It’s always sunny in Brussels

I have met Otilia many years ago. Back then, we were both living in a place where everybody knows each other. But I really met her when she moved to Brussels to study documentary filmmaking. She came like a ray of sunshine, bringing along warmth and a certain delicacy in her manner of speaking, looking, living the life. We…

The black sheep of yarn stores – Ovelha Negra in Porto

A couple of months ago I made a recovery trip to Porto. Needless to say how wonderful this Portuguese city is, how is easy and enchanting… And how warm the people are over there! It was one of those trips where I haven’t planned much ahead. I really wanted to have a coffee looking at the ocean,…

Crochet – connecting people

Tapestry crochet was long on the list of my crochet projects. I have never tried it before, but I was certainly attracted by the mathematics behind it, since most things I have seen were quite geometrical 🙂 For years one of my friends wanted to have a bag crocheted by me. I think by now…

Color block crochet tote

Living in Belgium, you can never know how much real summer you would actually have 🙂 When you crochet something summery, you really want to finish it as early as possible, so that you manage to use it. Lucky us, we are having quite a lot of sun these days and the forecast still looks…

Little crochet purse & my first tutorial

I made this little purse for a lovely friend, a very strong and wise woman for her birthday. I know she has been waiting for it for a long time 🙂 This is also my first attempt to write down how I made it. I really hope it is clear and easy to follow. I would appreciate…

Twice cozy hot water bottles

It seems to me that crocheting hot water bottle coats might be a solution to long and rainy nights. First, you get very cozy finding the perfect wool, picking a pattern and finally crocheting the coat. Then, you get cozy every time again and again when they are softly keeping you warm. These two have…

Timeless inspiration

I can say with much certainty now – it is much easier to crochet than to write! It is particularly hard to write about things that are important, things that carry feelings and warmth… In the fear that the words chosen would be too dry, too simple… While this post was sitting in drafts for several weeks,…

Less is more zpagetti bag

Sometimes you don’t need a very elaborated pattern to crochet something cute. It was a present for a friend, and, yes, I’ve seen her wearing it 😀 This bag is crocheted around only with the single crochet stitch. It is a great project for beginners – it will get you hooked! 😉 I used my favorite Zpagetti…

Tiny raffia basket

With this post, I will start a separate series on this blog Baskets. I have made a lot of them, using different materials, shapes and colors. Baskets are great to decorate your home, store small things, and try to be organized 🙂 They also make nice presents. This one is made from raffia, which I also used to make…

Because a girl can’t have enough of them…

Bags, of course! This one is made of one my favorite yarns zpagetti, the same one I used for my rug. I guess one of the reasons is that it comes in a million of great colors and it works really really fast 🙂 It probably took me about an hour to crochet this bag….