Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fiber Friday

Tour de fleece - the first 9 days:
100 gr  Merino Rustico - Dibadu - I have 200 gr more and want to do a 2-ply
200 gr Cloudy with a chance of rain - nunoco fibers - 100 gr more - this will end up as a fractal 3-ply

Thursday, July 14, 2016

52 Weeks of Creativity - Sour

Against all my best intentins I could not keep up blogging before my vacation at the end of June. A little more relaxed now, I'll attempt to join Karin again in 52 weeks of creativity. This weeks theme:

Sour


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Catching up with 52 Weeks of Creativity

Life happens, when you make other plans but there is always another chance. So here are my missing photos for the last few weeks:
 Black and White:
My most favourit photo from a winter walk on Zentralfriedhof!

Favourit things:
Between painting, knitting and spinning it really is a hard choice!

Purple:
If life is not purple enough: dye it yourself!

Travel:
A dream coming true!

Sunset:
Caribean dreams....

Have I managed to crawl out of the black hole my blogging mojo has crawled into? Let's hope so. After a week of vacation at least I have sooooooo many good intentions. Only time will tell, if I can hold on to them.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Water - 52 Weeks of Creativity

 Water - one of the most important elements we need for life. Trying to capture it on a photo is sometimes not so easy, as I have experienced over the years. Be it from the comfort of home,
 in a park on a Sunday walk,
 or in the rain.
Winter makes water hold still, but your fingers freeze.
And then there is the mystical late summer morning, when the mist is slowly lifting and uncovers a perfect mirror.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fiber Friday

A day late but 82 gr and 247 meters done. That is all I have of this fiber and I hope to be able to finish my "Dragonriders of Pern" shawl:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Contact - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Contact - if you walk around with open eyes, you can see, how important it is to all of us!





Friday, April 1, 2016

Fiber Friday

I think it has been quite noticable that I have added a new passion to painting, cooking and quilting: spinning.
To get myself motivated to blog more, I have decided to join in another link up: Fiber Friday.
So to start, here is my most recent project. I  joined a SAL/KAL from Regenbogenwolle on Ravelry. The Challenge was to spin a gradient, either a special dye job Charlene offered for this SAL or other fibers one chose in the time of February 20th to March 20th:
I decided on a different colourscheme - Dragonseye and had to work with two different kind of fibers. One is pure Wensleydale and the other, shown above, is a mix of Cheviot, Lycocel and milk fiber. I spun those separately and then plyed them together. For the second colour I decided on 100 % grey merino.
 

I managed to finish spinning in time and even won a € 10,-- voucher for Charlene's shop! Happy dance!
I started knitting but had to slow down, due to troubles with my hands and I had also used up all the Dragonseye without the shawl being as long as I wanted it. My hands are getting better soI decided to spin more than the 200 gr. which were the original challenge, to get my "Dragonriders of Pern" as big as I want it. I have one more strand of pure Wensleydale left and I hope that the change in fibercontent will not be too noticable.
As I am still being careful not to overuse my poor hands, this will take some time, but as I already won for the spinning part, I do not intend to enter the knitting challenge anyway.
Let's see, how many weeks I will show you the same spinning job!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mark - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Mark - to mark something, to leave a mark,....
Another weakness of mine: buying stamps, but I hardly ever use them to leave marks on paper or fabric. When I do take them out, I enjoy playing with them, like with my newest aquisitions - stamps I bought at aweavers market.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Vienna - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Vienna, my hometown, has so much to offer, so many beautiful places. Hidden secrets but also interesting details to discover at one of the busiest markets - Naschmarkt:
 historical architecture,
musicians and their audience,
a wonderfull fleamarket, offering art and kitsch side by side,
a place to rest and
the memory of the most well known spice shop - now only the sign above the entrance reminds us of all the times when "special" treats were bought there.
And of course the main thing to be found on a market - vegetables!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Food - 52 Weeks of Creativity

For about two years now I try to eat primarily plantstrong.
 
Stumbling over the video "Forks over knives" litteraly changed the way I see food and the way I eat.
A very positive side effekt of no longer eating any kind of milk product and very little meat is that my allergy symptoms are nearly gone - a small price to pay for no longer having to take medication every day.
That does not necessarily mean that I do not eat meat now and then, when I am  a guest somewhere or I feel like it. You will hardly catch me saying "no" to a good burger or breaded fried liver!
And when I am travelling, I am eating everything that sounds interesting!
 Cheers!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Yellow - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Yellow - the colour of light, of spring,

but also of the start of a ball of  wool I have spun some weeks ago:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sun - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Sun in winter is a very difficult theme for me. While we had a rather sunny winter till now, quite unusually for Vienna, as I am working I hardly notice it. The few sunny weekends we had I spent catching up with housework or hiding at home, as I have enough of people after a week in the office.
So you have to be satisfied with old photos:
 A sunset I will never forget: Key West
And a newer photo of some wool I am spinning right now. While the name of this dye job is Dragonseye it also reminds me of a sunset over the sea.

Yesterday was the first day of this winter, when I left the office at my regular "early" time  and it was still daylight! So maybe there will be some real sun for me soon.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sleep - 52 Weeks of Creativity

Sleep - who has time to sleep? Or let's say, it's not that I would not love to sleep, but as one hardly ever get's what one wants, I end up being rather productive right now.
 I joined in with a worldwide crowd with the Splendid Sampler Quilt - 100 6,5 inch blocks in a year.
46 parts? And that is block 2? What is ahead????
 That made the Fire Shawl MKAL seem simple in comparison.
 Beads - fiddly stuff makes me so happy right now!
 The blocks for a baby quilt are finished,
 now the connecting strips have to be sewn next,
I  have to be finished in May!
And a big spinning project is finished too - I spun coloured wool from an Advent Kalender exchange with grey  and am looking for a pattern (a hoody, I really would love to knit a really comfortable hoody!).
Sleep - would love too, but too much to do.....