Monday, 27 August 2012

Everything changes and so do I

A little bit different, and more personal then I normally blog about, but here we go. The past couple of months have seen some shifts and changes in my life, some small and seemingly not important, others huge with an impact I can't yet determine. There was the meeting of new people, the making of new friends, new jobs, new interests and hobby's or the rediscovering of old ones and lots to be discovered of myself. I feel like I'm constantly moving and evolving myself at the moment.


These really are exciting times for the Treehouse. The chap has just started his job at one of the biggest student unions in my country, after that he will finish his last year at college and then a new adventure will be starting for him (aka: the real world *gulp*)

As for me, I have been keeping a big change under wraps as well, though I have been in the know about this for quite a while: a week from now I will be starting at a new school! EEK! This is something I have wanted to do pretty much since I was in highschool. It's something I have worked hard for and I am pretty happy at the achievement of this. Ofcourse there is the nervouseness and doubt that one experiences at big changes and new beginnings but mostly I'm pretty excited on what is to come. This really feels like the start of something completely new, not only in my professional  field(education), but I feel that change is coming or has already arrived in many places of my life and I couldn't be more excited!

So wish me luck! Normal activities will continue on this blog (I'm not going to change everything in my life ;) But be ready for some overexcitement and probably some tiredness as I get used to a new rhythm and new stuff in my life.

xxx
Nisse

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Friends Findings


Picture made by my friend.

You search for it for a year everywhere and then your friend finds it at a book market when you've already thought out something else...that's just typical isn't it? But isn't this cool?  The pattern photo looks great and stylish! It never occured to me to look for the pattern in Dutch! I just asumed, since the maker was English it would only be available in english! Turns out not!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

A festival of castles: Castlefest 2012

Finish your seaming, gather your skirts, braid feathers in your hair, pick up your bodhran-drum and ready your bagpipes: it's Castlefest! This yearly returning festival combines historical reenactment, celtic and worldwide folkmusic, pagan spiritualism with a dash of fantasy-literature. I lost count of how often I've been there, but two weeks ago was the second time I got to spend the whole weekend there.

We arived friday afternoon. We had meant to arive earlier, but when public transport doesn't help, there's no use in stressing. We pitched our tent at the camp site (I dubbed it 'Toad Hall').
Not toad hall, unfortunately.

This festival combines a lot of the things I love; music, lots of crafts& DIY, organic food,  people in selfmade costumes,history and many, many kind souls. At the festival there is lot's to see and do, there is are 3 stages for bands to play on plus one stage on which the public itself can have a shot at their one moment of fame. Further more there is a huge market for ready made clothes, supplies such as fabric, leather, buttons etc, hatpins and other jewely and general knick nack and ofcourse the huge reenactment villages in which various reenactors of different time periods show how life was during that period. This year as a first there was an middle-east themed village which was interesting.  This all is packed in a beautiful forest near the coast of the Netherlands (which is unfortunately a very long train-ride away from me)



Did I mention medieval yarn?

I did make myself a costume...though due to an insanely busy June and July not as thrilling or extensive as past years or what I imagined it to be back in March. Therefore I wasn't that excited about it and only wore it one of the four days. Sadly I don't have any pictures of myself at the festival as my camera died during the festival as in it does still take pictures but the pictures are really out of focus and full of all sorts of colour spots, making it ideal for a 70's psychedellic photoshoot, but not so much for any other occasion. I have no idea how this happened...as it didn't get wet or anything (though we, the humans, definately did due to the rain, gosh what a summer is has been right?)

See? It's groovy!
Anyway I did manage to take some pictures which I hope you'll enjoy. 

Who says a festival is no place to relax?




The sign says "Stolen Goods"

So these brave knights came to reclaim these goods. (They swear
no innocent farmers or bystanding gypsies were injured, but I've
heard other claims....)

The ground below...




Thanks for reading
xxx 
Nisse



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Finished Ravellenics Project: Brynja



Pattern: Brynja
Made for: Ravellenics

I here by present to you my entry for the Ravellenics Games; Brynja. Now I've already talked a bit about this cardigan in this post, but now it's done and I can share with you the end result! My Ravelry & Twitter friends have already seen it as  I put some pictures up on there on Sunday, but I was to excited to go and watch the closing ceremony to manage to write a blog. I finished this challenge for Team Icelandic knitters.


I started this project at the start of the opening ceremony of the Olympic games on August, 27. though I didn't manage to knit a lot at that point because I was to focussed on the actual olympics back then as well. I only finished the cardigan on the last day, so I was kind of relieved I managed on time. I probably could have manage to finish it before I've I knitted more in the first week. In the second week I was off to a festival to dance with pixies, goblins and gnomes so I didn't do much knitting there either. All in all I had to do some pretty fast knitting in the last few days. But then again its a challenge, so it's supposed to be difficult ;)



Mods: 
  • Skipped picot edging
  • Did contrast colour ribbing at sleeve ends and bottom body. 
  • Made body & sleeves longer
  • Did buttonband instead of snap buttons.

I really did enjoy joining in the Ravellenics! It was nice to give myself a kntting challange (knitting a cardigan in two weeks) but it was even more fun to see others projects and progress in the various knitting groups. Reading about others and why they choose their challanges was inspiring.
I will probably join again next Olympics (which will be in the winter making it more suitable for wool, Huzzah!)



I'm mighty pleased with the colourwork. The combination of colours suits me very much, and I'm really happy with the Golden Heather colourway as a main colour. Plus, isn't it appropriate that a Ravellenic piece of knitwork is a Golden Brynja? I entered in two events: Sweater triathlon and  colourwork crosscountry of which I already received my "medals" for competing.

Nisse en vogue
 The Icelandic Knitter's team also offers some pretty big prices: Icelandic yarns, Icelandic books OR: A magical knitting fairy tour through Iceland! The winners aren't drawn yet, but will probably anounced somewhere in the next few days (I guess?) The other teams also have some pretty neat prices! I wish all who competed lot's of luck for that!!!

Oh, and the golden medal? My boyfriend just declared this the coolest thing I've ever knitted so far. I'm satisfied :)

Talk to Y'all later!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Stitchin'


Stitching together Halla, aka the sweater from hell. It has been stitched together two weeks ago, not thanks to me though! I tried a few days in a row to sew the pieces together but never got a satisfying result. So two weeks ago my mother gave it a go, and after a day of concentrated sewing it was done. Now I'm still trying to get myself motivated to take some decent pictures of by far the most frustrating project I have ever finished. Have you ever found yourself having trouble with "accepting" a frustrating project and wear it? If so how did you manage to forgive it (and live happily ever after)?