donderdag 27 april 2017

King's day ... a colourful day

King's day
(his birthday, and he's 50 now)
is also orange day !
(because of his Family name)

The King and his family partied in Tilburg,
and it was sunny there most of the time.
(they also have a wonderful Textile Museum in Tilburg !
the dress Queen Maxima was wearing (by Jan Taminiau)
will be there from tomorrow ! )

So an ORANGE day :

an orange streamer (not ours)  and some orange leftover of birthday flowers

the orange lid of the new plastic waste container and an orange crochet flower.


Because the grandchildren are not here
there is no need for us to go anywhere,
so we had a quiet day,
not very warm, a bit of rain, a bit of sun.
But it was a colourful day !!!


This is what I have been doing lately
(after the little monkeys were finished !)
They will be key rings soon
and we'll take them to the market
on the 2nd day of Pentecost  (June 5) in Ouwerkerk.



What else can you do
when you have soooo many colours to choose from !!!



Endless possibilities !!!




maandag 17 april 2017

Easter holiday over

Warm sweaters and home-knit socks
it was the best to wear
these Easter holidays !

But in the end
we had this cold but sunny day :
just right to look for Easter eggs 

a big basket to be filled ...


(the garden is so green ... I hope we found them all )

Man made a big browny cake
and we had a lovely dinner at the end of the day.


I used up a lot of Saturday (at the St'nB)
and Sunday doing very tiny crochet
with some of the "birthday-balls" of fine "Scheepjes" cotton !

I made some extra presents

a tiny monkey !

The youngest grandson adores his "Jacobus" monkey(s)
daughter made for him when he was born
and he still sleeps with them !
.....
I had to try make one !
(sorry ... only in Dutch)

Though the tiny pieces gave me a headache
(and I could hardly hold them between my fingers !)
I managed to finish one ...

and started on the next !!!

For big brother   ;-)   ... they both LOVE green !
(the "girls" had some crochet flower for their key ring) 

I really LOVED the challenge
but
making tiny amigurumi will NOT be my new hobby !!!


(though I might try one or two .....)

vrijdag 14 april 2017

birthday (and more)

I love birthdays,
even my own that says I'm a year older ...
A day to remember you're there,
count your big and small blessings
and enjoy the company
of family and friends.

It was a quiet day with lovely people
(which was good considering the circumstances of
the last two "unpleasant busy" weeks)
Many balls of thin cotton (Scheepjes Maxi Bonbon)
to use for some fine crochet.

And of course lots of flowers (for inside and outside)

*

Because Easter is near
I made some felted eggs.

(thanks felt-friend Tine, for the idea)
*

Of course I owe you the last picture
of mister "Starry Eyes"

It might lóók as though nothing much has changed
but there are hundreds more stitches.
*

The garden is more and more blue every day





Wishing you all a lovely Easter weekend
(though it will be rather COLD here !)

vrijdag 31 maart 2017

March marched by

Last day of March ...
sometimes I wonder where did the days go

I've been busy stitching again
You know I work in waves :
knitting wave
painting wave
drawing wave
felting wave
stitching wave
garden wave
...
(Yes, that last one was necessary
since spring has begun
and there was lots of stuff that
had to go in the "green" bin,
not finished there yet)

So :
stitching !


(lots of snippets that have a meaning to me
or come from far away, like the black-and-red shibori silk)

I always love the back
with the "glue-stitches" in place)

But I work at two at a time :

a nine-patch cat



Mister "Starry Eyes"
(he's almost finished but I didn't take a picture tonight)

I love it when I can use small bits in the pattern :
like the nose and the eye.
*

In the garden colours have changed from white and yellow
to blue and a bit of purple





*

(and tomorrow another "Alpaca" knitting day ...
back to the socks then)

vrijdag 17 maart 2017

a special day


17 - 3 - 17

For quite some time now
March 17
is a special day for us :
on this date, on a Sunday,
our dear daughter was born !
(we always look at the daffodils :
are they in bloom, just as they were at that day ?)

Such a sweet tiny thing she was
(and sweet she still is, now proud mother of three !)


(4 weeks, on my birthday)


(never can resist daffodils in the shop ...) 

Though the real birthday party
will be next Sunday,
I could give her my present this afternoon.

I worked on it for a long time before I was satisfied
(and had to hide it every time,
so the surprise wouldn't be spoiled)

Portrait number three

So now all three kids will be next to each other.


Now I have time to continue the flower drawings I made earlier.
*

I still had time to do the knitting
(of course, she could see that
and didn't need to be hidden ...)

One is halfway the foot
and the on other I can start with the special "Strong" heel ...
I'll take them tomorrow when we go to the Rotterdam St'nB.

It will most probably be raining ...
but, we're going anyway :
we plan to go to the Farmer's market too.


zaterdag 11 maart 2017

Spring is in the air ...

Today it definitely was :
spring was in the air.
(though there wasn't that much sunshine)

Our private bulb field !
These delicate crocuses fall over with a bit of rain or wind
but today they stood proud !

Sad to admit, but the snowdrops are already over.
Every late winter I long for them
and always too soon they are gone

So I picked a few
and made some drawings.
This is just a start :
I will work on them with water colour
and other techniques to keep them 
for a much longer time !


A new baby was born in my nephew's family
so I made my usual present
for that occasion

Welcome Fie !


There was more knitting these last two weeks :
the indigo blue shawl I made was a success
so I started another one
with homespun yarn daughter gave me
combined again with some fluffy
Rowan Kid Silk Haze Stripe.
(and while it was Stitch'nBitch-day today
I took it with me to Rotterdam)



Tadaaaah
(though it was a day late
it still was included in the good cause KAL donation !)


In my search for new knitting projects on Ravelry
I found something interesting.
Though I don't have the pattern for this Norwegian jacket (yet)
I had to give it a go
(on some smaller scale : mittens)


I frogged it already three times
and even now the size is too big ...
(must do some more tests)


And finally I received the (very) last felted piece
of the felting-exchange
(with one extra for the delay, ha, ha)

We hope to set a date for a meeting 
of all the felting-exchange members this summer.
It will be fun to see each other
ánd to see all the work.