Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year to you all!!! (plus a Fairisle 'Hottie', an Alpaca Cape, some stripy knitting and Chunky South Bay Shawlette

Hello my friends,

Hope you had an enjoyable Holiday period!!!




This is just a short little post to wish you all a wonderful New Year!!!!
Hope it will be filled with inspiration and great makes!

A Fairisle Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover

Here is what I have been making since my last post just before Christmas:

This was my last minute Christmas present - a Fairisle Knitted 'Hottie' (Hotwater Bottle Cover).

You can see my sketched chart, together with a knitted sample and the actual cover in progress all in these pictures. It is all my own design. I knitted it in the round, using Veritas Laura yarn which contains wool.

Knitting my Fairisle 'Hottie'
Heart pattern
View of the 'wrong' side (the inside of the cover)
Finished with knitting - inside out
Envelope closure
Ta-Dah for a finished Fairisle Waterbottle cover
The envelope closure




A Visit to Maastricht

Last sunday we went for a drive. In Belgium it snowed a lot during Saturday and the next morning there was a lot of snow outside. However, once we were driving towards Holland, the snow disappeared. When we arrived in Maastricht, there was no snow! Some cherry trees even had blossoms!!! After a nice coffee break in one of the 'Coffee lovers' cafes we went to have a look around the town centre. It looked very festive with the decorations. Unfortunately it was getting dark early so I did not take many photos.

Walking across the bridge into the old town centre of Maastricht
Maastricht! Pleased to meet you!!!



My Alpaca Cape

I showed you the beginnings of this project which I began as soon as I had completed my black Alpaca Triangle Shawl (see my previous post here!)

I made up my own design, starting off with 100 stitches and 7mm needles, later switching to 6mm, and finally decreasing to 80 stitches and using 5mm needles. The yarn is Drops Alpaca Boucle in Old Rose.

Ta-Dah for my supersoft Alpaca Cape/Cowl


My new Alpaca Cape with a nod to 'Outlander'


This is my current mystery WIP using Scheepjeswol Invicta in 2 different and contrasting colourways. I bought this during the summer and I knew then that I wanted to try knitting, alternating the 2 shades.

Enjoying knitting with Scheepjeswol Invicta
Colour effect with two different variegated yarns
And a final finished project: I made a Shawl with very chunky yarn, using a 9mm hook. I picked it up today and finished it off, there was only one row to go!

Ta-Dah!!! A chunky South Bay Shawlette

Here one last little look at my Harlequin Crochet Blanket, it has now reached about 1.80m long. It will need a number of TV sessions so I can catch up on my crochet here. (Unfortunately it is not feasible to take it with me on the buses!)




And finally....

Thanks to you all, my dear friends and readers! You are a great inspiration and I hope in turn, I will provide you all with new inspiration, too! It's still amazing that I can now call myself a 'blogger'!!!
I am truly grateful for all your support!

I want to wish you all a very Happy 2015!!!!

I love reading your reactions and comments, please leave me one after reading this!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!!!!!



35 comments:

  1. Love love love your capelet. Happy NEW YEAR

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  2. I love your hottie cover!! How snuggly is that. I hope that 2015 brings only wonderful things to you and yours. Happy New Year! xx

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    1. Thanks, Amy! How very kind of you! I wish you lots of happiness!! xx

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  3. In true Ingrid fashion you are making my head spin with all you have gotten done, amazing projects my friend.

    Happy New Year,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you, Meredith!!! Have a great New Year!!! xx

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  4. Happy New Year Ingrid!
    I love the colours of your scheepjes wool
    Wishing you a 2015 full of so many projects and happy colourful times.
    Cheers, Jodie xx

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    1. PS Your fair isle design is very cute and I love the envelope closure on your hot water bottle cover. We have seen reports of snowstorms in Europe so sending warm wishes for the new year!

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    2. Hi Jodie! You can find the details about Invicta here - these are the two colourways I'm using: http://www.scheepjeswol.com/nl/collectie/sokkenwol/invicta-colour-28561/ in colours: 965 and 959. Basically it's sock wool! :) They also sell it in a new kit form: Yarn kit for KiKa - http://www.scheepjeswol.com/nl/collectie/breipakketten/yarn-kit-voor-kika-28645/, I've seen it mentioned on at least 3 blogs lately. I think it comes with patterns for either a crochet or a knitted shawl!

      Our snow has gone again and temperatures have gone up a bit!

      Have a Happy New Year!!! xx

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  5. Happy new year! I loved reading your blog in 2014 and am looking forward to see your 2015 post!

    You certainly weren't lazy during the holidays: Many new and beautiful projects. I would love to cuddle the warming bottle (I am sick again and long for warmth)!

    Take care
    Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

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    1. Hello Anne! Sorry to hear you are poorly again, hope you get well soon! (((Hugs!!!))) xx

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    2. Oh dear! I am sorry to hear that. Get well soon, Anne! xxx

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  6. Hello and happy new year. Love the hot water bottle cover very clever! You've been a busy bee 😄

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    1. Hello! Thanks! ;) To be honest, it was a bit of trial and error to get the size right and fit the pattern to the right amount of stitches (or vice versa). I was glad when it worked out so well! Happy New Year to you as well, hope it is a creative one! xx

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  7. Happy New Year to you too! I really have to make a hot water bottle cover, love the design Ingrid!!

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    1. Thanks, Hetty! I love fairisle designs and playing with colours. I thought this looks both cheerful and slightly Christmassy too! I made it as a gift for my daughter and she loved it! When she saw it, she thought I had bought it and I had to point out to her that I actually made it!!! ;) xx

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  8. Happy New Year! I particularly love the hot water bottle cover, and all the other makes are gorgeous as usual :) The blanket looks wonderful! xx

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    1. Hi Helen! Thanks for your lovely comments! Hope you have a great New Year!!! xx

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  9. Wow! You are so productive Ingrid! I love the bottle cover - the pattern could be used for Valentine gifts.
    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Hello Maya! You are right, the heart pattern is very adaptable for other things! :) Wishing you a creative and Happy New Year! xx

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  10. Wat een bezige bij! Zo'n mooie afgewerkte projecten! Ik wens je verder een heel creatief en productief 2015! Liefs! Xxx

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    1. Dankje, Christine! Ik wens je ook een goeie en creatief Nieuw Jaar!!! Liefs, xx

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  11. Happy New Year! :) Lot's of kisses and hugs from Poland :)

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    1. Hello Agnieszka! Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you will come back soon! I only found yours recently and find it very interesting! Hugs!!! xx

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  12. Very very happy New Year dear Ingrid !!!! I'm happy to be here with you and I'm still impressed by your work !!! Thanks for sharing it with us !!!

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    1. Oh thank you, Geraldine, for such lovely words!!! <3 It is wonderful to have such nice people who support me with this blog!!! Hope the New Year will bring you lots of creativity!!! xx

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    1. Dankje, Soraya! Echt leuk dat je een klein berichtje achtergelaten had! :) xx

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  14. Happy new year to you and many thanks for your well wishes. Wishing you everything you wish for yourself for 2015.

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    1. Hooooooorrrrrray!!! Lorraine is back!!!! :)))) I missed you (and your blog posts and comments)! Thanks for always visiting and being such a loyal supporter!! It's people like you that make blogging so much fun!!! Hugs!!! xx

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  15. Happy New Year lovely Ingrid, wishing you health, happiness and pennies to spend on wool.
    I love your hot water bottle cover, very pretty, you are clever. It fitted perfectly and seamlessly (is that a word?).
    Looking forward to more journey's with you this year.
    Helen xx

    p.s The orange Stylecraft is called Spice if I recall correctly, it is a lovely colour. x

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    1. Hello Helen! Thanks for your kind comments! :) Yes, seamlessly is an adverb and exists! (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/seamlessly) ;))

      Ah, Spice, thanks for that! I'm also using it in my Harlequin Blanket, it's a lovely shade indeed.

      I'm also looking forward to your visits here! Thanks for the support! :) xx

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  16. Wow, you have made so many lovely things! Your work is so colourful and creative. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
    Helen xox

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    1. Thanks, Helen! And you, too! (PS: you could make the cover in just red and white and it would be totally your style because you love these colours!!!) xx

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  17. That hot water bottle cover is amazing!

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