Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weavers Market in Haslach (Upper Austria)

After a night of bad dreams I woke up extra early on Saturday and decided to play hooky and let housework be housework and treat myself to an excursion to Haslach, where a huge weavers market took place this weekend.
Arriving on the bottom of the village I climbed the stairs uphill towards the exhibition and market area.
Different weaving presentations could be watched and the old manufactury visited.
But to be honest, the most interesting area was the market, which took over all the small places and streets of Haslach:
Clothes, blankets, shawls and hats,

but also other creative uses for woven and felted things:

 
Most importantly and not to be missed, the mouse teaparty and the cat watching the mice!
 
Full of impressions, colour, good food, cute mice, cats and geeslings I returned to Vienna in the evening. A long drive, but definitely worth it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The End

Remember this?
Halftime:
200gr finished!
But then...
..... the heat and life hit me hard..... 
The last day of the race it finally had cooled off a bit, I had been on an adventure (which I will tell you about) the day before, so I settled in for 6 solid hours of spinning and managed to turn this:
into this:
 The difference: 26 gr. - hm, maybe I should not have gone for lace with plans for a 3-ply?

Will I join the Tour de Fleece again? Maybe, but never with such ambitious plans. I managed about half of what I wanted to spin. Hopefully I will managed by the end of summer as I still have a long way to go.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tour de fleece

Today it starts! The most fun "race" on earth! Many years ago Yarn Harlot created a fun event for spinners that took on it's own life once Ravelry joined in.

You might wonder what the "Tour de fleece" is. Well, Spinners all over the world will spin every day the bike race Tour de France is on. So this year, every day from July 4th till July 26th with the exception of the two rest days ( the 13th and the 21st) we spin. Everyone decides for oneself if using a wheel (or more) or a hand spindle or both, maybe the goal is to spin for a certain time every day, to spin a certain amount of wool, a special kind of wool or something else.

There are teams on Ravelry, challenges (for the difficult mountains) and a lot of fun all around. Some teams offer prices, have red lantern spinners and more.

As I am the proud owner of a spinning wheel since the end of March I have decided to join the fun this year.

I am part of the "Team chantimanou" and this is my avatar for the time of the race (I will not just improve my spinning but I also learned somthing new with my photo software).
My goal is to spin 500 gr. of "Mäusespeck" roving I bought soon after I got my spinning wheel but decided I needed more experience to tackle. I fell so in love with the colors and the feel of the fibers that I saved up so I could buy everything my favourit dyer - Regenbogenwolle - offered in her shop. I should have enough to knit a cute cardigan I have on my "to knit" list for ages.

Some spinners have started at midnight, I have decided to wait for the official start this afternoon and all the other days I will spin in the evenings.

I am looking forward to some fun weeks of spinning, chatting in the Ravelry forums and hopefully ending up with the perfect wool for my planned cardigan.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hiking along a mystical path

Today I had a lovely hike in Kirchberg am Wechsel. A felt artists from that area initiated the so called "Filzwanderweg".
Signs like this lead you along a path through the woods, past felt exhibits designed and created both by artists, kindergarden kids, different schools and also the elderly living in Kirchberg.
An owl and different birds welcome you on a path past childrens stories
Signs of hope
and cherry trees full of fruit and vegetables (just in case the cherries don't keep).
Pupils from a school not only felted their school logo
and decorated the tree it is fixed to with 157 felted balls: 1 for every child in the school.
Other banners showed the wool of the different sheep races used in the project:
The artist who initiated the whole project, Isabella Scherabon, presented an installation showing the developement of the use of fiber in clothing.
Monika Tatrai used symbols of her heritage and combined it with a stag head for the local woods.
 Barbara Füreder built a home for insects and is looking forward to discover who will move in.
 Sorry for the fuzzy photos, there was just too little light in the wood to take photos freehand.
At the end of the hike a small but charming market waited for us, offering different felted goods, wool for knitting and some information about sheep and alpaka.
 I have to admit that my attention was captured by this charming but shy guy and especially:
this little cuty!
Do you want to go for a short hike (about 3,5 km) in a lovely area and discover some mystical felt art in the wood? Got to Kirchberg am Wechsel

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

And now?

Done, all done.... And now? The fun part, choosing a project. The only problem? I need at least twice as much wool.
Hm.
Starting all over.....


Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday in.... Schönbrunn

For the first time this year I spent an afternoon in Schönbrunn. Trying to avoid the masses that took advantage of this sunny Sunday afternoon I chose a different path from the one I take usually.
Starting out in the Dessert house there was so much to see and observe, it was difficult to leave. Mums sitting on their eggs,
feeding,
sleeping and
observing.
Busy flying somewhere else.
 
Lunchtime for the gophers.
 Flowers on the inside, but also outside, once I decided to leave and walk through the botanical garden.


Spring showing off all it's colours.
Meeting harmles wildlife on the way up the hill.
 
Passing the Nandus to visit the Giraffes in their new interim enclosure, while their home is modernised.
  
Oh, Spring, this is nearly too much perfection!
Yes, I think so too, so I decided to look on from inside!
And with a last look at the tulips I left Schönbrunn, filled with the colours and smells of Spring.