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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    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

    Knitting during Tour de Fleece

    Even during Tour de Fleece, you need time to knit. At least I do. So I’ve started a pair of socks from one of my handspun yarns. The pattern is Rettangolo and I think it is especially suitable for handspun.

    Tour de Fleece 2014, day 15

    After hours and hours of spinning the single, it was finally time to ply the burnt orange tonal. While the skein is soaking, here some unwashed pics. ;-)

    115 grams resulted in 372 meters of chain plied yarn. I cant wait to check out the washed skein.

    Video: Tour de Fleece, day 15

    Tour de Fleece 2014, day 14

    Tour de Fleece, day 9

    Thats what I wanted to post early this morning, but then life happened.


    My cat, waiting for me to come back to the wheel - and my TDF status from right after the  world cup final. The German soccer team won the FIFA World Cup, and I have still about 20 grams to go … *sigh* will it ever end? 


    Tour de Fleece, day 8

    I am overdue with yesterday’s Tour de Fleece Status - but there it is. This top, which is 75% mulberry silk and 25% BFL is my current go-to project when I take out my Lendrum for meetings with my spinning group. Those fiber contents behave very differently while drafting and it is quite a challenge for me to produce a consistent single. I cannot draft directly from the top without getting pain in my fingers. In the end I’ve prepared a bunch of little nests of pre-drafted fiber. Those nests kept me busy during the meeting.



    Tour de Fleece, day 7

    I had big plans for Friday evening. I would sit down and spin at least until midnight. Oh yes. 

    Well … I was exhausted from my week at work and by 9 p.m. I got cross-eyed. I went to bed at 10 p.m.  and what happened was: head > pillow > zZzzz zzzz.

    So no big progress for day 7:

    This afternoon I am going to meet with my spinning group, so Rick (my Schacht Reeves) will stay at home. I’ll take my Lendrum together with some side projects. When all goes well, there will be new and different pics tomorrow.

    Spin on!

    P.S. More Tour de Fleece fom Team Yeti can be found here: