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witchhazel
near vienna
i'm a mother of two, a boy and a girl, happily married to the most wonderful man and i love to craft, paint, art journal, knit, crochet, sleep and drink juice.
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these are the mitred square patchwork socks i made so far. the first one was gifted to my aunt, the second one stayed with me and the third one went to live with a friend. as you can see they all have a strip of joined mitred squares as part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at witchhazel
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this is where i left off last time - nine rows, twelve squares each. i must say that i always enjoy looking at pictures of my blanket spread out like this. i hardly ever see it like this any more because it's getting really big. it's supposed to be 12x16... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at witchhazel
Thank you so much, Helen! xxx
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2017 on socks #20 at witchhazel
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lots of socks to show again, mostly short ankle socks. at the end of the previous sock post i showed you a pair made with opal "The Little Prince and the Fox" yarn and mentioned the game of yarn chicken i was playing to get a second pair out of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at witchhazel
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do you remember Herb? i made him back in october and he has been holding on to our shopping-list pen ever since. now i've spent the last two or three days making a friend for Herb. meet Flora: Flora is a bit of a diva and she's an insect spirit.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at witchhazel
thank you!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2017 on a book post at witchhazel
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it just occurred to me that i hardly ever show photos of books and journals that i make. that is actually really stupid... especially when i consider that i had a great opportunity of "advertising" my work because i had a little stall at a local arts and crafts fair... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at witchhazel
thank you! that's so nice to hear! i'm glad you are enjoying yourself =) yes, very addictive indeed - haha!
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2017 on sock yarn blanket #3 at witchhazel
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hi! i want to show you the progress i made with my sock yarn blanket. i've been knitting like crazy yesterday evening and this morning because there were only four squares left to finish the row. (if you're tired of my yarn comparisons - just don't read it - haha!)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at witchhazel
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this is a list for various basic ingredients you might want to mix and match to make your own muesli. they are listed according to the elements they are associated with in the 5-elements cuisine (see this post for more info). there are some minor things to pay attention to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at witchhazel
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have you ever heard of "5-elements cuisine"? i don't even know if i (or google) have translated that correctly because i only ever heard it talked of in german. it's a sort of concept that can be applied to anything you cook or bake. you can even make drinks and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at witchhazel
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i really don't know why i have such a hard time posting regularly on here! it bugs me - it really does and i will have to find out why that is. (not the bugging but the not posting...) it's between the beginning and the middle of may and when... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at witchhazel
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wow! i haven't posted in a while! sorry about that... i know my last post was about my sock yarn blanket already but i just wanted to share with you how i got along since then. this is where i left off with row five in the middle of february:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at witchhazel
hi! thanks for stoping by! =) for casting on additional stitches i use the "backward loop cast on" - you can find plenty of videos on youtube. it's not my favourite cast on but it's great for when you already have stitches on your needle and need more - like you do with the blanket. it's a little fiddly to knit the first row on backward loop cast on stitches but i'm okay with the edge it creates and i just go slow for these stitches =) i hope this is helpful and enjoy knitting your blanket! =)
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on sock yarn blanket #1 at witchhazel
thank you! =) i'm very happy you feel inspired to keep working on your blanket! with most of the socks i make i'm left with enough yarn to get at least one square for my blanket out of it and then there is still some left to do a few rounds of a scrahappy sock. so far i've done my left over socks in 5- or 7-row stripes. i want to try 10-row stripes soon too. all of the little yarn balls in the wooden bowl are too small to make squares with and most of them i've used in the blanket already so there's lots left for scrahappy socks! =) happy knitting!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on sock yarn blanket #1 at witchhazel
hi! thank you so much! and thanks for stoping by too =) i hand wind my left over sock yarn like this: i start by wrapping the beginning around two or three fingers a few times, twist that loop into a figure-8 and fold both smaller loops on top of each other - that creates a semi-organised bunch of yarn. then i wind the yarn around that with one finger between. when i want to change direction i hold the yarn down and go on winding in a different direction - just look where there is a bare spot that needs "covering" =) always keep a finger between the ball and where you are winding - it gives the yarn room to relax when you take the finger out. hand-wound balls of yarn should be soft and squishy - when wound too tightly the yarn is too tense and will get all stringy... that way you could match your colours and play around with them, of course, but i actually don't really plan out which yarn i use next =) i just go with whatever speaks to me at the time i need it...
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on sock yarn blanket #1 at witchhazel
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my ever changing sock yarn scrap basket. i just love this thing... i keep the smaller balls of left overs in this wooden bowl on the edge of our sofa table - they just get lost in the basket. next to it i have some colours picked out to use... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at witchhazel
thank you, Jenny! i'm glad you enjoyed and found it useful! =)
thank you so much, Virginia! =)
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on socks #18 at witchhazel
thank you! i'm glad you enjoy it! =)
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on socks #18 at witchhazel
thank you so much! that is so kind! =)
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on socks #18 at witchhazel
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before i show you all the many socks i've made (or finally managed to photograph) since the last sock post, i want to show you my project journal: this is where i keep track of all the socks i knit: which yarn and pattern i use, how many stitches i... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at witchhazel
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here is how you can add tags or other kinds of single pages in the joint between the two parts of the leporello book base. you have to do this before you connect the two base pieces with the connection piece because it hides the flaps that hold your inserts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at witchhazel
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i have talked about the story of my leporello books in this post and you can find part 1 of the guide - making the cover - here. for part 2 of this guide - making the leporello insert - please keep in mind that the measurements i'm working with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at witchhazel
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birthday cards - side folding - for both, my aunt and my mother-in-law. i used textured cardstock and wallpaper from an old sample book. i stitched a vellum folio inside for the message and sandwiched the ends of the silver thread between punched out wallpaper leaves. two birthday cards -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at witchhazel