27 August 2008

Dark as the night - Astrodome, Northern Lights and Fallen Angel

Some days can't go wrong...
Had the day off and had an appointment at the dentist. While this is not something to look forward to it turned into a great trip - when we met Miran and the kids on the way! And with the same destination, well, almost, theirs was across the street from our dentist.
And as luck would have it we were all finished at the same time (no holes, yeah!) and while waiting for the bus we caught up on a lot of stuff.
They headed home, Wout headed into the office and I had another appointment at my favourite hairdresser, to be followed by a shopping trip to get new jeans.
Both were successful - though not visible in this picture.

After all was said and done I returned home, enjoying the peace and quiet, the cats, some music and the knitting needles:

Astromony, a star!
Hat: Urchin (Knitty pattern by Ysolda)
Yarn: Fyberspates Cutie in Indigo, one hank (100m)
Needles: 9mm

It's huge, it's soft and it's really warm. I love it!

Neckscarf: Northern Lights, previously finished and matching nicely

Brooch: Peri mischievous fallen angel, design by Brenda Temple

The pattern is very well written and error-free and the yarn is simply yummy! I have one hank left, this will be incorporated into the Blue Monday sweater I'm designing. Freeform knitting, no pattern, simply following the yarn and my mind.

Oh, and I had the best coffee today...a Latte Mokka. Just what I needed - and I can find the way back. Sorry, I'm a coffee fetishist ;-)
Tea is for the quiet and relaxed afternoons and evenings, coffee is for getting started and going...

24 August 2008

Make Up 2003

We continued our cleaning project and this time Wouter re-discovered one of my old CDs - with pictures from a photoshoot back in 2003.

An art student looked for a plus size model for a light/shadow study.
I never had a make up artist take care of me and honestly - make up never looked so good on me.
And I felt good!

Lipstick is still not my favourite, I prefer my lip creams and balms, but I adore what has been done to my eyes. I wish I could repeat it...

One thing I'm addicted to is scent! Both oils as well as Eau de Perfume, with a tendency for dark and warm undertones. I have quite a collection and I mix and match daily.

Other than this:
my old PC, Alfons, died on Friday. Long live Matilda! Even though she runs Vista and we are not friends yet I'm getting the hang of this OS. If this is userfriendly then I'd like to see unfriendly!

My Ravelompics project is done! Now I will finish my other desk project, my travel projects and start Fanilla with the Arauncia Cotton I got.

Two weeks until vacation. I still witness drive by management, or management by accident and I go along with it. And if I don't make it I don't make it. Bad or absent management is not my problem.

My birthday was nice and quiet, just the way I like it! My family called, and that was the most important part for me. Wouter and I went for dinner, I got a really wonderful travel fountain pen set and two books from him! And a Scottish rubber duck ;-)

16 August 2008

Save the love

Save the love - the next time I'm in Cologne I have to check this place out.

I came across this via stylespotted.com, and having one of the worst (working-)weekends in years this is exactly the message I needed to see.

I'm on operational standby since Friday - and at 9:30pm Friday something happened that hasn't happened in years - a unit shutdown! And the most important unit. I've been on the phone mostly ever since, having slept a whopping four hours. And it's far from over.
Oh - there goes the emergency phone again....later...

05 August 2008

For Bonzie

My dear, let's see if we can get a better look at the lining of one of my favourite fashion items lately.
Hurray for orange!
And the back - unfortunately I don't have a better picture of the backless back.
And yes, she has runs in her pantyhose ;-)

I think I have to listen to Valravn right now - her voice is close to Bjork - which, funnily enough - I don't like. Not my sort of music, I'm afraid.

Tomorrow will be poi swinging, scarf knitting, Pixie pampering day. Officially!

03 August 2008

Dancing the rain away at Castlefest

Yesterday we ventured of to Lisse, to the annual and our first ever Castlefest.
The weather started promising, but we packed the rain gear anyway.

Great fun! Seriously great fun!
The Scottish settlement:

Ladies on stilts:

A lots of stalls and booths to visit! We only bought little, like Omnia's latest CD Alive and their DVD Pagan Folk Lore.

The Wickerman - later drenched in rain:

We have met this troll now for the second time and I swear - the third time we are going to take him home!

We listened to Irfan. I love their music - if you like Dead Can Dance I'm sure you will love Irfan. I'm always curious to hear if bands can actually perform - and yes, Irfan can! Dancing in the dust.

We ventured some more and I got some new flag poi! They are shorter than my first set and I can see the improvement already!

We got garlic bread with toppings and licked our fingers.
We got medieaval cookies for dessert.
We met two old friends and a fellow LARPer
And then it started to rain. Seriously! So we got the rain gear out - the husband in yellow and yours truly in red. And on we ventured.
Came across Giftig's booth - YARN! I couldn't resist, of course I couldn't resist! Three hanks of lovely dyed 4 play in purple and pink is now mine and will become a shawl. I paid for my purchase already when my husband exclaimed "You need this!" and held up a green felt hat. "It's a Pixie hat, you are a Pixie, so you need this." I tried it on and liked it! So I got it.
I was asked by the lovely creator to put it on, so she could say good-bye to it. Who am I to not do this!
And the next I heard was "You are a strawberry!" That's what you are - you look like a strawberry!"
The whole booth and various customers started laughing. Loud!

We walked on, back to the main stage, to listen to Valravn. It was still either pouring down or drizzling. But never dry. We got some lovely apple juice and water while some technical problems were fixed.

And then we danced. And danced some more.

She is GREAT! And I love the dress! Bonzie, it reminded me of some of your creations - your shrugs! Not sure if you can see the underside of the dress, but it's striped in white and blue!

And the strawberry danced in a rain cape with a felt hat and sandals. You can't see the sandals, though:

When we had enough of the rain and wet feet we made our way back home! But not without getting into a conversation with a fellow traveller on the train about knitting.

I had my Sassa Lynne shawl (Who Knits?) with me - it's light and I know the pattern by heart. The compliment regarding the wonderful yarn belongs to Sassa Lynne!