Thursday, October 31

Belgian Ardennes: an impression

A 2,5 hour drive from home and we're almost out of the country. Yes, my country is small. But the Ardennes I love the most.

Tuesday, October 29

World Psoriasis Day

October 29th is World Psoriasis Day. Being a psoriasis patient myself I would like to support all people with psoriasis today.  Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin disease. It's not contagious but is characterized by an increased skin cell production. Symptoms are an accumulation of dead skin cells on certain parts of the body and that causes red, flaky plaques with silvery scales. I mostly suffer from scalp psoriasis and occasionaly I have small plaques on my elbows, knees and eyelids.

The drawing above is a sketch of something that was supposed to be way more detailed and bigger in the future. Too bad it worked out wrong, so I feel better just showing the sketch. The big leaf near it isn't really a part of the drawing or concept. I don't really feel the need to explain the drawing, I think it speaks for itself, but I'll give it a go anyway. As the leaves represent my dry skin and are often quite suffocating, I also wish that a cool Autumn wind could blow them away so I can breath again.

Normally I don't suffer so much from my pso, but last year, when I was in a lot of stress, I couldn't bear the itching on my head. scratched unconsiously untill it bled. Washing my hair with shampoo was a disaster because of the open spots and stinging. I tried the No Poo method for 10 weeks and it helped. All my plaques disappeared and even after using (non detergent, non - SLS) shampoo again, it's only recently that my spots returned and started to worsen again.

Is any of you suffering from psoriasis too? What are your tips to survive the Winter season?

Sunday, October 27

Light & Shadow

This was yesterday. Today we have rainy weather and blistering winds. More pictures on my Flickr-page. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Monday, October 21

His Wicklow Gloves

Last Saturday we celebrated my fiancé's 31st birthday. He dropped a few hints about some dark green fingerless gloves, so what else was I supposed to do than knit them myself and wrap them as a birthday present? Along with the gloves came a bottle of Irish whiskey. I thought it was a typical Autumnal, manly birthday present. He was very pleased with them. (the bottle of whiskey too ;-) )The pattern is originally based on Fingerless or Not Gloves. I changed a few things and in stead of casting on 64 stitches I casted on 56 and they're perfect now! They're knitted in 100% merino wool.

For my mother-in- law, whose birthday was last Sunday, I sewed a lining for her bread basket in a navy blue chequered fabric.

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, October 15

Autumn knitting

Oh my, it's been a while since I posted here. My apologies! It's just that life has been pretty busy at the moment. Lots of sewing and knitting for birthdays. Lots of working at the hospital. Lots of going around and making appointments for our house to build.  But I like being busy. It keeps me focussed.

One of the projects I'm knitting is this sweet cardigan for my godchild (4,5). (In Threes Cardigan.) It's in cotton yarn, because the child always takes off her cardigan because she's way too hot. So this cardigan in cotton with cap sleeves is a new attempt to avoid her from taking off her clothes. :-) I hope you're enjoying Autumn and knitting as much as I do on these chilly evenings.