Hello everyone! First of all let me say I am sorry for the long silence.
Many things have happened since September that prevented me from posting in here; namely I lost my little gallbladder (not that I am sad it is gone, because lately it misbehaved creating me great discomfort to say the least).
I was away from the blog but I was not on rest from my crochet projects and my knitting needles.
This year Christmas has really creeped on me, and I am not proud to say I am falling behind making all the handmade presents I promised to family and friends.
In addition I will also be attending my first proper Christmas Craft Fair (exciting isn’t it?) this weekend and since my adventure as a crafter has just begun, I had to work hard to have something to display on the day.
I have now a few projects that I am happy to share wih you with the hope to inspire those of you who are still looking for ideas for gifts for family and friends.
I have to admit I fell in love with the idea of decorating Christmas baubles (side note: from a foreigner point of view I voted the word bauble as the most difficult to pronounce for year 2014).
I found many excellent ideas and pattern out there, these are a few:
I loved the pattern at first sight, and I was delighted to see the pattern creator made a VIDEO tutorial or us to follow.
As you can see I used unconventional colours (that’s my style) but I am sure any more tamed colour would work just as well. My version protrays Rico Essential Crochet in shades Purple, Light Green and Turquoise on a 2 mm hook.
For this one I was inspired by this Christmas Ornament by Susan M Allen that is on sale on Ravelry. I modified the pattern to fit my bauble which was made with Anchor Glitter in Silver shade and 2 mm hook. If you are in this sparkly traditional style I would seriously advise to browse her Ravelry Shop page as she really have many different designs available (click here to see her store page).
One more Christmas ornament decoration:
This also comes from a video tutorial made by the Crochet Crowd
I modified their pattern as I didn’t like the idea of cutting the yarn and restarting at the top of the loop (I am for more practical designs) especially since I used Grundl in Bronze shade with a 2 mm hook and metallic thread is a bit resistant to manipulations.
My last Christmas project for the day is a present for the daughter of friends (teenagers who love hand made yarn presents are the best). Her parents told me she was really into Baby Groot for the movie Guardians of the Galaxy and asked me if I could make one for her. I also am in love with that little dancing twig, have a look at it and I dare you not to find it cute.
I scouted the internet for help (it is not a immediate shape and construction) and I found this fantastic blog entry from Krawka crochet blog. Unfortunately I didn’t have any white pot and I had to improvise due to the limited time frame I had before Christmas, but overall I am happy about my own version of Baby Groot.
Now I just need to polish the pot and send it over to a hopefully happy girl.
Next blog entry will be about crochet hanging decorations, I am still experimenting a bit with them so be patient, they will make an appearance as soon.
If you have any project to share I will be more than happy to see what you have been up to!