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January 30, 2016

Some luxury

This year started very well, professionally spoken. I followed a masterclass and also visited an international European conferention about literacy.
I had the chance to sleep in the most famous hotel of The Netherlands, Hotel Krasnapolsky on the Dam in Amsterdam. Right in front of the Royal Palace! I felt like a VIP, having breakfast at the 'Wintertuin'.

You might think I didn't have time to knit, but I did! In fact I have a few finishes to show. First I did a testknit, Quantum Leap Cowl by Heather Anderson. Pattern is on Ravelry.
Second I finished my shawl Something Inside So Strong. Pattern is Fortresse by Monique Boonstra, named after the shield of Zwartsluis. It was a pleasure to knit. I have a very unique one, because I bought the printed pattern some years ago on a fair. And after that there was given an errat, but I never noticed that. So when I started to knit, I just pulled out my yarn and pattern and started. And, given the pattern, I read the charts from left to right. I wondered, because most of the time you read it from right to left. And that is exactly what the errata is about ....
And in between a friens asked me to knit some Zazies for her. She supplied the yarn and I knitted. I started last Thursday and finished them this morning. And already send them to her. I really am quite happy with what I accomplished this month!

January 09, 2016

Last finishes of last year

First of all I want to wish you a happy 2016! Stay healthy and creative!
I ended 2015 with a couple of small finishes and some hand spun yarn. These small projects are perfect to knit when you are travelling. You don't need a lot of space and yarn.
The last day of 2015 we went on a couple of smalle day trips, so I took my needles and yarn and did my first little project double knitting. A small canal house, as we know in my birth town Groningen, and, of course, in Amsterdam. Pattern from Daphne Ruben and you can find it on Ravelry.
The last two days of the year I knitted these pair of fingerless gloves. This pattern is from An de Vries, Zazie. You can find it on Ravelry or on
And last but not least, I finished my hand spun yarn, Red Velvet. A few weeks ago I bought two nice batts and during the holidays I found myself totally in trance. Spinning.