Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Scraps Gone Wild

Scraps in bright colours where framed in grey. Would be interesting to see what that would look like in black and white, or, or ..... The possibilities seem endless.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

More Wild Knitting

As in the shawl (see post 12 May 2012) the long colour repeats (Noro "Silk Garden Lite" in two different colours) show off the random use of short rows, garter stitch and feather&fan pattern.

Wie schon bei dem Tuch (siehe Eintrag vom 12. Mai 2012) heben die langen Farb-Rapporte des Noro Garns ("Silk Garden Lite" in 2 verschiedenen Farkombinationen) die spontane Verteilung von kraus gestrickten Maschen, Wellenmuster und verkuerzten Reihen hervor.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Blue Waves Moebius

The construction is the same as in the previous Moebius wrap, this time knitted in the Feather & Fan pattern. The yarn is an Alpaca yarn from Serena Alpacas which I hand dyed in different shades of blue.

There are at several different ways to wear a Moebius wrap.

Our son's lovely fiance is modeling.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


The pattern for this Moebius wrap is from Dorothea's book "Exploring the Lily-of-the-valley pattern" about Edith Heller whom she met in South Africa! Edith Heller knitted numerous pieces in this pattern which originated in Estonia.

 The above version in three shades of a merino/silk blend.

The wrap below knitted by Ute in a cashmere/silk blend to be worn by Ute's daughter Tanja on her wedding day.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Last month during a trip to Germany my friend Ute and I went to the north of the country to the area around Hamburg and the small town of Geesthacht where we visited Dorothea Fischer. Dorothea lives in a lovely house which greets you with colours: Wherever you look you find large baskets with yarns  in all colours of the rainbow and clouds of silk scarves in any possible shade from dark to pastel. 

Even the pot plants flower in pinks and purples.

The yarns - silk/cashmere/merino/alpaca and mixtures of these - are all hand dyed with plants.
Dorothea teaches plant dyeing and Ute and I hope to be able to participate in one of Dorothea's classes next year. 

I purchased the pattern for the poppy flower shawl and hope I will be able to start knitting it soon.

Go to Dorothea's website to see her yarns and the interesting knitting patterns she has for sale. 

here is the link:

Saturday, 12 May 2012


I needed 160g Noro sock yarn to knit this shawl using short rows, garter stitch and lace patterns randomly. This "wild" knitting is very liberating and absolutely addictive.
The shawl drapes nicely and the long colour repeats of the Noro yarn are wonderful for this way of knitting.

Fuer dieses Tuch gestrickt mit verkuerzten Reihen, kraus rechten Maschen und Lochmustern habe ich 160g Noro Socken Garn gebraucht. Diese Art des "spontanen" Strickens - man setzt die o.g. Musterelemente nach Lust und Laune ein - macht einen Riesenspass und die langen Farb- Rapporte des Noro Garns bringen die Muster besonders gut zur Geltung.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Gilet and Scarf

simple tabby woven on 4 shafts . Marina gave me the pattern for the gilet. 

 The scarf was knit with the silk/alpaca yarn that was mentioned in an older post.


Food Colours

Experimenting with food colours again. The multicoloured tops show quite strong colours - just what I wanted. 
I'll try to keep the colour sequence and not mix the colours during spinning. 


Knitted with a hand-spun silk/merino mix this shawl is very soft to the touch. 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Patchwork Knitting

This waistcoat was started with crochet granny squares. After I had made enough to assemble the back I thought this was just too old fashioned and despite the many colours quite boring.

Therefore I changed the crochet hook for my favourite circular knitting needles and started knitting in different directions until the right front was completed. When I found a left over granny square I used it as a centre of a knitted log cabin block which was then finished into the left front. A border knitted with short rows and a kimono collar finished the piece. Lots of colours, a bit crazy perhaps but with jeans and a white top underneath it should be ok.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

knitting in the round again

also knitted in the round but with single thread of sock yarn and 4mm needles this waist coat is much lighter and softer than the cardigan.
it looks a bit like a spider web.