Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Little Red Lovey

She's finished at last! I made this little lovey custom to match a quilt that a mama I know made for her brand new bundle of love. I must say that the pink hair was my favorite part. It almost makes me wish I had some bubblegum pigtails of my own...and of course, a little red cloak.





Monday, July 28, 2014

Drop Stitch Scarf For Sister

Over a year ago, while I was pregnant and still living in Hawaii, my big sister sent me a box with some yarn in it. This beautiful green and gray cotton was destined to be some kind of scarf.  I wasn't much of a knitter a year ago so I picked this drop stitch scarf pattern as a somewhat easy pattern.  Now in a different country with a baby in my lap, it's finally finished and can be sent to and hopefully enjoyed by my amazing sister.





Free pattern can be found here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

First Farmers' Market Haul

Oh the glorious amount of produce that is in my refrigerator right now makes my heart sing.  We made our maiden voyage to the Kaiserslautern Farmers' Market yesterday and came away with so much delicious food! From a whiskey Camembert to local sunflower honey to fresh Rheinland Pfalz Schwarz Johannisbeeren (black currants) our lives are much richer in the food department.  The currants lasted only one night before they were transformed into freezer jam and the Camembert was savored and tasted over breakfast this morning (and will hopefully be savored for at least the rest of the week!)






Thursday, July 24, 2014

{This Moment}

Joining Amanda today. In her words...
{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
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Things I Love Thursday

My house is full of things I love and I'd love to show some to you today.  Sometimes you need to overlook that pile of laundry or those dust bunnies in the corner and really enjoy the little things you love in your home.

1. Fermented foods and drinks.  I've been missing kombucha and kimchi very much since leaving the states.  After a little adventure through Globus and the commissary I was able to procure both! Yummm. I also found Brottrunk or Bread Drink, a fermented German drink made from bread.  To our health!

2. The perfect kitchen window sill.  I love the way the late afternoon sun shines through.

3. A baby who is thinking very hard about crawling! And getting pretty frustrated at being stuck in one spot...

4. And though this is technically outside of my house, I am so in love with the views from my kitchen window.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday 7/23/14

Come and take a walk around the house with me. Let me show you what I'm making.

1. A shawl inspired by this photo. A bedspread that may never get done.
2. The very beginnings of my Nanook.
3. Little Red Riding Hood Lovey.
4. Woolen sock.

Yes, I do have a basket full of other works in progress, but those are sleeping for now while I get these done.  Happy yarning!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wool Shorties

Baby G is beating the heat with some brand new, mama-made woollies.  Wool is amazing and perfect for a cloth diapered bum.  It's breathable, making it good over a prefold or fitted in the heat (much cooler than disposables or PUL cloth dipes).  Wool also has antibacterial properties that keep it clean and smelling nice with minimal washing.  And with a nice coat of lanolin the wool repels moisture making it virtually waterproof.  Amazing!

These shorties were made from the Ladybug Loops pattern  with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn in Marina and Caution. I followed the pattern for DK instead of worsted because I feel like the WotA yarn is on the lighter side of worsted weight.  For the finish I did a combination of eyelet finish and ruffle and added an I-chord to the waist.  I am so happy with how these turned out and will definitely be casting on for some longies before winter.  There is absolutely nothing better than seeing my family dressed in handmade.  It makes my heart happy.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Johannisbeeren or Red Currant Jam

We've been suffering through a bit of a heat wave for the past few days here in Germany.  Cooking with the oven was put on hold, windows were tightly shut after 9am, and fans were strategically set up around the house for optimal coolness.  Baby G, Papa K, and I are all a bit grouchy in the heat so we've all been doing a fair bit of sulking.  When I woke up this morning and opened the windows, and then kept them open for hours and hours more because the breeze was staying cool, I knew it was time for a little celebration.  These berries glistened like gemstones as Baby G and I sat merrily in our kitchen carefully removing stems.  This was my first attempt at canning (sterilized jars and all) so I'm quite please with my output.  I'm looking forward to having some delicious red currant jam to dip into this winter on a cold, cloudy day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

{This Moment}

Joining Amanda today. In her words...

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
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Recent Adventures in Homemade Foods

Ok, I constantly tell people that I can't cook. That's not exactly true.  I don't usually like to cook, but today I'm going to take you on a little photo montage of my recent adventures in homemade food.  Life is hectic so we try to slow down and take pleasure in the very simplest of foods (even if making the simple foods is a bit more work).  Bonus points if said food is consumed in the twilight on our back porch.  From homemade bread with homemade jam to freshly squeezed orange juice to hand whipped cream, life in my kitchen has been feeling very exquisite in its simplicity lately.