Finally I can tell you about my weekend when my family came to visit from Germany! I took so many photos, so I've been trying to edit them for you which took a while.
My family arrived late on Friday afternoon, and first my mum stayed with me, whilst my brother and his wife went on a quick dash into Antwerp! We sat on the balcony, the sun was shining and we had all 3 cats keeping us company which was nice! It was lovely to catch up and very relaxing to spend the time this way! I did a bit of knitting as well. Later we all went out for a wonderful evening meal together.
On Saturday the weather was absolutely glorious, beautiful sunshine and blue sky! It must have been more than 25 degrees, just like a summer day but this was in early October!
To make it easier for my mother to cope with walking, it was decided to go on a gentle walk visiting Vordenstein near Schoten. I was very thrilled about this idea, because we had been there once before fairly recently, and that time I didn't have a camera with me, something I remembered this time!
This is the sign outside the park at Vordenstein, which explains that the park has both French elements (straight lined paths) as well as English ones (more natural looking places). Amazingly anyone can visit this park for free!
|Welcome to Vordenstein!|
|Cows grazing in a field along the path|
|Gorgeous blue sky|
|First Autumn colours|
|The gated entrance to the park|
|Wide open spaces and beautiful trees|
|Turning right towards the Gardens|
|Catching a glimpse of the Gardens at Vordenstein|
After our little walk around Vordenstein, we drove to another town, called Lier.
It is really pictoresque. Read more info about Lier
|The houses opposite the Town Hall and the wide open space in front of it|
|Town Hall and Belltower, Lier|
|Zimmer Tower in Lier featuring 12 special clocks|
On Sunday my family had to return to Germany, but we were so glad that we managed to spend so much time together and also that the weather had been extremely warm on both Friday and Saturday. The warm spell broke on Saturday evening whilst we were going out for a nice meal, it started to pour with rain!
And now a bit more about my current projects!
My Shrug is finished!
I knitted up the 6 balls of chunky yarn from Rico and this is what it looked like at the end: a rectangle measuring approx 70cm x 105cm.
|Finished knitting! (06.10.14)|
|After adding 2 crochet seams|
|My new shrug (07.10.14)|
|From the back|
|one more time!|
I'm totally loving the colours and the stripes and I'm happy that I had changed my mind midway and started afresh! It was worth it! I've been wearing it constantly since it's been finished!
I believe this photo was taken on Friday morning, it is the first photo I took where you can see the entire width of the blanket properly. The ruler measures 1m, so the blanket will be slightly over 2m wide!!!
|Blanket laid out - Ruler measures 1m|
|Harlequin Blanket 07.10.14|
|Adding Pale Mint Green|
|Harlequin Blanket 08.10.14|
Meanwhile I had taken out half the contents of my cupboard, as well as 'finding' things here and there, so there were bits and pieces all over the floor. Finally I wanted to tidy up the rest and this is what I saw:
|Cleo in the craft cupboard|
Photos of the finished Brigitte Knitting patterns - there are 84 photos!!!!
You can see them here in this photo, together with the original magazine and another little feature booklet which I found inside entitled 'Masche' (which translates as stitch) - showing even more wonderful things to knit - released by 'Initiative fuer Handarbeit'. Their website is here! It is a treasure trove of ideas and every one of these pattern featured in Masche is shown on their website with links to download the pattern/s for FREE!!! (Sorry, my English speaking readers - you would need to understand German to benefit from the actual patterns, but nevertheless take a look, I find the images themselves are so inspiring!)
Here is the Masche booklet in .pdf format, so you can browse through it yourselves!
Masche - Stricken macht gluecklich (Knitting makes you happy)
Sometimes it is amazing how many (good) free patterns there are about! I am subscribed to various online wool shops and very often their emails contain links to free patterns (usually available to those who are subscribed only), so it might be worthwhile to sign up, if you haven't done so already! (Of course, if your inbox is too full already this might not be a great idea!)
Let me just briefly mention that I noticed that a new Knit along (KAL) has started on the Rowan website - here, plus blogger Wink is featuring a Crochet along (CAL) here.
Many thanks for your lovely comments, I loved reading them. And yes, you guessed right, please feel free to leave a comment below, looking forward to read what you thought!