De kleine dolfijn

One of my nieces requested I crochet a dolphin for her. And after about a year, I finally managed to finish her request *grin*

I didn’t have a pattern so this little dolphin was made by trial and error.

I think it came out pretty okay for a first try, although there are all sorts of things I’d like to have fixed. I’m just glad to have it done before her birthday, though.

Swimming through the grass sea! It’s sort of cute, isn’t it?

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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!

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?

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.