Sonntag, 18. August 2013

Sunday Sayings

“After the meals were served and the dishes were done, Grandma Amy would sit quietly by the big living-room window that looked out over a rolling green pasture and work on her crocheting. She always seemed so happy and peaceful working with her yarns.”

This is a quote by beanie crocheter Tom Clark in the following book: "10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters" by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. I found it here.



Sonntag, 11. August 2013

Yellow Baby Booties

Kürzlich hab ich diese süßen Babybooties verschickt. Flachgedrückt passen sie prima mit zu einer großen Grußkarte in den Umschlag ;-). Und gestrickt sind sie wirklich ganz schnell! Die Machart ist interessant: Man beginnt oben mit dem Rollrand, und nach dem Schaft strickt man erst die Oberseite des Fußes. Dann werden seitlich Maschen aufgenommen (wie sonst bei der Käppchenferse), und man strickt den ganzen Fuß rundherum nach unten (mit Abnahmen in den letzten Reihen). Am Ende werden die restlichen Maschen per 3-Needle-Bind-Off zusammen gestrickt. Für Socken, die man beim Laufen trägt, fände ich diese Naht unter dem Fuß nicht so prickelnd, aber kleine Babies, die noch nicht laufen können, stört sie bestimmt nicht. Denke ich zumindest ;-). Mal sehen, was die Mutter des Babys dann berichtet. Auf jeden Fall macht es Spaß sie zu stricken!
Lately I dispatched these cute baby booties. Pressed flat they fit perfectly with a big greeting card in an envelope ;-). And they are knitted up really quickly! The make is intereting: You start with the rolled cuff, and after the shaft you first knit the upside of the foot. Then you pick up the stitches at the side (just like is done for a classic sock's heel) and knit the whole foot downwards (with decreases in the last rows). In the end you knit the remaining stitches together with the 3-needle-bind-off. For socks that are worn while walking I wouldn't like this seam under the foot, but little babies that aren't yet able to walk surely don't mind. At least I think so ;-). We'll see what the baby's mother will tell about it. Anyhow knitting them is fun!



Ich hab Garn aus meinem Stash genommen, ich denk es könnte Schachenmayr Bravo gewesen sein oder ähnliches. Die Anleitung gibt es hier.
I used yarn from my stash, I think it could be Schachenmayr Bravo or something similar. The pattern is here to find.

Field Trip

Nun ist schon die 2. Woche der Sommerferien rum! Unglaublich wie die Zeit verfliegt. Das Abschlußfest von Sohnis Klasse fand kurz vor Schuljahresende auf einem Bauernhof statt, da der Elternvorsitzende praktischerweise einen "Erlebnisbauernhof" hat. Morgens früh zogen die Kids los und wanderte 2,5 Std. dorthin. Danach gab's dann eine Führung über den Bauernhof und anschließend Spiel & Spaß. Nachmittags durften dann alle Eltern dazu kommen zu einem kleinen Grillfest. Leider haben wir nicht alle Tiere gesehen (z.B. die Schweine), aber ich habe massig Fotos von der dazu gehörenden Damwildzucht gemacht. Und von den süßen Eselchen. Habt Ihr schonmal so schön gefleckte Esel gesehen? Insgesamt war es ein gelungener Tag und die Kiddies hatten mächtig viel Spaß :-).
Already the second week of the summer holidays is over now! Unbelievable how time flies. A few days before the schoolyear's end my son's class had a party which took place on a farm because practically the parents chairman has an "adventure farm". Early in the morning the kids headed off and wandered 2,5 hours to that place. They got a behind-the-scenes tour and afterwards a lot of fun and games. In the afternoon the parents arrived on the scene for a little barbecue. Unfortunately we couldn't see all animals (e.g. the pigs), but I made lots of photos from the corresponding fallow deer breeding. And from the sweet donkeys. Have you ever seen so beautifully spotted donkeys? Altogether it was a felicitous day and the kids had lots of fun :-).

An old ruinous house/stable on our way to the farm

Beautiful summer!!!

ein kleines Wasserschloß in der Nähe des Bauernhofs / a little moated castle in the near of the farm


die Brücke über den Wassergraben / the brigde over the ditch

altes Wasserrad gegenüber vom Schlößchen / old water wheel vis-à-vis the little castle









So nosy, this little Bambi!


ein kleiner Bach hinter dem Baunerhaus / a stream behind the farmhouse

eine wunderschöne Hortensie vor dem Bauernhaus / a wonderful hydrangea at the farmhouse
Small wild strawberries!






Hello Dawn from Custer Cottage!!


Sunday Sayings



S U M M E R

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing. 
~Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist


The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. 
~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

This was one of those perfect New England days in late summer where the spirit of autumn takes a first stealing flight, like a spy, through the ripening country-side, and, with feigned sympathy for those who droop with August heat, puts her cool cloak of bracing air about leaf and flower and human shoulders. 
~Sarah Orne Jewett

Source for all quotes: www.quotegarden.com
Photo: www.oldskoolman.de