If anybody had told me a year ago that I would spend this morning ironing stars, I would have not believed them! If anybody had told me a week ago that I would spend some time perched pecariously on a high ladder, taking photographs for my blog, I would have said: Of course! Anything for my dear readers!!! ;)
|Some stars I ironed this morning|
Postcards from Brussels
But first, let's go back in time to last week. I had to travel to Brussels and this is what I saw:
|The Escher-like Escalator steps in the Shopping Centre City 2|
|How big is your pumpkin?|
|Auf Wiedersehen Nordsee! Bonjour Happy Fish!|
To explain: In Germany we have a chain of Fish Restaurant called 'Nordsee' (a bit like Harry Ramsden's in England). I had managed to find the only branch of Nordsee in Belgium and it just happened to be situated in the very City 2 shopping centre that I was passing through! And they serve the same menu as in Germany, yay! Missing England, I had to try their Fish and Chips, complete with German Remouladensauce, and it was very tasty!!!
The other thing that benefitted from my travelling was the Nordic Fairisle Cowl - it was finished in exactly 3 days (on Friday evening). Here it is:
|Nordic Fairisle Cowl - Ta-dah!!!|
|Three Cowls I made recently (1 Crochet, 2 Knitted ones)|
Here is just a brief Postcard from Antwerp - there are quite a number of roadworks going on, including in Antwerpen Zuid, and recently the Brederode Straat (Wide Red Street) has undergone a facelift with new road and pavement surfaces, including this fancy red sign, which I want to share with you! (I was walking from Madam Woll to my tram stop).
|Brede Rode Straat, Antwerpen|
Postcards from Luik
On the weekend we visited Luik (or Liège in French). Here are some quick impressions. The city has 2 rivers, Meuse and Ourthe which makes it look quite unique. We also passed by the old Cathedral.
|River Meuse (looking left)|
|River Meuse (looking right)|
|...and again, but standing further in on the brigde than in previous photo|
|Slightly overdressed on a hot day in October!|
Wiki page Luik
Liege Cathedral Wiki page
It began with this blog post. Which linked on to this blog with complete tutorial. All sorts of bells were going off in my head as soon as I had seen the pictures - because I suddenly remembered that I actually had bought the book some months back -I was sold because of the Star Garland on the cover! Doh!!!
|Hook, Yarn and Crochet by Ros Badger|
On Monday I managed to make some more stars (great for taking bits of my yarn and hook along on the bus) and by Tuesday lunchtime I had come up with 16 stars, one of each colour of the yarn. (Yes, I know! I don't do things by halves!!!)
Off I went to the Knitting Cafe in Hoboken where I sewed up all ends, and attached the stars to a crochet chain. The finished garland is just under 3m long! Ta-dah!!!
|Crochet Star Garland|
This morning I proceeded to iron my precious stars, like you do. (I hate ironing, but needs must!)
|Spot the difference - before and after ironing!|
|We are all made of Stars!|
|My Crochet Star Garland|
And last, not least, here is what I am currently working on:
Harlequin Blanket (WIP)
|Harlequin Blanket 22.10.14|
|More rows added!|
Knitted Chunky Cowl (WIP) - started Tuesday evening (21.10.14)
Began this cowl with the same chunky yarn I recently used for my Shrug, but in another colourway which is amazing! I'm halfway through the first ball of yarn! I love an easy going project like this one! Also good for travelling, the blanket is getting pretty heavy and needs it's own bag!!!!
|Chunky Knitted Cowl WIP|
And here is a little music to go along with the Stars! :D
So, thanks for sticking with me and reading yet another bumper edition this time, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did putting it all together for you all. Also thanks for your lovely comments, you are spurning me on to more and greater things all the time. I get so inspired by what you have to say, and what I read on your blogs in return. It is amazing to think how many of us are all busy doing something creative, maybe even now in this very moment, and it isn't purely that we have to, but that we choose to do this!
I hope I can help to inspire you, and I would like to tempt you to check out the tutorial for the crochet stars and give it a try, and if you do, please leave me a comment below. Happy crocheting!
I promise it is quite easy! These would make lovely Christmas ornaments - or use it to personalize a Card?!
One last thing: I am very proud and pleased that I managed to make use of my Ravelry account and actually added the Star Garland in all it's technicolour glory to my projects (well, it is my only project on there so far - you can find it on this page!!!) If you are also on there, feel free to 'befriend' me, and I can find your favourites!
Have a wonderful week and weekend! Comments are open now: ;)