Don’t despair, spring is in the air…

Don't despair, spring is in the air...

This week I saw the first signs of spring in my garden. In Dutch they are called ‘winteraconiet’. I like them very much, because every year they promise me that spring is coming again.
Okay, we can still get frost, snow and ice, even may be able to skate on ice, or ‘elfstedentocht’, but hey, I like the sign of spring!


Mending Jeans

scheur gerepareerd van spijkerbroek

I almost threw this jeans away. Till I saw all kind of inspiring examples of mended jeans, among them the sashiko technique. Beautiful!!! So now I’m repairing my jeans in my own way.
My mother: “ Did you buy this expensive jeans?”
“No mum, I made this myself.”

This is the case: She had just spoken to someone who had bought such a jeans for a lot of money…

Bijna weggedaan deze gescheurde jeans. Tot ik op Pinterest allerlei voorbeelden zag van gerepareerde jeans waar de sashiko techniek werd gebruikt. Prachtig! Dus nu ben ik bezig om al mijn jeans op mijn eigen manier te repareren.
Mijn moeder: “Heb je zo’n dure spijkerbroek gekocht???”
“Nee mam, dit heb ik zelf gedaan.”

Wat blijkt: ze had net iemand gesproken die voor veel geld zo’n gescheurde en gerepareerde jeans in de winkel had gekocht…

Child designs own scarf. Kind ontwerpt eigen sjaal.

Child designs own scarf. Kind ontwerpt eigen sjaal.

Child designs her own scarf.

This was a really nice project I did with one of my befriended neighbourchildren. She wanted me to knit her a scarf. I invited her to make the design. I gave her some magazines and asked het to choose the colours she liked. After that I asked her to draw the forms she liked on the scarf.
With those colours en her design we went to the shop and chose yarn, felt, a beautiful thread for her name and small roses.

Kind ontwerpt eigen sjaal.

Dit is een leuk sjaalproject dat ik deed met een van mijn bevriende buurkinderen. Ze wilde graag dat ik een sjaal voor haar zou breien. Ik nodigde haar uit het ontwerp te maken. Daarvoor gaf ik haar tijdschriften met de vraag om de kleuren die ze mooi vindt uit te scheuren. Daarna tekende ze een ontwerp voor de vormen op de sjaal. Met die kleuren en ontwerp gingen we naar de winkel en kozen we garen, vilt, sierdraad en de roosjes.


Wristwarmers. Polswarmers.

Inspired by all these beautiful wristwarmers on Pinterest, I made some too.

Geinspireerd door al die mooie polswarmers op Pinterest, heb ik er ook een paar gemaakt.


I made these for Fenke, from Noro wool for socks.

Deze maakte ik voor Fenke, van Noro sokkenwol.


And these are for Margo, who gave me her wool for a sweater which she never finished. I used the wool to make her these wristwarmers.

En deze zijn voor Margo. Zij ga me haar wil van een onafgemaakte trui. Daarvan maakte ik voor haar deze warmers.

Wristwarmers are so nice and warm when working behind the computer. Sitting behind a desk for a long time, can make you a bit cold, which can result in unconsciously lifting your shoulders. This may cause a pain in your neck. Wristwarmers are such a nice gift. Easy and ready in a few days.
At first I tried to crochet one with the Noro wool. but is became a bit stiff, and the colors didn’t come out as they do now.
Knitting 2 purl and 2 knit, gives them elasticity and they form themselves around your wrist and hand.
And yes: i made some for myself too!

Polswarmers zijn zo lekker al je achter de computer zit. Als je lang zit ga je onbewust je schouders optrekken als je afkoeld. Daar kan je nekpijn van krijgen.
Eerst heb ik ze gehaakt van de Noro wol, maar die waren zo stijf en de kleuren kwamen niet zo mooi uit. Twee recht, twee averecht maakt ze rekbaar en ze vormen zich mooi om je hand en pols.
En ja, ik heb ook een paar voor mezelf gemaakt!

Treasure chest. Felting around an object.




I saw these gorgeous feltprojects at my favorite textile & arts centre and shop Hawar ( The woman who works at this centre made these objects, and explained something about it. You just take an object for which you’ld like to make a treasure chest. Felt several layers around it, don’t make them to thin. Vary in thickness and color. Add scraps of yarn in between the layers to get the effect of small spots.
When your shape has the desired form, you let it dry (sometimes this takes a week).
Then take a very, very, very sharp knife and cut through the layers till you reach the hidden treasure.

Inspired by the work on the photo’s I invited some children to work with me on this project. But is soon proved to be a project that took too long for them.
I finished Aukje’s project with her marble.

(Beware not to cut yourself. I found this was the hardest part of the project, because I had to guess where my treasure was hidden, and it was really tough to cut through the felt.)

Treasure chest. Felting around an object.



My spiderweb-lamppost project!
The spiders you see are made from chestnuts by two of my neighbourchildren.



A few years ago the yarnbombvirus reached my streets. A few primary school girls and me started a yarnbomb group in our community. We call ourselves the ‘De Wilde Kersen’ (The Wild Cherries), named after our community. And like every other yarnbombgroup we like to stay anonymous ;-)))

Our group is still alive and kicking, though the girls bomb the streets less, and make scarves and hats. We gather once a month and stitch and bitch a lot!



I’m Anne from the Netherlands. Favourites: Being with friends, getting inspiration from arts, crafting, listening to music and laughing.
On this picture you see me standing in line in front of Westminster Cathedral, crocheting a flower.

Former professions: Arts teacher (drawings and textiles) ; Communications trainer/advisor/coach in various companies.
Due to a so far hidden illness i had to give up my job in 2005 and i had re-evaluate my life. I picked up some of my earlier habits and i re-developed them: Textile crafting like crocheting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, weaving, felting etc. Being busy with fiber and yarn adds a lot of pleasure to my life.

No Knots No More

No Knots No More

Tired of unknotting your i-cords before listening?
Just a simple crochet around it and you never have to untangle your cords. Ideal for using your left-over yarns.

Winter decoration

Winter decoration

My summer and winter in one pic: driftwood and shells from Scotland, together with my crocheted stars and snowcristals.

And snow…

De zomer en de winter in 1 plaatje: Schelpen en aangespoeld hout uit Schotland, sterren en sneeuwkristallen zelf gehaakt. En dan sneeuwt het ook nog.

December 2012


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