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)

(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.

maandag 27 februari 2017


Though there is still a lot
of other projects in progress
there was a lot of knitting the last week !

I found a pattern on Ravelry
and if you knitted the shawl before March 1
money would be donated to a good cause.
Now that is kindness !

I was a bit late to start
but the pattern isn't too difficult
and well written !
It was just the right project for
e lovely soft skein of indigo dyed alpaca
that I got from Birgit

In my stash was also a bit of 
Drops Kid mohair,
just a fine combination !

Because I used a Knitpro with changeble points
I easily could use a "life line" now and then ...
(you can see it in the right picture)

so nearly there ...

And here she is after blocking !

I love how the two yarns work together !!!

In the meanwhile
in the garden


(though today, it's raining all day long !)

zaterdag 11 februari 2017

projects, small and big

I'm not a one-thing-only person.

It might be a flaw,
not able to stick to one technique
and becoming really good at it,
but that's how it is.

So, small projects,
like the little knitting needle pouches.
I must say I got carried away,
looking in my stash for suitable fabrics :
the Kaffe Fassett ones jumped out 
"use me, use me ... "

Ah yes,
why not make a whole rainbow of pouches ???

Two weeks ago a St'nB friend in Rotterdam
had the most wonderful tiny
knitting project :

Of course I was immediately thinking
of our dear Bagheera ...

I finished him today and brought him to daughter.

Another small project was making pictures
for daughter's knitting course :

double knitting, step-by-step

Then there are socks again,
this time with the most wonderful wool
that my friend Birgit gave me
She is such a great dyer !!!

I have two "cakes", one for each sock.
I mixed it with some solid purple that was in my stash
(that way I can make more out of it ...  ;-)  ... !)

But the really BIG project isn't mine at all !
Water management
is a very important issue in our low country.
So every few years the local small waterways 
canals, ditches have to be "cleaned"

This moment the little canal
next to our garden is being cleaned ...
with something that looks like a giant
water vacuum cleaner !

(the cleaner hose)

Right at this moment, a very COLD job !

Our early little flowers are hiding under a bit of snow right now !

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr  !

dinsdag 31 januari 2017

a tiny bit of flu ...

No, it's not very bad
but no appetite at all
and lots of sleep
so only a little of January
that was left

We had ice !!!

Though not very thick
so NO big tours
(that's what a LOT of Dutch people LOVE)

And of course we had our bird guests :


Made just a few stitches for
"a year of stitches : 2017"


Some new zig-zag socks

And you might have problems transporting your
W.I.P socks when you use small sock needles :

this solves that problem !
(so I made a few more of these pouches)

(hmmmm making it an early night again)

donderdag 19 januari 2017

so sad


I must say we saw it coming
since last Sunday :
our big brown Burmese cat Bagheera 
(in fact daughter's cat, but our long-term guest)
was getting very thin all of a sudden.
Stumbling sometimes,
didn't have much appetite,
plaintive meowing.

(yes, when we think back now,
there were some signs, days earlier ...
but he had his little ups and downs before)

We really didn't expect it to go worse that quick

His little blue sister Bella stood by him
all the time.

But tonight

we had to say goodbye

and let him go

Thanks, dear sweet-natured friend !

We all,
and especially your little sister,
will dearly miss you !