Hike Maarn

Bonus ponds

Lately, we have gotten a lot of rain. This is in stark contrast with the past few years. Nature is soaked with water. Because the groundwater level is already so high in The Netherlands, this has created plenty of extra ponds, or bonus ponds, as I call them.

As I hike,

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Jigzag cowl

Dive into Mosaic knitting!

Have you ever tried mosaic knitting? It’s a really fun and super easy colorwork knitting technique. You should give it a try, for sure (me saying)!

Mosaic knitting is truly the best kept secret of colorwork knitting. With mosaic, we are working just one color at a time.

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Heather & hills

Who could resist?

It was that time of the year again: We’ve got heather season in The Netherlands!

Just like the past years, I could not resist the purple hills 🙂 so I went hiking. That weather was not entirely ideal, but it was mostly dry, and the heather was wonderful!

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Wrap yourself in softness with the Kobberbøg stole

One and a half years ago, I was hiking in a forest in the South of The Netherlands. As I turned a corner, I discovered a large path in the woods, bordered by rows of mighty trees, some with green leaves, some with dark reddish-purple leaves. I love trees and shrubs with red,

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Local winter walks

Winter means that natures slows down. But it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the great outdoors. And the sunset colors can totally be beautiful and inspiring.

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Kiskadee cowl

Get ready for some lace with the Kiskadee cowl!

Kiskadee is an lace elegant cowl inspired by birds in flight and their acrobatic skills.

The Kiskadee cowl is named after the bird the Great Kiskadee. They are swift, have an exuberant call, and have beautiful colors (color inspiration anyone?!). They seem to draw loops and curves in the sky.

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Slowing down and enjoying Autumn

Here in Europe, we’re heading toward Autumn. The days are noticeably cooler, the weather turned more humid and we’ve got alternately sun and rain. Yet, it’s also been unexpectedly warm for this time of the year, so I’m enjoying these days where Nature slows down.

I like Autumn because of the subtle changes it brings to the landscape.

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What about color value?

When planning any type of colorwork – think stripes, mosaic, intarsia, stranded, etc. – you probably give some good thought to your color choices. And there is plenty of room for experimentation. So why not combine orange and burgundy as I did with the Rockscape shawl (shown above),

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Rockscape shawl

The best of all worlds

Do you sometimes find yourself torn between choosing a project with lace, or with mosaic, or with special shaping, or with cables, or with some colorwork, or with…? You see what I mean, right? There is only so much time in a day, and we want to maximize our crafting time.

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A loose Cast-On for lace

Do you like knitting lace? I love it! And I want to share a cast-on tip with you. This is a modified long-tail cast-on that I use for lace and it’s super easy to do. And this is a useful tip for lace knitting, especially for cowls because they usually imply casting on many stitches.

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Auro shawl

The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a guideline that allows you to easily create a pleasing composition for your photographs. Basically, the photo frame is divided in thirds: with 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines, you divide the photo in 9 segments of equal size. It’s like a 3 by 3 tic-tac-toe grid that you overlay over the frame of the photo.

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Finding your way through the maze of yarn weights

Let’s kick off the series about yarn! In this post of The Explorers Blog, I’ll start with yarn weight. Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn itself (the thread) rather than the weight of the whole skein or ball of yarn. One could wonder why we would need to have a yarn weight defined in anything else than grams (or another weighing unit)…

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Auro shawl

Welcome to The Explorers Blog!

Hello dear Explorers and welcome to this blog!

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