Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Bag and 2 Doppers


For my new camera I got a new bag. That way it is a lot easier to take the camera with me, for example the next few weeks on holiday.

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But, do you see my problem? I really like to carry these 2 bottles with me. I’ve seen it is going to be over 30 degrees Celsius, so lots of water is needed. But these bottles don’t fit into the bag, and there is no way to attach them to it.

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Do you see the strap on the side of the bag? That is certainly useful.

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I made 2 holders for the bottles, with strips with velcro. So now I can carry a bottle on either side of the bag.

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Perfect for the next couple of weeks! It is now after midnight, there is still a pile of laundry waiting for me to iron, there is some cleaning to be done and I have to pack. But then, tomorrow morning we are going to Italy. Ciao!!

Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, June 26, 2015

Purple


A couple of weeks ago I got a new camera. A wonderful piece of technology with a lot more possibilities than my previous camera. It is still a compact camera, not a large dslr because I want to carry it with me a lot of the time: a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.

Because I want to learn how to use it properly, I’ve been making pictures almost every day; making mistakes all of the time, trying to analyse what mistake I actually made and well, … making them all over again.

One of the objects I’ve tried to capture is my knitting project.

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In this photo the colour looks pretty precise. But then I wanted to make a picture with the skeins, and suddenly it looks like this:

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I’ve made a lot of pictures (so glad it’s digital these days!) but I didn’t get it right. Yet. I’m going to keep trying until it is.

I’ve never paid much attention to flowers, but they are wonderful objects and sometimes you see something quite unique, like this lonely purple poppy.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tumbling Colours


The idea was to start blogging again on a regular basis, let’s say once or twice a week. And then Microsoft and Google started arguing and Windows Live Writer was out. No blogging for me.

I’m not really a nerd or a wizkid so I needed help from others to fix this. Husband?…. too busy. Son?….having final exams at school. So I had to wait. Husband is still busy, son has finished his exams and has made it!

And now it seems the argue is over and it all should work again; we’ll see.

So here is the post I already wrote a couple of weeks ago.

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Can I say: TADAAAAH ?

Yet another blanket is finished. The idea came to me when I was making a patchwork piece according to the ‘disappearing-9-patch’ design. Would this work with crochet?

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Because cutting up crocheted squares didn’t really appeal to me, I thought of a different way of getting the same look. This means that in the end only 2 sizes of squares are made.

Squares are joined as-you-go, so pretty soon it was a joy to work on this blanket; never cold!

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Again I used one of my favorite yarns: Drops Safran, lots of white, 7 bold and 7 soft colours. But the blanket can be made with any kind of yarn you like, although I wouldn’t recommend bulky or lacey yarns.

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The border is kept quite simple.

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Of course the pattern is available in the shop.

Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, May 22, 2015

A little bit of everything

 

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Quite a pile of books, isn’t it? These are the books I read since my last post, and I didn’t read any more than usual. It just has been so long ago.

Nothing really happened, just life; work, study, family, dog,  holiday, books, museums/exhibitions and a bit of crochet every day.

So I guess I’ll just kind of randomly show bits and pieces of these last few months, hoping I can get back to a normal number of 1 or 2 posts a week.

The first exhibition was ‘The Oasis of Matisse’

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The special thing about Matisse was the diversity of techniques he used. Started as a painter he tried a variety of styles and slowly he worked towards his cuttings. But even the themes and shapes he used there, were also present in a lot of other works:

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Stained Glass

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A Woven Wallhanging

The other exhibition I’ve visited was the wonderful ‘Late Rembrandt

Although rather crowded, it was absolutely amazing. Of course I’d seen pictures of this painter before, but never so many of his works together, and that was phenomenal.

Just 2 of my favorites:

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The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis

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Reading Old Lady – detail

Both museums are on a large square in Amsterdam, and only last week something very odd but beautiful was shown there: Waterlicht by Studio Rosegaarde. I was very lucky to be there and although not as beautiful as the real thing, maybe this picture can give you an idea.

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Then, I travelled; together with my son I made went to a beautiful city. I think you can guess where….?!

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Spaanse Trappen

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I made over 400 pictures in just 4 days. I think it is best to leave it at these four.

Last but not least a little preview of what I working on. It’s almost finished, and I think I like it that much that I will write a pattern for it.

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Groetjes, Dorien

 

PS: 2 jaar geleden heb ik een vertaling gemaakt van Jam Mades patroon van een olifantje. Helaas heeft zij plotseling haar toestemming hiervoor ingetrokken en mij gevraagd het patroon te verwijderen. Om jullie de kans te geven het patroon toch af te maken als je ermee bezig bent, heb ik besloten het nog 2 weken te laten staan, maar vanaf 5 juni zal het echt weg zijn. Mocht je dus een olifantje aan het haken zijn, of ken je iemand die ermee bezig is, zorg dan dat je niet voor verrassingen komt te staan!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Boho Crochet Book


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Finally I can tell you about a little secret I’ve had since last Summer. Back in August I received an email from a lovely woman called Hazel, who asked me if I was interested in having my blankets featured in a crochet book she was making. Of course I was! I never dreamed of something like this.

The book is finally published and has 30 lovely colourful projects, from very small and easy to quite large and a little bit more complicated. Nothing too difficult.

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There is a book for the US market and one for the UK. The covers are slightly different, but the content is not, except for the crochet terms, which differ in both countries.

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The book contains 2 projects from my hand. The Colourwheel Hexagon Blanket, and of course The Happy Colours Blanket.

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Besides these, you can find a range of beautiful designs and projects in the book, all made by different designers.

Edit: The book for the UK is released by Apple Press, the book for US by Martingale.

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, March 9, 2015

A fun week


And again it has taken me much longer than I wanted, before this post is written. These days have been filled with so many different activities that I just don’t know where to begin. I think I just write about a few of them, the ones that stand out.

It began with the birthday of our son, and the next day when I organized a family gathering. My family lives on the other side of the country, so we don’t see each other that often, especially now that the next generation is of to college and doesn’t live at home anymore. So everyone came here, and except for my parents who stayed at a hotel, my sisters and their families (including boyfriend and – girl), stayed at our house. We had such a great time. So now I’m thinking of a new occasion to do this over, maybe next year.

Then last Wednesday again a day at the Museum. This time the Mauritshuis in The Hague, where an exhibition is with items from the Frick Collection from New York. It is a rather small exhibition, but the works are fabulous. Unfortunately it wasn’t allowed to make pictures; I’m sorry, but you can read more about it here.

Of course I spent a lot of time studying, and in between I managed to make a new dress. Remember the fabric I showed in my previous post?

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Very simple, a dress with a box pleat, a square neck line and long sleeves. It is very airy.

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And because there was enough fabric left, I made a cowl too. Perfect to wear with the dress, but also mixed with another garment.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fabric, Ballet, Portraits and a Project Bag


When I wrote my previous blog post, I had in mind to blog at least once a week. So 9 days isn’t what I should be. I’m sorry!

It has been a strange 9 days, and I think for once I’m going backwards in time.

Today I finished the birthday gift for my oldest son, who is going to be 19 years old tomorrow.

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This is just the kind of sweater he loves and wears almost all the time.

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Can you see the inside of the hood? It isn’t lining, it is just the back of the fabric; so soft and warm. And to keep this softness and warmth, it didn’t seem right to make the seams the usual way, so I decided to make ‘French seams’.

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All seams are double stitched, so no I guess Mr. Sensitive won’t have itching-issues with this sweater.

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Where the hood is sewn onto the sweater, I’ve used a ribbon to cover the seams, because a French seam would become to thick.

That was today, and of course I have been working on it for a couple of days; since Sunday that is. Sunday I went to a huge fabric market. Twice a year this is organized in a town nearby, and it is huge. And because fabric shops are very rare these days, a market like this the perfect place to go to.

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These are the fabrics I brought home with me (plus of course the fabric for the hoodie). 3 Linen fabrics and some flowers.

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This fabric especially I like a lot. It has wonderful colours and I can’t wait to make a tunica with it. Nothing complicated, a very simple dress it is going to be.

The flower-fabric is going to be the lining of my new bathrobe; the outside fabric will be purple terry.

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Saturday was special too. Before we had children, we used to go to the ballet, a couple of times a year. We haven’t been ever since we got our first child; indeed far too long! Saturday though, we went again and it was wonderful.

The National Ballet danced George Balanchines “Jewels”, a ballet in three pieces, with emeralds, rubies and diamonds as inspiration. All three pieces were quite different, one very classic, the other a bit more modern. But all were real gems!

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This was such a succes, that I brought home the program for next season and looking at it, I’m almost sure it won’t take another 19 years before I go back.

The days before Saturday (well, actually including Saturday), I paid a visit to Flew-ville, and I don’t think you are desperate to hear all about that…..

Wednesday was great. My husband took the day of from work, and we went to Groningen, the museum there is having a wonderful exhibition with paintings from the ‘Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister’ in Dresden.

Don’t be afraid; I won’t bore you with all the paintings, just a few.

These portrets were painted by Pietro Rotari, and August III, who founded the Gemäldegalerie, had appr. 62 of these paintings. All the same size, and all from the same distance. That seems a lot, but it happens that Catharina II from Russia, had almost 370 of these portraits. And these 16 are already so beautiful to look at.

Finally, something craftrelated.

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See the knitting-project-bag in the background?

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Even in the 18th century they knew, knitting, wine and pastry are a womans best friends!

Groetjes, Dorien