DIY: Crochet Beanie with Colorful Pompom

I became definitively crochet addicted. When I finish something, I’ve already collected a lot of patterns and ideas for the next project. And then I start again, probably already in the same evening, with the new crochet project. I have never imagined that I could become crochet addicted. But it feels good, and like to spend my evening (and sometimes night) going on with the next movie just to continue with a crochet activity. Even during the day I something check out pinterest or bloglovin and dream about it… It is fun and healthy to have a crafty project! I wish I had begun before…

This is my pinterest account if you want to check it out: http://www.pinterest.com/alerai80/pins/

Yesterday I’ve finished my last beanie made with Scottish wool bought in Norway.

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 It was my second beanie with this pattern. The first that I crocheted turn out to be for babies, as you can see it here.

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I’ll share with you both patterns.

MATERIAL:

Wool: A thin one, around 2 mm of diameter. 150 gr can be enough.

Hook size: 3.5/4 mm.

@If you choose a bigger wool and hook size obviously it get bigger than expected. Be aware.

Abbreviations used in this patterns:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet

BEANIE FOR BABIES (0-6 months)

Make a magic ring: chain 4 and sl st into the first chain.

Round 1: ch 1, hdc 10 times into the ring, sl st into top of ch 1, pull tail to tighten ring (10 stitches)

R2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in top of ch 1 (20) – crochet tail into your stitches so that you won’t have to weave it in later

R3: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in one stitch* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1  (30)

R4: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in next two stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (40)

R5:  ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in next three stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (50)

R6: ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in ch 1 (50)

R7-R14: ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in ch 1 (50)

R15: ch 2, *bpdc, fpdc* repeat from *to* all the way around, sl st in top of ch 2. (50)

R16 – R18: ch 2, *bpdc, fpdc* repeat from *to* all the way around, sl st in top of ch 2. (50)

R19: ch 1, sc around in each stitch, sl st into ch 1 (50). Fasten off and weave in ends.
BEANIE FOR ADULTS (even a 18 months old child can wear it, but the effect is obviously different.
Make a magic ring: chain 4 and sl st into the first chain.

Round 1: ch 1, hdc 15 times into the ring, sl st into top of ch 1, pull tail to tighten ring (10 stitches)

R2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in top of ch 1 (30) – crochet tail into your stitches so that you won’t have to weave it in later
R3: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in one stitch* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1  (45)

R4: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in next two stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (60)

R5:  ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in next three stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (75)

R6: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in the next four stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (90)

R7: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in the next five stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (105)

R8: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in the next six stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (120)

R9: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in the next seven stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (135)

R10: ch 1, *2 hdc in one stitch, 1 hdc in the next eight stitches* repeat from *to * all the way around, sl st in ch 1 (150)

R11-R24: ch 1, 1 hdc in each stitch around, sl st in ch 1 (150)

R25-27: ch 2, *bpdc, fpdc* repeat from *to* all the way around, sl st in top of ch 2. (150)

R28: ch 1, sc around in each stitch, sl st into ch 1 (150). Fasten off and weave in ends.
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A COLORFUL POM-POM
Last weekend my mum was here and she taught me a new method for making precise pompom, but you can also make it like in the blog “A Lovely Lark“.  Here is a picture that clarify the process. It is the easiest way to make a pompom but it can get irregular and then you must be good to level out the sphere at the end.
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Have a colorful day!
Stay tuned
Ale

 

London To Oxford

Today, we finally moved from London to Oxford!!! As all my crafty stuff is in boxes right now, I have to be a bit creative with this post… The last thing that was left to pack yesterday night was the baking stuff and as most of it were anyway just leftovers, I thought what`s better as to move them in form of a cake…
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I went a bit crazy with the food color and the sprinkles. Luckily there was also a pomegranate around to add something healthy. At one of my other favorite blogs mycreative there was an instruction posted about how to peel a pomegranate last week. Very helpful!!!
Ox2Mr. Pomegranatecake did not survive long in our new home :-) I will start unpacking now and will hopefully be back with more sewing, knitting and stitching next week.

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Cheers from Oxford!

A-ah Just a simple Drawstring Backpack with a Zürich Twist (with Tutorial!)

I’ve made a prototype of a drawstring backpack. It has been ages that Antje and I were speaking about making one of them… It is a kind of symbol of our first Zürich crafty group that we made up some years ago. We never really did it. It was in the period that we liked to “chat” about craftiness instead of really doing it. ;-P

But I wanted to give it a try. And to be honest I gave a couple of try before to arrive to a good result… And here I made a small tutorial for you!

Processed with Moldivtutorial drawstring backpack AleSometimes, at least for me it is easier to visualize the procedure instead to write it down. But if you have some questions, please let me know!

We have always thought that this kind of backpack is very Zürich style: chic and hip! Both children and adults wear one of those and it is sold in every shape and colors. It is kind of easy to make it and I think it will be one of my spring market projects.

2014-10-14 08.44.01 2014-10-14 08.47.13And the puzzle of Zürich is there on the table waiting for somebody to help us!

I also think that some monsters are watching us here in the apartment…

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XOX

Ale

Celebrate Foolishness

While waiting for my train to work one morning this week, I overheard two of my little uncovered creatures…
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And yes, I have to give them a point there, this week was miserable! So I thought the world could use some cheering up…

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The world looks so much more cheerful since I walk around with some clown nose in my pocket :-)

If the christmasmarket will not happen, (Ale and me tried to reserve a stand at the Heiliger Bim Bam, but it looks like it is already sold out. :-() I am thinking to put some of my street-art-tool-boxes for sale on Ales DaWanda store. Or does anybody know about other small and crafty Christmas markets around Zuerich?

I hope my little uncovered creatures will jolly me along this weekend as I am moving the first half of my belongings from Putney to Stretham.

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Never stop being a bit foolish :-)

DIY: Upcycled Toy Storage Containers

Who has babies or toddlers knows how many diapers a child needs…

Commercially there are many kind of diapers, for every taste and age. Speaking about the one that you trow away, normally they are folded and wrapped on some light plastic, but how doesn’t know the Pampers ones? (p.s. the most expensive but sometimes with promotions you can get them for a fair price)

In this case, they are packed in some cardboard boxes with some kind of grips that remind me a lot of a drawer from IKEA.

Ok, also through my little network of foreign friends and relatives, I’ve also noticed that really few people don’t have the simple squared white IKEA library!!! Unbelievable but true. I think it just marks a typical furniture of a generation!

That’s it is just to show you how to save some money but overall how to use some creativity, making some library drawers out of simple Pampers boxes!

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All you need is…

– Boxes of pampers (or whatever has the right sizes for a drawer)

– Washi tape (normal black tape is also fine for contrast)

– Colorful paper sheets (or it would be cool to make them with your own drawings!)

– Vinyl glue

– A marker

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Definitively my library is now more colorful and my house more tidy. And my boy loves it! …Till he will crash it. J

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P.s. My library is a mess, I know… but slowly I will fix it. ;-)

Make you too some colors out of this autumn!

And enjoy leaves falling and sunshine on the balcony with a fresh breeze,

XO

Ale

Current Pottery Projects

This week I introduce my third “Christmas market product”. Currently, I am attending my second pottery class and I thought it would be neat to also have a pottery Christmas market project. I came up with two ideas that combine thread and clay.
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First, I try to make some pendants with some holes through which I want to stitch afterwards. I prepared the holes in a way that the thread will form star constellations and snowflakes. Lets see, if the models survive the firing.
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Secondly, I am aiming for some knitting-bowls that prevent the ball of wool to escape while you are knitting. I prepared two plain bowls last week that are drying now so that I can cut them next Tuesday.
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I think three projects for the Christmas market will keep me busy and I now have to concentrate to finalize them. I hope I can show you my final stocking soon. Meanwhile, enjoy fall with a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake (I backed my first red-vine-cake this weekend :-))

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Tiny Canvasses and a Bit of Japanese Taste

Last weekend I was particularly active in handwork. I had some tiny white canvases for some years already in the drawer. I never used them because I was afraid that a tiny drawing looks easily poor and cheap. But after watching a lot of Japanese drawings from Hiroko Ishii, I stated to experiment my copy-paste ability and added some personal taste.

Here I show these tiny canvasses that I drew.

tinypics5tinypics4 tinypics3They are simple and sometimes funny, I’ve tried to keep this Japanese influence that I basically had doing them.

tinypics1I think all together they can make a funny corridor wall or a cute decoration of a tiny bathroom. I just hope not to ruin them with the painting…

I will keep you updated with the results. ;)

Keep thinking creative, and have a good slip into the Fall! (I like to say “slip” as the German do for new year’s wishes eheheh)

Ale