Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Kerstman Leon !

Leon bestelde een gebreide Kerstman baard bij mij. Na wat zoekwerk vond ik dit patroontje op Ravelry.
Bij gebrek aan witte wol heb ik tweedehands katoen gebruikt. En na een avondje 'jaaroverzicht' op tv was de baard klaar.

Thursday, 25 December 2014


Those who attended the December meeting, saw me working on this project. The big question was, how to deal with running out of beige yarn. I took Rozemie's advice and finished the hat with a contrasting colour. The next day I crocheted all the additional bits: nose, snout, antlers, ears, eyes...

And a few days later my colleague, who loves Christmas-decorations, found himself quite jolly looking at the office:

Mission "Red Nose" accomplished :)

Yarns; leftover acrylics, mostly Wibra & Zeeman
Pattern: Red-Nosed Reindeer Hat by Crochet Cauldron

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Cold Feet?

Cold feet? Why not soak them in a bowl of warm water and finish a few rows? I found this great image on a postard in a museum bookshop (Room 42, Francois Xavier, photography Stefan Rappo).

Thursday, 11 December 2014

You know you want one really...

I do!!!! I want a knitted Morrissey doll! Huge thanks to Sandrina for passing on information about Kate Park's wonderful, totally inspired creation.
Read more here:

Monday, 8 December 2014

Keep warm!

It's hard to believe that another year is almost over! Yesterday was our last meeting of 2014. Tea, coffee, gingerbread and peperkoek kept us warm and happy in the Villa Elise. Thanks Ines and Hendrik! They'll be warm hands, heads and hearts this winter: Ines' mitten are heavenly, and Rozemie's hat and mitten set, in powder blue with robins, is exquisite. And one lucky youngster will be both warm and jolly in Rozemie's ladybird hat. Great work ladies!

Check out the dates and times for 2015 and see you soon.

PS. Keep a look for new posts - I've got several photos up my sleeve for December.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

November has started


Ines' Paper Dolls - nog steeds een prachtig stuk!



Hopelijk zien we Marian's aardbei-trui in december "in levende lijve"!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Before Elvis....

... there was nothing.

So said John Lennon. I was so immersed in my complicated lace shawl during our last get together that I forgot to take photos. With one exception. I managed to grab a snap of Barbara's latest creation - a finely worked cross stitch piece with beading. Isn't it great?

See you soon!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Winter = socks and mittens?

If you are thinking about knitting socks or mittens this winter, look no further - a beautiful knitted artwork that's made of both. How are you getting on with your new season knits? Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday: 


zondag 5 oktober, 14:00 - 18:00 uur in de Droge Coo

Beste breisters

Op zondag 5 oktober is het breiclub - hurrah!

Leuk breien met zicht op zee en een koffie of een pintje!

Tot zondag!
Helen en Barbara


Sunday, 14 September 2014

7 september

zondag 5 oktober (14:00 - 18:00), Droge Coo
zondag 2 november (14:00 - 18:00), Droge Coo
zondag 7 december (14:00 - 18:00), Villa Elise

Friday, 8 August 2014

Attack of the dinos...

I'd love to share pictures of us in the park during our picnic, knitting and nattering, enjoying the sun and brownies... it was a lovely afternoon. Great company and happy times. But I was so busy chatting, I forgot! But far better than a photos of all us is a picture of this lovely creature: Barbara's crochet dinosaur! Soooo colourful, so well made, so expertly crocheted... he looks right at home in the park, doesn't he? I guess he's a herbivore...

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Brei picknick (and remember when?)

Remember this picnic?! Those were the days...

Morgen is het ons jaarlijkse brei picknick in het Maria Hendrika park. Wij komen samen om 14.00 en breien op her gras tot ongeveer 17.00. Afspraak punt: grote gras veld bij de water toren. Eigen versnaperingen mee brengen. Bij slecht weer, gaan wij naar het Koninginnehof (café in hat park).

Tot dan!
Helen en Barbara

Monday, 14 July 2014

A cool Sunday in July

Rowan & Lopi side by side

Chris' babysetje
Chris' neckwarmer

Linda's sjaal in het fantastische garen Wibra Fenna

Zin gekregen om ons de volgende keer te vergezellen?
zondag 3 augustus @ 14u - 18u, picnic in het Maria Hendrika Park, groot grasveld aan de watertoren

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The sun shone in Oostende for the annual KIP day gathering

 click on photos to enlarge

 Last Sunday (how time flies!), the sun shone on the annual Knit in Public (KIP) day in Oostende. We had a wonderful time in the Leopold Park, thanks to the sterling efforts of Rozemie and Rebecca. A huge thank you to you both, and to all the participants - here's to next year!

Thursday, 12 June 2014


Beste breisters

Nog een dag voor het WERELDBREIDAG dag in Gent is! Wie wil deelnemen is welkom in Stoffenidee op zaterdag 14 juni, 10.00 tot 18.00.

En in Oostende, hebben wij (dank zij Rebecca en Rozemie) ons eigen WERELDBREIDAG op zondag 22 juni, kiosk in het Leopold Park, vanaf 14.00.

Tot dan en veen zonnige groeten,
Barbara & Helen x

Saturday, 17 May 2014


Misschien wist je het nog niet, maar ons "breiopperhoofd" Helen studeerde ooit nog in Bristol (UK). Bristol is op zich al een mooie stad, maar nu hebben een 100-tal breiers en hakers een schitterende mini-versie van gemaakt:


klik voor meer foto's en het volledig artikel in het Engels

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Revolutionary knitting

table one

table two

en masse

in the shadow of Gericualt's masterpiece

the dramatic entrance to the exhibition

contemporary work by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

a lovely detail

The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault (a copy
made not long after the original)

(click on the the photos to enlarge)

It's hard to believe that the knitters of Ghent and Oostende, not to mention Hasselt (Jan), and a few other towns and cities, came together to knit in the Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent, as part of the Gericault exhibition. What a great day and beautiful location for our Sunday session! It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new people, and we also had the chance to look at the exhibition - which is well worth seeing. It closes soon, so don't leave it too late! Also on view is an installation   by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. Born in the Philippines and now living in Australia, they worked with Ghent residents to create a huge installation out of cardboard and other found objects. Displayed in the foyer, the work revolves around the theme of boats, rafts, voyages and immigration.  It's both impressive in scale, yet full of exquisite details. And last but not least, we ended the day with coffee, tea and Ghent apple cake in Mu'Bart, the museum café. The next session? Back in Oostende, I'm afraid! See you next time!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Breisters van de revolutie

Beste breisters
Uitnodiging MSK

Wij zijn uitgenodigd om te breien in het Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Gent in verband met de Gericault tentoonstelling. Leuk! Hier vinden jullie de link:
Praktisch: zondag 4 mei, 14 tot 16 uur, eigen breigerief mee in een gesloten tas, gratis.
Dus zullen wij NIET samenkomen in de Coo in Oostende op zondag 4 mei om te breien, maar in Gent. Ik laat de Coo weten en ook de breisters van Gent (Marie Paule enz).
Inschrijving is verplicht. Stuur een mailtje aan het Museum voor Schone Kunsten met Barbara en ik in cc (zodat wij hier in Oostende ook weten hoeveel deelnemers er zullen zijn).
Hier is het addres:
Vragen? Stuur mij en/of Barbara een email. Tot 4 mei!
Veel groetjes uit Engeland,

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Workshop met Ysolda Teague?

Bart & Francis, Kortrijk, zijn aan het polsen of er genoeg interesse zou bestaan om een workshop met Ysolda Teague te organiseren.

Pagina Bart & Francis met meer informatie en verzoek om hen een mailtje te sturen

Info als je Ravelry gebruikt

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pre-Easter knitting

We had a very nice session in the Villa Elise, our last before Easter. To all those going away, have a great time! To all those staying in Oostende, enjoy the seaside! Keep knitting, keep happy and keep smiling! See you all soon....