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Basic Eye Eye Girl

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Finally! The moment, some of, you have been waiting for has arrived! Here’s is the first of my Eye Eye patterns.

In this post, I’ll be sharing the basic pattern for an Eye Eye girl.

You can play around with the colours, as you’ll see from the pictures. This is the perfect project to use up bits and pieces of yarn you have lying around.

I hope you have as much fun making her as I have.

Happy knitting!

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Lili Strauss. Neue Erkenntnisse über die zweite Frau von Johann Strauss Sohn

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In diesem Jahr jährt sich der Todestag von Lili, der zweiten Frau von Johann Strauss Sohn, zum 100. Mal.

Wie bei seiner ersten Frau Jetty recherchierte ich über ihr Leben und bin auf neue Fakten über sie gestoßen, die ich in diesem Blogpost gerne mit Ihnen teilen möchte.

Ich möchte Herrn Peter Kemp, Fräulein Judit Hészer, dem örtlichen Chronisten Werner John, allen Mitarbeitern der verschiedenen Archive und Museen und jeder der mir mit Ratschläge und Informationen zu Verfügung stand für ihre Hilfe bei diesem Artikel danken.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen!

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Ann

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Lili Strauss. Casting New Light on the Second Wife of Johann Strauss Son

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Hello Everyone!

This year marks the 100 anniversary of the death of Lili, Johann Strauss Son’s second wife.

As with his first wife Jetty, I did some research into Lili’s life and came across some new facts about her, which I’m happy to share with you in this blog post.

I would like to thank Mr. Peter Kemp, Miss Judit Hészer, local chronicler Werner John, all the staff of the various archives and museums consulted and everyone who helped me with advise and documents for their help with this article.

Happy reading!

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Ann

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a good start into the new year.

Last year wasn’t a very good one for me health wise. I started going to examinations in March. With each examination came a diagnose for something else. In November I had an operation. The recovery went well in the beginning, but just after Christmas the wound started playing up. Lucky for me, I was well looked after by district nurses. I’ve got a check up with my GP tomorrow and hope to be all better soon. I hope 2019 will be a better year in that respect.
Because of all the examinations and feeling tired half of the time, I didn’t spend as much time on my blog as I wanted to. I plan to post more often this year.
On a more positive note, I proud to say that my article about Johann Strauss’ first wife Jetty was published in the magazine of The Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain and in the almanach of the Kulturverein Wiener Blut in Vienna.
My annual doll sale for the Kinderkankerfonds (children’s cancer foundation) was a success again. Thanks to family and friends, I was able to bring 400 euros and a suitcase full of dolls to the hospital.
This year I also enlarged my Eye Eye family. What started with my own design for a knitted doll, resulted in about 20 types in 3 sizes. I am currently writing up the patterns.

But enough about last year. Today is the first day of the new year. As usual, I’ll be spending the morning in my PJ’s and watching the New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna, a live transmission from the Musikverein in Vienna with lots of music by members of the Strauss family. No way I am to miss that, being a Strauss enthusiast. The programme contains some well-known and lesser known works by Johann Strauss son, Carl Michael Ziehrer, Eduard Strauss, Josef Strauss, Josef Hellmesberger jun. and Johann Strauss the elder.

My resolutions for the new year? I’m going to see how the year moves along and make the best of everything. But these things are on my wishlist for 2019:

  • Knit my usual dolls for.
  • Finish my research about Johann Strauss’ second wife Lili and getting it published either in Austria or in Germany.
  • Start a monthly social afternoon at my place where people can craft, talk, drink coffee and eat cake.

My champagne is chilled. The appetizers are ready. I have the TV on for the concert. The do not disturb sign is on the door. Let 2019 begin!

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The Eye Eyes – Assembling

Hello Everyone!

As promised, and still keeping you in suspense for a while until the patterns go online, this post is all about assembling Eye Eyes.

I have been experimenting with various ways of assembling dolls and find that following next steps is very practical.

I hope you do too.

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Courgette roll ups

Hello Everyone!

We all love a lasagne from time to time, don’t we?

The courgette roll ups recipe I’m sharing with you today is a great alternative. It is a veggie dish (as long as you don’t put any met in your sauce) and a gluten free one.

I hope you’ll like it too.

Happy cooking!

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The Eye Eyes – Materials used

Hello Everyone!

In a previous post, I told you about my first own toy design: the Eye Eyes.

Today, I’m telling you what materials I used to make them.

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