Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Hodgepodge


The snow is gone! The past few days have been particulary gloomy and dark. The non stop rain has made sure that the remaing snow, which bravely battleled the thaw has now dissapeared all together. I was working on a longish other blogpost the past few days, but haven't been able to make it work yet. It might make it's appearance another time. So here is a hodgepodge post from me again (I'm making habit of these, aren't I?)

Oh snow...boo to you for being gone.

So monday was kind of historic for my country as our Queen, Beatrix, announced her abdication. Especially if you live in Europe, you might have heard the news. This will happen on Koninginnedag ("Queensday") of this year, which is on 30 April. Personally I'm not a huge monarchy fan, but I do have respect for the way she gave meaning to her function and it is a historic day I think. I have never seen something like it. After the Queens abdication The Netherlands will have a King for the first time since 1890! The Netherlands is different, than for example in the United Kingdom, where a Queen or King basically rules until their death. Here in the Netherlands the Queen (or King) decides for themselves when it's time to leave the scene. This can be for various reasons tiredness, health issues, disappointment with one thing or another, or like Beatrix simply because she felt it was time for the new generation to take over.


As expected there has been little else on the Dutch television since the announcement was made.

In the meantime I have some sweater pieces blocking...there will be a sewing party later this week.
Today I bought some buttons to go with said sweater...I'm not really sure which to pick though.
I have some quircky ones and some solid black ones. Now initially I'm inclined to go with the different quirky ones...because...well I always go for the quirky ones don't I? But I'm open for other opinions. They are for the back of this jumper. So what are you're thoughts? Maybe I should just go for red ones? It is more historic accurate...

So it seems that I have a few needles free atlast! Now I've already been actively thinking on what to knit next (I'm never short on ideas.) The Ravelry queue has been turned up side down, I've browsed most of my pattern books again and I got out all of my stash...which has not yet resulted in a decision. Once I do make one, you will hear from me shortly.

What I have been doing in the meantime: 

Yum, handspun!
 I got out my spindle again! I've almost finished spinning up this red wool into yarn! After that I will ply it on my spinning wheel. So far the idea for all my handspun is to save it all up for a colourfull sweater completely out of my own handspun. Not entirely without inspiration, this was one of the first sweaters I came across back when I joined ravelry. That was according to my account back in 2008...that can't be right can it? Has it really been that long? Ah old times...why are you so old?  Anyway that sweater obviously struck a cord...and I then vowed that it would be really cool to execute the same idea with my own handspun at one point in my crafty life.
This is not my priority project, as I don't work on it all the time but we're getting there!

Close-up!
Also I seem to have aquired instagram...because I clearly need another social medium that I need to update. Anyways you can now follow my everyday life in pictures through that, and through the magical slideshow I created in the sidebar...magically. Anyway my everyday life mainly consist out of cats, books, yarn and being a student...so yeah...if your into that I'll provide it.

Also I seem to have received some flowers...

Because sometimes being old fashioned is the absolute best thing you can be.

 I hope You're all having fun these days!  

Nisse

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