Danish Designers, Australian Magpies – Fruity Knitting Podcast Episode 3

Fruity Knitting Podcast Episode 3 features an interview with Ulrike Janssen of Maschenwahn in Offenbach, Germany, and also takes an in depth look at the relationship between knitters and magpies, and lots more knitting fun.

Fruity Knitting Podcast Episode 3

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Under Construction

Windy Scarf by Martin Storey

Norbu by Marie Wallin

From the Archives

Andrew’s jumper – with the sloppy neck – was a pattern on Ravelry, but we can’t find it anymore…

Andrea’s vest was an Australian pattern, but we don’t have any more details! Yarn was an Australian Patons 8-ply 100% wool.

Australian Magpies

The segment “Are Knitters like Australian Magpies” was based on the episode “The colourful life of the Australian Magpie” from the program “Off Track” on Australia’s Radio National. This is a wonderful program looking at diverse range of topics around Australia’s natural environment. Presenter Ann Jones does an amazing job of painting pictures in words, with interviews, commentary and sounds from the field. It’s available as a podcast and is a treat if you have any interest in Australian wildlife.

Magpie song recordings were made by Danielle, the Magpieaholic. Danielle seems to have an extraordinary relationship with the magpies in her area, and has some amazing photos and videos. Her site is definitely worth a visit.

The following Magpie sounds and images were used in the segment:

Interview with Ulrike Janssen

Ulrike Janssen is owner of Maschenwahn – which is German for “stitch-crazy”.

You can reach the shop easily from the Frankfurt Airport, by taking the S8 in the direction “Offenbach (Main) Ost” or the S9 in direction Hanau Hbf. Get off at the stop “Ledermuseum”. The trip by train is around 26 minutes from the airport.

You would be very welcome to drop by for a tea or coffee and some good German cake, a chat with Ulrike and her customers, and a browse of her wools and patterns.


Taunusstraße 1
63067 Offenbach am Main

Ulrike mentioned the two Danish designers:

9 thoughts on “Danish Designers, Australian Magpies – Fruity Knitting Podcast Episode 3”

  1. Thanks so much for your podcast! I’ve been motivated to revisit some of my WIP’s, especially an Alice Starmore Stornoway sweater. You have both been a delight to listen to as I work on keeping my resolution to finish 2 projects before beginning one new one. The magpie feature was entertaining as I watched the magpies who have returned to Montana for the summer season.

    1. Hi Ruth. We’ve just released Episode 4, and Andrea gives a few details on her Alice Starmore Fair Isle experiences. I’m glad you enjoyed the magpies, slightly off-topic, but we love them!

  2. I recently discovered your podcasts and I’m now catching up on all of them. In episode 3 there was a sweater just behind you, Andrea, that I like a lot. Do you know what the name of it is? Thank you. Joanne, Calgary, Canada.
    ps…I mentioned your podcast in my blog entry of Feb. 17/17

  3. I have also just recently discovered your podcast and am thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you so much for your hard work on every episode. Now I have a lot of catching up to do. I very much liked Andrew’s jumper (even if it was made with cheap wool it still looked great). Like Patricia, who liked the vest (I do too), I searched for the pattern and found it. For anyone who is interested: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/casual-cables-for-him
    Happy knitting.

  4. Nancy McMahon-Cox

    I recently discovered your podcasts thanks to Mason Dixon Knitting. I really enjoy them and have started to watch them all from Episode 1.
    I have a question about this episode… what pattern did Ulrike use for that lovely red vest she is wearing? If you could find out I’d be grateful.

  5. Hooray on Andrew’s sock knitting prowess! Yeah, and I know this comes 3 years later. Nonetheless.

    But I was wondering which sock yarn he used. It was never mentioned in the 2nd podcast when the pair made a first appearance, nor in this one.
    Looks vaguely familiar, could it be Opal?

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