Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Locked in a box apartment, sewing-depraved

… I could feel sorry for myself and watch ‘housewife’ TV programmes all day (which I do occasionally – you’ve got to love ‘Houses under the hammer’).
But the good thing about living in a box apartment is that the housekeeping is minimal and it leaves me plenty of time to explore the countryside.  And the autumn colours are just beautiful.
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Autumn in watford
Life is not bad.  I enjoyed a bit a knitting.  I can’t show too much for the moment, I’ve started working on Xmas presents.
Speaking of Xmas, I bought this book and I just want to be able to start on it now, I know I won’t be able to finish it for Xmas but it might keep me satisfied until I can unpack my sewing room.
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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Spreek je Nederlands?!

I fell in love with this knit from Phildar.


But sadly, I could not find the booklet for the pattern on the French website, so I ordered it from a shop in the Netherlands and guess what the pattern is in… Dutch!

Do I speak Dutch? No, but still I think that with of persistence and the help of Google translate, I might be able to tackle it. Optimistic! I did not realise I was an optimistic.  So far, I think I understand how to start with the ribbing and how to set up the pattern, but it might be a long process.


Otherwise, I’ve been knitting a very easy, no brainer project since we are back in the UK.  To be honest, I’ve ‘stole’ the inspiration from my friend Marina.  I’m knitting a blanket in Fern from Moda Vera.  This yarn seems to never end.  Once knitted in garter, it is quite soft.

I’ve started with a garter square: 12 stitches on 24 rows then picked up 12 stitches on each of the 3 remaining sides, then knitted one row with 2 stitches increase at each corner and purled the next row. I’ve used almost 3 balls of yarn and from what I gage the blanket might measure 140 cm across before blocking (and Yes, it’s our bed, very cosy!).

Garter blanket

An on a very different note, my little Juliette has now been in her new school for 2 weeks now.

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This was on her first day! Quite cold, but looking very smart.  This girl amazes me always.  She’s so fast at making friends and settling into new routines.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Not ordinary week-end










   That was last week-end.

Our first days back in the UK with Juliette, we arrived at 5am in London, drove to pick up Alice and back and then dropped in bed.

The next day, we went to pick up Victor.  Have a look at his school! Isn't it beautiful!

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And even better, look how happy my kids are to see each other again.  OK the honey-moon period did not last all week-end and they were fast back to nagging each other, calling names, but for a while they enjoyed each other’s company.

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And then, it was like any other week-end.  Watching Doctor Who while eating on the bed; waking the oldest sister gently; having dim-sums at our favourite Chinese restaurant (not so good compare to S’pore); wandering in Soho where we found a Whole Food (Yes!).

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Doing some homework… sorry ‘prep’ as they say in Boarding School.

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And then, the week-end was finished and they were gone….