Archive | January, 2011

An Adult Surprise Jacket

24 Jan

After knitting several Baby Surprise Jackets (also known as BSJ), the famous pattern by legendary knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann, I decided to knit an adult version for myself, the Adult Surprise Jacket (ASJ).

Here’s my latest BSJ, obviously for a baby girl:

I found a great deal on a box of 20 skeins of different colours of the same yarn, which I decided to use for my ASJ:

And, here’s my progress so far, bright!!!


Coffee and Tea Dyed Yarn

10 Jan

Yesterday I decided to dye a blank skein of sock yarn I’d had lying around for a little while. It was gifted to me for my birthday last summer, together with a lovely bag made of Lavazza beans bags, the exact same beans that I use at home. As soon as I got the yarn, I decided to dye it with coffee, it just seemed appropriate.

Step 1 – Soak the skein in a warm water/vinegar mix

Step 2 – Prepare the dye; coffee

Step 3 – Drain the water out of the yarn and apply the dye

Step 4 – Cook the lot
I used the microwave and cooked on high for 3 mins, let it stand in the microwave for 2 mins then turned the skein and repeated the process on the other side, to be sure that the colouring would be even

Step 5 – Rinse thoroughly and dry

Step 6 – Admire the end product once it’s dry

When I saw the dried yarn, I decided to add some contrast by dyeing one half of the skein with tea. So, here goes

Step 7 – Soak half the skein in a warm water/vinegar mix

Step 8 – Prepare the dye; tea

Step 9 – Drain the water out of the yarn and apply the dye

Step 10 – Cook the lot

I did exactly the same as for the coffee dye

Step 11 – Rinse thoroughly and dry

Step 12 – Admire the end product once it’s dry

The skein ready for use

Schoppel Sock Yarn

8 Jan

I just got three new skeins of Schoppel sock yarn, one Zauberball, one of the new Fliegende Untertasse and a skein of Admiral R Druck. They are all lovely and I can’t wait to get knitting with them!

Galette des Rois

6 Jan

Today, 6th January is Epiphany. In France (my home country), it is traditionally celebrated by eating a “Galette des Rois”. It’s a puff pastry cake, filled with an almond paste, made of butter, eggs, sugar, ground almond and a little bit of flour. Traditionally, there was a hidden “fève” (big dried bean) in it. The one who finds the bean is the king or the queen. These days, the “fève” is usually made of ceramics or plastic.

As I live in Germany and can’t buy it here, I have to make my own if I want one. Here’s mine from today, just out of the oven. Can’t wait to dig in!

Knee-High Cable Socks

3 Jan

I’m working on the second variation for my knee-high sock pattern, a cabled version. I’m using a beautiful colourway of Wollmeise called Pistazie. The colour in these pictures is not true to life, it’s much nicer in real!

Here’s a little preview:

Blog Review for 2010 – By WordPress

2 Jan

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 136 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 149 posts. There were 420 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 197mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was February 22nd with 147 views. The most popular post that day was Who is Corinne?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for agate, newborn mittens knitting pattern, corinne’s knits, free knitting patterns, and celtic knitting.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


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