Tiny raffia basket

small raffia basketWith 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 the mini Christmas decorations last year. The material is quite sturdy, which makes it slightly harder to work with, but then it is quite suitable for objects that need to keep their shape.

 

Yes, holidays are here!

xmas tree decoration

 

What I love most about holidays is the endless amount of surprises, presents, lights and smiles! To make this even more special, I believe everyone should make at least one present or decoration or sweets – forget the stores.

When I was a child, paper was my favorite material: for snowflakes, toys, garlands. This year, crochet was the obvious choice 🙂 These little decorations were made for the girls in my office, and the little pair of shoes was the hit 😉

Enjoy this wonderful time of the year and make something!

xmas tree deco collage

Just a crochet rug

chunky crochet rug detail

 

I’ve been dreaming of making a new rug for months. Crochet with such thick yarns is both hard and satisfying. My fingers hurt a bit, but then it worked soooo fast. In no time you can crochet something quite big! 🙂

I was inspired by many crocheters online who experiment with chunky/jumbo/mega crochet. Taking as basis one of the oldest pattern – “the granny square” – and making something new and modern was a perfect option for my new bed-side rug 🙂

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I have used about 3 rolls of one of my favorite yarns, Zpagetti from Hoooked and a No. 12 crochet hook. The basic element is a classical granny square, connected to each other with a slip stitch row, while the edge is made of a round of double crochet stitches. I drew my inspiration from this gorgeous Granny Square Floor Rug.

chunky crochet rug

Cozy lights for autumn evenings

crochet lamp

Spring has been always my favorite season of the year. The new, the light, the incredible energy! But in the recent years I’ve been learning to love autumn. The colors, the fresh mornings, the cozy evenings!

Especially the cozy evenings… So perfect for crochet and knitting. This lamp is a first result 🙂

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The lampshade is hooked with single crochet stitches directly on the wire frame. I used the RibbonXL yarn from Hoooked and a 9 mm crochet hook. It is easy and fast 😉

crochet lamp detail

My mini mega crochet rug

doily rug detailThe moment I saw online the Mega Doily Rug by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, I knew I’m gonna get on this adventure!

The adventure started by finding the proper materials. It was clear that I didn’t need a huge hook, since the rug could be easily crocheted by hand, so one problem less… The search for the rope took some time and finally I ended up in a store selling equipment for hiking and sailing. The staff tried to be helpful, and after seeing me touching and twisting half of the ropes in the store, somebody approached me and asked what I was looking for. My reply resulted in a smile 🙂 I left the store carrying 3 kilograms of rope 🙂

The next thing was to find a pattern. I need to follow a pattern, either fully or in part… I soon realized that nothing is going to work and I will have to crochet without one 🙂 To have a clearer picture, I asked the creator of the rug that inspired me, how much rope did she use and oh! she used 2,5-3 times more than I had. I realized that my mega-rug would be quite mini 🙂

The process of making the rug was really great, because you develop the pattern on the go. However, I got stuck at one point and it took several months to get back and an hour or two to finish!

And here it is, my mini-mega-rug 😉

doily rug

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The rug was crocheted without a hook from 100 meters cotton rope with a diameter of 1 cm, using chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches.

Welcoming a miracle!

zigzagblanket

I have already confessed how excited I get about baby news! No wonder, when my friends told me they were expecting, after sharing the joy, I said “Oh, I’m gonna crochet something.. A baby blanket!”

I was very happy that the soon-to-be mommy took part in the making of this blanket. We looked together at different patterns, discussed what kind of yarn to use and finally we went together to choose the color. We spent a lovely afternoon in various yarn and hobby shops, where I couldn’t resist and bought some more materials for future projects (not that I don’t have enough at home!).

My friends were in my neighborhood the other weekend, and I rushed to give them the blanket that was still drying, so that they can have it when the baby comes. I completely forgot to take pictures 🙂 This one was taken later by the mommy and I think the baby room is the best setting for it 😉

The baby-girl was born today! What can be more wonderful than this?

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The blanket was crocheted from Schachenmayr Catania cotton yarn (450 grams) with hook no. 3 following the Zigzag crochet baby blanket pattern.

A rose is a rose is a rose

roselamp

I finally made it! It took me several months to complete this project. With months in between the various stages: buying the lamp-foot, buying the lampshade-base, crocheting everything and sewing the roses together… I know now what I don’t like it – sewing! 🙂 If not for this step, It would’ve been long done. However, I really like the roses, so I guess you will be seeing more of them here 😉

Anyway, now this lamp is proudly standing on my dresser and it is one of the first things I see when I wake up. Quite a good start of the day 😉

Here is one more picture to see the lampshade in more detail.

roselampdetail

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To make this lamp I used Schachenmayr’s Catania cotton yarn in two colors (one for the base and half of the roses, and one for the other half of roses), a wire lampshade base and a lamp foot and a 3 mm hook. The base of the lamp is made of single crochet stitches. The roses are made of chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches, sewn together to get the shape. There are many patterns online. I chose one that best suited the yarn.

First baby blanket

babyblanketwaves1

The best news you can get is that your friends are expecting a baby! The excitement and happiness of the moment does not get lost, no matter how many times you get such news. One of my best friends shared with me this news, after we ran together a 4 km woman race. Yes, she is a super-girl! 🙂

I made this little blanket for her son, and I have to confess I was a bit late and did not manage in time for the birth. I got to see the baby after a couple of hours after he was born and this was a total thrill – I held a miracle in my arms that was not even 1 day old (or better to say young 🙂 )!

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The blanket was made of cotton yarn following the Fish Ripples pattern from the wonderful book Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans.