Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spinning

Spinning has caught me in its fibers and so after just a few weeks spinning with my drop spindle I decided that I need a spinning wheel. After some thought I bought a Kromski Sonata.
 
 Finally after waiting for two weeks I got the call that my wheel was ready to be picked up.
Every free minute is spent behind (or in front of) my wheel and I have filled half a spool already.
 I chose a roving I had ordered from a dyer over the internet.
 Spinning and listening to audio books is my new passion, though I have to admit, Jasper Ffordes: Shades of Grey needs more concentration than I can spare from spinning right now.
 I will definitely need something easier to listen too.
 I love the way those colors change..... maybe I will need to learn dyeing too?

Monday, March 9, 2015

You want to knit? Then you need wool!

And how do you get wool to knit?

 Why, you spin of course!
After finishing with all the wool I brought home from class, I started with a lovely Shetland/Silk mix, wondering if I had not chosen something a bit too difficult. Patience, predrafting and splitting the combed top gave me a bit more controll, but still, I now know exactly where the "drop" part of "drop spindle" came from.....

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Knitting on my mind

I love to knit and during the last weeks spent nearly all my free time in front of the TV with one ore the otherproject in my hands. The most recent finish is "Birch" a shawl knit with Rowan Kidsilk haze, a mohair silk mixture.
 Want to see the whole thing?
I'm in love with it!
 This sweater was actually "finished" before I started with the shawl, all that needs to be done is sewing it up and adding the neck ribbing - any voluntieres?
My newest project: a cardigan knit with wool I brought back from my legendary US trip with a friend. I do not have a pattern, as I want a plain high closing cardigan with buttons in front, with set in sleeves and all I could find were top down (which I usually love), raglan or some creative front design. This wool calls for an oldfashioned, comfortable, warm cardigan and that is what it will end up as!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Winter in Bloom

To be honest, winter is not my favourite time of the year. Up until christmas I am too busy to mind the darkness and cold too much and Punsch only tastes really good if it is cold and - in an ideal world - snow is falling.
 Come January though I have enough from the cold and darkness and especially in a year like this when there is hardly any snow (though I do not need it in the city) winter just is too long and I count every minute the days get longer.
 Using a sunny Saturday afternoon for a long walk outside and training my eyes to notice small things I find a lot of plants that flower in winter or show that spring is not too far away yet. Not only left over roses from last autum, though they do give a lovely spot of colour or the hazelnut which has been enticed to open it's flowers due to some unseasonaly "hot" days in January, but bushes and trees that really flower in Winter. Like the chinese winterflower (Chimonanthus praecox) or
 the wintercherries (Lonicera).

 Looking up I discoverd the winter snowball (Viburnum x bodnantense) preparing to flower and on another twig the first open blooms.
A week later I found the first open crocusses.
 Snowdrops push up through the old leaves and
a red christmas rose is starting to bloom too.
 I have to admit though that I love the winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) most!
The tragic reality is that while these early flowers are messengers of Spring today it is snowing and there are many weeks ahead, which will bring more cold and snow. In the meantime I will have to dream of having a garden one day where I will only plant trees, bushes and flowers which bloom in Winter and early sping, so they help us to wait till Spring and Summer are back again.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A little bit of ice....

 Reflections in the still water of a partially frozen lake,
 ducks waiting for spring,
 looking right,
looking left, but no spring in sight,
only a frozen lake.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday in Baden

A walk through the quiet streets of Baden, which seems to be asleep on a Sunday mornig gave me the possibility to concentrate on little things, details often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of busy days.
Little windows show reflections of the winter sky,
faces of stone bask in the sun,
 and lunchtime bells lead my eyes upwards,
upward to the roofs to seek crosses,
 green details on yellow chimneys,
and red rosettes, airholes for an attic.
 Figures above doorways and more figures on roofs.
Lovely details to notice and remember a quiet Sunday morning walk by.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winterwalk

Christmas and New Year, cold, wet, windy and snowy - and then finally a sunny day. Deep blue sky and sun reflecting from roofs - reason enough to get out and go for a walk. Not too far, just an for hour strolling around the neigborhood.

 
But look - traces of Christmas:
Trees form grafic webs against the sky,
nearly managing to distract from the golden churchspire.
The blinding sun forces the sight downwards, noticing details usually missed:

Then another tower glistening in the clear winter sun,
helping to notice others basking in the warmth:
 
Today it is grey, wet and cold again. What better way to warm up than yesterday's memories.