Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Ouch...

My wrists hurt!! A lot!! I might have been knitting a little bit to much. Or maybe the problem was not the amount of knitting but rather the technique. I have been trying a new kind of heel on a pair of socks and it turned out to be a bit tricky. So I knitted with a lot of anger and tension and was all cramped up afterwards.

I took a knitting break for a few days now and it's beginning to kick in. I am starting to get a little itchy and keep shooting furtive looks to my needles and my yarn. Maybe tonight, if the wrists are ok with that. Oh look at that, my hands are shaking, I feel all shivery and what's that uncontrollable drooling about?

In the meantime, some pictures of recent knitting:

One more sleeve to go! Hurrah!



Warm slippers for my boyfriend. They are knitted in a special felting wool (or so they say), you knit them extra large and then felt them in your washer. In this case, I knit them extreeeeeeemly large because my boyfriend has incredibly large feet. Oh but don't worry, he is quite tall in general, so that's ok! I have never before knitted with such thick needles, it's like holding branches. Progress is made very quickly but I still prefer smaller needles.




This yarn is hell. It is "Cambio" from Lana Grossa but I refer to it as "Yarn of Anger". It looks quite stunning, the delicate shimmer and vivid coppery colour won't show on this picture, but it really is beautiful. Complete crap to knit with though... I have to keep a rubber band on the ball so that the yarn won't flow off. Yes, flowing is the right word. The first ball I used disintegrated completely and knotted tightly together at the same time. Took me 1 hour to rewind it neatly! After several attempts to knit a tank top with that yarn, I frogged the whole thing and now am trying something else.


I have more to show you but it needs some washing and blocking first. Have a nice day!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Fail and Pass

Yep, failed again. I took the maths exam again on the 12th of October and screwed up royally. Usually when you take the same maths exam again, it actually is the SAME, same questions, etc. But noooo, not this time! When I looked at the examination papers I didn't know if I should start crying or jump over the table, go berserk and punch the professor straight in the face. The girl sitting next to me did nothing but shake her head and hand in her papers 5 minutes into the exam. I don't want to go whining about how unfair the questions were, but they so were! The second test was way harder than the first one.

On a happier note, I took my final oral exam in theology on the 20th of October and passed!! YAY! The grade could have been better if I hadn't been so excited. My brain got all blocked several times during those 45 minutes, but still: I passed.
After failing again in maths, I wanted to pack in the whole study thing. Since I started studying I constantly asked myself if it is the right thing for me. I am still not sure yet, but after passing theology I decided to give it another try. There are a few more exams to take, but I am nearly done. Though if I could turn back time, I wouldn't do it again. University really sucks, at least the one I am attending.

Farewell Hermine and Emma

Ok here we go... A lot has been going on, but I want to start with the really important stuff. We lost two of our beloved furry friends. Not unexpected, but dreaded for a long, long time.
After reading what I wrote in the following I must say that I kind of rambled on and on... So if you are not interested in animals, their medical conditions etc. please skip the whole post!! Otherwise it will be very boring for you.

On the 2nd of October, we had to put Hermine to sleep because she had a huge bladder stone that made her uncomfortable and no doubt achy. The bladder stone was the final straw that broke the camel's back. She had been through so much in her life and we decided, that we would not put her through the ordeal of an operation which would have been so very risky, especially because Hermine was really old. We got her from an animal shelter years ago, shortly after she gave birth to 6 little rabbits. She was exausted and emaciated to the bone. God knows what people did to her before she came to us. Over the years she developed a chronic cold and always sneezed and coughed up a lot of slimy stuff. Nonetheless, she was quite happy so we carried on.
A few years later, she aquired a kind of parasite which is quite common with rabbits and cats. Those parasites reside within the brain and literally turn the animal's whole world around. Dumbledore had the same parasites once, but showed symptomes very early and we were able to act on it as soon as he tilted his head in a peculiar fashion. Hermine showed no such signs but all of a sudden started writhing and banging her head on the floor, the walls, everything....It was very, very scary and I'll spare you the details. Very miserable weeks followed where I stayed at home nearly all the time. It was a gigantic wonder that she survived the whole thing, only one hind leg stayed crippled, but she could run as fast as ever with that leg.
So why not put her to sleep earlier, you ask? Our rule is: If the animal wants to eat and drink and shows signs of pleasure and joy, we carry on. We survey them very carefully and constantly and step in when they show us that they want to leave. Should they not be able to go on their own, we/the vet help and put them to sleep.
Hermine was quite the fighter, she was brave and strong and amazed us with her unbreakable will to live. We miss her very much but know that she is well now, with intact legs and free of pain. Goodbye Herminchen, we love you and will never forget you!



On the 14th of October we lost Emma. Although we knew for months that the day was drawing closer, it was very hard. We love all of our animals equally but there is a difference between losing a very old animal and putting a young one that never had a chance to sleep. We took Emma and Ruth from people who bought them as a present for their children. Predictably, the "toys" became boring one day and only meant work. While Ruth seemed to be in good condition, Emma chewed in a funny fashion, sliding her lower jaw very fast to one side. We took her to the vet who discovered that some molars nearly grew together and caged the tongue in. The molars and incisors of rabbits and guinea pigs steadily grow their whole life. Usually the animals keep their teeth short by chewing crude fibers like hay and gnawing on twigs and other stuff. Sadly, Emma seemed to have had those overgrown teeth for so long that she already was a bit too thin and her jaw was in malposition. We had to have her teeth treated constantly every few weeks. Additionally she had issues with her thyroid gland which we tried to treat medicinally.
As usual we carried on as long as Emma was happy despite her many issues. She was a particularly smart guinea pig. Emma was what we like to call "a user of hands". Guinea pigs normally do not use their hands to hold food like you see squirrels do it. Emma used her paws to angrily smack you on the fingers when you tickled her chin and she liked to pull instruments the vet used out of her mouth. She could do chin-ups to escape any enclosures so that you would find her running towards you when you went into the kitchen or living room. I could go on and on about her smartness and sweetness, so just rest assured: Emma was a hoot! We miss her so very much and are so sad because the time with her was short. But we are happy for her, now she can eat without pain and hopefully is really chubby now =) We are sure she met Erik, who left us several years ago and also was a user of hands! Farewell dear Emma, until we meet again.


This picture shows Emma in her "munching-box". We used to feed her extra food away from the other oinkers, so she could sit and eat in peace as she ate very slowly. It looks like she is actually smiling =)

Monday, 12 October 2009

Still here...

Just a quick hello, I am still here. A lot has been going on those past weeks, both sad and joyous things happened. There will be proper updates soon!
I will take my maths exam again this afternoon and I sooooo want to pass! Naturally, I have a Plan B (to be honest, back then when I first started making plans it was called Plan E...), but I could breathe so much more freely if I passed this exam. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Hooray for green garment!

It turned out to be very tricky to get a good shot of the green jumper. The colour is really vivid, so please just mix all those pictures together and imagine a very bright green. Like fresh and juicy grass maybe.


In this picture you can clearly see that I could barely fit the sleeves on the whole thing =) The seams looks horrible...




Saturday, 15 August 2009

Failed Exam and Garden Party

Yap, I failed...if I had only had 20 minutes more time, I would have passed that math exam. It was about geometry and the tutor promised that we would not have to sketch the polyhedrons tridimensionally. But actually, we had to do it. I started to panic as I realized how much time that would take and got all nervous and squirrelly.
After getting the results I was really sad and pissed for a few days. It surely isn't the end of the world but it complicated matters. I will take the exam again in October but had to reschedule the final exam for spring 2010. So annoying =(

As usual, the sadness and self-hatred passed and I was able to enjoy sunny days with our little rascals. When starting this blog I promised you pictures of our furry friends, so now I'm presenting you:

Hermine (great posing!)

Dumbledore


Ruth (left) and Emma (right)

Kürbis

Chill out, dude!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

I can't believe that is has been a month since my last post...
The green jumper is finally finished. It did not turn out 100 % to my satisfaction, but it was my first knitted jumper ever and I learned from my mistakes. I knitted the sleeves way too tightly and I therefore had a lot of trouble sewing them on the jumper. As I neither wanted to knit the sleeves again, nor leave the jumper as a tank-top, I sewed them on anyway, somehow... Unfortunately it does not seem to be possible to take a picture where the colour looks right. But I won't stop trying, so be patient! =)

In the meantime, I busy myself with completely flipping out because of my maths exam on Saturday. I HAVE to pass that exam in order to attend my major and final maths exam in August. So please keep your fingers crossed.. I am such a loser in maths, I am going to need all your toes crossed as well!

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Progress and new shoes

It's been a while since my last post, but I don't like posting without showing some pictures. But here goes, the backside of the second jumper is done:


Before I start with the front, I intend to finish the first jumper. I am halfway done with the second sleeve. The colour is a very vivid green and I couldn't get a decent shot of it. I'll try again later.

I can show you the perfect shoes to wear with the green jumper, though:


I got them on sale and couldn't believe my luck! I love them, the colour is awesome.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Where dwell the brave at heart...


As a fierce fan of the Harry Potter series I surely needed a House scarf. But as the ones you can buy are mostly made of a polyacrylic yarn, I decided to knit one myself. Remembering the pre-scarf-knitting-disasters, I was a bit anxious but went looking for a suitable yarn nonetheless.
I always liked Ravenclaw, but couldn't find suitable colours. I like Gryffindor just as much, so scarlet and gold were fine for me. Regarding my latest exam results, Gryffindor indeed was the better choice. You'd probably find me sitting in front of the door leading to Ravenclaw tower, not being able to answer the question...
Brave at heart...yeah, well... But look at those pretty colours!!

Anyway, I knitted the scarf in a 100 % soft merino wool, mad
e it really long and also put fringes on it. I didn't use a pattern, I just decided on how wide the stripes should be and began. It did not work out at the first try, the end and the sides were rolling themselves up and I knitted too tightly.

A few months later I got Alison Hansel's adorable book "Charmed Knits" and could have knitted every model straight away, they're all gorgeous. As I live in Germany, it is quite difficult to get a hold of most of the yarns used in the book. So I started by knitting a Gryffindor beret with the same yarn I used for the scarf. The instructions were easy to follow and it was a joy to knit. In the end I added a pompon:



As you can see, I'm extremely happy
with the result =)




Sunday, 31 May 2009

Cotton Jumper No. 2

This is the second jumper I am knitting (the first one still needs one sleeve and the v-neck needs to be finished as well, pictures will follow...) and it really is my pride and joy. It took me so long to learn to knit, I tried several times but it seems I needed the Gryffindor scarf (pictures later on...) to get the hang of knitting. Two years ago, knitting a pattern with three colours would have seemed impossible, that's why I'm completely over the moon now with my prodigious skills *ahem*
The truth is: I did not knit the pattern correctly. I completely purled the backrows for God knows what reasons... After discovering my mistake, I was furious with myself and wanted to rip the whole thing. But to quote my mother-in-law-to-be: "There is no wrong, there is just different." Well, there you go, this is MY pattern now, I invented it! But if you like it, feel free to make the same mistake =)


The yarn is "ONline Linie 11 Alpha", colours 16, 40 and 66. It is 100 % cotton and very soft.

Celtic Peacocks


I finally finished and framed the picture of the two celtic peacocks. It took quite some time to stitch and after finishing the first bird I had to take a break. That was mainly because the second half of the picture was just a mirrored version of the first half. The pattern is from Barbara Hammets amazing book "Celtic Art in Cross Stitch" and caught my eye at once. I was really disappointed that I couldn't get the fabric used in the book, which was a faint pink linen. I used a light sand coloured instead and it worked out fine.
Choosing the frame took some time, too, but I am really happy with my choice. I didn't frame it myself, though. I can frame smaller pictures but I have neither the skill nor the patience to do a good job on bigger ones.
The birds now add a lot of colour to our living room.

Hello

Crafty Ears is online... I will need more time to figure out how to use this blog with all its overwhelming possibilities. The current layout is fairly random and will eventually be changed a lot in the course of time. Nevertheless: Hello there! I am happy you stopped by, enjoy your stay and do return!