Tree embroidery

A couple of years ago I went to a meeting of people who wanted to share their individual crafts with others. I met a lady who afterwards visited me at home and she brought this small embroidery as a gift. Alas, I have forgotten her name. I think I read it recently and thought it was on the back of this tree, but it must have been somewhere else.

Practicing embroidery with all those little bits of leftover threads is on my list for 2018.

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Meet the Günnis (2)

Here come the rest of the gang. I wish I had more time to knit everyone from my long list into life.

Pankratz and Öko-Günni (Green Günni)

Monsieur Maurice and Günther vom Poggendorpe (Gunther of Frogtown)

Karl-Heinz Günthersen and Jule (aka SuperKnitter 😉 )

And last but not least, pictured at the First International Günni Meeting,

Jonas and Zachariah Aqvataq and the Elk Family (Black Elk, White Deer and Little Elk)

Alas, I’ve got no picture of the original “Günter” and his girlfriend, they got lost along the way as well as Ali ibn Abu al-Arab who was last seen trying to cross the Arabian desert on camelback.

Meet the Günnis (1)

Many, many years ago, around the early 1980s, I knitted a little doll which my brother named ‘Günter’. The following little dolls were all known as ‘Günnis’ from then on. There were Red Indian Günnis, Eskimo Günnis, a Beduin Günni and some ordinary ones. Alas, some of them got lost.

The first one of the new Günnis was SuperSecretary, a chubby superhero secretary. She existed as a drawing on my computer and came to life by knitting, just for fun and because I wanted to use up my leftover yarns. The next one was an ordinary one made after the image of my favourite actor David Tennant (meet him and his colleagues on the Davey Dolls page).

In the meantime, I have been creating some more of these little guys I’d like to introduce in no particular order.

SuperSecretary (aka SuperSec) and Tresor-Günni (Günni the safecracker [or peterman])

Prof. Dr. Günther Brinkmann and Günter Graf Dracula (Count GünterDracula)

Sven the street sweeper and Neander

My humble scribblings (1)

Here are some of my – admittedly – older drawings of which only a few are left. I was still at school when I drew them. During the last thirty-something years, I haven’t been drawing much but have been sewing patchwork instead. But drawing was how it all started.

Until about two years ago, I have been working as a lawyer’s secretary. I had wanted to become a cabinetmaker in the first place, but way back then it was hardly possible for girls. Believe it or not, most times it was just because of the lack of ladies’ toilets (that’s German bureaucracy for you). Back in school I loved art class and I also have been drawing much in my spare time. At the beginning of the 1980s drawing was gradually replaced by sewing.

mkatzeX-ray cat

Feathered serpent

On the beach

Dormouse

Scarves by the baker’s dozen (13) – 504 King West (UL 22)

Two birds with one stone – a finished triangular scarf from the UFO Lottery’s second round. This is the last scarf I’m bothering you with. 🙂

Knit with 3 mm needles following a pattern I found on Ravelry, great for using up those leftover yarns from other projects. This one was almost finished except for the pistacchio border. I wanted to use a contrasting yarn but didn’t have anything in my stash I could use. Until I knit the socks for my sister.

Very bad lighting conditions yesterday noon, so I had to use a flash. Blue wooden hanger hand painted by me.

Yarns used:
– Lang Jawoll Magic Superwash in red/orange/rust (#84.0063), 25 grams
– Pro Lana Meine Wolle Pro Socks Smaragd in cream/beige/gray (#161), 49 grams (I doubt if it was the proper band the ball came with – ‘Smaragd’ meaning ’emerald’ in English)
– H&W Comfort Sockenwolle uni in pistacchio green (#203.128), a scrap

Scarves by the dozen (12) – Wedges

The Wedges scarf was knit for my former Low German blog and came together with my original pattern. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to translate it into English yet. For the last ten days there has been a little problem that required my attention (read: recurrent flooding of the basement, I’m glad it was only the drain 💧and not the sewers 💩).


Yarn is Red Heart Sport Socks Color (#00001) in beige and Gründl Hot Socks Country (#35) in blue and green, 100 grams each, 2.5 mm needles.