zondag 27 september 2009

Party, Party..... and some more Exitement....

Years ago I was a member of "Tour de Cuisine". We were a group of 5 artists from Deventer and we all had a passion for cooking. So we decided to organize a dinnerparty (5 course meal) only for friends. It ended up that we had to cook for 100 people and had about 30 volunteers to help us during the evening. And we did present the courses in an artistic way. We had an Apron fashion show, there was Darwin's dinner in a cupboard, a garden centre were you could get salads and 3 trollies full of desserts and the start of the evening was a procession with students dressed in rags on the Requiem from Mozart... Was ofcourse great fun to do, a lot of work but something to rember. We were young, just left artschool and full of energy. We did 2 more in the following 2 years but after that the magic was gone and the challenge wasn't there anymore.. I made clothes for all 3, learned a lot and I am so happy I have done those things. But we always kept contact with eachother and Agnes and Albert came up with the idea to organize a "Rendez Vous de Tour Dinnerparty" We all had to cook and I was asked to make the dessert (white chocolatmousse from Nigel Slater: always a hit)
Last friday was THE evening and we had a great time. Lovely food and such fun. It was all about "slap ouwehoeren"as we call it here (which means nonsense talking), laughing, yelling and a lot of wine and limoncello afterwards (and no headache on saturdaymorning!).
I made "special napkins" for everyone and Agnes gave us all a bottle of wine to remember the great evening we had. Yes, I am the one with the moustache and one of my students told me years ago that I looked like a bad actor from a 70's gay Porn Movie.... (Guess he was right in a way... and that I look much younger without a moustache)So an evening worth to remember but the photo's I made are mostly all not very clear....;-)Last night we were also invited to another dinner from our neighbour who became 60 and about 35 people were invited for a vegetarian dinner at : "De Bouwkunde" which is a restaurant/ theatre just around our corner. I was lovely and esspecially the carpaccio from an old varietybeetroot was really tasty and I loved the creme brullee. Forgot to take pictures but had a nice talk with the 2 children from our neighbour Herman. Work is fine at the moment. I am doing a "Moulage" project with our 2nd year students and the results are great as you can see on those pictures. The got 3 mtrs. of fabric and without a pattern they have to make a blouse. It is all about Shape and interesting and different Coupe. Theme is: "Sumptuous"from TextileView Magazine. Before this task we learned them the basics from moulage by making a shape of a perfume bottel into a skirt. It is all about pinns, folding etc. Madeleine Vionnet was one of the great inventors of Moulage. Tomorrow 2 physically handicaped young girls will appear in my class for a meeting with my 1th year class and the coming year they will be in my class by using a web chair. A film (sorry in Dutch) with one of the students can be seen here. Very interesting to work with I think and also quite moving when you realize that life for such a youngsters is very hard. Current knitting: I am working on 2 socks: the Earl Grey from The Yarn Harlot and the Escalator in Wollmeise yarn. They both come out nicely. And... surprise... I was asked to design a sock for a book which will be published in the UK and USA. It is by the author of Country Weekend Knits. She is a dear friend from the woman who rented out the cottage in Walls last summer and because Margaret saw me knitting a sock she got in contact with Madeline and she contaqted me a few weeks ago. It's quite a challenge but exiting. I am using bamboo /merino yarn from Easyknits . The sock is going to be a kind of combination from Fair Isle and Gansey patterns.Jon will dye specially for this project my colours and it will be sold as a kit. I am now working on a colour sceme after the publisher wanted other colours than the one the author an I suggested. Will keep you updated about this

donderdag 17 september 2009

A Party.....The Hermitage.... &...

My plan to write every week at least 1 entry has failed last week. This afternoon I came home early (only 2 lessons this morning) and after searching for sock patterns on Ravelry (where would be without dear RAV??) time to write an entry. Last week Bram and myself went to a new cardilogist and to our surprise he was a real HUMAN BEING!! So we had along talk about what had happened in the past and he showed us all results from tests done previously. His plan was to do some more tests (till now nothing is wrong according the tests) and if he can't find anything we have to go to the vascular surgeon and if he can't find anything we are going to the neurologist and if he also can't find anything we are going to another hospital (yes it is a lot of "and" in this sentence!). It will take some time but we hope they will find the reason why Bram's mobility is so bad. We really want to know the reason and if nothing can be done about it so be it and than we will take precautions to make life easier. So it was at least a good experience in the Deventer hospital this time. We had a "Farewell of the Summer" gardenparty last sunday from residents in the first part of the Papenstraat. It was already planned 2 weeks ago but that day it was raining so the date was changed. Last sunday it rained again in the morning but luckily it became sunny but rather fresh in the afternoon. Behind our house is a wonderfull old Monastery Garden and if we have a outside party with the street we ususally go there. Ofcourse their are no nuns or monks anymore (but the old medieval buildings still exist) but the garden now looks beautiful (thanks to our neighbours who's garden is open to their garden and they love gardening. When we are having a party in our street we always cook or bake something. We are fortunate that everyone makes a big effort of it. I baked a very moist plum cake from a recipe from the wonderfull cookbook Kitchen Diaries by one of my favourite cooks Nigel Slater. Later I wrote him an e-mail to say that the cake was wonderfull and I got a very nice reply back from him. For the kids I baked some gingerbread men and decorated them with pink, white and blue icing and they loved them. Recipe from Mr. Easyknits and than search for knit and knibble. Jon the husband from mr. Easyknits is a wonderfull dyer and I am really found of his yarn (and he is such a nice person, real cutie!). We texted this weekend because he was selling his yarn at the I Knit Weekender in London last friday and saturday and he told me how the sale went. I was last year at the I knit Day and it was wonderfull to have a look (and buy ofcourse) at the real top-end of the yarn market. We had a little presentation of our Knitted Landscape project overthere and loads of fun ofcourse.. I would have loved to go again but there was just not enough money in the wallet after a wonderfull and long holiday this summer. So anyway the party was great with nice food, loads of good wine and fire to keep us warm in a chilly afternoon. Tuesdayevening was the weekly choir rehearsal with my Worldmusic choir and because of the fact that our conductor Floor is off to Afrika for a year we now have Michiel. He is great and very empowering for the choir (and he plays the piano very well). I think it is good for our choir to have this change for a year. So we really had to "work" on our Russian song Степь да степь кругом or Step' Da Step' Krugom or STEPPE ALL AROUND. or Coachman. It is a very tragic song about a men who dies on the steppe on a cold winternight and he asks if someone can tell his wife that he loves her. We all came into a real Russian atmosphere and it really sounded great. An evening singing is really relaxing for me because my mind is only with the singing. I am now 4 years in this choir after being in a Jiddish choir for 5 years. On tuesdayafternoon I was having the feeling that I really needed a day off to Amsterdam. So I phoned best friend Evelien and asked her if she would go with me to visit the New and Wonderfull Hermitage in Amsterdam. The opening exhibition is "" At the Russian Court. We were in Amsterdam round 10.30 and after taking the cable car (nr 9!) we came at the museum round 11. It was busy but no cue at that time but round 12 there was a long cue waiting to get in (and you only can go in if people go out, they are very strict!) The building is wonderfull renovated because it used to be a kind of care home and the inside is done to perfection by Merkx+ Girod architects. Beautiful Eames chairs in the restaurant and the routing is perfect. The exhibition is BIG, very BIG and almost TOO BIG to see everything in 1 day. There are beautiful dresses, shoes, paintings (some hung on a golden wall: stunning) porcelain and much, much more. I was struck by this little portrait from a boy from the Terlikov family playing with very nice wooden toys and wearing a kind of Russian Keel (we call it Kiel in Dutch) which reminded me of a picture I have from myself wearing a kind of "Russian Kiel" my mother made for me when I was about 2 years old. It was ofcourse all wonderfull but also very decadent and at some point far too much gold and glitter for my taste and my thought went to all the "poor" at that time who maybe would have adorned them but they also might have felt very angry. After that we had lunch on a terrace, did some shopping at Agnes B (men collection very boring this winter), visited the American Bookstore to see if the Yarnbombing book was there (2 copies sold, nothing left) and had a chat with a bookseller who gave us a name from the ABC Treehouse Gallery to get in contact with. Saw beautiful green shoes..Than tea at Pompadour as always with some chocolats and after that a visit to Yarnstore De Afstap (didn't buy anything this time, but lovely yarns from Rowan). We missed the train from 5 o'clock (3 seconds, dammmn) so I was at home at 7 after a very nice day. Current knitting: I finished the Gansey socks (picture next entry, promise) and just cast on the Earl Grey from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in red yarn from my stash. Will also cast on the Nadine sock in my Wollmeise yarn..and perhaps the Escalator sock.

zondag 6 september 2009

OUT NOW!!!!!!....

No, I am not OUT... but the the book: "YARNBOMBING"is OUT NOW!!!! The idea for this really great book is by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain (you've done a great job Girls!) Packed full of of photos from wonderfull objects and great ideas for "soon to be yarn bombers". Published by Arsenal Pulp Press based Canada and for a cheap $ 13.57 it is really worth every penny or Eurocent as we say here in Holland. But... the best of this book is that our Project: Knitted Landscape is featured in it on many pages: We were asked last year by Mandy and Leanne to contribute to this book and ofcourse we said yes to that opportunity. Because it doesn't happen often that your photos are published in a book. Seeing your photos printed in a real book gives a strange feeling after the first glance at them (you get used to that feeling very soon) but I think they really are good photos and we are both in a way proud that we are IN! The book is really well writtten and also the intervieuw we have done with them has come out very good...Next to all info we are in very good company with various yarnbombing groups as: Masquerade, Incogknito, Micro-Fiber Militia and some others. All groups donated patterns to the book and we did two: a tulip and a mushroom. |"My tulip" has been send to Canada and was taken to a lake close to Vancouver (were the girls are based) for a picture by Jeff Christenson and I really like this picture from a Dutch tulip with a sunset. In a way we are done with the project, but after reading the book I got the feeling to do something again, but thatshould be really something different than the things we have done before.. Who knows.... that one day something different knitted will appear on the streets. Current knitting: a lace scarf for a friend (very late birthdaygift) in soft green lace yarn (to tell the truth: lace knitting is not my thing I have discovered) and some new socks for myself. The pattern is the Lighthouse Gansey Sock published in Knitty and they come out really nice in the handdyed LornaLace yarn purchased some years ago at Wolhalla. I always have some projects on the needles for a change and socks I can knit during breaks at school when the patterns isn't too difficult. Talking about work.. Last week was the first week that I had to teach after the long summerbreak and every year I come home after the first day of teaching and than Bram always asks how it went and my reply every year is: I still can do it. But my students are great to work with and one important part of my job is to create a good atmosphere in the classroom so we all have a good time. My scedule is very relaxed with not so many lessons and time to work on my other tasks as: International Projects and trainings, writing new lessons etc. Going to school takes a trainride from 50 minutes -from Deventer to Enschede- which is fine. I read something, drink my cappucino,listen to music, talk with collegues or work things out in my head. Going by train is much better than taking the car every morning with the busy traffic and it usually takes more time than a trainride. I am lucky that I live 10 minutes walking from the railwaystation and also in Enschede it is about 5 minutes walking. Every morning I pass this park with the lake and I always take a minute to have a close look at the light. In spring there are sometimes young swans and in autumm the colours of the leaves are wonderfull. Now everything is still green and lush..... But I also have noticed that I need my meditation to keep everything clear in my mind, head and soul. I am not meditating every day but usually 2 or 3 times a week and my mind gets calm sometimes and silent...
As mentioned in my previous entry (thanks for all the kind words) Bram's health is not very good at the moment and after the holiday we went to our doctor. She told us to go to the hospital and have a talk with the cardiologst and perhaps something could be done about the medicine. We also discovered that an other specialist we had visited in spring wrote down an idea from which we didn't know anything (yes: bad communictaion is a real toppic in our hospital I would say) and we got to read this at our doctor.. So.. big surprise to the both of us... Appointment were made in the hospital and we went to see a specialist about his high cholesterol (has this all his life, but now he needs to take pills as prevention since 3 years) and an heartfilm was made and after that we went to our"not very friendly" cardiologist and his first questions were in a rude way: why are you here, I don't know anything and for changing of pills you need to see your doctor, etc. etc. etc. We both got very angry and told him what has happend , why we were here and that we thought he was the man who could have a look at it. It ended that we went out very angry and that we would get a call in the afternoon about the medicine change. In the afternoon we got a phonecall with the message that we had to go to our doctor to see what he could do. We went to him and told the whole story, that we were very angry (I am still very angry when I think of it) and also told him that we don't want to go back to this man anymore ( I probably will write a complaint about this man to the hospital) and that we would like to have a second opinion in another hospital. He told us that he would have a phonecall and his idea was to stop with some medicines by reducing them to zero. So now he is reducing his betablockers and we will see what happens. If there will no change we defintely will go to the hospital in Zwolle for a second opinion. But sometimes it worries me a lot and it can bring me in a sad mood to see him walking so bad and to see him getting tired at the end of the day But we both decided not to go into a phase of sadness because it doesn't bring anything good and we try to keep looking at the positive things and things we can do instead of the things we can't do anymore... Guess it is a sort of lesson of life we are learning at the moment And selfpity doesn't bring you anything good....as we both found out after reading "Tuesdays with Morrie" which touched us both deeply..