donderdag 26 januari 2012

The Benefits of being a Teacher....

Today I had to go to a trainee in Loosdrecht. I left early, because traffic in the direction Amsterdam usually is very busy. But I arrived right in time and the talk with my student and the firm was good very interesting.
Before arriving in Loosdrecht is a signpost with the name: Zonnestraal Turn Left. So on the way back to Deventer I decided to go and see Zonnestraal.
Zonnestraal is one of the most famous buildings designed in 1925 by Architect Jan Duiker. It is a good example from "het Nieuwe Bouwen".
I always wanted to see this building...but for some reason this has never happened.
It was rainy and misty when arriving, but the first vieuw was overwhelming.
The buildings is used as Sanatorium in the past. Nowadays a lot of HealthCare Instituts have taken over the place.
I had a coffee in the restaurant (totally not matching with the building!!!)and off I went to explore....
The view on the round staircases...
I went up the stairs...
Up the stairs the view was even better...

So I walked round and imagined how it must have been to stay there when you were suffering from Tuberculoses. The fresh air, the balconies where you could rest outside and the clear and open buildings. All so different from the Dark Architecture in previous years. Must have been a totally new Look on Life and how the enviroment also helps to cure.
The details as this little balcony..

The rhythm of the windows..all with steal window frames.
Till 1957 the building was used as Sanatorium. After that is was used as a hospital till 1993.
Than only one building was used and the rest got in a very bad state.

Restauration is still going on..This pavilion is now under construction.

The typography from the letters is from the time the building was made.
It was really a joy to walk around and see this beautiful building in real..Must be really nice to see the building in sunshine with blue sky..Than you probably see much more of the splendor of this Architactural Work of Art..
So one of the benefits of being a teacher is that sometimes after work is done, you can visit a place like Zonnestraal..

Knitting
Amost done with my Riddari..About 8 rows to go..than finishing and a soak. Picture will appear probably in my next post. Must finish it soon, because it will get colder the coming days. I can tell you that it fits perfect, looks good on me..and that the colours really match together...
Inbetween i did start a little project..The Muckle Mitts by Mary Jane Mucklestone. Just some left over yarns I had in my stash. It's a fun knit. They will make nice gifts. I am knitting 2 pairs and perhaps some more..
I also booked a class with Ysolda. Hope she can learn me some more tricks. I have met her once on a holiday on the Shetlands..and she was sitting opposite me during lunch in the Shetland Museum.

This afternoon Bram and I are going to the hospital. A talk with a Psychologist to get us a Case manager. He or she will help us with the things we need to make life as good as possible for the both of us...

zondag 15 januari 2012

Spring in Winter.....


This afternoon I made a walk among the flooded river Ijssel. Almost every year this happens and sometimes event the road gets flooded. The sun was shining...a blue sky..and not cold at all. There were beautiful reflections in the river..


It felt like Spring in early January. Strange that Winter still hasn't arrived here. So different from last winter when we had weeks with snow and cold temperatures and warm and wooly garments were very needed. I love a real Cold winter. Guess I am more a Nordic Boy Man. Now I hardly wear warm sweaters or cardi's and my new scarf is still waiting to be worn.
But hopefully it will get colder so I can wear my Lopiseya. I have started the yoke and now the fun part has started. The colors go well together and I think it will look good on me.
To get even more in a Nordic Mood we have started watching The Killing.

Set in Copenhagen (such a great city to go, have been there many times and it feels sort of home to me) it is a very good and exiting film. And ofcourse the sweater from Sarah Lund is a great example how traditional patterns can look stunning and modern. There are 3 variations..


Pattern from the Scarlet one can be found here.
Hand-knit on the Faroe Islands by Gudrun & Gudrun this sweater is a big Hit. On Ravelry you can find the chart and maybe one day I might knit one myself so I can look like the brother from Sarah Lund. The shop also sells these great Red shoes made from Fish Skin

...Who knows...I am sure they would look GREAT on me..

Because of this warm weather nature is a bit confused. In our garden Tulip leaves are peeping out of the ground..

and even a Snowdrop is in bloom...and behind a purple Crocus can be seen...Strange this Spring in Winter...

This and That...

Last week our neighbour brought us a little gift. A recycled card press out elephant from Muji (one of my favourite shops, pity there is no one in the Nehterlands).

I have always loved making things like this so it was a joy to make..and here he is...our new pet..

Our private life is getting a little bit back to normal. Bram has had his first lesson in walking with the walker. We got a phonecall from the hospital in Nijmegen that a Casemanager was found for us, so we will get a meeting with him or her soon... and we try to live as normal as we did. I am back at work and we are trying not to look too much into the future...
Time for a glass of wine now..perhaps the 3th part of the Killing and later a Stew for Dinner...
Bought those Daffodils yesterday at the market... Not only Spring outside but also Inside..

zondag 8 januari 2012

Knit on.....


My favourite Quote ever since I came across my Knitting Hero Elizabeth Zimmerman.....
Knitting always has helped me in difficult moments in my life. It calms me down... and everything gets in the right perspective..and it is nice to make something beautiful for someone else of for myself...

Life is not always easy at the moment. It sometimes feels hard to deal with. But, last week Thursday we have had a good meeting in the Radboud Hospital with a social psychiatric nurse (not sure if this is the correct translated name for her). We will get a Casemanager in our City who is going to help us to come through the proces. He or she can organize things which will make it also for the both of us a little lighter. When we left hospital we felt a little better and lighter, but still...the outlook is not easy. We got a big compliment from her because of the way we are talking about it. Being open and honest has always been a point in our life, so also with this topic we have this attitude. Guess we are doing it the way we want it sofar. It will get heavier in the future , but we are not too much thinking about that..
Things will change... Bram has bought a walker....

Walking with it is very difficult for him. This Tuesday he will get "WalkerLesson" with the help of a physiothearpist. In Nijmegen thay made the suggestion to have these lessons also close to our home. He than can make little strolls in town and rest inbetween on the seat. This will be good for his condition.. It will help him to feel a little more certain and stable. Cross my fingers for that...and I must get over the feeling of kind of shame to walk next to him. Sounds strange perhaps, but it is true. Time heals... Will take time..and hopefully if I see a positive change in his mobility I will get over it...
Till now the walker is used as a kind of Sidetable...
We even got the suggestion to do things we like and do things we want. So, if possible we have the plan to go to Scotland in May to visit our dear friend Birgitta who lives near Glencoe. As a strange coincidence we got a big pile of Scotland Magazines from our neighbour last Thursday-evening.
Big Sign I think...so hopefully we can go. Ireland will be a step to far...

Tomorrow work starts again. So with some of my new clothes and my new shoes wearing it might be OK...

Or this pair...couldn't resist the orange shoelaces. Makes it a little less classic...


Make Do and Mend

I am always very attached to my garments and throwing away is always difficult. I love my shirts... So, I have found the solution for shirts with a hole in the elbow. I am going to patch them and wear them even longer.
Last Friday I took my Acne shirt with me to my studio. With a little piece of Liberty fabric I had bought years ago and my sewingmachine this is the result..

I have the plan to do this with all my shirts who need repair. They will be very personal and last longer. Must be nice to do it with real old vintage fabrics.Might search for that. Make Do and Mend will be my Mantra this year.

I did start this post with a Knitting Quote. I have finished my New Hat.

I like the result...but still Winter hasn't arrived, so no need to wear it.

And my Lopiseya is getting a step further.

The bodypart is almost done (still not sure about the lenght, might knit some more rows..) One sleeve done, the other on the needles. I have used different colours for the little + in the border of body and sleeves. It is a nice and fun knit, but I am already looking forward to the yoke-fun-part. Must be nice to wear it instead of a coat..

Couldn't resist those tulips yesterday on the market.

A little sign of Spring...