Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Washcloth Wednesday #5

It’s Wednesday again, so here I have a new pattern for a washcloth for you. And today it is a knitting pattern.

It is a very easy pattern, with a nicely textured fabric as a result.
Start with a multiple of 4 st + 3 st.
Row 1: k all stitches
Row 2:
k all stitches
Row 3 + 5:
* k3, sl 1 st as if you would purl *, repeat * *, end with k3
Row 4:
* p3, sl 1 st as if you would purl *, repeat * *, end with p3
Row 6:
k all stitches
Row 7 + 9:
k1, sl 1 st as if you would purl, * k3, sl 1 st as if you would purl * , repeat * *, sl 1 st as if you would purl, k1

Now you repeat rows 2-9.

In a chart it looks like this:(row 2-9)

   І    І
   І    І
   І    І
   •    •    •    •    •    •    •
   •    •    •    •    •    •    •
• = k
І = sl 1 st as if you would purl, your yarn is always on the back of your work.
Row 3-5 you repeat the first 4 stitches and end with the last 3.
Row 7-9 the repeat is stitches 3-6.
Groetjes, Dorien

PS: I'm very sorry about the layout of this post; It just isn't working out today how I would like it to be.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

……… Wednesday


Isn’t this a wonderful splash of colour?  I found these fabrics at a huge market last week, and I simply couldn’t resist.


One of the colours which I don’t have much of is purple, so I’m always happy when I can find it. The other fabrics I just liked a lot, and it is nice when you can use the same fabric in different colours in one project, so that is why a few of these were chosen.

Now I know, you were expecting another Washcloth pattern, but unfortunately this week life really took over, and I just don’t have one for you today. Hopefully next week is going to be a bit more quiet.

Something I did finish is another dress/tunica.


If you look at this photo you would expect the fabric to be a beautiful linen. Nothing of the kind.


It’s fabric used for sweaters. Very warm and it’s wonderful to wear.


The fabric was made of panels of ca. 110 cm, going from light turquoise via purple flowers on green background, to a dark green colour. The length of the panels was perfect for the pattern.


The neckline is very simple; a bit square.

All in all a simple dress to make in 1 evening, although it took me almost 3 days.

Now, the rest of the day I’ll be reading about Erasmus, a very interesting man, whom I should know about because of my study. It is amazing what he has written, both the amount as the content. And I know I usually don’t say anything about more current events in the world, but with everything going on, I think the ideas of this man of 5 centuries ago are very wise and applicable, as one of his ideas was about tolerance.

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Washcloth Wednesday #4


And today I have for you another bright red washcloth with a beautiful textured stitch in crochet. Worked with a double strand to obtain a soft , thick fabric.


Start with chaining a multiple of 4 + 2

Row 1: ch1, sc into every stitch

Row 2: ch3, *skip 1st, dc into next 3 st, dc into skipped st *, repeat * *, end with dc into last st

Repeat rows 1 and 2, end with row 1.


With a little with felt covered bar of soap this looks like a perfect gift for the holidays, doesn’t it?

Groetjes, Dorien

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