Knitting Without Dog Hair Is Not an Option

Hi there - My name is Claudia. I live with my hubby and our two furry kids in Georgia, USA. Originally I am from Germany - southern belle from Bavaria replanted to the Southern US. I am very addicted to knitting - 4-5 projects going at the same time... What can I say...

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Location: Peckerwood, Georgia, United States

Monday, October 23, 2006


It’s been cold this morning (40°F, but felt like 34...) – and I was all bundled up in a scarf, mittens and a big, fuzzy wrap. I love this kind of weather. Finally it’s sweater time in Georgia. I don’t know for how long, but it’s been chilly all weekend and the forecast suggests more of this.

Blogger has been a nightmare the last few days – I have been trying to blog since last Thursday, but without luck...

Anyway – here are a few things that I wanted to share from last week.

My mom knitted another cardigan for me and it finally arrived on Wednesday. It was in the mail from Germany for over 6 weeks. She paid for airmail but the brainiac German postal worker didn’t put an Airmail sticker on the package. I am convinced the clerk did that deliberately because my mom wouldn't spring for higher postage to get the package to the US faster. But of course we have no proof, so we can’t do anything about it. Anyway – just wanted to get a little anger off my chest. Here is the cardigan:

Cable Cardigan

I think you can see how happy I am about her wonderful knitting. My mom truly knits like a machine. Her stitches are super-even. See for yourself.

Cable Cardigan

So, here is the story of this treasure. When I visited my family in Germany in May, my mom told to bring some of my stash and she would knit me something with it. That's great destashing, isn't it? I brought her a green cotton blend (it’s a German brand – Wolle Rödel) which I bought over 7 years ago. I never touched it - it sat in a box all this time - so I finally decided to give it to her for a cardigan. We picked out a pattern while I visited and she started on the project right away. And she ripped while I was there. She thought it would look better if she knitted the fronts and the back together. No wonder I don't like seams - it's genetic. ;-)

Mom told me that she still had yarn left over and it would be enough for a tank top. YAY - I can't wait. Then I will have a twin set - how cool is that?

Remember the drama with the hairdresser the weekend before last? I finally had an appointment - now it's super short and I am loving it.

New Haircut - 10/18/06 New Haircut - 10/18/06

I. love. my. hairdresser. He. is. so. good.

He had a field day. I sat down and showed him a picture of a haircut I found in one of the salon's magazines. He looked at me and asked if I was serious. Of course I was - he said I made his day. ;-) Since I am not one of these women that just want a little trim... At some point I looked in the mirror and, I swear, it looked like Edward Scissorhands was working on my hair, with it flying all over the place. If you live in the Atlanta area and want his number, let me know.

Then Thursday night, I spun some more yarn. It's one of Pixie's gifts, Olive Corridale. I really like spinning it. I tried to spin is even and airy, so I can knit it without plying it first. It turned out pretty nice.

Olive Corriedale
app. 55 yards (I still have some roving left to spin up)

Even Hermione thought is was good enough to model - well, OK, it took quite a bit of coaxing...

Hermione - The Woofmodel for handspun yarn

AHHH - and I got the latest issue of my German knitting magazine, Verena. There are some fabulous projects I am going to tackle in a little bit - probably after the holidays.

Here are some pix from the magazine:

verena1 verena2 verena3

Lots of luvly knits - I just have to modify them for the Southern US, no turtle neck, no heavy wool, ... ;-)

So, that's the wrap-up from last week. On Friday, Hubby and I went to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the weekend to celebrate our second anniversary. More about that in a little bit.


Blogger DianeS said...

What to comment on first...I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who uses her dog to model fibery stuff. Love the haircut and your Mom's handiwork. Is that third sweater a cardigan? I think that's my favorite. That's the best cow I've ever seen.

Oh, and best of all: Happy Anniversary!

7:18 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Jane said...

Your hair looks fabulous! I noticed it in your Flickr set, too. And your spinning is wonderful - do you give lessons?

8:15 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Janice in GA said...

Love the new 'do!

9:20 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anita said...

Love the hair, love the sweater, adore the new yarn, and Happy Anniversary! Whew! That's a lot of celebrating.

Can't wait to see you this weekend!

10:48 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous katey said...

Okay, you got me. I LOVE your haircut.

Can you send me your hairdresser's name and number? (I get mine cut at Great Clips [or even worse, I cut it myself, which is what I did tw weeks ago.])


p.s. your sweater is lovely.

1:59 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Rohanknitter said...

Love the hair!
Happy Anniversary!

2:27 PM GMT-5  

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