Getting Ready for the Zürich Flea Market of Saturday

Labels, pricing, little packages, business-cards for our Blog, display furnitures for the market, bins for the little items we create, organizing girls and stand with the market (i.e. chairs, table, umbrella for the sun, boxes, food and drinks)… and so on. I didn’t know it was going to be so tiring to prepare everything for a real sale. At the beginning it looked like the main activity was to CREATE things and then simply try to sell them…But it is so much work more!

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But the good thing is that we are – all 6 girls – still motivated and very exited for the stand in the Frau Gerolds Garten of Zürich that we booked for this very Saturday 27th June!
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And seeing all the items together made me create even more! I started to mix crochet with Fimo and other kind of beads or material like leather, cotton, wood and tassels. FullSizeRender_3I just hope my desk is gonna be less messy next week. ;-)

Next post will be about our market, hopefully…Because it all depends of the weather of Saturday.

Fingers crossed,

XO

Ale

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…What a (Crochet) Ball!

Balls, balls, balls… lately I wanted to concentrate on this object, very easy to make with crochet hook and cotton.

…And what a ball!

(In my mind, sometimes connecting this little action with the Italian literal translation of it!)

I still don’t know what I am gonna produce with those balls, or for use a better expression, with those crochet beads. But it is a perfect way to understand the tridimensionality of the crochet, moreover textures and colors combinations. I really learned and found colors matching together for further crochet experiments!

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Here the free pattern for a ball with a hole. I used 2.5/3/3.5mm crochet hooks and 100% cotton in different colors and sizes.

CROCHET BALL PATTERN

ABBREVIATIONS:

sc – single crochet

st(s) – stitch(es)

sc2tog – single crochet decrease

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain stitch

CROCHET BALL (WITH HOLE):

This is worked in a continuous spiral.

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6 sts)  NOTE: Don’t pull the magic ring completely shut.  You’ll need a bit of space to thread the ribbon through.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)

Round 3: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.*  Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

Round 4: *Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (20 sts)

Round 5-8: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (20 sts)

Round 9: * Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

You’ll want to insert the wooden bead around now, if not earlier.

Round 10: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (12 sts)

Round 11: sc2tog 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Again, don’t shut the hold completely, as you’ll need space for the ribbon to go through.

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As you can see my desk is getting crowded. Balls and other beads for necklaces or something else. Still I do not have Idea, but the desk is supposed to be even worse all over the weekend, while I am gonna concentrate in making my final items for the Frau Gerolds Garten of June 27th!

-10 day!

Happy crafting to my crafty friends,

and a special Hello! to my dear friend Clarita from Colombia, who is passing from time to time! ;-)

XO

Ale

Colorful Origami Birds

All right, here I am back with some summery Gerold’s market stuff, as promised.
birds_1The inspiration is from a lovely dutch blog that I am following since a while. All in all, I folded 50 of these birds over the last weeks. I often folded one first thing in the morning :-)

birds_2I really enjoy choosing new combination of colors and trying different origami papers. I now have a large collection of different origami papers and it just makes me joyful looking at all the nice colors and pattern.

birds_3Ok, these bird already go in a box to survive the travel to Zurich. Four more weeks till the market. I hope I can finish three more little projects! Have a colorful week!

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