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NEW PATTERN RELEASE: Convertible Monster Mittens

NEW PATTERN RELEASE: Convertible Monster Mittens

Yes, I know, it’s still summer and who would even think about knitting mittens now in this… well, not heat exactly but – you know – kind of summer-y weather? Raise your hands if you would. Ha! There you go, I knew it! Well, I would, too. Because winter is coming certainly. And with it the cozy, frosty and christmassy season that requires an awful lot of knitting. And warmth. So why not start knitting your winter garments right away?…

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Toys Toys Toys

Toys Toys Toys

This year’s Amigurumi-Along (running from July 1 to August 31) is already in full swing, with more than 20 cute amigurumis already finished before the first week is even over! You’re incredible, folks! I wanted to give you a small overview on the participating designers and also show you some of the cutest toys made so far. It’s still not too late to get all patterns eligible for the prize drawing in the end at a 25% discount until July…

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Join our summer Amigurumi-Along 2017!

Join our summer Amigurumi-Along 2017!

Two years ago a group was founded on Ravelry to celebrate the love for Amigurumi toys, crochet and knitted. It was great fun and a huge success with loads of cute amigurumi toys popping up at every corner, so this year we are doing it right again! 9 toy designers (me included!) are offering their patterns for 25% discount from the 30th of June to 9th of July (EDT time zone) – use the coupon code AMIALONG2017 during checkout. Meet…

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Of Ducks and Crates

Of Ducks and Crates

It’s June already! Days are getting incredibly long (it never gets dark anymore up here, so thank goodness for proper window blinds) and thankfully it’s nice and warm outside, too! The season for hanging out by the lake, building sand castles on the beach and outdoor-knitting just started! Lately my son’s obsession with ducks and chicken has been fueled by hundreds of newly hatched goose chicks running around everywhere and every time he sees anything resembling a duck he goes…

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Pattern review: The Fox San Pouch by StringAlchemist

Pattern review: The Fox San Pouch by StringAlchemist

A few weeks back I had the pleasure to test knit this little cutie for a friend. This is a very versatile little fellow who can stash your keys, earphones or (in my case) a whole baby head 😛 (Why ever I had to use cotton yarn… It turned out to be quite big  but I love it! 🙂 The designer Stringalchemist and I have been friends for some years now and she got into knitting only about a year…

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20 free patterns for leftover projects

20 free patterns for leftover projects

A friend once asked me what to do with all those small scraps of yarn that are always left over when making a larger project. For some I heard those bits of leftovers are just that: something that’s left over and that will never see the light of day again – or worse: go to the bin! But for me those tiny little balls of colour are a precious source pure joy, as you can make so many different and…

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Dart Mitts – new pattern out now!

Dart Mitts – new pattern out now!

Hooray for maternity leave! All of a sudden I get things done that have been on my mind for aeons. And getting my yarn out to play is only one of them. I have been toying with the idea of creating a pattern for a specific hand dyed yarn for ages now and am finally able to show you the results: Here it is, the brand new Dart mitts pattern that goes perfectly with the Mumpitz Design Bamboo yarns! I…

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Knit-a-whale

Knit-a-whale

When I was a kid I wanted to become a marine biologist. Anything connected to the ocean fascinated me (and still does!) and especially the big whales and funky deep-sea creatures got to me. Diving and aquariums never lose their magic for me and I can never be away from the ocean for too long. Who ever saw a whale up close can never forget this unbelieveable encounter. Whales are at the top of the food chain and have an…

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Knitting Sock Heels: Afterthought vs Boomerang

Knitting Sock Heels: Afterthought vs Boomerang

2017 is the year of de-stashing. At least for me. I’ve told you already that my challenge for this year to knit ONLY from stash yarns. And so far I’ve kept this promise that I made to myself (I haven’t even thought about buying more yarn, I must be seriously sick…). Also I want to learn a few new things this year, so let’s get started. Better late than never. After an incredible sock-frenzy that yielded ten pairs of socks…

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Ooh Crab! New Pattern out now!

Ooh Crab! New Pattern out now!

Nothing is as inspiring as a child. There are so many cute ideas for kids that it’s hardly possible to keep track of all the ideas for toys and decoration that keep popping up every day. I am always looking for more decoration for our kid’s room and came across so many beautiful cushions, but none quite as unique as I’d like them to be. So I decided to make one myself that can work both as pillow and toy…

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