Saturday, 12 May 2018

Double Dutch

Last week a raveller from Canada, Cat Beattie, posted some pictures of a Dutch Pencil Case that she had made from one of my patterns. She made it for her father-in-law, who is about to make a trip to Amsterdam. Hasn't she done a great job. I love seeing my patterns made up. This is one of my free ones. It has been downloaded 90 times, but this is the first time I have seen it made up by someone who isn't me. Here is a link to the pattern - Dutch Pencil Case.

Cat really kindly said I could post her pictures, and in our chat we have found we have quite a lot in common - black cats, knitting, love of nature ... I do love how crafting (and the internet) brings people together. Perhaps international relations should just be left to us crafters.  (I do hope my next paragraph is not going to ruin this.)

In trying to think of a title for this post I typed in "expressions containing the word Dutch". What a lot of them there are! "Double Dutch", "Dutch courage", "to go Dutch", "a Dutch uncle", and a few others that I had not heard, "take Dutch leave", "a Dutch wife", and "a Dutch agreement". I found a site which explains some of these, if you haven't heard them before. So it led me to wonder if these expressions are peculiarly English or are they known in other parts of the world. As I know quite a few Dutch people look at my blog, I wonder if you have any expressions about the English? I would love to hear if you use any colloquial expressions, the more unusual the better, but not any that would cause offense ...

Just a reminder that there is still plenty of time to join in my Ginx Woolly Linx party for May. Click on the photo above or at the top of the page to find the party. I would love to see what you have been working on this month.


  1. Thanks for sharing the beautiful creations! Here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

  2. That is gorgeous!!! I love houses, I love Dutch houses and I love black cats :-) So I'm a big fan!

  3. Hi, I'm Dutch and most of the expressions you name, are unformilliar to me. Double Dutch is known around the world, I'm afraid. I don't know any Dutch expression about English people. I love England, would have loved to live in The Cotwolds but unfortunately live got in the way (haha).
    The pencil case Cat made is adorable! I wonder why people, who visit The Netherlands (from a far away country like Canada) only visit Amsterdam. That's just a very small part of our little country (and one I don't like at all!). There are beaches, forest, flat land so you can look far, far in the distance, small hills, windmills, and a lot of water (creeks, ditches surrounding meadows with cows and topped willows at the banks of it).
    Love, Anja

  4. Hi! Cat here. I did get to see more than Amsterdam when I visited years ago. Amsterdam is awesome, though, and I highly recommend it! All the people were so friendly, every person we encountered on our evening walks would say hello and smile! And the canal boats where people were living were so cool! Many of them had grass and gardens growing on them, goats, chickens and watch-ducks (rather than watch-dogs, and just as vigilant!). Also there was a "squatters village", people living rent-free in tents, vans or whatever they could put together, not as much out of poverty but more of a free-spirited punk attitude; it was very interesting and inspiring. They had a bar/nightclub made out of a school bus! It had been cut in half from bumper to bumper, the two halves pulled apart with a stage built at one end, and a bar at the other. The tickets to come see the bands were printed up to look like bus tickets and you would hand them in as you entered the bus door. The bus seats were mostly still there, but with little tables between them. You could only do something like this in an illegal setup though, because I don't think it was particularly fire-safe! Also we visited Broek en Waterland, which is the most beautiful fairy-tale village! We went there by houseboat via the canals. We also stayed in a boat hotel. The Netherlands visit was one I will remember all my life. Such a wonderful place!

  5. That is a beautiful pencil case and I did ot know those expressions using the word dutch. Live and learn.

  6. The pencil case is lovely, it's great when you see people successfully using your patterns. Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party this week!

  7. That pencil case is fabulous. It really is a great feeling to know people make something using your pattern isn't it - such a thrill!