Double Knit

I learned a new technique these last couple of days!
After seeing some really nice examples (on Pinterest) of so called "double knitting" (knitting 2 layers at the same time with reversed pattern) I decided to try it myself.
It's just so helpful to have YouTube so you can follow visual instructions step by step.
Turned out it's not near as difficult as it seems but you do need to keep a close eye on your stitches.
I started with a small sample piece with hearts (Valentines Day is coming up!).

After I got the hang of it I decided I was ready for something more useful so I now have a great neck warmer in a charcoal/cream gingham pattern. No seams anywhere and totally reversible.

Free pattern here

I think I'll try the Christmas blanket again next year but then in the double knit, it's an absolutely perfect technique for that!

Christmas again!!

This year I've been even more busy than usual.
I started to display some of my items at Michelle's clinic and ended up selling a lot of things.

Most popular were the Christmas lights. I also really enjoyed making the little nativity set and the Christmas tree.
Visit my Ravelry projects for the patterns

I'm still working right now on a small Christmas blanket to go on the armrest of the chair but I'm not sure if I can get it done in time. Only 2 days left!

Got it done just in time for Christmas Day. 
Did the finishing touches at around midnight on December 24!

the idea is from a website with just the picture and the graph sheets.

I made mine smaller (3x5 blocks instead of 5x7) so it would fit the armrest and finish quicker.


Finally made something from this yarn that I've had for probably more than 2 years. I actually made another shawl with it first but didn't like it so I took it apart and the wool just sat around waiting for me to get an idea.
Even now I re-started a different shawl 2 or 3 times before I settled on this one and now I'm pretty pleased with the result.

So this is it!!

I would have preferred a little longer length but I originally only bought 1 ball of yarn and of course it's way too late now to buy more (I don't even know anymore what brand and name it was).
But it's still long enough to wrap around the neck so it will have to do as is.
The pattern is on Ravelry and right now in Dutch only but they claim to do an English version later.

Some small items

Just trying out some fun small projects to use up leftover yarn. This is perfect!
Found the ideas on Pinterest (time flies when you're browsing there)

The pattern for the seagull is free  from Grietje Karwietje
(in both Dutch and English)

The pattern for the candy is free too but in Dutch only.

And a very cute rose, look at the instruction video
You can even make a whole assorted bouquet using all the other flowers on the same website!

Nellie the elephant

After making the hippo I now also made the elephant.
She's called Nellie. Pretty cute too.

I really like crocheting the individual shapes and then putting them together.
I don't do the "joining-as-you-go" method because I find the seams don't look as nice and, for me at least, it doesn't save any time. Because I use a lot of different colours and I don't want the same combinations too close together I follow the pattern starting at the joining section and crochet new shapes as I progess so I can decide on the colours when I need them.
But if you're only using a few colours it's probably easiest to first crochet the total amount of shapes you need and then start joining them.

The pattern is from Heidi Bears and available on Ravelry

Cake anyone?

I don't like baking too much so with this creation I'll always have a cake ready for any occasion :)
(and no worries about calorie consumption either!)
I used 2 round boxes as filling, so it keeps the shape well.

It's my own design and you can download it from the pattern page