zondag 16 juni 2013
zaterdag 8 juni 2013
As for knitting, I finished my Simple Chevron Shawl earlier this week and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I also did some sock knitting and finished one pair that I was working on, the other pair is half way through. And I bought new yarn! I visited a shop in Amsterdam that I had never been to before (Handmade Heaven), but I will certainly visit them again. I bought some beautiful bright very pink yarn by Loret Kaman that I just couldn't resist (I don't know what the yarn wants to be yet). And I also bought this bright green yarn by Loret Karman, plust some of her mini skeins. Together they will become a cardigan, at least that's the plan. I spent some time figuring out how I will make the cardigan, and today I started knitting. To be continued...
vrijdag 24 mei 2013
As for knitting, I was sort of in between projects, so I have mainly been knitting on socks recently.
In the meantime I was trying to figure out if it was possible to knit a chevron shawl in the way that I envisioned it in my head. Well, it took some trying and ripping out, but then I finally figured out how to do it, and I have started knitting a Simple Chevron Shawl out of cotton yarn from my stash.
I like the way that it's turning out, and it uses up quite a bit of stash yarn, which is good too.
As for embroidery, somebody recently asked me if I had already finished my Emily Peacock Tapestry 'Mexican Tree of Life' cushion. Well, ehm, no I haven't actually... In the winter I usually don't do a lot of embroidery, but now that spring is here (sort of) and there is more daylight, I have taken it up again.
At the moment I am alternating between two embroidery projects.
The first project is the small table cloth that I bought during our summer holiday in Cochem (Germany) last year and that I keep in a nice project bag bought at Jansje.
My second embroidery project is my Mexican Tree of Life. I'm trying to finish the table cloth first, so that I can start using it. But I absolutely love how the Mexican Tree of Life is turning out, so I think I will officially turn this into my Summer of 2013 Project. I'm hoping to be able to show you some progress here soon, and then hopefully at the end of the Summer I will be able to show you a very bright and cheerful Mexican Tree of Life cushion!
Keukenhof several times this spring, before it finally closed last week. Because of the cold spring, most of the Keukenhof (bulb) flowers were still in bloom in the middle of May, providing a lot of color inspiration as usual. And because of the cold weather, there was also plenty of opportunity to wear one's knitwear...
donderdag 23 mei 2013
Archeon, where we went back to the Middle Ages during a visit to the 'Grijze Jager dag'. This day was inspired by the 'Ranger's Apprentice' books and the 'Brotherband books' by author John Flanagan. There was a Brotherband-inspired fight staged in the big arena, there were knights on horses, and there were also many old techniques to be admired, including weaving, needle binding (which I had never seen before, so I found that really interesting), and drop spindling.
The weather has been rainy and quite cold for weeks here, so we were lucky in that it on this particular Sunday it didn't rain once all day, and the temperature was quite nice too.
On the way to and from the Archeon we came across several flower bulb fields (still in bloom, because of all this cold weather) and living as close to Schiphol airport as we do, one is used to seeing airplanes all the time.