donderdag 30 augustus 2007

New Job!

I've got a new job!

I'm very unhappy in my current one, so I started looking for another.
And about 30 minutes ago I got a phone call, I'm hired.

Click op picture below:

I'm afraid it's in dutch only.....

But!! I'm going to be a information service employee at the new Public Library.

I'm doing a happy dance!!!! :D

I'm in!

Ravelrians can find me here

I love it! :D

dinsdag 28 augustus 2007


Found you!
You signed up on June 22, 2007
You are #10522 on the list.
234 104 29 people are ahead of you in line.
18441 people are behind you in line.
35% of the list has been invited so far

Tomorrow is R-day!!!! :D

zondag 26 augustus 2007

Well... uhm....

I _am_ knitting.. but I just don't know what I'm doing....

Sunny Sunday afternoon

Having fun in in my work room, making stitch markers for a swap.

vrijdag 24 augustus 2007

Punk Rock Gift Exchange

1. Why are you punk?
It's in my DNA.

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)
Fiber, Cats, Fiber, Books, Fiber, Lavender, Fiber, my Irish pub, did I mention Fiber? :D

3 . What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?
My alpaca wrist warmers, my tigersocks and my bag with cables. Pictures at my flickr page

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?
Yarn, spinning fibers, cross stitch silks in blues, purples or greens, punk-themed stitchmarkers, oh and spindles.

5a. What are your three favorite yarns?
Koigu, Wollmeise and Alpaca

5b.What are your three least favorite yarns?
I don't like angora and mohair, or the novelty eyelash yarns, the hairy ones. And I don't like 100% acrylic or thick itchy yarns.

6. What are your five favorite delicacies?
I don't like candy, only the dark, dark, chocolate. I love the smell of lavender, sage and lime. I'd "kill" for black dark roasted coffee. I like the feel of soft, luxurey yarn. That's only 4, can't think of anything else right now..

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?
Magnum. the new dark Equadorian, chocolate one because I'm trying to lose some weight. Reading until deep in the night, knowing you have to get up early in the morning to go to work. I have a lot more pleasures, but I don't feel guilty about them. I Njoy them ;-)

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?
Saterday morning, Staterday afternoon, Saterday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon :D But ok seriously: the weekend in general, my Monday evening Stitch 'n Bitch-meeting, meeting with my friends, the day I put clean sheets on my bed, aka as 'clean sheet day' and although I hate to do groceries, it's always very nice when my fridge is full of good, healthy fresh food (and drinks) for me to cook with every evening.

9. What do you collect?
Books, wishlists, patterns, yarn

10. When is your birthday?
June 3rd

11. Do you have any wishlists?
I collect them, but my main list is on

12. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?
I smell books before I buy them, if it smells ok, the book goes with me, if not, I won't buy the book. Unless I am buying online, then I smell afterwards ;D I'm fiber obsessed, geeky and I love giraffes. I don't like babies, dogs and the dutch-national-soccer-team-orange.

Secret Pal 11 Questionaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Soft, luxery, silky yarns. No thick, itchy yarn. I don't like angora and mohair, the fluffy ones, either. I’m in love with Wollmeise, Opal and Koigu

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have one needle case given by my best friend. It containes no knitting needles though, but I use it when I’m traveling. My needles are stored in plastic ice coupe glasses and a lemonade can with a knitted cosy around it.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I'm a intermediate beginner. I started knitting in december 2006. I did do some knitting in the nineteen-seventees, but not much.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes I have an Amazon wishlist:

5. What's your favorite scent?
Lavender, sage, mint, lemon and cinnamon. I'm addicted to sage. I burn dried sage leaves on a piece of charcoal in a small couldron I burn also my incense in. The smoke that comes free is the best scent ever. Except for lavender, lavender is my absolute favorite.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
No, I don't like sweets except for one thing: very, very, very dark chocalate. No any other chocolate, just the very, very, very dark one. 71% and higher

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I love cross stitching, embroidery, sewing, needlebinding (an ancient Viking fiber craft) and I’m learning to spin on both the drop spindle and the wheel. I like dying yarn and on my wishlist is learning how to weave, do card weave and sprang. I have a flickr album with pictures of my crafts and my craftroom.: I’m also a Viking re-enacter.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
My computer and my stereo play MP3s and I have an iPod.
I like irish/keltic music. Enya, Clannad, Lorreena McKennet, The John o’Gods, Danny Guinan, Mark Gilligan. I also love the spiritual/pagan/wiccan sounds from Omnia and the Mediaval baebes. Some gothic, I found Seduced by Suicide on MySpace and love it. I still like the sounds of the 70's and 80's, am still a big Abba fan, love James Marsters. No opera, jazz, dutch or french singers please...

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Lavender, all kinds of purples in combination with whites, off white, creamy whites. Greens, Blues, silvery grey. I absolutely cannot stand orange, and "baby pink"or "babyblue"

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am a happy single, no kids and I'm a well trained employee/ servant for my 2 female cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes, yes, yes, yes!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks! I’m addicted to socks. I will start the Rogue hoody soon, and I have Cat Bordhís book A second treasury of magical knitting. So I ordered the Denise knitting needles set and as soon as that has arrived, I wil start knitting bags and cat beds from that book. Her other books are highest on my wishlist.

13. What are you knitting right now?
I’m knitting socks, 1 pair for my dad, 1 pair for my best friend and 1 pair for me, first try at toe-up.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes, very much

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I love my bamboo dpn’s 2.5 mm can’t have enough of those. I knit socks on 5 dpns by the way.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I have a swift and I’m still looking for a second hand pretty priced yarn winder.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
I don't have a knitting UFO. Lets not talk about my cross stitch UFO's, ok? :)

18. What is your favorite holiday?
I don't have a special holiday in mind. I've been to Egypt twice, will go there once again, but I don't know when. I like to stay at home, discover new nice places in my own town or country and finally have the time to cross stitch or knit all day long. Read the books I've wanted to read for so long or just visit some friends and enjoy their company. I think my favourite place would be my livingroom in winter with candles, incense and the curtaines closed or my balcony filled with herbs and plants in spring/summer. Add a glass of red whine or Iirish whisky to it, some nice cheese (not the blue ones or the brie's) a book, or my cross stich or knitting work and I'm perfectly happy. On the other hand, I also like to spend my evenings in my stamcafé, the Irish pub Mulligan's with friends, live music and good whisky :D

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Besides WIP's, cross stitch patterns, knitting patterns and all the things I love to make once, some day, when I find the time? No, I don't think so. Books maybe. I love books.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have a lot of books on my wish list, the Cat Bordhí books are hard to get here, so if I order them from Amazon, the shipping costst will make the books rather expensive. That's why they are highest on my wishlist. I subscribed to a dutch magazine Handwerken zonder Grenzen. I have recently subscribed to SpinnOf and I'm waiting for my fisrst issue to arrive. I have The Gift Of Stitching, an online cross stitch magazine and another dutch cross stitch magazine, named Borduurblad. I love magazines. They are small presents that fill my letterbox every month. I'm considering a subscripton to a knitting magazine, but don't know which one yet.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I love to start on the moebius-techniques needed for Cat Bordhí’s projects, never done that before, so I’m excited to try. I also recently bought the book ‘ Viking patterns for knitting’ and that has lots and lots of cablework in it, love to try that too.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, an addicted one, I have European size 37

23. When is your birthday?
June 3rd

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what is your ID?
Not yet, still waiting for the invite to arrive. Situation on agust 16th: 1544 people ahead of me in line...

Update: august 24th: 709 ahead of me

Growing up

Growing up means learning new things, developing a taste for things in life. It's a continious process of change. I feel like I've grown out of my 'old' blog and in need of something new.

A new blog, new content, wel maybe not all new, but more about books and fiber and less chit-chat.

I was writing in Dutch, with English translations. I will change that too. Here I'll be blogging in English and write small summaries in Dutch. English is not my native language, so it won't be perfect. Please let me know it I have made any mistakes, so I can correct them.

So here I am. On Blogger with Books & Fiber.

Opgroeien houdt in dat je nieuwe dingen gaat leren en een smaak voor de dingen in het algemeen gaat ontwikkelen. Ik heb het gevoel dat ik uit mijn oude blog gegroeid ben en dat ik toe ben aan iets nieuws. Een nieuwe blog, met nieuwe inhoud. Niet helemaal nieuw, maar meer over boeken en vezels en minder over koetjes en kalfjes. Ik schreef op mijn oude blog in het nederlands en dat vertaalde ik in het engels. Nu schrijf ik alles in het engels en maak korte Nederlandse samenvattingen.

Dus hier ben ik, op Blogger, met boeken en vezels.