die linse strickt (me, knitting)

Book addict, photography addict, photo podcaster and (again) - after years of abstinence - knitter.

von einer die liest, fotografiert, podcastet, kocht und nun auch noch strickt.

Where to find me / wo man mich sonst noch so findet:

on ravelry,
on monikaandrae.com (Photography, German only),
on monis motivklingel (Photography Podcast, German only),
on Kruste & Krümel (Cooking & Baking, German only),

An meine deutschen Leser und Leserinnen. Ich werde hier mehr und mehr in Englisch posten, zum Üben und weil ich selbst viel auf englischen & amerikanischen Blogs lese. Kommentare sind aber auch in Deutsch jederzeit willkommen. :-)



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    Great things already cast their shadows ahead …

    Not only do I have to deal with a massive workload jobwise, there are also  things in my private life that will  require a lot of (budget) planning, to do lists and week ends to spend on tackling those lists.

    • we will move to a bigger place by December 1st (and I will have my own studio there. Yikes!)
    • we have to renovate our current house
    • there is a book project coming up

    I’ve lacked spare time during the last weeks, and it might not get better for the next month to come. Somehow I will have to deal with that and try to find (and maybe even schedule) those moments of me time. If I cannot dig my hands into fibery fluff every no and then, I will probably go nuts ;-).

    I managed to steal a few moments with the youngest an smallest member of my flock today. We are still getting getting to know each other. (I don’t have a name for her/him yet). The top is cheviot/ SW cheviot / wensleydale / nylon and solar dyed with safflor and madder and I love the sunny colorway - it makes me smile.

    Any idea for a name that would suit my Little Gem II?

    Lookie … I was allowed to assist when Chris Marquardt took the IceBucketChallenge. :-P

    Batt Transformation





    This is my second true woolen yarn. I’ve spun it long draw from the fold on my Schacht Reeves and (OMG!) fulled it slightly. It has been spun from four - 21 mic merino/tussah - batts, created by Candy and Laura from nunoco.

    The finished 2-ply is reasonably consistent (at least for a newbie in woolen spinning). It’s a light worsted yarn with a meterage 488m/200g. And it is super fluffy. I loooove it!


    And then one of your handspun yarns makes it onto the ravelry start page


    So that’s why there are suddenly comments on one of my spinning projects :-)

    Becky Stern - Disruptive Wearable Technology at HOPE X

    Totally awesome! … Maker, Knitting, Privacy

    Tour de Fleece 2014, the final

    I’ve plied aaaaaaaall day long and finished my last two yarns. The blue one (75% mulberry silk, 25% BFL) is 320 grams and 538 meters distributed to two skeins. The big skein is a classic 3-ply, the small skein is made from the “leftovers” ans has been chain-plied. (the “blue” photos have been taken pre-wash)

    The second skein is Three Waters Farm Merino/Tussah silk in the colorway “Cheerful Disposition”, 130g with a yardage of 415 meters, chain-plied. 

    My tour total is:

    • total fiber weight: 570 g
    • finished yarn: 1326 m
    • singles spun: 3978 m

    Tour de Fleece 2014, day 20

    Day 20 was travel day and I’ve spend many hours on the autobahn, so no spinning in the afternoon. Luckily I did manage to finish the second bobbin of the blue fiber in the morning. Yay!

    Tour de Fleece 2014, day 19

    … without words

    Tour de Fleece 2014, day 18

    … brings the first skein of  finished (and washed) yarn and more spinning on the blue mulberry silk / BFL top