In German the word for spinning- spinnen- has two meanings: to spin and to be crazy. I think this is very fitting!!! I must be crazy to have started something new, I just love it!! You could say I need another hobby like a good ol’ hole in the head. I went to Stefanie‘s yesterday afternoon for our monthly meet of Berlin knits and it was fabulous. Stefanie is a real spinner; she has two wheels and makes gorgeous yarn. She let me play for a while and I fell in love. Here I am.
Look at the yarn forming on the spindle. Oh what fun. Maybe I have an addictive personality and should stay away from these things.
Forget that! Now I need a spinning wheel. My birthday’s in August, so I have a bit of time to work on it!
Gabi wasn’t able to come, but she was so nice to give Steffi a drop spindle and some roving for me to play with. Steffi and I were a bit clueless on how it works, she’s been spoiled for too long with her wheel, so I have to either find a good site on the net, or wait until our next meet to figure out how to use it. We’ll see. I should have lots of time to knit, sew and even spin over Christmas-it’s on my wish list!
Have I told you I think our knitting group is great? Steffi you need to move to Berlin!! ­čśë (you see, she lives on the outskirts of town and when I say outskirts, I mean one of those big huge Gone With the Wind skirts)
I met Silke for the first time and we got along super and she makes gorgeous socks. Who would’ve known?
Don’t worry, Sabine, we’ll make up for time lost yesterday in January!! (For those of you not with us, she had to go back to work, the poor thing, and leave us to eat Stollen, Steffi’s cookies and brownies alone) I didn’t think I would be able to find such wonderful knitting people here in Berlin, but I did and I’m so glad!
One last thing-I made brownies that are fabulous but I just can’t take credit for them because I stole the recipe from Nichola at Nikkishell. Here’s the recipe. Thanks, Nichola, I’ve made them a total of 3 times in the last week and I have new orders coming in daily. ­čÖé

banana waffles
I made breakfast. When are you coming?? Well, if you can make it this morning, then I’ll give you the recipe. These are yummy banana waffles we ate at Christina’s one day, and have been making ever since. Thanks Christina!
Banana Waffles:
First mix together until creamy:
50 grams soft butter
70 grams sugar
1 package vanilla sugar (I imagine you could use a bit of bourbon vanilla if you don’t have vanilla sugar)
3 eggs

Mix separately:
250 grams flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter.
150 ml milk
This is where that lemon comes in handy: add the juice of 1/2 lemon.

Mash up 2 very ripe bananas with a fork and add this to the batter.

Stir it up well and spoon it into your waffle maker. Guten Appetit!!

banana waffles top

needle case needle case foldedneedle case open
I’ve finished my circular knitting needle case and I really like how this one turned out. Click on a picture to make it bigger. I made the pattern up myself and I think it should do the trick. I’m almost done writing up the pattern for the lavender pillows, and when it’s finished I’ll post it on a special free pattern page. I’ve been working on that as much as I can, although I’m not too pleased with how the pictures came out, but I may just finish it with those anyway. If I ever find the time I’ll post a rough pattern for this needle case, too. I know if you can sew you could probably figure it out, but if you’re like me you like things neatly written down and the measurements done for you. I’ll get to it! Anyway, now my needles are all nicely organized.
Speaking of needles, thank you all for the comments about with which needles you prefer to knit.
I’ve come to the conclusion, so far, that everyone has their own favorite and everyone’s favorites are different. Anmiryam said it best:”ItÔÇÖs really about different needles for different needs.” Maybe we’ll learn more if we wait and see what others have to say. If you’ld like to contribute go to To be Addi, or not to be Addi: that is the question:
Now on to some sock knitting: Everyone’s doing it, so, you’ve guessed it, I’ve got to jump on the truck and am doing it, too. I know, I’m easily persuaded. I succumb to peer pressure. I’m weak. I’m vulnerable. Well, when it comes to knitting I am. There is just too much to knit and way too little time to do it. I’ve started my playground sock and I love this color yarn. I haven’t knit a sock in 3 years, so in order to get me back into the swing of things I thought I’d just start a pair for myself in a simple pattern with self-striping yarn. The first pair of socks I ever knit for myself, I knit when I was studying in Mexico about 13 or 14 years ago. Am I that old? Whoa, probably shouldn’t have given that kind of information away. I’m really 15 years younger than I look, it’s the camera that adds years, oh and pounds. Well, since then I’ve knit some for Martin and Alexander, so now it’s my turn. I can’t wait to see how the stripes turn out. sock
Do you remember this? smokering
Yes, you’re right, that’s my flared smoke ring showing her face. Those new Addis went to continuing this little pink baby, and I’ve actually knit a few rows since taking her out of hibernation. I put this down so long ago because I wanted to get some summer things knit, and now I thought I would come back and continue on.
Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten very far thanks to my birthday party/girls night at my house. We had a great time talking without kids interrupting us every few minutes seconds. The food was yummy and as always I made my famous carrot cake. I can’t believe people can still eat this, I make it every time but they keep telling me to make it, so when they say bake it, I bake it. The kids and I worked on it it yesterday, and according to Alexander this is what I was supposed to write on top of the cake. The pen was horrible to write with and hurt our hands, but this is what we managed. We missed crossing our T but you get the idea. birthday cake
For the kids I always have a theme birthday party, and yesterday as we were getting ready for everyone to come, Alexander kept telling me I had to find a good theme for my party. He didn’t like the idea that I was themeless. Alida’s birthday is at the end of the month, and I’m starting to work on it. You’ll see what theme we’ve chosen for that.
Look what those horrible mosquitos did to Alida. She was out with her great grandmother riding her bike while I was trying to recover from a migrain yesterday, when this pesky mosquito had a feast on her little hand. Aren’t they mean?? Bad mosquito. Bad. Bad. M├╝cken

Well, here it is. Unfortunately, most of the ingredients are weighed and not done by cups so I checked my chart and wrote down the approximate equivalents. I haven’t baked them using cups so let me know how they turn out. My chart is usually very accurate.

Ingredients for 10 cookies:
125 gram soft butter (1/2 cup)
125 gram sugar (1/2 cup)
1 package vanilla sugar(you can leave it out and put a bit of bourbon vanilla in)
1 pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
270 grams of flour (1 heaping cup)
1 Teaspoon of baking powder

For the icing:
120 grams of powdered sugar (1 cup)
2- 3 Tablespoons of hot water( I used lemon juice because I love lemon flavor)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put baking paper on a cookie sheet(I used 2). Beat the butter until it’s creamy then slowly add sugar, vanilla, salt, eggs and lemon juice. Mix well.
Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl-the recipe says sift it, so if you have tons of free time to sit and sift your flour go ahead otherwise don’t and they will come out fine-mine do! Pour the baking powder flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix well. The dough should be pretty stiff because you don’t want the cookies to flatten out while they are cooking. If it isn’t add a bit more flour. Drop the dough by spoonfuls on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until they are brown around the edges and light in the middle. Here is a picture of mine, I have no idea if I’ve done them correctly but they’ve passed the yummy test at my house. The two in the back left I turned over and that’s the side that will be iced.
Now just mix the powdered sugar and water or juice and decorate your amerikaners. We like to sprinkle jimmies on them.

I hope you like them and once again, let me know how they turn out.
Zutaten f├╝r 10 Amerikaner:
125 g weiche Butter
125 g Zucker
1 Pck Vanillezucker
1 Prise Salz
2 Eier
1 TL Zitronensaft
270 g Mehl
1/2 P├Ąckchen Backpulver

F├╝r die Glasur:
120 g Puderzucker
2-3 TL hei├čes Wasser oder Zitronensaft

Den Ofen auf 180┬░ vorheizen.
Die Butter verr├╝hren bis sie cremig ist, dann langsam den Zucker, Vanillezucker, Salz, Eider und Zitronensaft hinzuf├╝gen und gut verr├╝hren

Anschlie├čend Mehl und Backpulver hinzuf├╝gen und wieder gut verr├╝hren. Der Teig sollte recht fest sein, damit die Amerikaner beim Backen nicht zu flach werden. Bei Bedarf mehr Mehl hinzuf├╝gen.

Den Teig mit einem L├Âffel auf ein mit Backpapier ausgelegtes Blech ‘klecksen’ und ca. 12 Minuten backen bis der Rand braun wird und die Mitte noch hell ist. Hier ist ein Bild von meinen Amerikanern. Keine Ahnung ob sie so richtig sind, aber sie haben den Test in meinem Haus bestanden. Die beiden hinten links habe ich bereits umgedreht, um die flache Seite mit der Glasur zu ├╝berziehen.
Jetzt den Puderzucker mit dem Wasser verr├╝hren und die Amerikaner damit bestreichen. Wir bestreuen sie noch gerne mit Schoko- oder Zuckerstreusel.

Guten Appetit!


Alexander baking Alida baking

Look at this, Alida and Alexander are working hard in the kitchen. Alexander is making amerikaners (German yummy cookie things) and Alida is making oatmeal (yes, the old fashion kind on the stove, remember we’re in Germany and they don’t have instant).

Here are pictures of our amerikaners, those yummy German cookie things, and if you would like the recipe leave me a comment and I’ll post it.Hier sind Alida und Alexander bei der schweren K├╝chenarbeit. Alexander backt Amerikaner und Alida kocht Haferflocken (ja genau, auf die altmodische Art. Wir sind hier in Deutschland und die kennen hier keine Instanthaferflocken).

Und hier sind die Amerikaner. Bei Interesse werde ich das Rezept hier einstellen.