Category Archives: Knitting

Some finished projects

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It has been a while since my last post, but that doesn’t mean it was very quiet over here. Lots of life going on, and lots of projects finally finished. The first I can show is this little quilt.
A few months ago, I was very happy to get the wonderful EQ8, a quilt-design software. I’ve been playing with it a lot and designed the most fabulous quilts, which I’ll never make because they are far too complicated.

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But this one is completely made by me. I’ve designed three blocks (which are probably to be found somewhere on the web, but what is the fun about that?), and printed the templates.

Each block is 10”inch , and with the border the quilt measures 22”inches (56 cm).

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Then all the pieces were cut and the patchwork done.

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After quilting (which is not my forte!) I’ve made the binding and a sleeve to hang the quilt. And maybe you’ve noticed: I did the sleeve on the wrong side, so now the large starblock is on the bottom left instead of on the right.

Then, because winter is over, I finally finished this warm, soft cardigan.

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Pattern: Weekend Walk
Yarn: Drops Air (Orange)

And last but not least a new tunic, made of linen.

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The fabric is screenprinted by hand at a Dutch company: Vlinder

The neckline is almost square. You can’t see any stitches, because I understitched it. This gives it a very clean look.

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The sleeves have little box pleats.

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And because I really wear a scarf every day, I made one from the leftover fabric.

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That’s it for now; I’m going to practice on my quilting skills.

Groetjes, Dorien

It’s a wrap!

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Not exactly the most unique title, I know, but I couldn’t resist.

Although everyone is talking about a heat wave and extreme drought for this part of the world, I finally finished this warm, cozy shawl. I started it about two years ago with only 3 stitches on the needle. The final needles counted around 1000 stitches!

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The pattern is a combination of 2 patterns by Christel Seyfarth: Caledonia Jakke and Lily Shawl. I also added a few leftover yarns from my Bird Jacket.

Again, this pattern was with a steek, which had to be cut open. Not as nerve wrekking as the first time, but still a bit scary to do.

First I stitched a zigzag on both sides of the steek, then I cut it open:

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At this point the top of the border was already knitted.

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On the right side of the shawl I used fading blues and on the wrong side of the border I used shades of red.

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Now, I long for some cold weather to wrap myself in this warm and soft shawl. (and not only because it is finally finished!).

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Groetjes, Dorien

Something new and something (too) old

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A pair of new mittens! Very much needed because it feels so cold when walking with Fleur, and the nice thing about this pattern is that these mittens are quite long. So my wrist is covered too.

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I’m very happy to have managed to match the colors in the yarn on both mittens.

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The pattern is Circle Dance , the yarn is Drops Fabel (black) and Drops Delight, colorway 12.

And then something very old. I guess we all have had that pair of jeans which we wore every day if possible. Just the perfect jeans and then just too soon this happens.

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And although it seems to be fashionable, and young boys and girls pay extra for new jeans like this, I’m not too happy about a rip like this. But because I didn’t want to say goodbye just yet, I tried to repair it.

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Two scrap pieces of blue fabric and strong quilting thread.

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One piece is sewn onto the back to the tear, two pieces are patched onto the front. The stitching isn’t too neat, because I didn’t think that would be the right thing to do on such old jeans.  Hopefully they last a couple of weeks longer now.

Groetjes, Dorien


Putting an end to chaos

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Early November I showed the chaos on my table, and now I’m very happy to say that most of those projects have now been finished. In the picture above you see three of them. Two scarves with roses and the black cardigan.

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This is how just one scarf looks. I really don’t know how many of these I’ve made by now, but they still give me so much joy.

The cardigan is finished too; making it was not that joyful, but wearing is!

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This is what it is; just a plain, black cardigan. I can’t make it any prettier than this. But it is just perfect for me. The pattern is Weekend Walk.

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And the last finish of the lot are these two scrabble pillow covers. Because English is not my mother tongue, it isn’t too easy to play scrabble. So I see it as a kind of exercise to make these, and besides that, it is just a lot of fun.

Well, that ‘s it for now. I’m finishing a pair of mittens, but that’s for next time. Leaves me to wish you very happy holidays!

Groetjes, Dorien

No care needed

The last couple of weeks have been quite frantic. Today we’re going to celebrate our evening with Sinterklaas and I wanted to make as many gifts as possible myself. And even though I started a couple of months ago, it was as always a race against time to finish it all. And of course I thought just this week of the most complicated gift of them all. I’m not going to tell and show all of them, and certainly not all at once.

Today I want to start with these little cuties.

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Three little knitted cacti made for J. He has moved out of our home last year and he loves to make his room cozy and homey. So he bought himself some plants. And you probably can guess what happened….. they didn’t live that long.
So he tried a cactus. Didn’t give it too much care, but some of his (female) friends gave it a bit of water when they visited. So the cactus lasted longer, but in the end, it didn’t survive either.

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So as a kind of a joke, I made him these three little ones. The pattern is by Drops/Garnstudio, and the yarn used is Stylecraft Special DK.

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Hopefully these will last a bit longer!

Groetjes, Dorien

Chaos on my table

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Usually I’m working on one or two projects at the same time. This time however, I’m really not counting anymore.  Maybe it is a lack of focus, or, if I’m kind to myself I would say it’s more a excess of creativity.

For the shop I’m making a few more Rose Scarves, So that is why the tray above is filled with these little flowers; it’s  a bit of an assembly line that I’ve set up.

But there’s a lot more on the needles.

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December is on its way, so a lot of gifts have to be made. This is actually kind of alittle joke for one of my family members; I’ll show the finished items after they have been given away.


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And since a couple of months I’ve been working on a new cardigan. I’m not sure what I was thinking to make a straight black cardigan; this is so boring, that it seems to take forever.

On the side, there are these letters:

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The idea of another Scrabble Pillow but even though I’ve made the tiles already, I’m not too sure about the words I want on the pillow. So for now it is put aside.

Something else which is put aside for now is the idea of making a cover for the sewing machine. My workspace is in the living room, and often the machine is standing on the table. Not a very nice sight, so I thought of making a cover for it. The idea is to use patterns and designs which have a direct relation to the machine. So I think I’m going to make a piece with a lot of the stitches which the machine can make, an embroidered piece, and  so on. 

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The design is from Embroidery Library, but I’ve changed almost all colors.

While making this post, I realize these are not the only wip’s. Fabric is waiting to be turned into blouses; there is a pile of fabric I bought to make special gifts for December; ……Maybe I need a to-do-list to make sure everything will turn out right.

Groetjes, Dorien

Because Winter is over…..

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No blue hexagons this time, but something I worked on the last couple of weeks. I love to wear self-made socks and I was running out of them. Because I had some sockyarn in my stash, it was quickly decided what to do.

So I started with these.

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Pretty simple pattern. As all sock patterns this one has a smaller foot and a wider leg. But my ankles are much smaller than my feet. So a pattern needs to be adjusted, I just didn’t know how because it had been a very long time since I knitted some socks for me.

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This was an easy way to do it; just knit the back of the leg in rib. I made these a bit longer, only to see if I like that.

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Last attempt is with a pattern. It looks very intricate, but is quite simple. As you can see I made the leg not as long as in the second pair, but longer than the first. These fit perfectly and as soon as I’m in town, I’ll buy some more sock yarn.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Trip around the World

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It started with these colors of yarn and an idea to make a cowl with motives based on patterns from all over the world.

Looking at images in books and of course a lot on the web I found a lot of possible ideas, and eventually I made charts which I could use.

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And now there is this warm, soft, cozy cowl/infinity scarf to touch, to wear, to look at.

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The cowl is knitted in-the-round with Stylecraft DK on needle 3.5 mm. In the end the first and last row are joined with kitchener stitch.

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Too bad the inside isn’t visible anymore; I think it looks great too.

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The pattern is as usual available in English and Dutch.

Groetjes, Dorien

Toys and Candy

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This week I ordered a box of yarn I never used before. Usually I try to knit and crochet with all natural yarns, so only wool or cotton, sometimes a bit of linen.

I never used synthetic yarns. But because they certainly have their advantages, I thought it might be a good idea to try  and when I want to try something it doesn’t mean I buy 1 skein. So yesterday a huge box was delivered with all 73 colors available of Stylecraft Special DK. 

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The choice for this yarn was made after doing some research; reading about different yarns, looking at pictures of projects made with various yarns and looking what yarns are popular. Isn’t Ravelry the most wonderful place?

But now what to do with it?

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The idea is to knit in fair-isle technique and to make something inspired by patterns from all over the world. So not only Scandinavian stars, or patterns used for Latvanian mittens, but also inspired by geometrical African patterns, woven Chinese fabrics or Japanese kimono fabrics.  It is fun to collect these patterns and designs and to translate them into something that can be knitted.

Hopefully it works out; at least I’m having a good time!

Groetjes, Dorien