yarn bombing result

Here I am again ☺

I still owe you pictures of the yarn bombed tree. In fact we had enough for three trees in the Physic Garden at the Dalgarno estate. Corner Nine organised  and funded the project. We had a end of party project that almost blew me away, literally.

The tree we had planned to yarn bomb.


and a second one.


with a few details

and the third one which is my personal favourite.


I like the shape and the smooth surface which shows off the knitting much better as the rather knobby No 2 plus there is my daughters piece coincidentally joined with mine. Isn’t that romantic? There will be a joined piece of work of us forever in London, even if we are long gone (back to Austria, back to Austria, I am not overdramatising things, don’t worry)

Scrap Sunday: just an update really

I am busy, really busy, a couple of things are in the making. Or finished. But there is no time to post. We seem to have decided on sleepless days for young man and sleepless nights for mummy recently.

So for today, just a couple of pictures about the yarn bombing project. Which is meant to be a stash busting project and therefore perfect for Scrap Sunday. Except for me, who had to buy acrylic yarn for this purpose.

work in progress, playing around with techniques to get a bigger variety for the tree


work in progress, made by assistant, picture taken by assistant too… I keep finding these interesting pictures of all sorts of things on my phone. Toys, furniture, siblings, selfies of the culprit, … and progress of knitting. I wonder where she gets that idea from.


a pile of “tree-clothes” made during the workshop


the tree itself


still one more week to knit and then it goes up. With a party in two weeks time.

Yarn bombing – We can do it

Since a long time I am dreaming of leaving a footprint in London by yarn bombing something . But I didn’t know what, where, when or how. It is slightly overwhelming, I guess. Initially I thought of our nursery, kind of on the last day before we left for good. But they closed it so that would not be that impressive, would it.

If you don’t know what yarn bombing is, just look at Lorna and Jill’s website. They are two yarn bombing sisters and my super heros and do amazing stuff.

But then, a couple of months ago a friend of mine asked me if I was interested to be part of a yarn bombing community project. Of course I was.

Corner 9, a local charity which offers arts and crafts projects, has set up a workshop over 4 Saturdays where a lovely and pretty but slightly tired and forgetful tutor will help those who need it to knit up some rectangles which will then be sewn together by said tutor and hopefully some lovely helpers to wrap a warm and colourful coat, scarf or however you want to call it around a sad little dead tree:


After 4 weeks of hard work there will be a little celebration in the garden where we can all admire the result of our collective work. I am really looking forward to it and I am hoping to see many people there (not only because I realised how little knitting time I have these days 🙂 )

So if you live in the area and want to be part of it, bring your family and your needles and get knitting! On two of the four sessions there will even be a creche provided, you will find all information on the Corner 9 website.

If you live far away, no need to book a flight to admire our work, I promise I will post a picture of the result 🙂




How to crochet an octopus

Yes, I said “crochet”.

I thought my flower window display is the perfect opportunity to brush up my crochet skills dating from primary school days. And since I was unable to knit the beautiful Gerbera on oddknit I looked for a crochet pattern and found lovely flower patterns on the Meli Bondre blog and because of the rather deadly combination of crochet skills dating from primary school and trying to understand a pattern in a foreign language, I looked up all the strange letter combinations in Cherry Hearts Crochet Corner, an incredibly useful and also pretty site for anybody who wants to know about crochet with great tutorials to all sort of crochet stitches.

But back the Octopus – tutorial:

Choose a Gerbera pattern, ignore completely yarn and hook suggestions, take the one hook that you have and ideally too thick yarn for that hook.

Don’t bother counting the stitches when creating the inner circle. It is late and the yarn is dark. It will be roughly enough.

Continue until there is no more space to add any more petals legs. I know, from a marine biologist point of view, an octopus should have rather 8 legs (and probably that same marine biologist would not necessarily call them legs) rather than a good 30 but the crocheted octopus looks good with that many legs or arms or whatever.

Gerbera A1

(As my daughter has pointed out, it clearly isn’t an octopus because it doesn’t have eyes.)

If you like it but still want to crochet a Gerbera, just do the same again, maybe with different yarn, but don’t be surprised to get another octopus.

Gerbera B1

The octopus tutorial finishes here.

After a bit of ironing the seafood actually turns into something more flowery

Gerbera C2but size wise they are not quite at the same scale than my lovely knitted roses and tulips.

Vase 07A little overpowering I guess and not recognisable as Gerberas next to the smaller flowers, maybe weirdly dyed sunflowers? But then it helped a lot to make the bouquet much fuller quickly. And they work well to attract views from further away which was the point of the whole window display anyway.