- German, living and crafting in Japan, writing about both
- I titled the crafty set on Flickr QUERBEET (strewn at large, a bit of all) which relates to my inability to focus on just one thing at a time. I hardly can decide if i am a knitter, crafter or seamstress.
- The same applies to my favourite colour, music or movies. Or if I would rather love to live in the city or a secluded cabin at the sea (internet access provided)...
- love to take photos, too, mostly of what is surrounding me here in Japan
- I have no professional background in arts or photography, it's all just plain dilettantism.
- My camera and all photo related: Canon EOS 5D, three lenses, 50 mm 1:1.4, 85 mm 1:1.2 and a macro 100 mm 1:2.8, SLIK ABLE 400 DX-LE tripod, Canon TIMER REMOTE CONTROLLER TC-80N3, Adobe Lightroom, never using a flash light.
- I am not selling anything, especially not large batches of woowls, they are really quite easy and much fun to make, if you like you can try yourself, here's the tutorial. Here our gallery of owls Owly Love on Flickr, here lots of my own owls, and here a link to a tutorial of mine for making flat owls (Zakka Style Owl Pennant)
- Hexagons: I am sorry but I cannot provide you with a pattern for the crocheted hexagons. The pattern I use can be found in Crochet Motif Item, ISBN 4415103650 or978-4415103655. The book is Japanese but there are charts and sketches easy to be understood by everybody. The book is available via various online stores, such as Amazon Japan, Yesasia or on ebay. For actual information how to get hold of the book please ask on this ravelry board. I just assume you are a member, too. Oh, and of course there are lots and lots of free hexagon patterns on the net, information also on the mentioned discussion board.
- When joining crocheted hexagons, this tutorial might be helpful, also I have written about my colour choices for the hexagon blanket here on the blog. Beautiful crocheted hexagons in our Hexagon Love pool on Flickr!
- For a long time I hesitated writing my blog in English because as a non native speaker you never know what you are actually writing... I got more comfortable over time and think in general you will understand what I mean but of course there are lots of moments when you might just wonder what I am talking of. Bear with me.
- My sewing machines: Brother Pacesetter 9000, same model as NX 600 and a serger, Babylock eclipse. Both a couple of years old yet I do not plan on getting anything newer or better as both machines serve me well.
- I prefer knitting on circulars, mostly bamboo
- I am a continental knitter and was totally confused when I once saw Julia Roberts knitting in a movie, doing very, very strange moves that looked more like sports than knitting. Since I taught myself how to knit I was wondering if I had been getting it all wrong... only later I learned there were thrower and picker...
- Love knitting in public wherever I am, whenever I can. All those few minutes add to a lot of time and you get a lot done by using that time.
- My username wherever I go is something like MOONSTITCHES or mangetsu, which is Japanese for full moon. I chose the name mangetsu when I made my first steps in this virtual world around 11 years ago, the time when I had to pick my first email address and username. As a child I was a sleepwalker, still cannot sleep well during nights of full moon and I am having a certain affiliation with that fellow up in the skies. I also am a night owl by nature and do much crafting between 10 PM and 2 AM, therefore many of the things I make consist of a lot of moonstitches.
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Have a nice day. Be creative, make something, have fun!