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March 30, 2014

Another busy week

Just recovered from having a busy weekend I had a busy week. Work kept me busy, also during the weekend (for several hours, not days!). But there was also time for stitching and knitting.
I met new people to work with and some new challenges are keeping me going!
Something I sewed is this little project purse. I love sewing these things and I have several to keep my knitting projects. All I need is in there, so when I leave home the only thing I need to grab is a projectpurse. Quite handy!
Some other things from last week: the weather is beautiful. Spring is really here, so I decided to clean the terrace and put out the garden furniture.
Nice thing is I have a table that is big enough to hold the yarn umbrella and woolwinder, so I could go outside and make a skein into a cake. The plant in my garden has exactly the same colours! The wool is meant for a testknit, coming up next week.
As for knitting, I have one sock finished. the other one is scheduled for the next weeks. Meet Hurdle.

March 23, 2014

Great weekend!

Maybe you noticed I skipped posting a blogpost this week. I have been so busy, just couldn't find the time. And after being busy I just was exhausted!
Last weekend I was invited to join in a knitting and crochet event, called Breidag en Haakdag. I went there Friday in the afternoon and it lasted until the next Sunday afternoon. It was such fun!
I was asked to translate a workshop given by Tori Seierstad. She does great stranded knitting. Lucky me she speaks English, so the translation wasn't that needed, because most of the students spoke English very well.
Friday evening she gave the first workshop, knitting a lovely mitten. I am always a little behind when it is about following the teacher, so mine is about to come next winter LOL.
Saturday and Sunday I have been a GP for those who were lost in their knitting pattern. I turned out to be a very good psychologist ;)
After doing my 'duty' I had some time off to visit the fair. Of course I bought some wonderful yarn and now I am dreaming about what to knit....
Later that week when I was  recovered from everything I took my stitching. My Randje per Week was behind. Normally I stitch the borders at Sunday morning, so I was a week behind. I am on schedule again ;)
The afternoon I used to sew. I am making some more projectbags. Here is a preview.

March 09, 2014

Looks like spring

This weekend spring arrived! A bit early, but so welcome! We didn't have a real winter, a little bit of snow, a few weeks of frost, but for me it is enough. I long for summer!
The past week was filled with exciting things at work, so when I came home in the evening, I was rather tired. Yet I have a little finish, a babyhat. It is knitted from my own, handspun yarn, 100% merino. Isn't it a cutie?
There are some new projects started too. I can't help myself, sometimes I jump into something with both feet ;)
A pair of socks is started as a KAL in a Dutch group. the picture shows it was quite sunny!
I also started another KAL in a Dutch group, but all I can show is the yarn I'm knitting with.
And there has been a lot of spinning. I love the rythm of moving the wheel, it just has a relaxing effect. In the meanwhile my yarn is growing....

March 03, 2014

Had a great week!

Last week I had a great week, free from work, so DH and I decided to go away for some days. We found a rather good deal at a hotel at Antwerp, Belgium. So Tuesday morning  we left and arrived at the hotel at 14.00 pm. We parked the car, checked in and went outside to explore part of the inner city.
We walkes until 17.00 pm and then it started to rain and didn't stop. Walking in the rain isn't fun,  so we got us a dinner at a restaurant and went to see a movie.
After a good night sleep we explored some other parts of the city, visited two musea, had dinner again and spent the evening at the hotel, giving our feet some rest ;-)
As usual I show you some pictures of our trip at the end of this post.
During the ride from our city to Antwerp and back I was able to knit. My cowl, Canadian Lover is finished!
Coming home, we had some days left before work was calling, so I did some stitching and spinning.
Call of the Raven grows steadily.There only are 12 pages left unstitched, so I really hope I can finish her this year!
My borders are also done this week.
As for spinning, I really get a thin thread and I like doing it! This is a beautiful gray with different tones in it.
And as promised, here are some pictures of our trip to Antwerp. The Grand Market, Vlaaikensgang, a LNS, Museam Plantin-Moretus and a walk through the Bell Epoque Quartier.