So here’s a rather late notification from me. You’ve probably been bombarded with the whole #VATmess thing on twitter, Ravelry and on many other boards and forums etc etc. I just wanted to say that even though I understand that it’s necessary for the government and the tax departments to get their due, it’s rather unfair to pick on teeny tiny microbusinesses. That being said. I’m already paying my VAT, and I just want to say that my prices will NOT go up. I’m already paying VAT over them (which is why I charge 5 euros in the first place. I pay 1 euro VAT per pattern I sell, no matter who buys it, so there you have it).
So let me say this again: I don’t make a distinction between the location of my buyers. I pay my taxes and try not to go bankrupt in the process. But in the end, you, my dear customer, will not feel any difference. I realize I’m a bit late, but I only have 2 for sale patterns, and I’m not famous, so I don’t think anybody has freaked out over my patterns haha
Thank you for reading this important notice. Now we move on to the interesting stuff: TEH knitting!
I went to the Handwerkbeurs in Zwolle (which roughy translated means Handicraft Fair) this year. It was my first time and it was absolutely awesome! I always go with my mom because she’s the one who exposed me to handicrafts from a very young age, and as such is now obliged to come with me whenever I go to these things and pretend she likes it. I think she actually enjoys it. I’m pretty sure she does haha
My mom and I are very much the same when it comes to buying stuff. We don’t always agree on color choices, but I’ve noticed that I’m beginning to like colors a lot more. I guess I’m really over my ‘all black’ years (finally!).
I look tired because I’m still sick (have been for 18 days now.. nice), but it was great! This picture was taken during our second break. Let me explain what we do during such fairs. We first came in and drank a cup of coffee, because I’m still a bit sick and I wasn’t feeling that great in the beginning. Then we walked around and checked out the awesome goods. This is what the fair looked like:
Isn’t is cute and cozy? We had such a great time that day! The next event is the Breidagen during the 20th and 21st of March. I hope I can go but I might not make it because it’s the Persian new year (we celebrate the beginning of the spring).
So let me share some of the awesomeness I took with me I feel like such a lucky person! I actually found this little thing! I’ve been looking for it everywhere! I’ve been wanting a little knitting mill for ages because I think it’s an amazing add on to a lot of stuff. You can make awesome decorations with it, but it takes too long to do it all by hand. I found an awesome tutorial on youtube. It’s in Italian so I don’t understand what she’s actually saying, but it’s very easy to understand anyway
I absolutely love these yarns! I’m so bummed that I forgot to take a picture, it was sooo pretty to see all these yarns hanging on the wall in so many different colors. I’m having a boy so I’m going for the cooler colors. I’m not necessarily going for blue or anything, but I just really liked these colors. There’s a lot of purple and teal in there as well. I have two balls of the variegated yarn and one of the solid. I was thinking granny square baby blanket
I loved this one when I saw it on Rav, but I new I had to have it when I saw it in real life. I love these colors! And the picture! It’s amazing!
These were calling out to me. Go ahead and tell me that you’d be strong enough to leave these beauties behind, and I’ll tell you that I don’t believe you I’m so in love with these, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with them. So far I’ve only sniffed them a bit, but maybe they’ll whisper to me when we’re alone at night.
To be honest, I don’t really know why exactly I bought this. It was extremely soft and I love baby alpaca. But it’s un-dyed, so I’d have to dye it. Maybe I’ll dye this in a solid yellow and combine it with the misti alpaca variegated yarns I bought at Trollenwol a while ago. I don’t know yet, but it feels so good!
Another one in the long list of “I have no idea what I’m going to do with these, but I had to have them nonetheless”. I love these. The colors are so pretty!
And these….. They’re sooo dramatic! There’s something I’ve noticed that I think is really interesting. My hair is very dark, it’s a very dark shade of dark brown, but it’s not black. In the sunlight you can clearly see that there’s a lot of red in there, but it’s really really dark. My eyebrows and eyes are very dark as well. But my skin is rather pale-ish. So color usually is way too much contrast for me (because I enjoy growing out my hair and keeping it loose, because I really like my hair). Since I bleached my hair I noticed I can wear a lot of different colors! The harsh contrast is now gone and I can actually wear lighter colors without looking unbalanced. Have you seen somebody with very pale skin and light colord hair and eyes wear the very harsh liquid black eyeliner (not just a line but a very goth line..?) That’s what it looks like when I have my very dark hair around me and wear something pink. Of course, maybe that’s just the way I see myself, all I know is that I feel a lot happier now that my hair is a bit lighter and I feel like I want to wear pink
So pink it is! Aren’t these lovely?! I’m sorry to say I forgot what was in them, it’s a blend with linnen, but I don’t have them here with me so I’ll have to check when I’m in my studio.
After breaking my Knit Pro 3.0mm symphony wood knitting needles, I had to try these new to me karbonz. I haven’t had the pleasure to try them yet, but I’ll be sure to update as soon as I have!
I also bought two of these! I love these and I always have trouble keeping my shawls and scarves in place. Mayble I’ll wear them more often now that I have these pins!
When shopping rounds one and two were over we went to Diva to collect the yarns we had picked out earlier. I think she likes us LOL. It’s only good, because we like her too
While shopping around we saw these AWESOME ladies with there AWESOME backpacks!! They told me that they make a new backpack for each fair, because they love it and because they want to attract people for their tutorials and courses. So if you like to learn to make these bags be sure to google Jonny Bears (by Marion de Bruijne). I couldn’t find a website, but I think google can help you if you want to contact them
We arrived at about 11 or 12 and we stayed until they kicked us out and the stalls were closing. We had so much fun that day and we acquired quite the stash in that day. We put everything on the table once we got home and were pleasantly surprised. And not ashamed at all
Here’s me enjoying some
creepy quality time with my new yarns
Now let me tell you about the next topic. As you may (or may not) know I have a little etsy shop where I put up my handspun yarns. My mom, being a typical mom, bought some of my handspun because she’s the most supportive person I know One of these yarns was the yarn I spun from the godiva batt I bought from Dutch Wool Diva.
She knit these cute mittens out of this yarn and they’re adorable!
In other, but related news, I finished my second pair of Maelstrom socks. I used Hedgehog Fibers sock yarn in the colorway Pod. I absolutely love these socks but they’re not mine. I’m giving them away gladly to somebody very special. She’s awesome and she’s helping me out so much, and I just like to do something in return for her being awesome. Knitting special socks might keep her liking me I’m really not above bribing people. Knitting is love.
I’ve never owned actual sock blockers. I’ve had the DIY placemat ones (which work just fine), but I lost them somewhere along the way, so no blocking for me until I’ve made new ones. I’ve tried them on a few times (to see if they fit) and I fell in love. The yarn is pure epicness. Worth every cent of it. My hands did turn greenish during the (long) knitting sessions, but it wouldn’t be the first time, so I really didn’t mind. I did give the socks a little bath in vinegar to be sure though.
Please ignore the phone quality of this picture. The colors are much better shown in the previous photographs but I just love how the socks look in this picture
In the mean time I’m having a crochet revival. I’m really starting to love crochet. It’s different from knitting, mainly in that there are hardly any limits. Yes I know you can make a lot of things with knitting needles, but with knitting you always work in surfaces. If you have two or more stitches, you are working on a surface and not a point. Crochet is like working from point to point. There’s no surface because you (almost) always work with one stitch at a time. So a three dimensional object is much more rounded than the same object in knitting. Now I’m really not trying to diss anything here. I’m just trying to explain why I think that a lot of knitting people find crochet hard to adapt to. Us knitters are used to think in multiple stitches and surfaces. Even when you knit in the round you’re always working on a cylinder shaped surface instead of a flat surface. Going from that to thinking only in single points can feel as though all the rules are being thrown out of the window. That’s how it felt for me, and that’s how freeform crochet still feels for me. I’m wildly intrigued by it, but also terrified of it I would love to be able to make something like a dress out of freeform crochet, I just don’t have enough control over the process yet.
So in order to understand and master crochet I need to immerse myself in it. I start by making granny squares (the building blocks of basic crochet) and finishing the crochet destash blanket I was making a while ago (years..)
I started out with the previous picture, but felt that it had too many holes, and it worked against the variegated nature of the yarn. I like this block better (but the edges are too rounded). I’ll fix that later though, for now it’s going to serve as an example for the rest of the squares
According to my Rav project page I started making granny squares for this project on May 2, 2012. Now I’m finally going to finish this project. I noticed two little mistakes along the way, but I’ll fix those when I’ve sewn the whole thing together. In case you’re wondering: it’s Kirby!
When I started sewing the blanket together I started with a tapestry needle and some blue yarn. Now I can see that this leaves a blue sewing edge between all the blocks, and I really don’t like this effect as much as I thought. So now I’m using a crochet edge to ‘sew’ the blocks together. I’ve also noticed two mistakes in the middle of the blanket, so I’ll have to redo the whole blanket anyway. First I’m going to finish sewing all the blocks though, I don’t want to have to lay them all out again.
I’ve been so smart to string them all on a knitting cable to keep them in place. I made a U shape with the cable so I can only take them off from one side (the left side), and then closed them off with the little caps. So I won’t lose any of the squares. Last time I got them all jumbled and got frustrated, so I put it aside for ‘another time’.
In bunny related news: we bought them a new apartment. Our bunnies now live in a three story, luxurious flat. They no longer have to share a space with us (because they now choose to sit in their home even when the door is open. They don’t even have to share a floor with each other (but they do, because they like each other).
They can walk around freely during the day (and usually most of the night, until the last one of the humans goes to bed). They can hop around as much as they want and one of their favorite hobbies is to follow us around.
Unfortunately though we have to be present at all times when they walk around. As you may be able to see, there’s a piece of furniture hanging from zuzu’s mouth. Yes. This little bunny loves Ikea couches and nothing will keep her from her daily snack. I don’t really have the heart, but I might actually show you a picture of my couch. I love my bunny, but I also love my couch. Sometimes, she needs to be in her home when I can’t be there to watch her. The good thing is that she reaaally loves her new house.
It took them a while to discover that there was another floor. They didn’t want to use the steps because they were afraid, but after a few weeks they went to the second floor. The third floor was harder to find (even though there’s a lovely place to hide (zuzu is sitting on it in these pictures). Now the third floor appears to be their favorite floor to relax. They’re always upstairs It’s so entertaining to watch them!