insomnia

knitting project

I have not been sleeping very well lately, so I decided to knit instead …

Seeing as I didn’t really know how to knit when I decided to knit a hat (again – I know, I know), it took quite a few swatches to wrap my brain around the two-coloured brioche stitch.

The other thing that was quite impossible was to locally buy yarn I actually liked. It was impossible to find the right colours In a quality that seemed right, and the people at the yarn shop I went to have not been supportive nor understanding when I told them that I wanted to get a specific shade of purple …

In the end I was too impatient to fetch the exact shade and type of yarn I had imagined and just started knitting. And unraveling. And knitting again.

Now it seems to be working just fine, so we will see. It might become a whole hat at some point.

Posted in Uncategorized 28.12.2015

purpletatomash

purpletatomash

Potatoes to match my personal colour scheme. What a time to be alive ;)

Posted in Random 23.12.2015

snowflakes

snowflake-finished

Very kitschy and heavily embellished snowflake coasters!

Most of the things I have been making lately are christmas presents – and even though most of them are not even for me to give away, I can’t show them here. Because people might find them and stuff …

But I also made snowflakes for someone to give to someone else that I can publish here. Luckily, not everyone is connected to everyone else just yet :P

I used the snowflakes to try engraving acrylic glass with the laser, which is something I will need for a future necklace-project I have been planning for a while.

It took some time to find the right material for the necklace-to-be, but now that I have the material and the handling of the robot figured out it should not be too long until I can get started.

While I am not too fond of how laser-engraving looks on wood, it is quite lovely on acrylic. Maybe I would even like how engravings look on wood, if burnt edges on unfinished plywood weren’t just screaming hackerspace project in a not-so-aesthatically-pleasing way? Not sure.

But then I generally do not like unfinished wood. It looks rather bland, and it feels horrible.

Let’s just stick to engraving things that are not wood for now ;)

snowflake-cut

And as I am being asked about the laser a lot, I made a video of the cutting process.

The video is a bit lame as I was too lazy to edit it much, and not brave (or stupid) enough to put my camera beneath the lid, right into the machine while it was running. But here you go, I hope you still like it:

Posted in DIY 20.12.2015
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kekse

5-keks

Vanillekipferl

My mother gave me that shiny christmas wreath. Not that I care about christmas, but now I have at least something festive in my flat.

And because the wreath felt lonely in all it’s kitschy christmas glory, we made cookies to go with it :P

1-keks

Linzerkipferl

3-keks

Teeny tiny cheater-kipferl.

Tam tam. I don’t particularly like Vanillekipferl, but those tiny ones are very pleasing. They are sooo small!

2-keks

Random Cookies.
My mother has been making them every year for as long as I can remember, so here we go.

4-keks

The internet finally gave me a recipe for chocolate cookies (in German).

So if you are looking for Linzerkipferl with chocolate – because everything is better with chocolate – here they are. It took me about 10 years (of active research. I’m sure they’re really all I’ve been looking for in a cookie for 25 years) to find this recipe and it’s definitely the best.

6-keks

The nameless cookies, again

Posted in Life, Recipe 09.12.2015

even more scissors

schnippschnapp

Today we went to a medieval winter market and I accidentally bought another pair of scissors :D

carousel

It was really lovely. There was so much fog, one could very much feel the moisture. The air was almost dripping …

The overall gloominess greatly improved the experience at the market – the whole city around it just vanished. Everything felt strangely calm and silent, and much prettier than without the fog.

But the peaceful silence was an illusion.

gloomy

Posted in Random 08.12.2015
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ppplay

ppp

Blinkenletters. Pretty cables.

Soldering seven thousand (that’s only a slight exaggeration) LEDs onto wooden letters is in equal parts annoying and very soothing.

Posted in DIY 07.12.2015

writing

kitchen

I should be writing am writing all the things for my master’s thesis.

Does fixing random css things on every project-related website that I am annoyed with right now count as work, or as procrastination?

Posted in Life 30.11.2015