Skully brithday cake

Here we are for another birthday. Matija has turned 12 and 12 were ment to be the skulls flying around the big one. I have to admit that they turned out more like creeepy medusas, but I was trying to beat my record of baking-in-a-hurry… and this was the result.
Eating the cake was far more delightful. It was a three layer sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream. Mmhhh.

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The wild bunch

Posted by PicasaSo, my japanese flowers are here – more or less. I’m not sure about the way to put this scarf together. I have enough yarn to make another 2 or 3 flowers or to clip the flowers. Maybe I’ll better crochet more flowers and than sew the flowers with an almost invisible silky thread. All I can say is that the original colour of the flowers is far better than the one resulting from the picture. I’ll take another pic in the daylight.

Today I feel owlish

The house where I live is place where you can sense  owls being your discreet neighbourghs.
I love to hear them hooting at night – mostly in the late afternoon – and I’m used to write down on my wall calendar the day I first hear them calling in spring.
In February we made a short trip to Graz and Vienna. And it was in Graz that I saw a bookshop using owls like the only ornament. It was late and the shop was closed, that’s why I did’t came home with owls and books.

Maybe next time….This owls are sitting on my window. Did I mention that I’m an owl addict? No? How strange……

Just because I’m in the mood: meet Mindy, the lazy greyhound and Gromit, the clever kitter’s friend.

How to enter a new week a day later

Let’s start the day with something sweet and a cup of tea. Not the caffelatte I’m used to drink when running from here to there, with so much work to do and far from having pairs of spare helping hands. Today they will complete the wooden contruction of our balcony, the kids are going back to school in Austria, so I’ll see them next Friday afternoon. Next Friday, hmmm, the royal wedding day in UK and… sorry for you Willi and Kate, my son Matija’s birthday. He will be 12 and I have to plan a real nice birthday cake for him.

knitting time


I don’t know how it goes chez vous, but I’m always knitting lots of things in the same time. It’s not only I’m a little bit compulsive – just a  little – it’s mostly because there are different projects for different moments of the day, even of the year.
I have a very flexible timetable at work. Sometimes I have to be at work at 5.30 AM, sometimes I’m working till late.You understand that it will be impossible for me to knit complicated cables in the late afternoon after an A working day (from 5.30 till 13.00) – that’s why the Tzugumi’s Celtic Plait Shrug has to wait for more relaxed hours, while I’m mindlessly knitting an oh-so-easy Emma Fassio’s Rosa’s sleeveless cardi-jumper.

It’s the right  project for people watching TV or being half asleep. I need  knitting work like this even when I have to think or make plans – my hands are working by their own while I’m fully focused on the project I have in mind…..
Right now I’m struggling with maths – constructing a gansey for my son Luka. It will be a heavy one, knittend in yeans cotton from Rowan and I have made the cast on using a channel islands way that provides a very strong border. It take me hours to cast on 166 sts, but the result is really nice. Now I have to put together the design….

Work in progress


No knitting, no cooking – just a note about our home and the new balcony. That means: another step on the path that will help me to my future fairy garden…. a new place for me and my knitting…. a proper place for my hanging flowers…

If it sounds a little bit personal, it’s true. But right now it’s all  in the paws of our Gromit the builder

The future stairway….