Monday, June 21, 2010

Getting better

This must be the worst summer in years... been ill all week, sneezing and coughing.
I only managed to do a little bit of gardening,very, very slowly, I really have no energy. And the weeds are growing in abundance...
But the weather is changing, maybe we'll finally get a summer?

A dandelion is so fluffy and cute, if you look closely.

I planted this Solomon's seal (Polygonatum) last spring, and forgot completely about it. And here it is, what a nice surprise!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Monet's house & garden

Yesterday night, I returned from a short holiday in Giverny, France. Main goal of our visit: the house of Monet and his oh so famous garden and the waterlily pond.

We went there early in the morning, and I managed to take this picture of the entrance of the house. Half an hour later, the place was crowded with mostly American and Japanese tourists.

At this time of year, the garden is a lust for the eye. Such a pity you can't smell the peonies...

And then of course the pond... you just have to see it for yourself.

After our three hours visit, time to get a salad and coffee afterwards at Hotel Baudy, the place where all the artists (mostly Americans) would stay in Monet's time. Just lovely!

We had a room with a view at an old mill. Our stay for three days was too short... my husband wanted to paint a lot of the scenery there, but the weather wasn't so good.
If you want to have a look at his (wonderful) paintings, go here.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Never tried this pattern before: a flower.

I didn't want to make it a long term project, so I turned the granny square into a potholder.

While crocheting the back of the potholder, I noticed the similarity with the dress I was wearing. It's all in the detail!

And here's a fine example of cat wisdom:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blue sweater

Finished project last weekend: a light blue cotton sweater. If only the weather was good enough to wear it... I'm wearing all my winter clothes again.

A very simple pattern, with a bit of detail on the shoulders.

I found some knitting and crochet inspiration in the movies.
Wish I had the pattern for this sweater... Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde". If you know a similar pattern somewhere, please let me know?

I would love to crochet this little vest. By the way, the costumes of this movie, "Bright Star",(about poet John Keats and Fanny Brawn) were fabulous! More information found here ( about creator Sophie Digard) and here.

And finally, these lovely vests,from "The Edge of Love", based on the love life of the poet Dylan Thomas. I haven't seen the movie yet, but the costumes look quite nice.