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Garden office

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Have a look at my view. Let it sink in while you secretly surf on the web at work (don’t we all do that?).

I present to you: my Garden Office. And I’m proud of it. Very proud! Yes, I understand the envy you feel right now (honest!). Two years ago (not even) my view was nothing like this at all, maybe even similar to your view?

Sharing a tiny office (closet anyone?) with your colleague. I mean if you put on a few pounds you wouldn’t be able to walk around the desks anymore! A window that you can’t open because, wait for it, we have “climate-control”. Which means it’s freezing during winter (I think I once saw a polar bear on my way to the toilet, really!) and you have to wrap yourself in layers upon layers of clothes, (handknitted) scarfs and fingerless mitts. And during summer you’ll have to put towels on the floor to soak up the sweat that is dripping down your face and back (picture the guy at the gym while he’s on the bike, I know you know him).

How much better is this view I ask you? Right.


But it’s not “all play and no work”, obviously there’s still stuff to be done. Even though the weather is gorgeous and you have to stop yourself thinking about putting a beach towel on the lawn and begin putting on a serious tan.

So this is what I do:

 vachten  Swifter

And this:


Because, let’s be honest, that sock isn’t going to design itself now is it….




Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

It’s just not working out anymore. It’s too inconvenient, too far away, too much hassle.
For you, my visitors AND for me.

So I’m moving!

Now don’t be alarmed, it’s gonna be okay. Really! It might take a little while to get used to, but eventually you just won’t know any better, promise.

Where I’m going? Well here of course >>CLICK<<

I know, it’s a bit silly ;-) I’m not packing everything up! I’m moving my blog where she belongs: at Dutch Wool Diva!

Everything in ONE place. Much clearer.

This morning I thought: I’ll have this done in no time at all! It’s gonna be easy peasy, it’s (insert smugness here)…well not so much :-(

Because eventhough I am VERY happy with WordPress, my shop software just won’t warm up to it. So it’s going to take a while before they learn to play nice together! Until then I’ll just hang around but the moment they become friends we’ll be outta here!



2011 Is going to be a year whithout New Years Resolutions (except being happy with whatever comes my way)

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

New Years Resolutions 2011.

Erhm, right…. I took a long hard look in the mirror and decided that, even though I really would like it to be otherwise, I’m not a person to keep promises to myself. Proof of that can be found here particularly the part that comes after this post….which is not much. Structure, my ass!

My latest post is from November last year (sounds worse than it is) and in the meantime I tweeted and facebooked more than I posted on my blog. I could tell you a story about how bussy I’ve been (which is true but more inside my own head than anywhere else) or how little exiting my life has been (but I posted that on twitter and facebook anyway, go figure…) but what it comes down to is that, beside my “mummy-structure-for-the-kids”, I  really can’t tolerate much structure for myself.

Even at the first intention of making a TO-DO list I wander off within 2 minutes. I used to fight that urge (come on you STUPID *****, you really HAVE to do this NOW) but it always resulted in a very irritated and resentful me. Which, believe me, is not a fun person to be around.

Enough is enough, I say! The only New Years Resolution I have for this year will be to be happy with whatever comes my way and to take it “as is”. PERIOD.

Oh and I’ll mockup a new layout for my blog, just because this one is soooooo 2010…


Sock: Gaius
Pattern: almost done (for about 3 weeks now)


Knitting is Art

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Everytime I’m amazed by how beautiful knitting kan be. My friends on Twitter and Facebook often surprise me with linkies to stunning knitted creations.

Usually it’s clothes (like these) or accessories (here). But knitters are even more artistic then people give them credit for.

How about a little movie:

How cool is that?! Hmm, maybe I need to do a little shopping later….


Knitting for charity

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Knitting for charity. Why would you? Why not donate a few bucks (or more) to one of the many charity organisations out there? Isn’t that so much easier? While were on the subject; why not grab the remote and skip to another channel or click close whenever you wander onto a blog that tries to raise money for a good cause?

Now before the whole blogging- and knitting-community is ready to lynch me: that’s NOT how I feel! But be honest, many of us just don’t have the cash to fork out everytime a charity organisation screams for our attention and help. Even if I had the cash (which I don’t) it sort of feels like I’m buying off my guilt for being better off. By donating a few bucks I can sleep soundly for a few nights knowing I “did” a good deed. Something like that.

You know what the beauty is about knitting for charity? Involvement , awareness. Because, while you’re knitting you’re aware of the many people out there that are worse off than you. And you’re “doing” something, literally. With every stitch you knit there’s a feeling of contributing, being a part of the many knitters around the globe doing the same thing.

Stupid? Naïve?

Maybe, but I sleep a whole lot better at night.

Scarf of Hope

Read more about it here.


And the winner is…

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Wow, I can’t believe how many reactions I’ve got on my give-away post. I’m honoured!

Two things I noticed:

  • Obviously I have more readers than I thought :-D
  • Obviously there are more people like me who are longing for toasty toes

So, I wont keep you waiting any longer and get right to the exiting part of this post ;-)

The contestants

The contestants

Neatly folded

Neatly folded

My lovely assistant

My lovely assistant



Congratulations Saskia (1)!

De winnaar!

The warm socks are yours! I’ll send you an email :-D

To my other lovely contestants:

Thank you so much for participating, I enjoyed it immensely so there will be other give-aways! (But I can’t promise it will be socks every time :lol: )