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Knitted Animal Friends

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I just wanted to do something different than the regular Little Cotton Rabbits. No matter how cute they are it sometimes becomes a little boring if you do them all the time. So on to a new challenge from the Knitted Animal Friends book by Louise Crowther. These animals are at least 2x as tall (about 45cm) as my regular bunnies, so quit a lot more work and yarn involved. But well worth it though! I had already made Holly the Hedgehog for my granddaughter a little while ago so I decided on Noah the Horse this time.  And boy, is he cute!! As soon as I posted the finished product I had a lot of positive comments. Already making a 2nd one. And I'm planning on making Amelia the Duck and Dorothy the Mouse for sure. And who knows which other ones. I'm having fun!

Euro2021

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Only a couple of days to go before the start of the big soccer event Euro2021 (postponed from last year because of the pandemic). Of course I'm going to be cheering on the Orange team.  According to the entire Dutch population they'll need all the help they can get and they probably won't get far in the tournament.  So I made this Dutch Lion as a good luck mascot. Let's hope he is up for the job. No matter what happens I will be enjoying the games!

Bunny Time Again!

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 It's close to Easter so I'm knitting bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies. Started early February because I figured I'd have lots of time and wouldn't be too stressed. At some point it got to be pretty hectic anyway but now (with about 2 weeks to go) I'm all caught up and things have relaxed a little. I did at least 40 and have a couple more to go but the end is in sight. I have so much fun doing this and it's great to get all the happy reactions, so it's all worth it. Hope everyone is going to have a Happy Easter (fingers crossed that it's the last one during a pandemic!) Here is a small sample of the production from this year and a link to the complete Bunny+ show

Buck

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This buck was done on request as a Christmas gift, a challenging pattern but turned out very nice in the end! I actually liked him so much that I ended up making another for myself, in browns this time. I had this yarn for quite a while already and I ran out of the main colour (no chance of buying more because I don't even know what brand it was) so I decided to do the belly in cream and the legs in a little lighter brown. He looks very nice and I'm happy with the result. The pattern is White Buck from Claire Garland

COVID Christmas

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Sadly it's not going to be a Christmas like other years.  The pandemic is not getting better yet (but vaccination has started!) so it's just a very small amount of people allowed to get together right now.  I finished my Christmas crafts and decorating,  I hope it's enough to make me feel festive despite everything.  We're looking forward to better times to come again in 2021

Gnomes

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I feel the Christmas season approaching so here are some early production items, the ever popular Gnomes. I did them in different sizes and techniques to hopefully try and please as many customers as possible.  They are kinda cute, especially together in a group! The patterns are from Imagined Landscapes

Mandala

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  Came across a completely new idea (through my favourite Dutch blog ofcourse 😀) and remembered I had a ball of Scheepjes Whirl yarn (553 Indigo Plane) laying around that would be great for this project. I would have rather used Unicat yarn but I can't find that in stores here at all.  You basically crochet a doily or table cloth and stretch it inside a hoop. (we used to make them in the 1970ties, but with thin white cotton, so they ended up much smaller, to hang in the window). My biggest problem was to find a VERY LARGE ring to fit this. Needed to be at least 100cm (40") in diameter. I only found 1 place online and it was close to $100. Little too pricey for my taste. Many people gave me suggestions and eventually I went with connecting 2 hula hoops ($2 a piece at Dollarama) and spray paint. I used up practically all the yarn and it made the mandala 110cm (43"). I'm not completely satisfied with the spray paint. Suppose to be for plastic but here and there it didn