1. Take part in a rally driving session 2. Practice my violin 3. Make and donate items to charity 4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions 5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). I managed to complete three hikes this month, and on the last one I hurt my knee quite badly, so have been out of action. Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop, Hike 2/40: Fitzroy Falls West Rim Track to The Grotto and Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track 6. Hunter Valley wine tour 7. Canyoning 8. Obtain a boat licence 9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible) 10. Weekly photo of the boys. 1/52, 2/52, 3/52, 4/52 11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING. 12. Write or blog every day. ONGOING. So far I only missed one day! 13. Teach a craft class 14. No new clothes all year 15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here. 16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here. 17. Use up my extensive yarn stash 18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects 19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: Coogee Beach. 20. Roadtrip to the Outback 21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship 22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina 23. Memory quilts for the boys 24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. STARTED…FitBit reinstated… I had to have a bit of a break due to a knee injury. But I will be getting back to it. 25. Monthly video calls with family and friends, STARTED 26. Refresh Italian (penpal) 27. Practice and improve my swimming ability 28. 1 day a week without my phone (entire year). ONGOING I am actually swapping this one out for a HOT AIR BALLOON Ride 29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’ 30. Write 40 letters throughout the year 31. Cocktail making course 32. Stand Up Paddle boarding 33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood 34. Random acts of kindness. STARTED and ONGOING 35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here. 36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here. 37. Roadtrip without destination 38. Regular German practice with the boys 39. Campervan holiday 40. 4 days away on my own
I have loved reading Teacher Tom’s blog for quite a few years. Some of you may know that I briefly ran my own Family Day Care (when I still lived in London, before Max was born). Tom’s blog always made me think about how I approached working with the young children that were in my care. Always thought provoking. Go check him out, you won’t be disappointed!
From Mollie Makes, these crochet blankets are a bit special. Click through to the patterns!
More crochet, in German this time. I adore this simple idea of making earrings from Mein gehäkeltes Herz.
The KnitPick team talking about yarn, what could be better? Especially when they are talking about all the information to keep in mind when shopping for yarn, specifically what you need to know about fiber content and ply. They answer questions like what is micro count, which yarns have the best drape and even what is yarn?
Have you heard of visible mending? I just love the idea. Visible mending is when you fix a garment (whether it’s a hole in a sock or a rip in your jeans) but keep the repairs visible. It reminds me of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
Yes, I also knit men’s things…especially when I am tasked with making a bright and colourful jumper for my good friend’s husband. This is one from the archives too, from 2015 to be exact. And funnily enough I was making this when I was pregnant with Max and two days after I gave birth to him (at home in the pool – best experience of my life), I was itching to get back to knitting because of this jumper!
And isn’t it absolutely fabulous? Yes, you read right, it was for a man! I remember knitting this and having soooo much fun with the colours and that colourwork for the yoke. It just made me very, very happy!
I used a DROPS Design pattern, but looking back on the pictures I believe I changed up the colourwork a little bit. I often speak about my love for DROPS Design. I love their patterns, they always are true to size (and psst, don’t tell anyone, but I don’t always do a tension square). I also love the DROPS yarn range, as they are wonderful to work with and have a huge range of different fibre combinations and amazingly fibrant colours.
That pink though, isn’t it fantastic? And the other colours in combination. I adore it! My friend’s husband looks pretty happy with it too!
Fuzzy picture I know, but it still shows the jumper in all it’s glory!
STATS Pattern:Ivalo by DROPS Design Yarn: DROPS Muskat Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 5th March –14th April 2015
I was sure that when I moved to Australia back in 2016 I wouldn’t be able to knit for myself anymore and more importantly I wouldn’t be able to wear any knits anymore. Imagine my happiness at discovering that this was not the case! Oh so happy!
The first day of school for any German child, even those that are far away in Australia, is a hugely important step! It’s a rite of passage!
Arguably THE most important part of a child’s first day of school is the Schultüte. A paper cone, often homemade, filled with sweets and presents. Germans believe that the thought of attending school for every day for the next 12-13 years needs to be ‘sweetened. Really, it’s much more than that: it’s a ritual that honours the child’s changing status and the many changes this entails for the rest of the family.
It’s filled with sweets, school supplies, little gifts and trinkets and the Schultüte itself is closed at the top so the child can’t see into it. It only gets opened once their first day at school is completed. Myself and many of my German friends here in Australia love this tradition. And I spent today making a Schultüte for Max, who starts school next week.
I just wanted to share these sweet pictures from 4 years ago when Luke started school. Often a sibling will get their own smaller Schultüte.
I knew I wanted to try and get back to reading this year. I used to devour books during my teenage years (and before that) and continued to read mountains of books through my BA degree (Journalism and English Literature). Which might be reason why I stopped reading? So what a better way to start again than with The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I vividly remember when I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, so was really keen to read the sequel, which Margeret Atwood released 35 later!
And it did not disappoint. I am sure by now most people with have read it themselves, but nonetheless I won’t give anything away. It’s wonderfully narrated by three different women, one of them being Aunt Lydia. It gives the reader a great overview of her backstory, maybe helping to explain why she is as cold and calculating as she is made out to be in both books.
The story picks up a few years after what happened during the Handmaid’s Tale, and it feels like it’s giving us explanations for some of the stories that were left open there.
I really enjoyed delving back into Atwood’s style of writing, I have always enjoyed it. She can draw me into the story and she makes me deserate to find out what happens next.
If you haven’t read it, I urge you to pick it up and read it!
On a recent trip to Milthorpe I went in and checked out Tambourlaine. I had previously been to Tambourline in Hunter Valley, and so it was nice to see their newest shop in Milthrope. And most importantly it’s organic!
For my ‘real’ job I work with young women who come over from Germany to support families with special needs children. When they leave to go back to Germany I like to make them a little something to remind them of their time in Australia. This little Koala Lady was one such gift.
The pattern is out of the Sweet Crochet Friends by Khuc Cay and it’s actually for a boy Koala in a little sailor, but as I was making it for a female friend I wanted to make her something sweet and girly.
l always have so much fun making these amigurumi toys, especially when I can add my own spin to them. The dress, the white collar and bow in her ear…so cute!
I was able to give it to my sweet friend in December 2019 before she went back to Germany.