|Dutch fiber artists Els Dykman and Denise Beuse at the Haaselt Farmer's Craft Market.|
|Although is is not of Estonian|
or Orenberger style, this
shawl, called Paradise Apple,
is a nice example of
|While at Hasslet, Conny also added some rows to me—lovely lace, of course! |
Cathy took the opportunity to tie in my "loose ends."
|Conny's lace addition to me|
Cathy wandered around the market and was entranced in watching Gus, a man who makes eel nets by hand. Some people call this “netting.” There is one theory that knitting evolved out of netting and when you watch someone like Gus making these nets, you can believe it. Cathy talked with Gus for quite a while about netting, knitting, eel fishing, and why Cathy should learn to speak Russian.
|Gus the eel net netter.|
Then we went to visit Els and Denise, the spinners just a few stalls away. Of course, Cathy could not resist purchasing some handspun and hand-dyed yarn from Denise and a blended batt of Texel wool from Els. The dye in the yarn was one part white onion skins and one part red onion skins, but it came out an olive green color! Denise used some of her own handspun which she had dyed blue with woad when she added her rows to me. Then she gave me the rest of the ball for my own yarn stash bag!
|Denise and Els took some time from demonstrating spinning to add a few rows to me.|
The next day we would board a train for Copenhagen. Back in 1971, when Cathy visited the Netherlands as a teenager, she wrote in her journal as she left this lovely country and its people, “With a tear, we left the Netherlands.” It felt like déjà vu.
|Conny, Gerhard, and Cathy at the end of a wonderful weekend.|