zondag 16 november 2014

Some shopping but not much else

Last month I visited both the Handwerkbeurs in Rijswijk and the Brei- en Haakdagen in Zwolle, and of course I did a nice bit of shopping there :-)

I didn't get a lot done lately - craftwise -I guess I've been busy doing other things. 
One thing I did do was to finally put a frame (bought at Xenos) around the cross stitch labrador head that I made earlier this year, so that's all done now.

zaterdag 1 november 2014


It was so nice to be outside today, on this unusually warm 1st day of November.

zondag 12 oktober 2014

Tadaaa! Stars over Corn Finished

Yes, the Stars over Corn cushion is all finished, so now we have two Emily Peacock Tapestry design cushions on our couch (the other one is Mexican Tree of Life). And since I felt like making another one, I decided this time to buy the 'Flowers' kit from Emily Peacock's Etsy shop.

Last week I also made a cushion out of vintage fabric that was a gift from my friend Carolien. After I finshed making this, I still had some material left, so I sewed that onto a cushion cover that I bought. So that means we had three new cushions in a week :-)

zondag 5 oktober 2014

The Art of the Brick

Yesterday we went to see the Art of the Brick exhibition and we really really enjoyed it.
All exhibits were made by Nathan Sawaya out of Lego bricks.

zaterdag 27 september 2014

Some Knitting and some Cross-Stitch

These are some more before/after pictures, to show you my recent progress. I'm happy with all my projects, except for my cardigan, but I'll come to that in a minute.

I'm still making good progress on the Stars over Corn, in fact I'm hoping to be able to finish it soon.

Two sections of tmy fairy tales cross-stitch project are now finished, four more to go.

I also finished my Schiermonnikoog 2014 socks (using sock yarn that I bought during our vacation in Schiermonnikoog this summer).

And I've started a new pair of socks, using the sock yarn that I bought during our vacation in Cochem (Germany) this summer.
And now for  my cardigan project. It started out alright, I like how the fair-isle pattern that I'm using turns out.

But then, when I had to start the second skein, the colour of this skein turned out to be quite different from the first one. It's not unusual to have some colour difference between such skeins, and the usual thing to do then is to alternate skeins (knit one or two rows with the first one, then one or two with the second one, etc.) for a while, so that the colour difference is not so noticable. However, in this case the colour difference was so big, that the result was a definitely striped section. I tried several ways of reducing the striped effect, but in the end the best thing I could think of was to knit a section alternating skeins every number of stitches. I started out with rows in which I mainly used the first skein, and then gradually shifted to knitting more stitches using the second skein. The colour difference is still very obvious, but I couldn't think of a better way to solve it. Bummer! Oh well...