update: rhubarb pie with matching rollags from Wolbeest and garden tea pots
also: happy sheep, naughty sheep
update: rhubarb pie with matching rollags from Wolbeest and garden tea pots
also: happy sheep, naughty sheep
I had a wonderful day! It was not supposed to happen because of the hip bursitis and I have to file that big court thing end of the week and am writing on it 24/7. But I’ve been cooped up in the house for 8 weeks now with those hips and I miss my knitting friends and was so looking forward to this!
This morning I said to myself: caution take a back seat, endorphines take the wheel! and I went to Swalmen, to our favourite Italian Ice Cream LYS Het Wolbeest for a Knit In Public Day and celebrate her business.
I’m just going to throw some pictures here because I’m due back to write for the court. No time to blog.
KIP, Knit In Public, is “chicken” in Dutch. And she was serving “advocaat” on the special KIP Ice Cream, which is egg nogg. Hence the chickens.
Alexandra’s lovely cat Molly, who also was the model for Cat Sock Month of January.
Special order for today: a coupe with artisanal chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla ice cream, egg nog, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a sugar wafer
These were looking for a new home. Very good for a spencer/ vest!
I had such a wonderful time!! I was so glad to see some of my knitting friends again 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’ve been home for 2 hours now. Had some dinner and a rest. Now it’s back to work, writing about manure and the justice system. I’m writing with a smile though because I had a wonderful day 🙂
It was a delight! At studio Het Wolbeest in Swalmen. This is the indy dyer with the ice cream parlour. No ice cream this time, it is Winter, so there was a wood stove running, home made cake and soup and chocolates and lots of knitting and friendliness:
Stroopwafels! And lots of cat bags and cat yarn. I usually don’t put pictures of people on the blog so please imagine around 12 knitters sitting around this table, just chatting and knitting away, having a lovely time 🙂
I wore my “Cat mischief” shirt and the fir cowl neck warmer made with purple glitter yarn, dyed by Het Wolbeest.
These stitch markers I use the most and the lady that made them for me a few years back was also coming to the knitters’ party:
They are all glass beads and the loop at the top sits comfortable on my needles. I love glass, especially vintage beads. So I asked her if she could make me some more and offered to swap her some high quality yarn and a Woolly Dodo stitch marker for it. She agreed 🙂
I asked her to make all different ones but she’s too organized for that, they HAVE to come in sets. This is as far as she managed to go out of her comfort zone and make each set a set of siblings, heehee:
I also brought my new FiberRachel bird house bag. This is a hippogriff! One who loves cats:
there’s one like this left at FiberRachel’s etsy shop
My other cat bag fits right in it and that’s funny because just that morning I drew this:
In honor of the black cat Het Wolbeest has, Floki.
When it was time to go I left a cat behind. This tortie cat:
This is Wolbeest’ daughter and when her mother showed her my pooling cat hat she fell in love with it. She asked her mother to make one for her and then Wolbeest asked me about the pattern and the pooling and I knew how much work it was going to be and how fiddly it is to get your gauge right every row and how would she ever manage to duplicate my hat when it was this particular hat the teenager loves so much? Long story short: this hat belongs to this girl.
🙂 🙂 🙂
On the train ride back Wolbeest send me a picture of a very happy teenager. That evening she informed me the hat was worn for the rest of the day. The next day she mailed that the hat was never taken off and was even worn that night, to bed! She them send a lovely Sunday morning photo of this lovely girl, all snuggle and cosy, with her hat and I’m happy as can be 🙂
Today I visited Het Wolbeest to celebrate her birthday. Previous I’ve been to her studio, for felting bags, and the ice cream parlour. Today we sat in her living room. On the wall is the art that’s featured in her ravatar:
We sat and knitted and enjoyed ourselves 🙂
This was my gift to Het Wolbeest, who loves cosy Autumn forest creatures and tea and wool:
Together with some “apple pie tea” from Thee en Kruid (it’s called “notendroom” in the shop but I swear it’s apple pie tea).
Gwen is The Random Knitter and a friend of mine. She’s Spaceinvaders on Ravelry.
Yesterday she celebrated the one year anniversary from her podcast and she invited some of her friends around to help celebrate. Gwen loves knitting, Bram, black and bunnies.
She made a wonderful party with excellent homebaked goods and teas:
Bunnies were there too, meet Axl and Ozzy:
Axl has a paprika and a personal playground blanket on the floos, Ozzy is too smart to be let out of the cage when there’s a knitters’ party. Ozzy got paprika too.
There was an other celebrity present. “Somebody” was sampling one of her beautiful handprinted sock blanks! An eco printed one!
Such great colours. And the way it knits up! Yes, it’s a sneak preview of what’s to come from Wolop.
All in all we had a lovely party and RandomGwen made a new podcast to celebrate one year of vlogging about knitting and yarn. Go check it out here:
As a travel project I had brought my Ravenclaw socks, made from self striping yarn with grey for accents, handdyed by Wolop. But after two pieces of cake I had to admit I was making them too tight with 58 stitches and needles 2,0 mm:
I would not enjoy this sock, either putting it on or wearing it. So I brought it back to its inspiring state:
Now I’m thinking to use them for a hat by designer Lee Meredith.
But before the frogging….. uhm… this happened:
I bought another birdhouse project bag by FiberRachel!
This one is a size smaller than the two bags I already have. This is size “sock”, ideal for a little sock project. Or a nice hat using sock yarn 😍
Now I’m home. Perhaps there’s some time left for spinning…
My claims to Tour de Fleece are getting ridiculous by now.
Today I only SAW someone spinning and I’m using it as an excuse to make a TdF collage:
I myself embroidered a cat on this WIP bag:
A thing I’ve been planning for … ahum … ten months now.
A friend from the Dutch Karma Swap Group organised a crafty afternoon especially for this and I made it, fuelled by fresh mint tea and home made cake, in two hours flat.
It was a lovely and inspiring afternoon and I’m going to finish the WIPbag asap now. We talked about dresses and sewing and I’m all fired up now to do some sewing.
Sheepshearing festival today and it was a lovely day and there were so many friendly people. 350 sheep were ready, it’s the flock of shepherd Roelof Kuiper and Tessa Engelhard. Here’s the site of the foundation that supports the flock.
I brought some stuff to decorate the stand with. Felted and knitted garments, my carding machine, picked fleece, some giant yarn I want to handweave with. It interested a lot of people which was nice.
Our neighbours were selling jars with everything you need to bake a cake:
Bluegrass band the Cowpokes walked around and they stopped and serenaded us! I love blues and funky country and skilled musicians. Their first song was without lyrics and their guitar picking was something to behold. It had excellent spinning rhythm too.
They walked on, but only after three full numbers! The rhythm and energy really got to me. So I mentioned to Meta that if I had a second life I would’ve learned slap-bass guitar. A nearby visitor stopped dead in his tracks and turned around, smiling and beaming. He plays the guitar and hearing some odd spinner passionately mentioning slap bass made his day 😀
We talked for a bit, I tried to remember the name of funky slap bass guitarist Davi504 but failed. We had a lovely talk nonetheless and he convinced me there’s still time to play the bass in this life. So when I hit 60 or 65 I’m going to learn it and then we’ll perform at sheep festivals. Me being the funk slap bass granny and him doing the guitar solo’s. He also told me that you can combine bass guitar with singing, as long as you can do one of them blind and without thinking about it. (I can sing already)
Look who cannot shut up when a picture is taken:
Oh look, I can shut something when a picture is taken. My eyes:
The whole day Meta and me were partners in crime, making metres and explaining to the public:
It was interesting the things people wanted to know. “How can you make a thread from fluff?” “How does the yarn wind onto the wheel?” “Where did Sleeping Beauty prick herself?”
Also interesting is that Meta spins on a Rose, the Rolls Royce amongst wheels. And she treats it like it’s an object to be used. Put it in the grass. Spin with your shoes on. Have the dog nuzzle it. Put it in your car without protecting blankets. Just use it!.
The Rose is made with soft woods but Meta’s not spending her days worrying about scratches or dents. She’s using this wheel and enjoying every moment of it. Yeah!
She got it as a birthday present for her 50th birthday and it was the best present ever.
Here’s Roelof the shepherd looking very shepherd-y with his wild locks and working pants. He was selling some hides:
It was a lovely day and I got to spin a lot of my Shetland batts. Not enough but a nice start. And lots of motivation to spin more! Maybe tomorrow 🙂 Although I also have some spaghetti to steek.
Yesterday there was a knitters’ party at Het Wolbeest, the LYS plus ice cream parlour I’ve told you about before:
In the back there’s a big wool studio for (felting) workshops and outside there’s a rest area where we sat knitting and eating cake:
Sock madness in the wild:
That Fabel sock at the bottom is a Symphony Socks competing for the last two spots on its team. Knit knit knit!
Het Wolbeest dyes some spectacular self striping yarn and makes a mean “arretjescake“, a typical Dutch, no-bake chocolate cake:
Another one of her self striping yarns, with a solid mini for cuffs, heels and toes. This one is called Cheshire cat:
I chose a non-striping yarn in colours that made me drool for ice cream with cherries and forest berries:
Wolbeest’ amazing felted teapot cosy!
It was a lovely day and my skein is already on the skein holder to become a Shelly Cloche by Devon Finney:
Yes, a lovely day. The ice cream was delicious! I ate it with such attention that I forgot to take a picture for you. Will have to return and try again.
Pattern Streepje anders by Heleen Kok with modifications.
Today I finished one toe and a whole foot (plus its toe) as I took the whole day for resting and knitting after a wonderful yarn party yesterday.
One girl brought these stitchmarkers that she makes professionally. She made these especially for the birthday girl:
Those are chocolate, a cookie and Bossche Bollen. With a bite out of them! The birthday girl LOVES Bossche Bollen, usually when I go visit her I have to bring some, so this was a perfect gift.
These are very well made too. It will be a happy day when the maker decides to open her online shop 🙂
Another girl, Meilindis, brought her loom! That’s a new one for me, someone chatting and weaving at a party. Go check out the wonderful patterns she can make on a rigid heddle on her site Meilindis.nl (it’s in English).
It was great seeing her work and she explained a lot. If you have extra heddles you can do all kinds of patterns on a rigid heddle, just as if it was a loom with “schachten” (don’t know the English word. What people consider to be “a real loom”.)
She dazzled me with her colour handling and I learned a bit how a weaver can manipulate colours. Soothe them, ease them, shift them. Meilindis has a special knack for this!
(I do not. I somehow lack the imagination or the courage for it, to combine “strange” colours. It was funny to discover this “handicap” of mine. It made it much more marvellous to see Meilindis combine an try out colours with such ease and wit! But I think I may have confounded her a bit with my squeals and boggling eyes and compliments 😉 )
Here are better pictures by the maker:
It’s an handmade mug from Budapest artist Brigitta Bondar who has an Etsyshop ARTushkashop as well as a brick & mortar shop in the centre of Budapest. Near the trainstation or centre square I believe. She’s also on Facebook, in English.
Brigitta is a wonderful artist and was very fast en precise in communicating with me and then shipping fast and securely.
ARTushka also has this sheep mug in her Etsy shop:
pic by ARTushka
and more sheep in the Budapest shop:
pic by ARTushka
The birthday girl is not allowed to keep sheep in her house so she settles for cats. This is wonderful Suus, a fairly young rescue who is so friendly and curious:
There were a lot of cat ladies at the party and Suus was adored!
Equally adored was cat Sproet who came down from the bedroom for a visit. Sproet is old and blind but made the rounds and found his way, using his whiskers.
An afternoon with yarnwomen, tea cats, real cats, cake and chocolate, made for a wonderful party 🙂