Yarn along

joining Ginny's yarn along

Knitting: Only three squares to go! Looking forward to starting something different. Thinking about making other gifts (since I'm so early - do I miss the last minute stress? I guess so).

Reading: I wanted something simple to read while thinking about my own writing, so I reached for The Gallaghers of Ardmore by Nora Roberts. One of her trademark trilogies; lots of romance, family and friendship, a bit of a fairy tale ghost story and so much love for Ireland that I want to visit that country more than ever (but I have yet to convince my husband to spend a  much needed vacation in a region that has even more rain than we do).

So what are you knitting/making and reading?


Happy Homemaker Monday

Joining Sandra at Diary of a stay at home mom


The weather outside is ::::
well, it's November, in the Netherlands. so it's cloudy and dark and rainy.

On the breakfast plate this morning ::::
Two cooked eggs. Always. Enough for me to keep going till noon. (and coffee, of course)

As I look outside my window :::
We had a storm yesterday that blew off a lot of the leaves of the tree I see from my window. Sad to see them go... I can see the "for sale" sign at the neigbors now, though. Hope it changes to "sold" soon, that house has been empty too long.

Right now I am ::::
Thinking about cooking and cleaning, but I'm supposed to be writing. I finally found out what's bothering my main characters so I hope I can rewrite the first part of the book and then finally get going on the rest.

As I look around the house ::::
I'm glad to report that last weekend's renovation mess is cleared again. We tore down a wall (don't know how to say that in English, a wall that's built in front of an outside wall for isolation) and built it back up again. Next week will be all about the wall paper.

On today's to do list ::::
- cleaning (finished - sort of)
- laundry and change beds (half way through)
- write blogposts (in the middle of it)
- make soup
- a skype meeting with the committee of the Dutch Romance Writer's Association (I volunteered to be their new secretary after February, but I'm joining meetings already to prepare to take over from the current secretary) (had the meeting this morning)
- work on book (started)

Happening this week ::::
nothing special.
I want to do a deep clean of the kitchen before I start baking and cooking for Sinterklaas. Oh, and I need to sort through the gifts I already bought and buy the rest of it.
I also hope to get a lot of writing done. I sort of gave up on Nanowrimo already, but I hope to get back on track with that book. And then there's that story I want to finish for a contest.

Currently reading ::::
Nora Roberts. I somehow always end up reading her books as inspiration when I'm deep into writing myself

On the TV today ::::
We don't have/watch TV and I try to keep myself from watching Youtube. I have to admit though that this morning I watched John and Sherry's new house tour.

On the menu this week ::::
I don't menu plan, but I need to make stew (bought beef for it that needs to be used by tomorrow). I guess I'll combine that with some mash (kale, carrot/onion or sauerkraut). And I bought chicory that needs to be used this week.

What I am creating at the moment ::::
Still working on the potholders, but I am getting there. Only four squares to go.

New recipe I tried or want to try this week ::::
If I can find the time I'd like to try these gluten free cinnamon rolls

Favorite photo from the camera ::::

Inspirational Quote ::::
The secret of getting ahead is getting started - Agatha Christie


A hat for fun

Last Friday night I turned off my computer for the weekend, reached for my knitting basket and decided that in fact I really didn't feel like knitting. So I did a bit of light reading (Nora Robert's Gallaghers trilogy). About half way the book I suddenly realized I did feel like knitting, but I just didn't want to make potholder squares (still 12 to go).

So I grabbed some scraps of yarn and decided to make something fun. A hat. Yes, that's what I call fun ;-)
I didn't really have a plan, just picked some colors that looked nice together and started to knit something not plain garter or stockinette.

I messed around with twist ribs, a bit of texture and even cables.
And on Sunday morning I ended up with a hat that is actually wearable.

Maybe I should just give them all hats (again)...


Yarn along

I'm joining Ginny's yarn along today.

Knitting: Yeah, I know, I'm boring. Still potholders. Progress is slow. I haven't been knitting a lot these days. Mostly because I'm writing a lot (trying to do Nanowrimo this month - I will post about that soon, I hope). My hands need rest after full days on the keyboard.

Reading: Same story. When I'm writing, I hardly read. I am reading bits and pieces of the book pictured though. I don't think there's an English edition, but the title would translate as "Food on earth". It has lots of information about historic and recent food related traditions all over the world, accompanied by traditional recipes. So far, I like it.

So what are you knitting and reading?


Yarn along

I'm joining Ginny's yarn along today.

Knitting: Still working on those potholders. I made it a tiny bit more interesting by starting striped ones. Also, I decided to stop thinking about how many I need to make (24, not 28, I'll skip giving them to myself) and instead try to decide who I'm knitting these for. I think I have made enough of these squares to give each of the girls a set. Next I'll try and make my mother some (she loves them) and maybe I'll add my brother and sisters to the list. I also decided to give these for Christmas, not Sinterklaas (Dec, 5th). Feels like a relieve and that's great. It should be fun to knit gifts, shouldn't it?

Reading: The daughter by Jane Shemilt. I first heard about this book on Karens blog and what she said about the plot intrigued me. So I ordered it from the library and received it last week.
Oh my, this is another one of those books that I couldn't put down until I finished it. And then I kept thinking about it. I won't give away the ending, but it has a nice unexpected plot twist at the end and as Karen said, the family dynamics and the way the main character finds out she never really knew her daughter (or the rest of her family) are very well written.

Funny sidenote: I also kind of fell for the cover when I read that blogpost about this book. I liked the little house on it. But ours is different... (I think the other one is more fitting to the story)

So what are you knitting and reading?


Some knitting

In all the stopping and starting I did with this blog I seem to have lost my blogging voice. If I read through the older archives (almost ready to put them back online) I find myself documenting all the knitting I did and being so happy about a finished hat or another project in the works. And now... I do take pictures of (most of the) things I make, but when it comes to blogging about them I often sit at my computer and get stuck at "I made a hat."
Oh well, let's just try and keep blogging. May be it'll come back.
I made a hat.
I wanted something easy, just to keep my hands busy and my mind free to talk (I made this while the girls were visiting), so I made my all time favorite pattern again. (if I ever bring my ravelry up to date I'll have a real number, but I do think I made well over 20 of these now)

And some slippers (this pattern again)

And since I do like looking back into those archives and see everything I've been making over the years I thought I'd add these from the last few months:

Potholders. For my mother. I made some of these years ago and she loves them and kept asking me to make more. I gave her these for mother's day. (this pattern, two of them crocheted together, I knit twice in one stitch to increase instead of yarnovers)

Another drop stitch scarf from a linen/cotton blend yarn. I gave this one to my mother for her birthday. And she loved it. Of course she did. Last year she stated she needed a bigger cupboard for her scarves and hats since I made so many for her. And there was no way she was letting one of them go, she wears them all for different occasions and with different coats.

Another simple hat, I made up the pattern while working on it. It's kind of big, but I like those colors together and it feels soft and warm. I might keep this one myself.

Um, yeah. Told you I love this pattern. Funny thing, my husband doesn't like how this type of hat looks on me, but this one he actually digged. Must be the two colors.

Over those months I've also been knitting on this shawl, but I didn't really like working with that uneven (cotton) yarn and all the garter stitch got really boring. I did manage to plow through until I had a decent size though. And truth to be told, I just put it on to take that (ugly - excuse the dirty mirror- ) picture below and it's still on my shoulders. It seems the shape (that I made up by messing around with increases) works for me. Hmn. Maybe I'll try that again in yarn I do like?