A new adventure for me! Introducing the Galaxy Cowl!

Hello everyone.
As I had anticipated in my previous post it is time for me to share some exciting news.

I have opened an Etsy shop and I also added a pattern for sale on Ravelry!

Since I enjoy knitting and crochet so much I thought it was time to see if my makes would be interesting to others.

I was reassured by the nice results that some of my free patterns had on Ravelry (if you fancy a visit to my pattern store in there, just click here).

Yes, I totally understand that everything that comes for free is more interesting than when you need to pay for it, but I also thought it was time for a new challenge!

Ravelry is such an important source for us knitters and crochet enthusiasts that I have to admit it is a little intimidating to upload something there for sale and hoping that others will love my own design as much as I do. Nevertheless I loved this project so much I decided to take a leap of faith and publish its pattern for sale.

This is what I named The Galaxy Cowl.

It is knitted in round with RIco Design Galaxy Chunky yarn which has sequins already attached to it. I love the spiral effect of the running rib. The colours and the softness of this yarn really fascinated me.

I also loved the fact that since I worked it in round the cowl was also totally reversible.

The pattern is available for sale as digital download. I wrote down the instructions for both knitting in round and knitting on straight needles, trying to made it available for everyone. Of course, if you knit it flat you will have to sew the side and the seam will be the back of the garment. If you want to purchase it you can just click on the following picture and you will be redirected to Ravelry.

The same pattern as a PDF is also availbe as a listing on Etsy. In there I also put on sale items that I made either from commercial or my own patterns. I am exploring new ranges, so besides my beloved garments and accessories, I also added some home decor ideas.

The Spring has begun, Summer is just behind the corner… I am confident that many more items will appear on my listings.

I am really excited about this, so even if you don’t want to buy anything, but you feel like you wish to give me some feedback I will be glad to hear from you.

Now without further delay, i give the almighty LINK to visit my Etsy shop. I will post updates in here about the making of some of the objects, so if you are patient and you are interested you will also find the pattern of my own original designs.

Speak soon, now I run out to enjoy the sunshine!

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Christmas .. there is no better time to get hooked !

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.

As I know people might also want some sparkly Christmas ornament I scouted Ravelry and I went for this design:

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!

Crochet baby trainers, too cute not to make.

By now I think you all know that I love making baby inspired projects. The problem is I have no baby myself or around me. Since I relocated to the UK all my friends who are spawning little people are now in Italy.

Despite this, I still enjoy making little tiny things in the hope I will be able to gift them or sell them at some local craft event.

Recently I was smitten by this crochet pattern I found on Ravelry Crochet Baby Converse created by the talented Suzanne Resaul (she is also distributing the pattern for free, I love her!!).

I had some leftover cotton yarn (some Lily Sugar’n’ Cream and some Stylecraft Classique Cotton) so I decided to test the pattern. Since the two yarns have different weight, the shoes came out in two different sizes. I was left wondering which one would be the best fit for the tiny feet of a baby.

One day I was talking with my neighbour and she mentioned she had two very young (below 1 year old) great-granddaughters. I honestly jumped on the occasion and asked her if she was willing to check the size of a new project of mine on them. Bless her, she not only did that for me, but also loved these little shoes so much that she asked me to make two pairs for her great-granddaughters.

Weeeee another commissioned work for me!!

She asked for some yellow and pink shoes, so we chose the colours together and after the fantastic Wool Warehouse delivered me the new shade of Lily Sugar’n’Cream yarn I set to work.

These are my little crochet baby converse style shoes.

4 shoes

 I have to admit I am beyond happy about the outcome.

4 shoes 2

As I said before I used Lily Sugar’n’Cream cotton yarn in shades Ecru for the soles, Sunshine and Hot Pink.

yellow

pink

I have also prepared a kit for the items that I sell; it includes care labels (required by the Trading Standards) and some other information about the item.

Since the shoes are so small I really couldn’t saw the care label on them (they might irritate the baby’s feet), so I came up with an alternative positioning.

tags

I thought my neighbour would appreciate some wannabe professional packaging, so I also placed them in the cellophane bag I use to display my clothes on  sale.

Here they are, tagged and ready to be handed over.

packageI really hope many of you crochet lovers will try to make these as well, the pattern may be a little fiddly in a couple of points, but the result is too cute not to give it a go.

Crochet Lace Doilies … Yay or Nay?

In the last days I decided to take out my crochet hook and enjoy the feeling of creating something that wouldn’t weigh a ton.

I had bought a few balls of Rico Design Crochet Essentials cotton and I was itching to explore how it would perform.

I first decided to create some free hand coasters featuring all the colors I had.

This is what I realized with a size 2.00 mm hook.

Doily 1
Doily 2

I am not such a skilled crochet and lace weight always feel intimidating. My only previous experience was a set of four coasters I had made for mum for Christmas… and you know… usually mums never harshly critique the crafted presents they receive from their daughters.

I think the red opaque cotton (which was a leftover found at the bottom of my grandmother stash) was a delight to work with.

heart doily

The pattern of this red coaster is free and provided by Red Heart. I really enjoyed it.

Anyway, I felt it was time to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I selected a little more complicated pattern to do. You can see it on Cylinda Mathews’s Ravelry Page or if you don’t have a Ravelry account you can access it here.

Admittedly it wasn’t an easy ride, even if the instructions were really clear, I blame my little skill.

Overall I am really happy with the result and this project gave me enough confidence to explore more works of this kind.

Big Doily

What about you? Are doilies too old fashioned or you believe they can be spruced up and reinvented into modern fashion?