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.

Winter is coming

Which means autumn has arrived…

I do love the autumn colours. And the scents…

Beautiful dried flower silhouets.

The hawthorn is beautiful again.

If you look very very closely, you can see a tiny glimpse of a rainbow in the sky. I was constantly catching small hints of colour in the clouds, even though it hasn’t rained for weeks.

Busy working on the latest baby blanket… the baby has been born already, so I have to be quick! Can’t seem to get the colours right in the photographs, though. They’re quite warm, a bit autumny as well. (They’re matching the baby’s bedroom again).

As you can see, it’s gonna be a simple granny square blanket. I’ve tried a ton of patterns but really this one fits the room and the colours best in my opinion. Now to finish it before we’re going to see the newborn…

Finished baby blanket

And the babies keep coming… There’s one more blanket coming after this one, and then preferably people will stop procreating for a bit *grin*

This blanket is finished, though! And I’m really rather pleased with it.

As said, the pattern is Cherry Heart’s clamshell pattern. The colours were picked to match the baby’s bedroom.

They work well together though in my objective opinion *grin*

Hopefully the baby and its parents will like it as much as I do! He hasn’t been born yet, so we’ll have to wait a little while to find out.

Made a very simple border because I think it sets the pattern off well.

What do you think?

Is it pretty enough?

Blanket in a tree…

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Indian summer morning

Summer is ending. And it’s clearest in the mornings, when the air is cold and hazy, frizzing up your hair and leaving your cheeks cool and red.

I think the time for the dandelion seeds to fly is past… they do look pretty covered in dew drops, though.

The cows don’t seem to mind the indian summer. The grass is still growing; the sun is still warm on their flanks.

Black cat is enjoying the dried up reeds as its hunting ground. Must be a lot of mice in there.

The spiders are busy catching diamonds…

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Baby bunny

Aaaaand… another baby gift! Crocheted a cute little bunny for a cute little baby boy.

I don’t have any progress photo’s of the little bunny I made, but the new mommy was so nice to send me a picture of the toy in use!

I think I used/adapted a pattern for the head, but I can’t find it back anymore. The waffle cloth pattern is of my own making. Don’t know what pattern was used for the baby.

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Baby elephant

As said, I’m mostly busy crocheting baby gifts! This cute little baby elephant is named Olivier.

It was a gift for a baby of a friend.

Isn’t it cute?

Look at its little feet!

Two more baby blankets to finish after this, and then let’s hope people keep the reproducing to a minimum for a while so we can focus on other projects *grin*

You can find Olivier’s (free) pattern here.

Baby blanket

The people around us  keep reproducing. A good reason to keep crocheting!

The next one up and coming is a little baby boy, and the mother requested a baby blanket. Luckily I happen to love crocheting blankets, so that was an easy fix.

The colours I picked match the baby’s bedroom (though I added the blues). The yarn is pretty lovely: a very soft acrylic yarn called Colour Crafter from Scheepjes. Picked it because it has a very nice selection of colours, as the name implies.

I didn’t feel like making the umpteenth ripple or granny blanket, so I looked around a bit for a pattern that fit with the colours and the room. Eventually found this one: the clamshell pattern by Sandra of Cherry Heart. It’s a fun pattern: a tad more complicated than a basic ripple, which keeps it interesting, while the long lines of colour means you can get into that nice crochet flow.

It’s big enough now to fit the dog *grin* It also keeps me warm while crocheting. Really liking this one. Not sure what to do about the edge, yet: keep it very simple or add something elaborate? Oh well, it’ll be a little while before I’ll get there, we’ll see then.

The flood fields have managed to dry up again. We’re experiencing some very Dutch weather, though – very changable. Gives us lovely skies, however.

Look at those clouds ❤

They match the blanket *grin*

Floodfields living up to their name…

The last couple of weeks the water levels of the Rijn and Waal have been very high. When we went to one of our favorite walking spots, Kim and I found out we couldn’t actually get to the river side. Or that, y’know, the river side had crept up into the flood lands.

Should’ve brought our swimsuits!

This is the place where the water actually flooded into the fields beyond it. Looks impressive, huh! I could feel it tugging at my boots.

Kim managed to get past it safely enough though.

I love the old boats they’ve got lying around here.

Pretty in the setting evening sun!

Usually this is all grass in summer…. pretty lake now, though.

No idea what flower this is, but it was gorgeous in that sunlight.

Zoom….

Zoooooooom……

It smelled really good, too.