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Dienstag, 3. November 2009

Wollfee und Secret Pal / Finished Swaps

Aus der letzten Woche ist noch die Ankunft zweier Päckchen nachzutragen. Sowohl der Secret Pal Swap als auch die Wollfee 10 sind zu Ende gegangen und die Identität meiner geheimen Wohltäterinnen wurde aufgelöst.

Meine Wollfee Ute hat mir mit ihrem letzten Päckchen eine ganz besondere Freude gemacht. Ich habe nämlich zusätzlich zur Sockenwolle und dem Sockenmusterbuch einen Baktus mit passenden Handstulpen von ihr bekommen, die farblich absolut perfekt meinen Geschmack getroffen haben. Auch an dieser Stelle noch mal ganz herzlichen Dank, Ute für die schöne Wollfeezeit mit dir!

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Übrigens habe ich vor kurzem auch meinen ersten Baktus (aus Wollmeise Mitternacht) genadelt. Meine Tochter hat ihn zum Geburtstag bekommen und trägt ihn seitdem täglich absolut stolz zur Schule.

Wollmeise Baktus



Clara aus Maryland war mein Secret Pal während der letzten Monate. Auch sie hat sich mit dem letzten Päckchen selbst übertroffen, indem sie mir gleich ein ganzes Sortiment an verschiedenen Garnen geschickt hat. Dazu gab es dann auch noch einen Schwung Knit Picks Rundnadeln und Sticker für meine Kinder. Auch diese Secret Pal Runde war wieder ein voller Erfolg für mich und ich freue mich schon auf die Neuauflage.
Mein eigenes "Opfer" war übrigens Hanna aus Finnland

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Both Secret Pal 14 and the German version Wollfee 10 have ended with two gorgeous packages that I received last week.
My German wool fairy was Ute. Not only she sent me sockyarn and a sock pattern book, but she also knitted for me a baktus shawl with fingerless mittens in my favourite colours. A wonderful gift that I appreciate very much.
Btw: Recently I knitted my first Baktus myself, which was a present for my daughter's birthday.
Clara from Maryland was my spoiler from Secret Pal and again she surpassed herself, as she sent me not only an assortment of different yarns but also a range of knit picks circular needles and stickers for my kids. Thanks so much Clara, you were a wonderful spoiler! I'm looking forward to the next round of Secret Pal again.
Apropos my own spoilee was Hanna from Finland.

Freitag, 11. September 2009

Secret Pal package

On Wednesday I was very happy to receive another package from my Secret Pal. She sent me wonderful lace yarn, which is incredibly soft, two knit picks needles, an old handpainted spindle, very cute, and woolwashing detergents. Thanks a lot Secret Pal, this was great!

Secret Pal

Mittwoch, 26. August 2009

Swap News

In den letzten Tagen sind gleich zwei Swap-Päckchen bei mir eingetrudelt. Zunächst kam das erste Päckchen von meinem Secret Pal aus den USA. Darin enthalten war ein wunderschöner Strang Cherry Tree Hill Sockenwolle, ein Strickkit mit Alpakawolle für ein Stirnband, ganz süße Karten mit einem Strickmotiv, Tee und Süßigkeiten, die es wie immer nicht auf das Foto geschafft haben.

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Gestern lieferte Hermes dann mein erstes Wollfeepäckchen ab. Und ich hab gleich Socken bekommen!!! Da ich niemanden in meinem Umfeld habe, der in irgendeiner Form handarbeitet, freue ich mich immer besonders, wenn ich was Selbstgemachtes bekomme. Vielen Dank liebe Wollfee! Und natürlich auch für das Buch :-).

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The postman delivered two swap packages during the last days. The first came from my secret pal in the United States, containing wonderful yarn, cute cards, traveller’s tea tin and some treats.
The second package was from my German secret pal, who sent me socks and a pattern book.
Thanks a lot to both of you!

Freitag, 3. Juli 2009

Secret Pal 14 - The Questionnaire

Everyone is anxiously waiting for getting their matches. For the time being, here's my questionnaire.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like?
My favorite yarns are pure natural yarns or yarns with only little acrylics. I don't like fuzzy or novelty yarns, mohair, angora.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have several bags and boxes for my needles.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for 30 years now, but with long breaks. I think my level is intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, it's on amazon.de

5. What’s your favorite scent?
Lavender, rose, pine.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Nothing special, but I love it not too sweet (but we all love jellie beans)

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
No other crafts.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love to hear world music from Africa or Asia, chill. Sorry, no MP3s.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?
My favorite colors are blues, greens and autumn/nature colors. I can't stand pink and red.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Boy 14, girl 12 and a boyfriend who is living not far from us.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves and Mittens yes, hats and ponchos no.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Scarves, socks, shawles, pullovers, cardigans, blanket

13. What are you knitting right now?
I have several wips as usual: socks, blanket, 2 pullovers

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Yes, sure.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circular needles or dpns, bamboo.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
OLD!

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?
Christmas

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Nothing special apart from yarns, patterns and nice buttons. Oh, and I love Starbucks and LUSH.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have no subscription at the moment. Please take a look on my ravelry library concerning the books and mags that I already have.
I'd love to get yarns that are difficult to get hold of in Germany.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
No, not at the moment.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes I am! My size is 42 (German) or 10 (US)

23. When is your birthday?
February 25

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?
My ID is: lakeside

Dienstag, 9. Juni 2009

Secret Pal 14

Es ist wieder soweit: Demnächst startet die Runde 14 des Secret Pal Swaps. Da ich bisher nur tolle Erfahrungen mit meinen Swappartnerinnen gemacht habe, bin ich gern wieder dabei! Anmelden kann man sich bis 15.6. hier und es gibt natürlich auch eine Gruppe bei ravelry.

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Here we are again! Sign ups for Secret Pal 14 are open until June 15. My experiences with the last three rounds were absolutely great, so I'm really very much looking forward to this round. There's also a ravelry group to be found here.

Mittwoch, 28. Januar 2009

Secret Pal and TSG Packages

Es gibt doch kaum was Schöneres als Päckchen auszupacken! Gestern hatte ich gleich zweimal dieses Vergnügen. Als erstes hat mir meine Swappartnerin aus der Travelling Scarves Group eine niedliche Schachtel mit quietschbunten Masschenmarkierern geschickt.

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Das zweite Päckchen kam aus den USA von meinem Secret Pal und enthielt neben diversen Candies wunderbare Sockenwolle von Happy Feet und farblich dazu passende Maschenmarkierer. Ich finde es klasse, dass ich auf diese Weise auch mal Wolle anfassen und ausprobieren kann, an die ich sonst hier nur schwer herankäme, und diese Wolle ist wirklich unglaublich weich (90% Merino).

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There's hardly a bigger pleasure than to come home and find packages with surprises. Yesterday there were even two waiting for me. The first was from my TSG-swap partner who sent me colourful stitchmarkers in a funny box.

The second package came from the USA and was sent by my Secret Pal. Besides different candies, which were pretty soon discovered by my children, she sent me wonderful sockyarn and stitchmarkers. The yarn is Happy Feet, which is difficult to get hold of in Germany, and that's one reason why I like the Secret Pal swaps so much. Thanks a lot, Secret Pal, I really love your packages!

Montag, 22. Dezember 2008

Secret Pal Päckchen/ Secret Pal Package

Ich schulde euch noch das dritte Päckchen von letzter Woche und das war noch einmal ein ganz besonderes! Mein Secret Pal hat sich unglaublich viel Mühe gegeben und eine ganz tolle Mischung für mich zusammengestellt: ein wunderschöner Strang Sockenwolle, das Buch 'Folk Style', diverse Leckerlis, Kaffee mit Pfefferminz, eine niedliche Brosche und und und....
Vom Paketaufkleber weiß ich jetzt auch, dass mein Secret Pal in den USA lebt - das ist mal was Neues, denn bisher hatte ich nur Secret Pal Partner in Europa.

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I havn't told you about the third package from last week. Actually it was a very special one: My secret pal had sent it and she did a absolutely great job. Look at the picture which marvellous things I received. I found out from the package labels that she is in the United States - how cool! Thank you very much Secret Pal and Merry Christmas!

Samstag, 29. November 2008

Blog posts in English

Kerry asked me, now that SP13 is running I should post in English. Usually I try to translate as much as possible of my posts in English, but the last few definitely were not translatable. They are about small experiences at work in the bookshop, which mainly live from word playing. But I'm in contact with both my upstream and downstream pal and I think both of them are aware that I have a tough time right now before the holidays. Hope that's okay now.

Montag, 17. November 2008

Secret Pal 13 - The match

Yes, I've got mine :-)!
My upstream pal has already sent me a message - *greetings to you* - and I'm in contact with my downstream pal. Her name is......... and she is from.........Her blog looks very interesting :-).

Donnerstag, 13. November 2008

Secret Pal 13 - The Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like to knit with natural fibers or yarns with only little acrylics. I don't have a problem witch scratchy yarns. Mohair or angora are not for me and I'm not so much in silk.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have several boxes for my needles and I've got a nice needle needlebag for my dpn's from my last secret pal.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for the last 30 years. My level ist probably intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have an Amazon wishlist on amazon.de.

5. What's your favorite scent?
Rose, lavender, yasmine.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Nothing special, I love chocolate and candy.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Nope, lack of time.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like world music from Africa, Asia or South America, but I can't play MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My favorite colors are warm autumn colors, blue, green. I don't like red, pink or purple.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have two kids (12 and 14) and a boyfriend. My kids have guinea pigs and rabbits.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves and mittens yes, hats and ponchos no.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love to knit socks, scarves, sweaters and cardigans.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks, two pullovers and a blanket.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes, sure!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I usually knit socks with bamboo dpn's and I have one set of knitpicks dpn's that I like very much. I knit my sweaters with alu circulars.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
When I count from my start-up knitting again two years agao, my oldest UFOis about 18 months old.

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?
I like Christmas but usually I don't have much time to prepare anything, because this is the hardest time in my job.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Apart from yarn and patterns, I wanted to start collecting nice buttons.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Take a look in my ravelry library or in my amazon wishlist. I have an Interweave Knits subscription since last year.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Nope, not at the moment.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes I love to knit socks. I still don't have my foot measurements, bit it's German size 42 (large!).

23. When is your birthday?
February 25th

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Yes: lakeside

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