Mothwing
12 April 2015 @ 03:21 pm
Knitting  
I finished my first ever cardigan, the Gyre Cardigan.

Even though I did cave and knit a swatch (I hate swatching. It seems like such a waste of time), I got worried at first and started out with thirty stitches more at the beginning because it seemed too small, and several larger things that I'd knitted turned out far too small. It was very difficult at first to judge whether or not the cardigan would when it was still on the needles.

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I should be doing several things for work at the moment, instead I'm learning how to do cable projects, starting with, what else, a scarf. It'll go well with my green hat, though.

 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
Mothwing
28 March 2015 @ 10:22 pm
Day 5: Saturday: Saalburg  
Living with a church musician means having to be back by Sunday, so we went back on day five of our little roadtrip.

Since Crocky loves all things Roman and has fond memories of going to this place when she was a child, we decided to stop by the Saalburg to look at the ruins of the Roman fort there. It was established in 90 AD and abandoned in the middle of the third century when the Limes fell.



Saalburg )
 
 
Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Saalburg
 
 
Mothwing
27 March 2015 @ 08:51 pm
Day 4: Friday: Munich  
Since we'd spent most of our first day indoors we had planned to spend more time outside on the second day and explore the inner city and the English Garden.



Munich )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Munich
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
26 March 2015 @ 08:35 pm
Day 3: Thursday: Munich  
The weather being bad we decided to go to the German Museum on the first day. The best bit about this museum is that you end up in different parts, depending on who you go with. Left to my own devices I usually head to optics and photography, pharmacy, mining and space travel. With our budding aero engineers we were obviously in the aerospace and physics exhibitions.

With Crocky, who comes from a seafaring family with a lot of musicians, we ended up in those areas.



German Museum )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Munich
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
25 March 2015 @ 05:43 pm
Day 2: Wednesday: Leipzig  
On the second day we explored Leipzig. I discovered that my cold was not quite gone and thus my head felt as though it'd been packed in cotton wool the entire day.



Leipzig )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Leipzig
Current Mood: sick
 
 
Mothwing
24 March 2015 @ 04:07 pm
Day 1: Tuesday: Trip to Leipzig  
I left the school building, was taken home by Crocky, and we left for Leipzig. Crocky knew the city from when her sister did her apprenticeship, but I'd never been there.

We picked the perfect hostel: the Space Hotel Leipzig. The decor speaks for itself:



It's run by a society that organises moon buggy races and training for space enthusiasts of up to 25 years and has its own observatory.

Sadly, we arrived after hours and at least I had a panicky moment when we realised we'd have to call our booking agent for the safe code and I realised that my phone's battery was on its last legs. Crocky's calming influence and the quick information of an employee at the booking company got us into the premises safe and happy and we had an early night. 
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Leipzig
 
 
Mothwing
08 September 2014 @ 09:09 pm
Dragon  
Look what I made for T., [livejournal.com profile] angie_21_237's little girl. Not that she's old enough to care, but I'm really happy with the result and am working on one for Crocky and me.

I used baby-appropriate wool that is washable and dyed in dye that does not threaten anyone's health. Well, and this pattern.

 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
30 May 2014 @ 09:55 pm
Floaty Shawl II  
I made this:



Kvothe and Slytherin )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
30 May 2014 @ 09:24 pm
Botanical Garden  
Crocky and I went to the Botanical Garden on Thursday, and I can't believe we hadn't been before, it's a beautiful place.

Although the rhododendrons we'd been promised are no longer in bloom we had a good time in the garden divided by continents featuring plants from each.



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Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
28 February 2014 @ 09:26 pm
Benjamin Blümchen  
Stress resulted in this this week:



 
 
Current Mood: stressed
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
14 February 2014 @ 07:39 pm
Crochety  
Of course I ran out of wool on the last legs of Crocky's broomstick lace (or rather: plunger lace) scarf, so that project is on hold for now. I did purchase some ... Bändchengarn. Ribbon yarn? I don't know, but it looks like this and completed a scarf with that. I'm quite happy with how it turned out, but it isn't very warming, albeit decorative:



I love this stitch, it's fun to do and looks quite fancy, especially with the new yarn (the above scarf is about 1,60m long and made of exactly one ball of the yarn mentioned above).

I also caved and started working on a project involving this year's version of the granny squares that is currently all the rage on Ravelry, a pattern called "African Flowers", though I don't really understand where the name comes from.



Currently I'm trying to work on a Heidi Bear's Happypotamus, though I can't join-as-you-go as required by the project and though I don't really have any of the stuffing material that I'd need yet, either.

Quite apart from the fact that I'm not entirely clear what I'm going to do with a Hippopotamus toy once I'm done. Crocheting does clutter up the place with stuff. Ah, we'll see how this one turns out. I binned some of my early projects already because I didn't think that they were salvageable and I couldn't unravel all of them, especially if they were made of fuzzier yarn.
 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
28 January 2014 @ 02:59 pm
Recent projects  
I'm now on ravelry and I finished two projects since then- the dragonscale bracers -  they can't really be worn in public, but they're really warm and pretty - and a hideous fluffy pink bear ear hat with earflaps which wouldn't even look cute on a child. A brave soul who'd put that thing on, but it was fun to crochet while it lasted and then not fun enough to salvage when I couldn't get the beanie base to get large enough to fit and thus had to resort to the hideous earflaps. Ah, well.

Bracers:


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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Music: The Read Headed League
 
 
Mothwing
12 January 2014 @ 03:11 am
Neck warmer!  
I finished my crocheting project: I made it a neck warmer rather than a scarf, though. I'm thinking about making some fingerless gloves or gauntlets in the same pattern now that I'm done with this pattern. I actually bought the yarn to knit a scarf, but it looks as though knitting will have to wait a bit longer.

This is it. Front:


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Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
Mothwing
27 October 2013 @ 04:07 pm
Autumn  
Last week ate me up and spit me out the other end, leaving in the dark in the mornings, teaching, staying at school until six, going home in the dark, working later. I really missed spending any time outside, or doing anything other than school stuff, really.

So today I took a short bike trip round Knoops Park, a beautiful park in the area to have a look at the colourful leaves and trees.



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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
16 October 2013 @ 12:27 am
Mists on the Hamme  
We went cycling again today even though I didn't really feel like it, but it was worth it.

For my efforts I was rewarded with a gorgeous view, and since I'm obsessed with the misty, foggy neighbourhood, I took pictures. This time it's not the river next door, the Lesum, it's the Hamme. Which looks an awful lot like the Lesum, but it's a different misty body of water, I swear.



More and larger kitsch... )
 
 
Current Music: Árstíðir: Heyr himna smiður
Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
13 October 2013 @ 11:52 pm
Amsterdam  
Crocky and I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday and came back on Friday.

The short version: we cycled a lot, were almost run over by cyclists, too, got stopped by the police, didn't get high (because the spire of the Westerkerk does not admit people with backpacks), went to the red light district, took pictures from what felt like every single bridge overlooking the famous canals, came back to the hotel smelling of weed in spite of our tee-totalling habits.

Basically every picture I took:



As ever I remain in awe of the bicycles, the sweets, and the linguistic superpowers of our neighbours )
 
 
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Music: The Glasgow Madrigirls - Candens Lillium
 
 
Mothwing
07 October 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Industry  
Bike trips through our neighbourhood. There are a few car and paint shops around the corner as well as a large industrial harbour.

The largest of the pain shops burnt down spectacularly one morning and the entire street had to be roped off for the rest of the day. It still looks really grim and I really feel for the owners and hope their insurance covers a fresh start.




Neighbourhood and burnt out store )

Industrial harbour )
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Music: Underwater - MIKA
 
 
Mothwing
27 September 2013 @ 09:50 pm
Early morning dyke on bike on dyke  
No one cares about my daily commute I suppose, but the view was still too glorious not to share. I always get excited when it's misty outside, so so far my daily commutes last week have been great because of the great views.

This morning, twenty to eight (I was a bit late):



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Other than that, there's not much going on at the moment, just a lot of exams and coming to terms with work. Full-time is a lot, and two of the groups that I teach are strangely bad at what they are doing, two groups are really good, thankfully, but this does mean that they need more to work with than the others and thus more preparation. School has eaten me alive.  
 
 
Current Mood: sleepy
 
 
Mothwing
03 September 2013 @ 10:48 pm
Mists of Lesum  
The weather outside has started matching the feeling I've had in my knees for weeks: it's autumn.

I'm still braving the weather on my bike, so many of my mornings looked like this. These were taken on the local dyke at around seven.




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Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: cold
 
 
Mothwing
26 August 2013 @ 10:55 am
Small Tortoiseshell  
The peppermint's in bloom!

Our butterflies like the flowers, too. Yesterday, three small tortoiseshells came to visit.




Small Tortoiseshell and Mystery Moth )

EDIT: Some of the pictures didn't show up at first, re-added them. Also, here's a picture of a spider family: Click!
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
18 August 2013 @ 06:57 pm
Roasted Butternut Squash  
A discovery I made in Wales thanks to the Co-op's lunch deals and their boxed-up salads.

That colour alone! And mixed with beetroot, it doesn't only look great but is also delicious and goes well with any kind of salad. We tossed it together with some couscous and arugula and that was very tasty.

 
 
Current Mood: full
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
05 August 2013 @ 07:17 am
Cars II  
So. I've been there when my mother bought a car, but I have never had the pleasure myself.

Yesterday, we did.

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Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
02 August 2013 @ 12:50 am
I survived!  
I have this unfortunate tendency to pick things that I really don't want to do because I am scared of them and then do them.

So. I'm scared of heights, and today, Crocky and I went to this forest adventure park.

There's a video about it on Youtube, hope it shows up:


But I survived! My glasses didn't.

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Thoughts on fat and chubby people not climbing )
 
 
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
31 July 2013 @ 11:54 pm
Boats  
I'm not really a boat person, I like my feet firmly on the ground. I've given canoeing a shot, but mostly my friend and I just spent a lot of time turning in circles on the lake near my parents' house where we rented the canoes, then got soaked to the skin in a storm a few meters up the river and had to seek shelter in one of the dressier restaurants in that part of town. A fond memory, but it didn't particularly endear me to the bumbling around on the water.

Crocky and I gave rowing a shot today, and I took to it surprisingly well. We didn't turn around in circles unless we wanted to, and this tour around the Bürgerpark showed us some very pretty sides of this city.



Paddling (10) )

And afterwards we had pancakes on the Admiral Nelson, which is Bremen's most famous pancake restaurant. It's a former trawler converted into a look-a-like of the HMS Conway, a former merchant navy school ship. Incidentally, the Conway was shipwrecked in 1953 between the two bridges connecting the island of Anglesey in the north of Wales with the Welsh mainland, the bridge we crossed to Anglesey last week. They'd tried to sail her through the famously dangerous "Swellies" ignoring the ebbing tide, and that after successfully getting through Menai Bridge with only a few feet to spare above and below.


Big Boat (5) )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: excited
 
 
Mothwing
28 July 2013 @ 09:16 am
Trip photos  
As always I took obscene amounts of photos on our trip, from which I've then chosen the handfulls of presentable ones, but there a still a large number that I wanted to include.

If you want, click on the image and it'll redirect you to a post of the day on which it was taken. I didn't really add a lot of text, because I expect not everybody is interested in Edward I's 13th Century quest for Wales (we did look at an awful lot of castle ruins, be warned).





    

 

 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
23 July 2013 @ 11:26 pm
Day 15 - Viking village in Höllviken  

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Current Location: Sweden, Höllviken
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
22 July 2013 @ 10:48 pm
Day 14 - Biking through Malmö  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Sweden, Malmö
 
 
Mothwing
20 July 2013 @ 11:20 pm
Day 12 - Stockholm  


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Current Location: Sweden, Stockholm
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
19 July 2013 @ 11:13 am
Day 11 - Road trip up to Edinburgh and flight to Stockholm  

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Current Mood: tired
Current Location: United Kingdom, Edinburgh
 
 
Mothwing
18 July 2013 @ 11:03 am
Day 10 - Walk through Denbighshire  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangwyfan
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
17 July 2013 @ 10:52 am
Day 9 - Denbigh, Abbey Valle Crucis  


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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangollen
Current Mood: energetic
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2013 @ 01:05 am
Day 8 - A Walk Through Royal Aber  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Abergwyngregyn
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
15 July 2013 @ 12:04 pm
Day 7 - Rhuddlan, Conwy, Beaumaris  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Conwy
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
14 July 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Day 6 - Segontium, Caernarfon  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Caernarfon
 
 
Mothwing
13 July 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Day 5 - Corris Mines, Rhaeadr Pistyll  


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Current Mood: awake
Current Location: United Kingdom, Tal-y-llyn
 
 
Mothwing
12 July 2013 @ 08:44 pm
Day 4 - Aberystwyth, Dyfi Furnace  
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Current Location: United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
Mothwing
11 July 2013 @ 09:23 pm
Day 3 - Flint Castle, Rhaeadr Dyserth, Beach, Rhuddlan  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Dyserth
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
10 July 2013 @ 07:59 pm
Day 2 - Liverpool, Wales  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
09 July 2013 @ 06:32 pm
Day 1 - Liverpool  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
 
 
Mothwing
07 May 2013 @ 07:30 pm
Flying guest  
Creepy-crawly of the day: the common wasp, vespula vulgaris.

We've had a visitor who was apparently looking for a place to nest under a blanket on our couch, and she was much larger than any wasp I have seen around here, so I'm assuming that she is a queen. I captured her majesty, and holy crap, she is huge.

Wasp under the cut.

4x )
 
 
Current Mood: awake
Current Location: Germany, Bremen