Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Just some projects that I've made so far.

So this picture shows 2 projects. Fingerless gloves and slouchy beret.

Mom's convertible cowl/hoodie and fingerless gloves.

My first hat. Sad story behind this. I went to the Sint Nicolaas exhibit at the museum and I lost it. : (

Mom and Ana's earwarmers.

Detail of Ana's earwarmer.

Projects to make
Shell Sleep Sack and Cap - Crochet
Clapotis / Dummy Clap - Knit
Purse Organizer - Crochet
Twilight Inspired Cloche - Crochet

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sinterklaas and Swarte Piet

Sinterklaas arrived!! Not without problems though. There was terribly rough seas. Sinterklaas' luggage was lost at sea. you know, the normal sinterklaas drama. For those of you who do not understand what I am talking about, please keep with me and try to keep an open mind.

You should definately listen to David Sedaris and his "6 to 8 Black Men". A completely worthwhile experience and a thought about the differences between cultures, it makes the world so much more interesting. (It starts off with gun control laws in the US then into the Netherlands Sinterklaas.)
Go here and watch parts 1 2 and 3.

It rained. But that won't stop the Dutch!!

Here comes the Swarte Piets!! (Black Peters) Yeah, I know. not so PC for us, but tradition in the Netherlands.

Swarte Piets doing flippies of excitement for their arrival and the soon coming Sinterklaas.

Swarte Piet on parade. Another Swarte Piet.

We are so excited!!

Musical Swarte Piets, there are different types. Acrobatic, musical... etc.

One of the annoucers, they made us practice "Horray-ing" for when Sinterklass arrived!!



Soon coming....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


November is here. It has officially sprung. No wait, that's spring.
Anyway, most leaves have already flung themselves off the trees. It was mass suicide here for the wonderful leaves.
Last week, I had two final papers due worth 80 percent of my grade in each of the classes, and then a paper conference.. Huzzah its over. Tomorrow starts the new block!!! Karel van Mander, here I come. Less than a month until Italy!!

Friday, October 23, 2009


It's my birthday and I'll dance if I want to, dance if I want to, daaance if I want to. You would dance too if it was your party too.
For everyone who isn't getting it, we are going dancing tonight. First its off to a place called Stairway to Heaven, and as the name suggests, has good rock music and guitars all over the wall. Next, it is off the the retro disco club, Derrick. Everyone loves cheesey dancing, you know you do.

Stairway to Heaven

Maggie, Roos and Roos' friend

Berit and I being funny

Erik and his girlfriend

Berit and I at home, don't we look like Christmas?

The four girl roommies.
Me, Berit, Saskia, and Helleen (Peter was out of town)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Home and the LYS

A wonderful week at home with the family. Got to celebrate my birthday with everyone while I was there, which is always wonderful. Didn't get very much work done just so reading, so I came back to Utrecht. But still a week break is not so bad and there was gluten-free cake (always good).
But before I left Dusseldorf, we went to the LYS. First time that I have been there in 5 years. And let me tell you Woll Duo has great great yarn, and sale yarn. And a nice lady at the store. woohoo. I got sooooo much yarn.

Just a smattering of the pretties! A bunch of these were one offs hence the sale. It is really hard to do much with one skein of yarn. These are probably my fave. Cotton and Polymid. GGH Tara. Beautiful to work with, and beautiful project. Have made scarf from these. Will up load soon. I hope.

No, it isn't all for me. Yes, I will make you something. Yes, I am seriously considering crocheting as a business or, you know, selling crochety stuff. No, you can't touch my yarn. :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Phone in the Canal Experience

So, a wonderfully eventful day. I dropped my phone in a canal. Now you would think, oh, its the Netherlands, people must have that happen all the time.... well, no. They don't because they are "used to the canals". Right, and I dropped my phone in the canal because I'm not used to it.
No, I just drop stuff a lot and it happened to bounce into a canal. You would also think there was also a good chance of a guy being around to help a damsel in distress, but no. So, I found a ladder (20 footer, I might add) carried it to the canal, lowered it down, and climbed down it. Now for the tricky part. I took off my shoe and rolled up my pant leg so that I could get further down to bend over and reach it. Well, then I had to take off my sweater so that I could reach the phone without getting that wet. Thank you ballet for my wonderful sense of balance. Stretch.... and success!!
Then I step up with my right leg, but not far enough, into the water, shoe and all, it goes. So I climb up with a soaking foot, sweater in my mouth and in jeans and a sleeveless shirt in 50 degree weather. Then lift the wooden ladder from the canal, carry it back to the place I borrowed it from (one shoe on, one shoe off and without a sweater). And, happy to say, the phone works!!! But I am going to let it dry for a while, just to be safe.
You would think I would be in a terrible mood. But I am actually very happy, I got my phone, it works. A little cold. But all in one piece. It is an experience that I will never forget!
Now I can say I am a Dutchie. How many other people can say that they have been in a canal?

Monday, October 12, 2009

First Post!!

Very exciting. So I decided to make a new blog to keep friends and family updated. I had one before, but now its time for something different and new.

So this blog will contain.... pictures of life in Utrecht, rantings about grad school, rantings about life, pictures of family, crochet projects and general fun stuff.