Congratulations! It’s A …

… pair of socks.

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modelled by the manufacturer

My sister asked me recently if I could knit her a pair of socks if I had any sock yarn left after finishing the Ten Stitch Twist. She didn’t mind if it was any odd colour, the socks just had to warm her ever cold feet in bed at night.

I decided not to wait until the Twist got finished because that might be a while. The last in my new colour scheme would be a blue and grey yarn of which I had four balls. They came from two kits I bought as a special offer. Although they were of the same colour number and dye lot according to the labels, one set was darker than the other. I chose this darker one to make the socks, following the instructions that came with the kit as it was my first pair. They looked a bit odd after finishing, but I think that will change after they have been washed for the first time. At least they fit perfectly when worn. Finally I created a little fun label to hold them together.

On the technical side: Kate reported an issue with the dropdown menus for the Gallery and Project pages. As soon as the cursor is moved the pointing finger turns into an arrow and the dropdown menu disappears. If you click onto the Gallery and Project pages you will find links there that lead you to the sub-pages. I’ll report this bug to WP support as I’m now experiencing the same issue from my work computer.

EDIT: If it doesn’t work on your screen, you may zoom out one click. The default zoom setting doesn’t work on all screens.

Back After My Summer Break

Currently I’m working on the design for a new SAL project so I’m missing both August postings. You can find the links to the blogs of the other participants in my previous entry.

But I’m going to tell you a little bit about the things I did during my blogging break. I’ve finally finished my Rainbow Blanket, knit a pair of socks for my sister (a first in sock knitting), shortened the legs of my new jeans (a first in basic tailoring), finished two more projects from my UFO Lottery, continued knitting my Ten Stitch Twist (below, please visit project page for more), did some cross stitch on DWXS 2, visited the European Art Quilts VIII exhibition in Neumünster … I feel a couple of posts coming up.

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Apart from that, I enjoyed our annual Kiel Week, got a new camera (a Sony which produced very odd colours so I returned it and got an Olympus instead) and shot loads of pictures testing it. I took a trip to Hamburg and visited Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers) which is a huge park area, something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Another item on my list was a boat trip on our local Schwentine river, the ‘Holsatian Amazon’ as I call it. Done. A couple of the pictures I took will appear on my photo blogs soon.

 

 

Once Upon A Time – Stage 10

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Here is la petite Stéphanie (Little Stephanie, and you’ve already guessed it, she’s Stéphan’s daughter), a small Stegosaurus. This time I replaced two of the original colours with similar ones from my stash as I had run out of the ‘right’ ones.

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And last but not least, soaring above and watching the scene is Ramses, the Rhamphorhynchus, a long tailed pterosaur.

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Well, that’s this project finished. I’ve not decided yet what to do with the panel – maybe a cushion or a bag.

The pattern itself wasn’t hard to make. But it was a little challenging because of the various grey tones printed for the idividual colours. I did pick the wrong thread colours a couple of times although I checked with the cover – which in some places also differed from the pattern. And as I mentioned before, I replaced some of them intentionally because I had run out of floss. Fortunately, using the ‘right’ thread colurs for this project wasn’t too crucial and I’m glad about how it turned out.

I’ll be missing both of the August postings and will return to this SAL in September. Lots of other things are calling my name at the moment.

Here are the links to the blogs of the other SAL participants – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, LucyAnn, Cathy, Jacqui, and Jess

Once Upon A Time – Stage 9

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My blogs are taking a summer break but not my crafting. As I did some stitching on Once Upon A Time, I may as well post my progress.

Some tree ferns added to the scene today. You may have noticed that the uppermost tree fern has got a different colour. I ran out of floss again and decided not to buy new skeins but to use similar colours from my stash. I found some olive for the darker leaves and made up the lighter ones from two strands of beige and one strand of medium olive.

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I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, LucyAnn, Cathy,
and we’ve got two new members this time – please welcome
Jacqui and Jess

The TARDIS Is Over There

DWXS5 (work in progress)

DWXS5 (work in progress)

Three of the pattern sheets and most of #4 are finished. Now it’s time to find out who the owner might be. Not too hard to guess with his stripy suit. ;)

And now for something completely different

You may have noticed I posted a little less recently and only left the occasional comment. It’s not that I haven’t got anything to write about. There are lots of ideas in my head, ready to be typed. I turn on the computer, open the new file and – POP! The words are gone like a bursting soap bubble and I’m staring at a blank screen. I turn off the computer, do something else and – POP! The text is back, ready to be typed. Same with comments.

Writing down two or three sentences is taking me ages.

I’m not sure where this comes from. Of course I have seen doctors about this and other health issues I have experienced recently. Without any reasonable result.

I’ll be having two weeks off work in June. There’s a new quilt exhibition at Tuch & Technik in Neumünster, an art project at the Geological Museum in Kiel by an artist I appreciate, and I’m also planning a trip down to Hamburg (Planten un Blomen, their botanical gardens). And an emergency (read: my kitchen) is calling for my attention. Plus thousands of other small things that have been neglected and need to be done.

So I have decided to take June and July off blogging. I will continue with my craft projects at a slightly slower pace and without the commitment of publishing. Nothing will get lost, though.

See you, Jule

Once Upon A Time – Stage 8

Calamites, extinct horsetails

Calamites, extinct horsetails

Only some ancient horsetails today, as I was busy with so many other things. As I miscounted on Dimitryi’s tail, I had to improvise a little with the plants – and picked a wrong colour because the chart is a little hard to read, but never mind. :)

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I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, LucyAnn, and please welcome our new member Cathy.

Let’s Twist Again

Ten Stitch Twist Mk.2

Ten Stitch Twist Mk.2

Good news for those who were a little sad that I frogged my first Ten Stitch Twist. Here’s the start of the new one! :)

I will start a project page soon to keep you updated about my progress. Watch the Pillow Talk news widget.