Hi, I’m Annika. I’m so glad you’re here!

simple living, natural dyeing and a handmade wardrobe

My favourite thing to do is spending time with my family – my husband and two young daughters. I live in the southwest of Germany, close to one of the largest German woodlands. And we love to go hiking in these woods as much as possible. Besides that I love everything fiber related, especially knitting, sewing, spinning, embroidery and crocheting.

Sustainability & a Handmade Wardrobe

Back in 2015 I started reducing the waste and ecological footprint of my family. At that time I became interested in knitting and sewing to create a handmade wardrobe. Avoiding yarns and fabric containing synthetic material (e.g. nylon, polyester) has always been important to me. However this proved to be a challenge with ready-made clothing and conventional yarns.

Natural Dyeing

This is why I started natural dyeing with plants. It became clear to me very quickly that I enjoy the process of yarn dyeing very much. Especially the uniqueness of the colours that botanical dyes are able to produce is simply fascinating to me. You can find more detailed information on my hand dyed yarns here. And here is a link to my shop were you can purchase my all natural Rosemary & Pines Fiber Arts yarn.

Knitwear Design

Designing knitting patterns is another interest of mine. Although it is quite different from dyeing yarn, it is just as enjoyable! When it comes to chosing yarn for a design idea I am very careful in doing so. Since I try to avoid waste of any kind I aim to use yarn that is already in my stash whenever possible. If I don’t already have a suitable yarn at home I chose a yarn (with regard to fiber content) and an indie dyer or a company that aligns with my values. My knitting patterns are available to purchase on Ravelry.

Fiber Arts

On this blog you will not only find information on my hand dyed yarns and knitwear designs. I also share all sorts of crafting projects including knitting, crocheting, sewing and embroidery. And occasionally I will also post some simple DIY home tutorials. I like to create something every day because it fulfills me and makes me happy.

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