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I can do something else besides knitting…crochet!

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Sock Roll (100 gr) + sockyarn undyed (100 gr)

Every once in a while you get this great idea: dying sock rolls to sell (not my own idea because everything has been done before, let me google that for you). So you go ahead and do it anyway only to find out that absolutely no-one will buy the stuff because (as always) you came late to the party.

Eventually 2 sock rolls just wouldn’t sell (maybe because they’re a little “loud”, who knows).

As a regular sock Diva you’ll think: that’s okay! I’ll just knit some wonderful loud socks for myself because, let’s be honest, I don’t nearly have enough socks in my drawer right? But it just wouldn’t happen, dyed sock roll to socks.

Meanwhile you notice there’s a change going on in tweety-land. Crochet-tweeps are all over the place. The h00kers* or crocheters  are creating quite a stirr with their beautiful projects and esty-crochet-shops are popping out everywhere.

Hey! I can do that!
Crochet that is, not popping out etsy-crochet-shops everywhere.

What it’s going to be?

Absolutely no clue. Right now I’m just crocheting my little heart out and cranking out granny squares until I run out of yarn. I’m about a third in and have made 12 (13 on the hook).

*Just to be save I changed the “o’s” to zeros to avoid creepy crawlers

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

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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)


And then fall came!

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And you find this at your front door…


Darnit. I’m cold and I want a hot coco now.

A little over 3 weeks I was here…


See the orange beach towel? I would bask in the sun there until I was hot enough to cool down here…


It’s not FAIR!

Oh well…that’s not what this post is about anyway. It’s time for:


Over the last few weeks I was playing happily with wool and dye. It’s amazing how your mood affects you in the way you use colours. From March up untill August it was all happy and bright colours. The more the merrier.

And now I’m totally mesmerized by warm and darker colours in different shades. Real autumny colours.

Yarn september_3

Top to bottom: Cabernet – Brown Sugar – Ivy. All (2 of each colour) are up in the shop.

The first two are 75% BFL/25% Nylon, strong but soft. Ideal for socks, and we NEED socks! The third is a 80% Merino/20% Bamboo mix. Also usable for socks but a little less sturdy. I like to use this mix for lacy shawls. It blocks beautifully but you still keep a bit of bouncyness (some people refer to it as “sproing”).

Ivy sold almost immediately so I made another batch. Obviously more people than me like greens ;-)

Next time, I’ll try to remember to make some “action” pics during the dyeing process.



And the winner is…

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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: )



Blog give-away!

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If you’ve been away from your blog as long as I have there’s only one way to make it up to your blog-readers.

Promise to do better (a minimal of 1 post per week……….aaaahhhh the pressure!) and do a give-away and hope that everybody doesn’t hate you and still wants to come back and read your stuff :oops:

And I have the perfect give-away!

PlainSocks_1 PlainSocks_2

Socks! Of course! What did you think? Have you seen the weather in the Netherlands lately? You NEED these!

The socks are made with hand dyed sock wool (by me obviously…), they are superwash (throw in the washer at 30 degrees or wool cycle) AND….I knit them. There is love in every stitch ;-)

There’s just one big tiny problem…it’s a size 40-41 (US 8½-9). So if you have little feet like me, you still have nothing :-| But I promise there will be more give-aways soon!

Which of my (3 or 4) loyal readers has the right size (or knows somebody who does) and wants to give me a second chance?

If you want these beautiful socks (really, if you tried hand knit socks you won’t go back) leave me a message. Next Friday I’ll be announcing the winner!



(Nederlands) Opbouwen Aalten: Oh moeder wat is het heet!

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