Wednesday 28 November 2018

Another Whirl

When I heard that my local yarn shop, Teekays Yarns, now stocks Scheepjes Whirls, I had to pay them a visit of course... (they also sell them online!) I came home with my third Whirl - this one is called Turkish Delight. I immediately knew what I was going to make with it: the Sea Breeze Cover Up, a pattern from ByKaterina. I'm about halfway through:

Meanwhile I'm also still working on my other Whirl project, the Happy Whirl shawl:

I love Whirls! (no, I'm not sponsored by Scheepjes - sadly!)

Wednesday 14 November 2018


Last week I had to make a quick trip to the seaside town of Scheveningen in the Netherlands, where a family member was admitted to hospital. Sadly he won't be going home again, so I had to clean out his apartment and organise lots of things.
Needless to say it was a stressful week, although thankfully some good friends came to help and it was lovely to see them again, even under these sad circumstances.
I brought my current crochet project (the Happy Whirl shawl) but didn't crochet a single stitch - during the day I was too busy and at night too tired (jet lag...)
I did go for an early morning run three times (not difficult since I was awake at 5am most days). It was cold (around 4 degrees centigrade), colder than it ever gets in Queensland, but invigorating! (and so good for my mental health)

I had to stop a few times to take photos of the gorgeous sunrises and the stunning sky:

(more pics on the photo blog)

Of course I bought some Dutch delicacies to take home to my boys (liquorice, spiced cookies, Saint Nicholas treats, syrup waffles). I also got some crochet books and bookazines:

The top right book, Haken met Joep (Crochet with Joep), is written by a 17-year-old boy called Joep who learned to crochet when he was six and now sells handmade beanies in his online shop. How cool is that! (I showed it to my boys, but sadly it hasn't inspired them to take up crochet).
The amigurumi book was a belated birthday gift from my sister-in-law. It's written by Dendennis, a Dutch guy who designs very original amigurumi.
And I'm sure the Scheepjes Yarn bookazines need no introduction, they are just chock-full of gorgeous projects.

Now I'm home again, exhausted and once more suffering from jet lag... I still haven't picked up my crochet hook but will do that soon - have to finish my middle son's amiguruME doll!