Saturday, July 12, 2014

A bunting for ….

The last step to make was to sew the ‘bunting’ onto…


Can you see it when it’s slowly unfolding?


Indeed, the parasol! It was a plain, boring parasol and it became just a little more ‘me’ with this border to it.


Now all I hope for is nice sunny weather the next few days.


Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Triangles, a lot of them



A couple of years ago I won a large bag with 14 skeins of nice yarn, half acrylic and half cotton.  Never really knew what to do with it, until I was sitting in the garden a couple of weeks ago.

So I started to play with the yarn; my goal was to make a triangle, and this is what I came up with.


I made some more, and after some math I knew I had to make a total of 48 triangles.

Then it was time to crochet them together.


I did this by making 3 rounds of ‘3dc-granny’ stitches.


Looks like a giant bunting, almost 9 meters long. Just 1 final step to go…….

Groetjes, Dorien

Saturday, June 28, 2014

R for Rosetta


With lots of time on my hands I could finally finish something I started ages ago. The potholder in the middle was made last year, and back then I was asked to make a pattern for it. Didn’t know it would take me this long.


I’ve made a couple of circles/mandala’s with different colours and different edgings; they would do great under a beautiful vase, or maybe even as decoration on the wall.


I even made one with bulky yarn, just to see if the pattern would do for this kind of yarn too.


The pattern is in the shop. I had so much fun doing this, that I really wonder why it took me so long.

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, June 23, 2014

A new blanket made with an old pattern

Hello, how are you?? My life is at the moment a bit boring. Reading a lot, and because my hands are not as sore anymore, a bit of crochet.


This is Fietje. Usually she is upstairs and doesn’t come down as long as Fleur is in the neighborhood. But now, because I can’t walk with her, Fleur has gone to stay in a kennel, and this little hero dares to come into the living room. Here it looks as if she is asking permission to come closer, but don’t let it fool you; it’s more as if she is warning me that she is.


first step



second step



Just perfect! She can be there for hours. So it is quite a miracle that I managed to finish the blanket.


I’ve used the pattern for the Happy Colours Blanket. The only difference is that for the all the circles are made of 1 colour, and the small squares have circles of 1,2 or 3 rounds, and the large squares have circles of 4,5,6 or 7 rounds.


The border is made using a pattern from Edie Eckman’s book “Crochet Borders” (nr. 22)


This last pic shows how big a difference it can make what you do with a pattern. The same yarn and colours have been used, the same pattern, just a different way of using it.

Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, June 12, 2014

About my absence

It has been quiet over here, hasn’t it? Unfortunately this has a reason. 2 Weeks ago, I’ve had surgery on my ankle. In advance the idea was that after a good week, I could walk again. Well, guess what. I can’t. While operating, the doctors decided to do something extra and now I’m not allowed to use my foot in any way for at least 6 weeks. So again, walk with crutches. Lots of time to crochet, knit and read….
Except that my hands are feeling numb (I’m not used to the crutches) so crochet and knitting aren’t that great. So, reading it is. Lots and lots of reading.

Luckily our garden was finished last year, the weather is gorgeous, so that is where I am.

I really don’t know if I’ll be back here soon, I just don’t have that much to tell or show right now. But someday….


Until then…

Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, May 23, 2014

Something Old, Something New

Back in March I showed the new wallpaper in our bedroom. I promised to keep you posted about the finishing of the room, and this morning, waking up in our wonderful new bed, I realized I never kept that promise. So I knew what to do today.


Isn’t that a beautiful headboard?? As soon as I saw it in the shop I knew it was there just waiting for me. My husband saw it too and said immediately:” Hmm, I guess we don’t have to look any further!”


Except for the bed, all the other furniture was already ours, and some of it has quite a history.

The white bookcase used to be the closet in the nursery of our oldest son. Back then it had a clothes rail and a door, and the colour was some kind of white wash. On top of it you can see the doll I got for my very first birthday. It has the costume of a part of Zeeland, the birth province of my mom.

The chest next to it, is a lot older.


It was originally used in the early decades of last century by the railway company. The stamp on it marks it as belonging to the city of Maastricht, my birth town.


Then there is this cute little thing. It was made (about 80 years ago) by my grandfather for his daughters, as a closet for the clothes of their dolls. It had an awful green colour, but besides that it was in a great shape. All we had to do was paint it. The door knobs are original.


And of course the room wouldn’t be finished without a chair for reading. You can read about this chair here.

Groetjes, Dorien

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Circles Galore


It isn’t a secret at all that I really love the shape of circles. I’ve made several items, both with crochet and with patchwork, using circles. And now again!


So I thought it would be nice to have a look around the web to see what other people do with circles.

Below in the mosaic you can find all kinds of circles: very bright, more subdued, knitted, crocheted, painted and even mowed.


1: Kieran Foley,2: Knittergal, 3: Malka Dubrawsky, 4: Skydollxx, 5: Found on Pinterest,6: Stephanie Estrin,7: BabyLoveBrandKids,8: Elsestudio,9: Emery&cie

Groetjes, Dorien