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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
PS. Bonus real bunny pics!
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.
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!
Well it is indeed a happy new year! My friend is about to have her first baby and while I’ve had my fingers crossed the baby will be a healthy and chubby little ball of cute, I’ve also been working on my first ever baby toy!
Meet the Sleepy Dino!
It’s made out of 100% cotton yarn and measures about 40cm from head to tail. Which should make a nice toy for my friend’s little one to grow up with!
The pattern used was a little bit complicated in the beginning as it is worked continuously in the round. But lots of careful stitch marker use and intense concentration got me through! If you are a crocheter yourself you can find the pattern for free over at The Button Ship.
And just for good measure here’s one more picture, all ready to travel:
When I was first starting to crochet and looking for some interesting projects I came across some really beautiful crocheted frames on Pinterest. There were no patterns for them, so I really didn’t feel confident trying to do one on my own and without a step-by-step tutorial of some sort. But for a long time I have kept these frames in mind.
Slowly I practiced with other projects and my confidence got to a point where I felt comfortable giving the frames a shot. Using a regular edging pattern I had, I made what I now call the Jaipur Pink Frame.
Jaipur Pink because it reminded me of those beautiful Indian buildings in that bright-but-soft pink.
Tip for any other crocheters that want to try this out themselves: The frame is a bit tricky to cast onto, just fiddly, not completely rage inducing. But the way the edging pattern worked out was really great! So you can pretty much use any edging lace pattern you have, you just need to make sure that you cast on the correct number of stitches to each side of the frame in the beginning, so that you’ll be sure you will fit the number of arcs you need.
In my last post I mentioned the donut ornaments I was making for my Christmas tree. Well, after some tweaking and perfecting – here’s the final product!
The best part of making these donuts is the amount of customisation I can do. I can use SO MANY COLOURS!
This one’s made with chocolate dough, vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles…
Next you’ve got your classic dough with pink icing and a white stripe drizzle…
And finally there’s the light blue icing with chocolate sprinkles!
Argh! YUM-BO-REE-NO. So much sweetness, and all from yarn! Zero calories yo.
So my apartment is tiny. I wonder if I’ve ever made a post without mentioning that. Whatever though, because even though I don’t have much space, I can still get myself a Christmas Tree and that makes me super happy!
There’s a market near me that sells… Hmm, not sure how to describe it except to call them “mini semi-fake trees”.
OK. I am sensing more descriptives are needed here. But basically what they do is use small branches of real trees and stitch em together onto a post to make a mini version of real full-sized tree. It’s like a Frankensteins monster of a tree!
Anyway, there are real pine needles and it’s the perfect size for my apartment. Check and CHECK.
I still have plans to make more decorations for the tree. But I don’t know how much more this little guy will take before he keels over.
I’ve got my little Tutti Frutti and Watermelon Bite ornaments in there. PLUS, I’ve got some crocheted donut ornaments up in that thing, which my boyfriend keeps threatening to eat because they look so tasty. Ahhh Christmas… You pretty!
How are your Christmas decorations coming along?
You know, when I was a little girl I always hated pink. I hated pastels. Was that just a 90s thing? Some sort of I-only-listen-to-the-Smashing-Pumpkins-and-god-help-you-if-you-give-me-a-barbie grunge angst thing?
I dunno. But anyway, these days I am in LOVE with pink and pastels. Did this change happen to anyone else when they grew up? Maybe it’s just cos these colours remind me of delicious cupcakes. Or maybe it’s because they feel so fresh, clean and calming.
Because of my new found love of pink, and because I thought that winter wear needs some colour, I decided to crochet this beauty. Check out my new Cupcake Beanie! Made out of ecru coloured cotton yarn with a pink coloured pom pom and edging this beanie really brightens up those cold winter days.
What do you think? Cute, right? You can get your hands on one of these babies for a measly €15! ALSO, customisations are welcome. For example you can request a peach coloured pom pom and edging in place of the pink. Or light blue would work really nice as well!
Contact me if you’re interested. I am in the process of setting up a permanent online store, but as the cold weather is fast approaching you may want to get your order in before the shop is live. Contact me!
Oh man, these make me crave candy so badd.
I can’t wait to hang these on the Christmas tree. Although at the moment they are just hanging in my chilli plant I’ve got on my windowsill.
If you want a set of your own, contact me! (I will update this post with a link to my shop once I have it up and running!)
The set contains five Tutti Fruttis, so when you order one set for €12.50 you will get the following –
1x Blood Orange
1x Pink Grapefruit
Each fruit is about 6cm long and 3cm across and is crocheted on both sides. It has a crocheted yarn loop to allow for hanging. Each fruit is also stuffed with cotton to give it some dimension.