Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Project bags

Those project bags, they're kind of addictive. To make them, I mean. I have watched many tutorials how to make them, and I now have my own way, developed my own 'pattern'.

So I keep making more bags and some of them I use for a crochet wip, or a knitting project. But I can't keep all of the bags myself, we don't have that much room in our house and therefor I decided to sell them in my Etsy shop.
The bags have inside pockets and something extra. ๐Ÿ˜€ 

I really like this grey and white one, I'd love to keep it myself ... (but I'm not allowed)

At the moment I only have two project bags in the shop, but I am planning to make a lot more. As I said, it's addictive. You can find my Etsy shop here.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Just some flowers ... ๐ŸŒธ

Life is rather stressful these days and that’s an understatement. 
It affects my health, my productivity and my state of mind. But I’m trying to focus on positive things like my crochet projects, my new hobby sewing and the flowers in the gardens.

This project bag is the last one I made and as the previous ones it is far from perfect. But that's okay as I am still learning. I'll use this one myself. And I love the flowery fabric.

 Last year I planted all of my overblown flowers in the garden and guess what, this year we have narcissus! So, no need to plant flower bulbs in October, planting them in April works just fine, too.

I've been working on a new crochet blanket design and so far it goes the way I want it to go.

 My sewing machine is protesting a bit, after years and years of free time it must now suddenly work very hard. Maybe I should leave it alone today, give it some peace and just enjoy this fab book by Liberty instead. Love the pretty fabrics in this book.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

I sewed a bag!

Last year I learned how to knit, this year I want to learn how to sew. Years ago I bought a sewing machine, but I have only used it three times, I think. When watching the lovely podcasts of Jools (Sew Sweet Violet) and Sam (Betsy Makes) I am always drooling when I see their amazing project bags. I really, really wanted to make one myself! But my sewing machine and I don't get along very well. Nope, we are not friends. I have been sitting in front of that machine in tears once, seriously, I kid you not. So, last Tuesday me and my sewing machine visited my Mum, who showed me what to do and how it all works. She is a very skilled sewer and always made her own and me and my sisters clothes. According to her there's nothing wrong with my machine. Which basically means, it's me.
No, she doesn't do subtile ... ๐Ÿ˜ The next day, I dove into my big wooden box (it really is a big box) that is filled with all sorts of fabric. Most of the fabrics are fabric coupons, second hand pieces or old curtains, which is great for a project to practice new skills. This partically bag was made with coupons of curtain fabric. ๐Ÿ˜Š
I followed the tutorial of Nicole from Hue Loco. She is wonderfull and also a very patient teacher as you can play the tutorial over and over again. Which I did and I now know this video almost by heart. For the zipper-instructions I found Rachel's tutorial very clear. But when I needed to sew over the zipper the needle got kind of stuck so I didn't dare to finish that part.
Therefor I also skipped the topstitch on the zipper. When adding the little piece for the keyring I first added the keyring to it and then sewed the little piece of fabric into the bag. Later I added the ๐Ÿ’›.
I had thought I would take me three days to make the bag but it took me a couple of hours in the afternoon. As you can see it is slightly crooked and there are some mistakes with the seams. But hey ... in the end of the day .... hatseflats.... I made a little project bag!
And guess what, I already started a second one. This one'll be bigger and has pockets on the inside. Ow .... I think I've got myself a new hobby. ✂

Monday, 6 March 2017

'n Waalse wandeling


Na een onverwachts stressvolle zaterdagmiddag en daardoor een nacht met weinig slaap, moest ik even stoom afblazen. En dus stelde K voor om een stukje te gaan lopen, want ... de zon scheen. Eigenlijk had ik hetzelfde idee opgevat. En K kon dan meteen zijn nieuwe wandelschoenen uitproberen die alvast speciaal voor onze vakantie in Noorwegen en Zweden waren aangeschaft. Omdat we vlakbij de Waal wonen liepen we als vanzelf naar de dijk toe. Achter de dijk ligt een plas. Soms is die plas niet te zien vanwege laag water in de Waal en kunnen we eromheen lopen.
We liepen naar rivier, waar ik nog zocht naar sea glass (niks gevonden), en van een oude boom plukte ik een takje katjes. Zo lekker zacht als die altijd zijn. Ik probeerde wat eenden op de foto te zetten, maar die gingen er vandoor toen ze ons zagen. Watjes. Ondertussen werd de lucht steeds donkerder. We waren binnen voor het begon te regenen. Tijd voor cappuccino & crochet.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

De Wondere Wereld Van Amigurumi

Soms win ik wel eens wat. ๐Ÿ˜€ Vaak doe ik in een opwelling mee aan mail & win-actie, of op Facebook. Zo won ik pasgeleden een goodiebag met garens en dit keer won ik bij Craftkitchen een boek, een haakboek. Het is het nieuwste boek van amigurumi-expert Christel Krukkert "Christels Paasboek". Nu heb ik me zelf nog nooit aan amigurumi gewaagd, maar omdat ik dit boek gewonnen heb, vind ik dat ik het maar eens moet proberen.
Het boek staat vol haakpatronen die je kunt maken om je huis paas proof te maken.
Nu doe ik zelf niet aan Pasen, maar ik ben wel altijd zwaar verliefd op lammetjes dus ik ga een poging wagen om het lammetje te haken. Of moet ik eerst klein beginnen met een ei?
Het leuke van dit soort projectjes is dat ze zeer geschikt zijn om van je restanten garen af te komen.

Ik ga dus maar eens aan de slag..... En Craftkitchen: bedankt!

Auteur: Christel Krukkert
ISBN: 139789462501577
Omvang: 63 blz.
Uitvoering: paperback

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Happy stuff

Two weeks ago Sandra, from the blog Cherry Heart, told me in her podcast I won a price. Yay! I'd won some Stylecraft goodies.
Now, what those goodies exactly were I did not know. In the podcast she showed a bag, a keyring, some lovely tags and some yarn. So it wasn't all a surprise, but which yarn I'd receive, I did not know.
And oh, lucky me, I got three balls of Stylecraft Batik and a ball of Knit Tweed, colour Islay. The Knit Tweed is a super chunky yarn I can combine with my balls of Cygnet Seriously Chunky. I might make a bag with this combination of yarn, or a basket or a cowl, I am not sure yet.
The Batik is a very soft yarn, 80% acrylic and 20% wool, and I think I am going to make a shawl with it. The colours I got: Graphite, Olive and Indigo. Love, love, love the Olive ... ๐Ÿ’š For a shawl I need a bit more yarn, as three balls won't be enough.
As I got an invitation for the Knit & Knot-beurs in Tilburg, I'll wait with purchasing extra Batik, as I hope to find it there. This Knit & Knot fair will be held for the third time and I haven't been to the previous two fairs. It is a fair all about yarn, crocheting and knitting. Ow, talking about knitting, remember my sock? I dropped a stitch, while working on the heel flap, as my needles were sรณ slippery and I couldn't solve it. So the only thing I could do was to unravel the bloody thing. Yep, have to start allover again. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

* Sigh * ....

Monday, 20 February 2017

Knitting some socks ....

It is one of my goals this year: to knit a pair of socks. I've been trying that since last year, but knitting socks is hard. For me it is. But when I see the pretty socks from Cherry Heart's Sandra, Jools from Sew Sweet Violet and Sam from Betsy Makes I just knรณw I want to be able to do this, too. I am now at my third attempt.๐Ÿ˜
My second 'sock' is still on my needles, as it is my practice sock. When in doubt about the pattern I'll use that sock. This time I use yarn I'd bought three years ago in England. It's Sirdar Crofter DK (colour no. 45), a blend of acrylic, wool and cotton and I love the colours. It's not proper sock yarn, so I'll have to see how this works out.
Two days ago I finished the cuff, 15 rows (knit 2, purl 2), and three rows of the leg. But the next day I started to knit the cuff pattern again. Why??? I wasn't clearly paying attention, silly me. I noticed my mistake at row twenty. Ah well, no-one will see it. I think. The pattern I am using is WinwickMum's (Christine) sockalong-pattern. As she is English and I am Dutch it is an extra challenge to follow this pattern, but so far it is all very clear. There are lots of photos and any mistakes I make are entirely my own fault. Now, for this particular sock I did a few things differently. I used 3mm dpn's and my circular needle is also 3mm as the only 2,5mm circular I have is the one in the above photo.
And that is why I casted on 56 stitches instead of 60 stitches. Maybe this sock will be slightly too big, we'll see. The leg and cuff are now 60 rows long and I think it's time for the heel flap ....