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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bits and bobs

A little bit of everything in this post. To start with, a pair of mittens I knitted this winter for a boy in my class. We do a kind of a gift swap at Christmas, and I gave him this, some biros and and a chocolate letter (Very popular in Belgium and Holland for St. Nicolas, but also much appreciated for Christmas.

 And two scarves: one for a cold winter and one for when it gets cooler in the autumn.
Red Katia Ondas scarf for autumn/spring
Green Veritas Laura scarf, very warm, for a cold winter
Now some WIP's.
These are the two sides of a patchwork knit bag I've designed myself. I'm a bit worried It'll give to much but I'll have to see that when it's finished....

Something else I've been doing is making a scraps blanket. I bought a black fleece blanket at Wibra's and every time I knit a little patch to test a gauge I sew it on. I know there are a lot of different colours in it, and they don't always work incredibly well together, but I like it because it's something very personal. Nobody will ever have one exactly the same.
It's been quite a slow-growing project, and I've still got some scraps to sew on :)

This is a shrug I knitted , but the fronts aren't wide enough to close it, so I'll have to reknit them.... It had a crochet border, but I took that off before I took the photo...

Oh well, that's all for now, I'll be having exams soon so I'll have to knit a little less and study a little more ...

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Yesterday there was a big event in Leuven, the KVLV organised an event to celebrate their 100th 'birthday'. Of course there was an activity involving knitting :) At the Ladeuzeplein they had put some chairs in a circle so people could sit down and knit together. On each chair there was some knitting (scarf-shaped) and there were various yarns to choose from. The principle was 'knitting together', so you could pick something up and knit for a while, and when you'd had enough, you got up and somebody else would carry on where you had stopped. As for the stitches, you could knit whatever you wanted to, as long as you slipped the first stitch and knitted the last one...

 This was the one I picked up. A jumble of different colours and textures, as you can see... I started it after the first row of red loops and then carried on with that yarn for a while, and when I got fed up with it I switched to yellow. Loads of people were intrigued about the red loopy yarn, and I got lots of comments for being so young (I always seem to be the youngest, wherever I am...) and being able to knit without looking at my knitting.! :] After a while, some ladies from Zandhoven came and sat next to me. They said they would like to go the sock knitting workshop at my LYS, but they had no idea where it was, so I showed them the way. While I was there I bought some Katia Ondas for a scarf a someone wants me to knit, and some extra cotton for my crochet. I walked back to the station to get my bus (I was in a walking mood...) because it'll be the exams soon and I had to study some Greek (a text by Herodotus; Gyges and Kandaules). In the end I had a very nice afternoon, even though it was a bit hot to be knitting outside...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Knitting group :)

 People at the knitting group were very interested in my Braided Balls, so I thought I'd post some photos of the two I've completed so far. I discovered there's a KVLV event in town next weekend, and there will be a lot of textile workshops, including knitting :). I will definitely go, as my LYS will also have a promotion on (sock) yarn on! Although only a relatively small number of us were there, it's so enjoyable to sit and knit together!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Back from the MEP

The MEP week is over now, and I wasn't selected to participate in the other projects. I think this a pity, but I had a nice time and learned a lot.
There wasn't much time for knitting though, I've knitted the components of another Braided Ball, but I haven't had time to sew them together yet. And I don't think I will have this weekend, because I've got so much schoolwork to do. I think I'll just go to the knitting group for an hour, so I can see my pupil and spend some time with the people there, but also leave enough time for schoolwork....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PS. some more hats

I just thought I'd upload some more photos of hats I knitted this winter: a cable hat (same pattern as the ones in previous posts) in red, witch I knitted for my mother, and a cap, in a Noro yarn that I received at the gift swap we did in my class. I got two skeins, and managed to make those into two caps, one for me and one for my mother, with even a little left over. They're both the same, so I only bothered to take a photo of one of them....

Knitting at the MEP

This week, I'm participating in the MEP (aka. Model European Parliament) in Den Bosch, Holland. It's a really nice project and the travelling gives me time to knit. I've been working on a pattern I found on Ravelry, called 'Braided Ball' I've done one in black and white for the girl in my host family, and I'm making another one, in two shades of blue for some friends, so their cat can play with it...
When I get back I'll have a lot of schoolwork to catch up on, but I definitely want to go to the knitting group this Saturday... It's always a very nice place to go and now I'm teaching, I've also told my pupil that I'd come. Now it's time for me to have a cup of tea and get an early night, so I'll be fresh enough to go on debating about GMO's tomorrow morning!