Weekly update: Apple picking

Yesterday we went apple picking at the Olmenhorst. Two teenagers, one naughty dog, an irritated husband and a tired me. A recipe for disaster, right? It's true the drive there didn't go very well. We got stuck in traffic (on a Sunday!) and made a huge detour. Once there it was very crowded, and muddy, we forgot our rain boots, husband got frustrated with his phone trying to get some work done (on a Sunday!), the dog ran away and one of the teenagers felt dizzy. 

But then we started walking and looking for apples on the trees. We did bring three baskets to collect apples this year. That's right we do this every year. Last year we arrived too late and husband and son grabbed what they could find... from the ground. We ended up with 5 kilos of bruised and half eaten apples.

So this time we were only allowed to 'pick' apples from the tree and we agreed we would only choose the prettiest ones. Like this one. It's either a Santana or an Elstar, can't really tell them a part. We were tasting them right there in the orchard. Both equally delicious. 

Since our oldest one was a little girl we've been picking apples here every year. A year without picking is not a good one, say my now teenagers, they are just as eager to keep up the tradition as I am, which pleases me a lot. I used to take pictures of the kids, but now my girl was taking a picture of me. How about that?

We went home each with a basket full of apples. We came home happy and refreshed and I even had energy to make this little swatch with Phildar Partner 3,5 for the cardigan that I found in Draad en Praat's new magazine Handmade Living. It's the first time I am working with this yarn and I absolutely love it. It's so soft and easy to work with, and the color is just lovely. Can't wait to start working on the cardigan.
Last week I promised you I would write about what I made on the way back from summer holiday, but I didn't, so no new promises this week. No idea about what I am going to write about next time. You'll just have to wait and see ;-)xInez


Weekly update: Crocheting on holiday, custom order and Etsy shop

 Last summer we spent a week in Spain. We rented this gypsy wagon on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. It was warm and we were lazy, and I spent the bigger part of the day crocheting either at our dwelling or near the pool.

 Through Etsy I had received a request to make a poncho with pink pompoms for a 9-year old girl. So I brought all my Stylecraft yarn - needed an extra suitcase for it! - and started crocheting in the car on our way down south. I crocheted in Paris, in Uz├Ęs and finally in Spain. I crocheted in the car, on the couch, by pool and river and on the beach.

And before I knew it, I had two (!) poncho's. I had made a mistake in the first one - too small for a 9-year old - and by the time I found out I was too far and decided to make a second one.

So here they are, two - almost - identical crochet poncho's with pompoms. The big one is sold, but the small one can still be found in my Etsy shop. I hope it'll soon find its way to a 5/7 year old.

Next week I'll blog about what I made on the way back home.



Instagram favorites | Blue Yarn

Welcome back to my weekly Instagram favorites!
Today I wanted to share some blue yarns. My favorite color in any variation: ice blue, baby blue, grey blue, royal blue... I could go on forever. I've been loving this color since I was a child. I still feel best when I am completely dressed in blue. Somehow it makes me feel safe, it helps me feel 'me.'

I want to give credit to the makers of these pictures for capturing the eerie blue that I find so soothing.
From left to right and top to bottom:
Asma Binhaider from @uaepanda
Brooklyn Tweed from @brooklyntweed
Heleen from @heleen_nl
Anique from @kleinmaarfijn_anique

Have a lovely weekend!