Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I thought this to be a quite interesting way of presenting and preserving a darning sampler. Surely, there is no way I could know if this was done by its owner or later by one of the family members. May be this is very normal to a German lady and is mundane. Nevertheless, of all the zillion samplers, I have not yet seen one like this. It is sewn into a form of envelop and the bearer had something in mind to place in it. The wrapped width is only 22 cm, so it cannot be meant for lingerie. May be to place a hand-written note to the dear one, who knows!

I want to preserve it as is but, using my simple picture software flavoured with determined patience, managed to cut & paste the corners along with the central bit, made the necessary rotations, retouches ... And voila, this is how it should look if the pompom was to be removed and the linen ironed flat :)

Not well visible from the pictures above but there are five different darning samples and here are the close-ups :


Tuesday, June 29, 2010


This is too funny not to share ... It really made me laugh out loud :)

A recent scientific study found that women find different male faces attractive depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle.

For example, when a woman is ovulating, she will prefer a man with rugged, masculine features. However, when she is menstruating, she prefers a man doused in petrol and set on fire, with scissors stuck in his eye and a cricket stump shoved up his backside!


Monday, June 28, 2010


Berlin Work sampler from the US ... However, of German or Austrian origin ... Possibly late 19th or early 20th!


Sunday, June 27, 2010


Another lazy day ... The heat is back after a few nice cool days!

I like the lacy edgings ... I have loads of lace weight yarn in my stash but still keep stockpiling. A new arrival yesterday is from the US. Coton Floche for embroidery but I shall probably use them for the nice knitted lacy cotton edging. Their accomplice will be size 1.5 needles ... The seller told me that they are from 1920. I do not know if that really is the case but they were very reasonably priced; very hard to ignore and resist. Each ninety nine-meters and thirty-four of them in their original box!

Now, I need to decide what pattern to use. Among many wonderful samples, I keep clinging on my Estonian Lace by Nancy Bush. And use little pearl beads instead of the nupps!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Men knitting socks at their leisure after work as an additional income to their family budget. The men of Yenikaraağaç village of Bursa province in north-western Turkey, have been knitting socks since 80 years after migrating to their new home from Thessaloniki, Greece.

One of the elder gentlemen, Mr Yusuf Hilmişen (63), says he knits five pairs a day ... Probaby keeping the doctor away :)

However, somehow they do not look very happy :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


SORRY, this has to be Turkish ...

Beni izleyen bazı Türklere sormak istiyorum : Bir dakikadan bile az bir süreyi niçin bana çok görüyorsunuz?

Hadi hayvanlar umurunuzda değil; paylaştığım resimlere bakmak, bedelsiz desenleri indirmek için vakit buluyorsunuz da, niçin birkaç saniyenizi beni mutlu etmek adına harcayamıyorsunuz?

Burada birkaç kere mağdur hayvanlar için desteğinizi istedim ... Destek vermek bu kadar mı zor geliyor size?

Tanıdığım ve bu blogu izlediğini bildiğim isimlerin bir çoğunu dilekçe listelerinde göremiyorum. İçiniz o kadar mı sevgisiz; o kadar mı acıma yok yüreğinizde? Bu kadar mı duyarsızsınız, hiç anlayamıyorum!

Bilginiz olsun, dilekçelere imza atmak da BEDAVA!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some daylight pictures of Adaev and Adasofra that I had introduced a few months ago ...