Baby blanket

The last baby blanket has been given away! So I can finally show the pictures here. They have been taken at various moments during the day, which means the colours change slightly in the light. It’s difficult to capture them well; they’re pretty warm and bright.

As you can see, it’s a simple big granny square. I’ve tried various patterns, each more complicated than the other, but in the end the basic granny pattern showed off the colours best.

The border is a linen stitch in the various green tones of this blanket. I love the linen stitch, the way it looks, the way it feels… Lovely for a border. I’ve been thinking about doing a full blanket in linen stitch, but that seems very time consuming so I’m not sure if it’s a good plan. Maybe start off with a linen stitch pillow case first *grin*

Okay, yes, so I draped it over my shrubs. In this case the butterfly bush. View my lovely raspberry bushes on the left. They’re finally growing into the ‘hedge’ I envisioned when I started planting them. By now they’re trying to take over the garden, and I’m of a mind to let them. I loooove raspberries.

Trying to spread it out as evenly as possible on the grass. The linen stitch border is edged off with a very simple shell pattern. Just made that one up, but there’s tons of patterns out there. It’s basically 5 dc’s in a stitch, skip 2 stitches, 1 slipstitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc’s in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, slipstitch, etc (American dc’s ;)).

The colours look best in the late afternoon sun, I think. They’re picked to match the baby boy’s bedroom. But the mother of the boy in question has already sent me pictures of boy and his daddy cuddling beneath the blanket watching Sesame Street *grin* Glad it’s used!

Growing greener…

So I took another walk… late spring afternoon in Hemmen. Beautiful sunlight.

I liked the two trees together.

Fruit trees! I’m guessing this is an apple tree, but could be a cherry.

More pretty flowering trees.

And flowering shrubs, in this case hawthorn again!

Many many daffodils…

More cherry trees…!

Beautiful doggie enjoying the evening sun.

Loving this picture, the flowers are so beautifully contrasted against the dark water of the river.

The next picture just amuses me: it’s so spring-like that even the ditch started flowering *grin* Not sure if you can see it well enough though.

Spring projects

Spring: the perfect time to start new projects. It seems like Mother Nature thinks so too. I love how all the spring flowers are popping up all over the place.

Daisies are some of my personal favorites. They’re just so dainty and sweet!

Unlike the prunus, which blesses us with flower overkill every year *grin* Love it, though. These beautiful white ones can be found close to my work.

And cycling to work I noticed spring has also touched the forest… look at all the little white stars peeking out from under last year’s leaves…

So perfect!

Spring has come to our garden too. This little pink-flowering shrub is a non-edible species of ribes, while next to it you can see the redcurrent (also a ribes) flowering in a much more discrete manner.

Red chicken is getting ready to eat the redcurrants the minute they’re ready! In revenge, we’re eating all her eggs.

And I’m working on a new project! An afghan big enough to fit our double bed (which, admittedly, is a very small double bed compared to modern standards). I’m using yarn left over from two baby blankets, which means it’s very soft and colourful. The colours are reminiscent of the Dutch sea and dunes, thus fitting the rest of our bedroom.

At the moment, it’s more or less the size of a big shawl *grin* But I’m pretty sure it’ll grow. Think I will have to order more yarn to get to the end, though.

These photos were all taken at different times, and inside the house and outside in the sun. So difficult to capture the colours correctly! It’s probably somewhere in the middle of all these pictures. How do you like them?

Hints of spring

We’re on the edge now… the days are growing longer.

We did have some residual snow, though! I love how they accentuate the molehills.

The beavers are so busy near the river!

The willows are on the edge of flowering…

And despite how busy we are, sometimes we do spend cold afternoons snuggling up on the couch…

Working on a new blanket and finished off the baby blanket. Hope to show you them soon!

More wintry pictures 

Winter is still there! We had a couple of weeks of snow, warmer weather for a week or so, and now it’s back. Beautiful! This was around Ootmarsum. Snow on the sloping hills in Twente.

The ice is making wonderful abstract art again on the riversides.

Bird highway on the ice in Hemmen!

Look how deep the snow was! By this time, the top layer was frozen so a lot of the time the dog didn’t even sink into the snow anymore. A regular little Legolas, our doggie *grin*

I love how the snow sets off the sky and trees in the landscape…

More snow, this time in Renkum.

And again at the dike because it’s just so pretty!

Bewaren

Wintery goodness

Winter is doing its best to show us how beautiful it can be.

The other day we had snow melting and freezing up again, creating these beautiful glassy flowers…

So gorgeous!

Very impressed, Mother Nature!

Everything had gotten a layer of clear frost. It made me feel a little guilty to walk on all these pretty blades of grass (blades of glass?) Somehow it was also very satisfying to hear them crunch, though.

Pretty sunrises…

Frosty trees…

Beautiful landscapes…

Oh and we found this very weird frost in the woods! It’s really ice, though it looks more like some kind of mold… anyone know this?

Edit: my mother knew what this was: hair ice! So it was caused by a fungus 🙂

It’s growing colder 

The days are very dark. This doesn’t always make me happy, but I must admit the changing light does something to me. I love the contrasts that you get this time of year: the bright blue of the sky with the dark silhouettes, the grey water…

Some days it’s grey and wet, the hawthorn collecting droplets from the air. They look like tiny diamonds.

Sometimes it’s cold enough to frost over. One morning I caught the view just as the sun was peeking over the dike, hitting the tree tops so they turned gold.

The icy blues contrast so beautifully with the golden yellows…

If it wasn’t so bloody cold I could’ve stayed all day watching them *grin*

We also got a new chicken. It’s a bloody cheeky chicken. In a few weeks time she decided she runs the place.

This is her coming to collect her food in the mornings. I opened the blinds and apparently wasn’t quick enough in feeding them. My mistake.

She’s a stray chicken, just like the cockerel (that dark fluffy thing in the background – apparently they’re called silkies in English!). For some reason if people see a chicken wandering about their property, they hand them over to us. Last year a neighbour threw a stray chicken over the fence. Though truth be told he thought it was one of ours that escaped.

This red one strayed onto my inlaws’ property, looking rather rugged and rough. My husband came home one night from a visit to his parents: “I’ve got a present for you.” And I got handed this box with this frumpy chicken inside.

She’s been in our garden a little while and seems to clean up rather nicely. Her tail is still a bit scruffy but I’m hoping it’ll grow into its own again. And then perhaps she’ll lay some eggs for us… though it’s probably spring before we get any.

Cows and grannies

Working on the newest baby blanket…

Giant granny square blanket.

We also went for more walks by the river.

All the cows. They look so pretty against the autumn sky. Just look at them lying there, perfectly mirrored!

I think this is my favorite picture. I love their faces.

Autumn river

Autumn has come at our favorite place, the river, as well. The cows don’t seem to mind yet…

“Wat you doin?”

Impressive skies again.

Sometimes we find interesting dead animals… a spoonbill this time. Beautiful birds, even in death.

The other day we also found a gigantic eel. Somewhere in my head I ofcourse knew they could grow to be more than a meter long in our big rivers, but I’d never actually seen it. It was so impressive! Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera that day…

I love the pastels. Still happy with the iPhone cam for managing to capture the sky’s colours somewhat.