Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Toys and Candy


This week I ordered a box of yarn I never used before. Usually I try to knit and crochet with all natural yarns, so only wool or cotton, sometimes a bit of linen.

I never used synthetic yarns. But because they certainly have their advantages, I thought it might be a good idea to try  and when I want to try something it doesn’t mean I buy 1 skein. So yesterday a huge box was delivered with all 73 colors available of Stylecraft Special DK. 


The choice for this yarn was made after doing some research; reading about different yarns, looking at pictures of projects made with various yarns and looking what yarns are popular. Isn’t Ravelry the most wonderful place?

But now what to do with it?


The idea is to knit in fair-isle technique and to make something inspired by patterns from all over the world. So not only Scandinavian stars, or patterns used for Latvanian mittens, but also inspired by geometrical African patterns, woven Chinese fabrics or Japanese kimono fabrics.  It is fun to collect these patterns and designs and to translate them into something that can be knitted.

Hopefully it works out; at least I’m having a good time!

Groetjes, Dorien

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lange Jan


This embroidery has been made by my grandfather. He lived a great part of his life in the town of Middelburg and he was a special man. Not only did he embroider, which was quite odd for a man of his generation, he also painted and made some beautiful ink drawings. Unfortunately, most of his work has been gone.  After his death in 1980 this little piece hang in my grandmothers living room, and it shows that she smoked a lot. I’ve tried to clean it, but this is as good as it gets. It only needed a new frame.


And its own place in my little gallery,


It is a bit difficult to make a decent photo because my hallway is only 90 cm (35 inch) wide.

The other pieces on the wall have all been made by me; different samplers with Dutch symbols and a little piece which tells a little bit more about something else I love to do.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meeting again

Just a quick post to let you know I’m still around…. kind of. The past couple of weeks have gone by so fast, and still there is not really much to tell you.


This is a chair I have upholstered nearly 5 years ago. I just liked to play with the fabrics and try to make something out of this plain grey chair. It is still one of my favorite pieces in the house and it is holding up quite nicely.


I had some fabrics left and this time I used them for something much easier: a simple draught excluder.


It is just half an inch too long, but I did that on purpose, because the draught on this door is really too much, and this way it definitely will help ( I at least hope so).


And then there is this:


This year I didn’t have any New Years resolutions but one; to read more books in English. It is so easy to read only Dutch translations, but as one of the reasons I started this blog was because I wanted to improve my English, there are more ways to do so, and reading is actually one of the most obvious. So for a good start, I bought these three novels ( and read the first two).

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The covers of these books are simply amazing, don’t you think?

Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ins Blaue Hinein



Christmas Light on Regent Street, London. Last week we went just for one day to London. Unfortunately just one day. There is always too much to see and do, but this time we went especially for the Abstract Expression exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Work from American artists like Rothko, Pollock, and Still.  Huge canvases in the most incredible colors. This is art with an impact. No recognizable shapes or subjects, and yet, these works are really worth looking at for a long time. It wasn’t allowed to take pictures, so all I can do is talk about it. Check the link above for more info.

On our way to the boat to England, we passed Wassenaar, where a new museum is opened: Voorlinden. Here I made this weird picture of my husband standing on the floor of a swimming pool.


Knitted with 2 strands, one dark and one light and very soft yarn, a new cardigan. In the picture above the colours are quite right, the picture below is a bit off. Pattern: Weekend Walk by Drops.


This is the second cardigan I made with this pattern, and I really love it. It is very easy to make and very warm and soft to wear. There are a lot of options left to mix colours of both yarns, so maybe I’ll make more of these.


Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fancy a game?


First I want to thank you ladies for your comments on my previous post. It had been such a long time, and then to see ‘familiar faces’ again, is heartwarming.

It has been a while, but finally I have something new to show you.

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The pillow cover I was working on is finished. It is not first time I made a ‘scrabble’ pillow, (you can find the other one here ). And because of all the nice comments on it, I decided to give it another try, but this time for the shop.

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I found a beautiful linen fabric which gives the pillow a more natural look, and I made it square (18x18 inch), so a little bit smaller. And of course, this time all the tiles are in English.

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On the back a simple closure with buttons.
It was so nice to be back at the sewing machine.

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, October 31, 2016

It has been a grey summer


It has been a long time, hasn’t it. And the picture above gives away a little bit of the reason why. I made this cardigan this summer and it is grey and made with a very straightforward, quite easy pattern ( Drops Design – Weekend Walk). Grey and straightforward aren’t exactly keywords to usually describe my work, but this is all I could manage. A lot has happened, and it wasn’t all good. A good thing was, that our youngest son moved out to go and live on his own. I never imagined this was going to be so hard to me ( yes, the nest is getting empty). Something else was that my father passed away after being ill for a very long time. Saying goodbye just took too long and that was a horrific period as well for him as for the family. I’m sure he’s at peace now and it is good to see my mom is working very hard to make her life worthwhile again.

So, after all these months, I’m trying to go back to where I was and slowly I’ll get there. All I can show now, is a little sneak peek of what I’m working on. (there is evern some colour!)



Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, July 11, 2016



This is what I did this morning. A cardigan which I made 12 years ago was put in the bin. I’ve used it every day, and it showed. It was a cardigan made by a pattern from Kaffe Fasset. This is what it looked like in better days:


And even here you can see it is quite worn.

It was high time to replace this, so a couple of years ago I got a new pattern-yarn-kit.


Never thought it would take me this long to finish this:  3½ years! But here it is…


It was knitted in the round, and then the steek was cut open.


It was the first time ever for me to do it, and it was a bit terrifying. But it all did go okay.

Even the inside looks great. Overall I’m very happy with the result, and I can only hope this cardigan will last as long as its predecessor.


The pattern is ‘Bird Jacket’ by Christel Seyfarth.

Groetjes, Dorien