Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ins Blaue Hinein

 

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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.

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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.

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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


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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!)

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Groetjes, Dorien

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