Monday, July 11, 2016

Finally!


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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:

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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The pattern is ‘Bird Jacket’ by Christel Seyfarth.

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, May 23, 2016

Roundabout


Not writing on my blog, didn’t mean that I didn’t have any ideas. On the contrary; right now the ideas are tumbling in my head to be worked out. So I started with one of them.

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It starts with a circle, and than the idea is to attach more circles, but not just on the edge, but it has to look as if they overlay eachother.

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So far I’ve made a couple of swatches, but they all are not completely right; sometimes they wrinkle too much, then the last round is too small, or the edges don’t look very nice.

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Guess I know what I’ll be doing the next days. But not tonight. Tonight I’ll be at a concert by Mumford and Sons!

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hey! Hallo it’s me again


Life took over. I guess that is the only thing I can say about my very long absence. In my last post I told you about going on holiday, which was pretty awesome. The months since then were filled with family, study, reading and a lot of other not important but very time consuming activities.

Am I back now? I sure hope. I really missed blogging, but it never really seamed to be the time to start again. Now it feels right.

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Do you know Fibonacci? It is a mathematician who defined a certain sequence which is quite easy; 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ….
This is what I used as starting point for a new pattern.

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In this pattern  the colours change according to the Fibonacci sequence. With a lot of different colours this results in a very happy cheerful knitting, but you can also limit yourself to just one colour, but then different shades.

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I’ve made a pattern with descriptions of both a cowl and an infinity scarf. The instructions are written, with a chart. It is a nice, quite easy pattern, perfect if you want to learn how to knit with 2 strands.

I hope you like it!

Groetjes, Dorien

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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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!