woensdag 21 januari 2015

Started, Finished and Framed

This cross stitch project is from a kit by Lanarte  (it's 'Squirrel' by designer Marjolein Bastin). The kit was a present from my friend Carolien, who bought it a while ago in a craft shop in Barneveld. I stitched this project up in a little over a week, and framed it in a frame that I bought at HEMA. I love cross stitching and squirrels, so I intend to stitch some more squirrels later this year. But first I'll work on some other projects, I'll show pictures of that soon.

dinsdag 13 januari 2015

Finished and Framed

Last week I finished this cross stitch project, and today I framed it (in a frame that I bought at HEMA). I love this design, it somehow reminds me of my favourite children's books by Astrid Lindgren ('Bolderburen' and 'Samen op het eiland Zeekraai').

Canvas: Zweigart Floba (color: sand/53)
Floss: DMC 817 (red) and B5200 (white), stitched 2 over 2
Pattern source: Mango Pratique/DMC agenda 2009
Designer: Perrette Samouiloff

zondag 4 januari 2015

Winter WIPs

Two great stress-relieving projects (another cardigan in progress, and a wintery cross-stitch project).

zondag 28 december 2014

Recent Finishes

These are some things that I finished recently:
  • In December 1983 my aunt Els sent us (my mother, my 2 sisters, and me) a Christmas card with a small cross-stitch image on it. Now, 31 years later, I stitched the pattern up for each of us  as a Christmas present. My aunt is no longer with us, but we're sure that she would have been so pleased.
  • I finished reading the beautiful  'Alice in wonderland & Alice in spiegelland' book that I recently bought at boekhandel Stevens and that was signed by illustrator Floor Rieder herself during a book signing session there.
  • And finally I finished this pair of mittens (knitted out of blue Cascade 220 yarn) that my youngest daughter had asked for.


vrijdag 26 december 2014

China Light Utrecht

Last Tuesday after work, I visited the China Light Festival Utrecht in the Utrecht Botanical Garden. Even though it was quite crowded - I had not expected there to be this many visitors - it was still possible to take a good look at all the beautiful objects. I really enjoyed it.

woensdag 10 december 2014

Cardigan of Doom (and Summer Bag)

Unfortunately, the cardigan that I've been knitting on turned out to be a real Cardigan of Doom. I’ve been working on it for quite some time, mainly because it needed so much frogging. Reasons for this were:
  • there turned out to be a big color difference between the Strange Harvest skeins, so I had to find out the best way to deal with that. The flash makes it looks a little worse than it does in real life, but still…
  • I found out that I didn’t have enough yarn to complete the cardigan, so I had to order more and re-knit the sleeves. Even now I’ve only got a very little bit of yarn left.
I must say though that the front looks very nice now though, and I love the buttons.

Oh well...

I finished the crocheted bag some time ago, but I kept forgettting to take pictures of it. 

The other thing I've been working on is a really nice cross-stitch project, but I'll show that later.

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.