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 !

zondag 15 januari 2017

here again

It took some time,
but I'm here again ...
nothing much happened in between.

I think January is 
(for most people)
a month to be calm again
after all the busy things of December.

After I finished the blue zig-zag socks
I made the red ones for daughter.

(first try and change for the better pattern)

And because I loved the result of that second pair
I started similar ones for me again
(yes, I know, it's addictive ...)

A bit more purple and less orange / red.


In the first week of January arrived another
felting exchange piece
(and I thought I had them all ...)

 Thanks Geurdie !

(and there seems to come another one ...
I didn't count very well !)


When I saw on FB that my felting exchange friend Jolan
was participating in 1 year of stitches.
I thought to give it a go too ...
(though I really don't know IF I will keep it up)

But, it will be fun to be part of another stitching community.

Some thin dark blue noil silk
(with some thin white cotton under it)
in my big quilting hoop (40 cm)
I started with my "personal magic thread"
and will use the lovely indigo hand dyed embroidery thread

So far.


In the kitchen we discovered two days ago
a very strange guest

He or she probably slipped into our house
in a pot of fresh basil ...
(and now discovers that there's nothing to eat here at all !)

No spring in sight here :
just more winter !

zaterdag 31 december 2016

wishing you ...

... a lot of
(desperately needed in some places)
good health,
and of course
To all my friends out there in blog-land
a very good 

Just before the end
I received my last felting-exchange piece
(at least I think it is) 

Another lovely creation to wear

with a sweet christmas card

Thank you so much Helma !!!

And on the same day another sweet envelope arrived :
from my dearest friend Birgit

she dyed some things in her indigo vat
and sent it back to me
(we split the wonderful dragon-embroidered piece !)

A dragon and some lovely threads
(bamboo, silk and cotton  f.l.t.r.) 

My zigzag socks are finished

and because it is such fun knitting
and daughter had sock yarn leftovers too
I started right away with another pair

reds and purples this time ...

See you all next year !

dinsdag 27 december 2016

quiet ... quiet ... quiet

Yes it's quiet here,
the year walks quietly to its end.
We had lovely family days
and the rest was really quiet.

Just mending a bit
(not for me)
and knitting
(the zigzag pattern)
and making some more stars
(for the tree)

The jeans of daughter that were lying around for quite some time :
busy mending at last !

the beginning

the outside                   ...         and using pliers !!!

(with some extra cotton fabric for strength)

Because the zigzag scarf pattern was so much fun
(using up all the sock yarn leftovers)
I thought I should make some socks
to go with the scarf

Now two socks on one circular needle

Nearly there !!!


I coloured some more wooden stars

such fun to do !

Some more for the tree ...

(which will be outside again soon !)