We are nearing the end of May, can you believe it? The weather is getting warmer and warmer, as soon as the sun is out now in The Netherlands, it’s nice to be outside. We are greatly enjoying our new backyard; we went from jungle and mini pond to just a lawn, and we love the quiet and peace that comes with that. So does Floyd by the way, he enjoys fetching ball and chilling on the lawn too.
On the yarn side of my life I was very happy to share with you the baby poncho made with Moeke Yarns last week. It’s gotten such great comments both here, on Instagram and Facebook, thank you all for the love! Last weekend I finished the teal baby bolero as you can see in the pictures, it’s knitted with one skein of Quince & Co. Tern wool and silk blend, such a dream to knit with. The pattern is very well written and detailed, to say the least. I can highly recommend it to the experienced knitter, I wouldn’t say absolute beginners. You really can’t go wrong with it, a big bravo for the designer of Petit Artichaut!
On my hook is the last round of the doily blanket with MoYa organic cotton and of course I am 5 grams short of yarn to finish it. But that yarn will come in soon, and after that I will post lots of images and the pattern for the border as well, to share it with you. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
On my needles now is the Lattice Bonnet. It took me quite some cursing and frogging, but with help from google and youtube I got the hang of the quilted lattice stitch and now I just can’t get enough of it. The yarn and it’s beautiful subtle colouring is helping too; it’s MoYa organic cotton in the colour Snow Drops, available through Scaapi. For more details of how I like the pattern, have a look at my Ravelry project page.
Wishing you a beautiful week! xo
Weeks have gone by without blogging, I’ve warned you for this but still I feel like I am leaving you out of what’s happening here. An update of everything seemed in place, both on a creative and private level, luckily both are doing very well.
I’ve been a lucky girl, invited to two most lovely gatherings recently. First was the book launch of two of Yvonne‘s beautiful weekend books; DIY and Ontbijt (breakfast in Dutch). It was such a lovely set up in the pretty and large Dille & Kamille store in Amsterdam, a workshop space filled with a mix of bloggers, shop owners, Instagram lovers and authors. Very inspiring to meet them in real life and talk to some I’ve followed online for years! Thank you Yvonne for an inspiring afternoon and the beautiful jug we got to decorate and take home.
The other event was a crochet meeting organized by Lisanne from Draad en Praat blog, in the yummy and pretty yarn shop Echtstudio. Another beautiful room, decorated by Lisanne herself, filled with a bunch of crochet loving ladies, enthousiasts, shop owners, bloggers and alike. This too was an inspiring event and Lisanne spoiled us to the brim with homemade treats and goody bags. Thank you so much Lisanne, I’ve started crocheting right away with the Zpagetti yarn I got that afternoon!
Other than these inspiring events, I’ve been very busy with both crochet and knitting projects. I knew about three months ago a knitting-itch was building up inside of me, definitely fed by the club of pregnancy hormones which is taking me over more and more. A couple weeks ago I came across this cute All-in-one Baby Top pattern and I couldn’t help myself, but casted on before I realized I was holding knitting needles in my hands. To say it’s addictive to knit baby items is an understatement to me. They are done quickly, don’t use up a lot of yarn and usually result in the most cute items I’ve ever seen and can’t wait for our baby to wear. I will blog about them in more detail in the coming weeks, but there’s a couple previews in the pictures.
On the crochet level I’ve finished a lovely project with the new collection of Moeke Yarns Elena colours, I am working on an update of the pattern and will post it this week or next. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it and there’s a very nice surprise in store… I just finished a fun commissioned project for a new book that’s coming out next year, which means unfortunately I can’t show you anything yet, and I am rounding up on some longer time WIP’s I will update you about in the coming weeks.
With the finishing of these projects my maternity leave is coming closer and it feels good to slow down. There’s about two months left before the baby is supposed to arrive, it is definitely getting more and more exciting. Luckily the doctors agree that both the baby and myself are doing well, and with that my hard work for managing my blood sugar is paying off. The husband and our families have worked hard recently to finish some construction in our back yard – we have a decent lawn now! – and did some moving within our home to accommodate room for the baby. We are now sleeping next to the baby room which is freshly painted and almost done, we are just waiting for the rocking chair and changing table to arrive. Serious baby business is going on here and I am enjoying all of it.
More about the Moeke Yarns project in the next couple days, and for the Dutch ladies: enjoy the long weekend!