I've read recently, that the term "Tracht" originates from the German word "tragen" which means "to wear".
It's as simple as that.
Yet quite special.
This one, a traditional "Trachtenjanker", was a (just slightly) belated Christmas present for Naturpapa.
The yarn I have used, that I've been making many many projects with and that I truly appreciate is from a local Spinning Mill.
I love it, especially the undyed lots. I cannot say more.
Funnily the owner of the spinning mill spoke in a (not so funny) tv broadcast a few days ago about how animals are treated for downs and wool. His company only uses material from the region from sheep well treated.
So happy to know businesses like this!
Talking of which. The buttons are cast from original coin models. I bought them at a place in Munich, well known for its traditional Trachten and Materials: Tracht und Heimat.
When I told my husband, he asked me immediately, what he could buy for them. (My answer will stay private!)
This was a project that has been pretty much straight forward, even if it looks substantial.
However, it had his challenges.
Hold on to your hats! I had to unravel the whole body from the bottom…
It worked out really well. You see in the picture, I threaded in a needle first to be on the safe side. It's a great experience and good to know that there are solutions for such problems.
And for this one too, by the way:
Did that ever happen to you: You've worked for many hours, knitting a jacket or jacket with separate arm parts, and even managed to weave in ends and sew all pieces together. You think it's perfect, but it turns out, the arms in the front are too flappy… you can't leave it that way because you will SEE it everytime! Here's a little trick: Try sewing in the front with some allowance! (Apart from the fact that the top arm shaping could be decreased assymmetrically, but that's a different story…)
I often add tipps like this in my knittingpatterns, as some of you might know. I have learned a lot from experience and experienced knitters and like to share my knowledge.
So keep calm… and right now… keep warm and cozy, everyone!
Cause, baby, it's sooo cold outside!