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September, 2015

  • 16 September

    Knit Picks Chroma Experience

    I’ve been working on another Dreambird shawl and the person who asked me to make it had a very specific idea in mind in regards to colors. It’s a gift for a friend that loves purple and she wanted the feathers to be done in a purple color changing yarn, but without …

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  • 14 September

    BlueSand Stone Washed Cardigan (WIP)

    Time for an update on my BlueSand Cardigan!  I have been going great guns on this pattern and just as I suspected in my earlier post, the yoke / shoulder shaping was the most difficult part.  Well, so far at least! After separating the sleeves, it was all quite simple …

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  • 11 September

    Mediterranean Cruise Day 5: Kusadasi, Turkey

    The 5th day of our cruise brought us to Kusadasi, Turkey. Apparently, it’s actually said Koosha-dasa (according to our guide) but I seem determined to say it like Kewsa-Dawsee. Whatevs. It was a short day in port, arriving at 7am and leaving at 2pm so we signed ourselves up for …

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  • 9 September

    Mediterranean Cruise Day 4: Athens, Greece

    The fourth day of our cruise was our first proper excursion day and would prove to be one of the best.  Between the group we were with and the amazing guide, that day set the bar really high for the rest of our trip. I had joined us up on …

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  • 8 September

    A Flock of Dreambirds

    Recently I was contacted about making another Dreambird, this time in the colors of the sea.  I realized as I was looking back in my blog that I have only ever posted the first Dreambird that I’d ever made.  After making that one I was contacted by a few people asking if I …

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August, 2015

  • 8 August

    Mediterranean Cruise Days 2 & 3: My 40th Birthday at Sea

    After a very long day in Venice on our first day, we got a good night’s sleep and got up early the next day to watch the sun come up on my 40th birthday. Yup, that’s right… I spent my 40th birthday at sea on a Mediterranean cruise.  I know, …

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  • 6 August

    BlueSand Stone Washed Cardigan (WIP)

    This is what I’ve been working on using my recent yarn delivery, a BlueSand Cardigan! You can find the details on the yarn and pattern at the end of this post, but here is what the cardigan looks like finished: It’s a project that I have had saved for about a year and …

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July, 2015

  • 30 July

    Stone Washed Delivery!

    Look what arrived at my house not too long ago… Aren’t the colors great together?  While browsing Ravelry a while back I came across a project I really loved.  I stuck it in my favorites so I wouldn’t forget about it and went on to work my way through my long, loooong, list …

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June, 2015

  • 23 June

    Revisited: The Art of Andre Debru

    Do you remember last year when we were in the south of France and I happened upon the work of an artist named Andre Debru?   He had the coolest art made of different bits of scrap metal and I was so taken by his installment in the roundabout in Roquefort …

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  • 4 June

    Mediterranean Cruise Day 1: Venice, Italy

    We have been home from our cruise for two weeks and I can’t speak for Xander, but I want nothing more than to click my heels, go back in time and do it all over again!  It was wonderful and far surpassed even my wildest expectations.  I was so worried …

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April, 2015

  • 28 April

    One (Last?) Visit to Keukenhof

    This weekend Xander and I decided to visit Keukenhof. We both really wanted to make sure that we see it one last time before we leave the Netherlands, and since it’s only open for a few weeks a year, this was possibly our last chance. The only time we were …

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  • 16 April

    My New Spinning Obsession

    Last year when I went to Breidag (craft fair) with some friends, I saw a lot of women spinning on drop spindles and spinning wheels and became intrigued.  I also saw a lot of really beautiful spinning fiber that was waiting to be made into yarn.  At that time I had …

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  • 15 April

    Stone Washed Sylvi is Finished!

    So, my Sylvi is finished!  I think this was my longest planned, most put off, hardest worked on, most sworn at and awesome project yet! I was was first asked to make this jacket back in August 2014, but between other projects and orders that came along, I just kept pushing it off.  I …

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  • 11 April

    Spring Sundry Shawl (WIP)

    In my previous post about my Squishy Soft Fun Denim Shawl I had mentioned that I went for colors that are not really my norm this time around.  I wasn’t sure why, but I just really wanted to do something in pink. The other day it dawned on me where that inspiration …

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  • 3 April

    Squishy Soft Fun Denim Shawl

    A few weeks ago I received a package with some new yarn from Scheepjes. It’s an addition to their Soft Fun line, called Soft Fun Denim and it comes in the following colors: When it arrived, I pretty much ransacked the box.  Taking photos of the balls of yarn still pretty …

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March, 2015

  • 1 March

    Lock of Love Five Years Later

    Five years ago my husband and I visited the Lock of Love art installation that was put up on Valentine’s Day of that year (photo from 2010 above).  We bought a lock and had it engraved so that we could put it on there and throw away the key, thus cementing …

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February, 2015

  • 26 February

    ALL ABOARD! We’re going on a Cruise y’all!

    Big news!  We’re going across the water!! Wait, no… not that water.  Before you get excited and think our visas finally came through and we are finally off to Pittsburgh, that isn’t happening yet. We’re going on a cruise!! What better way to make use of our time still in …

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  • 20 February

    Finish Friday: Make Believe Socks

    When I found out we were going to be visiting Pittsburgh, I had the most brilliant idea (if I do say so myself!).  I decided to order some yarns from KnitPicks.com and finally get to check some of them out! They don’t deliver to the Netherlands (BOO!!!) so I’ve not had …

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  • 13 February

    Friday the 13th Strikes Again!

    When I looked at my calendar this morning, I shuddered – It’s Friday the 13th, agh!  All it takes is things going horribly wrong on one of those days and you fear them forever.  Even if you aren’t that superstitious, there’s still that niggly little feeling in the back of …

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January, 2015

  • 28 January

    Pittsburgh Day 2: Robots, Burgers and Hockey!

    On our second day in Pittsburgh we were picked up early in the morning by Xander’s colleague, Tim, who took us out for breakfast.  Before we went to the states, Xander said that he wanted to have proper pancakes, so I went online and looked up “Best pancakes in Pittsburgh” …

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