October 2005


I brought the Halloween box up from the basement and the kids have successfully taken everything out of it to decorate the hallway. Once they had covered the floor with bats and bugs they promptly began taking the costumes out to try on and wear today. This made me want to take pictures to show a few of the costumes I’ve made for years past.
Blue and pigblue and pig
These were the costumes Martin and I wore last year. He was Blue from Blue’s Clues and I was a pig (how fitting!). Of course we each wore sweat suits in the appropriate color and our faces were painted.
cow and Clifford
Here we have a cow and Clifford. As you can see the cow outfit doesn’t fit anymore but that was the only costume I didn’t make so it’s acceptable. I try to make things that will be able to be used for a while; the kids are really beginning to enjoy dressing up. We have several more costumes but at this point the kids are very content playing cow and Clifford, so maybe that’ll be another day. There is plenty of barking going on in the hallway.
Well, I’m off to find some grass for the cow and some dog food for Clifford. Do you think he’ll eat cat food seeing that this is a two-cat household and dog food is hard to come by?

right hand
Yes, this is fingerless, or should I say the first one of two. I’m so proud of it. After looking everywhere for a good and easy pattern for a glove without fingers I decided to make one up myself and look at that, it fits and looks good. Miracles do happen. I love it. Did you think I could knit something without a beloved cable? No way. I’ve written everything down and I’m coming along with the left hand, so let me know if you want the pattern and I’ll try to write it up. Does anyone know how to write a good knitting pattern?

We’ve been baking.
Halloween cookies
Don’t these look scary? Thanks to some fun sprinkles I bought in the States this summer we made some really colorful ghosts, pumpkins and cats. I have two very good little bakers on my hands. Oh my waistline!!

Speaking of my waistline, I have a question before I get back to my party preparations and my second fingerless. George Foreman, your grill is great but…. why can’t you design and sell a portable liposuction machine. A grill is good, George, but a liposuction machine for home use is better. My thighs whould thank you.

On the fitness front I’m up to 23 minutes of non-stop jogging three times a week. I went this morning and had a slight bit of knee pain, but I think it should pass if I keep up with the one-day break in between runs.

One last thing for those of you who live in Berlin. There is a new craft store at the end of the Wilmorsdorfer!! It’s called Idee and Alida and I were the first customers to walk through the doors when they opened for the first time yesterday. I could literally move in to that place. They have everything a crafty dreams about, and I’m afraid I’m going to need some really strong restraining belts to keep me from walking there and drooling over the yarn and goodies everyday on my way home from Alexander’s kindergarten. Oh, the problems we crafties are forced to confront on a daily basis.

I think this is kind of fun. Just plug in your name and needs in Google and see what you need. This is the list I came up with:

Priestess Kimberly Needs Powerful Protection Spell (Oh that sounds good)
“Kim is just confused, she needs some help, we hope she gets it” Me too!(does someone know me? 😉 )
Kim needs independent strategic leverage against China and Russia ( well, if you say so)
Kimberly needs to continue sitting in the waiting area (I’ll bring my knitting)
Kimberly needs to eat (this is the one I like best)
Kimberly needs help in dealing with the situation (always)
Silly Kimberly needs all five of her riders around her at all times! (I would rather have 4 maids and a nanny, who needs riders?)
Kimberly, needs expert care and stimulation (we won’t get into that!)
Kimberly needs a career change (I’m good with teacher and mom, I think that’ll stay)
Kimberly needs extensive eye surgery (this one is funny, tonight I have a scratch on my eye and it’s all red and uncomfortable on the one side, strange)

Here’s another geeky thing I just had to try out. Here are my results.

You are Mercerized Cotton
You are Mercerized Cotton.
You are always very crisp and neat. You are very
playful and are happiest while outdoors in the
sunshine. You are sometimes accused of
splitting hairs, but in the end people find you
pretty easy to live with.

What kind of yarn are you?
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This is pretty much me, I guess. Now it’s your turn. Let’s see what you come up with.

One last thing, this is what I’ve been working on the last two nights.
pink knit
I’ll tell you I’ve signed up for Nona‘s Peaceful Palms Knit Along and this is what I’m making. I’m trying to make it up as I go along, not that it’s too complicated, so we’ll see how it turns out.

Update:
I’m done moving, sorry for the inconvenience but now I’ve gotten rid of those pesky ads. Please change your links/bookmarks to www.thegivingflower.de
The blog at the old address is inactive from this post on, please come here only. The old site will be deactivated by the end of November.

Here are my Socktober traffic stoppers finally done. (that’s Alexander’s car they are stopping)
socks
I did manage to get the stripes lined up although I ran into a pesky knot in the yarn on one sock. I really like the way the navy blue goes into periwinkle blue which is one color I just can’t get enough of. For my records I used Regia Cotton Tip & Top Color #44077 on a size 2 us-2 3/4 mm needle. I made a size 41/42 and cast on 64 stitches. They are a bit big but let’s see how they wash up. 41% superwash new wool, 34% cotton and 25% polyamide.
Look at this. sock blockerI found a great way to make a sock blocker out of a coat hanger. I found it here. I love the idea of using this to take pictures of my socks. For my next pair I’m planning on trying to knit from the toe up on two circulars.
For those of you out there that love Halloween and this time of the year as much as we do, here is a fun little craft idea to make with some old black socks, some black pipe cleaners and black and white foam stuff-sorry, I don’t know the English name for it.
bats
Here are some bats that fly around our apartment at this time of the year. They usually sleep on the chandelier and are quite peaceful. The kids and I made these last year after seeing them on TV and they now are turning into a must have the week before Halloween.

rainy dayrainy dayrainy daypainted wall
Today we went for a walk in the rain or right after the rain. Isn’t that what being a kid is about? The last picture is the wall of an apartment building. It’s a bit fuzzy, but if you click on it and look closely you can see the actual bricks of the building and then the painted zipper and fake facade behind it. That’s Berlin for you.

Look what came yesterday!!!
pile o' leather
My awesome blog buddy Ohelene from Ohelene sewing sent me this amazing mountain of leather to start making some leather slippers for the kids. she even included elastic so I’m ready to make my first shoes. I was knocked off my socks by this. She is fabulous for doing it and I’m a bit choked up, I have to admit. Do you see those sweet Baby Born leather slippers she made as well? Please go visit her blog and see some of the fun stuff she’s been sewing up lately, I know you’ll love it. She even sells her shoes so go check them out. Thank you, Ohelene from Norway!!
Onto some fit sewknitters news. I’ve been reading that you girls have been not only moving those needles but your legs as well. Keep it up. Here is our current stand of fit bloggers:
Amanda from Gigi Bear is eating better, running, walking, doing the elliptical, and lifting weights.
Amy from Neglecting my Kids is walking and doing Pilates.
Anmiryam from Gromit Knits is jogging and lifting weights.
Jackie from My Escape from the Boys is ???
Jojo from The Crafty Sisters is running and lifting weights.
Linda from The Crafty Sisters is walking and lifting weights.
Nina from Zigzag and Purl is walking in the evening and doing Pilates.
oddrun fromOhelene sewing is walking.
Sarah from Stitch-n-Knit is running three times a week and tap dancing one night a week.
Teresa from Wild Geese cutting her sugar intake and not eating after 7 pm.
As for me I’ve been jogging every other morning at 6:00 and my legs are loving me for it. I feel great again and I was quite surprised to find that it hasn’t cut into my knitting or sewing time either. I thought I would be tired to do anything after putting the kids to bed, but I feel I have more energy now. I may blog a bit less but I’ve also been trying to get a lot done lately and haven’t had too much to blog about. I did spend Thursday night at the hospital because Alida and Alexander fell out of the stroller causing Alida to land on her chin which got scraped up pretty well. She also bit the inside of her lip which bled all down her shirt. Her chin puffed up and I was worried that she might have done more damage, but fortunately she was fine and she was laughing about it later. What a scare, I’m telling you being a mom really makes you hysterical.
My Halloween sewing has been put on hold the last two day because I finally decided to sell the millions of baby clothes that have taken up all the room in my drawers and on the shelves. This morning I went to a baby bazaar which is just a huge yard sale here and I managed to sell quite a considerable amount of stuff. Thanks soooo much to Christina who helped me out and made it a lot of fun. I do have to admit, it was sure a lot of work getting everything together, washing and sorting things, but it was worth it in the end and I’m going to sign up for next month and see if we can sell more. I’m trying to put all the money we make towards shelving for the kids’ room to organize the immense amount of toys we own. We’re getting pretty close to our goal.
I’m off to sew some more of our costumes and maybe get this other sock finished. I really want to sew a pair of leather shoes but they are going to have to wait until the rest of my sewing is done. One more week until Halloween and our party which I have to start planning.

I don’t have much to show right now because my knitting has been put on hold to make room for the sewing that’s been taking over my living room. An extra machine in there really does make a big difference space wise. I can’t show anything that I’ve been sewing because it’s all for Halloween and should be kept a secret until then. For now a small dark sneak preview, just to get your interest perked. Halloween
Remember this is Halloween, no bright cheery pictures… yet.
Until I have more to show, I thought I’d share some things I made in my pre-blog era. Gosh, it’s hard to believe there was a pre-blog era.
Last year at this time Alexander was totally enthralled with Clifford the Big Red dog and even dressed as him for Halloween. I’ll have to find those costume pieces and take pictures of them. The Great Kimberly Computer Crash of ’04 took all of the existing pictures with it. NO, back then Kim was not smart enough to make a back-up which she now does daily. What do they say, you learn from your mistakes? Dumb rule, why can’t it be you learn before you make the mistake?? Anyway, we had some Clifford fabric which I didn’t know what to do with, so one day it hit me that he needed a Clifford pyjama bag. Well, that’s what he got. I designed it myself for lack of a good pattern and he and I are so very happy with the result. The bag underneath Clifford has a big slit where he can slip in his pyjamas. The good thing is, he has the responsibility every morning to put his pyjamas in Clifford which is so good for him. I fish them out every other day to wash them but at least he’s done his part. Pretty useful is Clifford at our house. Click for big.
cliffordclifford
Back to sewing!

Up until now I have had a free web host and it’s been great. When I started my blog I wasn’t ready to spend money on a typepad account because I didn’t know if it would be worth it, so I went with a free host. Well, they’ve had so many people use them that they’ve had to start putting advertising on their sites, which includes mine. I really apologize and want you to know that I’m looking into my own domain, so I don’t have these disturbances. Please bear with me until I’ve figure this whole thing out. Just click those bad pop-up windows away, it shouldn’t take long and they’ll be out of here!!
Until then, let me show you what I’ve been doing this weekend. Just a hint of our Halloween goodies. More on this later.
Halloween
It’s a bad dark picture but then so is Halloween.

This time they are around my neck in the form of Flora from Knitty.com.
FloraFlora
This is my latest project that I carried from piano lesson to playground and finished in less than a week. For the normal person I’m sure it would take a day. Oh well, I enjoyed knitting this and it’s the process that’s so important.
I knit on a size 6 mm needle. I used Lana Grossa Merino big 100% virgin wool, Lana Grossa Pashmina 22% cashmere, 78% merino extrafine and Le Perle Prestigio super Kid Mohair. All in different shades of pink. The Pashmina added a bit of softness which I wanted so close around my neck. I love this pattern and if I ever finish all the other fun projects I have planned, I’m making another one in shades of blues. Thanks Kate, you made a super pattern. With everyone out there in blogland knitting socks thanks to Lolly and gloves thanks to Nina I think our necks are a bit neglected. How about a Flora Knit along? It’s a quick great little project to take around with you.
Speaking of great little projects look at these socks I found in a knitting magazine I bought today.
socks
You may have to click on the picture to see more detail. I’m sure you Germans think I’m nutty but I adore those Southern German knee highs with all the cables and fun. I would love to make these. Maybe I will. When would I ever wear them?? Remember it’s not the outcome but the process that’s the fun part. Hell, I wear socks that say Happy Halloween so I’d be wearing these knee highs for sure. Here’s a shot of my Halloween socks I was coaxed into buying by the kids. It didn’t take much coaxing, I love Halloween and have no shame.Halloween socks These of course are two different pairs. I may be a stitch crazy but not that crazy.
Oh one more sock related thing. I was able to cast on at the right spot with my striped socktober socks. sock stripes
It took me only 5 times until I finally got it. Next time I’m going to cast on starting a new color so I know exactly where to place my yarn on the needle. I learn something every time I pick up my needles.

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