A Canadian gal in Stuttgart, Germany, who loves nothing better than crafting by the seat of her pants. See her snip, sew, knit, knot, glue, sculpt, splatter, spin, and of course, talk about herself.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007
Even if it is 18 degrees outside...
my feet are still cold ok? (BTW, for you Fahrenheit folks, that means 64 dgrees) But not with these cute little slippers! I really love them, I'm already planning on making about a billion pairs of them for christmas for every woman I know, and having a little wicker basket by the door filled with them for when people come over. Pay no attention to the fact that they look slightly assymetrical because I couldn't be bothered to follow a pattern. Yes, the flowers are slightly different too. But that's the charm of something made by hand! Yeah, so as you can see I sorta figured out how to crochet again, at least enough to make these flowers. Luckily I still had a wee bit of yarn leftover from the sweater, because I really like how the light purple sets off the indigo slippers. I'm not sure you can tell in the picture, but the slipper yarn is this wonderful all shades between violet and indigo sort of purple that I love. I found the yarn at the christmas market last year. The lady had no idea where the owner had gotten it, or how to get more, but the label says Tinki alpaca and that it is hand made and dyed with plants in Peru. You can tell it's been spun by hand, as it's a bit irregular and plied loosely, but it's not bad to knit with, and makes the softest, most wonderful fabric. I was only able to buy the two skeins they had in this colour, but I'm really happy to have made 2 projects from them that I will wear often and enjoy. Long before the slippers, I knit up a Panta (millions of which can be seen over on the Panta blog or the thread on Craftster). It's the perfect winter ear warmer, the alpaca could not be softer or cozier!

Ok, enough about cold weather and keeping warm. Southern Germany is heating up and turning all kinds of gorgeous. Yesterday being Good Friday, me and the boy both had the day off and decided to go out for lunch and a walk. We drove to Calw, a nearby town with a lot of old buildings. Dopey me forgot to bring a camera, so I had to settle for using the mobile phone and this was the only picture what turned out. But I promise I will go back and take more pictures before I leave for Canada, because this place has a lot of those little charming nooks and crannies that make old towns so wonderful. In between wandering around, we had a lovely lunch sitting in the sun. Although I don't normally have much of a sweet tooth I only had wild mushroom soup with a croissant so that I still had room for a big piece of blueberry cake with whipped cream. So yummy!
Oh, before I forget, I'm still trying to decide whether to make buttons for my cardigan. But since a couple of you seemed pretty curious about the process, I will probably go ahead and make some either way so you can see what they're like. After all, I've got a little stash of Fimo sitting around that I should probably use, otherwise I've got to drag it across the Atlantic with me, right? So Fimo buttons it is. I will also try and get some pics of some of my buttons, which can be tricky becuase they tend to make that kind of rattling sound that makes cats go completely berserk and start to try and frantically ingest those colourful little plastic things. But I'll do my best :) In the mean time, this is a bracelet I made a while ago with some of my metal buttons. I'm not totally happy with it, because I had a bracelet in my head and this looks nothing like it. Mostly because the bracelet in my head required a whole lot of jump rings and metal chain, which I didn't have. Can you tell I like working from my stash?

posted by tatjana @ 4:04 p.m.  
  • At Saturday, April 07, 2007 10:56:00 p.m., Blogger AR said…

    You've been crafty, too! Nice stuff. I wish the 18 we were having was 18 celcius, instead of f.

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  • At Saturday, April 07, 2007 11:40:00 p.m., Anonymous Karen Beth said…

    What wonderful items you have made! I love the slippers and the headband you are making. Did you make that also? Did I miss that somewhere in the post? That is possible. ;)

    I can't wait to see the buttons. That will be neat.

    Have a happy Easter!


    Karen Beth :)

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  • At Sunday, April 08, 2007 12:10:00 a.m., Blogger Tricia said…

    Happy Easter Tatjana!
    Hope you have a nice one!
    Just adore the bracelet! I have lots of those type buttons too, so i thank you for inspiring me to make one for myself!
    The slippers, so comfy and pretty!
    and the photos of the flowers and old stone structure is so beautiful! Sounds like a nice time you had!

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  • At Sunday, April 08, 2007 2:20:00 p.m., Blogger lobstah said…

    Those slippers are fab! I also love the bracelet even if it wasn't what you were picturing when you made it.

    I had to laugh at your description of noises that drive cats crazy. So true!

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  • At Monday, April 09, 2007 10:45:00 p.m., Blogger KSV said…

    Those slippers are wonderful!!! I love little nooks and crannies. I have little nooks and crannies around town that I like to go to: one for reading, one for drinking coffee, one for drinking vodka. That is a pretty good picture for taking it with a mobile phone!

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  • At Tuesday, April 10, 2007 12:48:00 p.m., Blogger AnastasiaC said…

    oh those slippers are cute - they remind me of happy shoes that I had as a little girl...love the ear warmer too - you are so pretty!!
    Counting down the days huh? not long to go and you'll be home!

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  • At Tuesday, April 10, 2007 4:42:00 p.m., Anonymous Vanessa said…

    Lovely Tati, You seem to be doing very well. I hope you are, truly. Out and about, having a lovely time, on your last days there. And the pie? and the soup? That is what I would have done too. You are a wonderful girl and deserve to have a lovely last month there. So, I will post your package this week and hope it arrives in time...xxxxoooo, Vanessa
    ps: Love the slippers.. yes make hundreds, what fun! better yet, what patience....

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  • At Wednesday, April 11, 2007 7:27:00 a.m., Blogger Veronica TM said…

    i love the slippers! what a good idea to have some by the door!
    i am so glad you are enjoying your last days there.

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