Wellcome to my blog

My name is Martina Staniek, and I make OOAK (One Of A Kind) Teddy Bears and other soft sculptures.
I also knit and crochet - i always on the search for those very diffrent and fantastic pattern.
Last year i learned to Spin, and now i also create wonderfull and unique yarn.

I would like to introduce to you my creations and keep you updated with other happenings which are important to me.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS - - - My shoulder still needs a break

Because my shoulder and elbow really hurt the last couple of days, with throbbing pain in the shoulder on Thursday, I ordered myself some break from felting, sewing and knitting. (and housework :D )
But i was doing something on my blog :D
On the right you can see a new Link : Instructions - Felting instructions -German and English ….
here i share my well hidden bookmark treasures with you.
I will add there more and more as i feel like it.
On the plan are Teddy bear instruction links, free pattern and Resources.
It is a lot of work to go through my bookmarks, i think i got thousands  - and work out what i will need and what is useless.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mini tests are done


And i am not really happy with them.

Here with different eye sizes, 3, 4, 5 and 6 mm.


Because I got a lot of 6mm eyes, but just 1 pair each of 3, 4 and 5 mm … the bear got 6mm eyes :D
The teddy is 5,8 cm tall. I don’t think i can go smaller without going crazy over it.


And i really dislike his profile …
The middle seam on the lower side needs to be adjusted, but i have no idea how to do such things :(


I did a bit of adjustment to the first try, because it was way to flat.
It is better now, but not like i want it.
I would like to have the top nearly straight and the bottom part more curved.
Any help from anybody ? :D


On the plus side of this teddy  - you can fit the parts in all the left overs from other bears and don’t have much to throw away :D

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mini bear tests and a knitted cardigan


I didn’t forget about you :)

I just didn’t do anything yesterday …. we were at the restaurant over the street and had a lovely Christmas dinner with my mans family.

I had steak with potatoes and garlic bread and some glasses of Lambrusco.
It was so lovely … I really love to go there for a meal, the cook is a master of his class.

Today i modified a bit on a 5cm teddy i started on Friday… the muzzle is a bit to short and the ears to big, so i made them new.
Now i need to sew the whole thing together, but it is 1 am, and i think i am going to bed :D


Then i finished today the nasty part of my cardigan. This lovely piece i am knitting while watching TV.
Every evening some 2 or 3 hours :D Started it on the 25th of October and it goes very slow.

It is knitted in 1 part. Starting with the collar, doing some stripes from the shoulders to the wrist and then taking for the back the stitches up from wrist to wrist and knitting till under the arms.
The front is not so bad, it is just from wrist to the middle.
So this part is done … now i started to knit all around the front, back and front again.
I closed just a small part of the seam under the arms, so i can take up the stitches needed there, because i think i don’t have enough wool to finish the whole project - so i didn’t knit the pieces at the wrists.


The cardigan is knit with 2 kind of wool - the one is some cotton yarn i bought last summer, in a nice toffee colour and then i got me some medium brown mohair wool to mix it with the cotton yarn.

I knit it in a pattern i like very much, cross 2 stitches to the left and 2 stitches to the right.
purl the next row, and then over the last one, cross 2 stitches to the right and 2 stitches to the left. The effect is really lovely.

But this pattern uses a lot of wool - so I think I will run out of cotton yarn …
I will just knit as far as i get, and decide then what i will do to finish the endings at the wrists and the ending of the cardigan.
If i order some more cotton yarn, i need to take 300 gram - but i think i need just 100 or maybe 150 gram … AND the minimum order all together needs to be 50 euro …