Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The Keeper of Keys

Here is the Keeper of Keys. He'll guard the keys that are entrusted to him. I crocheted the bowl with selfmade t-shirt yarn. Then I washed it by hand and let it dry, stretched over a plastic bowl. This way it kept its form much better. The bear is needle-felted. I gave him a small knitted scarf. Being on a key bowl, he could end up in a drafty place, you see...

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Parisienne Chic

This was my very first lace pattern. It is quite easy but I struggled with it at the time, and I made mistakes, dropped stitches etc. Even in an easy lace pattern, mistakes show, but I found a solution. I sewed a nice bead on every mistake and added lots more on random spots. It turned out quite nice actually. Having struggled with this scarf, I still have a soft spot for this "Parisienne Chic".
The yarn I used is Rowan lace (80% baby alpaca and 20% merino), bought at local yarn shop Lana in Antwerp.
You can find this pattern in the booklet "Easy knitted scarves" on p.38.

Thursday, 4 October 2018


This fun giraffe is my own design. I made him from a piece of vintage fabric (more than 30 years old), using the sewing machine for a quick make. He reminds me of the original drawings in the 1912 children's book "Daddy-Long-Legs" by Jean Webster, hence the name I chose.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Selfspun experiment

I find myself loving the colour orange more and more. Using my new skill, I spun a small amount of orange yarn, with a bit of purple. I twined it with some turquoise weaving thread, which was  something of a brave combination. Eager to see how it would look like when knit, I got a circular needle and created what would turn out a rather nice, if a bit prikly cowl. Happy day!

the selfspun yarn :

what shall I knit…?

It's a cowl!

Friday, 21 September 2018

A colourful wrap at the end of a rainbow

A while ago, I came across this very colourful wrap in the magazine "Let's knit", issue 72 (Christmas 2013). I fell in love with the colours and just had to knit it. I bought the yarn that was suggested : King Cole Riot Chunky, a wool and acrylic blend. It took a while to knit, I found the garter ridge pattern a bit boring and I didn't like the yarn that much, although it has a soft and not too acrylic feel. But hey, I love having this colourful wrap, it's cheerful !

Friday, 14 September 2018

Felted painting, somewhere in Yorkshire

On a family holiday in 2012, I spent a few weeks in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe: Yorkshire. With the help of a photograph I took there for inspiration, I decided to try to recreate this sense of beauty in a felted landscape (yes, it's all wool).
I worked on it in different stages until reasonably satisfied. And this is the result. I nailed it onto a piece of wood and now it can be hung on the wall.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Real wool to dye for

(apologies for the pun…)
I bought these five skeins of homespun yarn (100% wool) from an acquaintance. After following a workshop in wool dyeing, I continued dying them at home.
I used onion peel to make five dye baths varying in colour strength. This way you get five different tints of yellow.

Making the dye                                                                                      one of the dye baths (hot)
the onion peels have done their job!

let them soak! (some skeins are dyed twice)

5 different skeins !!