A pest infestation and climbing plants

We’ve suffered a bit of a setback in our herb gardening. Some of the plants got sick! Phil googled it after he saw some sort of insect on the leaves, and he says it was probably a Greenhouse whitefly. We’ve been treating the plants with neem oil for two weeks now. They’ve been better (I…

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May Works in Progress

I’ve been planning to knit Sage by Kim Hargreaves in DROPS Belle ever since I bought the yarn for it in spring 2017. It’s been sitting in my stash for two years. Well, actually, I knitted the first row about a year ago, but found the pattern too complicated for my mood back then (which…

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April Books: I’m on a mystery binge

14) Friedrich Ebert. Parteiführer, Reichskanzler, Volksbeauftragter, Reichspräsident, Peter-Christian Witt I recently got accepted for a stipend from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (which I’m so happy and grateful for, because I struggled being unable to contribute my share financially before). The foundation sent me this biography together with the stipend agreement. Friedrich Ebert is the first…

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44 patches!

I haven’t written about my sock yarn blanket in years, even though I’ve steadily added to it. I started the blanket (pattern here) in 2012 in order to use up my leftover sock yarn. Here‘s my first post about it. Above is one of the pictures I took when writing for the second time about…

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My new favourite cookbook

For my birthday in January, I got my new favourite cookbook! It’s called Ekkeharts Kochbuch (Ekkehart’s Cookbook) and is a rare collectors’ item with only two copies in the entire world. My Dad is the cook in our family. He’d make sure I got a homecooked meal every day when I was a child. On…

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Cookie A’s Kai-Mei Socks

When I reviewed Cookie A’s book Sock Innovation, I mentioned that I’d like to knit the Kai-Mei socks one day because I loved the unique design. Since then, I couldn’t get it out of my head. Consequently, I asked Phil to bring me a skein of sock yarn from the yarn store near his work…

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Lamour Dress Pt. 2: Starting, stopping

Since last time I posted about the Lamour Dress, I’ve cut the fabric, lining, and underlining. I took my time and used lunch breaks or slow evenings, without any pressure to get anything done (and the value judgement that comes with failing to do so). Today I finally started the sewing process. I did the…

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