A bed jacket for the evening

I don’t actually like to wear pyjamas for sleeping. Instead I prefer oversized t-shirts, or nightgowns if I want to be fancy. Problem is that it can get cold lounging on the couch in the evening like that, or when getting up in the morning! I had looked for a suitable cardigan pattern for a…

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Lilies and Bees

I’ve been silent here on the blog, but I haven’t been idle in real life! Last year I had a moment of major frustration with my knitting and sewing and needed a bit of a break. Instead I decided to concentrate on one project where I’d take it slow. Besides, I don’t need to craft…

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Something Simple

When I wrote about my knitting frustrations a few posts ago, I received very helpful advice from you how I could motivate myself when everything seems to go wrong. Thank you! itwasjudith suggested I start with the project that was the easiest to fix. Jess recommended to knit something very simple to get my knitting…

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Gifts from the Philippines

My mom recently came back from three months in the Philippines! She’d attended an huge family reunion she’d organized with a few cousins and renovated her late mother’s house. Even though she was busy as a bee, she still took time to find some beautiful gifts to bring home to us. We’re so excited about…

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Congo: The Epic History of a People, by David van Reybrouck

While I actually have an MA in Global History, I have to admit that I mostly focused on Eastern European history (Central Europe, the Balkans, and Russia), and woefully neglected the entire rest of the world. There’s no shame in admitting ignorance, though, if you’re ready to widen your horizons! Phil’s dad gave us, amongst…

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Baking “Springerle”

Springerle means “little jumper” in German. They’re a traditional Southern German cookie and are usually made around Christmas. To be honest, I used to dislike them as a child, but I learnt to love them as I got older. Sadly, my parents haven’t made them in recent years in an effort to tone down Christmas.…

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How do you motivate yourself?

I’m having a situation right now. A WIP situation. It’s very frustrating. Sage Cardigan Remember my Sage cardigan? I started it over the summer, then took a break because the cables in the two front pieces didn’t line up correctly. Calm Sweater Or my Calm sweater? It’s the second time I tried to make this…

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In which I make the easiest cake in the world

Recipe from: slowly veggie! Vegetarisch & vegan genießen 02/2019, p. 111. Christmas time is coming closer, it’s getting colder outside, and I feel very much like baking. My original plan for this weekend was to bake Springerle, Southern German aniseed cookies that need to be packed away and ripen for at least for weeks until…

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