Linen in the museum

May 14, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Open Air Museum in Vorau, in eastern Styria. The museum presents old buildings and objects related to traditional rural life in the area – and as it turned out, quite a few of these objects had to do with textiles.

In the “old days”, the growing of flax and the production of linen played a significant role in the life and economy of the rural communities in this part of the country. Consequently, the museum’s collection is full of tools like looms and spinning wheels…

…and this amazing early-20th-century winding machine which looks suspiciously like some ancient instrument of torture:

So, if you happen to be in the area, don’t miss it!


Winter Sleep

December 31, 2015


The last two months went by in a blink, between working hard at the museum, catching up with friends before Christmas, interspersed with some panicking about the PhD, and finally, collapsing for a week of Christmas hibernation in the Tyrolean Alps, where much-needed sleep and food was had. Now, I am in Vienna to spend a few days with [c], to catch up with some of the other wonderful people here, and to generally continue with the recharging of batteries before I will return to London for what will be a very full January work-wise. Being in Vienna also means that I have my trusted photographer at hand for some knitwear documentation:

Pattern: Hayward by Julie Hoover
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed LOFT [colour: Sweatshirt]
Needles: 4.5mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

I was in desperate need for a good layering piece, and this pattern fits that bill perfectly. The clever shape, somewhere between poncho and sweater, makes this piece perfect for throwing on over a T-Shirt or dress, and I will also be able to wear it by itself once the days will get warmer again. My lack of sewing skills presented me with quite a challenge when assembling the single parts of the project, but I am happy to report that after about five failed attempts, I have now finally mastered the art of the invisible mattress stitch. Success!

[c] and I will retreat to the countryside for a quiet transition into the New Year. Have a good 2016, with lots of time for your loved ones, nature, making, writing, and with whatever else makes you happy!