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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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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! =)
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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
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i'm very sorry about not finishing the daily advent calender posts. i caught a very nasty bug that left me unable to do anything but lie in bed and stare into space for a while. my limbs were aching so i couldn't knit and looking at the computer screen was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at witchhazel
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roll number 20 is the third and last of the ones i did with Dylusions stamps and ink sprays, coloured with metallic gel pens. i love all of them and think they make a very nice trio... yesterday's yarn made very pretty stripes. i just adore this shade of green... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at witchhazel
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roll number 19 is wrapped in gorgeous metallic ornaments that have swirly "twigs" to hang from and stars all around on a matte background. the paper i used for it is a gift wrapping paper i picked up at the supermarket a few years ago because it was so pretty.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at witchhazel
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roll number 18 is a very simple one - just gold paper with doodled snowflakes in metallic and white done with paint pen. (with those paint pens that have a huge rounded felt tip so you can't do any sort of fine detail work.) this is also one that might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at witchhazel
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one of my favourite rolls. i love all the ones i made using Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions line. for this one i used an awesome holly stamp and ink sprays on old book paper. i coloured the stamped images using metallic gel pens and i love the effect: you see all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at witchhazel
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roll number 16 is covered in lovely silverish pearly fabric and some crochet lace trim. i really like this one although i should not have used wet glue to adhere the fabric. it soaked through in a few places and now i would certainly use double sided tape instead of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at witchhazel
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roll number 15 is covered in some of this matte paper that feels a little velvety again. i doodled a snowy hillside with falling snow on it using a paint pen. i don't know about you, but i have yet to find a white paint pen that i'm happy with.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at witchhazel
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i used a pretty tissue box to cover roll number 14. that's a quick and easy yet effective way to decorate something (as long as you don't mind the fold lines that are in boxes even when you flatten them out). this is yesterday's all blue yarn knitted up. it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at witchhazel
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today's roll is very simple: just some design paper and because i felt like it looked too much like summer at the time i made it, i added some hand-doodled golden stars which didn't exactly make it look much better in my opinion. but today i thought i could actually... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at witchhazel