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!

xxx


maandag 24 september 2018

Tits out Collective socks





O, it's such a rainy day today! Sometimes the sun shines and within a couple of minutes it's raining again. So it's Monday, start of a new week. And they say the week ends with some sunshine, so lets hope that will happen!

The photo above shows some lovely socks I made a month ago in Denmark. Well actually I started with the first sock at home and finished it. I took the yarn and the pattern with me in the car for sock number two and I finished the sock on the second day when we were traveling (car knitting). I'm so happy because they fit so well. The pattern is called Mierentietjes by Heleen Kok, Plakhuis on Ravelry. You can find the pattern here. If you bought the pattern, she donated 50% to Pink Ribbon. The pattern was a part of the Tits Out Collective started by Countessablaze. It was such a good idea from Countessablaze to start the funding and letting idiedyers and pattern designers take part in it. I really wanted to support a charity for the Tits Out Collective and I choose two Dutch charity options by buying this pattern and buying the yarn from The Fox and the Knight, colorway Baboonbut (I love that name!!). The yarn is so soft and beautifully dyed! It was a joy to knit them. And she donated a percentage to Stichting Aap. A charity for monkeys.

Well and this week? Well I hope I can finish the Close to You shawl by Justyna Lorkowska. It's been a w.i.p. for more then a half year, so time to finish it. The yarn I use is form Treliz. I bought it when she was selling on the Dutch knitting/crochet festival in Zwolle (Breidagen). And I want to start with making a jeans. I already drafted the pattern at my own size and made a fitting model, washed the fabric and ironed it. So now I have to cut out the fabric en start sewing. I hope I can work on it this week or in the weekend, when I have time.

I hope you'll have a lovely week and I might post again this week and otherwise next week!

xxx

maandag 17 september 2018

My fern and Feather



This was a photo I took when we stayed in Denmark for a holiday. I started my Fern and Feather with Swedish wool from Ullcentrum Öland and the woman from the shop told me that these colors were inspired by the flowers and plants in the area of Öland. I love that idea! I've knitted a huge part since I made this photo. I will soon share my progress.



Fern and Feather pattern - https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fern--feather

Ullcentrum Öland - https://www.ullcentrum.com

xxx.


zondag 16 september 2018

Those saturated colors



O, the week has gone so fast! Last weekend I was with a good friend on the 'Handwerkfair' at de Vertakking in Ryptjerk. We shared a stand and despite the wasps we had such a sociable day!

I still didn't take some time to download all the photo's I made in Denmark a couple of weeks ago. I hope I will find some time this week.



Today I was in the garden cleaning up some pots and the expendable greenhouse (no more sowing this year) and I realized autumn is slowly taking over summer. I notice it in the morning when it's fresh and sometimes a bit misty in the mornings. And while some plants are still flowering some leaves are turning brown and yellow. Autumn is a beautiful season with all those saturated colors.







I've added some new handdyed wool in my Etsy Shop and I'm still adding more in the following week.

And I've been knitting on some projects and finished a new dress! I will show in my next post what I've been making!

xxx

dinsdag 4 september 2018

Small talk

I've not written any blogposts in a while because the summer holiday had such warm weather I didn't feel like sitting at my desk in a room with a temperature of 30 C+ would make any good blogpost.

So now I'm back with a small update while the cat sleeps and snores beside me. The last time I wrote a blogpost I've uploaded some photo's of handdyed yarn. Now my Etsy shop is closed for some weeks because during the holiday I decided to take a go at the Handwerkfair in Ryptjerk at De Vertakking at 8 september (saturday). I will be sharing a stand with a good friend and I'm very excited!
I dyed a lot of different types of yarn and I hope people will like what I dyed. I'm looking forward to have a nice day.

After the fair I will write here again and talk a little about my holiday in Denmark.

I'll be back soon!
xxx



woensdag 16 mei 2018

Some Monet inspired yarn




Dit zijn de drie nieuwste kleuren in mijn Etsy shop. De twee bovenstaande zijn geïnspireerd op de schilderijen van Monet. Ik heb op mijn Instagram account Craftingcactusyarn de foto's geplaatst waar je kunt zien welke schilderijen ik hiervoor heb gebruikt (zie link Instagram hiernaast). Deze strengen zijn 85% merino en 15% nylon, en superzacht! 

vrijdag 27 april 2018

Spring knitting


Het voelt een beetje onwennig hier weer te schrijven. De website heeft een lange tijd stil gelegen. Ik wist niet zeker of ik nog wilde schrijven hier op de website. Maar er kwamen toch nieuwe volgers bij (dankjulliewel) ondanks dat ik niet schreef en ik miste het toch ook wel een beetje.

Nu het lente is ben ik begonnen aan twee nieuwe brei projecten. Die van bovenstaande foto is een proeflapje voor een vestje dat ik wil maken. Het patroon heet Tommelise, naar een sprookje van H. C. Andersen, de Deense sprookjesschrijver. En heel toepasselijk kreeg ik deze wol van mijn ouders toen ze naar Denemarken waren geweest.



Ik ben zo blij met de tulpen kleuren dit jaar. Vorige jaren had ik vaak felle kleuren maar nu is alles zacht en vloeit als een pallet in elkaar over.


Met de prachtige handgeverfde wol van Treliz uit Griekenland ben ik begonnen aan een zomerse sjaal met het gratis patroon Close to you van Justyna Lorkowska. Het is een simpel patroon, ideaal voor even 'mindless' breien en de kleuren maken me zo blij!




Deze mooie wol van alpaca's op Ameland is handgesponnen en geverfd met ligustersnoeisel. Een prachtige zomerse geel! Ik weet nog niet zeker wat ik er mee ga maken maar ik denk aan een sjaal, want daar kun je er niet genoeg van hebben.


Ik denk mijn favoriete tulp van dit jaar, spetters rode aquarel in een gele ondergrond.

Crafting Cactus