Cacti Garden

My crochet Cactus Garden is finally complete, and it looks freaking awesome if I do say so myself!

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Without a real plan, I bought a bunch of green hued cactus coloured yarns and started crocheting a cactus here and there. There was a point where I ran out of steam but then I came across a perfect glass tray at H&M to put the finished product in. It was the perfect motivation to finish up the rest of the plants.

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And just like a beautiful dress, this finished piece deserves a twirl:

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The large grey leaves were actually a gift from a friend who made them out of felt. Although they were meant to be coasters, they worked so well in the garden that I was forced to re-purpose them.

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The striped cactus with the pink flower is actually a pom pom cut very carefully. As for the rest of the cacti, there were a couple of patterns I used (see Agave pattern HERE, or the Fern patter HERE), but mostly I just modified general patterns like this one HERE, or free-balled it.

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Has anyone else created their own Cacti? I do recommend!

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Adventure Time! BMO stole the show!

Dude. This took forever to get right.

The story goes that I had a bit of spare money left over at the end of the month, so of course I decided to spend it on some yarn. I wanted to order some acrylic yarn from this online store I peruse, even though I am generally against the idea of it. But it was cheap (so sue me) and the reviews I read said it really wasn’t SO bad… Had nice colour and was actually nice and soft blah blah blah. I made the decision to order a crazy random selection of colours, thinking that if all else was lost this would at least end up being a good collection for some small amigurumi things. To be honest I was choosing a selection of green colours with the thought that I could make some crochet cacti garden or something.

Anyway, the yarns finally arrived and all of sudden I had the feeling like hey, I could totally make a BMO from Adventure Time!

I didn’t have a pattern. There was a lot of trial and error. There were a lot of moments where I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the work in progress… But I did it!

Ladies and gents, I present to you, BMO!

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I made some notes, analog style… Crazy handwritten pages with many a crossed out scribble, that formed a deeply disturbing narrative of an individual failing several times to attain that right formula… It wouldn’t be out of place in a background shot of Se7en.

What I am trying to say is that I have a pattern. And I WILL translate it into an intelligible set of instructions that I hope to share with you at some stage. But for now, I would like to just sit back and bask in the cuteness that is BMO!

Nawww!

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Coral Points Pillow

Well it’s been busy! Have started my new job which included a couple of months in Germany. All the while trying to find a new apartment to move in to back in Krakow. I finally got back in to town and within a week had moved in to a beautiful new place. Am not used to living somewhere so nice… I still need to get used to having a dishwashing machine… I keep going to hand wash my dishes. #firstworldproblems

Anyway, while I work on that, I have crocheted the first item for the new place! A pillow for the couch (yay I have a couch finally!). And to make matters confusing, here is a pic of it on the armchair. Yeah, I am a proper adult with an armchair AND a couch. Woo!

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Made from coral cotton yarn it seems pretty durable. For the cover, I used fabric from old bedsheets that we no longer use. I couldn’t be assed dealing with a zipper, so I decided to try out a envelope style cover (link HERE to the directions I used). The envelope method is like a bajillion times easier than trying to get a hidden zipper in there. Do recommend.

The pattern used is the same one I used for my Blue Jeans Triangle Scarf that I made a little while ago. You can find the pattern on my pattern blog HERE if you are interested! It’s such a nice pattern that’s really easy to execute and can be used in so many different ways.

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The Australian Congo

So I recently spent a glorious month in Australia visiting family, but mostly just lounging around and relaxing in one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

The local community sometimes calls it the Australian Congo, and I have to say, that’s preeeeetty accurate. To travel there you pass through dry scrub land, fresh coastline, alpine dairy country and then finally you make it down into the lush jungle valley.

I’ve been sworn to secrecy (as in I shouldn’t tell too many people about this place). Just for the fact that the community wants to keep it as natural as possible – and they’ve definitely been doing a good job so far! But to give you an idea of how rural and natural the place is here is the satellite view from Google Maps of the house I was staying in:

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Wow, right?!

This place is so untouched you can drink the water straight out of the creek! It’s so green and lush that anything grows. We were told stories of people throwing the remains of their eaten fruit into the back yard, and a month later seeing it sprout up out of the ground!

I am now going to take you on a little photo adventure to show you just how amazingly iddilic this wilderness is.

I would regularly wake up at dawn, sit on the balcony and wait for the mist to clear:

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Relaxing and waiting for the sun to get stronger, I was still amazed at the landscape. Even in cloudy weather! You almost expected a Dinosaur to wander out through the valley. SO Jurassic:

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Once it is warm enough, it’s time to go on a stroll! We go past the bamboo forest:

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We stop by the creek to refresh ourselves in the swimming hole:

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Laying by the banks of the swimming hole, once we are dry it’s time to adventure further! We say hello to the Llama’s on our way (but remember to leave the dog back on the track… The Llamas naturally hate canines, and we don’t want any aggressiveness today!):

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Go back to the track to the collect the dog and continue through the old Kiwi orchard:

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We dodge the low branches and try to find some kiwi fruit. It’s not the season for it, so we head back to the swimming hole one more time!

And so now we head back to the house to relax and have some food. Naps are completely acceptable at this stage:

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There were times when we would get caught in a surprise downpour. The weather changes so much in the valley. I managed to capture just one day of the weather in this time lapse video (I never knew clouds moved simultaneously in opposite directions like that!):


 

Modern Crochet Placemats

The pattern I used for this was a granny circle… How can a pattern that has the word “Granny” in it be called modern?! It’s all about the colours!

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I am currently in Germany for a couple of months for work, and I must say that choosing which yarns to take with me was one of the single most difficult decisions of the year so far!

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Ultimately I think I made the right choice, but it’s still tough to be separated from my full yarn stash for so long!

Let me know if you would be interested in the pattern. It’s a super simple one, and I finished two placemats in one day, so it’d make a nice quick gift!

Happy Easter!

Easter is my favourite holiday. You get a long weekend. You get to eat delicious food and you have no pressure to give presents. And getting sick on chocolate is totally acceptable – so that’s a winner!

In the spirit of things, I crocheted another Bunny using my own pattern that I posted a couple of weeks ago (link here). This time I decided to use thicker yarn and a 5mm hook and the Bunny turned out huge by comparison to the first one!

Hope you like it!

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PS. Bonus real bunny pics!

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Burgundy Dipped Market Bag – Pattern Link Included

Surprisingly this pattern actually took a lot longer than I expected. I used Drops ♥ You #6 with a 3.5mm hook, so that probably prolonged the project! I really like the colour contrast on this, and am planning to give this bag away so I’m super tempted to make another for myself with a nice bright blue as the contrast colour. Hmm… maybe it’ll be another project to work on during my holiday.

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To be honest, I used a pattern as a general guide only. I used much thinner yarn than what they specify, so that meant I couldn’t follow the pattern stitch by stitch. Anyhow, it’s a lovely design and you can find it HERE!

Tshirt Yarn Foot o’ the Bed Rug – Free pattern included

Whoa. What a week! Am preparing for a month long holiday to Australia, as well as preparing to start a new position at work when I’m back from my holidays. As well as interviewing for my replacement, preparing for a possibly complicated handover and trying to plan what I’ll need for an expensive but glorious month in the Australian wilderness! Surprisingly all I’ve felt able to concentrate on after work is trying not to fall asleep before eating dinner. I always thought that work was just something I did to pay the bills. My life was outside of work, and crocheting was my most convenient creative outlet. I found it very easy to seperate work from my personal time. But after this week I’ve noticed that I really do care about my job. When my boyfriend said to me, “Don’t worry, it won’t be your problem soon” I realised that I actually really do care! I want everything to go smoothly and I want the guys in my team to continue having a nice working environment. So anyway, I think this is my long winded way of saying, I have not been crocheting that much this last week. I am working on something but it’s slow going.

In the meantime I did want to share something that I made about a month ago. I had a whole bunch of Tshirt yarn (yes, that is what it sounds like, it’s lengths of Tshirt fabric that can be crocheted together with a very large hook) and due to the cold weather I was inspired to make a nice rug for the foot of the bed. It didn’t take too long to complete thanks to the thickness of the yarn.

Because Tshirt yarn is the off-clippings of other clothes, it does not have the uniformity of most yarns. But it’s a great hardy and flexible material to use. Just excuse the slight deformity – It’s not my technique, I swear!

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We’ve got a dark wood bed frame so I really like that the colour of this rug matches that. Adds to the room nicely I think!

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The pattern is available for FREE at my pattern blog MumboJumbo Crochet by following this link HERE.

Enjoy and hope you have a great and relaxing weekend! I know I will after the busy week I’ve had!

Free Easter Bunny Pattern. Come one. Come all!

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Super cute little crochet plush toys, AKA Amigurumi, can be anything from food, animals or even furniture. Most of the stuff I have done has been food related (see my Donuts, Watermelon Bites and Tutti Frutti set). But I have constantly been keeping an eye on cute little animals to crochet. And with Easter coming up I wanted to get started with more theme crocheting. One of the things I wanted to do was crochet a cute little Amigurumi Bunny. Though to be honest I couldn’t really find any ideal patterns. Call me picky… cos I am. So what happened is I ended up creating my own pattern!

As I am super proud of myself for doing so, I naturally want to share/flaunt/show-off my pattern to anyone who will listen.

Here it goes!

Materials:

Dude, just use whatever yarn you want and get a hook that’s the correct size for it and you’ll be sweet! Just remember that it might work a little better to use a slightly smaller hook than recommended, cos that will tighten up your work and ensure that no stuffing peeks out. Up to you though.

I used a very thin yarn, which can be fiddly and a bit frustrating at times, so if you are a beginner, I would recommend using something a little thicker than I did!

Also a thought – maybe have some other colour threads ready to do some embroidered facial features.

Go nutso with the colours! Make the face unique (search pinterest for Amigurumi faces if you want some inspiration). Give it a belly button, some sunglasses, a butt crack… Make it your own!

You can also create accessories for this guy to give him his own personality. For example:

A city chic scarf from the Winter 2016 catalogue! Rugged up and ready for going out on the town:

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Or a bit of gangsta bling with a dope ass chain:

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Just to give you an idea of how big this Bunny ends up, I used cotton thread (you know that stuff that you made friendship bracelets with in Grade 6? It’s called Mulina in Polish, but I cannot remember the technical English name) and a 1.5mm hook. It ended up being roughly 7cm tall, and that’s measuring from feet to the top of the head (so, not including the ears).

You’ll also need some stuffing too, obviously.

 

Notes:

You will be crocheting in the round (spiraling all the way around continuously) so it is essential you use a stitch marker. I was using a safety pin. When I start a round, I will place the stitch marker in the first stitch of that row.

The pattern is very easy and it only uses 4 different stitches/techniques. All four of which I have provided tutorial links to in the abbreviations section. So if you are a beginner, YOU CAN TOTES DO IT! I believe in you.

Oh and if you have any questions, ask away!

 

Abbreviations:

US Terms Used

Magic Ring = Adjustable loop (tutorial with pictures here)

SC = Single Crochet (tutorial with pictures here)

INC = Single Crochet Increase (this means that you do two Single Crochets in the same stitch. Check out some instructions here)

DEC = Single Crochet Decrease (tutorial with pictures here)

 

Head and Body:

Start with a magic ring.

  1. 6 SC into the magic ring and pull it tight (6)
  2. INC in each stitch around (12)
  3. * 1 SC, INC * around (18)
  4. * 2 SC, INC * around (24)
  5. * 3 SC, INC * around (30)
  6. * 4 SC, INC * around (36)
  7. SC around (36)
  8. SC around (36)
  9. SC around (36)
  10. SC around (36)
  11. SC around (36)
  12. SC around (36)
  13. SC around (36)
  14. SC around (36)
  15. SC around (36)
  16. SC around (36)
  17. * 5 SC, INC * around (42)
  18. SC around (42)
  19. SC around (42)
  20. * 6 SC, INC * around (48)
  21. SC around (48)
  22. SC around (48)
  23. * 7 SC, INC * around (54)
  24. SC around (54)
  25. SC around (54)
  26. SC around (54)
  27. SC around (54)
  28. SC around (54)
  29. SC around (54)
  30. SC around (54)
  31. SC around (54)
  32. SC around (54)
  33. SC around (54)
  34. SC around (54)
  35. * 7 SC, DEC * around (48)
  36. SC around (48)

FYI – Here’s a good time to stuff da booty.

Now to start on the legs! Count and place a stitch marker in the 24th stitch from your hook. Chain 12 and join it with a slip stitch to where you placed your stitch marker. You should now have two separate sections of 36 stitches each. These will form the legs, and you will do one at a time.

  1. In the first section, SC around (36) – This means you will have 24 SC on the body and the remaining 12 SC will be on the back loops only of the chain (the reason I use the back loops is so that the front loops can easily be used for the second leg…)
  2. * 4 SC, DEC * around (30)
  3. * 3 SC, DEC * around (24)
  4. SC around (24)
  5. SC around (24)
  6. SC around (24)
  7. SC around (24)

Finish off and break the yarn.

Do the second leg on the other section of 36 stitches. Basically, just repeat steps 37-43!

Add extra stuffing if it’s needed.

 

Bases of the legs:

Two will be needed, obviously.

Start with a magic ring.

  1. 6 SC into the magic ring and pull it tight (6)
  2. INC in each stitch around (12)
  3. * 1 SC, INC * around (18)
  4. * 2 SC, INC * around (24)

No need to break the yarn here, just continue to SC the next round straight onto the legs of the body to join it.

Repeat this with the other leg.

 

Arms:

You’ll be making two of these.

As usual, start with a magic ring.

  1. 6 SC into the magic ring and pull it tight (6)
  2. INC in each stitch around (12)
  3. * 1 SC, INC * around (18)
  4. SC around (18)
  5. SC around (18)
  6. * 1 SC, DEC * around (12)
  7. SC around (12)
  8. SC around (12)
  9. SC around (12)
  10. Stuff the arm (but not too much) and then pinch the end closed. 6 SC across to close the edge and make it flat.

Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn to sew to the body.

 

Ears:

Obviously you’ll also need two of these (unless you want your bunny to look like he’s lived a tough life on the streets)

Aaaaaaand, guess what? Start with a magic ring!

  1. 4 SC into the magic ring and pull it tight (4)
  2. INC in each stitch around (8)
  3. * 1 SC, INC * around (12)
  4. * 2 SC, INC * around (16)
  5. * 3 SC, INC * around (20)
  6. SC around (20)
  7. SC around (20)
  8. * 3 SC, DEC * around (16)
  9. SC around (16)
  10. SC around (16)
  11. * 2 SC, DEC * around (12)
  12. SC around (12)
  13. SC around (12)
  14. SC around (12)
  15. SC around (12)

Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn to sew to the body later.

 

Tail:

This is up to you what colour you want to do this in. Or if you want to do this at all. Maybe you wanna use a pom pom instead? I dunno… Up to you! However I will give you the pattern for what I did just in case you want it:

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Say it with me now: “Start with a magic ring!”

  1. 6 SC into the magic ring and pull it tight (6)
  2. INC in each stitch around (12)
  3. 1 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, 2 SC, INC, 1 SC (16)
  4. 3 SC, INC, 3SC, INC, 3 SC, INC, 3 SC, INC (20)
  5. 4 SC, INC, 10 SC, INC, 4 SC (22)
  6. SC around (22)
  7. SC around (22)

 

Assembly

Sew those bits and bobs onto the body YO! Use my pics as reference, or just play around with the positioning. Maybe the arms will look cuter if they are more in front, or higher on the body? Maybe you want those ears to flop down the side of the head?

One thing I do recommend though – don’t stuff the ears. They are rigid enough to stand up on their own. Also, if you leave out the stuffing of the ears, you have more options to shape them!

EDIT

I made another bigger version of the Easter Bunny! Using the exact same pattern except with thicker yarn and a larger hook:

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Sea Foam Laptop Sleeve

Introducing the Sea Foam Laptop Sleeve! It’s been a long time coming and there were multiple ideas I had for a laptop sleeve, but FINALLY I decided on one, and am very very happy with the result.

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The ocean colours remind me of foamy waves.

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The pattern uses a wavy theme with puff stitches giving a nice amount of padding. I made it using 100% recycled cotton yarn which gives a nice rustic colour to it!

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It really is a beautiful stitch. I am not sure how many other crocheters are out there reading this blog, but if you want me to share the stitch pattern just let me know in the comments!