Saturday, December 26, 2015

Haekeldecke 2015/Crochet Blanket 2015

It is finished! I would have liked to take it outside for pictures but it has been raining a lot and the back yard is about ankle deep in mud and water, so I had to compromise and put it on the bed instead. I am very happy with how it turned out.

Sie ist fertig. Leider konnte ich keine Fotos im Freien machen, da Wasser und Schlamm derzeit meinen Garten fest  im Griff halten. Daher nur ein Foto der Decke auf dem Bett. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit ihr.
Danke Bella Herzensuess fuer die tolle Aktion!

Feline Friday (on Saturday)

It finally stopped raining and the sun is shining, now the kitties are happy again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Solstice

Cake is baked, wassail is simmering and the candles and greens are ready. Let's celebrate! Greeting the returning sun tomorrow morning is going to be tricky, we are supposed to have rain from here on till the end of the week, oh well, at least it is not cold.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Feline Friday

They have been very good with the tree, just sniffing and looking, no batting at ornaments or climbing.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Baking

Well, day one went well, so did days two and three, on day four however, disaster struck. I let the mince pies sit in the pan too long and they resisted removal. Nine out of twelve survived with minor injuries, three are completely destroyed and will be eaten tonight. One more day and then I am done for this year, oh wait, I have a secret plan for Monday, stay tuned.

Da 1 - Gingersnaps
Day 2 - Sugar Cookies

Day 3 - Gingerbread
Day 4 - Mince Pies
Day 5 - Barmbrack

Monday, December 14, 2015

It's Up

We bought a new Christmas tree this year. We gave our old one and most of the glass ornaments away after the kittens moved in in 2011 but this year I really wanted a tree and we hoped they are old enough now not to view it as a giant new toy. So far, they mostly ignore it. We also bought some shatterproof ornaments, just in case and the tree is pre-lit to avoid the cable salad that comes with stringing the lights yourself.

I also hung the garland above the french door again and this year I decorated it with wooden ornaments that I bought many moons ago at the christmas market in Stuttgart.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Feline Friday

Sunshine = Happy Cats

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Handmade Gifts

I only managed to make one Christmas card, but I did get the presents finished that I had planned for this year.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Merry Making

Slowly the Christmas decorations are appearing around the house. Yesterday I put my favorite kitchen ornaments up, the cookie angel, the happy hollandaise wreath and my beloved pudding cats.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Another Hat

This time it is my version of the 'Wurm Hat'. I changed the brim and there are less rows because I used a thicker yarn. I have yarn for two more hats, so stay tuned.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

1. Advent

No, stop, I am not ready, it is way too early. My thoughts this morning. How did it get so late in the year already, where did the time go? I am not quite ready to get ready for Christmas. We are in the middle of rearranging the living room and the house is a bit of a mess, lots of stuff needs to go to the library and the thrift store, and a lot of planning and plotting needs to happen.

But for now I am just going to enjoy a quiet morning, light a candle and have another coffee. Happy first Advent Sunday to everyone.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Feline Friday

Thanksgiving Siesta

Monday, November 23, 2015

Another Hat

Knitting hats is as much fun as knitting socks, almost instant gratification. And I figure if I knit lots of hats for a cold Winter, it may not get so cold after all, like when you bring an umbrella and it never rains.

This one is called 'Roly Poly Brim' and the pattern can be found on Ravelry.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Feline Friday


Thursday, November 19, 2015


I knitted a hat for myself. The pattern is called Blizzard, it was inspired by a hat worn in Bones, you can find it on Ravelry. Although I knitted it in the largest size it is not as slouchy as it should be, but it fits and it is very warm.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crochet Fun

I treated myself to a lovely new crochet book and could not resist trying a few of the patterns immediately with yarn from my stash. I am pretty sure the fall colored blocks (and many more of their siblings) will become a blanket next year.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Morning

Glorious sunshine, flowers withstanding the frost and new dishcloths.