zondag 20 januari 2019

Frozen landscape

Hello to you all,

It's been a mild winter until now. We've finally got rid of this horrible rainy grey weather and we got a frozen landscape with sun in return. It looked so pretty when I woke up this morning. Yesterday I made a walk to make some photo's of the ice. Our cat tried to sniff some air when I opened the door today and she made a very short walk outside, but I don't think she will leave her warm bed anymore today.

Last week I finished some socks. They are very funky. It's yarn from Schachenmeyr, the collection that Arne & Carlos designed for the brand.  You get two almost identical socks. I'm not used to such a large cuff, but I think they are fun so I will wear them today to keep my feet warm.
I also ordered a couple of new books from the Pinguin classic collection, aren't they pretty? They are clothbound and look wonderful.

I hope you'll have a lovely Sunday!

donderdag 3 januari 2019

Happy new year!

Happy and healthy new year to you all and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

The festive days flew by and it was nice to have some relaxing and crafting time. I like December with all the cosy decorations and festive days and January seems always cold and a grey'ish' month compered to December.

I finished some Christmas socks almost in time and they are keeping my feet warm this holiday. I've been working a bit on my fern & feather sweater and I made my brother a colorwork hat. Sadly the weather is mostly grey and rainy and mild, so not really weather to wear a Shetland wool hat, but you know..maybe some colder days might come.

On Newyearsday we went for a walk in Workum and visited the beach. So many surfers..

I will write here soon again,

zondag 2 december 2018

It should be all about pink socks

It's such a rainy day today, great weather for some handknitted warm socks. We're in December now, unbelievable how fast time can go. I do love the summer and being outside and although you can wear your knitwear and handmade winter clothes this time of the year, I don't like it when the daylight turns so fast into darkness again. But December is a special month with christmaslights everywhere to give us some extra light in winter. I started knitting these socks on my way back from Denmark last summer and then they where in there bag, unfinished for a long time, but last week I knitted the last bit and they are finished now! I dyed the yarn myself and I'm very happy with the result.

And if you would like to see more knitwork, crochet or sewing I'm working on, I've started a small Youtube channel (see link in the right sidebar). I felt a little bit uncomfortable talking to my screen but it seemed fun to me to get out of the blog comfortzone and start a little podcast. I will upload once in a couple of weeks a new video, so I hope you'll like it.

Have a happy week, talk to you soon,

zondag 25 november 2018

Notes The Crafting Cactus Podcast, Episode 1

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Notes The Crafting Cactus Podcast, Episode 1

Knitting & Crochet

Works in progress:

  • Working on my own jeans pattern design. Fabric: Jeans fabric with a little bit stretch.
  • Sew-together-bag by Sewdementet
Chatter about:

My webshop: https://www.etsy.com/nl/shop/CraftingCactus

Thank you for watching!


zondag 4 november 2018

The late summerdress

And another week flew by.
We've had the first frost! Yesterday when I was cycling in the morning I saw the crisp white frost. That means that the Dahlia's soon will turn brown and black and I will dig the tubes out of the garden and let them dry inside. It's always sad when they're finished. It really puts an end on some late summer flowers and autumn turns slowly more in winter. But it's okay, we've had a great and warm summer and it's a beautiful rarely dry autumn so I'm not complaining!
And colder weather has it's own beauty and we make it inside cosy with cactus candlelights.

I still didn't show the summer dress I finished in autumn. It was actually too late to wearing the dress (to cold) but it was also too hot in the summer for a double layered jersey dress to even think about finishing it. But it's okay, I love it and next year I will wear it. I love the fabric it's from the Dutch fabric brand Stenzo and the pattern was from an older Knipmode magazine. I adjusted it a bit and made the dress a lot shorter than the original pattern. Next year watermelon dress year!
Well I will soon be back and for now I wish you all a lovely Sunday evening and a lovely new week. I hope to finish my short row heel in a Arne & Carlos sock, it's so much fun knitting, I will show you soon!


zondag 28 oktober 2018

The last summer flowers

We've had such lovely autumn weather a week ago. Temperatures were like summer. And so the garden produced flowers that otherwise wouldn't be here anymore this time of the year.

I've done some knitting over the last couple of weeks. I will post some photos this week. But no finished objects. A toe to knit and a thumb in a mitten, some sleeves and a ribbed hem. All kind of small (or big) finishing jobs to do. But there's no hurry. When I have some time I will finish them.

O and I lost one of my knitted scarfs when I took the bus. I think it dropped on the floor when I lifted my bag and I was in a hurry to get out at the right spot. I felt so stupid! I thought 'o no! my scarf!' and the bus drove away. But there's this great website were the bus company places photos of lost objects, and after a couple of days my scarf showed up! I'm so happy it's back, all the hours of work. I'll wash it and block it again and it's like it's never been away.

I wrote a couple of posts ago I would show my new made dress. It's actually more a summer dress but I will make the photo as I promised this week.


zondag 30 september 2018

Close to you

Woo! I finished (finally) the Close to You shawl by Justyna Lorkowska. It's a free pattern on Ravelry and very easy to knit. Although I love the end result, I couldn't really get myself into knitting the shawl. I started very enthusiastic but it became a w.i.p. for more then 5 months. Maybe that doesn't sound like a long time, but for me it is. When I really enjoy a shawl pattern I can finish it quickly but the constant simple repeat was a bit boring. Maybe I would have been more enthusiastic with some challenging lace in the pattern. But whatsoever I love the end result! The yarn is very pretty and handdyed by Treliz from Greece. The idea of this yarn drying in the sun of Greece after being dyed made it extra special to knit with.

The week flew by and I was busy so I had no time for sewing at all. But I still want to cut out the fabric to make a jeans. Maybe I'll take a go with it now? I don't know, maybe. And otherwise sometime this week in the evening when I have some spare time. We'll see.

So I hope you all have a lovely week, and I will be posting very soon!