Sendung mit der Maus

Maus, Elefant und Ente

I grew up with the TV program “Sendung mit der Maus” and I still try to watch it to this day. It’s a wonderful children’s program that includes stories answering kids questions like how the stripes get into the toothpaste. You can actually subscribe to a podcast of the episodes. Then there are these cartoon shorts with the mouse, elephant and a little yellow duck, often a little song or children’s story, and a little animation like Shaun the Sheep TV episodes. Even though its aimed at kids it’s also made to be fun and interesting for adults too. It’s also really popular – over a million people watch it every Sunday. This year is the 40th birthday of the show and the theme of this year is to open doors – showing everything from how Euro bills are made to how astronauts train and live in space, to the narrowest house (it’s in Barcelona) and on and on.

Since my nephew loves to watch the little Maus/mouse cartoons I made him a kiddie sized shopping bag:

Maus, Elefant und Ente Tasche


My stash is ginormous. Despite all attempts to knit as fast as I can, I’m sure I’ve reached SABLE (Stash Acquisition beyond lifetime expectancy). I know that if I destashed everything that I’m not likely to knit anytime soon, I’d have boxes and boxes of yarn. I guess I’m finally facing up to the reality that I really don’t need all that yarn, and that I can acquire yarn for projects as I go, instead of having reserve yarn. Plus, when I have yarn set aside for projects, I tend to forget that I’ve planned to use that yarn, and I sometimes end up buying more yarn, or I find yarn that’s even better suited. So, I’ve decided to destash. In bits and pieces. Although the first batch will be something around 100 skeins (!!!!). Yikes! And since I haven’t gotten around to add some of the yarn to my stash, I’m busy photographing and entering yarn into Ravelry. This is really shaping up to be a bigger project…

If you’re interested in my destash, I’ll add a post when the destash is going up on the ISO/Destash of yarn message board, and I can also post what yarn brands I’m destashing. Oh, and I’ll be destashing my set of addi Click interchangeables that includes extra needles and a awesome interchangeable case from Sarah Kincheloe.


To say that I love rhubarb would be an understatement. I don’t think there’s a preparation of rhubarb that I don’t enjoy. In fact, I love rhubarb so much that finding a skein of yarn named Rhabarber is what set me off to discover what dyer had named yarn after my favorite rhubarb which has led to my love of Wollmeise. I mean, see for yourself:

Wollmeise yarn

Wollmeise Fluffy in Rhabarber

Since it’s rhubarb season right, now, I’ve been busy preserving rhubarb for the non-rhubarb season. I’ve made rhubarb-strawberry compote, rhubarb-apple jam, rhubarb-strawberry jam, rhubarb-berry jam and rhubarb syrup.

rhubarb jam, compote, syrup

rhubarb heaven: jam, compote and syrup

The rhubarb syrup is in the middle bottle. You can see how the rhubarb makes for a lovely pink toned syrup. It is especially delicious when you add it to your glass of water – really refreshing.

I’d already posted about this dessert: vanilla yoghurt with rhubarb-strawberry compote – yum (not my best photography job, sorry)!


rhubarb-strawberry compote with vanilla yoghurt