Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BLOGGING LATELY (well, not blogging...)

i havent blogged in a while. thats ok, because ive been doing a lot of cool things with my friends (oh ok,  working a lot... and some cool things)
i did however crochet some, which you can see in picture 1 & 3. I'm very proud of my first ever tapestry crochet item that actually worked, maybe Yarnfreak's pattern will make sense to me now.
i also made a stash of wristwarmers in the colors that i love: a lot of neutrals, with a pop of burgungy or mustard yellow. i'll list them soon in my etsy shop!

autumn is very pretty (pic 2) , i have to remind myself that it's also pretty, not just cold, wet and dark!
but these new house shoes from Collegien (pic 4) make even the cold part not so bad anymore!

ive started to learn more about blogging, design etc. i didnt think of it myself, but i have the lovely JustB blogschool from Pip, the book of Oh Joy! and an ecourse from A Beautiful Mess to thanks for that!

now, if i can just find the time to actually read and do everything i want to... :-)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


 today is thanksgiving. we do not celebrate thanksgiving in the netherlands, but for those reading this who ├íre celebrating: happy thanksgiving and bring out the stretchy pants!

as i am being swallowed by all the stuff in my house, because i'm a bit of a hoarder, i decided to host a bookgiving. here, on my blog.

if you see a book that you like, just email me which one you like and i'll send it to you. it would be nice if you would pay for the shipping fees (because i have got LOTS of books...)

because most of my books are in dutch i'll also post a summary in dutch.


een kleine boek weggeef actie voor jullie! ik heb zo veel boeken, en te veel zooi, dus bedacht ik om jullie de kans te geven om wat boeken uit te zoeken. het enige wat ik terug vraag is of jullie zelf de verzendkosten willen betalen, anders wordt het wel een duur grapje met AL de boeken :-)

dus stuur je een berichtje welke boeken je leuk lijken, dan stuur ik ze op!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


well i'm crocheting away!
a lot of custom orders, and hopefully also for these wristwarmers
i love these, so usefull for this weather!

workmen are doing something to my house, i suppose its for the good, but why do they have to pack all my windows in plastic? now it really stays dark inside, even if the sun is shining...

Have a nice, autumny, day, hopefully without plastic covered windows!

Monday, November 19, 2012

AUTUMN THINGS (and give away winner!)

autumn has really begun, foggy mornings, afternoons and evenings. but i'm getting used to it! quite a difference from the 36 degrees in Surinam!
look at that sweet donkey at my work, he's the best. and a bit spoiled...
i put pumpkin in everything i eat i think. this is a very good salad with feta cheese, pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, parsley, walnut, and red pepper. yum!
ive been crocheting a lot, trying the tapestry crochet from Yarnfreak, but as you can see i'm struggeling a bit...
this weekend ive been to the Efteling amusementpark, and it was beautiful with all the lights and winter decorations. the new rollercoaster was also veryyyyyy good. i think my stomach still has some ajusting to do, it's still somewhere between the ground and the sky ;-)

and as for the give away, here is the winner ........

congratulations to Elke!
the number 1 comment almost never wins, so i'm really happy for you!
you can email me your adress on handgehaakt@gmail.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012


today i got a really nice surprise. this is how it went:
- i saw something really beautiful on pinterest 
- it was crocheted, danish, beautiful colors, everything i love (but it looked so complicated...)
- i followed the pin to the source, a lovely danish shop: yarn freak
- i emailed the shop asking of they had they pattern in english
- she emailed back: no, i'm sorry, maybe with google translate?
- i thought: allright, but couldn't buy it because i don't have a danish card
some people are SO nice!
i'll have to study hard to understand, but i think ill manage, because this sweet lady gave me lots of positive energy :-)
so thank you very VERY very much Camilla!

and i think that you should go ahead with your plan in selling english patterns on etsy, i would buy them all!

don't you guys love this webshop?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012



yesterday was my birthday, i dont think ill share my new age with you ;-)
yesterday was also a monday so i had to work all day, not very festive. but thats ok, because ive celebrated with my friends on sunday. and my friends, they are so sweet! they picked out lots of things that i love.
but hey, since it was my birthday, i would like to give away something crochet-related to you!
you can leave a comment below.
i wont tell what it is, like a real birthday, it will be a surprise!
since it is a crochet give away, i'd like you to tell me what you love about crochet, or if you cannot crochet yet, what you'd like to learn.

ill draw a random winner on november 19th


p.s. the link will take you to an awesome DIY of these paper lanterns, by Martha Stewart

Saturday, November 10, 2012


here is some inspiration for you! i love these light colors, i hope you do too. take a look around my pinterest page for more crochet pins. autumn is making all the leafs fall, and it never ever seems to become completely light, everlasting twilight... but this makes crocheting or knitting warm and cosy things even better!
//the sources for these photos can be found on my Pinterest account!//

Friday, November 9, 2012


i've added some hats to my etsy shop. i love sweet little babies, but i love them more when they have bear ears :-)
there was a spot on my lens, as you can see in the photos...
these hats are not that hard to make, if you'd like 'll share a tutorial on how to crochet on, just let me know in the comments below!
do you use etsy? i've been scared opening a shop for a long long time, and i didnt have a creditcard. i have to say that working with etsy is so easy, they have thought about everything! you can watch all kinds of tutorials on how to make better photo's, how to list items and how to grow your shop, if that is what you want.
me, i like a small shop, where the thinks that are sold are made with love, because i wanted to make them, not because i felt i had to.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


a few weeks ago i opened an Etsy shop and i've made my first sell! Thank you to Julia from Germany :-)
do you have an etsy shop? link your shop below, so we can take a look.

later this week i'll write some more, just wanted to share my joy of my first ever Etsy customer!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SURINAM part 1

hi guys, i'm back! Surinam was great, beautiful nature, friendly people, and it was hot! (real hot)
i have a ton of photos to sort through, but i wanted to share these with you for now.