretty on my walls, though.

At the pop-up gallery there I’ll also read three of my stories, probably Simplify (which I haven’t posted yet, oops), Kissing Edith, and Fear of Falling. If everything goes right there will be a little booklet for sale. For each story I chose a photo to go with them:

The story “Simplify” is about a woman trying to do just that.

This is the pictures for “Kissing Edith”. As you probably recall after all these months, Edith was a saxophone player.

And this is for “Fear of Falling” for obvious reasons.

So I hope you like the pictures, I know, it’s a bit much for one post but I had a hard time choosing. I still have huge prints of some more pictures that didn’t make the cut in the end.

Don’t forget to pop by on Saturday, if possible.

Dec 012011

It’s only an intermediate stage but just yesterday I finished spinning the singles for this fiber:



I love it. Then I spent the whole afternoon winding it all into a ball for plying.

Apr 062011

without even realizing it. Here’s what I got in the past two days minus a pair of jeans that I’m currently wearing:


I think it might be spring fever.

Yes, I realized it’s mostly spinning stuff, and books, books on spinning even. So there is one book I need for research for the knitting class I want to teach next semester (“How to knit perfect fitting sweaters”), then one on color in spinning because I might have to take the dive and start dyeing fiber as well, there’s the next installment of the Foreigner series which I love very much, there is a new flyer and bobbins for my spinning wheels which will help me make very fine yarn (I hope), and then there is all that cotton and a new spindle which will help in spinning it because my equipment is more suited to spinning wool.

And all this stuff is making me really happy right now.

But I might better stop buying things for the moment.

Jan 082011

Yes, I will write a real blog post at some time in the future, but this week I’m still in holiday mood. Yesterday I went to the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde in Munich and took a gazillion pictures. Mostly of textiles since I was there to look at their Mayan textiles exhibition. Since that only filled one room I went and saw a bunch of other stuff as well. Most of the brightly colored stuff is woven on a backstrap loom, something I’m a bit fascinated with at the moment. In fact I’, thinking about making one for myself. Then there are African things as well, made from tree bark, and something called Raffia (I had never heard about that before but I bet it’s some sort of bast fiber. (And I looked it up, yes, it’s some kind of palm.))

And I haven’t forgotten the blog or my readers or listeners, and I will wish you a happy new year properly next week.

Oct 302010

This is what happens when you stop doing project 365, and then you no longer feel guilty when you blog less than once a week, and then life happens, and – you know… You post a short thing about the crap you lug around every day, and that was that. Thanks for all of you ideas, by the way, maybe I will get a basket or tote, or something. Maybe I will just re-organize myself and put things back in time, and then I won’t have to carry all that stuff around all the time. I also had this vision of making a giant tote bag with extra pockets for the laptop, all the gadgets, my giant thermos, and a used mug. The idea was great, and I could use the expandable tote pattern and Lisa’s laptop bag pattern from her book “the bag making bible” and mix the two. Right after I have finished making the skirt, and a couple of spindle bags and a Kindle cover. Which reminds me that I have dowels and toy wheels sitting on my desk that I had wanted to make into drop spindles.

But then this is the first day of fall break (which lasts a whole week, ahem), and we’ll ignore the fact that it’s only two more days until NaNoWriMo, and that I still have to read through the first part of the novel I’m supposed to write the second part of so that I can make a list of things that happened, and people I wrote about. It would be especially nice to remember the spelling of my main character’s name.

I’m also currently doing a self-imposed round of spinning workshops. I suppose things won’t get boring any time soon, which is a good thing. I did take a few more pictures that I haven’t shown here, so get something nice to drink, lean back and let me show you what I did:

I recorded more podcast episodes:


I got out my sewing machine and made “treadle booties” for my spinning wheel. When folded the treadles tend to knock against the wheel which then leaves marks in turn. Majacraft recommends wrapping the wheel in a towel but that’s bulky and tends to slip.

treadle booties

My husband happened to run errands for once, and he remembered how much I love roses and got me these:


I looked around for pretty things to take pictures of and these were on my desk.


Trying to take another “artsy” picture, this is a table that my son arranged in his room.


I got a surprise package that was all wrapped up in Mozart galleys:


That confused me a bit because I have a friend who used to do research for the new complete edition of Mozart’s works, and that was what the package was wrapped in. It turned out that the package was a very belated birthday present that a knitterly friend had gotten for me in Scotland:

surprise wool

It is the most amazing roving. It’s from sheep that live on the beach and eat seaweed. They have a dual coats and the soft layer is gorgeous and really soft, and special. I might have to learn how to dye fiber for this.

I also spent a lot of time and energy finishing knitting projects that have been sitting around for up to a year. First, a new sweater (pardon the sweat pants):


Socks for my husband:

devon in teal

A shawl (another Damson by Ysolda Teague made from Drachenwolle):

damson in plum

Now on to my self-imposed (and self-taught) spinning workshop. I wanted to learn how to make really thin singles for lace because I have this gorgeous Blue Faced Leicester top that I want to make into a shawl. I started spinning from that top only to find that there is much to learn, and so I used something else I had sitting around. Here you see the fruits of an evening of spinning:

lace singles

After two nights of this I decided to learn how to chain-ply it on the third night:

lace chain-ply

The pin in the picture above is a big pin but still, the yarn is pretty skinny. I know a lot more about spinning real thin now, I also think it might be a good idea to wait with the spinning of this until I can afford a lace-flyer and lace-bobbins. Not that they are a magic trick but I think they will make spinning lace yarn considerably easier.

I will go on and take pictures and post them here because I like it very much. I only stopped doing the “a picture a day”-thing because I have too many things I need to see to every day, and more often than not I was frantically taking a picture at 11.30 at night. Also my life is not very visually interesting, I sit at home all the time, and often when I do go out I forget to take the camera.

Oct 132010

I promised my podcast listeners to post pictures of my stash. (And this is all of it by the way, nothing hidden, all out in the open.)

First the corner in my bedroom that holds all the crafting books and most of the yarn:


Looking into those boxes:


The biggest box holds sweater yarn, the medium one is mostly dk and sports weight, and the smallest one holds most of the sock yarn. Then there is the drawer that holds mostly the yarn of works in progress. Also, miscellaneous sock yarn, notions, fabric and interfacing. There is more fabric stash elsewhere, I have a box with 3 meters of canvas in another dresser, and a box with 3 meters of denim up in the attic. On top of the dresser is a plastic bag with yarn for a hat and mittens for my husband, and several pairs of socks in use together with the library books. (Since taking the picture the socks have been washed, I have installed a dirty socks basket, the hat has been knitted, and the rest of the yarn has been put into the drawer.)


Then there is the small shelf above the bed that holds all my handpainted sock yarn. Also dictionaries. (You might note that there are way more dictionaries than sock yarn.)


In my studio there are some bins with spinning fiber. There is also another, very small box that holds yarn and finished projects that I need to take pictures of for ravelry. Don’t panic, the yarn fits easily into the drawer in the bedroom.


Looking at these I think that I might not have enough yarn in the house. What do you think?

Oct 052010

because I have been given a blog award. Winterkatze kindly presented it to me weeks ago, and only today did I read her post. As I usually did back in the days I tried to see where the award originated but I had to give up after being unable to find the relevant posts on several blogs. See, I was wondering why an award presented to me by a German book blogger had all these pictures of nail polish and shoes:

Well, I managed to follow it back to a couple of fashion bloggers but was unable to find it’s origin, sorry. Nonetheless there are of course rules to this award which are to tell you about ten things I like, and to name ten more bloggers for the award. I will gladly show you ten things I like but I won’t be tagging anybody, sorry, I have this feeling that I have done enough tagging for the moment.

Because I’m sadly behind with the posting of my daily picture I thought I’d combine the ten things I like with that (for the rest of my daily pictures please visit my flickr):

  1. 070:365homemade tortillas with guacamole
  2. 069:365 watching my son sleep (this was a picture he wanted me to take, he is actually posing)
  3. 068:365blue skies
  4. 067:365knitting a new hat for my husband
  5. 066:365roses
  6. 065:365beer
  7. 064:365me
  8. 063:365watching my son read
  9. P1010626fiber
  10. 062-365books