Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue Monday

Hello on this wonderful Monday. Time just went so fast this weekend, that I again didn’t have the opportunity to answer your lovely comments. But they are very much appreciated, so THANK YOU!!


As you can see we still have beautiful weather, and it is hard to imagine fall should start next week. Only all of these little spiders everywhere are telling us that it it really true.

Because it wasn’t possible to exercise this last year, you can imagine my weight has increased a bit (and another bit…)

So my wardrobe needs adjustments. But, somehow I really think I have this agreement with Mr. Murphy I don’t know anything about, because after buying some fabric, my serger  broke down, and exactly the same day the shop-owner went on a holiday for a month. So, finally, last week I could buy a new serger and start sewing again.


Very simple, very easy. A blouse/tunica made with a with flowers embroidered brown linen.


As you can see the fabric is very loosely woven, which makes it quite airy and light. It’s a pleasure to wear.

I even found an old scarf that matches perfectly.


Finally, today a package arrived. I had been looking forward to it for quite some time.


Guess what was in it…..



These blankets have been on a trip abroad. Where they went? I’m afraid I can’t tell you yet! But it was a huge surprise to me, and I will tell you all about in a little while.

Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, September 11, 2014

February in September

Since almost a month now, I’m trying to find a new balance in my days. Starting a study after so many years takes a lot more than I thought.

For example, the last  so many years, I’ve read a lot, but mainly in bed right before I went to sleep. So reading was something which made me sleepy, accompanied with a lot of yawning. Well, you can probably imagine what happens when I sit down at the table in the morning, with my study books…..

Something else what I did anticipate, but which seems to be quite tough, is the limited amount of time to craft. So it has been a long time since my last finish. Well, today I have a new one and it is the same as last time.

You remember the blue cardigan I made in August? Back then I already mentioned I would probably make another one; I just didn’t think it would be this quickly.


Same pattern: February Lady Sweater
Different yarn: Drops Nepal


Both the Nepal and the Drops Alaska yarn have the same gauge. The are very similar in a lot of ways. The main difference is that Alaska is 100% wool, and the Nepal is 65% wool and 35% Alpaca. This makes this yarn so much softer. I used just over 12 skeins for this green cardigan, where I made the body and the sleeves 1 repeat  less wide than I did with the blue cardigan.


The hand-painted wooden buttons are a real eye-catcher.

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washcloth Wednesday #3

Hello, welcome to Washcloth Wednesday number 3!


Today I’ve made a knitted washcloth in bright red. Maybe you can see it; it is made with 2 strands and thicker needles. This gives a very soft fabric, much more so than if just 1 strand would have been used.



Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches + 4 (+ any border stitches if you want to)

k = knit
p = purl

Row 1: * p1, k2 *, repeat until last st, p1

Row 2 and all even rows: purl all stitches

Row 3: * p4, k2 *, repeat until last 4 st, p4

Row 5: * p1, k2 *, repeat until last st, p1
              (same as row 1)

Row 7: (p1, k2), * p4, k2 *, repeat * * until last st, p1



I started and ended my washcloth with 4 rows in garterstitch, and I made a border of 2 st on either side in garterstitch.

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Washcloth Wednesday

Hello and welcome to the second Washcloth Wednesday.


Same yarn and colour as last week, but this time crocheted.


Start with chaining an odd number of stitches + ch2, turn

Row 1: (sc, ch2, sc) into 3rd st from hook, * skip 1 st, (sc, ch2, sc) into next st *, repeat * * until last 2 stitches, skip 1 st, sc into last st, ch2, turn

Row 2: * (sc, ch2, sc) into ch2-space *, repeat * * , end with sc into first ch, ch2, turn

Repeat row 2 until desired length.


After the last row, I continued with the same stitches and made a small border around the cloth. In every corner (sc, ch2, sc), and ending with a slip stitch in the first ch.


Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Day at the Museum

Gezicht op het Mauritshuis te Den Haag

Isn’t this a beautiful painting of a beautiful building? The painting is made by Bartolomeus van Hove, and can be seen at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

But this post isn’t about the Rijksmuseum, but about the museum in the building on the painting; Het Mauritshuis

Although originally build as a palace for Dutch Prince John Maurits, it is now an art museum with the emphasis on Dutch and Flemish paintings from 15th/17th century.  The building still looks quite the same, and, completely renovated this year,  inside it is like a beautiful candy box.

One of the first paintings which caught my eye was this intriguing portrait of and old woman and a boy, by Peter Paul Rubens. The tenderness in her face is so wonderful to see.

Something completely different:


This cute fellow is the star in an amazingly detailed work by Paulus Potter: the Bull.

It was so amazing to actually see all these paintings. The images were all known; as all Dutch kids did, I grew up with pictures of all of these famous works, but in a picture in a book, you can never see how big a painting really is, you don’t see the texture, the actual colours, etc..

Of course there were a lot of paintings by other famous painters like Frans Hals and of course Rembrandt. But also:


Vermeer’s little girl; she actually follows you with her eyes when you move through the room.

A painting not as much interesting for the image, but much more for its frame:

A Portrait of Michiel de Ruyter by Ferdinand Bol. If you look at the frame (the original!) you can see all kinds of attributes which belonged to this Dutch Admiral, or which refer to him or his career. They were attached to a frame and coloured with a golden colour.

And finally, one of the smaller paintings but since it was used in a book last year, a very famous painting: Carel Fabritius’ Goldfinch.

Unfortunately, I can’t show you all the beautiful, paintings of this wonderful museum, I can only hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tour, and maybe you’ll go and have a look if you might be in the neighborhood.

Groetjes, Dorien 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washcloth Wednesday

Like all crafters, I have boxes filled with leftovers; scraps of fabric or yarn. Lots of them. And like a lot of people, I don’t really like to add to the huge amounts of waste. So all those disposable towels, wipes and washcloths are not making me too happy.

Why not combine these two, and start making my own washcloths with leftovers. Making them is a great way of learning and trying new stitches, they don’t need too much yarn and the leftovers are going to be used well. And, the cloths will be reusable!

So here is the idea; every week, I’m going to make a new washcloth. Or a dishcloth. Or a you-name- it-cloth….
Each week a different stitch. Sometimes knitted, sometimes crocheted. Sometimes very easy, sometimes (a bit more) complicated. And every week I’ll show and tell on Wednesday. So from now on, Wednesday will be Washcloth Wednesday!


This week I start with a stitch I found years ago in an old book, and I wrote it down, but didn’t mention a name and by coincidence, last week Drops had an instruction video on Facebook for this stitch (they call it basket weave). It gives a nice ‘woven’ look to the cloth.


For these stitches you need an odd number of stitches on your needle:

Row1: * insert in back loop of 2nd stitch on the left-hand needle, knit this stitch but keep the stitch on your needle, knit the 1st stitch on the left-hand needle and let both stitches fall of the left-hand needle *, repeat this until end, knit the last stitch.

Row2: * purl the 2nd stitch on your left-hand needle (don’t let fall off!), purl 1st stitch, and let them both slide of together *, repeat until end, purl the last stitch.


This is how the back will look.

Of course you can add borders. This time I started with a few rows in garter-stitch, and all rows of the pattern were started and ended with 3 stitches in garter-stitch. Because of this, I had to increase in the last row of the bottom-border 1 stitch every 9 (and decrease this in the first row of the top-border), and I’ve made 3 short rows on both sides.


Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, August 21, 2014

February in August Cardigan

The last post was all about colour; how much I love using it and playing with it. This post is just in 1 colour.

It has been such a long time since I finished an actual garment for myself. But now I have. Last week I already showed a little bit of what I was working on.


Knitting top-down, so started  at the collar, in garter stitch. Every other row increasing stitches for the shoulder/sleeve to make a beautiful raglan-sleeve.


The last 4 rows of the yoke are already in the lace pattern, and then the stitches for the sleeves are put on a piece of scrap-yarn.

The lace pattern is knitted over 4 rows.


Both sleeves and body of the cardigan are finished with 1.5 inch in garter stitch.


I made the sleeves about 3/4 of the length of my arm, just under my elbow. I don’t like sleeves on my underarm; they always bother me.


Pattern: Februari Lady Sweater
Yarn: Drops Alaska colour 12 (navy blue)
Needle: 5.00 mm / US 8

This pattern is very easy, it knits up quite quickly and the result is very nice. I will wear it a few times, before I’ll decide, but I’m almost sure I will knit this pattern again.

Groetjes, Dorien