December 10, 2013

Growing Star

Groeiende ster

Rainbow star made with 7 colors of cotton and a size 2.5 mm hook.
 I used scraps I had laying around which were not all exactly the same weight.

Five differently sized stars. They are made with thin (pearl) cotton, kidsilk haze (outer edge) and a size 1.5  mm hook.

This pattern is similar to the growing heart pattern, in that it keeps its shape when you make the star bigger.

Dit is een patroon van een ster dat zijn vorm behoudt, ook als je hem groter maakt.

December 2, 2013

Picture tutorial for the tricky parts of "Growing Heart"

Some parts of the growing heart pattern can be a bit tricky. In this post I show a lot of pictures of the more difficult parts of the pattern.

Just before the pattern states to pull the magic ring tight, you should have something which looks like this:

November 25, 2013

Growing heart

Groeiend hart

Rainbow heart made with 7 colors of cotton and a size 3.0 mm hook.
 I used scraps I had laying around which were not all exactly the same weight.
Some of it is Catania.

Four differently sized hearts. They are made with thin (pearl) cotton and a size 1.5  mm hook.
The hearts are  6 cm,  8 cm, 10 cm, and 12 cm high

I made this pattern of a heart that keeps its hearts shape when you make it bigger and bigger. The pattern goes up to 10 rounds (the central heart is excluded from this count).

Dit is een patroon van een hartje dat zijn vorm houdt, ook als je hem groter maakt. Het patroon bevat instructies voor 10 toeren, het binnenste hart niet meegerekend.

October 3, 2013

Birthday treats

Today it is my youngest first birthday and he is going to hand out these cute goldfish:

The fish are from a free crochet pattern by Twinkie Chan. They each come with a small box of raisins.

It can be hard to come up with fun birthday treats for children to hand out at daycare and school. Especially with "no candy" (or not too much candy) rules and all that. When I was small, and no such rules were in place, my mom had one time knitted dolls for the entire class. They were a huge hit and I decided to do something similar for my sons.

Last May I made these gummy bears for my eldest son to hand out at daycare. The pattern is available on the Lion Brand website (also by Twinkie Chan):

I added a little bag of real gummy bears so the kids could easily take it home instead of eating them at daycare.

I'm already thinking about small items to make for next year's birthdays...

September 3, 2013

Minion beanies

I recently made these minion beanies inspired by the characters of the movie "Despicable me 2" (Veschrikkelijke Ikke 2). The boys are ready for winter:

The base pattern to make these beanies is The Graph Beanie pattern from Playin’ Hooky Designs, which you can also obtain through Ravelry ($5 including a free chart).

August 19, 2013

DIY Kumihimo bobbins

I recently picked up my Kumihimo disk again to make a bracelet. In the past I have used clothespins as bobbins, but I never really liked them. I've also looked for plastic no-tangle bobbins, but never got round to buying them. Then I found a whole bunch of these cheap plastic embroidery floss bobbins in my craft stash:

July 31, 2013


The last weeks I've been working on crocheting a Happypotamus. There are some things I would do differently next time I make it (or another one of Heidi Bears' designs) and they can be found on my Ravelry project page.

Now back to my long-long-long term project. The Clover Field cardigan, less than one sleeve to go...

July 24, 2013

Baby toy ball

For round 4 of the Ankh-Morpork knitter's guild wars (on Ravelry) I made a Hyperbolic Pseudosphere. Now that it is finished, my 8 month old boy loves to play with it as a toy. It is firm enough to roll around the floor, but because of all its ruffles can also be easily picked up by little hands. Not to mention, it is soft and unbreakable when thrown around the room.

June 25, 2013

Fast and easy Tunisian base row - Long-tail crochet cast-on

For me, the most annoying part of Tunisian crochet is making the base row. Making sure to have the correct number of stitches in the chain, and then the fiddling with picking up the stitches (bobbles). Only recently did I find out that with the help of an extra crochet hook (about the same size as the Afghan hook) this can all be done in one pass, plus much easier to keep track of the stitch count.

June 18, 2013

Potatted plants

Quite a while ago I placed some pictures of my "potatted plants" on I got some request for a pattern, but I never got round to actually making it. Until now, that is. It is actually more a set of instructions, since the tatting pattern itself is very simple. I made a chart so both needle and shuttle tatters can easily follow the pattern (I can only needle tat myself).

June 13, 2013

First post...

I'm finally starting a blog again, this time about my crafty life. I love (tunisian) crochet and cross-stitch. I also do a bit of tatting and sewing.

I also start this blog to have a place to write down patterns and ideas. I still need to write down a pattern for my tatted plants I promised to do a long while ago. When done, I'll post it here.