• A Yellow Sweater

    Lees dit artikel in het NederlandsLisez cet article en français On a lost morning somewhere in the second half of the 1990s I dropped by at my favourite clothes shop, just looking around, because I didn’t really need anything specific. The saleswomen were busy unpacking some boxes with new arrivals. When one of the boxes …

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  • A scarf and a hat for a one year old

    Over the summer I’ve worked on a few different projects. One that I thought was going to be quick and easy saw its final touch only last week … For a friend I made a scarf and a beanie. They come a bit late as a birth gift, so I’ve aimed at size one year …

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  • The checkered scarf Tony’s mom made

    Lees dit artikel in het Nederlands Lisez cet article en français Quite often people look at knitting as a winter activity. But if you want to wear that new sweater when the days get chilly, you’d better knit over summer, obviously. This summer my friend Tony asked his mom to knit him a scarf in …

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  • Being kind to the animals

    A member of a local knitting group posted this announcement on their Facebook page: Asos plans to ban mohair, cashmere and silk from next year and noted in the comments that they hadn’t known that there were any animal welfare issues related to mohair. The question is not if animal welfare issues do exist. They do. …

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  • Mergelland, Edition 2017

    Last Tuesday they arrived, after nine long months of waiting: 12 cardboard boxes, each containing a series of sealed plastic bags, each of the bags containing 12 balls of Mergelland yarn. We did hope to get them a few days earlier, right on time for the Slow Fashion Market at Tour & Taxis, but they …

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  • Slow Fashion Market

    Last Saturday was Oxfam Day here in Brussels in one of those splendid buildings at Tour & Taxis. The theme of the day was fair fashion and on the program there were a Fashion Show, a Slow Fashion Market and a series of Do It Yourself Workshops. We decided that we had to be there with …

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  • H+H Goes Green

    Last Friday I travelled to Cologne for H+H, the international trade fair for creative handicraft and hobby supplies. It’s the largest trade fair for textile hobby supplies in Europe, the place to be for discovering new trends and finding new suppliers. I’ve been looking specifically for new certified organic yarns. In the next few lines I’ll …

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  • Jan’s Isometric Scarf

    In January I wrote about Rib Magazine, a magazine specifically created for men who knit or those who wish to knit for them. When we received issues 2 and 3 we – my husband Jan and me – were very excited about a number of patterns in the magazines. Jan knit Cecelia Campochiaro’s Revolution Watch Cap …

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  • Knitting with double yarn

    There’s only a limited choice of GOTS-certified yarns on the market. Taking the yarn double increases the number of choices, but the label never mentions a needle size or a gauge for double yarn. I didn’t even start calculating, and I’m already feeling a headache coming up! I wondered if there was some kind of …

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