Friday, November 13, 2009
We layed bluestone tiles, recently made a ceiling and now we are sanding and painting and sanding and painting and......... We are using only classic colors of Farrow & Ball. The kitchen will be in oak and the working tops and sink are in bluestone. It will be gorgeous, in the end........I can hardly wait to decorate the kitchen with my collection of bowls and pottery. This is only a small part of my collection :)
I had a lovely day off. I did all the cleaning in the morning and took some me-time in the afternoon to listen to some music, knit a little bit, read some magazines etc. It was one of those days that I don't mind the pouring rain and dark skies.
Happy knitting and enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This is my project bag and I am in desperate need of some little project bags to separate all my projects. This bag is quite big (the picture doesn't show) and it feels like some kind of black hole! It contains about 7 different projects, all my knitpick needles, a box of nicknacks and some books. Any suggestion for a nifty pattern for little projectbags that also looks nice?
Enjoy your day and happy knitting!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I almost finished my second Gail I showed earlier and started a new sock, the Twinkelberry but I'm still not sure about this pattern and the yarn or the combination yarn/pattern. I have about all the free patterns available on Ravelry but still can't seem to find my perfect pattern.
Only one more workingday left and then my weekend starts! Yoohoo!
Friday, November 6, 2009
In October my very best friend Wilma and me visited the ‘Handwerkbeurs’ (handicrafts fair) in Rotterdam. We loved it! We had enough time to catch up during our trip by train and did some knitting too. I met so many lovely people who are so devoted to their jobs (dying, spinning or just selling yarn). Even met some ravelry friends from abroad. My stash almost reaches ceiling but I’m happy with everyting I bought. I bought some handdyed mohair and already knitted 4 tams and 1 cowl. I felted the tams and they are so soft. I’m making 2 out of each color (a total of 6) so I can add some tams to my stash of birthday/Christmas presents.
I bought a little book about knitting toe up and started my first pair of toe up socks ever. Still feels strange...........
Some lovely Colinette sock yarn (you can never have to much sock yarn :D)
The most exquisite lace yarn (a blend of baby alpaca, cashmir and tussah silk. So soft! Bought by 'Storm op zolder' (Storm in the attic).
I also bought a new skein of Evilla lace yarn
Finished my Tesserae socks
And started another Gail for my sisters birthday which is on november the 18th so I what to do for the next two weeks.
I'm in a good mood because my weekend starts in about 3 hours and I'm longing for some me time!
Have a nice weekend and happy knitting!!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
May I present?! (not the best picture ever, taken in a hurry but you can still see the beautiful colours). The first four are a single-ply lace yarn and the last two are single-ply fingering. I bought the fingering for socks but they are way to beautiful to end up in my boots! Don't know what to make of them now, any suggestions?
Last week, as soon it was available, I bought the beautiful new pattern of Anne Hansen for a splendid shawl, the Nightingale wing. I'm using the following skein for it and it knits like a dream!
A few weeks ago I bought myself an Interchangeable Nickel plated circular needle set, Knitpicks of course! I know use them all the time, superb!!! Last week I made a little yarn trip with my friend Wilma. We visited Petra again at 't Kluwenest, I bought another handdyed sock yarn.....
...... also some extra needles for my interchangeable set. It's always a pleasure to visit Petra, looking around over a nice cup of tea (coffee), talking yarn.
After that we went to Rosa (pottery and woolfarm de klosse). It's so much fun to see my future skein walking in the fields near the farm :D...
She dyed some beautiful single-ply mohair (lace weight) in a nice grayish black.
And now the only thing I need is time to knit! Please tell me where I can buy that!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A sock yarn.........
Some lace weight yarn
It's a 100% Merino and the price is only $8,50 a skein of 3,5 oz and 950 yards (lace weight). That is amazingly cheap I suppose. I bought it here http://www.100purewool.com/servlet/Categories. And now I'm waiting, and waiting and ..............................
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The view from our campsite..........
Beautiful little villages...........
The cutest little shops................
We visited the 'Pont du Gard' ...............
So typically French, a beautiful and very old olive tree.........
And of course I did some knitting! For example, the Gail I made for myself. I used a beautiful mohair I bought from Rosa Hultink . The yarn is made from the wool of their own angora goats. It is so soft and warm!
A pair of socks for my very best friend Wilma who looked after my cats while we were in France! The yarn is a Trekking hand art and she loved it so much when she saw it a few weeks ago that I immediately decided that this one should be hers. These where made during the 4000 km drive whe made! The pattern I found in a very old knitting book.
Knitted another pair, Osnabrücker muster socks, for myself . A lovely handdyed yarn in lilac I bought by Petra
Yesterday I started a pair of Leaf remains. I loved the pattern so much I almost started immediately after the pattern was added on ravelry. They will take a while because of all the back loop knits etc. but they are worth every hour!
And I also started a pair of quite simple socks, the Tesserae, to have something to knit while I watch tv......This yarn is also a handdyed of Petra.
And now, after five beautiful weeks it's back to normal life. Tomorrow it's back to school, reading loads of emails, catching up with colleagues (some I haven't seen for about 8 weeks!). Although it's still very warm, it feels like the end of summer........
Monday, July 13, 2009
What's new on the knitting front? I finished my Kiri.....
and gave it away as a present to my good friend Bernadette (a going away gift, she found a new job)
..... bought some new stuff that I really needed :D. Such as a wool winder, some new knitpick circular needles (Knitpro in Europe) and some handdyed sockyarn at Wolboerderij 't Kluwenest
I really love the knitpick needles, normally I use Addi needles but the cables of the Knitpicks are extremely flexible!
I also learned myself to knit the continental style. I learned to knit when I was 5 years old and learned the English (or throwing) knitting style. It's hard in the beginning, like riding a bike backwards after 35 year of doing it forwards. But I succeeded and the days of aching shoulders are over.
Last saturday I went to 'De Klosse' and bought some very soft and gorgeous mohair of their own goats in pink and a soft grey (sorry, no pictures yet) and I started a new lace shawl with the pink mohair, the beautiful Gail. I hope to finish that one next week so I can cast on the Percy next.
Next week we will arrive in the south of France and stay there for about 3 weeks. I am now trying to sort out which yarn I shall bring with me and there are now 2 plastic bags loaded with yarn and I'm trying to reduce them to 1! I also can't decide which socks to knit!! Aargh, choices, choices......:D Maybe I can add some beautiful yarn to my stash in France but I really don't know any lys in the area we are staying. I'm so ready for this holiday, the heat, the smell, the colours of France! We have Wifi on the campsite we are staying so maybe I will do some blogging over there to show my finished Gail :D
For all of you, happy knitting and happy holiday!!!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
What else could I do than start a new knitting project? I'm making a 'Kiri' shawl for my good friend Bernadette. I want to give it to her on the 3th of july so that gives me plenty of time to finish it and do some sock knitting at the same time. I'm using the Evilla lace yarn in dark purple and I think this works out quite beautiful (but it's always hard to see when a shawl is not blocked yet)
And now it's sunday evening again, the weekend is almost over and that means getting up at 6 tomorrow and getting back to work for another week. But, I'm counting the weeks till summer recess. Only 6 weeks to go and then have 5 whole weeks to knit, read, sleep and do whatever I want!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Last night I met a few of the members of our little knitting club. My throat is still soar...... we talked so much and I knitted..........uh, not even 1 stitch! I was busy using the ball winder that Ineke brought for me and made these beauties
Especially for co-knitter Corien; a picture of the table I made with the circular saw I got for my last birthday. Try not to see all the clutter and building materials! Dimensions 2.60mx0.9mx0.78m and made out of old roof-beams
Thanks again Ina for inviting us! I had a lovely evening!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
dreaming about these new yarns and trying to decide which pattern to use for my next pair of socks (Yarn - Trekking Hand Art Trinidad) Any suggestions?
I also bought some new lace yarn, Evilla single-ply lace yarn in a very dark purple and a natural brown one. The purple one I'm using for a present for my good friend and ex-colleague Bernadette. It's gonna be her good-bye present and I have to finish it before july 3rd. I need to cast on straight away but I just can't seem to decide which pattern to use! Help!
Last february I followed a workshop at 'De wolmand' for advanced sock knitting. Tonight I'm meeting the co-sock knitting addicts I met there and we are trying to meet once a month. The whole evening talking about yarns, patterns and knitting! So much fun...
Monday, June 1, 2009
And I am all out of that beautiful french soap 'Savon de Marseille'. I can buy them here but it is so much more fun to get them from far :D
Don't you love those beautiful colours? I wish I had sock yarn in those colours.......