Growing a different kind of grass

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I haven’t been here for the last few months. I wasn’t really sure about how I would continue my blog. It seems that Instagram is the best platform you could be right now. And I don’t have an Instagram account. But maybe I should get one…. And what would I share there and on the blog? Is it better to leave Facebook? How can I display my ideas, DIY’s and creations better?

Chocolate and Red Fruit Cake – vegan recipe

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What to do with all those Easter eggs now Easter is over? Well, I am pretty good at eating it all đŸ™‚ But you could also bake a delicious chocolate cake with it! Because, who doesn’t like chocolate cake?

An Easter-themed Cat Toy – diy

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After visiting a garden center, I came home with a pack of cat nip (besides some actual plants for the garden). And because I love my cats I had to drop all other knitting and knit a cat toy stuffed with cat nip. After searching Ravelry I came across these cute catnip bunnies. It was an instant success with our two cats so I had to make more of these toys!

Still Sweater Weather

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Today it is almost double sweater weather, with temperatures of -2 degrees and some serious wind gusts. Good for me I finished the Harewoods1 sweater in time to actually wear it now that it’s still cold outside!

Taking my knitting to the test

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Sometimes I like to stroll around on (the knitting platform) Ravelry, not only to see new patterns, but also to check what is possible with the yarn I have in my stash or to look at the creativity of people. This time I was curious what my Ravelry friends where up to and that is how I stumbled upon a nice sweater pattern.

Spiced Apple Cake

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We are celebrating our reinstalled oven by baking, me, and eating, the boyfriend, cakes, pizza, oven dishes and cookies. And with that, finally, trying some new recipes again. I baked this apple cake twice now and can truly say, this is the cake you want to eat on a rainy Sunday afternoon, preferably alongside the fireplace ;). Although the fireplace is on our wish list, not in our house, yet.

From Finish to Start

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A very healthy, happy, green and creative 2018 for you! How was your start of the New Year? Mine was pretty relaxed, at least I tried, but I have trouble sitting still (those boxes are not going to unpack themselves :)). I am not a person for new years resolutions, but if I were,  ‘making time to knit and sew’ would be one of them.

Since I finished 2017 with a couple of finished projects I would like to share two with you here. Most of them were gifts, which I couldn’t share before, because it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore.

New Year, New House

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Yes, we did it! We moved into our little house. We still have loads to do, but it is finished enough to live in. I will show you some pics of the interior later, because right now we still have boxes to unpack and walls to paint. (Scroll down to see pictures of the last days of renovation before we moved in!)

Under Construction

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Nope, not the website! Although I haven’t written a post for a while. We are still renovating our house. Although we planned it would be ready (or live-able) right now, it is not. Not that things are going bad, they are just going slower then expected.

Two things I learned along the way:

Relax…and knit

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Although lately most of my time is spent renovating our house and everything that has to do with it, knitting remains a daily activity. Mostly for relaxation, but at the same time I am finishing a few projects that are going to be presents.

I also finished a sweater I was knitting for a friend. The yarn I used was unraveled from another project she had lying around. At first I didn’t know if the wool would be a good combination for the pattern, but I think it is the perfect match.

The pattern I used is the Ladder Sleeve Pullover and can be found here. It is a pretty easy and quick knit. It is knit from left to right, which I loved. Because it is different from the ‘normal’ top down or bottom up sweater patters. If you would like to have more details on my knitted sweater, check it on Ravelry.

Now back to house construction: on Saturday I will attend a workshop concrete ciré. I am very curious and hope I can learn enough there to apply it on our new bathroom and toilet. I think you will see, haha.


Relax en brei

Hoewel ik de laatste tijd vooral bezig ben met het verbouwen van ons huis en alles wat daarmee te maken heeft, brei ik ook nog dagelijks. Vooral om te relaxen, maar tegelijkertijd maak ik een paar breiwerkjes af die kadootjes gaan zijn.

Daarnaast heb ik ook een trui afgebreid die ik aan het breien was voor een vriend. Het garen kwam van een breiwerk dat ze nog had liggen en vervolgens heeft losgehaald. Eerst dacht ik dat de wol misschien niet zo goed zou passen bij het patroon, maar uiteindelijk denk ik dat het juist de perfecte combinatie is.

Het patroon dat ik gebruikt heb is de Ladder Sleeve Pullover en kun je hier vinden (wel alleen in het Engels helaas). Het is een niet al te moeilijk en snel project dat van links naar rechts gebreid wordt, wat ik superleuk vond om te doen. Omdat normaal gesproken een trui van onder naar boven of van boven naar onder gebreid wordt was dit even net wat anders om te breien. Als je meer details wil over de trui die ik gebreid heb, kijk dan even op m’n Ravelrypagina.

Nu terug naar het klussen in huis. Zaterdag ga ik een workshop beton ciré volgen. Ik ben heel benieuwd en ik kan hopelijk ook genoeg leren om het toe te passen in onze nieuwe badkamer en toilet. Ik denk dat je dat wel zal gaan zien, haha.