Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Weekend

I realize it is getting silent on the blog again, these are the weeks where the publisher and I round up the final details before my book PUUR haken goes to print. it makes me happy we're almost there, but it scares me too. did I write the patterns out well? is it clear for you to understand? too much text or too little, are the diagrams clear enough, for this project shall we add this picture or may be that one… details are rushing through my mind night and day. one more week and the 2 month wait for the actual book will begin. honestly, I can not wait.

in the mean time we're enjoying beautiful warm and sunny days in The Netherlands, it almost feels like Toronto Summer. which equals perfect to me, haha. flower season is in full bloom and currently peonies and hydrangeas are everywhere to my eyes liking. a little knitting, a granny square a week with the Simply Crochet app. and a latte here and there, is how I roll these weeks. 

I am getting excited for a weekend in Dublin with my love, and paying a visit to the very promising yarn shop This is Knit. I hope to get my hands on some local tweeds, I'll keep you posted!

in the mean time, have you clicked through to Sandra's new Crochet Corner? I can tell you, it is all sorts of fabulous. very detailed stitch explanations for beginners, links to patterns, beautiful photography as usual at her blog. definitely worth a visit!

have a lovely weekend


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Knitting For a Change

just so I would not forget how to knit, I started a little project on two needles. no, just kidding. I don't think I will ever forget how to knit. it was just easier to work these three threads on knitting needles instead of a crochet hook. 

inspired by the current copper trend, I combined a copper embroidery thread together with a variegated yarn in copper-like colours and an organic cream white cotton. using just a simple moss stitch that started with 3 stitches and increased by 1 every row, until 22 stitches wide. I love how mixing yarns results in new textures, colours and 'fabric'. the variegated yarn will change into a bright teal in the end, I am excited to see how that will work out with the copper embroidery thread. that itself is giving just a little festive spark to the mixture, not too much. just the way I like it. this little flag-like piece you see in the pictures will hopefully end up becoming an indoor scarf to spark up my outfits, let's say for a nice dinner with the husband. I should make a deal with him: I finish the scarf, you make dinner reservations :). he sometimes reads my blog, so I'd better hurry and knit a few more rows…


Monday, June 2, 2014

Last Week

a few shots of last week, enjoying the good life in Sweden. a new square from the Simply Crochet magazine app; granny Ardith. if you are in the UK you may have had a peek at the new Simply Crochet issue 19 already? there is a picture on page 9 that may look familiar to you…

with Vinnis Bambi I am working on a new large flower pattern. this yarn is so soft and pretty, due to it's combination of cotton and bamboo half shiny. if the pattern works as I imagine it to do, I'll share it soon.

pure happiness when I found my friend Annette from the beautiful Rose Valley in the Swedish magazine Handarbete & Pyssel, it's an extra edition that comes with the newspaper Expressen, but is also available separately. congratulations on the beautiful feature with your pretty squares darling! the pattern for the squares can be found in English here, it links to the flower too.

and another teaser: the new creJJtion website is actually coming together as I type and it will only be a couple of weeks before it goes live. I have been working on it with a graphic designer and technical team for months and months, and in my imagination it has been live for a long time already. I really can't wait to share it with you. a couple more weeks of your patience as we are testing the links and pages, finishing touches…

have a lovely new week