Your stories

Agnes

My name is Agnieszka (Agnes), I come from Poland, and I’ve been living in Switzerland with my family for seven years now. I am a mom of three children (12, 8 and 3). I used to work in Finance, but I stopped when we moved here. However, it gave me a lot of new opportunities. I am a Face Yoga Teacher, I also work as a proofreader for several bloggers, I sing in a choir and I finally have time for handcrafts. I get involved in many different local projects, so when I heard about Ägeri Farbig I knew that I definitely want to be a part of it. My grandma showed me how to crochet when I was 6 years old. I did a lot of stuff for my dolls then, but since adolescence I haven’t done much, only some small works from time to time. My biggest crochet project so far was a baby blanket for my sister-in-law’s daughter, which I made about six years ago. Ägeri Farbig gave me the opportunity to try out different patterns, I made squares, hands and arms for a Tree Hug, and I also joined the squares for the blue tree jacket, so a lot of things that I wouldn’t normally do. I also would like to crochet amigurumi, there’s still time for it 🙂 What is so special about this project is that it unites the women of many nationalities, we can share our experiences, inspire each other, and make new friends. I just can’t wait to see the results.

Marianne R

When I was shopping in January, I became aware of the project through the decoration at the Herrmann pharmacy. Years ago I admired the lampposts and gates knitted in Arosa. And now we’re doing it in Aegeri! I’m there with you!

At home I found my long-forgotten wool in the handicraft kit, which was actually supposed to be knitted into a sweater in 1983 … My enthusiasm at the time quickly subsided, so 38 years later this wool warms a birch trunk in the birch forest, not bad either, right?

I’m not a great knitter or crocheter, but the certainty that we all want to create a great work of art together really spurred me on to let the knitting needles rattle.

I learned to knit at school, and it’s like cycling, you never forget it …

That’s why we’ve created a lot of different colored squares in the meantime, and I’m a little proud of each one! For me, in this not exactly easy time, knitting means variety, challenge and also deceleration.

My two big daughters also knitted a square together, and the whole family is already looking forward to a colorful birch forest in spring 2021.

Renate 

I am 50 (of which I have lived in Unterägeri for 35 years), and I learned to knit and crochet at school. Depending on the time available, I create larger or smaller projects: hats, jackets, sweaters for young and old, hippie bus Kleenex boxes, sneaker socks, key rings, tunics, neck and shoulder scarves, etc., alternately crocheting or knitting, depending on the situation what fits better.

I pursue this hobby more and more in winter, because in summer I enjoy the beautiful Ägerisee, among other things. I saw a flyer from Ägeri Farbig and spontaneously took part. 

Salome, Neuheim

 

I learnt how to knit and crochet in school as a child. As an adult, I just made the occasional hat or baby sweater. I really got into knitting a few years ago, while I was fighting  depression. A friend asked me for help knitting socks and I realized that knitting was a great activity: it kept my mind as well as my fingers busy, and the result was something nice and useful. Several pairs of socks and a very complicated blanket later – and also with professional help that was not yarn-related – my mental health was restored.

After this experience, it was obvious that knitting would also help me during the lockdown. My handicraft teacher back at school had once told us why she preferred knitting over crocheting: as an experienced knitter, you don’t have to look at your stitches all the time. You can read a book or watch a movie while knitting. That’s how I passed many nights when I was home alone.

When I read about Aegeri Farbig in the newspaper, I signed up immediately. I enjoyed trying out new patterns and knitting techniques and contributed a variety of squares to the project. I love the idea of working together with so many different people (although I only know a few of them in person) and I’m looking forward to the colourful result. 

 

 

Emily – Unterägeri

I am 18 years old and I only started crocheting in October as part of a project for a friend’s birthday blanket. And I loved it! I decided to keep making scarves and hats and then my mom told me about Aegeri Farbig. I thought it would be really fun to do something and be part of the community. This is my gap year before university and I now have a lot of time on my hands because of the COVID restrictions changing my plans. So crocheting is a really fun way to pass the time and it is really nice to see a physical result of my work ! I think it’s definitely something I’ll continue to do – my next hope is to crochet a sweater after Aegeri Farbig! 

Pam Winsen – Brisbane, Australia 

I have knitted from a tender age, it was what girls did, boys had steam engines and exciting stuff like that. 

 

As a war effort (2nd world war) we were issued with hideous khaki wool, and instructions to knit socks for the soldiers, God help them and their feet, turning the heal and splicing the toe were major undertakings. 

 

Knitting in bright colours to clad trees is sheer joy. Hopefully it will bring joy without the discomfort of badly clad feet, and also bring a little warmth to those who most need it.

Margrit Z – Unterägeri

My name is Margrit, and my husband and I have lived in Unterägeri since July 2020. We moved from Zurich city to the countryside in an age-appropriate apartment, where we like it a lot. I always knit in the evening to relax, usually making blankets. Until a year ago I knitted these blankets for a hotel in the Lucerne hinterland, which has a huge terrace. The guests were free to help themselves to these blankets – to cover themselves or to sit on. They loved my blankets because each one was unique, and I was able to knit them as I pleased, just as it turned out. I knit socks for my husband and, depending on demand, also shoulder triangles and neck scarves, but everything is without a complicated pattern. I’m too impatient.

 

For Aegeri Farbig, I knit the rectangles exactly to my liking.

Olivia Unterägeri
Last summer, after more than 25 years, I started knitting again, and all of a sudden I just loved wool. Perhaps I am “wool crazy ” or I could call myself a “woolaholic”.

 

Working with wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks just makes me happy. I can switch off and think about other things when I knit or crochet. I am particularly interested in the process of knitting and crocheting themselves and only secondarily in the end product. For me it’s a kind of meditation, – it slows everything down. It is fulfilling to feel the thread slide through my fingers and at the end of the day hold the finished fabric in my hands.

 

At first I refreshed my memory of knitting learned in primary school with YouTube videos. But over time I was very grateful for the help of my dear mother-in-law Lena, who ‘found’ my lost stitches, helped with other small “disasters” and saved some of my work. She too was seized by the knitting fever again, and she too took out the knitting needles after many years.

 

And then my husband made me aware of Ageri Farbig. I am so happy that such a wonderful, creative project is being carried out here in beautiful Ägerital. I finally had a good reason to knit and crochet a lot, so I signed up and Lena is also participating with me. Although I only know a few of the participants, I have the feeling that many in the community are knitting, as it takes each and every individual to implement the great idea of Aegeri Farbig. A big thank you to Ynke and Fiona, who run Aegeri Farbig!

Jens – Unterägeri

My name is Jens, I am 44 years old and I live in Unterägeri. 

Handicrafts are not my passion at all. I prefer outdoor sports, gardening and cooking delicious meals. Over the last (Corona) year, I have thought about what kind of new skills I would like to learn and knitting came to mind. 

Not long after I heard about Ägeri Farbig and I immediately signed up for it. I think it’s such a wonderful art project and I’m very happy to be part of it, too. Maybe there is a talent hidden in me? 😉 

I learnt how to knit and crochet in school (3rd and 4th grade), but I have lost these skills, so it is a challenge to get them going again. I have two daughters, aged 2 and 9, and the elder one is way ahead of me in making small crochet creations. I am thankful to have a coach in my own family who inspires me.  

Kiki – Unterägeri

Hello Ägeri Farbig

My name is Chiara (Kiki) and I am 8 years old. My Omi taught me how to knit during the summer holidays and together we made a headband. Ägeri Farbig is cool because anyone can participate and it brings at least a little bit of joy during this stupid Corona time.

At school I presented the Ägeri Farbig project to my class and Mr Betschart and Mrs Hüsler like the idea too! We are now making pompoms with the whole class and it is super fun. But the class thinks that it would be a pity and wasteful if all the lovely things will be thrown away at the end. So we started to think about what we could do with the pretty pieces of art after Ägeri Farbig is finished. It would actually be cool if we kids could look for our own pompoms in a big pile after it’s all finished. That would be lots of fun! And perhaps cushions or hats or scarves could be made with the squares. We still have a bit of time to think about a solution and maybe one of you has a great idea too!

For my own square, I have chosen the same colours as my schoolbag and Omi is helping me a bit too. 😊

Love from Sportferien!

Kiki

Barbara – Zug

When we moved house a few months ago, I found a box of old wool. Should I take it with me of should I just throw it away? The time when I knitted complicated sweaters was long ago – very long ago – at least 20 years ago. I don’t remember why the box of wool came with me, but it did. After all, we had parted with many old things during the move.

 And then I heard about Aegeri Farbig. My first thought was that it sounds like a nice idea and I will support it by forwarding the email to my colleagues. I didn’t think that I would knit or crochet anything myself.

 But then the second [COVID] lockdown happened, and all of my social hobbies were forced into hibernation. And that is when I remembered Aegeri Farbig and my box of leftover wool. At first I knitted a few squares and was delighted that my hands remembered what to do. I guess it is a bit like cycling – once you’ve learned it you never forget it!

 And then the newsletter came with a request for flowers. Crochet flowers? I had not done that before. Fortunately, there are instructions on You Tube and I soon found my favourite flower pattern. My flower meadow is growing steadily and the old wool reserves are used up. New supplies were quickly ordered so that I can continue crocheting away the Corona blues and look forward to the colourful, warm sprin

Margrit – Unterägeri

My name is Margrit and I have been living in Unterägeri for 47 years.

Since my school days, I have loved handicrafts. I was probably an exception. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, handicrafts and reading were my absolute favourite pastimes.

My daughter told me about “Aegeri Farbig”. I had a quick look at it and then pushed it aside. A little later she asked me if I had registered. When I said no, she said it wasn’t possible, and that I, of all people, who knit and crochet so much, wouldn’t take part in this project. So I signed up and now I am happily crocheting flowers in all colours.

I find the project very interesting, something new and unusual. It is exciting to see how many and which people take part people whom one would not necessarily have expected. Although I only know a small part of the group, there is somehow a feeling of togetherness. I am definitely looking forward to the end result.

Melissa – Oberägeri 

I am 42 years old and have lived in Oberageri for one and a half years. I am American as is my husband and two daughters, ages 9 and 7.   

I love the idea of a community project, that my daughters and I could be a part of.  As foreigners, it can be hard to make contributions to the community especially not knowing the languages.  I also like the artistic element of the project, and think it will be so fun to see the different colors and designs all put together.     

I have made a few squares and am working on more with help from my girls.  We also want to learn how to make flowers. 

I’m a crochet newbie!  I just started in September last year, when working on another group project. YouTube has been an amazing teacher (very useful, especially during these times).  I do not crochet often, but do enjoy it and plan to learn more.  It’s something my girls and I are learning together! 

I have enjoyed the sense of community Aegeri Farbig brings, and that so many different nationalities are working together to yarn bomb this town! It will look amazing and will hopefully uplift everyone.  I’ve also enjoyed seeing others’ work as they are turned in – so many creative and inspiring pieces!   

Kathryn – Australia 

I am as old as my teeth and have lived in Brisbane all my life. I have one husband, 2 adult children and 2 disobedient dogs. 

I am taking part in the yarnbombing as it so fun and I love seeing what ideas everyone has. Also after a hard winter (over in Europe) you will need to see some colour. 

Since I was about 10 I have knitted and crocheted. When I can, I go to a knitting group and our oldest member is 94 – she knits and plays the piano every day.