Stitch sample cushion cover – UL 26

And another one off the list – a new cushion cover made from a machine embroidery sample.

Made to match the Lines & Dots cushion cover. The unbleached denim was a lucky find, I was cutting some base fabrics for another project and it appeared in the pile of fabrics I was going to use. For the machine embroidery I used a piece of decorator’s fabric from a sample book.


‘Thea’ jumper

Another finish yesterday. 🙂

Thea (unblocked yet)

About two years ago I bought four sets of this yarn to make the jumper for myself but now I decided it would be a perfect gift for my sister. I made a couple of pattern samples and asked her about her opinion. She liked it but went for narrower pattern repeats and only one yarn over for the dropstitches instead of two. No extra sleeves were added, I increased a couple of stitches like I did with the winter sweater.

Yarn is Thea (colour GR06 – landscape) by Zettl, needles 6 mm, total amount used: 500 grams



Winter sweater – UL 25

Another finish from the UFO Lottery – the turquoise winter sweater.

Years ago I found  a pattern by Magdalena Neuner in a magazine. Later at a closing down sale I bought their whole amount of Gedifra’s Arica yarn (colour #2483) – twenty balls (70 % New Wool, 20 % Nylon microfiber, 10 % Acrylic), a real bargain, with this project in mind. I used a total of eleven balls (550 grams).

I followed the pattern only loosely, just referring to the size and the way the sweater was knit – front and back in one piece with the arms attached later.

The yarn called for the heavy artillery. Knitting in rows, I used 9 mm circulars. With the first part done it was almost like sitting under a warm blanket. 🙂

After knitting the front up to where the increase for the arms should be, I put the project aside for a while. I wanted to continue later but couldn’t find the pattern again which I had always put into the yarn bag. Much later it reappered in the knitting pattern folder. Don’t ask me how it got there.

If I had to make this again I certainly would use less stitches per row. When wearing it, I’m looking a little like a cookie monster. 😉 But it’s soft and cozy and perfect for an evening in front of the tv.

Dennis – UL 24

It was a little hard to get a good shot of my next UFO Lottery finish, he wouldn’t hold still –


You may have noticed I’ve skipped projects #22 and #23 from the UFO Lottery. Those two were abandoned – a knitted doll and a textile art panel. I didn’t take any pictures before I frogged and un-sewed them.

So here’s #24 – Dennis. Another Günni doll finished at last.

And off he rides again, testing every surface in the place –

Activities in January

In January I didn’t have as much time for my craft projects as I had wished for but still managed to squeeze in a couple of things. I’m still busy, trying to untangle my life which will at least take me into March.

Alas only space for fifteen projects but I’ve been working on more which I listed below this tracker. So it’s not only one but two stars for finished projects, more later.

In late December I found a pretty 2018 planner, a bargain at the local TKMaxx. Only two days before that I had made a draft for a project tracker – exactly like the one in the book (they call it goal tracker). Now I don’t have to use various journals anymore but got everything in one place (well, almost). Besides a bucket list and a to-do list it has also got a not-to-do list (love the idea) and a lot of stickers to use. As each month has got a different header colour I’m using a corresponding colour pencil to mark off the things I’ve accomplished (yes, I know – but it looks cool).

The A4 size planner is from the Orange Circle Studio, the design is called Midnight desert.

Expanding universe

collage from original artwork by F. Ibañez

Sorry for the radio silence, my life has been exploding around me somehow. Regular services will be resumed after cleaning up.


Season’s Greetings

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my readers

Joyeux Noël – Bonne Année

Prettige Kerstdagen – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

God Jul – Gott nytt år

Frohe Weihnachten – Glückliches neues Jahr

Feliz Navidad – Feliz Año Nuevo

Bringing home the tree, design by Carole Manning

I can’t help it, it seems to me Mr. Snowy had one julglögg (Christmas punch) too many. 😜

I’m taking a short blogging break now. See you all next year!

Origami boxes

Today I’ve got a litle slide show for you. These are some of the origami boxes I made from various papers, including origami paper, my hand marbled paper, wrapping paper and newsprint. Others (not shown) were made of gift wrap or metal foil paper. Each lid and bottom is made of four identical elements which are then slipped into each other. And the inside is pretty too!

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Nylon flowers

Back in the 1980s these flowers were very popular in Germany. I don’t know if this was also in the case in other countries but you can find them on the internet even nowadays. I made lots of them, mainly for colleagues, and these are the only ones I kept. But I have a couple of supplies left which will be used in an experimental way.