I am going to take you somewhere magical

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Never thought that my hobby would become so big that I would go on a journey for it. In the past I always wanted to be a stewardess, because then I could see some of the world. I like to travel. Only there was always a reason why that dream could not go: too small, pregnant, did not come out handy with the move plans of my parents, study at the PABO, again pregnant, etc, etc. In short, it never happened . But then now: I travel! And how. After my first international workshop in Copenhagen, I also went to England and even to New York last February. A city where I had never been before.

After I managed to get as many shawls as possible in vacuum bags in my suitcase before it exploded, we went on a trip. Yes, this time my boyfriend came along too. Someone had to take pictures and also for him the first time in NY, so super cool.

After two flights, a bus ride and a taxi ride we arrived at our Airbnb address in the middle of the Queens district. A bit out of the center of NY but with a super public transport connection to the center and still nice and quiet. You can see and feel America right away. Everywhere you hear sirens from the police / fire department or ambulance, big cars drive around, everyone walks with a cup of drink in his hand and looks at the screen of the phone. After a nutritious meal: Chilean, we went to the Latino corner of the city, tired and satisfied in bed.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

After a good night we went to explore the city. Meanwhile, we are quite adept at going ‘without any planning’, to the great dissatisfaction of my parents, who are planning such a trip months in advance to the opening hours of the museums to be visited. We do not, we see what comes our way. After all, we stay for a week. And if we miss something, we have to come back another time.

First at our local supermarket, which is open 24 hours a day, scoring breakfast and then with line 7 got off at Times Square. We had already caught a glimpse of the bus windows last night, but now we saw it during the day. What a spectacular place! Everywhere brightly lit billboards, some with moving images, others blinking and again different roles pass different photos. We just watched it with open mouth to take it all in.

After a walk of 20 min, you quickly discover the size of NY, we were in Central Park. It is clearly the place for relaxation of the New Yorkers at the weekend. You see people jogging, families walking, old babbling on benches, whole groups of yoga on the grass, reading a newspaper in the sun. Tourists also walk there or go for a ride in the horse-drawn carriage.

We just walk through it, because we want to make at least 10 photos on every corner. After shooting some scenes, we meet an eccentric dressed couple around the corner of a boulder. He is completely dressed in a tartan and she is in black from neck to toe but with a beautiful purple turban on her head that stands out. I get a compliment from him about my shawl and a conversation is soon started. The lady in question wants to buy it, and after having indicated a few times that he is not for sale because he still has to go to the workshops I am going to give, she does not settle for it and wants the bag . I also tell her about it (one of my own showpieces). We get talking and we both have a profile on Instagram. It strikes me immediately that this lady also likes color. There my shawl will certainly have a good home. We are going to take a photo together. It turns out to be a celebrity: Patricia Fox (Purely Patricia). The men can also find it fine and exchange information. We agree that I will go to sleep on the possible sale of the shawl and that we will see each other again later in the week. The appointment is soon made. It will be Wednesday.

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While we stroll through the enormous park, I get a lot of compliments about my colorful appearance. It strikes me that most New Yorkers are dressed in black, and that I am quite colorful. People start to smile spontaneously when they meet me, and both men and women say something about it. Always positive. Several nice conversations are held that day. It strikes me that ALL New Yorkers we have met are very friendly, hospitable and fun!

After a long walk we are hungry and go looking for a place with WiFi, to keep social media up to date with my adventures, and somewhere where we can eat something responsible. Turns out to be quite tricky in a city like this to find something healthy between all fast food.

When we land at a Starbucks, there appears to be a wool store around the corner. Of course I have to go there to see what is available for sale. We’re going to Knitty City. The moment I come in I see it already, this store is different from the Dutch wool shops. Here they sell the majority of the wool as it comes from the dyers, instead of rolled up. They do this for you in the store. They have a good selection. What a choice! Until I suddenly hear happy screams. The store staff look at my shawl and show their enthusiasm. They make a picture and publish it on their IG profile. We have a nice conversation. A large group of people are knitting in the store. Men too. They all make different pieces of work. Very nice to see. The store is filled to the ceiling with the most beautiful yarns and owner Pearl proudly tells about it. Also how the community came about and has grown to visit her store now. After making a selection from the enormous selection, I leave with two bags full of wool.

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We have heard of another wool shop on the other side of the park. Together we cross the park (takes 30 minutes) and we eat some street food at a tacotruck. It turns out to be a popular lunch stop and we get talking to Jeff, who is eating a burrito there. He also notice my colorful shawl and asks what we do in NY. He has just come from the second hand store where he has been looking for a party outfit, but there is still something missing. He shows us the jacket and the pants he got. He is still looking for a playful bow tie. I offer on the spot to crochet one and meet him again the week to give him his unique #polleviebowtie. He agrees and telephone numbers are exchanged. I love this! Spontaneous plans and actions.

At the next wool store Annie and Co, it was busy! There was a workshop and again a large group of knitting people, both ladies and gentlemen. And a huge choice and diversity of yarns. A woolhalla. Here, too, they wrap your purchased bulbs into a workable ball. Just a nice process to see. My shawl was also admired again and we got used to it.

Looking for a meal. From the bus of the airport my eye had fallen on a tiny window with luxurious red curtains and colorfully colored ceilings. I have a good sense of direction, so finding the window in question was a piece of cake. But the big question was, would it be a restaurant? Once at that window, it turned out not very small, but pretty big and still very cozy. Inside you saw people sitting at white tables, cheerfully chatting and dining (fortunately a restaurant) chandeliers adorned the ceiling and piano music sounded inside. Usually these types of tents are very expensive. But after a look at the menu, it turned out that we could just pay this and walked into Chez Josephine. A Paris atmosphere met us and the host asked us about our reservation. We did not have that …. , but yes it was Saturday night and the tent was full. He looked at us from head to toe, and I can laugh very sweetly. He glanced at the reservations and he turned out to have a table somewhere. We were taken to the back of the restaurant where a round table was pulled off the wall, asking if we wanted to sit on the chairs behind it and the table was pushed back. We sat. The food and service were exquisite! Normal portions and to eat your fingers. I had duck in orange sauce with wild rice and green vegetables. Water was included with the meal, as was the cozy atmospheric piano music. So if you are ever in NY and you are looking for a place to eat …. Chez Jospehine. It turned out to be the restaurant of the son of the famous Josephine Baker. I also liked to know.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Workshop day. This workshop took place at Emelia and Jo at home. She has a spacious cellar and wanted to follow a workshop for so long that she invited me to come by and give one. We were very hospitable, and soon all participants followed. After a very pleasant day, everyone left full of inspiration and quickly returned home so that they could continue their crochet project. We too, because I still had to crochet a bow tie. Thanks for the enormous hospitality Emelia and Jo! We will be back very soon.

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Monday and Tuesday February 26-27, 2018

We went on tour with the hop on hop off bus through NY. Every time I am amazed that I am mistaken in the distances. The bus tour had 4 different tours that you could do in two days. On top of that you could do the night tour, and take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty. After it took almost 3 hours before we saw half of the city we decided to do the cruise on Monday. On the way you see all those famous buildings that you so often see in films and series. Almost surreal to stand in between and walk. Very impressive. The cruise is also highly recommended. You can take beautiful pictures, but especially the skyline of NY I loved! And I had not expected that in advance.

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Then on to the 9/11 memorial. They have managed to make something very serene and beautiful. On the foundation of one of the two towers is now a very large square waterfall, surrounded by placards containing all the names of the deceased. Because the sun was low and shone through the buildings, it was quiet and beautiful. Very impressive. On the foundation of the other tower stands with museum.

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There is also ‘The Oculus’ a white building that looks like a flying skeleton. I think it’s a unique architectural wonder. It is very striking because of the bright white color between all other buildings. Inside it is light and beautiful. A work of art and very worth a visit.

After this impressive place we went looking for a wool store that was recommended to me by people in the Netherlands and in NY. Purl Soho. And indeed it is a wonderful store! Large, spacious and very well sorted. Their staff is also friendly and know a lot about the products. They now have their own woolline, including a fluorescent yellow color that I could not pass up. After also looking around for an hour and well … again bought again.

The ‘Highline’ is something new in NY and not so well known by tourists, it is a green area built on an old subway track above the street, with only pedestrians coming in. It is also easy to find and very worthwhile. If you feel like being in a green oasis of peace, especially in the summer it must be great. There is also water flowing in the form of a brook, where people come during their lunch break, in the evening to go for a walk, or just to sit down, because there is plenty of seating. It meanders between the tall office buildings and residential towers and ends at the mouth of the Hudson so you can look over the water. Well worth a visit.

On Tuesday we did the northern part of the city by bus and we had arranged with Jeff. His bow tie was ready and I wanted to hand it over to him. He invited us for lunch at a very popular pizza tent in NY. Super happy with his bow tie we said goodbye after lunch. He had given us some tips for Brooklyn, including an ice cream shop that was worth a visit. Brooklyn is beautiful! I especially wanted to see those brown houses with steps in front (known from Sex in the City) and of course eat an ice cream.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Traveled to the north of the city in the morning. Here lives Nancy: social media person of Knitty City. She would do an interview and photo shoot for their blog. In a cafe we ​​had agreed that breakfast was also a possibility. After a pleasant conversation, the necessary attention and appreciative looks from other customers, we went to a local park to do the photo shoot. Again a beautiful location with different viewpoints over the Hudson where people use the city a lot.

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Then again, because …. we had agreed with Purely Patricia in the middle of NY in her apartment. Google Maps showed us the way flawlessly and we walked into a complex whose porter first wanted to know who we were coming for. At the mention of her name his eyes twinkled and we were called to be there. We were allowed to come upstairs. Enthusiastic and in full regalia, Patricia is standing in the doorway. We are warmly welcomed, but we have to take off our shoes. Inside it is like a museum. This lady has style and class! A red corridor leads to a living room that I only know from magazines. Beautiful furniture, velvet-covered, richly decorated cushions, fresh flowers, a large painting of Patricia is hanging on the wall, next to curiosities she has made herself. Decoupage hat boxes, decorated specially made French lamps on foot, her floral headdress from a few years back is on top of an antique box between two large high windows. We get a tour of her apartment and talk about anything and everything. It is amazing how many similarities we have and we seem to keep the same stuff. She, too, has diadems full of butterflies, wearing striking makeup; blue eyebrows and a striking red gestation mouth; loves glitters, tuttut and striking. It could have been my mother! In addition, she is energetic, powerful, and incredibly fun! Completely vacated, we leave the building; Patricia is going to take us somehwere magical. I can only dream where that is.

After a short metro ride where we stand out countless times and are unobtrusively photographed with the two of us, we arrive in a building where they make fabric flowers in the old-fashioned way for very famous fashion houses such as Victor and Rolf, Gucci, Prada, just to to name a few. M&S Schmalberg Custom Fabric Flowers. It turns out that Patricia thinks my Chinese flowers in my hair are too cheap and not good. Well, I must say, the flowers they make here are amazing! So delicate and unique. In every color. You can see the whole process there. The rolls of fabric, the machines where the antique iron forms are heated and then pressed onto the fabric to express a perfect fabric flower. These are delivered to ladies who quickly and expertly put the flowers together. Then they are shipped in cardboard boxes around the world. Indeed a magical place. After having made a selection from all delicate flowers, we left to visit someone who makes corsets and gloves for drag queens. Also a world that I know too little about, but fascinating.

Before dinner we settled down at Chez Josephine. This time we were placed in the window, and again the meal was excellent! After another lap around Times Square, Patricia left for home with ‘her’ shawl and we went to ours. What is NY a great place!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

My boyfriend does a lot for me and may be rewarded for that differently than just to take him out for diner. From the cruise I had already seen and arranged the perfect surprise. We were going to make a helicopter flight over NY! It was also a truly unique experience. You see NY from another side. We spent the rest of the day in a daze through the city. In the evening we were invited to eat with Emelia, a traditional American meal. Could the men have a chat and we are crocheting. Ideal, very cozy and delicious. We were picked up by car and were surprised by the cooking skills of the son in law. Emelia’s daughter was there with her newborn baby: a sweetheart! Again a very nice evening enjoyed and then we were also brought back home!

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Bad weather. It was announced all week. It was going to storm. The perfect day for something to catch. In the morning I had agreed to have tea with Purely Patricia in her apartment. Just girls among each other. This time the porter recognized me immediately and knew who I was coming for. Patricia herself just came from the sport and had to take a shower. I brewed tea and leafed through a magazine where she had written an article about a fictional eyewear store. Then we talked extensively about her Easter costume. With Easter, there is the Easter Parade on 5th Avenue. It’s a whole happening. The crazier, the more striking you look, the better. Patricia does every year and is also already busy to find something unique this year that is more striking than the rest. She will certainly succeed! What a respect I have for her at that age so lively and fun.

Unfortunately it was already too fast time, and she had other appointments and I also: the wool store.

I had a business meeting with Pearl, the owner, and spent some hours there already. Very relaxed and fun. They are working on a project: Evil Eye project. After the shooting incidents at the schools they are fed up and something has to be done with the legislation on weapons. It was thought up by someone to crochet / knit fingerless mittens and make eyes on them. At the end of March they will protest and they want as many people as possible to wear mitts and protest with their hands up. A very good cause and important project.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop day in Troy. After a train journey I arrived in Troy at Darn Good Yarn. The ladies were already ready when I came because the train was slightly delayed. No worries, we could start right away. Unfortunately, that day too soon came to an end. After the group photo, I went back to the Big Apple to eat together with my boyfriend and tired but satisfied in bed. The next day we would travel back to the Netherlands.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

I transport my shawls when I am traveling in vacuum bags that you vacuum with the vacuum cleaner. Here in the Netherlands everyone has one, but apparently not in America. Not even the house where we stayed …. Small problem. No worries. I would pick up the vacuum cleaner from Mike, the Indian on the corner, who can help me with crazy questions all week. He also did not have a vacuum cleaner. ‘We sweep’ was his smiling answer. Okay Mike, but how am I going to get all those wool, shawls and the rest ??????

I’m ‘out of the box thinking’, and I would not be Ellen if I did not know a solution. Emelia. The lady I gave the workshop at the beginning of this week would have a vacuum cleaner? And yes they had that, they liked to come along to see how I was going to fix this. The day before, I had bought a coconut cream Pie at the magnolia bakery so we could share it right away for coffee.

With a big grin the lifeguards arrived with the vacuum cleaner. After the thing was reassembled, he neatly did his job, vacuumed all my bags and fitted everything neatly in the suitcase / bag / other bag and extra bag. And oh yes, there is a small box left behind, Emelia has sent it to the Netherlands.

This time all the wool did not quite fit 😊😊

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New add-on: Swan shawl

I live near the water in the Netherlands. I really enjoy that, because you view changes  all year round. Every season has its own charm. In the winter, when it freezes long enough, we can iceskate on it. In the autumn I just look at  the water to see what  weather it is outside and in the summer I like to swim in it. But I prefer it when it is spring. Then it is busy with birds that make nests, or are looking for material to make them. The water lilies will then also rise and the water will have its own ‘garden’ with flowers and plants that are not there in autumn and winter.

But also…. Are youngsters are born in the spring! And that is a feast for the eyes. I especially like the swans. They swim in a long line behind their two mottled white parents. The pair at my house usually has about 6 youngsters and in the beginning they are all a bit dirty gray color. As if they can not be cleaned. But as they grow older, you see them growing and becoming whiter. So beautiful! They float by daily and come to see if there is anything to snatch. I find it very elegant birds to see. It’s for that reason that my ‘helper’ is also a plastic swan which I found at  a flea market at the Ijhallen in Amsterdam. Since then he neatly keeps my scraps of wool together until I scatter them in the garden for the birds to cheer up their nests.

Swan

And so I was inspired again for a new add-on. A bird this time. A very big one. The Swan. A perky swan who is crocheted with the funny loop stitch so that he gets a tactile featherpack. It is easy to make and can be sewn onto anything.

He wades through the blue water flowers over the wrap, and likes to go outside with you.

Who wants to crochet along and make a beautifull swan polleviewrap? Pop over to my etsy shop to see all the other add-ons and this brand new one.

Design add-on Swan Shawl

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Pollevie: how it started

pollevie how it started
Where does all that color, creativity, enthusiasm and passion come from?

I was born in Asia in a warm family who traveled all over the world because of my father’s work (Shell). From him I have the drive to make something of my life. My mother is my example in the creative field. As long as I can remember, she is busy with different kinds of textiles and makes the most imaginative creations with them. Felting, making garments, crocheting, knitting and free embroidery. She also provided workshops. As a little girl, I saw and helped her prepare for these workshops, and spend time in her sewing room.

She has always stimulated me to execute ideas I was thinking about. For example, when we arrived in the Netherlands, we spent two summers making textile mice as bookmarkers. We then sold these to a bookstore. I was able to pay my first scooter from the earnings.

After I received my Bachelor’s degree in teaching in Maastricht, I returned to the famous flower region of Holland. Here I am surrounded by the most amazing flowers all spring. My work as a school teacher is easy to combine with my creativity. Great to encourage children being creative. I do all kinds of stuff: window paintings, murals of children’s rooms, painting porcelain, making jewelry and crocheting. I am a pretty colorful personality and rarely leave a garment I buy the way it was. I like to ‘pimp’ it with brooches or handmade decoration like chains or patches or wear them in a different way.

I have my Etsy online store since 2013 where I sell my creations online. In addition, I sell my handmade products on a lot of local markets. Especially on the Sunday Market in Amsterdam. Here I sold my first wraps. Since the end of 2015, I went to sell my wraps (richly decorated with flowers and tulips) online. First via an online Marketplace and later via my Etsy shop.

I received so many positive comments, I decided to focus on this. My living room slowly changed into a kind of wool shop where I have all the colors in stock, so I can start a custom order immediately. Soon that was the only thing I did and where I find a lot of satisfaction. In addition, I can loose myself in this creative process completely. The best thing is that I can take my crochet work anywhere.

Besides crocheting and being an inspiration for others, I was increasingly asked to help people to crochet. So I decided to give crochet workshops. At the beginning of 2017 I released a tutorial that can help people who can not attend a workshop of me. I mostly enjoy the workshops abroad. Because of my international background, I speak English fluent. Traveling all over the world is in my DNA. Great to see so much positivity in people around the world and how they inspire each other.

The name Pollevie:

A question that is asked a lot. I like to wear flowers in my hair and earlier in two ‘messy buns’ on my head with all kinds of fake flowers. When I arrived in the Netherlands, I was called ‘Pollewop’ by children and my friends. In addition, I do not take life too serious. I like to be creative and enjoy the day. Of course I have problems sometimes. But I don’t throw in the towel that easy. But solve them in a positive way. I try to enjoy every day and get a lot of satisfaction from being creative. As Edith Piaf ever sang: “La Vie and rose”, translated freely: the rosy life. A combination of these two became ‘Pollevie’ and under that name I have been making creative products for 10 years as I sell on markets and online.

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Crochet workshop in Copenhagen

Crochet workshop in Copenhagen Pollevie

Finaly the day came that I packed my suitcase to go to Denmark to give a crochetworkshop. It was quite a task to get the maximum amount of wraps in my rol-on-trolly, but I managed.

After a short flight I arrived in Copenhagen at midnight and got on the metro for a short ride to meet Eva. It was so much fun to hear people talk Danish around me. It actually sound a bit like Dutch. I had untill then only talked to her via social media, but as I saw more and more pictures of her gorgeous cafe and life I had a feeling we could hit it of straight away.

And as expected, we did. She loves color as much as I do and is a very cheerfull and bubbly lady full of energy. Since there was a party going on in her cafe I could get a sneak peek at what I was in for tomorrow.

Crochet workshop in Copenhagen Pollevie

The cafe @madsensmekka is situated on a corner and fairytale lights and of course the beautifull emerald green wallpaper makes it hard to miss. From a distance it looked very very ‘Hygge’. The Danish word for ‘cozy’. And it was even better when you were inside! Everywhere you look you see something colorfull, happy, silly, fun thing to look at. It has deep windowshelves wich Eva filled up with curiosities wich you can have a look at. Flamingo’s, mice to put in bottle’s origami stars, beaded designs, porcelein cows, so much to see.

It is like she says her creative playground.

Crochet workshop in Copenhagen Pollevie

Not to say the least about her very nicely written menu on the backwall of the cafe with a variety of homemade dishes wich she prepares fresh in her tiny kitchen. She even bakes fresh bread every day there wich makes the whole cafe smell gorgeous. But I needed some sleep, so off to bed.

The next morning I got everything ready for the workshop. The wraps were neatly piled up on the couch and fitted right in the scenery. The first ladies started to arrive, they were as excited as I was. With no time to waste, because we had a lot of crocheting to do, I briefly introduced myself and got them all started. As these were all experienced ladies in crocheting , the cafe soon turned into a bustle of activity. It went quiet and everybody was buisy matching colors, crocheting away, measuring wraps, chatting about previous projects, and asking questions. In the meanwhile they managed to teach me (with endless patience) the danish crochetstitches, wich were very different from the dutch ones 🙂

After a couple of hours hard work we had a very fine tasting lunch wich Eva had made for us.

Crochet workshop in Copenhagen Pollevie

Sooner than we all wanted the workshop came to an end. Much was learned, we had lots of fun talking an laughing. These Danish ladies had a very good sence of humor! And after a photosession we had to part.

I will miss them dearly. I wouldn’t have minded if it had been a two day course. But I will come back in on the 17th of December and maybe some will stop by to show their process with the #polleviewrap. If you want to join this workshop in Copenhagen on the 17th of December, you can use the button below for more information.

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Lots of love,
Ellen

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Free crochet pattern eye #polleviewrap

Free crochet pattern eye polleviewrap

To thank all my dear fans on FB and IG for the new followers milestone, hereby a free crochet pattern for an eye. I used this specific wrap to make a birthday surprise for my friend. See my other post: “Crocheting a cargo-box cover“. Have fun crocheting xxx

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Have fun with this free crochet pattern.

For the wrap itself you can find a tutorial in my Etsy shop. The button below gets you there.

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Pollevie goes USA

i love ny new york pollevie

After Holland, Denmark and United Kingdom my first planned intercontinental workshop is a fact. I will be giving a Pollevie crochet workshop how to crochet a #polleviewrap/shawl/poncho/bag in New York City on February 25th 2018. Thanks to so many enthusiastic followers/customers that color this world more beautiful every single day. I am so excited! We have limited places so be quick to reserve yours.

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If the workshop is overbooked I will put you on the waiting list and I just might organize another workshop. We’ll be there for the entire week.

Love, Pollevie

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Crocheting a cargo-box cover

Pimp that boring case

It was early July and that means: summer holiday. I love camping and the freedom with comes along with it. And this year we (my boyfriend and I) decided to do that again. We do this as follows: On the day of departure, we look at the map of Europe on our telephone and choose the direction where the sun shines and where it is warm enough. Just randomly without any plan we take of. If we have driven enough we search for a campsite and if there is nothing available we camp in the wild, wich is very easy in France. We pack some stuff together, stuff this into the car and go. Easy, wouldn’t you think? But, my love  limits the amount of items to be brought by me. He gives me two plastic boxes that I can fill. One for my clothes, and one for the kitchen stuff.

But I’m not going anywhere without wool. This year I thought of something new to try: vacuum bags, because it’s more wool and does not seem to be so much. 😉

My boyfriend and I travel together for two weeks, stay on campsites, and do nothing at all. We always go with my boyfriends car, because he has the biggest one. He has got this cargo-box wich he insist on taking along. Each year we have the discussion about the needlessness of this thing, since we are only with two persons and in a big car, but he insists… because he is travelling with a lady.

I believe that everything we bring/need/and still buy on the go, will fit in the car easily (if packed right) in the car. But well, opinions differ, so the cargo-box came along again.

On August 5th, it’s my boyfriend’s birthday. It’s a challenge to think of something fun to give him. Something that he likes and what he will love forever and will never part with. Something wich he can be proud of and talk to his mates about…

We were in the French Alps and I was looking forward to seeing the mountains and saw one after another tourist come with all kinds of camping equipment, campers, caravans, bicycles, cars, with or without children etc. etc. Also many cargo-boxes, wich my boyfriend always points out enthousiasticly to me. However, most of those cars also have a group of children aboard and therefore lack of space, so the cargo box is a necessity.

Pimp that boring case

And then the idea popped in my head!  If that cargo-box has to come along, then it had better be a nice/colorful/spectacular one. Because all those cargo-boxes are for some reason gray or black: boring.

Already looking through my sack full of wool, I made a selection of colors and I crocheted a fantastic birthday present in a couple of days with all kinds of benefits:

  • Car is easy to find in the parking lot;
  • Hip cargo-box;
  • Also isolates fine;
  • Nice and soft when you open it, etc etc.

After a couple of times, adjusting and measuring and yet taking into account his preference for certain colors, suddenly there was the cargo-box cover. An instant success number. My boyfriend took 5 minutes to adjust to this new idea but was enthousiastc after that.  Together we made a video the next day in the French countryside and villages. Nice to do! And now he drives proudly in one of the hottest cars with handmade cargo-box cover. Happy birthday honey.

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Workshop crochet at the farm (BoerenBed)

Last Saturday I gave a crochet workshop on a special location: a farm.  I have known Boer Henk from’ Hoeve Wesselink’ for 7 years now and come back yearly to ‘refuel’. You stay in a tent, but it’s more glamping! Not just a tent, but one of BoerenBed.
These are tents that are fully furnished for 6 people. But what I think is the best: there is no gas and no electra. I can hear you think, what about the cooking? And my phone? Well, You cook on a wood fire and in the evening
the whole tent is romantically lit by candlelight. If you sit outside by the fire at night and hear the children’s giggles from the bed, that’s one of those lucky moments that I cherish. But it is also great fun with a couple of friends. You’re pace slows down immediately and your only real worry is the fire. The farmer has free wood in a shack with you can grab when you need it. Also a fantastic thing is that Henk has set those tents on the edge of a forest line where you can build huts, race with a skelter, swing high, or just enjoy the quietness and the birds. The freshly laid eggs at breakfast are also special and fantastic to bake on the fire. Although we usually make pancakes, because by the time the water boils we are hungry again.

(pictures by www.sungiphotography.nl)

And for 7 years I have been going to this easy going farmer Henk and his wife Margriet, and this year for the first time I would be giving a crochet workshop. Margriet has often seen me being creatively busy. For example, there was one year I crocheted funny colourful beanies to go with Henk’s blue overalls in wintertime. But also as a joke one  year:  I tried to be the first at the chickenpenn to grab an egg. I would crochet a gold sack around it and put it back in the penn. Then the waiting started for one of the children to arrive. Their eyes were big as saucers when they saw a gold egg!! Beautiful, and great fun.
This year I made a dreamcatcher for them. It hangs at the entrance of the forest because  beautiful dreams are made in that forest. I can hardly think of a nicer place.

And so now a crochet workshop. Ten ladies came in on Saturday morning with bags of wool and expectations. First of all, after some chitchat, I showed the ladies where toilet was: in my tent. As a result, they could see how nice it is to rent a tent there. Also explained the operation of the heart. Inside the door is a cut out ​​heart with a slider behind it. Is the toilet occupied: slider in front of the heart which turns the heart red. I always find it a very nice detail in that tough tent. There was also a lady who announced from the bridge whilst walking to the tent: that camping was really not something for her, oh no she would not be found dead in a tent… but once we turned the corner the first thing she said was: ahh but this is great!! We can stay here with friends, how many peolple fit in one tent???? 🙂

Once back at the tables, everyone soon found a place and we could start crocheting. The weather was great so we could sit outside. There was a nice refreshing breeze and on the picnic tables I had laid down a set of wraps and color combinations for inspiration.
Soon everyone was busy and chatting happily. Together we crocheted a flower and talked about the variations that might be possible. It’s always fun to see how different everyone crochets, and makes different color choices. A lot can be learned from  each other. Very valuable.
Eventually everyone eagerly went home full of inspiration and itchy hands wanting to get on with it as fast as they could
What a nice group of ladies!

At this location, I will give workshops more often, keep an eye on the site.

Lots of love
Pollevie

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New designs #polleviewrap

You must have noticed that I am making and designing a lot of new crochetwork. I was inspired by Asia  and crocheted a kimono. Ideal as an extra layer over a summer dress or over your bikini at the beach or pool . I’m busy with the pattern for this eye-catcher. Soon available in my Etsy shop.

In addition, I wanted to make something else besides flowers on my colorful .

Spring is my favorite season. You can go outside again and everything begins to grow and bloom. I can also enjoy those moments when you can eat outside or drink a cup of tea and hear the birds whistle. That was it! I tried to crochet a branch and place it on a wrap. I managed to do so and loved it! The design has been improved in the meanwhile. The branch has side branches and really looks like a tree branch where blossom grows and birds perch down after a morning flight. Perfect for those cooler evenings if you can sit outside, or in the morning when you ride your bike. Those birds are so nice to crochet. The difference in yarn makes them all unique and different. Soft fluffy wool for the wings. Shiny yarn for the beak and the eye. Bobbly yarn for the body. Nice to experiment with and ideal for finishing your ‘leftovers’

Because of my love for crocheting, the idea  to make a very big heart for the middle of the wrap was one that popped up in my mind. Of course with glittery edge. Where would we be without glitter. Straightaway They were  a success! The first one had already been sold before i had finished it. ‘Wrap yourself in love ‘ is a beautiful quote for these shawls. They are made with love and radiate it too. They will keep you warm with love and it’s a beautiful unique extension to your wardrobe.

Wrap yourself in love !! ❤️

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