• last days of december

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    Somehow the postman doesn’t find his way to my letterbox … every year I’ve got a lot of Christmas cards, this year … it’s a very small collection.

    I think they’ll all be late or maybe they’ll arrive early 2011 … for once I’ll have to be patient and finish my year waiting till the postman find his way with his bicycle through the slippery pavements and streets. He’ll have to wear a heavy bag!

    I’ve received some electronic cards, but that’s to be seen on my computer… I cannot hang them on a ribbon, create a pile with them …

    Anyway, the snow starts to melt in Brussels – cars, every 20 minutes a bus, salt here and there on the main streets;
    except in the gardens and parks where we still have magnificent postcard-views.

    Up to the last days of 2010!!!

    Have a nice day.

     

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  • the day after a festive meal

    two new plates to show you ... how true are they ??? isn't it ???

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    and this picture, just a bonus to stay in Christmas mood ...

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  • Et voilà notre Noël blanc !!!

    Inouï, autant de neige, juste au bon moment – du moins émotionnellement, car quand on doit se déplacer … c’est moins gai.

    Mais avouez qu’un Noël Blanc, c’est comme dans les films, c’est romantique, c’est comme un conte de fée et c’est plus dans notre culture de fêter cette fête dans le blanc qu’au soleil.

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    Pas de bus, des routes difficiles d’accès, des trottoirs qu’on ne déblaie plus, car ça ne sert pas à grand-chose, la neige continue de tomber. De mémoire de mes quarante années déjà passées à Bruxelles ou dans la région, je n’ai jamais vu autant de neige durant autant de jours d’affilée. C’est fascinant, c’est très beau dans les jardins, sur les toits,  on voit les gosses s’amuser et prendre du bon temps.

    Même mes rebords des fenêtres sont enneigés, ma terrasse (pourtant bien couverte) est tout de blanc vêtue,  mes plantes font connaissance avec ce tapis duveteux (ils n’en sont peut-être pas si heureux que je pense...)

     

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    Quand on est bien dans la chaleur à l’intérieur, c’est tellement féerique !

    J’ai de la chance, je ne dois pas aller travailler aujourd’hui, pas de bus ni de tram à prendre, rien que le luxe de pouvoir choisir le moment de la journée pour passer au boulanger, emmitouflée comme un bonhomme(-femme) de neige avec des gants, des bottes, un bonnet bien chaud, une grosse écharpe et un anorak qui nous rend toutes plus volumineuses que l’on est en réalité (si si !!!).

     Mais voilà, maintenant on s’en fou de paraîtres plus « large », on ne regarde pas la hauteur des talons, on regarde le confort et c’est la chaleur qui prime avant tout !

    De ce fait, je vous souhaite à toutes et tous un très joyeux Noël, en famille ou non, en visite ou à la maison, dans un château ou cabanon, … n’importe, du moment que vous êtes bien au chaud !

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    Et en plus, voici la révélation de la dernière breloque de mon calendrier de l’avent : pas de père Noël, mais une étoile dans la lune !

     

     

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  • father christmas shawl

    Là je vous montre comment faire en vitesse encore un accessoire pour la fête de Noël.

    Pas besoin de textes ou longues explications pour vous guider …

    les images sont – je crois du moins - assez claires.

    Bonne couture !

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  • not what I wanted

     

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    Have you ever put your time in a project that finally has not the result that you expected? I bet you have, and it happened several times to me to. But that was still a while ago, and now it happened again. I bought the big ball soft from Schoeller+Stahl : one ball of mix 67% Polyacryl, 14% Wool, 10% Polyester, 9% Mohair turned in a 200 gr ball (600m) to knit with a 8 or 9mm  needle – washed by hand only …

    It felt soooooo soft that I couldn’t resist and thought, well that could be another shawl or snood … thus I started to knit on a circular needle, with a twist instead of straight on, just for the fun.

     

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    But … it’s impossible for me to like the knitting process!

    I had huge problems with the yarn because it is tangling together: if you want to pull off some stitches or even part of a row, don’t expect it’s easy undone … all the stitches are like glued one into another. After 15 cm I gave up the knitting and took my hook. That went better, but it wasn’t what I expected.

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    Don’t misunderstand, the result is incredibly soft and light and aery, but the making isn’t fun. 

     But I persevered and at the end I had my snood, my soft snood to wear double or triple round my neck. 

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    And then I put it on … and there is so much static energy that my hair (poor little hair strands) are clicking and tinkling and it stood straight up.  I’m looking like a hedgehog or as a compas showing north and south and east and west all in the same directionà up!!
    No hair gel needed anymore … and sorry, no pic of that, I hear you all laughing to hard!!!

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    Sorry Schoeller+Stahl, this is not for me, even if I still find it beautiful and like it from a distance.

     

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  • tunisian pouch

    I just made a little pouch in tunisian stitch and have been playing with different kind of stitches. Though the simple tunisian stitch is in my humble opinion, still the most wonderful, you’ve got other options.

    This little pouch has been done in a leftover of Noro yarn, so the different colors come from the yarn. I didn’t change thread and color along the making.

    The fun with tunisian crochet is that backside is so different; it’s giving you also a volume and thickness you never obtain with ‘normal’ crochet.

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    The simple tunisian stitch (STS) is the most common used. This shows you how to make this stitch in the ‘going’ row. The row where you return back is identical to all variants: you cast off the loops on your hook.

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    The one that looks like knitting (and it is really done with a tunisian hook!) is slightly different in the way you pick up the loops in the first part. You’ve got to go through your work. Look:

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    The crossed stitch is the simple tunisian stitch, but instead of putting your hook through the first vertical bar of former row, you put it firstly  in the second bar, take a loop on your hook, and then through the preceding vertical bar of former row, take a loop on your hook. So your two stitches become crossed.

    The return row is identical on all tunisian stitches. And if you have an uneven number of stitches, you can play with this stitch to obtain different designs because you can once start with the crossed stitch and end with the last one done in STS and in next row start with a STS and continue with the crossed stitch. Very diversified indeed!

    So you see that with little knowledge you can obtain a very pattern !

     

    The upper border in scallops is done with scallop-edging in single and double crochet with a picot on top. One side and the bottom edge has been closed with single crochet. It’s just big enough to fit a small notebook.

    Of course the finishing touch is something that also could be done in tunisian stitch or just simply have been sewn together.

    Have fun!!

     

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  • beautiful winter

     

    Last days, snow fell a little, but melted almost immediately.

    Not like in the Ardennes where they have 50 cm. But this morning!!!

    Surprise, a big white carpet was covering the Brussels area.

    A good walk outside for some shopping, wrapped warmly in a warm winter coat, mittens, wool hat, boots and my camera, and that produced these beautiful pictures of the center of my little hometown Strombeek-Bever.

    Now I’m going to travel on the other blogs to see all those marvelous idyllic pictures of snow landscapes (except blogs from down under … they are in the sun!)

    Wishing you a nice beautiful weekend!

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  • pull is ready, right in time

    Il y a déjà belle lurette que je ne me suis tricotée un petit pull ! J’avais assez de laine KAUNI en beau dégradé gris (le bonnet vous vous souvenez ?).

    J’ai trouvé un beau modèle à tricoter avec le bord du bas en tricot dentelle, les bouts des manches en dentelle et une double bande de la même dentelle au-dessus de la taille. Une encolure en V bordée d’une dentelle au crochet.
     Le tout avec des aiguilles 4 et crochet 3,5.

    Le plus difficile c’était de faire correspondre les couleurs dans chaque pièce. Dans les manches il y a un léger décalage et au dos le bord supérieur entame déjà la couleur noire alors que le devant finit en gris vu la séparation en pointe. Mais c’est quelque part une ‘preuve’ du fait-main et d’artisanat …

    J’ai adoré ce tricotage.
     La laine un peu rêche, mais très nature, qui glisse entre mes doigts,
    les mailles qui se forment sur mes aiguilles,
    les petits trous qui forment la dentelle
    et les mailles torses qui se relèvent...

    Rien que du bonheur !

    Après rinçage il est devenu d’une douceur exquise,
    avec une chaleur enveloppante,
    et – même si c’est le mannequin qui le dit – il me va bien !
    Tout à fait tel que je me l’étais imaginé.

     

    Regardez les photos (cliquez pour avoir format plus grand)

     

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    Bonne journée enneigée, mouillée, glissante et froide … bref le petit temps hivernal de saison.

    Any time is knitting time …

     

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  • Baby, it's cold outside

    Today behind this little screen, warm inside, cold outside, a warm coffee, and beautiful music on the radio.

    Just heard this tune,  from Dean Martin :

     

    I really can't stay (but baby it's cold outside)
    I've got to go away (but baby it's cold outside)

    I simply must go (but baby it's cold outside)
    the answer is no (but baby it's cold outside)
    your welcome has been (how lucky that you dropped in)
    so nice and warm (look out the window at that storm)
    ….
    (never such a blizzard before)
    I’ve got to get home (but baby you'd freeze out there)
    say lend me a coat (it's up to your knees out there)

    Baby it's cold outside

    So, as well as a view from outside, early this morning,

    I’m given you a warm view from a décor-detail inside

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    Have a nice day !!

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