Friday, December 23, 2016

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.
The patterns are all available on Ravelry

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.

Update 2
Ended up giving this blanket to Mirjam and made a new one in 2017 but did it completely in double knit!

No pattern but 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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


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.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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!

Monday, July 11, 2016

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

Saturday, April 2, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Eggs and Bunnies

Easter is here again so I've been making some fun things for the kids and decorations for the house.

My own designs:
Crochet carrots to fill with small chocoloate eggs or jelly beans, little mini eggs and egg cups.

Daffodils from this website

My favourite are the chocolate bunnies.
Pattern here 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

3 Friends

How cute are these 3 girls?
This is the newest pattern from Annita Wilschut.
It includes all 3, they have the same body, just the head is different.
It also includes the pattern for the dress.
I like them sitting on the backrest behind me. Matches the colour of the couch pretty good too.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine hearts

Made a bunch of different hearts for Valentine's Day.

This first one is from Heidi Bears, same designer as the Hippo.
I didn't buy this pattern but figured out from the picture and from doing the Hippo how to make this heart.
It's bigger than the other hearts (about 20cm) but I think it could be a small decorative pillow for the grand-girls maybe.

And these heart dolls
from  this website.

Also for the girls,
to hang on their school bags.

The bobble hearts are from this Dutch website

And last but not least are these tiny hearts. Lots of things you can do with them (fill a bowl with them or hang them on a little gift bag).
I decided to glue them on a stick and set them in a vase like flowers.
Free pattern here

Friday, January 22, 2016

Baby doll clothes

In 1977 while pregnant, I knitted a very cute bunting bag for my new baby girl to take her home from the hospital. (wow, do I ever look young in that picture!)

Both granddaughters received beautiful baby dolls (so called "reborn dolls")  for Christmas and I promised them some homemade clothes for their babies. I thought I still had the pattern for the bunting bag somewhere but I can't find it anywhere. So I ended up making my own for Ava's doll. Turned out well I think.

download the free pattern

Here is Hazel's doll.
This bunting bag is a personal alteration from a DropsDesign pattern