Moving On

escSome of my readers may know I’ve got quite a lot of blogs running, either public or set to private. This is very work-intensive and I can’t find the time for that anymore.

I’ve been collecting ideas for a while and made a decision. Two blogs must do, one in English and one in German which is really a new concept for me as I’ve been separating everything so far. I’ve been merging my German blogs already, sorting, deleting and re-writing some of the entries, checking and changing tags and categories. I can’t do that for my English blogs as the total number of entries is well beyond 1,000. That means I’ll be starting from scratch here.

My new blog will contain all kinds of entries. Things I’ve so far posted about on From The Boudoir and The UFO Garage & Fabric Depot will appear there as well as my art and photographic work. I will also introduce you to my hometown, the City of Kiel.

The Boudoir and the UFO Garage will remain public for a while, and some of the contents will be transferred to the new blog as soon as possible. If you’re missing something special give me a shout and I’ll see what I can do for you.

From now on you’ll find me here –

Beyond The Boudoir

It’s still a little basic but will be filled with life very soon.

SAL Update – DWXS1 #4 & Finish

Last time-


To those who demanded the Doctor’s head, I can oblige –


Apart from that, you’ll notice I put in some background stitches as well. You really didn’t expect me to bore you with the umpteenth update on the background progress, did you?😀

As I mentioned last time, I had a little floss conversion issue. The replacement for DMC 3747 should have been Anchor 120 and not 1020. In addition, the replacements for DMC 157 and 159 also were Anchor 120, according to my table. Time for a little improvisation.

I had DMC 3747 in my stash, so I used it. For DMC 159 I used ANC 120 as suggested. Then I replaced DMC 157 with ANC 1031. All of them were background stitches, so it wasn’t crucial to use the exact colour.

And I made another adjustment for DMC 793/ANC 177 and DMC 3838/ANC 176 – I swapped them. It made more sense colourwise to have the darker blue floss moved to the border of the design.

The third Doctor Who cross stitch project finished this year and only two more left – not too bad, methinks.🙂

And last but not least, please welcome our new member Sue at From the Magpie’s Nest. All the links to the other SAL participants are in the left sidebar as usual. We are scattered around the world in different time zones so not all the postings show up at the same time. Anyway, their sites are always worth visiting as they all have interesting projects on the go. (Apologies – I forgot to mention this last time.)


SAL Update – DWXS1 #3

Last time –
This time –


Lots of single stitches in different colours made progress a little slower than planned.🙂

The pattern uses DMC colours which I converted to Anchor threads using a conversion table by Purple Kitty Yarns. A little surprise was waiting for me. According to the table, the matching colour for DMC 3747 was ANC 1020. Maybe not quite the match you would expect.😉


Luckily, I had some DMC 3747 left in my stash from my previous DW project.

There’s another little colour conversion challenge coming up. I’ll tell you about that next time.

Rainbow Blanket Finished


Although I finished the blanket last summer (2015) I only managed to weave in the ends about three weeks ago. I started the blanket more than fifteen years ago but got stuck because I didn’t find the kind of blue yarn I wanted. The lighter blue yarn I used is a compromise I made to finally get the blanket finished. The yarns are different brands of acrylic (the blue one contains 20 percent wool) and I used a 3,5 mm hook.

The pattern came from a free and currently misplaced sheet I picked up at a local department store and is made of alternating rows of double crochets and two half double crochets (2tog) and a chain. (Does that make sense to you?) Size is 142 x 192 cms (approx. 4′ 20″ x 6′ 10″).


Ten Stitch Twist Finished

Well, almost. I just need to weave in a couple of ends.😉
twist10It looks a lot more blue than it is in reality but as usual, it was hard to get the colours right in the picture. This one comes closer to the real thing –

This is my version of Franki Brown’s Ten Stitch Twist. The second one, to be exact. I frogged the first one because I didn’t like the colour scheme.

I used a couple of sock yarns from my stash, about 680 grams total. You can find some information on the yarns on the Ten Stitch Twist project page. The pattern also had an instruction for a tapered edge but I have to admit I didn’t get it (neither in English nor in German) so I simply bound off. My brain isn’t what it used to be these days. *sigh*