Matchy Matchy

Hello Everyone!

Remember my Ripple?

I bought a set of mini nail polishes form H&M a while back and when I tried on the pink I noticed something funny. The pink mini nail polish matches perfectly with the pink yarn in my ripple.

I can’t remember the name of the polish (I think it’s just called “Pink”) and it’s probably not for sale anymore. But the colours were so similar I just had to share!

Love, Renée

Update: Giant Berry Granny

Hello Everyone!

It’s about time I gave a little update on my Giant Berry Granny! The last time it was still in it’s beginning stages, but by now it’s grown quite a bit.

I’m on the 34th round and the rounds are becoming pretty endless. I find that I really look forward to the colour changes and  the corners.

My plan was to use only the berry colours, but while crocheting I noticed that the light blue colour, my main colour, has significantly less meters than the other colours. SO to get the blanket to the size I want it I had to come up with a plan. I decided to get 2 skeins of white and add some wide white strips. I’m not quite sure how to order them yet, but I’ll just see as I go along.

I’m not going to make this blanket as large as my ripple (1,80 X 1,80) but it’s going to be quite large. I’ll just see how far my yarn gets me.

I’m trying to weave in my ends periodically, but as you can see above I’ve got a few waiting for me. I really should do those after the next round!

That’s all on this one for now.

This wednesday I’ll be heading off to New York for 5 days so it might be quiet for a bit. I’ll try to plan in some posts so it won’t be completely quiet but I can’t promise anything.

Love, Renée

A day at the museum

Hello Everyone!

Last Sunday my parents and I went to an exhibition about the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. I haven been greatly interested in ancient Egypt since i was young and had been wanting to visit this exhibition for a while. As it was nearing it’s end we finally went on Sunday. I took some pictures and I thought it would be fun to share my day with you! The exhibition was solely about Tutankhamun and he is one of my favorite historical people. There is still some mystery about his life and the time in which he lived. And who can resist a good mystery? He has been an endless source of imagination for me!

The exhibition was a lot of fun and I learned some new things. Unfortunately the entire exhibition consisted of replicas, which, if you have seen the real thing, is just not as impressive. Still we had a lovely time and the exhibition was full of fun facts!

Gold fingers and toes! Creepy!!

Baby sarcophagus

Perfume Jar

Perfume Jar

Ancient cosmetics

That all the pictures I took at the exhibition. There were a lot of different things to look at! it was one of the first warm and sunny days of the year and so on the way home we stopped  for some ice-cream. I was so glad to find that a new store near us sells my favorite flavors (which is pretty rare!) So I had a walnut & Maple and yoghurt flavored ice-cream! Yummy!

After a long day i finally settled on the couch with my knitting and some tv.

Lots of love,

Renée

 

 

 

Finished Object Friday #2

Hello Everyone!

Somehow I managed to completely miss Work in progress wednesday, so I’ll do an update on my Giant berry granny tomorrow! That has been my main project for the week, the others have spent some time waiting for me to get fed up with it. But I don’t seem to be getting fed up with it yet, although the rows are getting pretty endless…

But back on topic: Finished objects! I finished my Lindisfarne shawl, but I’m not calling it officially finished until it’s been blocked (which is a necessity in this case!). It turned out a bit small and has me at a loss on how to wear it. I’m regretting altering the chevron rows to make it wider now. But I’ve decided on a plan of action if even blocking does not help. I will add a braid and pompoms and turn it into a cute capelet!

I did finish some other things this week: hexipuffs! I finally picked my dpns up again and got a puffing. I have high hopes of making my goal of 15 for this month! I only have 4 left to go. And one of the puffs I will be sharing today is quite special as it it puff number 25. It sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t when you consider how many you will need to a quilt… So I’ve decided to not think about numbers too much and just go with it and have fun.

These were this weeks first 2 puffs. A purple sparkly puff and a hand dyed brown and blue variegated. Puffs like the second are special because they are made of my first hand dyed yarn ever. And the colours are just really pretty.

I had ordered some yarn in colours that were still missing form my beekeepers quilt form ebay as the pastel yarn I had been using for puffs is so ridiculously soft. I ordered a light orange an bright yellow and a glorious midnight blue. The blue is the exact colour of my favorite shade that the sky turns just before full dark.

Isn’t the colour amazing? It almost seems to give off light!

The yellow did not agree with my camera unfortunately. It is quite a bit brighter. It actually borders on neon… The puff with the bow is number 25! (I have a grand total of 27 now I think) I have decided to give every 25th puff a bow in one form or other. Might be tricky to come up with enough different ways of adding a bow! The puff on the right was an experiment. I’ve decided to call it a success as in reality it’s quite charming. I wanted to do something different and so made an intarsia puff. I forgot that the switching to the yarn from side to side would create a seam down the middle, but the duo puff is quite cute. It somehow reminds me of a bum!

That’s all for this week. I’m heading back to my granny blanket to take some pictures for tomorrow!

Will be linking up with Tami’s Amis again!

Lots of love,

Renée

 

Casting on: Lindisfarne Shawl

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m going to tell you about another new project. I’ve cast on my very first shawl! I’ve been charmed by the pictures on Ravelry ever since I joined the site and learned how to knit. Although I’m a little unsure on how one wears a shawl I’ve been desperate to make one of my own! And so, when I came across a new pattern that I absolutely loved and found that I had some suitable yarn (this was before the yarn surprise) and the perfect circular needles, I had to buy the pattern and get started.

Lindisfarne shawl

The pattern I’m referring to is the Lindisfarne shawl by Angelea McGarrah. I can recommend the pattern as it is clearly written and there were no mistakes.  As a beginner knitter I learned many new skills during the process of knitting this shawl and sometimes didn’t quite understand how to precede. Angelea, the deigned of the shawl, was very kind and very helpful to me and helped me work through the pattern.

I liked the colours of the sample shawl above so much that I decided to use the same colours for my version. I am using a fingering weight acrylic yarn by Action in a red and grey colour.

The pattern provides the directions for 3 red chevron stripes, but I feared this would make for a very short shaw and I decided to add some rows.

Here are some pictures of my shawl:

I’m loving knitting this so far! More soon as I’m almost finished now! I only need to block it!

Lots of love,

Renée

Casting On: Giant Berry Granny

Hello Everyone!

Today I will show you one of my new projects that i have yet to share with you. I’m making a giant granny square. This is quite a popular design for a blanket and there are many different versions that can be created following the same pattern. Colour choices and the way they are repeated (or not) can give these blankets many different looks.

Spring colours

I chose 5 spring colours from my box of yarn (see this post if you have no idea what I’m talking about). I wasn’t intending to start something new until I had finished some current projects, but because I was feeling ill last Thursday I wanted to play with my yarn and somehow I selected these 5 colours and started my blanket. The next day I was actually surprised how well the colours worked together seeing as I had and been sick and on medication and it had been quite late at night. The colours together remind me of spring and berries. And green and blue are my favorite colours!

Starting out

Here’s a picture I took when I just started out. In the background you can see my project page in my notebook. I tape in little swatches of the yarn and carefully document all the yarn details (brand, weight, colour and dye lot) and details about the pattern and tools I am using. On the left you can see the beginnings of my blanket. I actually ended up redoing a slightly larger square than this 3 times. I couldn’t settle on a hook size! In the end I am using a 4.00 mm hook. I don’t think mentioning the yarn will be very useful as all the colours except the grassy green are vintage and have been discontinued.

Here’s a progress picture of my square the next day. The first few rows sure work up fast! Unfortunately the rows get longer with each round. I’m already at the pint that the rounds seem pretty endless! But I like the blanket and the colours and it doesn’t have to be as large as my ripple blanket. This can be a little smaller. As long as i fit under it comfortably on the couch!

I’m hoping this will be a quick project that I can finish in a few weeks (I’m hoping about 2 more), as I really want to cast on my next blanket… I really think I’m getting addicted to making blankets!

Lots of Love,

Renée

Liebster Blog Award

Hello Everyone,

This post has been a while in the making, but to be honest I was a little unsure how to go about it. You see, I’m horrible at taking a compliment and I recently received a rather large compliment for my itty bitty baby blog! So I took some time to consider how to proceed as I want to do my post concerning this justice.

The compliment I am referring to is the fact that the lovely Graycrochet nominated me for a Liebster blog award. Thank you so so much! I was never ever expecting something like this and mostly blog for myself as a sort of diary, but with the thought that I can use it to practice my English and my writing and that it might amuse others. My blog is still very new and still in the development stages.

I recommend all of you to take a look at her blog. She is quite crafty and makes some amazing things!

The award does not mean that I get a shiny silver plaque, but it something much nicer: recognition. The fact that someone likes my blog enough to give me an award is a great compliment and greatly motivating!

There are some rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award. (Check! See above)
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer 11 random questions
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees
  5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!  (no tag backs)

11 Random facts about myself

  1. I’m 21 and still sleep with a toy bunny that I’ve had since birth. No shame. It helps me sleep more comfortably, so why shouldn’t I. Once I have a boyfriend to cuddle with it can go into retirement.
  2. I only started crochet on new years eve! And learned to knit in January. Yet I cannot imagine life without either anymore.
  3. My lives dream is to write a book. Preferably a fantasy book as I love the genre myself!
  4. I’m currently in the process of writing up a “bucket list”. This is a list in which I list all the things I still wish to do. For example: I would love to go to Japan and would love to jump out of a plane with just a parachute strapped to my back.
  5. I’m deathly afraid of insects and bugs. Spiders, beetles, worms, etc… Brrrr! They gross me out with their slimy skin and too many legs. I don’t even like butterflies!
  6. I love tea! Ever since I got a huge travel mug from Starbucks last Christmas I have constantly been sipping tea from it. A good thing because it helps me drink enough every day. I love my mug! It keeps my tea warm for a long time, which is great when you’re a slow drinker like me!
  7. I love historical drama’s. I’m currently on the 4th season of the Tudors and am planning to watch the Borgias, Vikings and Downton Abbey.
  8. I am a book-aholic. I’m addicted to reading. I read daily and I read very fast. I’ve managed to read 100 books in 3 months before!
  9. Blood makes me queasy. Fun story: one night at a school party after a few drinks a friend slipped on a set of stairs and fell down them. There was a lot of glass on the stairs and she sliced up her leg. I had had a few drinks, but was doing fine. Upon seeing her wound and the blood I got very very sick and spent the rest of the night vomiting. The school janitor ended up driving my friend to hospital and me home. Quite embarrassing! And one of the reasons I no longer drink when going out just to get drunk. Those days are definitely behind me!
  10. I used to self harm and I had a severe depression. Not a very fun fact, but, to me, a very important one. Self harm is still very much a taboo topic, but I’m not ashamed of my past. As a matter of a fact I wouldn’t change a thing as I feel this has greatly shaped who I am today. And while on the topic: If you are struggling today, never feel afraid to send me an email or strike up a chat. I’m always willing to talk!
  11. I’m positive that I will not live in The Netherlands for the rest of my life. I’m planning to move abroad after my studies.

11 Random Questions

  1. If you crochet, what is your favorite pattern to date?  If you don’t, what is your favorite crafty thing that you or someone else has made? Ooh this is quite a though question! I haven’t made a lot of things yet, but have realized that I really really love making blankets. Currently I am completely in love with the Temair Throw by Nicky Epstein. I haven’t made it yet, but am planning to. I will however edit it slightly to make it a bit larger.
  2. What is your favorite meal to cook? My favorite food is rice with a sweet and sour sauce with extra peaches. My parents and sister don’t really care for it, so if I want to eat it, I usually have to make it myself. I’ve made it so often and it smells ever so nice that it has to be my favorite! Although I really like baking too!
  3. Who is your favorite band/singer? Another though one! I like a lot of different styles of music. A few of my current favorites: Celtic woman, Muse, Loreena Mckennitt, Phildel, Destine and Imagine dragons.
  4. Glass half empty or half full? I try to always see the glass as half full. Sometimes it might take me a minute or two, but I can always find a positive side to things.
  5. What is the main purpose of your blog? My main purpose is to create a space for myself to write and share my craft projects. A secondary purpose is to help practice my writing and keep up my English.
  6. When not blogging, what are some of your favorite websites to visit/hang out at? I’m addicted to Ravelry. It’s one of the reasons my projects don’t get finished faster!
  7. Incense, candles, or room spray?  And what flavor? I like candles in the winter and prefer berry scents or, if it’s particularly cold out, a warm vanilla scent.
  8. If you could pick one superpower for a single day, what would it be and why? I’d like to be able to talk to animals. I have always loved animals, but it’s hard to guess what they are thinking sometimes. How amazing would it be to just be able to ask them!
  9. If you could go back in time and talk to anyone from the history books, who would you choose and why? I should really like to meet my grandfathers. Unfortunately they both passed away before I was born and I don’t know that much about them. There are many other times and people I would like to visit, but I think this visit might benefit me most and turn out to be a lot more significant.
  10. What is your favorite animal?  Not pet, but animal. I have a fondness for the tiger. They are so majestic and graceful yet so powerful.
  11. What is your favorite memory from your childhood? I was rather a wild kid and had a great childhood and so have many great memories. But the one that I remember most and that still gets brought up a family dinners every now and then is that I am extremely curious and also was so as a child. This resulted in me asking questions all the time. My father had a videocamera. One of those old ones where you had to look through a lens in a sort of tube. this seemed very fun to me and in all our old videos you can now hear me asking “Can I look through it?” a few times. Even now I often find myself wanting to be involved when someone is filming or taking pictures haha!

My questions:

  1. What is your favorite food and where did you first eat it?
  2. What is the one thing you want to do before you die?
  3. What song has a emotional value for you and why?
  4. If you could talk to yourself when you were 15 what would you tell yourself?
  5. What is currently the closest object to you on your right?
  6. The zombie apocalypse breaks out. What do you do?
  7. If you could turn into an animal which one would that be and why?
  8. If you could not have been named what you are named now, what would you have liked to be called?
  9. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  10. Do you have any weird traits?
  11. Paper or digital?

My nominees:

  1. To live a life – The sweet Anya writes amazingly and I love reading her blog! It’s not really a newbie anymore, but I felt it only right to mention her anyway.
  2. Crochet Nirvana – This is a blog I have recently discovered and I love it! The blog started in April 2012, but never received the award so I felt it my responsibility to change that!
  3. Beauty Sparkles – Unfortunately for some of you this blog is only in Dutch, but I wanted to get her some recognition anyway. I have a passion for make up and nail polish and so like to keep informed on what’s new. The lovely Sofie has only been blogging since november, but her blog is in perfect shape and is very professional.
  4. Birdie Girl Knits – Brand spanking new and I love it already. Her style is so nice and I can’t wait to see what other things we can expect.

I hope they will feel as motivated as I did when I received the award!

Lots of love,

Renée