Sunday, August 2, 2009

Skandal um Rosi

Last weekend I was at the annual weaver's market in Haslach, and finally I can understand the hype around the Wollmeise yarns. The colours are great, and the yarn is incredibly soft.
Here's what I bought:


From left to right: 1 skein in the "Grashüpfer" (Grasshopper) colourway, 1 skein in the "Tampobata" colourway, 1 skein in "Gewitterhimmel" (Thundersky) and 1 skein of "Skandal um Rosi" (scandal about Rosi).
For my non-German speaking readers I'll have to explain what's so funny about "Skandal um Rosi". Sometime in the early 80s there was a band called "Spider Murphy Gang" (I even think they are still around), and their most famous song is called "Skandal im Sperrbezirk". It's about a girl named Rosi who takes away all the town's prostitutes' business. In a very 80s kind of way, it's hilarous (for me even more so, because my Grandma is called Rosi). Have a look:



I'm afraid the lyrics are intranslateable (at least I'm too lazy to give it a try ...).

Anyway - stay tuned for a post very soon, because I've already started to knit some pretty things from my new Wollmeise yarns :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Fawkes, the Phoenix

Summer has only arrived here a few days ago, and before that I was in serious need of some thick, warm socks. Freezing in July just isn't an option. So I bought some sock yarn and went searching for a matching pattern. The yarn was coloured in bright red and orange tones, very warm colours. So when I stumbled upon the Fawkes socks by Monkey Toes - mere weeks before the new Harry Potter movie started - I knew that they'd be a perfect match.


As you can see, they did turn out quite well and I love wearing them. Well, not right now as summer finally arrived and the temperatures are at least 25°C.
I'm really enjoying my holidays right now, and despite the fact that my knee is still not behaving itself, I work a lot with my horse - mostly lunging, as riding does not work the way I want it too.
Anyway - enjoy your summer, too! (If you are in a place in the world where it's summer. If not: Enjoy whatever season there is ;) )

Friday, June 19, 2009

End of term

A few days ago, Klemens kindly reminded me that I've lately been noteably absent. This is true, and I apologize. But there's really not a lot to write about right now. It's the usual end-of-term time: Squeezing in a lot of end-of-term studying in between a lot of end-of-term parties. Next week is going to be a bit crazy: Two talks about rather complicated scientific topics, as well as an exam in Spanish, which I don't really speak (or write, for that matter) all that well.

Last night I was at the debut gig of a band some of my friends play in, and they really rock! If you are interested, you can visit them and listen to some of their music on their myspace page.

My knee finally regained most of its mobility, but I've lost a lot of strength, and I still haven't found the right balance between working out enough but not too much. But now I can ride my horse (and even dance a bit *grin*) again, I'm mostly happy :) :) :)

As for sewing: I've continued to work on the Claire Shaeffer Blazer, but this thing really required a lot of handsewing and is still going to take quite some time.

So, what I actually wanted to ask you: How do you want this blog to be continued? Originally, my horse stuff had its own blog, this place was meant to be for the creative (and a bit of personal) stuff. I'm not sure how well those mix, and if the people who want to read about riding etc. wouldn't get bored when having to read about sewing and knitting. So please, tell me what you thing about this!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

To all you great mothers out there: I wish you a happy Mother's Day!!



This is the cake my sister and I made for our mum. Let's just say I'm really looking forward to trying it tomorrow :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lilly rocks the Saustall

In the village where I grew up, there is a fun project called pigbrother, which I'd really like for all of you to know about - and even more important, to support it :)
(The website is in German)



4 piglets grow up on local farm, and during a time of 6 weeks you can watch those cute animals on a live cam. But you can not only watch them, but you can choose one of them and support it by registering and feeding it with virtual potatoes once a day.

And now I'm at the point where I want to ask for your support. Please vote for Lilly! She's the smallest of the piglets, and we want her to grow!



There are already support groups for Lilly on studiVZ and facebook called "Lilly rocks the Saustall" (in English: Lilly rocks the pigpen).

Among those people who vote for the winning pig, prizes are drawn. Unfortunatley, participation is only possible for residents of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

All pictures courtesy of www.pigbrother.at

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cherry blossoms

Quite a few of my fellow students are spending this term abroad (if you're interested, you can find their respective blogs here and here and here ).

Anyway, the two guys who are staying in Japan wrote about the traditional annual celebration of Sakura, the blossoming of the Japanese cherry trees.
Well, cherry trees are blossoming not only in Japan, but also in Austria.







These wonderful blossoms reminded me of a quick scarf that was published in one of the past issues of the awesome online knitting magazine knitty.com: Nagano Sakura

Here are some impressions of my version:







I also finished my project for the 2nd SKC KAL: Karma Tank



My knee is also improving rapidly. After 4 weeks at home (including the 1 week I spend at the hospital), I've been back to university for 2 days now. What shall I say - I think I've never been quite so happy to study again :)
I have to wear a brace that prevents my knee from doing any harmful movements like rotations. Actually, this isn't all that uncomfortable.





The cuts are healing nicely, too. I'll be up to full speed in no time at all.

Anyway. I don't want to end this post with this ugly pic of my even more ugly knee. Something nice of two of our horses having fun instead:





Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Well, no tears, actually :)

I've been absent here for quite a while now - but I'm still alive and kickin' ;)
Last week I had the surgery performed on my knee (that's where the Blood comes in), so I've got a brandnew anterior cruciate ligament. I'm not up to full speed yet, but with lots of physical therapy I'm getting there (that's the Sweat).
Before that, I had to study for an exam, which luckily I passed. Congrats to myself :D

But I've been not lazy on the knitting front: I finished the fair isle sweater:







I used this pattern: Fair Isle Sweater (here it is on ravelry)
The yarn I used were leftovers from my Sylvi cardigan, as well as some skeins of Icelandic wool. They worked pretty well together.

The project I have currently on my needles is Clapotis by Kate Gilbert.
I'm using OPAL Hundertwasser sock wool, and it looks pretty cool right now. As soon as there's something to see, I'll take a picture and post it here.

Anyway, when I'm using a band's name as a blog post title, I might as well put some music on here. Enjoy.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

International Women's Day

So, actually I didn't want to write the gadzillionth blog entry concerning this topic, but after I spent the last couple of hourse browsing through LOTS of wikipedia articles on women's rights, I decided to post something anyway.

Living in a part of the world where as a woman - when you set your mind on it - you can reach about everything, celebrating this day might seem a bit out of place. But even I, an example of the modern, educated woman, have experienced discrimination. There are things that as a woman I have to fight for harder than any man would have.

Even in European countries, suffrage has not been a given until not very long ago. In Switzerland, women only were allowed to vote in federal elections in 1973. Most countries introduced those rights earlier, but still. For a very long time, patriarchal order was considered to be the natural order, the order meant by God. Only when missionaries found Native American tribes led by women, "civilized" women started to demand equal rights.
Not a long time ago, rape in marriage was not considered rape by law. Men exercised the marital rights.
Not a long time ago, birth control was not available to women.
Not a long time ago, women were not given the possibility of abortion.
But there are not only these "hard facts", there's also more subtle stuff. Why is a woman who has many sexual partners considered a slut, while men are encouraged to do the same? Why are women who engage in feministic activities derogatively termed "Kampflesbe"? (I tried hard to find a good translation for this one, but I didn't find anything appropriate).
But I'm optimistic, I'm optimistic that we will achieve equal pay for equal work.
Women in the "fertile period of life" will as likely be hired as men.

But what about other parts of the world?
There are places where education is not available for women.
There are places where women's genitalia are mutilated to ensure they remain virgins and take away any pleasure in sexual encounters, then are sold to the highes bidder.
Places where forced marriages, prostitution, slavelike work are normal fate for women. This list can be continued for quite a long time.
Women more likely are victims of human trafficking, of domestic violence, of rape.

Yes, there is still a lot of work to do, and I'm not quite sure if this work is done the right way. Lots of efforts that are made simply cost money that could be spent more effectively elsewhere. I don't think that it makes society more equal if traffic signs show characters wearing skirts instead of pants ...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Horse stuff

So. As I already told you, I hurt my knee a few weeks back while skiing. This means that I'm not able to do about anything. Which also means that I'm in serious horsey stuff withdrawal. Because of all the snow we had in the last days, I can't even go out and do other stuff than riding. Riding might even work, but I have no idea how to mount my horse. Standing on one foot is really not a good idea. Trust me, I tried.

However, I went through some pics of my horse, and I decided to show you some.
Kira is a 12-year old icelandic horse mare:



This is she with her son Skáti:



The next pictures were taken during a course at my riding teacher's (you can visit here here: www.baerenfilz.de )









Some more riding pictures, this time taken at my place:







Finally, one of my favourite pics:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Winterwonderland

Hiya all,

when I awoke this morning and looked out of the window I was amazed. It has been snowing for a few days now (and it still is ...), so we have quite a lot of snow. Today it really looks like some kind of winterwonderland. There are no traces at all in the snow, and it is just perfect. I took some pictures from my bedroom window, they are not really good and in no way mirror how it looks out there. But have a look at this yourself:





Monday, February 16, 2009

Sewing time

So, I'm back to sewing :)
What's on the agenda: V8333





So far I've copied all the pattern pieces, did some alterations and cut the muslin:






But I'm not lazy on the knitting front, either: I'm done with the first fair isle section of my Fair Isle sweater:



Okay ... that's it for today.
Hugs,
Bettina

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pics ...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Back again ...

Yes, I'm still here! After a lot of visits to several docotor's offices last week, I know what's the matter with my right knee: The MRI proved what the doctors in the skiing region and the hospital already said: the anterior cruciate ligament is ruptured completely. Additionally, the lateral collateral ligament is ruptured partially. Luckily, there are no injuries to bones and cartileges.
At the end of march, I'll go to the hospital to have the surgery done, where a tendon from my thigh is removed and used to create a new cruciate ligament. The healing process seams to be better when the surgery is done when any swelling in the knee is gone, so I have to wait.
All of this means that I have a LOT of time at my hands. Winter finally came, and with all that snow and ice outdoors, I don't really dare go out on crutches. As clumsy as I am, I'm gonna fall and hurt my second knee, too.
Therefore, I spend lots of time sitting on the couch, watching TV and guess what: knitting. So, Sylvi is finished:





The colour is somewhere between the colours shown in the pictures (one taken with flash, the other without). As soon as I feel safe to go outdoors, I'll try to take a picture at better lighting, and one with me wearing it.

As you can see, my cat likes this cardigan, too.



A new project is coming along, too. It's a fair isle pullover, where I'm using the leftover yarn from Sylvi. I have quite a lot of this, because I ordered enough to do the coat. The other colours are 100% Icelandic wool, also leftovers from other projects. I was a bit sceptic if those yarns would work together, but it looks fine so far.
This is the pattern page: Fair Isle Sweater, of course it also has a page on ravelry
I'm done with the cuff, and started the first fair isle section.



I hope you won't have to wait as long for the next entry as you did for this one ...
See you soon,
Bettina

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ligaments ...

Not only my knitting is paused - yesterday I went skiing with my parents and some relatives. I tore the cruciate ligament in my right knee. I'm not really in the mood for anything, so please be patient ....

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Knitting paused

As I showed you yesterday, I'm about halfway through the back. But I have to pause :( Yesterday when washing the dishes I broke a glass and cut my hand. I tried to knit a few rows today, but it hurts.
This isn't too bad, though - I should be studying instead of knitting anyway :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Speedknitting

Sylvi is a really fast knit. I cast on for the back yesterday evening and did about half of it.



The second sleeve is finished, as well - I'm not putting a picture of it up here because it looks just like the first one.

A word on colours: The red of my yarn doesn't really look like it does in the pictures. I'll try to take one outdoors, but right now it's snowing heavily.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

First sleeve finished!

After some calculation for the raglan decreases (my row gauge is 20 rows/10 cm while the pattern says 16 rows/10 cm ...) I finished the first sleeve for Sylvi. Because after a while I got bored with so many rows of seed stitch, I decided to add one of the leave-motives from the hood to the sleeve and I really like the way this turned out. It helps create a lovely bell-shaped sleeve (you can't really see this when the sleeve lies flat).





I also like the way the yarn behaves. First, I was a bit sceptic, because the pattern suggests a 100% wool yarn and mine has only 30% wool and 70% acrylic. But in my opinion both the seed stitch as well as the cables look pretty. I'm looking forward so much to having this finished, I can't even begin to tell :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Little Snowhite

Yesterday when browsing through ravelry, I stumbled upon an adorable pattern: Baby Snow Dragon (at ravelry). Well, this baby isn't too much of work, so I made her as a short in-between project.
My baby dragon consists of 15 more or less tiny pieces:



And here she is in all her glory - cute, isn't she?




I'm pretty sure I'll make another one, maybe out of thicker yarn, so she'll get a big sister :)

I also cast on the first sleeve for my Sylvi:



As I already mentioned, I'm going to do a heavily modified version, inspired by Diana's.

And with this I'll leave you - I've got some studying to do ...