Acorn hat. From London trough Berlin to FO.

I saw the pattern for Acorn Stitch Hat by Kim Kearney a couple of years ago while browsing at Loop in London. It’s a pretty beanie and I love anything oak/acorn, so home went the pattern with me.

The yarn was purchased in Berlin in 2018, during my birthday celebration surprise trip. The weather was fiercely cold but the city beautiful and its Fernsehturm (Radio Tower) is one of my favourite places ever. The tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the government of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). With its height of 368 metres (including antenna) it is the tallest structure in Germany, and the third-tallest structure in the European Union. In addition to its main function as the location of several radio and television broadcasting stations, the building – internally known as “Fernmeldeturm 32” – serves as a viewing tower with observation deck including a bar at a height of 203 metres, as well as a rotating restaurant. The restaurant has wonderful, ever changing views, thanks to its rotating platform, and features beautiful original interior details, with a distinct 1960s / space era vibe.

Rotating restaurant atop the Berlin Radio Tower
Fernsehturm, East Berlin

This beanie was knitted for a friend who lives abroad. The warm shade of green is one of her favourite colours, and the lightly variegated shades add a bit of interest without overpowering the textured stitches.

You can find my project here.

I also made a cowl to go with it – more about it in the next post.

Have a merry Christmas advent, may you all be safe and in good health.

Today’s the day

Finished object #1

One down, let me present the next in line – you might remember from old posts: Little Bird Lullaby (the pattern is Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander). 

I want it done before this month moves on. It only misses the border, which is where I stalled because I wanted to make a different one from the pattern.

I’m not into lacy, pointy edges and found some more-me alternatives in one of the many knitting books in my library: The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey. I want a knitted border, not too frilly but with a nice motif, perhaps something like a leaf or so (I love plants), that can be knitted on without sewing and follows the skewed shape of the shawl. Easy, she said.

Memories

I’m still alive and well!

This is a piece just resurfacing from old possessions of mine… Didn’t have a recollection of ever having done this.

Maybe it’s normal or maybe having too much to store in mind causes memory overload and reset.

It was meant to be this:

I still like it. Who knows if it will be finished one day

I feel there’s a candle light shining in the dark hours,

be hopeful and keep safe

Nurmilintu shawl

My Nurmilintu had a set back while ago, when I was nearing the end of the main section, the needle slipped and many stitches came undone. The shawl is knit in a beautiful but slippery and unforgiving yarn (The Natural Dye Studio’s Dazzle Sock in Dragonfly, 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool)… it was not possible to rescue. Frogged back by a significant chunk of the body and time-contumely picked the stitches up… sigh. Then re-knit.

Now the body is done and the shawl went to the side – got a bit stuck because I wasn’t familiar with the stitch for the border… Also, I didn’t like the pointy border that much. The border was rethought and I decided to go for a knit-on border. I found some tutorials and nice candidates, but stopped there…

I hope to gather the swing again and finish it in the near future!

Do you have projects that got you stuck?

 

 

Letting it go

I’ve been steadily going through my belongings and sorting out my collections and generally “my stuff”.

This was prompted by wanting to “put some order” and moving some things into storage. I own quite a few beloved collections and finally decided to let part of these go.

Some items have been donated and others have been listed already, which feels good!

Here a few that have been or are looking for a new loving owner..

Original vintage sewing bust mannequin SUPAFIT Made in England with adjustable sizing. The vintage picture in the background is also being listed. (sold)

 

Beautiful flowerspray in white & blue jug still life composition

Lovely flowers and shades, from a Russian painter

The hues and motif is cheerful and peaceful, so I’m enjoying it on my wall until a new loving owner is found.

 

This antique 1930s British BSA bicycle has found a new home with a dad and son working on a restore project. They came all the way from a rather distant city to collect it! I would have loved to restore it, but enough time was not at hand….

After going through various thoughts and feelings, I am now ready to share the love – I will part with a sizeable part of my collections. It’s time to travel a bit lighter.

There will be:

  • extensive collection of old patterns and magazines (knitting, crochet, sewing and crafts), antique cards & ephemera
  • vintage jewellery
  • antique books
  • old items in silver and gold (flatware, home decor, table dressing, jewellery)
  • vintage and antique paintings, china, tins and boxes
  • quirk finds

I’m currently organising the items and this will take time. More beloved finds will be slowly listed over the coming months. It takes time to take photos and write descriptions 😉

Please get in touch should you be interested in some of these, I can provide details in advance, as well as quotes. I can ship to the UK and internationally.

My current listings can be seen here: