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Summer Skies Hat – FREE PATTERN –

Summer Skies Hat – FREE PATTERN –

Don’t we all have this proverbial yarn-skeleton in our closet? That ball of yarn that isn’t just ever going to fit any project we’ll start. Because it’s simply not you. Right? I never hid the fact that I am completely not in love with the colour pink. My dislike for it even seems to spark some amusement among my friends, so one of my closest friends wrapped her wedding gift for us into a whole 300 yards of baby pink…

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Operation Sockdrawer – Bergfest

Operation Sockdrawer – Bergfest

Bergfest (das) [German] : A celebration for managing to get half way through your biggest task (like masters thesis, house chores or knitting for Operation Sockdrawer). When you realize that the days are already getting shorter (well, not here, not really, we still have close to 24 hours of daylight up here – but you know winter is closing in when Midsummar is over). That also means that you are left with only 5 more months to complete this year’s top…

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Travel Turtle behind enemy lines

Travel Turtle behind enemy lines

It’s a known fact (at least to Germans) that North and South don’t quite love each other (but in a fun way). So to the Bavarians the Northerners are the humourless *Saupreiß* that don’t talk to anyone but themselves and eat rolled up sour pickled Herring all day (brrr) and in turn the northern *fish heads* (Fischkopp) believe that life below the Weißwurst-equator consists of German stereotypes (read: Beer, Lederhosen, Dirndl, Weißwurst and Brezn). Well. There might be some truth…

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Travel Turtle – on the road again

Travel Turtle – on the road again

Finally the bags were packed and the holidays could begin. Leaving the never ending Swedish winter and grey weather behind for a few weeks was much needed. Travel Turtle was ready to see some new places and.. …go yarn shopping!! Oh yes. After more than 16 months of yarn diet (read blog post here) it was about time to go and catch some new fibres for the stash. What better way to do so in combination with a holiday in the…

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Rocking the socks!

Rocking the socks!

Three pairs into my 24 pairs of socks for my husband’s advent calendar already (well… only 21 pairs of size 47 to go, ha! Easy peasy… *WHAT WAS I THINKING????*) and guess what arrived today?? A box full of incredibly colourful, insane and beautiful yarns from Opal in Germany! Thank goodness my one year of yarn diet last year was such a success… Now I’m probably back to where I started. I guess I have never been more excited about…

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Will it blend? Scrap-blending techniques

Will it blend? Scrap-blending techniques

For me this year is all about learning new techniques. And as I really love working with scraps of yarn and use everything to the last millimetre, I have been busy collecting and testing new (for me) techniques of blending. Most designs I see on *Hot right now* use one or the other technique of blending/fading/overlapping colours into one another. And if you look at the prices… I might as well just knit. It really isn’t that difficult. Take your choice…

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Operation Sockdrawer

Operation Sockdrawer

Long time no see! I’m very sorry, but life happened so VR had to take the backseat for a while. When you think you put the kids to bed and finally have time to sit down and… Oh – look, the baby puked all over the bedroom. Well, let’s clean it up and THEN maybe we could… Ah, what’s that noise from the kid’s room? Someone having fun with the Lego bricks who should long be asleep, maybe? Right. You…

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A song of Ice and Yarn

A song of Ice and Yarn

I admit it. Winter is my favourite season. It makes for cosy indoor time (preferably spent knitting) and fabulous outdoor time! But only when it’s cold and snowy 🙂 And dark and cosy. Hm. I think I might be weird. It has been snowing for the last few weeks and it’s preeeeeeeetty cold outside, -15degrees Celsius. I really love this. First of all because it’s pretty and different from anytime else and also because it makes for really nice pictures…

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New pattern – Best Woodland Friends

New pattern – Best Woodland Friends

Finally a new toy pattern from my side! It’s been way too long! After several months of designing, frogging, re-shaping and finally test knitting, this couple are celebrating their friendship and having a dinner tonight. Will you join in? I’d like to present to you the newest addition to the Mumpitz Design Family:  Best Woodland Friends – In English and German (click for pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy or DaWanda) I had a fun time figuring out the shape of…

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Getting down to business – cast on frenzy

Getting down to business – cast on frenzy

The list of things to do in 2018 is set. Now I just need to cast on and knit as much as I can! Last Wednesday’s project is finished and it’s time to move on in the de-stashing-frenzy: 3 projects are up simultaneously: 1: My everyday-easy-to-knit pair of commuter mittens or socks (you’ve got to have some variation, right?) which will use up my beautiful stash of non-Sockables Schoppel Zauberball collection (This is only 1/10th of it, don’t worry :P)…

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