Wednesday, November 28, 2007

On my wishlist

This makes me dreamy, but not sad... Great voice!

Books I liked in 2007

It's a bit early for a list like this, but as I have no time at the moment to read, this list will have to do.

1. The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
2.Lost Nation by Jeffrey Lent
3. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
4. Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
5. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
And not necessarily in this order!
And talking of books, I just discovered Cornflowers' blog, which is all about reading and crafting!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Works in progress

Although I have a very busy week, I am trying to work a bit on my various projects. I wish my days were twice as long!

This is a knitted cape I started last week.

Not much help from the cat, but always good for a laugh!
And block#2 of Lucy's quilt is almost finished, I didn't work on it for ages...

But Lucy doesn't this tempo, her quilt will be finished when she's twenty!

Girls & dolls

It's almost St. Nicholas, a feast for the children (and their parents). Now that my children are growing up very fast, this day always makes me very nostalgic. It feels like yesterday that I was sewing clothes for my daughters dolls and hiding sweets and toys until the night of 5 December came!
So this mosaic is a tribute to those days long gone now...
Sorry boys, this is a girls' thing!

1. 109708, 2. Blue-eyed Buddies, 3. yoko01, 4. ..., 5. so does the doll, 6. at the window, 7. Moño enorme, 8. Pearl as Frieda, 9. Violet, 10. oh so cute, 11. Ruby, 12. Leala, Kerala India, 13. Untitled, 14. Untitled, 15. Untitled, 16. Feverish Cate
And for all of you, who wants to make a mosaic: you have to join Flickr (a simple procedure) and then go here.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The two talking cats

No time to blog. Enjoy this little clip!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

British vision

Yesterday, we went to Ghent for the "British vision" exposition. Not possible to take pictures in there, but here you can catch a glimpse of the book I bought about Alma-Tadema, a Dutch painter, who lived in London during his successful career.
I was very happy to see a few watercolours by Turner, one of my favourite painters.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cute fabrics

Now that the dollar is so cheap for us Europeans, I couldn't resist to order some fabrics here at superbuzzy.
The fabrics arrived in less than a week, great service! And now I can start thinking what to do with them...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The noble art of making dishcloths

I was always wondering what people were talking about on their blogs, when I saw the word "dishcloth". So I decided to find out, and look: I managed to make four of them in a few days! The green one is my favourite to use.
You can find free patterns here, here and here.

To make the little picot border (as you can see on the blue and pink dishcloth), you do the following:

1. Chain 3

2.Sc. (single crochet)in the 3d chain from hook.

3. Skip next chain, sl. st. (slip stitch) in next chain to attach picot.
I've seen other ways to make a picot, you can always experiment a bit and then see what gives the nicest effect.

At the breakfast table

This morning, begging for milk... I know it's not good for cats to drink milk, but how to resist these sweet beggars?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A walk with Milan

After a day's work at the computer, it felt so good to go on a walk with Milan and Danielle.

A rare sight: Milan sitting quietly. He is such an enthusiastic, crazy young dog!

It was already late in the afternoon, and you could feel a chill in the air, winter is approaching.

A blurry picture of migrating birds.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pay it forward

While reading a few blogs, I saw this "Pay it forward"post on Scrappy's blog. I decided to participate and so can you!
Anyone can play, but the rules are:

I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment here requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

I thought this was a good idea, as the time of giving presents is approaching fast (St. Nicholas, Christmas).

This nice heart wasn't made by me, I found it in this book.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Knitting with a cat

Another finished pair of socks! Mmm, I like to finish something.

This afternoon, I tried to work a bit on this long neglected project: a knitted top for myself. I have to count all the stitches, and it is going to take me ages! But I want to finish it before I start other and more rewarding things, like embroidery.

Yes, boring indeed...

Thursday, November 8, 2007


With the evenings getting longer, I'm already getting a bit in the winter mood, and red is the perfect winter colour to me. So I bought a cheap tablecloth to exercise my embroidery a bit.
For the eyes of the rabbit I tried my first french knots. If you want to try this, use this tutorial, it's great. It took me a bit of cursing and trying again and again, but here is the result. Not that bad for a first time.

And Ward was watching my progress with a lot of interest.
This afternoon, my dear husband found these wooden spools in an old cupboard in the garage. I think this box belonged to my grandmother.

Friday, November 2, 2007


To give credit to all the crafters, who inspired me to make a softie!
1. rippling kitties, 2. beatrice, 3. Turquoise Kitty, 4. Lily, 5. bunny (nr 34), 6. Little Chicken Coco Haute Couture, 7. red and linen bunny, 8. Kitty close up, 9. :), 10. Gatinho (Severina 11), 11. mochi kitty, 12. "Amélie" Elefant, 13. red rabbit, 14. Shibira, 15. blackwhitekittyongreen, 16. Zelda

And off to Australia!

Today my cat is starting his (or her) trip to Richmond, Australia. Maybe the scarf is a little too warm for over there, but it's removable. And in the bag is a little note for the child this softie will belong to.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Softies for Mirabel

I joined this group on Flickr, and made my first softie ever! It's not perfect at all, but I hope some child will like it anyway. All it needs now is a scarf and a little bag (not finished yet). And on the pictures you can still see the threads, which I removed already.
Feel free to join and make something!