Will receive it as a late birthday present




readingsbooks:

With recipes including Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Candy beetroot with lentils, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.
Will receive it as a late birthday present

readingsbooks:

With recipes including Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Candy beetroot with lentils, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.

 
Never received more beautifully packed fabric than this one from The Sweet Mercerie

Never received more beautifully packed fabric than this one from The Sweet Mercerie

 

Probably/hopefully only a few days to go till I’ll have internet in my new home. See you then!!

 

Sorry that it’s that quiet on the blog. There was a lot going on in January and some things just started and are still keeping me busy.
In short: I found a job in Cologne, we searched and found a flat and will move in in about two weeks. Yieks! Now all I can think about is kitchen-planning, wall paints (red? emerald? or just white to play it safe?) and how to get blackboard paint on the ingrain wallpaper… I’m thankful for every hint!
I’ll hopefully be back in march with projects, lomography and some pics of the new home! So excited! I surely have more ideas than time to realise them (and probably ONE flat is not enough as well) ;)

 

for my german readers: Passt zum (nicht mehr ganz so) neuen Jahr, passt aber auch an jedem anderen Tag. Do it!

 

My dear readers, I know I’m really late with my review of 2013, new year resolutions and sharing ongoing projects. But there’s so much going on in my life right now that I just didn’t have enough time. I promise to be back soon - hopefully next week - with projects I finished/started during the holidays and some thoughts about the last and the coming year.

For now I wish you all the best for 2014, may a few more of your dreams come true! Happy new year!

 

To use a bit of the yarn that I had left from the b/w hat and the pullover/dress I knitted this super simple scarf. From bottom to top I gradually added more and more light colours to the main (black) yarn.

 

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Last night I completed my sequined pullover. It took me less than two weeks, yay!

By shortening it about 20 cm it now has the slightly cropped length I was going for. Like my other lala Berlin sweater it’s super cosy and warm, mainly because of the moss stitch pattern that makes the fabric really thick. Knitting went very smooth. Basically the body is a only very little shaped rectangle, what makes knitting easy and enjoyable, particularly because I’m sewing a quite complicated and ambitious leather bag at the same time… more on that one later!

Can’t wait to sparkle with it on New Year’s Eve while watching the fireworks! ;)

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Pele Caster, Yahoo Waltrop (13.12.13)

Pele Caster, Yahoo Waltrop (13.12.13)

 
I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Enjoy the holidays :)

I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Enjoy the holidays :)

 

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After finishing my pullover/dress yesterday evening I started the next pullover this morning. I knit it in bordeaux red, the soft and thick merino yarn is joined by two thin strands of sequined yarn <3

I plan to shorten it about 20 cm to make sure it really has pullover length on me ;) It’s mainly knitted with size 9 needles (US 13) I hope to finish it until holidays!

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This piece here was knitted in less than an hour.

And that is like half the amount of wool I’ll need. It’s a lovely colour :)

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If you wonder what I was doing the last two months, this is it!

After the hat this is my second piece knitted from the lala Berlin x Lana Grossa collaboration. I used the same kind of yarn for both.

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I learned a few new techniques while knitting this, ehm, dress. As joining pieces properly, intarsia, picking up stitches for the ribbed neckline and a pattern that is called “webmuster” in german (weaving pattern in english?).

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The dress has raglan sleeves and the b/w front panel is inserted between two smaller black panels, the back is plain black.

Everything black is knitted in american moss stitch while the white parts are knitted in british moss stitch aka seed stitch.

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It took me faaaaaar longer to knit this as I had thought but I enjoyed it a lot! I love how the pullover came out in the end, love that it is that huge that I can wear it as a dress and thanks to the stitch patterns the fabric is really thick and warm yet soft and cosy. And it has POCKETS. Best thing ever.

 

I hoped to find emerald green viscose and/or an ikat print/woven in Amsterdam…. and this is what I actually came home with:

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A structured, black&white houndstooth jersey. It’s quite thick and since the print is kind of “loud” it was perfect for a mini-skirt with a very simple cut.

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What you see here is a slightly curved tube of fabric. I inserted a 4 cm wide elastic in the rectangular waist piece, hem is a little bit lower in the back…. really EASY. And super easy to wear as well :) Wore it several times already and I’m very content.

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Next projects won’t be that easy-peasy. I’ve queued the purse I found in the new CUT magazine, the Gérard coat from Republique du chiffon and Grainline’s Kat dress. Don’t think I could complete them all till christmas/new year. But maybe one or two;)

 
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