My Next 5 and a Half Weeks: Projects on the Way (with Free Patterns From the Blogosphere!)

The hot summer has cooled down a bit last night. My teaching lessons are slowing down from the end of next week on. And I am 5 and a half weeks far away from the due date.

Let’s say there is a big will of taking care of my self for at least 3/4 weeks before the birth, have long sleeps and especially “make the things I’ve never had time to do!”.

The to-do-list includes creative and less-creative stuff. But more important it is a way to relax and see this period as a way to recharge the positive energy and make the best of it for the growing family.

I wish I had more time… We always say. But in fact, we just need to be organized. And luckily, I do not feel so sick or tired and just wanna use the energy I have for making or finishing the “nice things” I’ve left aside for a while.

1) Wedding albums.

First of all I’d like to finish the marriage album with all the pictures of the day before the wedding and the day of the wedding. Thanks to my friends and the good photographer, I have really great pictures of those days. It has been 3 years we got married and still – I am a bit ashamed to admit it – I have to finish the two big albums of pictures I made myself (sometimes that’s the bargain to do things in your own … But better in this way! ;)).

2) Family photos books.

I also would like to (at least) start the yearly family album from 2012 on, the year were we got married and I was pregnant with our first boy. I still don’t know how… Nowadays it has become so difficult to select photos and decide what to do with the digitalized version of them. I wanna just do it fast and do not worry too much to leave some nice photos away.

3) A crochet blanket for the next boy.

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First I found some super quality 100% merino wool in an outlet in Italy. The thread was so thin that I needed to roll it 7 times! I spent a huge quantity of evenings in the winter watching series with my husband and rolling this wool…Not the most funny activity ever, let’s say. I used two colors: yellow and white. Then the main color of my the little blanket I have in mind it’s a light yellow. I used this vintage pattern from the Dutch crocheter ByHaafner. Dutch and Scandinavian people are so good with wool and pattern!

My wool is a lot thiner. Then I calculated that I’d need at least 9 squares (and not just 4 like in the picture). I’m finishing my 5th in these evenings.

4) A small monkey or another crocheted animal for the baby coming.

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I think I’ll use this Japanese pattern of a crochet cat that I’ve found some time ago (see picture below). I would like to make a monkey or a rattle like the one in this picture above.

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5) Stimulating activities to do alone.

I don’t want to make more plans. But it is also good to have some time left for friends and for new inspiring small courses like the ones I am going to follow: one course of French for communication and office that lasts 10 lunch-breaks, and especially one workshop of three mornings to sew cloths for children and babies. It could be handy in the next months. Plus, I’m looking forward to do that! It is the first time I’ll make a course for teaching my self a bit of sewing tips. ;-)

6) Sleep and have fun.

Yes I should not forget that the tiredness is increasing and I could also need some rest before the big event – And especially before the following months of not sleeping and not resting with two boys and may be also a move!

Hope you are fine as well and have some time for your summer projects! Curious to know more about yours…

Hugs and creativity,

Ale

…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!

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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

Recycle Flowerpots

I know I promised some update for things I will sell at Gerolds market this week, but there is another project sneaking in before. Since there is spring in the air, I am crazy about plants! I feel like growing many herbs, vegetables and flowers.
DSC04296_1As I am currently for a few month stay abroad, I neither have a garden or a lot of tools for gardening around. Also it is not very practical to buy a lot of pots as I will not be able to take them with me back home in a few weeks. Thus, I remembered an old post of Ale, using yogurt pots for plants and followed her example….
flower_pot2Milk and yogurt packs make beautiful flowerpots, especially if decorated with some washi tape. I planted some sunflowers and it is amazing how fast they grow. I feel I can watch them growing. During the day, they enjoy the sunshine at my window bench and at night they make beautiful shadows at my wall.
flower_pot3Have a nice week and soon you will see some more market stuff here, I promise!!!

Baby Teddy Rattle + Crochet Pattern

As I told you last weekend I was going to make a baby rattle with some cotton.

My crochet craft piece is now finished and it makes “bling bling”: it’s a baby rattle!

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Easy half-way to learn how to make shapes for later build a puppet. And with just the single crochet stitch!

As you can see I couldn’t really end it well enough since I didn’t manage to make the right amount of stitches at the end of the tube and the edge looks a bit imperfect for a reason that I still don’t get.

I was thinking to cover it with a small ribbon and a crochet bow but I didn’t finally do it. It is a toy for babies and I don’t want to add more material than could be in some ways swallowed.

And here it is the pattern that I used for the baby rattle. It is easy to follow with the pictures and the good explanation in English.

Chubby Teddy Rattle by Aisha Kenza

Hope you can make it better and a way more asymmetrical! J

But he is funny…

Happy day

Ale

Easter Bunny Crochet Frame – Free Pattern by Ale –

I’ve been practicing my crochet frames and some new ideas came out! It is probably my first own crochet pattern but this will lead to many other of them.

It is about little creatures from the nature, and one after another I have already plenty of ideas for new patterns and shapes of ears. J

A bunny crochet frame could be a nice idea for an Easter gift!

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I’ll show you step by step how I did the frame, the basic crochet and then the ears.

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Step one.

Just cut some circles out of cartoon, using some cups or glasses to get easily the shape that you want.

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Step two.

Row 1: Cast on the Stitches. Make a knot on the external part of the cartoon circle, than take the yarn around the cartoon and make the first chain stitch on the top. Continue in the same way, alternating the side of the cartoon circle. Continue till you fill all the cartoon with the yarn, then sl st on the top of the new row.

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Row 2: sc till the end of the circle.

Step three. THE EARS OF THE BUNNY.

{2 X }Just start to *make 4 sc on the top of the second row, then come back with 4 sc.* until you make the length you want. At the end make a sl st with the last stitch of the top row, then wave it inside.

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I made also a bear. In that case the ears were made with a chain of 17 stitches and then double crochet stitches around it. I then used a sc to close the gap in between and through the top of the circle. {2 X }

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It is the first time I write my own pattern. I hope that I was enough clear. In any case, please ask me, I’ll be happy to answer!

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XO

Ale

Heart Crochet Potholder (with Daisy in the Center) for a Mother Day’s Gift

An idea for the upcoming Mother Day? A little present for a lovely friend? A gift for our selves with a challenging crochet pattern?

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Let’s say it. It is not easy at the first try. There are several stitches to learn and at least for me it was kind of challenge with my basic experiences of crochet. But once you get it, you can make one per evening. And it is fun!

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I won’t copy and paste the pattern, just have a look in this blog “Daisy Cottage Design” to find the free pattern in English.

This heart potholder is nice as it is, but you can get also some ideas for making different things out of it.

2015-03-20 11.50.00I like these vintage-like little things, with a little modern touch. I am basically exploring the infinite ways of making the classic grandma’s potholder but trying to give them a little twist! Let’s see next week what I am gonna make.

Have a painted-heart-symbol-of-love-michal-boubin-257x300ly weekend!

Ale

Supply Cabinet with Stiched Lables

Maybe you remember my post from November about my cardboard storage. Unfortunately, I have to tell you, those cardboard shelves did not last for long. Not sure if it was because the cardboard boxes I used were low quality or because in the UK everything and everywhere it is always damp. Anyway, I had to come up with a new solution!!!

shelf_1As said before, it has to be something light, cheap and easy because I am constantly moving from one place to an other and don’t want to accumulate stuff. Thus, I went for the cheapest ikea shelf I could find called Lennard :-) Lennard is neither beautiful nor crafty, thus some embellishment needed to be done.

shelf_2The metall mesh is ideal for embroidery! I labeled the three drawers “to do”, “wool” and “fabric” et voila, ready is my new crafty supply cabinet.

shelf_3Apropos “to do`s”: Ale wrote me she is back from Japan and full of enthusiasm for our market stand at Frau Gerolds Garden in May. So on my to do list for this week is “think about things for the market!”. Ale suggested some origami and some pottery little somethings. I hope by next week, I can give you a more detailed list of things I will do and maybe convince you to drop by in May. For now enjoy your Sunday and have a wonderful first March week!