Creative New Year!

fijnKNIT Brei-Salon Update, JANUARY 2012

New Meeting Hours Beginning February 7, 2012

nieuwe uren

elke 1ste & 3e dinsdag van de maand

Open BreiAtelier vanaf 14:00u in de avond tot 22 u

breng je eigen wol en je eigen ideëen

of kom gratis leren

5€  per persoon, omvat drankjes & hapjes

luxe brei garens en natuurlijke kleurstoffen te koop

 salviapark 38, 9840 de pinte     09 330 6190  Catherine van laake

Annie and Christine who expertly follow their patterns while chatting

A small group of women have continued throughout the winter to gather every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 2 pm to share knitting ideas, resources, and of course, our experience at fijnKNIT Atelier.  The conversation is mostly in Dutch, and I (proprietor of fijnKNIT) try to follow as much as possible with a little help from my friends.  Our translation is not limited to conversation, however.   We share knitting books and resources that are written in Dutch, English, French, Japanese and German and all of us seem to have diversified skills such that we compliment each other and provide a wide diversity of talent to enjoy.

Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota; Fijnknit yarn with natural dyes on the side. Christine brought this beautiful book for us to enjoy.

Marie-Paule is our expert lace knitter, displaying her latest in fine cashmere

We invite everyone from beginners to experts, young and old, Flemish speaking and non-Flemish speaking.  We enjoy coffee, tea, homemade goodies, wine and cheese while we sit around a well-lit table.  I ask a small donation of 5 € to cover the cost of the goodies and beverages.  I provide a tool table with a skein winder, ball winder, and other various and sundry tools that one might need while working with textiles.  The open atelier gathering lasts into the evening and everyone is free to come anytime after 2 and leave anytime before 9 pm.  I have a beautiful selection of luxury and naturally dyed yarns, and a fabulous selection of the highest quality natural dyes available for sale.  We have a lot of fun together…

Sometimes, accidents happen, and we all have a good laugh.

All knitters know that sometimes accidents can turn out quite pretty, so Marie-Paule signed hers.

And we have another eager friend, always willing to keep you company, my darling Jasmine….

Our little mascot who is not always so calm. She loves everybody and wants to be with the girls.

Between trims, she looks more like an alpaca than a dog, and everyone asks me if I spin her hair.   The answer is no, never.  I don’t spin dog hair, no matter how cute they are.  I’m hooked on lambswool, thank you very much.

So, if your interested in sharing slow fiber and knitting of all sorts, learning no matter who you are or what you know, and enjoying the good company of women, please feel free to join us.

Atelier fijnKNIT





09 330 6190 OR EMAIL ME, Catherine van Laake:


About naturalcolor

Passionate about textiles, threads and color. I began knitting and sewing as a little girl and found spinning and weaving via my experience at Marygrove College in Detroit for Waldorf teacher education. Learning to spin, first on a drop spindle, then on a spinning wheel, made me feel as if I had done this in another lifetime. It seemed effortless. Since then, my passion for threads, yarns, color and weave effect, knitting and natural dyeing has led me into the rich world and cultures of textile design. Through the study of weaving, knitting designs and natural dyes, I have learned the archetypal connection we as weavers, knitters and dyers have to each other around the world and the richness of our art as we express our cultures through our craft. Ultimately, my passion is to preserve these life-giving arts through the connections we make with each other and ourselves with our craft, the information we store in our minds and hearts, and the stories and techniques we pass on to the next generation.
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