A day off and a long walk in to the woods was just what I needed. We found a new hidden gem outside the city. A 15 minute drive and you can make a walk between these beautiful giants. I love the foggy weather, which made everything look so magical and mysterious. Searching for mushrooms and collecting pretty leaves just like you did in primary school (remember?). Don't forget that great smell of fallen leaves and pines. And now I want to knit some more and prepare myself for Winter.
Again it has been much to quite here. I made plans so many times to update this space of mine on the web but it never came to that. It seems that so many people switched there blog to instagram, just like me. But here I am trying again. Hope somebody would still be interested.
Last weekend I had a date with sweet girl Marlou at the Dutch Design Week. We walked and talked a lot and felt very inspired by everything that we saw. Eating yummy pie at Piet Hein Eek and admiring Liekeland's beautiful print (the one at the bottem is now mine). Here are some details in pictures for you to see.
Still plenty of renovation is going on in the house. We choose to work instead of taking a holiday with good things as result (a first room is finally finnished, hooray!). And we played tourist in our own country now and then. Even though we are so small, there are many hidden gems, like this one.
Here it is - a new collection for Autumn and Winter.
It took a while to figere it all out, find the right stitch, the right fiber and so on... but I'm so glad everyhting worked out in the end.
Headbands to keep your ears warm when the first cold strikes us. I feel Autumn already in the air and the leaves are already changing here and there. Hand knit and hand worked with pure lambswool in a delicate lace pattern.
Named after one of my grandmothers. The woman who gave me my love for knitting. Both love to make knits to take care of us in Autumn and Winter. A tradition that I like to give to you!
Availability is always very limited since I only knit with the best fiber I can get my greedy yarn hands on.
Find them online in both the shop and Etsy.
One of my favorite places to go lies just outside the city center. While we are counting our last days of our 'renovation' vacation it's the perfect place to relax after a whole day of sanding and painting.
I'm one of those that can't stop knitting. Even with the heatwave from a week ago you will still find me working with needles and wool. Here are a couple of personal knits I finnished these last weeks/months. All in an unintentional neutral color palette.
• KNOP, an interesting quick and modern knit
• Henriette from Alice Hammer, I'm a big fan of all her patterns
• Puff clutch, my own design. I made this one for a wedding and I'm in love with the alpaca wool in combination with the leather.
Maybe I make this in to a small collection one day.
• Textured Shawl, never thought I would ever knit a shawl but this was a fun knit with a nice texture.
I'm always on the look for modern temporary knits so if you have some tips for me please share. And you? Do you like knitting in Summer or are working on a Summer-project?
So what happened in our citygarden the past two months... a lot has changed since last time.
Everything that was sowed inside was repotted many times, so that tiny plants would'nt grow to much at once and get sturdy roots. I repotted my tomatoes 4 times and only placed them outside when they showed flowers. It makes me so happy to see those first tiny tomatoes. We planted 10 types and got 17 plants in total. We got some salad, strawberries, mint, eggplant, paprika, artichoke, lemon cucumber (I got from Claudia, thank you yet again!) and many herbs. I even harvested my first radishes a view weeks ago and they tasted delicious and can't wait to try out more.
Hi! How are you? Again it has been such a long time. I've been busy with our roofgarden (more about that later) and with a new fabric design.
I'm a big fan of screenprinting since I tried it a couple of times at school and last year at the academie. But never did dare to undertake this procces on my own. Oh well, life is about taking risks and challanges... after a lot of hesitation last weekend, I turned our bathroom into a darkroom and our kitchen into a printing place.
The illustration design is inspired by old knitting patterns and printed on linen. I'm pretty exited about this and trying out some designs that will show up in the shop at the beginning of June.
At other places:
• You can find a -15% coupon in this weeks Flow Weekly for the shop (sorry, Dutch readers only).
• I went to the inspiring exhibition of Carll Cneut.
• Knitting lost of tiny projects in between. I'm on Ravelry, you can follow me there if you want.
• Enjoying and getting inspired trough the Woolfull podcast while knitting.
• Happy mail days / plant swaps this week here!
The one thing I miss with living in the city is that I don't own a garden. I grew up with a big flower and vegetable garden at my parents and with grandparents who live all year around from their own vegetables and fruit. So although I grew up with love for green I didn't like that we ate salad all summer, every day. But living in the city and being dependend of the food that grocery stores are selling kinda makes me think about everything. Especially when you see some apples in the store that are so shiny they almost look like plastic.
Last year I started my first experiment with growing vegies on a tiny tiny flat roof, 1 foot square to be exact. With as a result many tomatoes and different kinds of salads. This year I want to take it a small step further and share with you my proces. I want to show how I start growing my own food to proof that it is possible to build/plant a small garden in the middle of the city, to avoid toxic pesticides, eat healthier, with more taste and ofcourse for the pleasure of it.
Oh and please, be free to start a conversation about it here. I would love to hear your thought about this and what you are growing.
In pictures: Many sprouts I sowed last month, tiny tomatoes which were souvenirs from our trip to Berlin, basil, I used selfmade and recycled pots for sowing, my tiny tiny rooftop which hopefully turn into a green paradise.
The lucky plant- lovers are: Judith, anonymous / Telma, Sylv and nina m. Congratulations, I will send you soon an email with all the information.
To all of you who participated, thank you very much. I wish I could swap something with all of you but since I'm making this a yearly tradition you will have a second chance next year.