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51  Re: Little Visitor 11 Winter Galleries !!! in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: February 24, 2010 01:32:13 AM
Mmm, farmer's markets are so typical for somewhere over the ocean :p. I can honestly say there is not a farmer's market anywhere in sight here. I live in a rural area, but so no rural as in other countries. Belgium is filled with houses and flats. Plus, I'm a bit paranoid with sending food. What if they open it? Extra costs for my partner... I'm trying lots of chocolate now...

Just for fun, I have looked up some symbols that are associated with Belgium... Oh boy...


*nods* Yep, one of our symbols indeed. Manneke Pis.

What flag to buy? I am more Flemish that Belgian...


VERSUS


You can find very few Belgian flags on my side of the country, but everything with a Flemish flag on it is considered to be extremist. Which it is not, but oh well...

I will try to send on Friday, but will add a more Belgian like souvenir, apart from chocolate... It will be hard, let me tell you!
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52  Re: Little Visitor 11 Winter Galleries !!! in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: February 15, 2010 06:34:33 AM
I have received from Heffer! As I already guessed, my package from England when I was in England myself. Hehe... I was in London with a bunch of teenagers. The duties of a trainee-teacher.
Heffer sent me a sweet package, along with my dear Elly and some gifts. I love it! First swap, and I am soooo hooked! Here are the pics!


A big box, alllll mine!


*scraaaaatch* On the left, the picture book. Alas, during transport the flower fell off. Nothing that cannot be repared, so it's not that bad. On the right, shoesss! Oh no, gifts :p.


A letter, and a sneak peek into the goodie box. Poor little man Heffer! I have psoriasis myself, so I know how horrible skin problems are...


A first gift. Woohoo! I spent days to find nice Christmas crackers for my family. They are so British and since we first had them in 2008, I wanted some again. Elly brought some with her! Soooo cute. Now I'll have to restrain myself and wait till Christmas this year.


Elly brought a friend along!I like cows too, so Heffer did a great job there. What do you think? He looks like a Timmy to me... Elly is sitting right next to the box.


Postcards from Heffer's home town and area. Now the Cotswolds is used in an introducation in one of my old English books. It's great to see it 'for real' too. Would love to spend my holidays there!


Woot! A second friend! This one is such a cutie! Alfie Junior :p. I'm not sure yet, but I love him/her so! Handmade?


I'm not much of a chef myself, but my mum really loved this booklet. I think we have similar thoughts milady, because you can expect the same Wink


I swear, you can read minds... I really really really need a haircut. And I love English magazines, so yes! English magazines are so expensive here in Belgium too. Now, to choose...


And last but not least... Chocolate!!! Yum! I still haven't touched any of it, but it won't be long. Now, this has reassured me to send some extra chocolate. Customs does not keep it Wink


And to end this photo shoot, a group shot!

Thank you so much Heffer! You've been a great swapper, and I hope I can please you with my gifts. Give some extra time and I'll be there!
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53  Can I avoid this? [yarn twisting as you work] in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Lilibet on: February 08, 2010 05:15:55 AM
I've been fascinated by filet crochet ever since I started crocheting. My mum loved it, and my cousin made a birth cloth for my brother, in filet. I'm slowly getting used to the process, but the yarn just doesn't want to co-operate. In the beginning, everything works out fine. But the more yarn I pull from my ball, the curlier it gets. Until it is all twisted, and I have to unwind (funny faces on the train and all that). Even with the unwinding, it makes my work sometimes ugly, because it's twisted. I'm crocheting something for a swap (can't tell you exactly what) and it keeps happening. It annoyes the hell out of me, to the point where I refuse to continue. I made a picture, to make it clear. I just hope someone knows a little crochet trick...


--> You can see the yarn and the twisted part. This is only the beginning. If I do not unwind at that point, it gets messy.

Anyone?
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54  Re: Show me your Christmas tree! in Winter Holidays by Lilibet on: January 10, 2010 04:02:13 AM
Clearly afwully late, but it took ages to get my brother to upload the pics I had taken during decorating our tree. I think we're one of few that still have a real tree. But we always make sure that we have a tree with the roots still attached, so we put them back in our garden. Some trees have florished there, for sure.
On top of that, we collect nativity scenes, so I'll add some extra pictures of our Christmas house (while it is snowing in Belgium, again). For two years now, I have been trying to add some selfmade red Christmas stras in the tree, that I have crocheted over time. I've lost my ten stars so far, plus the pattern. *head bang*


The general colour scheme is red and green. When we grew up, mum (kindergarten teacher) decided to make our tree more childfriendly. All the decorations are made out of wood. We have some Playmobil Christmas decoration too.


Four boxes, filled to the very top, with just Christmas stuff, mainly nativity scenes (+75 this year)


And even more *blush*


First window. Scenes from Germany, Ecuador, Israel (olive wood) and Paraguya (Might be some other country)


CD rack... Scenes from Germany, a very kitsh (sp?) from Belgium, Bolivia and Sicily. Oh, and the one with the pink-mile stable is from France, and it was my parents' first scene.


Window two. That wooden tower nativity scene is typically from Germany. You put candles underneath the wings and when you burn them, it slowly (or should) turn around. The scene with the blue background is the Playmobil scene :p.


Cupboard... Scenes from Germany, Congo, Nigeria (we think), Sri Lanka and even Vietnam.


Last cupboard... Still unfinished, as you might see. Scenes from Spain, Venice, France, Mexico and Egypt.


Because this is a craft forum after all... My own made scene! Technically, my dad's :p. I was about four when we made it, hence the blue sheperds and green sheep.
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55  Re: 2009 12" Squares- December! in Crochetalongs by Lilibet on: December 20, 2009 01:01:35 PM
I'm so far behind, but I wanted to show my square before 2009 ends. It's the Esther's Square and I loved the pattern so much. Once I got the hang of it, it was super easy too. It's still tricky to translate my patterns, but now I know I can. I still haven't crocheted the last round, because I'm pretty sure I'll never reacht the right amount of inches... So, dubio there...

Anyway, here you go!

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56  Re: Little Visitor 11 Winter Galleries !!! in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: October 21, 2009 10:47:20 AM
Finally! After battling Swine flu, a brother who didn't want to upload the pictures and a Photobucket bulk uploader that refuses to get startes, Alfie pictures! These are just a few!


--> The very first day in Belgium! Alfie is warming up on our stove, right in front of (my mum's favourite) the oven. He totally loved the heat from the stones.


--> Alfie eats pancakes. This is the little man on our dinner table, right in front of a huuuuge pile of Belgian pancakes. I specifically say 'Belgian' because the recipe is different. And better *runs*. These were pancakes for 10 adults and 2 kids.


--> It was Halloween, of course, and these pumpkins came together with Alfie from Germany. They are a bit scary, but Alfie had so much fun with them!


 This is Tina, our eldest cat. She and Alfie had a moment, but because of her age (12 years old), she got grumpy and left Alfie alone on the floor after taking this picture.


 And this Tsjoep, cat number two, three years old. Tinas daughter, and a total doll. She really is my cat and she had a great time with Alfie. Too bad I couldnt film it, because she started bathing him, as if he was her own kitten. So adorable!


 And the last cat, Cesar, Tsjoeps son. He is one Uhm yes, one, and he is huge! Alfie was a bit scared, as was Cesar, but they had a great moment. Cesar isnt the cat for playing around, but he seemed to like Alfie.


 First day (actually evening) in Germany! We went out for dinner in a typical (mjummie!) German restaurant. I was still ill, so sis helped me, hence the arm. Alfie really liked the saying!


 A bit of a teaser. This is Dinkelsbhl, a beautiful village in Germany. One of my favourites, I must say, next to Rothenburg. I will soon show off some pictures of the houses, but this is just a general overview.


 Alfie in contemplation. This picture was taken in a church in Dinkelsbhl. Im not a Christian, nor is Alfie, but I have a soft spot for churches. Alfie and I sat there in silence for a while, and we felt great.


 Yep, a wooden statue, carved out of one single piece of wood. Alfie was seriously impressed and wanted to show this piece of art off. And see, two handsome boys in one picture.


 Ever wondered where the rainbow begins? Right in front of our eyes, on a rainy day Almost floating on the lake, a rainbow appeared. This pictures was taking from the balcony of our little house. Alfie and I were impressed and we still dont have words for this little miracle.
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57  Re: Little Visitor 11 - Winter Edition - CLOSED in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Lilibet on: October 18, 2009 03:01:19 PM
Because it might take a while for me to upload my Ollie pics, I've visited the Ikea site and grabbed a picture there.



I will post my own pictures, as soon as possible, but I just want people to know what they'll get. Ollie is the little elephant on the far right. She/he's supertiny and fits in my (already tiny) hand. I hope he/she is not too small...

Just a question... If I pick my elephant to be male, will I only get male-related gifts? *sheepish grin*
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58  Re: Difficulty interpreting instructions... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Lilibet on: September 20, 2009 01:09:47 AM
Nono, you are far from alone! Instructions are not too bad when I don't have to count my stitches. That's where I always get completely lost. I'd love to do some filt crochet soon, but with my bad counting, I'm not so sure... In some patterns you can get away with it, but when you have to make little rounds, going up. Yikes, I will get lost, for sure... Frustrates me to no end, to the point where I avoid patterns I would love love love to make.

Missmoppet, I live in Belgium and many of our patterns here have charts too. With this chart is was able to crochet a Christmas angel.

For those who are curious... These kind of charts:



The symbols differ sometimes, depending on the source... It makes things very clear.
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