Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fresh & Organic 16

Fruit: apples, bananas, kiwifruit, pears, plums

Vegetables: a whole lot of potatoes to accompany the asparagus, carrots, cucumber, kohlrabi, red bell peppers, onions, looks-like-leak-but-is-fresh-garlic

Greens: oak leaf lettuce that went straight to the barbecue garden party at a friends' place

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Hearts

Ever since I made this crochet heart last June as a gift and two little girls (Clara and her cousin) helped me eagerly with the stuffing of the heart, I promised my niece her own crochet heart for her birthday (ooh, this is a long sentence...). OK, whenever my little niece saw me knitting something she asked me: What are knitting? and When do I get my heart? Christmas came and went by, also her fourth birthday came and went by at the end of March, her little sister was born and I just couldn't get my fingers near the crochet hook. Things should be fun for me.

But then on Saturday night, the weather was right for cotton yarn, the mood was pre-festive, I was relaxed enough and the next day the big family egg search would take place. What about hiding a heart, too?

When Clara saw me crocheting the heart, she asked whether it was for her and to avoid any fights between the cousins I made another heart, crocheting past midnight, watching movies and documentaries on TV about nuns, popes and the life of Jesus Christ, family members falling asleep on both sides of me.

Ravelry notes here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fresh & Organic 15

The Easter Bunny has brought some carrots & other green stuff!

Easter fruit: kiwi eggs (hidden), apples, pears, bananas

Easter vegetables: carrots (of course!), zucchini, cherry tomatoes, leak, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, red bell pepper, cucumber, kohlrabi

Easter Greens: batavia salad, rocket

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guerilla Knitting Mystery Solved Extended Version

On Thursday night the mysterious guerilla knitter revealed herself to me - right before my eyes. I was on my way to my Thursday Night Kundalini Yoga class and en route two students joined me on their bikes. We stopped at a railway crossing gate as a train approached (during classes we hear trains come and go by every now and then and it really adds atmosphere to the class, seriously, it reminds me of the thoughts that come and go, the fleeting quality of things).

Standing there, chatting and waiting, one of my students went to the side and started twiddling with something at the gate. She asked us:
Do you know what guerilla knitting is?

My reaction: ????????§§§§§§§////%/%%%%%%(((()))))))))))))///%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is you??????????!!!!!!!???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At Oldenburg Knit Night we have been asking ourselves for weeks who you are.

As she wants to stay undercover I can reveal only some facts:

- she is an artist, a stone sculptor

- having had an artist's block with her stone sculpting she went for the softer way

- she has had the idea of guerilla knitting for two years and started on March 8, the 100th International Women's Day

- she is not a university student, although she works part time there, all the graffiti at university seemed to send people on the wrong track about the identity and the intentions of the guerilla knitters, including myself

- it is not a group, but only her and a friend, which is remarkable, because they leave their traces in all parts of town

- it is a political statement in a public space

- it will go on

I could pick a flower from her guerilla knitting bag
(guerilla crochet this time).

Now a guerilla flower blooms in my garden.

And I was very happy when she said that Kundalini Yoga really kicked her creativity. Though it looks different then art it is kind of the same.

All I can say again - in my world knitting and yoga seem to be intertwined.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tulip II / Lotus

Right after finishing my Tulip cardigan another tiny tulip fell into my lap, internet-wise speaking. This blog post by the yarn harlot started me off.

The pattern is : "Tulips, A Colorful Cardigan for Baby" by Lindsay Pekny. Instead of using eight different colours I went for a two coloured pink cardigan and the yarn comes from my stash: Rico Baby - Classic Dk.
The pattern comes in five sizes from 6 months to 6 years. As I used smaller needles than indicated, the cardi should fit a 3-6 month's old.
Ravelry notes here.

And it is a Lotus.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fresh & Organic 14

This is the "raw" way the vegetable box arrives here every Saturday - before its contents are unpacked, kind of re-arranged and photographed.

More interesting because not all visible - this week's contents:
(whose organic goodness please relieve this fatigue and blogging block)

Fruit: apples, bananas, plums, pineapple, pears, kiwifruit

Vegetables: potatoes, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots, batavia salad, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, leaks, red radish, onions

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Knit the Park

The knitting guerillas are working all over the city at the moment,
in different parts of town new knitting graffiti are placed.

Yesterday on a bicycle ride we discovered some of it at the entrance of the park near where we live.

When I asked Clara for her opinion, what she thinks about the knitting graffiti and why it is done, she said: to make the trees look more beautiful.

At the other entrance we also found this - fabric graffiti.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend Progress

With lots of lovely sunshine outside and time spent outdoors playing, cycling and relaxing, I still managed to take some knitting with me and work on something small & pink.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fresh & Organic 13

Fruit: apples, pears, bananas, plums, kiwifruit

Greens & vegetables: spinach, batavia salad, wild garlic, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, mushrooms, cucumber, a huge red bell pepper

Friday, April 8, 2011

Knit the University II

As Guenther and Hillit pointed out at Oldenburg Knit Night this week,
the yarn guerillas around the campus are still very active!

Favourite spots seem to be benches and (lamp) posts.

Still no signs of identification of the knitting guerillas and what their intention is. But despite their message Vera thinks knitting graffiti is a very good way to get rid of excess yarn.

PS: More Oldenburg yarn graffiti discovered by Annkari here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Masculine Heart Chakra

While the feminine heart chakra I wrote about yesterday is related to pink and the key phrase "I connect", the masculine heart chakra is connected to the colour green, the key phrase "I love" and the topics of circulation, forgiveness, abundance and gratitude.

I love that!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Fourth Chakra

From the yellow of the third chakra we progress to my favourite chakra, the heart chakra, and my favourite colour - PINK! Pink is the colour of the feminine heart chakra, connected to universal love, loving one-self, service and the awakening to spiritual awareness.

Last week these three corresponding items were delivered: a pink parka perfect for spring, the latest edition of a yoga magazine and some striped pink fabric I have plans for (for winter)...

Monday, April 4, 2011


Knitted things do get finished, but at a slower pace recently. I don't knit as much as I did last year (nowhere near the 3-4 hours a day). For different reasons - I still have a job and a family, but I seem to be more occupied with blogging and cleaning. And I need more sleep. What took three weeks last year, takes three months this year. But still, things get done.

The last FO was cast on January 16, at the end of this post. The history of its origin is connected to the knitting community online. I got inspired by German master knitter from Hamburg tichiro. In one of her January posts she showed a couple of free Red Heart patterns here,
I instantly liked the Simple Spring Swing Cardigan - for its simplicity.

Also the purchase of the wool got inspired by tichiro here. The wool came actually first, in September 2010 (triggering my love for bargains).
50 % wool, 50 % alpaca. And then, after finishing the front and back,
I ran out of yarn for the sleeves and the buttonbands. I did my first wool swap with winwood via Ravelry. Thanks again!

And could finish.

I call it Tulip, inspired by the first tulip a week ago. Looks a bit housewifey, in my opinion, and I think my husband even mumbled something about Amish people... The wool is quite scratchy... So not a total success. But still, off the needles. Ravelry notes here. And with all the unusual red I really needed a little pink and purple in the picture...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fresh & Organic 12

Fruit: apples, pears, bananas, plums

Vegetables: sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, cherry tomatoes, egg tomatoes, corn salad, rocket salad, watercress, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, onions, garlic, fennel, red bell pepper

Did you know that sweet potatoes/yams are called kumera in New Zealand and are really common there? I have just cooked a yummy yam-pea-coconut-soup, German recipe here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Always Wear a Helmet

Yesterday I was in involved in a bike accident. I want to spare you the unlucky details and circumstances. I was unhurt, but the other person suffered a head injury. Healing thoughts go out to this woman. And as I have been quite neglectful recently with Clara wearing her helmet when we go on rides, this accident showed me in a hurtful way that these kinds of injuries could be prevented with helmets. So first thing this morning I went to get me a helmet, too. Better be safe. Have a good and safe day!