Monday, September 29, 2014

Lopi On My Mind...



LettLopi that is!  {smile}

During the Spring of this year I signed up for the Icelandic Sweater knitting class with Ragga Eiriksdottir on Craftsy and the time has finally come for me to tackle this rather daunting project. 

The plan was to buy the wool (first time I'm actually knitting with real wool and not acrylic) in Holland with my mom as this was supposed to be a gift from her to me for my birthday. Ack and alas, the Lettlopi wool (an Icelandic wool) was nowhere to be found! She ended up giving me the money and I bought the wool right here at the end of our street at Tolt Yarn & Wool! To be honest I preferred the idea of buying locally anyway, so all was well. I bought the wool last Friday and have managed quite a bit of the complicated pattern already...


This is what the cardigan should you like in the end but then with the light-blue as an accent color:


The whole thing will be knit in the round and then in the end it will get 'steeked', i.e. it will get cut open in the middle with a pair of scissors!!!! Yaiks!

Since the weather has turned towards the Fall for real now, this is a perfect project. To top it all off, I'm starting a yoga class tomorrow for the first time ever! Yay, to new adventures!  


Friday, September 26, 2014

Friendly Faces...

Click! to enlarge...

Some of the Family & Friends I met with/ stayed with/ ate with/ laughed with/ biked into town with during my travels in The Netherlands: it was so wonderful to see you all again!  {smile}

my sister's cat and my bed companion...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Come Sail Away...


Two out of the three days we went out sailing, there was no wind... Beautiful pictures were to be taken however!  {smile}

IJsselmeer...









(all photo's were edited with 'BeFunky')


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Counting Sheep...


I am very pleased to be able to tell you that I am now 'counting fewer sheep' than I was a couple of nights ago, i.e. my jet-lag is just about gone!  {smile}

During my first week in Holland my sister and I met up with Marc, an old schoolmate of hers from 30+ years ago. We have been following his adventures as a sheepherder for a few years now via social media and it was so much fun to finally meet him again after all these years! 

He and his flock and his dog Sweep happened to be located near where my sister lives and so we set out to find them on 'Landgoed De Paltz'...










We spent about two and a half hours with them and it was truly a spectacular get-together. Thank you Marc, for such a special experience!  {smile}

Sheep kisses are the best!
PS The herd contained 250 sheep!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back Home...


While jet-lag is still keeping me in its grip, I'm slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. 
I returned Sunday night (a 9+ hour flight with a 4 hour delay) after three fabulous weeks in The Netherlands. I visited my family members and friends from 30+ years ago and talked more during this time than I usually do in six months, so yes, I am a bit tired now...  <wink>

If you've kept an eye out at all on this blog, then you should have noticed all the fab pics I took with my phone using the Snapseed App on my Instagram account. (if not then go there now, they are worth it!) I did take some pics with my regular camera also and will share some of them here. Starting with collages of three cities I visited the first week: Naarden, Dordrecht and Den Bosch...

(please click on the photos to enlarge)




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guess where..


Currently I am just about in the middle of my three week trip to......
Yes there, The Netherlands! 

You can follow along on my travels via Instagram for now. Once I am back I will download the pics from my actual camera and share them with you. Tot dan!





Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"And They Called It Puppy Love..."


A few days ago our good friends added a new puppy to their family. We of course had to visit. Meet Aero...(and his 'big brother' Bo)  {smile}


Between Miss M. and myself we made over 150 photos so it was very hard to show you only a small collection. You get the picture though: cuteness overload!  <wink>

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Orange & Pink...


Just some pretty colors on this lovely Sunday morning...


Friday, August 15, 2014

Who?


Look, I finished a fun hat this afternoon!  {smile}

Found the pattern on Ravelry as usual. Below you can see the owl detail up close...


Fun and fairly easy to make! 
The yarn is the same I have used on the Lady Sweater cardigan.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Well yes...

Not edited!  {smile}

... I will be turning 48 tomorrow! 

Feeling great in my mid-years! I'm still juicing and I've been able to get my running going again. This last week I ran 4 times, between 2 and 3 miles each time. It has been a very hot summer so my runs have had to be very early, but I really want to be able to run some in Holland (only a couple more weeks to go) so I am ramping things up a bit. Can't wait to run in the 'polders' (= fields) and on the dikes and through the little towns. (and hopefully not twist my ankles on those cobble stones...)

Here are some of the views during my runs here locally...


It was a giant 'Little' Red Wagon!
(the strawberry was at least  9 feet tall...)


Not bad either!  {smile}


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Some Knitty Gritty! (blog hop)


Ha, finally I can show you my finished Lady Sweater: Tadaa!!! Just in time for my trip to visit my family in The Netherlands in a few weeks time, where it is much cooler than over at this end. (we've had the a/c on two days in a row, yes, we live in the Pacific Northwest!)

I used a very simple and not expensive acrylic worsted weight yarn from Lion Brand called 'Heartland - Mount Rainier', isn't that fitting? Unfortunately I ran out of this color with only 10 more rows to go in the last sleeve. Since I didn't have time for a few days to go to the store, I decided to knit up this very quick hat for Mr. G. (although modeled here by Master C.) You can find the free pattern here.



I used the same yarn as above, only in the 'Smoky Mountains' colorway. The pattern only came in one size and I must admit it is tad bit roomy so for the next time I would knit fewer stitches but otherwise it was super easy and fun to make!

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So yesterday I was tagged by fellow blogging friend Katie from Randomnest in a blog hop! My first thought was "Holy Cow!" (pun intended). I've never done any of these kind of short interviews before and I find it a bit scary to be honest. Here it goes:

#1 What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk over the past week or so?
Well, the summer months are a bit low on creativity I must admit. The kids are home for three (high school) and almost four months (university) and since my husband works in education he has the whole month of July off. This basically means that I have no alone time during those months, which is when I produce most. (during that alone time I mean) (oh boy, I'm rambling already...)


I've been busy knitting, as you can see from the photos above, and I did start sewing a sleeveless blouse but that has actually ended up in the bin (first time ever I think!) since I didn't have enough fabric and the fiddling with extra fabric just didn't work out. I painted a few furniture items and I also repainted our bedroom and then sewed up some new curtains, so all and all that is pretty creative right?


#2 Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
My fellow bloggers of course!!! I follow quite a few blogs as you can tell from my side bar here on the blog. I started knitting in the Fall and have now added a whole category of knitting bloggers. Some of my favorites are: Fringe AssociationKate DaviesUntangling Knots and Brooklyn Tweed, but not to forget our local yarn store of course -Tolt Yarn & Wool.
I don't read a lot of magazines because the internet is basically one big one!

#3 How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
I simply am creative every single day, in one form or another. I just love to make and or create something. Not only physically making something but also 'just' visually with my photography. I bought an I-Phone this Spring and am having fun with some of the photo editing software in it. I do feel that my daily life has to be in order for any creativity to sprout, so right now I'm cleaning out closets (my clothing closet for one, but also the pantry) and am reorganizing a bit. That makes my head feel clearer and gives me more room (in my head) to think of something new to make.

Well, that was about it. I will leave you with this picture I snapped the other day while shopping at a nearby Outlet Mall: I so want a cow like that for my back yard!  <wink>

To be clear here, it is a statue, not a real cow!
{smile}

PS Oops, I almost forgot to tag somebody for the next blog hop. (I hope they don't mind???) May I present to you Janina from Elke Dag Zaterdag ("every day Saturday") and Nina Nixon. Both are very creative in their own ways and I enjoy reading their posts every single time...
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