Aug
29

Blog, blogger, blogst….een nieuwe poging.

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Sep
16

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Aug
10

Heimwee naar de zomer – of niet?

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Twee jaar geleden rond deze tijd zaten we in het zonovergoten Spanje. We genoten van het verse stokbrood s-ochtends en  zwempartijen in de middag.

We waren dankbaar voor de airco op het heetste moment van de dag en s-avonds zaten we urenlang buiten op het terrasje voor de bungalow te genieten met sangria (en bier voor manlief).

Vorig jaar was ik nog zo druk met het opbouwen van mijn bedrijf dat ik de hele zomer gemist heb. Serieus..ik kan me er niets van herinneren. En zelfs op dit blog vind ik er niets van terug. De maanden juli en augustus bestaan gewoon niet =-O

Deze zomer? Die wil ik, qua weer, het liefst snel vergeten. Het zwembad is welgeteld 2 keer gebruikt en is inmiddels zo groen van de algen dat je er niet eens meer in zou willen, laat staan vrijwillig.

Toch is deze zomer helemaal niet slecht geweest, en zeker wat betreft Dutch Wool Diva niet :-D. Om me heen zie ik steeds vaker mensen naar de breinaalden of haaknaalden grijpen. “Handgemaakt” is het nieuwe “zwart” lijkt het wel. Maar ik heb niet het gevoel dat het een “rage” is die ieder moment kan verdwijnen.

Volgens mij is het meer dat men er nu zonder schaamte voor uit komt dat handwerken leuk is. We durven eindelijk kleur te bekennen zonder bang te zijn als ‘mutsig’ of ‘raar’ bestempeld te worden.

Dus mijn zomer dit jaar? TOP!

En de zon? Als die voorbij komt pak ik hem mee als het kan. Bij voorkeur met een breiwerkje in mijn handen ;-)

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Aug
05

Unexpected helper

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I confess. There is something I don’t like about my work.

Knitting? No problem. Spinning yarn? No problem either. Blocking however…is a whole other story.

I don’t have the patience for it. The pulling, tugging, pushing, aligning…rearranging the pins for the umptiest time. Blegh..

But sometimes you find help where you least expect it.

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Jul
06

Tour de Fleece

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Tour de Fleece 2011Last Saturday the Tour de Fleece (on Ravelry) started again. Inspired by the Tour de France, every year thousands of people across the globe get behind the spinning wheel or get out their spindle and make yards and yards of yarn.  The concept is simple, they spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along. All you have to do is spin a little every day (even if it’s just a yard) except on the rest days Monday July 11th & Monday July 18st, just like the actual tour (but you can spin if you want).

Last year I participated in the Tour de Fleece for the first time. So I got on Ravelry and asked around in the Dutch Spinners group if there were more people joining in the fun. I got so many response that we ended up forming our own team that year. Team Maillot Orange!

We had loads of fun and made beautiful yarn together. It was so great to know that, even though we were miles apart, we all shared the same passion and that there was somebody else out there just as crazy about making yarn as you. Every yarn spun, wool prepped and threads plyed was photographed and documented and shared on Ravelry. We really had a ball!

This year Team Maillot Orange has entered the Tour again and, to my surprise, has grown into a whopping Peloton of  55 spinners! Young and old (but young at heart), women and men (yes!). WOW!

A little impression what came off my wheel (and spindle) the last few days. It’s not much (yet) but I also am preparing for a farmers market on Saturday which keeps me quite busy, but hey, every yard counts! Maybe, just maybe I’ll end up with enough Shetland yarn at the end of the tour to make a nice cardi for myself. A girl can dream right? ;-)

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In the last pic you’ll see the project I’m working on at this moment. Fun spindles for kids! You can’t teach ‘m young enough :lol:

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Are they cute or what? And not just for kids….

I shared these pics on twitter and Ravelry and lo an behold there were several emails in my inbox from spinners wanting to buy one! I mean, we are talking about ADULTS here! But you know what? I get it…. I can’t wait to have more time to make one just for ME! :mrgreen: But we grown ups will have to wait because these will go with me to the farmers market (Streekmarkt De Liemers). Let’s see if I can make a few kids happy and spinning!

Next week summer holiday starts (6 glorious weeks) and I’ll be making loads more. These unique and handpainted (by me!) spindles will be available through the shop for € 12,50 (excl. delivery). It will make a great gift for your (grand)kids/nieces/nephews/neighbour-kid….or buy one just for you :-)

Jun
29

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