Last week, the first edition of Ekkergemaakt for this fall took place. And during that session, we threw all throws from Radio Crochet on the same heap.
11 throws in total, one more colourful than the other.
The throws will now be shipped to Congo, and the Ekkergemaakt ladies are ready for new projects. So what did this September edition result in?
Sweaters, both for adults as for kids, both on the knitting needles, as under the sewing machine.
A table cloth that was being decorated vigorously.
A super soft cover for a tissue box
For those who couldn’t make it, we have an extra XL edition coming up this October. And this time, we challenge the men. Sewing on buttons, sewing up holes in pockets, darning socks, and – for those who are up for it – learning how to knit a scarf.
On Wednesday 13 May, the Kouter, one of the squares here in Ghent, will be overrun by a real knitting guerrilla. Initiated by Ha’fest, the whole square will get covered in colour. All that to be ready for Radio Crochet, which will take place on Saturday 16 May, and which consists of a sing-along meetup for young and old.
No knitting guerrilla or Radio Crochet without colourful swatches, of course. Time to dive into that leftover yarn. And if you don’t have enough leftover yarn, you can get some yarn at the Handelsbeurs as well. How nice is that?
Apart from that, I also started Ekkergemaakt in our neighbourhood last month. The aim? Get together with neighbours of all ages, to sew together, knit together and crochet together. To learn from each other, and of course, to get to know each other better. No better sound to chat to than the sound of ticking knitting needles or a purring sewing machine. And all that just around the corner, how easy can it be?
The math was simple. Ekkergemaakt + Radio Crochet, that should add up to a very nice knitted/crochet flag line. I already started some flags, and I’m hoping my fellow Ekkergemaakt participants will join in as well. I wonder where we’ll end!
During our holiday in Scotland, I gained a friend.
It was just sitting there, minding his own business, enjoying the view.
And I was allowed to take him home with me.
My new friend is called Lloyd, and he’s belongs to The little yellow duck project. This project uses small, adorable ducks to draw attention to all kinds of donations: blood, plasma, tissue, organs. Anything that can save a life.
To be honest, it’s been years since I last went to donate blood. And that while I can actually do it at work, twice a year. This little duck made it clear to me that maybe next time, I should make some time for it.
I liked the idea of the little ducks. Make one and hide it somewhere. And maybe in doing so, inspire someone to donate some blood. There are no rules about who can make a duck. If you want to, just do it. You can knit it, crochet it, or sew it. Whatever you want, as long as the result is a duck. Made with love, of course. (Note to self: get some practice in embroidering eyes).
I went to hide mine this morning. I wonder who will find them (although I’ll never know).
How about you? Do you give blood? And if so, do you do it often? And what about those ducks? Will you make one too?
We’ve been renovating for such a long time now that our moving boxes needed a make over. Unpacking everything is not really possible yet, but instead I started sorting some stuff that has been in boxes for 3 years now. And what did I find? 3 boxes of clothes to mend (seriously, from broken zippers to loose hems past missing buttons, I should kick myself more often), and my very first crochet project: a (fairly failed) monkey.
A very successful monkey, though.
I couldn’t help but think that I could do better now that I’m better at crochet, and pattern reading.
A couple of weeks ago, Ikea announced that the sofa season was back. Did you see the campaign? I’m so jealous of the stash that girl has…
I guess the sofa is always greener on the other side.
It’s been pretty quiet here, on the knitting and crochet front. I didn’t have to take the train that often anymore, and when I was at home, I was sewing more. So quite some UFO’s were kept lying around, waiting for the knitting frenzy to start again. And so it did. Current status of that all? See below.
Owl socksIf you look carefully, you can really see owls in that pattern.REALLY. (Just settling a domestic dispute here) If you look even closer, you can even see an owl with a lopsided ear.The pattern also says to add beads for eyes. But beads on socks, and then those socks into shoes? No thank you.
Kiddie cadet. Pretty sturdy.To show everyone who’s boss.
Still on the needles
Sheepy time cardigan. Nearly finished. But just not yet. It’s still a bit large anyway.
Slippers. In my head, they looked way cooler, though.But they do have an antiskid layer. I still need to add some elastics, though, since now they fall off.
Glittens. For myself.Priority number 1, since it’s getting pretty cold when riding a bike.
Saucy convertible. Nearly finished, but the yoke is too large,the shirt is too short, and I’m not ready yet to flog it all and make it work. It’s been hibernating for quite some time, and it probably will for a while longer.
Remember these? I started them last summer, during our holiday in Normandy.
Meanwhile, I’ve seen 4 seasons of Southland, the miniseries Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth!) and a couple of episodes of Homeland and The walking dead. Converted to granny squares, that’s 44 done. Only 12 more to go.
I love that I have a reason to be a couch potato 🙂
Ah Pinterest. Yet another procrastination tool available at your finger tips. Don’t get me wrong, I really like it. But, just as with Ravelry and Craftsy, I tend to wander off and get all this inspiration, yet end up doing nothing at all. Instead of getting my sewing machine or knitting needles out, I just go on surfing. Sure, the inspiration board gets fuller and fuller, but the list with finished projects? That one remains pretty much the same.
Anyone else suffering the same problem? If so, feel free to follow me on any of these platforms 🙂
But still, I got one done recently. Inspired by the airplane rattles from Global Affairs, I got going.
All you need is some leftover yarn and a cat toy.
Of course, you will have to explain to the cat that the toy is no longer a cat toy, but has been promoted / demoted (depending from whose point of view you see it) to a baby toy.
See the jealous look in Pino’s eyes?
And then the baby doesn’t even play with it, what a waste!
The attentive readers among you may have noticed that the colours in the picture with the leftover yarn don’t match with the colours I actually used for this plane. That’s because I’m working on a bigger version as well.
This smaller version is 12 cm (4.7 in) long and 12 cm (4.7 in) wide. You can download the pattern for free.
Things have been pretty hectic here at home. We’re still in the middle of huge renovations, and will be for a while longer. Since we try to do most of it ourselves, we only have evenings and weekends to actually do something. And now that we have a brand new baby, most of the work is down to my hubby. So it can get stressful, at times.
To clear our heads and get away from it all, we rented a little appartment near the coast of Normandy.