Jun 24, 2015

yarn along :: a shawl and reading about home

happy yarn along wednesday! about the beginnings of the saco stripes tank that i had started 2 weeks ago: i frogged the whole piece on the weekend. i detected a mistake that could not be undone and was kind of surprised about the sense of relief i felt when i started ripping. it felt so good! i had not been convinced of this garment from the start, our summers being rather mild and short, i was unsure about the fabric (too transparent for my taste) and had no sense of whether my gauge was ok. plus, it was taking me ages, making me think i would probably finish it by fall... i now need to find a new project for my lovely sparrow yarn, and i might look into shawls, as quince and co has a big shawl kal planned...

first of all, i turned back to some wip's, like this shawl i am making up as i go, with gorgeous flock & needle yarn, a heavenly blend of bluefaced leicester and silk. the colorway is called retired shipyard, and being a harbor-city girl, i am thinking i might make a triangular shawl that resembles the image of a bow of a ship, with a few lace circles to mimic portholes, with a broad and squishy garter stitch to reflect rippling waters as the ship glides through it. that's the image i have in my head and i hope that i am able to translate it into a wearable shawl...

i have picked up gretchen rubin's "happier at home" once again. i realised while reading "love the home you have" (which is ok, btw. a lot of the things in there are common sense to me, but i like the 31-day love your home challenge at the end) - that i had never finished gretchen's book. i love her style of writing, it is very clever and entertaining, so i picked it up again.

Jun 23, 2015

sisterly exploring in NOLA

i never really shared parts of our roundtrip back in april when we were in the states. most of what we experienced are family memories, which are documented in other spaces. it has been such a longed for and long awaited extended travel opportunity, that at times i cannot believe that it is actually over, and we're here again, post-travel. i will share some more details about my take on travelling light with kids and travelling with kids in general, but i'm taking my time to find the words. in the meantime, here are a few snippets of the first destination of our roadtrip: New Orleans, to which simona accompanied us.

in the French Quarter... quite the fitting restaurant for the two of us, just not for our budget...

me enjoying a po-boy.

Storyland in the City Park, such a magical place to visit!

beautiful Garden District...

somewhere along Magazine St...

we found New Orleans to be the perfect place for enjoying together all that we love: family, good food, arts and crafts, cute little shops and funky public transportation. we walked a lot (said funky transportation was so crowded at times we didn't have another option), but hasn't that always been the best method for getting to know a city? and i love that about cities: to be able to get from one part of the other on foot in a reasonable amount of time.

i love my hometown of Hamburg, Germany, and i love living here. no other city i have visited in Europe or the US has been able to compete with Hamburg (Sydney, Australia is the exception. but that is so far away and so long ago that it seems like another world to me). but NOLA? stole my heart away. i can truly say that it is my second favourite city in the world, and i'm so happy we were able to visit and explore it as a family!

Jun 11, 2015

in the garden in mid june

i thought it might be nice to chronicle some of our gardening adventures here on the blog, as last summer i think i managed just one or two gardening posts i thought this year i might get an early start.

let's start with the front of the house. our restorated wagon is still looking beautiful, i used the idea with the old rainboots which adds such a playful touch i am thinking of placing a second pair there. also in the front is our apple tree, on which i am counting 3 apples. this is more about having a pretty tree in the yard than about harvesting much though. we live just a short drive away from europe's largest fruit producing region, so we know where to go for our apples ;)

i have green beans everywhere. in a bean teepee in the back garden, in a pot on the terrace and in a raised bed. the slugs have been terrible last year, but this year regular slug hunting and placing coffee and grounded egg shells around the little stems has helped a little. still, i'm not taking any chances which is why i chose multiple spots for the beans in hopes that at least some of them will make it. you can see some of my lavendar in the photo as well, last year i didn't make anything with it, i am  planning on making some soap but we'll have to see about that.

on the side of the house are our raised beds. i dropped everything that didn't work well last year, like radishes and carrots, and am sticking with what worked well, so there are only squash/pumpkins and green beans in there. behind the raised beds are our potatoes.

new this year is our little greenhouse. with our climate and the fair amount of rain we get here we never had a chance of growing tomatoes. now we have a few tomato plants in the greenhouse, as well as cucumber, which is growing very well, and we have been feasting on salad for quite a few weeks already. just infront of the greenhouse is the kid's garden patch. we are trying to grow some flowers for a cutting garden, we'll see how that goes.

in the back of the garden is our bean teepee. as i said i'm trying hard to keep the slugs away for the little plants to make it through these first weeks. i hope it works! not pictured are our blackberry bushes, that are yet to bloom but they are very dependable so i'm confident we'll have a good blackberry harvest come august/september.

so, what's growing around your garden these days??

Jun 10, 2015

yarn along :: a finished juvel cardi and saco stripes on the needles

i finished the juvel cardi last week and am pleased with the way it turned out. i guess i could have made the sleeves longer after all, but this way it is the perfect summer cardi that goes well with short sleeves and long sleeves underneath. great for layering on these chilly summer mornings in which we check on the garden.

i now cast on a saco stripes top in quince and co. sparrow, which is 100% organic linen. i am not yet sure about it. about the linen and the top. the fabric is turning out too transparent for my taste but maybe it's just the first few rows? i love these colours though, so i am hoping all will be fine in the end.

i am reading this and that at the moment. the days are long with the sun setting just shortly before 10 p.m., and i am finding myself busy outdoors and in. i love this time of the year!

what are you knitting and reading this week? joining ginny's yarn along.
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