Christmas Market in Matosinhos

Yesterday I went for a walk around the Christmas Market in Matosinhos, it’s fairly small compared to the ones I used to go to in The Netherlands, but still quite nice. Also it’s a lot more handmade stuff than I remember seeing the NL versions, but then again, those were quite some time ago, so I might be remembering wrong.

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Gare de Oriente, Lisboa

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And look, it seems there are also Double Decker Trains in Portugal, first time I ever saw one (in Portugal, I’ve seen plenty of them in The Netherlands).141206-gare de oriente lisboa-004

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Moon over Campo Pequeno

So when I was in Lisboa last I went out at night for a walk around Campo Pequeno and took the following photos.

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Misty morning at Campanha



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Test Knit – Sapin Mitts

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These were a test knit I did recently

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Test Knit – Jonathan by Lee Meredith

Another Test Knit revealed. Jonathan by Lee Meredith has been released, so I can finally show some photos of my finishes scarf/cowl. The only modification I made to the pattern during the test knit was to add a button band so that I could turn it into a cowl if I wanted.

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I managed to find some suitable buttons in my “button stash”.

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Because of the Brioche stitch this is going to be great for those really chilly days, as you can see Jojo approves 100%, she was very reluctant to give it up as a matter of fact…

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She Changes “The Anemone”, Matosinhos

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Conceived in 2005 by the North American artist Janet Echelman, this sculpture is characterized by never being static. In fact, the wind constantly changes the arrangement of the red and white mesh that gives it shape, which also explains the piece’s name “She Changes”. However, its shape and colors greatly contributed to its popular “Anemone” designation as an appropriate term that immediately relates the sculpture to its coastal and maritime location, as well as the author’s original idea of representing traditional fishing gear and fish traps to evoke the local fishing communities.

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A Sunny Winter’s Day

On a sunny winter’s day, my favorite activity is taking the dogs out to the beach to run and play in the sand and surf, or in this case, do some “rock” climbing. I admit it, I have strange dogs.

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Clube Português do Fio – Tricot das Cinco

So  on Saturday was the big event at Tricot das Cinco. The whole team of the Portuguese Yarn Club, Rosário (dona maria), Filomena (yarnadventures) and Paula (dyedbyalfinete) were hosted by Sofia, the owner of Tricot das Cinco, and were able to sell their gorgeous yarns directly to the public.

First let me introduce you to this lovely new LYS that opened up earlier this year. It’s located on the Avenida Poeta Mistral no. 7, Lisboa and there’s also a little tea area where you can drink some tea or coffee and there’s usually some biscuits or cakes on offer as well. I somehow forgot to take proper photos of this area, I was attracted to the yarns on offer instead.

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Some close-ups from the wall of yarn..

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And now the ladies and their wares

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We’ll start with Paula and her brand Dyed by Alfinete

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Then we had Rosário with her brand Dona Maria

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And last but not least Filomena with her brand Yarn Adventures

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I want to thank the ladies for all their efforts in creating these lovely yarns, the colours shown here in the photos, though very close to true to life, these skeins are definitely best seen IN REAL LIFE. Also a very big thank you to Sofia for offering to host this event in her shop and giving me an excuse to visit this lovely shop. I can’t say enough nice things about all the ladies, they were all so very welcoming and it was a pleasure to finally meet Paula and Sofia.

So if you’re in Lisboa and looking for some nice yarns, this shop is a must. It’s close to metro stations and within walking distance from Campo Pequeno.

and if these photos weren’t enough, you can check out the complete album here.

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Clube Português do Fio – Tricot das Cinco in Lisboa

Today Ill be joining my friends from Clube Português do Fio (Portuguese Yarn Club) at a recent yarn shop in Lisboa, Tricot das Cinco for a special edition of the Club. All three ladies, Rosario, Filomena and Paula will be present with their gorgeous handpainted/handspun yarns.



Come join us…

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