It has been a quiet week for me on the crochet front. I finished a major secret project last week after weeks of work, so this week I’ve been taking it easy. I am working on a very cool project – a faux taxidermy rhino head for a custom order and I do love the way it’s all coming together. Hopefully I’ll finish that over the weekend and be able to show you the result next week!
Otherwise, my family and I spent the weekend in Paris! I’ve been to Paris a few times now, and it really is one of the more beautiful cities in the world. Not the most beautiful; it’s tough to beat Edinburgh or Rome in my opinion, but it is spectacular, there’s no denying it.
We visited the Eiffel Tower (of course) and did a bit of crowd watching. Those queues are incredible. There’s no attraction on earth that you need to book in advance for more than The Eiffel Tower. At just after 10am the queues were already hours long, so we decided not to climb. Well, there was no decision really. If we wanted to see anything else aside from the person in the queue in front’s backpack for the day, then waiting and waiting to climb wasn’t an option!
We also visited Versaille. And man. Every tourist on earth was there at the same time. The interior of the palace was probably the most stressful and unpleasant tourist experiences of my entire life. Now, I’ve been to quite a few of the big touristy places on this planet, and this was just g0d-awful. Apparently there was a bedroom or two, and somehow I managed to miss the room where they signed the Treaty of Versaille. The gardens were an entirely different matter altogether. Massive, sprawling and not crowded at all. There were obviously thousands upon thousands of people there, but it was easy to find a quiet nook and pretend you were alone on earth. And the tourist/audioguide/tourgroup bubble. Seriously people! You can visit places without being an arsehole while you’re there.
So that evening we had well and truly earned our fabulous cheese and wine. I couldn’t tell you what they were any more, but there was a cheddar that I could have sworn was an aged gouda from North Holland! My friend Emma is the expert, so I left the choosing to her and I just gobbled it all up as quick as I could!
Then further on the food front, I put in an order with my friend Lori from Southern Charm Cupcakes for some of her amazing caramels and chocolates.
Lori’s specialty has fast become Fleur de Sel caramels and she makes the best fleur de sel caramel chocolate you have ever seen in your entire life. If you put a block of Godiva and a block of Lori’s chocolate in front of me, I’d go for Lori’s every.single.time. So if you live in the Netherlands, Lori ships!!!!! I’ve had to freeze the caramels to make sure I don’t gobble them all up at once.
And then there’s crochet. I posted a tutorial for the granny square I designed on holidays, which is really simple and works up within ten minutes.
Seriously Simple Granny: CH 4, SLS to join. CH 2, DC x 11, SLS to join. CH 2, DC into same stitch, Increase around, SLS to join. CH 3, *DC into next stitch, CH 2, 2 x DC into the same stitch, DC into next, HDC in next 3 stitches, DC into next.* Repeat what's between *_* three times. SC around, CH 1 in each corner. Be sure to click the link in my profile to see the original, and the extended photo tutorial! Like this? Double tap! #croche #haken #scheepjes #Scheepjeswol #cotton8 #granny #grannysquare #grannysquaremonday
This weekend I’m hoping to finish a pattern I’ve been working on, and also the rhino. Other than that, I’m going to take time for myself to work on strategies I’m going to implement for the Unstoppable program that kicked off this week!
How’s your week?