2012 in projects

December 31, 2012

Good's that time of the year already! Can you believe it? So ahum...2012 in projects:


Fair isle yoke finished in the first days of 2012!


I knit my first Icelandic Sweater. The start of an addiction!


Orchid Thief! I barely made it with one skein Malabrigo Sock!


Okay this...was actually a March project...but I finished it on one of the last days
of March so that´s why I justified it ;)


My boat jumper! Since I did some designing on this myself
I'm especially happy with this one.


My knitting nightmare & dream in one! Took me forever!
No finished knitting in this month!


My yellow skirt! This one had no propper blogpost but I wear is a lot!


Halla finished! At last!!! The result was worth the sweat and tears though!


My Olympic knitting Challange and second Icelandic cardigan!


*Sigh* This month was mainly:

Work in progress




Soay finished, this is the most wearable knit I've ever knitted.


Ah! Secret project!


Okay...October was a lie...this is my most wearable knit ever!

So that was 2012 in knit projects. I knitted much more in the beginning of the year than in the second half of the year. That's true I was in a bit of a non-knitting mood. That because I had to much expectations of myself, I made knitting a "have to" instead of a hobby, which is supposed to be fun.
I've sorted this out now ;) That's why I don't make any goals for the next amount of sweaters I have to knit next years, no amount of sewing, no amount of books I have to read for me in 2013.
I have nothing against folks who do make these kind of goals, they just don't work for me.

I wish you and you're loved ones all the best for the next year! I can't wait to see what it has in store for me,
how I will develop myself, what I will make, what I will learn and who I will meet.

I can't wait!



In which Santa was nice

December 30, 2012

Hello everyone!

After an excellent christmas I'm back again! So how does one proceed now?
I'm still getting used to it. I really should be studying a lot since I have a two week exam period in the beginning of January (way to start the new year!) but all I want to do is play with my presents...which means reading and knitting...and drinking tea (figures).

But without further ado...a glimpse of how good Santa has been to me:

I got a whole heap of old photo's from my parents. They know I have a thing for them and want to help me filling my walls with them...a honourable task if I may say so. Some date from  around 1890 while the most recent one is of me and my brother looking mighty proud with our snowman. 

 There was yarn!! (ofcourse, because, what kind of knitter would I be if there wasn't ;) ) I foresee a lot of stranded knitwork in my future. But then again...there is always a lot of stranded knitwork in my future! ♥♥♥

I want to use the einband for either Flukra or Loren by Gudrun Johnston. Any opinions? I will probably make the other at some later point as well.

And books!!!! As most of you guys probably know I love books just as much as I love yarn. After this Christmas though, the Treehouse might need a new bookshelf. Which is an awesome problem to have...and I needed a new one anyway. Speaking of which...this month I decided that becoming a goodreads member was a good idea. So I did! If you think friending me is a good idea, leave your username in the comments!

Not all the books...the novels didn't want to be in the picture...So I let them be.

And lastly...Christmas at my family is no Christmas without something handmade. This year all the girls in my family (of all ages!) got a handmade doll. Fact: You are never to old for dolls. They were made by a lovely lady we've met through my mom. They were chosen each to fit our personallity somewhat. This was my doll:

In the end I did manage to squeeze in some gift knitting. But don't hold your breath for finished pictures on that one just yet, as the recipient FORGOT his gift at my parents home (thankful huh?) My mom did send me some pictures of my dad wearing it so I guess it does have use now ;)

So that was it! I hope your Christmas was wonderful, preferably with nice people and snow...but it's not a must ;) How are you all adjusting to "normal land"?  Any exciting plans for New Year's Eve?

Take care you guys! I'm working on a year round up post but am not sure when it will be up! 



December 16, 2012

The previous two weeks we had a proper cold spell here in the Netherlands, the result was perfect winter weather and beautiful Anton Pieck like scenery! Here at the treehouse we were ofcourse terribly excited by so much snow and couldn't wait to put our boots on and run around outside. So we didn't.

Oh, but there's also this little thing for when I'm inside the house, safe and warm....

Enjoy the last two weeks of the year, and be sure to enjoy the holidays!

Finished Knits

Bang! A new finished project

December 04, 2012

Winter is here! I know this because we had our first proper snow here in the Netherlands this weekend! I love winter! I don't mind having to cycle through the snowfall to get to campus, I love the cold. Wintery things I did was set up the Christmas tree, wear my lopi cardigan to university (to celebrate the first snowfall) and I bought Christmas presents (after I realised it was already December and I kinda freaked out) 

While lots of knitting blogs I follow are in full-swing gift-knitting modus, in my little corner of the world we are not. This is not a principle thing or something, I do knit gifts... though admittedly I mostly knit for myself, it's just that this year my family does Christmas a little different...and well nobody asked so nobody gets ;) So here in the treehouse it's knit for Nisse in full swing it is basically the whole year around. So on this glorious winter day I present to you my latest knit:

It's Simple sprinkle, by Finnish designer Veera Välimäki. She's know for her simplistic designs, clear lines and stripes. She obviously loves stripes and has a lot of designs with them including the ever popular Color Affection

Pattern: Simple Sprinkle
Designer: Veera Välimäki
Yarn: I used only scraps, most of it is wool, sometimes mixed with alpaca.
Raveled here
Soundtrack: Hollow Talk - Choir of Young Believers (anyone else fan of the Swedish/ Danish detective the Bridge?)

When Veera published the pattern for this cowl a couple of moths ago I instantly knew I wanted to make it as it combines a lot of the things I love: lot's of colours, a long cowl, stripes and a fast knit. I started it last week on a whim...I needed some comfort knitting and this cowl was exactly that. I think it's a great beginners project as it's fun to make, doesn't take up much time and the stripes and short row shaping keeps you interested. Short rows aren't difficult! Just find a youtube video or someone who's willing to explain it to you and you're ready to go!

Three days fast forward and we have a finished cowl! I'm really happy with it and think I will wear it a lot. I only used scraps for this cowl and it's the perfect stash buster. What makes it even better is that most of these scarps invoke memories of things I knitted with it or people I got it from. There is a piece of my first sweater, yarn I got from my both grandmothers, a blue piece which I made from leftovers I used to  knit my brother a hat, leftovers from a scarf for my dad...combine this and you get a patchwork of thick wooly goodness.

All photo's were taken at my parents house. The painting in the background was made by my aunt.
I hope you're all having a great week and are right on track with your gift knitting! To all Dutch readers, I wish you a lovely Sinterklaas feest tomorrow!


Janne Schra in Roepaen

November 28, 2012

On a Sunday earlier this month I went to see Janne Schra in Roepaen, the same venue I saw Alela Diane back in July.
Roepaen used to be a monastery, but it's now used as a culteral venue. I think it's one of the most beautiful places to see artists perform. The atmosphere is amazing and though they did modernise the old building, they kept a lot of the characteristics of the old monastery, like the beautiful stained glass panels, solemn wooden benches the monks used to sit on, candles to light the chapel and the old staircases. This, the fact that they always seem to book artists that are right up my alley and my brother being prepared to come and pick me up every time makes me come back there.

That particular sunday Janne Schra was that artist. She is a Dutch artist, former singer of room eleven and Shradinova, and this January her first solo album will be released. Her music style is described as pop/soul gypsy folk. I got to know Janne's music through Kim, my brothers girlfriend. She is a long time fan of Janne, and has seen her perform live at least 8 times. She drew my attention to Janne's band "Schradinova" as she thought I might like it. Turns out she was right, her cd "India Lima Oscar Victor Echo You" has become an instant favourite over here. Thus I was very curious to see what her solo album would bring.

Janne's stage presence was great: She talked with the public not as if she was talking to whole bunch of stangers, but really as if she was just chatting to her best friend who came over for tea. Her stories definately struck a chord with the public, myself certainly included. Stories of how drinking coffee marks your transition to adulthood, or about how you can be over 30 years old but still wondering when you'll grow up, because people told you as a kid that 'you will understand everything when you grow up'.

Janne is rumoured to have said that Roepaen is her favourite venue. I don't know for a fact if that's true, but she at least seemed to beam on that stage, and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What do you say? You want to know who Janne Schra is?
Well, here's two songs: First, Pencil Revolution, from her Schradinova album, and her cover of One Day, which she did for a Dutch radio-show.


All pictures by my brother.


Learn to knit love to knit - Anna Wilkinson

November 14, 2012


 Learn to knit, love to knit is a book by Anna Wilkinson, published by Quadrille only a few weeks ago. It's the book I wish I had when I just started knitting a couple of years ago (oh my, how time flies). The styling on the book is great! Both the patterns and styling invoke a bit of a modern retro, quirky feeling, which I really like. I love the use of colour in this book, clearly Anna is not afraid for the use of bold colours and colour combinations, which adds to her signature style. 

Cropped cardigan with cabled sleeves
The book is divided into three parts. The first part is a chapter explaining techniques and the basic set up you need to get started with knitting, I must admit I only skimmed these pages, as I don't really need an introduction to the craft, but it looks good to me. The second being "learn to knit" which introduces the techniques to get you started and ten designs increasing in difficulty. The third part "love to knit" includes ten designs which require some extra skills, which are all explained in the book.
Lace top with bow
 Some might argue that this book isn't marketed properly as it targets new knitters, and some of the project might be to difficult. I however disagree. This is exactly what I had needed when I just started knitting. I'm a firm believer in the power of enthousiasm: I think that it's good to challenge new knitters to progress to more complicated techniques after grasping the basics. It's no good to scare beginners away from projects they really want to do, like I was scared away from fair isle: Why make knitters afraid to try new thing by keeping it out of the beginner knitbooks?

Now for the patterns, the book contains 12 sweaters (cardigans, tops, vest), 2 collars, 2 hats, 2 pair of mitten/gloves 1 pair of socks, 1 scarf, 1 snood and 1 handbag. So for those who counted, this is indeed more than 20 patterns, this is because some patterns "belong" with eachother and are therefore listed as one, for example a scarf and mittens that form a pair. The book has included simple, plain projects, lace, fairisle, intarsia, cables, bobbles and embroidery. Anna has made a video for her book, this give you a good idea of what to expect from the book and the style it's written in.

Shawl collar cardigan
Unfortunately Anna is not an active ravelry member, so very little of her designs are registered there.  This really made me aware how much I rely on ravelry for information like what yarn is used for a project, needle size, tension etc. Anna does have a facebook and twitter so you can follow her there if you like.

For the real yarn freaks (of which I proudly regard myself to be one) there are some really great designs by Anna in the relatively new magazine Pom Pom Quarterly, which you can check out here.

That's it! I think I've deserved a nice evening of knitting, drinking tea, something watchable on tv and most importantly no uni work! 

Wild Things, dreams and dressing up (or I got an award)

November 05, 2012

Dear all,

About two weeks ago, my blog was given an award! Thus far I didn't had the time to make a proper post about it due to my exams. The award was given by Janneke, she makes costumes, LARPs and has written some great tutorials on costume making on her blog. She also knows a lot of people I know, but we have never actually met somehow. For this award, the idea is to answer some questions from the award giver on your blog. I had fun answering the questions, I hope you'll have fun reading them.

1. Halloween is coming! What would your costume look like?
As you can see I was suppose to answer this before Halloween...whoops! That's exam bussiness right there. Anyway luckily I love dressing up and making costumes so lets see, had halloween not been during my exams...
I would have loved to make an animal-human hybrid outfit. It may sound strange, but I've seen these outfits at a festival, and haven't stopped wishing I could make an outfit like that since then. Something like this, but then wolf-themed, maybe?

Castlefest 2011 - Tan Elleil
2. If you had the ability to time travel, would you go to the past or future? Why?

The past, regular readers will probably know I'm a history fanatic. I think every historic period has it's charms, and interesting bits. I spend a lot of my free time doing reading about various era's/ periods in time. Lately I've been dabbling into my own family history, family tree, old photo's & stories etc. Going back into the past to see, meet and experience all those things in reality is every (amateur) historics dream I think.

Periods I would definately visit are the 1930's & 1940's ( no surprise there), V-day, The edwardian era, The victorian era, my grandparents being born, the 16th century so I can meet Shakespeare to ask him wether he really wrote all those things (for once and for all, let's settle that debate!!) Ah well...if I had been given the gift of timetravel I'd probably be more in the past then I'd be here ;)

3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you choose?
The Wild Things by Maurice Sendak

The BFG - The BFG
Mr Mole - the wind in the willows!!
Falkor - the NeverEnding Story
Catherine Morland - Northhanger Abbey
Samwise Gamgee - The Lord of the Rings
Ishmael - Moby-Dick
The Wild Things - Where the wild things are
Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter

Yeah...hum...I couldn't choose. Wait.... Pippi Longstockings isn't fictional, right? Else it'd be her, but since she's not fictional I can't narrow it down from the list above.

4. Which season of the year do you like most and why?

The knitter in me is now jumping up and down while shouting autumn & winter. The best patterns get published during the colder months, companies show new yarn lines they're going to try and most importantly: being able to wear my favourite handknits. I wear (some of them) during spring too...but it's just not the same, is it? ;)

There are more reasons though...the colouring of the leaves, layering clothing, halloween, snow, icescating, Christmas and at the end of the winter my birthday! It's no secret that I'm really just a big child!


5. What is one of the coolest things you still want to do in your life?

Uhum...I can think of several things...are you ready?

Visit Tibet, ever since I was a child I've been obsessed with this country. When I was young I used to drag home a lot of books from the liberary on this topic and make drawings in my notebooks of the things I saw. I probably still have them somewhere...

Design a piece of clothing, from scratch. I make and have made a lot of clothing over the years. It would be really cool to make something, from idea to finished piece myself. I already make lots of modifications, but nothing completely my own so far. We'll see if it ever happens.

Since I'm currently "sort-of" researching my own family history, it would be cool to somehow  finish that in a satisfactionary way. There are a lots of gaps in the things I know about my family. A lot was lost during the war and on my dads side, during an intercontinental move. When I do find new facts, or special heirlooms it warms my heart, like last summer I found out that some photo's in a old photoalbum from my Grandmother, were actually postcards from my gran's father send to her during the war when he was imprisoned in a labour-camp in Berlin. Those are once in a lifetime finds I think, really special and make the history puzzle a little more complete.

Graduate! Would be really cool! On this note I'd like to travel around the British Isles, doing this after I graduate would make it extra special I think. Like the crowning of everything I have done so far. Anyway...that's for the future ;)

Those were my questions! I think award post are nice, as you get to know the blogger behind the posts a bit better. So if there's anything you've always wanted to ask me, here is your chance ;)
I'm still thinking about who I'm going to give the award, but since I'm already two weeks late I wanted to make this post now. Don't be surprised if an awards nomination pops up in one of your blogs in the near future!

That's it for now,

Finished Knits

Soay or the grey cardigan that did happen

October 25, 2012

I originally started this as a "back to school" cardigan. Though it has been finished for a while now, I didn't meet the deadline I envisioned by far. That's okay though, the main idea for this project was a versatile, ready-to-go-with-practically-anything cardigan, which I needed. It was good to set myself a goal like this. I love my colourful handknits, vintage jumpers and quirky accessories, but I felt the need to make something a little more versitale. You know...the type of cardigan you can throw over basicly everything, when your standing goggly eyed in front of the mirror on monday mornings.

So there you have it...I made a cardigan in grey.

Pattern: Soay
Designer: Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Drops Alpaca

Details & lace!
The pattern is excellently written. I do want to add that if you have any problems there is an active ravelry group dedicated to patterns of this designer, on which Gudrun herself is pretty active too. The only modification I made is to make the sleeves longer. No mods to the shaping or anything else. I think the i-cord bind off is genius!
I already have my next Gudrun pattern planned out!!

I hope you're all well! This week I've no lectures, unfortunately that doesn't mean more knitting and sewing as I have to learn for a lot of exams I have next week. I couldn't help myself but start some new projects though ( In my dreams I have all the time I need ;) I'll write a post about that later.
Now I'm off to delve into old English literature again!


Things to look forward too: the autumn edition

October 08, 2012

Dear all,

Autumn so far has been overwhelming. I've started at a new school, learned a lot of new things, met new people, made new friends, made a strange campus feel like I've walked there for years and most important I've not been afraid...nervous yes, but not afraid to be who I am, to say what I think and to do the things I love. It's all been a great expirience so far! In a few weeks I'll be making my first exams at my new university, can you imagine? Downside is that I'm really busy with lots of work and studying! Everyone I know seems to be terribly busy, and sometimes the thought alone can make me very overwhelmed and stressed. So I've made a list of things I'm looking forward to the next couple of weeks or months. So whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed I have a few things to look forward to that cheer me up!

On a walk & a sneak peak of a new finished cardigan!!!

  • Passing my first exams!! (lets for the moment assume I will atleast pass one of them)
  • One of my favourite designers publishes her first book!! 
  • Jumping in a big pile of leaves.
  • Seeing lots of animals preparing for winter.  

Met this little guy on a walk last Sunday. We named him Douglas the Brave.
  • Pumpkin out of the oven! 
  • Wearing my handknits to university.
  • Sorting out my stash.
  • Watching some really old movies, while snuggling the cat.  
  • Sewing  pants for the first time!
  • Cycling back home, in the early evening while it's dark and seeing all  the christmas tree lights in peoples home.
  • Going to a vintage tea house. 
  • Visit Amsterdam again.
My most photogenic cat.
  • Go ice skating. 
  • The first snowfall! 
  • Selecting Christmas presents for friends & family! ( is it too early to make wish lists?)
  • Celebrating Christmas.

    And lastly:
  • The Hobbit! Very nostalgic feeling: when the last LOTR-movie came out, I was still in highschool, and it was a traditional thing for three christmasses in a row.

      So what is keeping you busy this autumn? Is there anything typically for this time of year you are looking forward too?


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