Bye 2017, hello 2018

Let me start by wishing you all the very best for the new year! May 2018 bring you everything you wish for and more!

The blog has been neglected this last month and the English side of it even longer so. My last English post dates as far back as to the summer of 2016! Amazing how fast time goes by, really.
But this last month wasn’t a good blogmonth for the Dutch blog either. I’ve been struggling with a reading slump since September, which then extended to a general blogging slump.
The fact that I also had a million different plans for handmade Christmas presents also didn’t promote blogging, since I spent every free minute I had on crocheting, knitting and even sewing.

In addition, my grandfather passed away at the beginning of December, which made all of this blogging seem rather frivolous in the aftermath. So it was a rather strange end-of-year period with a slightly bitter Christmas.

Otherwise it was a fairly calm end of 2017, with lots of TV, cocooning, cooking, crafts and board games. Sometimes that’s just what I need.

And now on to a 2018 full of positivism, enthusiasm and creativity!

And how was your end of year period?

Every little girl wants to be queen Elsa

The plan to systematically translate my Flemish (=Dutch) posts in English has lost a bit of its wind, since I’ve been omitting so much translations. My last translation dates as far back as October 2015, while I have been posting fairly regularly in Dutch. I think this is partly because I don’t know how much interest there is in my blog for people speaking another language than my native one.

Anyway, I thought I would try to catch up a little bit and the first project I want to share with you is a new dress I knitted for my god daughter Janne.
Before I started the dress I want to talk about today, I had knit a cute cotton dress using the Moana pattern by Rachel Evans as a way to reduce my stash. I only had a limited amount of cotton yarn, so I knit a size accordingly hoping one of my nieces would fit in it. Luckily for me, the dress fitted niece Emma perfectly and she was exceedingly happy to receive the dress.

Niece Emma wears her Moana dress for the first time

Niece Emma wears her Moana dress for the first time

I was so charmed and pleased with Emma’s reaction that I decided on the spot to knit the pattern again, but this time for Janne, who’s 2 years older than Emma. Like all little girls, Janne is completely obsessed with the Disney film Frozen and particularly with queen Elsa. So my plan was to knit Moana in an icy-blue with silvery accents.

Moana 2 - 03b

I had told Janne that I would make her an Elsa-dress, which of course meant she asked about the dress all the time, which made me knit as if I was possessed.

Moana 2 - 04b

When I finished the dress, much quicker than I could have ever hoped, I got the crazy idea to make a matching cape.
After some searches online I found a way to make it happen that didn’t require any sewing. All I needed was a piece of organza, scissors and decoration such as glitter-glue and stick-on jewellery, to give me a stunning result!

Elsa Cape 101b

Elsa Cape 102   Elsa Cape 103

Elsa Cape 104b

I had bought a large amount of organza, enough for 2 capes, so I made another one for sister Emma.

Elsa Cape 201b

Elsa Cape 202   Elsa Cape 203

And of course then I thought that I could not just make things for two sisters and leave baby sister Amelie out. So I went back to the store and bought another piece of organza, purple this time, and made a third mini-cape.

Elsa Cape 301

Elsa Cape 302   Elsa Cape 303

And now the three sisters can pretend to be queen Elsa. Or a fairy. Or a princess. Or…whatever they want!

Nieces happy = auntie happy 🙂


Made another security blanket

I’ve been neglecting this place again, haven’t I?

These last two weeks were a bit *meh*.
I had to briefly go to Finland again for work and once I got back I wasn’t feeling 100%. But I never feel sick enough to justify to myself to stay home and I also don’t easily go to the doctor. So I kept working, even if I did feel all that.

And then last week I really wasn’t well.
I felt hot, too hot, so hot. And I wasn’t hungry. Ugh, food, no thanks. And tired, so tired. But after a couple of days with extra sleep and a couple of fever tablets, the problem was solved. More or less at least.

Normally I was also going to visit a newborn baby, but I thought it a bit irresponsible with the way I was feeling. I would have never forgiven myself if I got mum or baby sick. So the visit got postponed to Monday, which gave me some more time to finish my gift.

RKD 01

A security blanket with matching softie, a fish this time. This wasn’t inspired by the announcement card, but fish were the overall theme.

RKD 02

The security blanket is a simple, old-fashioned granny square with a shell edging.

RKD 03

The fish was made using an existing pattern with a couple of changes like the lips and eyes.

RKD 04

And then all that was left was to sew the fish to the blanket.

As always I was a little apprehensive about giving the gift.
I have one bad experience where the mum looked at my diy-gift as if it was something I had dug out of the garbage. This experience always makes me a little anxious for future home-made gifts. Well, some people can’t appreciate them, that’s just so.
But luckily my nervousness was unfounded! The present was happily received. Jeij! 😉

The details
Pattern: Combination of a granny square and a fish (Fredde the fish by Apocalypse knits)
Yarn: Zeeman Super soft in pastel yellow, pastel green, yellow, green and orange.
Needle: 3,5mm for the blanket, 3mm for the fish
Made for: Eve’s Renate