Twice cozy hot water bottles

hot water bottle

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 been made for two lovely friends 🙂

Have cozy and warm winter nights! 🙂

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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.

 

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

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.