I did it!

Really, I did! I dragged myself, kicking and screaming, into the Century of the Fruitbat. (If you’ll excuse the Discworld reference…)

Yesterday I set up a Facebook page for reWOLLuzza. Good thing no-one was there to tape that 2 hour session in front of my computer. Things looked strange. Things didn’t do as they were supposed to do. Cursing ensued. The monitor got shouted at. Cats ran and hid themselves in the closet. Things got deleted. Things were redone. Several times. More cursing. 

reWOLLuzza arrives in the Year of the Fruitbat

reWOLLuzza arrives in the Century of the Fruitbat

But I did it. You know…  kicking and screaming.

Now I’ll have to find out how to get it out there into the big knitting world, get people to notice (and maybe even like) it so that all the nerves I wrecked struggling with this evil manifestation of the modern age new and exciting method of communication won’t go to waste.*

It’s still kind of rudimentary, but I’m working on it. And I promise to keep the cursing down to a barely audible mutter…

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*That’s a discreet hint for y’all to go there, have a look, press any like buttons you can find and tell all your friends about it. Ahem. Hint, hint.
And maybe, maybe, I’ll even get a facebook account for myself. In time…

In which I wax sentimental about Reunification

Today is a day where, for the past 15 years, I’ve been thinking back to the days of videotapes, cassette players and dreadful fashion – and one of the happiest days in the history of my country. Because today, the 3rd of October, we celebrate the formal reunification of Eastern and Western Germany in 1990.

But the day I remember is another and will have its anniversary about a month from now – the day the Berlin Wall was open for the first time since 1961, on November 9th, 1989. I wasn’t there, but I remember watching those pictures as a kid (still in elementary school) and understanding, that on this day history was made. I also remember worrying if someone, somewhere was videotaping this (because that’s what you did with things you saw on the telly and needed to watch again, right?).

Now, watching the newscasts and documentaries from that day (thank God, the broadcasting houses did not throw away their recordings 🙂 ) I still get tears in my eyes and I’m filled with pride and admiration for those brave people who brought about this change. Who went out to protest each monday, without any regard of the personal danger, and who managed to overthrow a dictatorial government without firing a single shot, by letting the world and their leaders know: If this is the People’s Republic – well, the People, that’s US, and WE decide our own fates!

If you’re interested, I’ve embedded a couple of videos. If not: I’m sorry to have gotten off topic like this – next posts will be textile-related, I promise… just skip this one.

Aside

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Design by Ellen Gibbs

I really wish my kitties would put one of those up when they had to go barf during the night… there’s nothing like that squishy feeling of stepping barefoot into a disgusting puddle of half digested grass and kat nibbles when you wander dazedly in the general direction of the kitchen and tea/coffee in the morning.

Way to start my day! Thanks, furry roommates…

In which I do not knit, but jam

I’ve been awfully quit during the last week – there’s another yarn crisis and somehow I felt like I’ve only whining and complaining here for the past month and didn’t want to add another wail to the list. But my mind was very much on this problem whenever I thought of knitting, so I couldn’t come up with something non-whiney…

Long story short: That red-and-yellow thingie I’ve worked on for about 40 hours – I’ll have to start over. Because the yarn is being discontinued. Which, if I may say so, kind of sucks. But I’ve resigned myself to the fact and am waiting for the new yarn (whatever it may be) to arrive.

Then there’s the yarn I’ve been waiting for to start knitting up another sample – I finally inquired and heard back, that the company seemed not to have gotten the request and would send it out soon now. Good thing I asked… and that this is a quick knit!

The third batch of yarn I’m waiting for still isn’t in stock. So I’ll keep on waiting, baby!

Thus  I’m sitting here, 4 deadlines around the corner, but not working on the designs because I can’t. Humph.

That’s that.

Since I haven’t been knitting (much, there’s still swatching and sketching and general trying out of ideas to occupy me), I’ve been making jam.

Quite delicious jam, if I say so myself, from apples and pears a very nice friend gave me. I believe out of a relative’s garden. Or the friend’s relative’s neighbour’s garden. Well, I’m reasonably sure they came out of a garden and they didn’t see a herbicide or pesticide in their lives. I’ve had some of it for breakfast today, and it cheered me up immensely. It’s been improvised from the basic recipe on the preserving sugar packaging…

Fall Jam from pears and apples

(makes about 6 medium jars of jam)

  • 500 g ripe pears
  • 500 g sour apples
  • 500 g preserving sugar
  • 2 small lemons
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • cinnamon
  • rum or calvados
  • empty jam jars
  1. Thoroughly wash the fruit – they won’t be peeled, so you got to be sure everything’s good and clean – remove the cores and chop finely. This jam isn’t blended later, so you’ll want really small pieces. Chopped Apples
  2. Squeeze the lemons and mix the juice with the sliced fruit in a large cooking pot. Add a generous pinch of ground cinnamon and preserving sugar and let it sit for about 30 min to draw water.
    (If you get unsprayed lemons, you may also add a bit of grated lemon peel.)
  3. In the meantime make sure that your jars are good and clean. (I usually boil them in water to sterilize them, because I’d really hate to find my jam has gone bad after a few months…)
  4. Put the pot on the stove, add whole sprig of rosemary and stir while you bring the fruit and sugar mix to a boil over high heat.Boiling Jam with Rosemary
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of rum or calvados. (I used rum, because there was no calvados around.)
  6. Let it boil for 5 minutes and keep stirring. Remove rosemary. (I prefer my jam to be chunky. If you don’t, now’s the time to blend…)Apfelmarmelade
  7. Take the pot from the stove and immediately ladle the boiling hot mass into prepared jam jars. Let them cool standing on their lids.
  8. Enjoy!Butterbrot

I had it for breakfast on lightly toasted rye-bread with fresh butter. Yum!

Have a great weekend!

 

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