Oh, you guys … I had such a delightful day last Sunday! As I told you before, I was scheduled for an “Eindeloos Haken”-meet & greet in Franeker in – what I now know – is a true gem of a yarn store, “Selden sá”, in the northern parts of The Netherlands, aka Friesland.
And no, this is not pronounced as “fries” “land”, as our Canadian nephew exclaimed years ago, when he noticed the sign that said “you have now entered “Friesland”, figuring he was entering a fried potato lovers paradise … haha!
“Friesland” (freeze-land) is a beautiful Dutch province bordering the “Waddenzee”, and picturesque Franeker is about 145 kilometers north-east from where I live.
It was nice to see the sun come out on Sunday, after a dreary and all-day-rainy Saturday, and with my car almost literally filled to the brim with “Colorful Crochet”-projects, I set sail to Franeker.
I had not realized until I was well under way, that I was driving exactly the route that we as a family took many, many times, when I was a (little) girl. You see, my maternal grandparents lived in Den Oever, on one end of the famous “Afsluitdijk”, and my paternal grandfather lived on the island of Terschelling. To get to him we would have to drive to the other side of the “Afsluitdijk” to the town of Harlingen, then onto the ferry, that – after about 1 1/2 hours at sea – would finally bring us to my opa Roos.
After about 1 1/2 hours I arrived at “Selden sá”, a spacious store, right on one of Franeker’s canals, minutes from the very heart of this pretty town.
I was given a warm welcome by shopowner Nynke, and her equally lovely assistant Loesanne, and we set to work, unloading my car, putting all my projects on display.
I could not help myself taking lots of photos before the official program got started, both of my crochet – looking ever so nice in Nynke’s spacious&beautiful store – and “Selden sá’s” gorgeous yarn and inspirational projects, like this fabulous knitted brioche shawl ↓ (Nynke’s work). The afternoon flew by, and I really had a great time talking to lovely people, chit-chatting the hours away, doing a little crochet on the side, all very pleasurable!
The cute bench in front of Nynke’s shop turned out to be the best spot for some of my crochet blankets and the occasional cushion, as well as for a couple of fun photos ↑ with Nynke & Loesanne (do check out Loesanne’s gorgeous work here and here) and Ingrid (who, by the way interviewed me for the “Breiclub”-blog – soon to be published, woohoo).
As always, after having met like-minded creatives, I went home with a smile on my face, and could not help myself stopping at the “Afsluitdijk”-observation tower, and my opa&oma De Visser’s hometown of Den Oever on my way home.
A day well spent!
PS: I love this fun collage of my visit that “Selden sá” posted on their facebook yesterday!