Thursday, July 7, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
After several attempts to knit "heart lace top" by Betty, I frogged it all and decided to make something up. Iwas knitting with grey cotton, so I wanted to make a summer top. But all the patterns I could find on ravelry didn't seem good enough. That's when I started to knit... I began with a broad collar, made some decreases and started to work on an open back. The first part was knitted on circular needles, but at the beginning of the opening at the back I divided the piece in a front part and a back part. The back is almost done, I'm now working on the cap sleeves. I don't know exactly what to do with the front. But I made a rough sketch, so we will see how this thing will turn out. Maybe I just make something up, while knitting.
|This is the back. It looks a bit funny, because the edges tend to curl. Also the opening isn't going to be as round as it appears to be.|
|This is the piece seen from the front. As you can see, the first part is knitted on circulars.|
Hm, talking about addictive! These are too:
Saving Room For Dessert A blog full of delicious recipes (and pictures!) I can't wait to try out some of those pies. I mean...Baileys Irish Cream Mousse Pie, Chocolat Peanut Butter Pie, Lemon Ice Box Pie and Marshmallow-Almond Key Lime Pie, how can you resist them! (and almost all the other pies)
I didn't expect the visitors would like my date bars, because dates are a bit exotic. But they loved them! And I must say, they are delicious! Full of sweet moist date filling and crunchy oats on top!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
In my last blog post I allready talked about the reason for us not being at home that much. Luckily I have some goodish news. My grandma is back home again, after she'd lain in hospital for four weeks. After some scans the docters saw 'something' in the coxa, that didn't belong there. They didn't know immediately what 'it' was, but it was sure that thing pressed on one of her sinews, which gave her terrible painattacs. After more examinations they've found out it is some kind of a tumor, in the lymph gland in her coxa (somewhere around the tailbone). Luckily this can be very well treated with chemotherapy. After one or two treatments the tumor will get smaller and the pressure on the sinew will decrease. We are glad they found the source of the painattacs and that it can be treated that well. My grandma will start her chemotheraphy at Tuesday. So I'll still won't be at home that much. I want to thank all the people who thought about my grandma, wished her the best and asked about her :) It was so sweet to see you all so concerned.
Let me show you my plants now, they deserve a little more attention.
Last year I had a big basil plant. It even got flowers! When the flowers died, I harvested the seeds, which I have sown this year. The chives and East-Indian cherry seeds are bought at the supermarket. But I also collected the pumpkin seeds myself. Last year I baked a pumpkin pie and I've dried the seeds to sow them. And now look what they've become :)! I cheated a bit with the tomato plant, because I bought that allready being a little plant. But still, it has grown pretty good! I snatched all the leaves, so the plant can put all its energy in growing the fruits.
|Basil & East-Indian cherry|
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Now you all know what took me so long to post anything new. Because I still have to blog about this amazing Thomas Dybdahl concert I've been too.
He was giving a show at Vera, Groningen on the second of May. Since I am a big fan of him I had to go there. I only saw him once with his band 'The National Bank.' Now I finally had the opportunity to see a gig where he sings his own songs.
The show wasn't sold out, at all, so I didn't need the reservation I made for my ticket. But there was enough public for a great evening. They were so enthousiastic, just like me!
Before Dybdahl started playing there was a support act from the Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. I already listened to a couple of songs from her on YouTube, but live she was even better!
Then finally the moment arrived that Thomas Dybdahl got on stage.
He played a couple of songs from his new album 'Waiting for that one great moment' which isn't actually his newest CD. He just brought out a new album, featuring no new songs, because he now has a new label at Strange Cargo/Universal, with a worldwide deal. So we are bound to here more of this great musician in the future! But luckily he also played many 'old' songs, not that I don't like the new ones :)
By the way, not all the credits go to Thomas ofcourse, because he also had an amazing band with him!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
|I'm wearing a Pippi Longstockings shirt, by the way. The sunlight makes it hard to see.|
I signed up for a new study!
After 2 years of studying archaeology, followed by a year of doing 'nothing', I decided I want to go to University again.
To many of you it will be of no great surprise that the study of my choice is:
Scandinavian language and culture!
Right at the start of the first schoolyear you have to choose between Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. I will be choosing Norwegian, which also isn't a big surprise to you I guess.
The new study will start in September, so there's still plenty of time to prepare for this new study.
I can't wait to begin :)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
|One of my first times in Norg.|
|Inside the cottage, my mom (right) is knitting|
something for me I guess.
|Making 'forest dishes'|
When I was 8 years old, me and my mom spent our holiday
|On the campingsite, making a landscape, |
using all kinds of natural things.
The weather was very bad one day, we saw the lightning strike the field in front of us and it rained all evening! You don’t feel very save in a tent on a moment like that. Luckely my aunt and uncle stayed in ‘Tummetot’ so my uncle came to ‘rescue’ us. After a couple of hours the rain stopped and the thunderstorm passed. What was left where very large pools! After all the excitement of the storm, we didn’t have to think what we wanted to do with them! My uncle and cousins and me went outside and danced like idiots in the pools!
The past 5 years we all went together to the campingsite. Often, girlfriends, boyfriends and other friends were brought along. It was like one big happy camp, with lots of laughing, playing the guitar, singing, playing, cycling and making forests walks. But little kids get big and leave home.
This is the first year we aren’t going to spent our holiday with all. But who knows what the future will bring. I am certain the big happy camp will be restored one day. Because Norg is a very special place. It’s like a second home, for me at least. But I know lots of people how feel the same way about it. You have to have been there to experience the special ‘Norg sensation’
My most favourite place is a heathland called ‘Noordsche veld’ which means something like Nordic Field. There are Scottish Highland cows and goats who are grazing the fields. It is not only a beautiful place but, a very interesting place for archaeologists! There are a couple of megalithic graves (dating from the Neolithicum, Bronze Age and Iron Age) and some celtic fields (prehistoric farmlands.) Everytime I go there, I can’t resist the urge to look out for artefacts. I always come home with my pockets full of flints. But I never found an artefact like a scraper or a handaxe.
|This is me (with red hair!) Watching through a telescope in search of Highland cows I suppose ;-)|
A holiday without Norg isn’t a real holiday. So now me and my mom are celebrating our holiday with my grandparents in a cottage in the woods in June. We’ll stay for one week and somewhere in July mom and I will stay a week on the campingsite: http://www.boscamping.nl/ (in Ducth!)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Recently I spent more time sewing than knitting. Probably because my knitting project is a winter sweater and it’s beautiful weather right now.
I was however in desperate need of a summerish vest. So I grabbed an old and too large black long sleeve shirt and turned it into the vest I wanted. I didn’t make pictures of the shirt before, but I think you can imagine wat it looked like, just a plain, boring shirt.
I’ve cut the front from collar to bottom and cut the sleeves in half. Then I grabbed and old black and white striped top from my closet and made them into cuffs. I also made a tiny cut in the back of my vest. It’s perfect to wear instead of a jacker right now. I’m very happy with the result!
Friday, April 8, 2011
I must say I hate raw carrots, they give me headaches! But cooked, mashed or baked I love them. A couple of weeks ago I made carrotcake for the first time. I’ve already eaten some before. But at Volunteersday I finally baked one myself and also made a creamcheese icing with it. It was delicous, if I say so myself! My favourite recipe comes from a little cookbook that we own for many years. I don’t like raisins and sultanas in my carrotcake, so I replace them by walnuts. If you do like raisins and sultanas, you can add half a cup of walnuts, a quarter cup of raisins and a quarter cup of sultanas. This is how I make my carrotcake:
2 beaten eggs
1 cup raw cane sugar
1 cup grated carrot
0,75 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup sifted flour
1 tablespoon (tsp) gingerbreadspices
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
100 g/3,53 ounce creamcheese
o,75 cup sifted sugar powder
2 tsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
You can replace the cinnamon and ginger powder by 2 tsps of honey.
If you use a gas oven make sure that you preheat it at 180 °C/ 356 °F.
This is not necessary if you use an electric oven.
Butter a rectangular or round tin (you can use whatever you want). Put a sheet of backing paper on bottom and sides of the tin.
Mix eggs, grated carrot, oil and walnuts in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients en stir until you have a moist dough. Spoon the mixture in your tin. Bake it aorung 40-45 minutes. Let it cool a bit down and put it on a grate. When cooled down completely, coat with icing.
Making the icing is quit simple. You just put all ingredients together in a bowl and stir it.
Enjoy your carrotcake :)!
Since I had bought to much carrots then I needed for my carrotcake, there where a few left.
First I wanted to make Hutspot/ Carrot Hotchpotch (?) of it. But I didn’t feel like it. So I tried something different, with the same ingredients!
For 3-4 persons
Grate potatoes and carrots in a big bowl. Chop the onion in tiny pieces and add to the patatoe carrot mixture. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Put some butter or oil in a hot pan. If the butter is heated well place little heaps of the picture in your pan and flatten them a little. If one side is brown, turn them over. Both sides have to be a nice golden brown.
Enjoy your meal!
It’s time for a new ‘album of the month’! This time it wasn’t easy to pick one. There where many good album releases. Alamo Race Track, a Dutch band, released a new album past month called ‘Unicorn loves Dear’. They’re one of my favourite Dutch bands. Also J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) released a solo album and R.E.M. also released a new album. But I decided:
Alamo Race Track – Unicorn Loves Dear
Not only does this album sound good, the cover also is wonderful! The first time I saw this band was in 2007 when I was in Plato (my favourite recordstore in Groningen). Before that, I’d never heared of them. Their music grabbed me instantly. Back home I immediately went to the library to borrow their album (‘Black Cat John Brown’ from 2006). I still love it! The new album sometimes reminds me of the previous one. But it’s a bit more sober. No more electirc guitars, but more acoustic work. Singer Ralph Mulder has a unique voice. You can hear that in all songs ofcourse, but in the titlesong it is very prominent. They will perform at Vera the 12th of May. But I’m not sure if I’m going to be there. because there’s aslo Thomas Dybdahl and the Liberation Festival in the same month :)
Come back for more next month!
Uhm, well you can drop by earlier to read my other stuff ofcourse ;-)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Todat was a beautiful spring day. Although it was a bit cold, I enjoyed the sun. I took a walk to the harbor and made some pictures. After that I went to the hairdresser, because the last time I went there was 2 years ago ;-) My hairstyle didn’t change that much, only the neccesary bits were cut off, because I like my hair looong :) On my walk I came across this amazing hippie camper. It reminded my immediatly off the Into the Wild camper (you know, the one Jan and Rainey drive around.) I couldn’t find a picture of it, so you have to watch the movie if you want to know what I’m talking about ;-) I have no idea who drives this beautiful van, but I think they life in the neighbourhood, cause I this van close to my home before.
Monday, March 28, 2011
At volunteers day we also went to Sarasvati to help there. I baked carrotcake with creamcheese icing and lemon cupcakes with lemon icing. The carrotcake was a huge success, which was very flattering :) The project on volunteers day was pollarding willows. We worked very hard and enjoyed the nice weather. When I came home I discovered my face was a little burned by the sun. Well I guess that's the price you got to pay with such a pale skin like me ;) But it was worth it, cause I enjoyed it all very much!
Monday, March 21, 2011
And that's not the only exciting concert news....pa-pa-pa-pam *drums rolling*
The Magic Numbers are playing a gig on The Liberation festival in Groningen 3 days after the Thomas Dybdahl concert, huzzah!
And last but not least, Jaga Jazzist will play a gig in Vera next sunday :) Some of their members play in the National Bank too!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Progress: Half done
Designer: Cassie Rovitti
A while a go I started knitting this sweater. I first photoshopped a picture of the original, to try out different colours. I decided that I liked this colourcombination the best. It's dark orange, limegreen, petrol and eggplant colour. I sleightly altered the pattern of the sleeves. The pattern said that I should make widening sleeves. But I didn't like the idea. Instead I made puffing sleeves, by knitting the next to last row like this: *k1, k2tog * repeat. After that, knit 1 more row and bind off all stitches. Now I only have to knit the body and then it's ready to wear :D Maybe a bit late, since winter is gone allready, but I can wear it in spring!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
January: The Decemberists - The King is Dead
Well, this one was quite easy. Since I listen to this CD the whole time.
I already new the Decemberists, because I had this sampler CD from Rough Trade with one track from them called '16 military wives' Which is a pretty well known song I guess. But when I heared this new CD I was totally surprised, in a good way. There are more folk influences and in one song 'Rox in the Box' they use an Irish tune (known as Raggle Taggle Gipsy. The Dutchies may recognize it as an song that Rapalje plays often :)
They use more backvocals, which gives the whole a very melodic and folky touch. This album makes you a bit nostalgic. You wouldn't guess that this band is actually from America! The sound is so Irish/Scottish. I didn't even know, untill I googled the bandname.
Here is my favourite track from the album the King is Dead:
February: Daniël Lohues - Hout Moet
Actually, this one was easy to pick too! I'm a big fan of Lohues. He sings in a Dutch dialect called 'Drents' which I, as a 'Groninger' can easily understand. Before this album he made a series of 4 albums. All titled 'Allenig' ('Alone'), marked with numbers I to IV, but you can also indicate them by the seasons. Each album stands for a different season. Now he made a new album with different artist, but with the same strong lyrics. He really is a word artist. It's a shame the non Dutchies, well and even some Dutchies will not understand the lyrics. But the melodies are great to! It's a folky albums, with Irish/Scottish influences in a couple of songs. We didn't here that in the previous albums.
'Hout moet' has two meanings, it can mean: 'as it has to be' or 'keep a good heart'
I couldn't find my favourite teack on YouTube, but I like all songs, so here is one track, called 'Prachtig mooie dag' which means: very beautiful day.
See you again next month ;) (Well, I think you'll see me earlier with another blog post!)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
First are spinningwheels were tested and we got a lot of information about different kinds of wool and a spin demonstration ofcourse :)! After that we started practising our selves. First it didn't went very well, but after a while I got the hang of it. I used my sheepfleece to spin, the result was amazing. I didn't think you could spin such thin threads with my own sheep fleece! If my yarn spun and dyed I'll show it here.
The day before I baked a lot of muffins and I made sandwiches, so we had enough food :) It was a very, very nice day and we learned a lot! Our plan is to come together some day to spin, when we practised some more ;)
Mom made a little video while I was spinning and we took some pictures. I uploaded it with Youtube, you can watch it here:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
|I didn't make this one. Copyright belongs to Ysolda Teague. Hopefully mine will turn out this pretty :)|
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This could actually be one of the most exciting things that happened since, well, since ever I guess :P
Because maybe (if the weather is clear in the evening) we can see the Northern light HERE tomorrow evening :O :D Yes here, in the Netherlands! So now I'm so nervous and excited, this could mean that one of my wishes will become reality tomorrow. I guess it isn't going to be that spectacular as it is in Norway and other polar countries, but hey, at least we can see a little bit of magic (hopefully!)
|I guess we won't be seeing something like this, but if I have an oppotunity to post pictures of the Northern light, I grab it ;)|
At least my hands won't be freezing off, because I now have some very nice, soft, warm, handmade mittens :)! I'm very pleased with the result. I saw them here and decided that I wanted to make some myself. Yesterday I was so excited (again) with the idea, so I immediately made them. I used my sewing machine so they were done in a wip.
|I used old sweaters to make them.|
|Ta-daa! Here they are.|
I listened a lot to this band when i was working on my mittens, they´re from Iceland :)
I hope we can catch a glimp from the Northern light tonight, happy viewing :)!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Yesterday I made a savory pie, with mushrooms ragout, onion, chopped veggie burgers, garlic and some leftover belgian sprouts. It was absolutely delicious, it looked gorgeous and it made our refrigerator a bit emptier :D I added a little dough flower to pie, to give it a Valentines day theme. It's so nice to create something with leftovers. Since I always have flowers and butter in my cupboards, I can make these things anytime. That's because I love to bake!
My WIP also has something to do with Valentines day, but you could say the some about my last post ofcourse ;-)
My WIP involves this:
See you next time!