Last haul for 2017


Is everybody getting into the Christmas spirit at last? I hope you are … I have a bit of a problem, but maybe it will hit me full force tomorrow.

The last few days were busy for us, and I am really glad that I finished my Christmas knitting on time this year … I wouldn’t have had much time to finish it this week. On Thursday, we baked the last two batches of cookies (we decided to give homemade cookies as presents to some people, as it’s nothing that will collect dust and cookies are always appreciated) – in between that, I made two trips to the post office to get a package. Yesterday, I worked on the PhD dissertation for almost three hours, answered emails for my second job, wrote an important email for the first job (I will have to meet my boss before the year ends, because there was some mistake with my extra hours, please keep your fingers crossed for me, if you can), and made a last trip to the post office and the drugstore, while Philipp cleaned the flat and did some last minute grocery shopping. Then we put the tree up and wrapped the presents; everything that was left to do today was cleaning the shower (me), dealing with one more load of laundry (us) and decorating the tree (also us). Now, Philipp is at the local Christmas market, meeting some friends, while I am taking the evening off, having wrapped his presents. I did the rest of the laundry and ironed the last tea towels and blouses, and now it’s writing this blog post and tea and knitting for me, while listening to some cyberpunk ambient sound.

While I was working away on my chores, I was always hoping for the doorbell to ring – because I expected YARN. (or YARRRRRN).

It came at last.

Now, if I did one thing in 2017, it was buy yarn, but this is the last haul for a while – that is set. I have so much of it now that it spills into the living room, and I will flash my stash after Christmas so we can have a better look at it. For now I want to show you what I got from this wonderful, awesome shop I found online (a lot of the yarn I bought was purchased there. Ahem.).

All of this yarn came Angelina, a very talented indie dyer who lives in London and operates the etsy shop gamercrafting. She has sock yarn, lace yarn, superbulky yarn, stitch markers, and lots of cool stuff, shipping is superfast, and while this package took almost two weeks to arrive, I was 100% sure that it is worth waiting for. Let’s have a look what I got …

This lace yarn was going out of stock, and I am happy to say that I got the last skein! It belonged to the Halloween themed series, and has the wonderful name “Pumpkin spice”. I’m not a Starbuck’s fan, and I don’t drink coffee usually, but I do love brown and can wear it well, and I am seriously looking forward to knitting this up into something nice (it will be nice. More than nice. This is 100% Merino we’re talking about).

The next skein is also lace yarn, but the theme is very, very different …

Meet Angelina’s Alien themed hand dyed lace yarn in the colourway “Weyland-Yutani”, the company that employs some of the biggest arseholes Ellen Ripley probably ever encountered! (we did watch Aliens on Sunday, and I hated Burke. Passionately. Sorry for the outburst).

I already have two other skeins of this series, Faded Stompers and LV 426 (the planet where the Nostromo-crew finds the aliens), and I have made myself a shawl from the latter yarn that I forgot to show you. Lace yarn from gamercrafting always comes in singles, but it’s sturdy and knits up like a dream (because it’s 100% Merino. Just sayin’).

The last yarn is the exact opposite of lace …

It’s superbulky yarn from the Harry Potter themed series in the colourway Patronus. Knitting with superbulky yarn is very unusual for me, but since E. got me two balls of it the year before last for Christmas, I have somewhat made my peace with it and I appreciate how quickly it knits up. (does anybody want to guess what kind of fiber this is? Yeah? You in the back? That’s right, me luv, it’s 100% Merino!)

These three skeins added another 315g to my stash (skeins are always genereously weighed, another feature I appreciate), and, provided I don’t get any yarn for Christmas, this will be it for a while.

And so, this is it for today, I think …

I hope that you have a very jolly and peaceful Christmas, my friends, I hope your family gathering will be great, that there will be no fights and no arguments, that everybody loves the gifts you got them, handmade or not (or at least are polite enough to say thank you!), and that, while it can be a bit much, you have a great, wonderful time.

Merry Christmas!


P.S.: In case anybody is wondering: No, this is not a sponsored post. I pay for my yarn like anybody else, but I’m all for supporting the artists. 🙂


So that was that. (featuring lots of yarny pictures)

At the beginning of the year, I was on a mission.

I had pulled out all of my stashand had finally realised that not only do I own 9,202kg of yarn (add 1kg of fibre to that), but also that I had hit the 500€ mark on my stash (not counting the stuff I had been gifted).

Just a friendly reminder of what our living room looked like ... Philipp wasn't so cool about it as last year. A-HEM.

Just a friendly reminder of what our living room looked like … Philipp wasn’t so cool about it as last year. A-HEM.


So, as I said, I said that I would use up stash, and that I would only buy yarn for presents or if I really, really needed it.

The year went really well so far –  I am a member of the “Stricken statt Klicken”-group on raverly, where we have a so-called “Stashtistic”, which is basically a post in a thread you can use to list everything that goes into your stash and out of it. To make sure nothing gets lost, I also have a second spreadsheet on my computer (I am a sucker for spreadsheets. And lists. And plans. And everything that gives you the illusion of being very organised. 😉 ).

The year started off really, really well, and then, in June, I stumbled for the very first time when I bought this:

Wolle im Juni

Okay, okay, the merino yarn in the bag was intended for the Meadow Baby Blanket (and to be fair, I only had 2 grams of leftovers – I have to sew in the ends and wash it and then it will be ready to show here!), but also the little ball of yarn in front. THIS was a completely unneccessary purchase (but one I enjoy too damn much to be concerned about it. More about it later).

These 350grams of yarn added to the stash of course, but since I used up 297 gram of the merino, I wasn’t doing so bad … I still had destashed 615grams of yarn, bringing my yarn stash to roughly 8,6kg of yarn (yes, yes … I know. The PROGRESS … 😉 ).

And then …

I blew it all.

You see, I am already making a list of who will be getting WHAT for Christmas (I will talk about that soon – so many things to share! ) and had made a list of what to get … And last Tuesday, Philipp was kind enough to drive me to Tinkus

Wolle im August

… and I managed to f*ck up seven months’ worth of stashbusting in 40. minutes. solid.

Now, bear with me, bear with me, I HAVE plans for this yarn! I promise! See, this:

awette classic weinrot

Is for my granddad, who will be getting socks for Christmas again. I haven’t decided about a pattern yet … Something manly, but not too plain. Right now, I am contemplating GladysAlluvial Deposits, or Monte Christo (which looks a tiny bit like the Bly socks I made for my gran last year … So they would have sort of matching socks … awww …).

20 Jahre Opal

Philipp picked this (I just showed him the Opal yarns and left him to himself to pick a ball of yarn he liked (or two), and this is what he came back to me with. This is a dark blueish purple, and he’ll be getting a pair of socks for Christmas out of it. I was thinking something along the lines of the Fidget Socks

arwetta classic erdbeere

This yarn is actually for me, and I want to make myself another pair of lace socks … Maybe Terhen?

Anina hellgrün

Now, THIS beauty is 100% Merino yarn in a wonderful, wonderful green. It’s going to be a shawl, I think … Something squishy and warm and … hach … 😉

Gotlansk violett

and I even have plans for this! Yes! These 300 grams of DK Gotland yarn will become my very first Gemini sweater! I can’t wait … I paid about 24€ for 810 metres of yarn, and I think that this isn’t too bad a deal.

isager Alpaca 1

I don’t have plans for this. But it’s 400 metres of gorgeous Alpaca lace yarn from Isager, and I couldn’t say no to it.

So! All in all, that makes 750 grams that go into the stash … which means that, after I sorted out three odds and ends that I couldn’t work up anymore, but had still in the “in stash” tab on ravelry, I have destashed a glorious 93 grams so far.

Ah well.

OH, and besides?

Box of Leftovers 8-2016

My box of leftovers if full to the brim. There are more projects to come …

Have a lovely, lovely Sunday evening, my friends!

Lots of love,
Julia 😀

Current WIPs: Variatio delectat!

Hi there!

15-stitch blanket 14

Somehow, I am seeming to fall into a bit of a hiatus, huh? Well, blame it on the cold I caught this week – it had been developing since the week before, I felt chilly every now and then, slept more than I usually do … So I went to the doctor’s on Thursday and he told me to stay home, drink lots of tea and keep warm. Next week will be in full swing with my French course starting again (yay!) and lots of work and a Birthday/Halloween-Party to go to … Lots of stuff to do!

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Big Plans and Little Items (The Forgotten Projects III)

The bunnies are done! I can’t quite believe it … I got them done in time (which is, earlier than Midnight on Friday), and I am going to show them later this week (sorry, but I want to write a good blog post. They deserve it.) This is gonna be good! 🙂

Since the last two days have been days of resting, I think that now is the time to show you two little items I made and to talk about what’s next!

Stashbuster Beanie

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Three Little WIPs :)

Hi all!

Did you have a good Pentecoste weekend? Ours was very quiet … On Sunday, we met at my grandparents’ for coffee and strawberry cake and went out for dinner… Today, I sat down at midday and did some serious work on my dissertation stuff and my French homework (only eight weeks until the exams!).

The FOs are piling up here, but I wanted to give you a quick update about what’s on my needles now (and we can always get back to that FO pile).

First of all, I dug deep in my UFO pile and finally managed to extract The Cardigan.

Amiga Cardigan 02
This picture isn’t accurate any more (oh man …), the back is finished (who’d believe that?!?) and the right sleeve has reached the middle of my underarm (I promise). I plan to finish this before 2020. Hopefully it will still fit me then. We’ll see …

The next WIP is gonna be a present. Meet Rabbit!

Häschen 1 01
Here is Rabbit, still in his Frankenstein-state … I slipped the first stitch every row while knitting the small parts and I don’t know whether this was such a good idea, to be honest. I think I’ll have to reknit everything, but we’ll see … The plan is to finish Rabbit and make a friend for him and give them away as a wedding present, but I’ll see how it goes. Maybe Rabbit will be simply a prototype. Sorry, Rabbit.

The third WIP was made out of a whim. You see, a couple of days ago, Lionberry (a really beautiful shawl) was added to ravelry and since I somehow couldn’t bare working on that right sleeve anymore and I had this yarn sitting in my stash, waiting patiently to be knit up into something after a not-mentioned desaster …

Lana Grossa Lace Merino 03
I got it out of The Box and cast on right away. So far, it’s going fine:

Blueberry 01
70% of the shawl are done (I forgot to take a photograph in time but will get another one, maybe tomorrow?) and it will be truly beautiful. The pattern calls for fingering weight, but this is laceweight on a 3,5mm needle. Maybe it will be a bit smaller, but we’ll see … This is Merino yarn and it should grow a bit after washing.

I’m getting back to you soon and hope your week starts of great!

Lots and lots of love!!
Julia 😀

P.S.: I have been thinking about my blogging (o rather: lack of blogging) lately and I think that it’s also got to do with the fact that I started to go running three times a week since mid-February. The reason for this is simply this (the reason for starting to go running): I sit on my behind too much. Working on my dissertation: Sitting at my desk. Working on my job: 80%-95% sitting at a desk. Knitting and watching Let’s Plays and listening to music … Yeah. Exactly. 😉 Since too much sitting around is bad for your health (you can even die from sitting around! Imagine that! You’re gonna die (but only) if you sit around! Oh man …) and I hadn’t done any sports in ages, running was easy to get into. So there.

Since I run in the evenings, I am often quite tired afterwards … And I tend to blog on evenings as well. Well, I’m working on a better routine for me, I miss talking to you folks! 🙂

A Sneak Peak …

… from the blocking board …

Sacred Landscape 05

I still have to weave in some ends, but then it is done and can be photographed! 😀

And just in case anyone remembers this:

Fairy Shawl 01

This beauty made it to the blocking board as well … Finally. 😉 Also, an UFO has landed … Pictures will follow later.


Love ya, folks! I’ll talk to you soon this week!

Julia 😀

It’s A Kind of Madness …

It’s A Kind of Madness …. It’s A Kind of Madness … It’s A Kind of Madness …

Lacey Lamb

What do you do when you have lost your knitting mojo and are super-frustrated, because the lace-shawl you wanted to knit for yourself doesn’t work out no matter what and the sock you wanted to knit your beloved man looks like you’re dating the devil, because it’s fit for a hoof?


You sign up for a test knit.

For a lace shawl.

With lace in every row.

Sacred Landscape 02

Now, if you knit lace in every row, there is one rule that has to be obeyed. Just one, but it is important. Listen up, everybody! I’m gonna tell you about the rule.

Do not anger The Chart.

You anger The Chart if you talk loudly about how easy the pattern repeats are, how easy it is to read your knitting and if you pay too much attention to any episode of “A Game of Thrones” or a Let’s Play. Books are completely out of the question – you do not read while you’re knitting The Chart.

If you anger The Chart, you will have to tink back several rows and get completely lost as you stumble over several yarn overs and mess up right- and left-leaning decreases, because you lose the ability to differenciate between a “k2tog” and a “sl1,k1,pull slipped st over knit st” which changes every row, because you knit lace in every row.

And yes, you have to tink. Frogging is no option, because there is lace in every row.

To spice things up a bit, the shawl consists of a border (which is knit first) from which approximately 300 sts are picked up (I don’t know how many exactly, I’m not there yet). These 300+ sts form the body of the shawl, which is then shaped with short rows and embellished with a beautiful picture of a tree(!) in front of a moon in the middle.

The designer (who is Finnish) even wove a story into the construction of the shawl: As you knit the border, you travel through the many fjords of Finland, with the Northern Lights dancing above your head. In the middle of the body, you can see the full moon – and in the middle of the moon, a tiny oak, a glandular (or dwarf) birch.

Since Finland has many, many fjords, you must travel far.

Each pattern repeat has 20 rows. And you have to knit 30 of them.

Repeats, that is.

And yes, that is 600 rows of knitting the same pattern again and again but with the omnipresent awareness that you must not anger The Chart, because there is (all together now!) lace in every row.

Sacred Landscape 01

I am a bit further than when I took this picture. By now, I have finished 23 pattern repeats and got close to the 24th. Only 140 more rows to go until I get to pick up stitches.
Have a wonderful weekend, folks!

Julia 😀


P.S.: If you didn’t catch the title: It’s Queen! Only different.

P.P.S.: I love the shawl. And the yarn. The combination is great. Promise.