Posts Tagged With: crochet

Latest obsession: Amigurumi!

Hi everyone! A happy 2014 to all of you, I hope you’ve had a nice holiday season. I certainly had, with a lot of nice people, good food and of course a lot of hobbying! In fact I discovered something new I am totally crazy about: Amigurumi! Somewhere in November a friend invited me and some other people over for an evening of knitting and crochet. She showed us some books on amigurumi, which is (apparently) the Japanese word for cute small stuffed animals. I loved the idea the moment I was introduced to them! When I went home again, I decided I would ask Santa for some books on Amigurumi, and he certainly heard me I guess! I got two books, one with animals from the forest (owls and frogs, so cute!), and one with 25 different animals (a lot of cats and dogs, but also very nice birds).

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I couldn’t wait to get started with all the cute animals in the books, but I wanted to start with something small and easy. In two hours, this lovely blue snail was born! He is tumbling over all the time (on his face or his side), so next time I will fill the lower part of the body with something heavy, but I like it nonetheless. He seems to be a happy snail, but I’ll have to make a little friend for him some time soon!

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Because I know everything can be found somewhere on the internet, I also looked for amigurumi patterns online. A myriad of cute crochet patterns awaited me, and I picked out two (or actually three) of them to make as presents for family and friends.

The first pattern is of a Bad Piggy and an Angry Bird, that I found on Nerdigurumi (link to the pattern). Wijbe’s uncle loves to play Angry Birds all the time, so I decided I would make him those as a present. He loved them! Unfortunately I forgot to make a picture of them, but this is what they looked like:

Angry Bird and Bad Piggy by Nerdigurumi

The last (and my personal favorite) amigurumi I made as a present was a Prinny. Prinnies are penguin-like figures with small bat wings from the game Disgaea. I never played the game (will do in the near future I hope!) but since I am a big fan of everything penguin-like I decided to like them anyway. A friend of mine, who played the game and told me about prinnies, ceebrated his birthday in December so I decided to make him a Prinny. I found this amazing pattern and started right way. He really liked it, and now the two of them drink a whisky together regularly:

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I really loved making those amigurumi, and I will definately make some more in the near future. I hope you liked this post and let me know what you crafted recently!

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My Easter weekend

Hello everybody, maybe it’s a bit late to tell about how I spent my Easter weekend (I wanted to publish this post last tuesday, but yeah, life got in the way again! :P). It was a very good weekend, despite the fact that it was too cold for the time of the year, about 4-6 C, why?!? It didn’t matter much, my boyfriend was at my place for this long weekend and we both spent some time on our hobby projects. Since the weekend counted 4 days, I could finally sink my teeth in some projects that I neglected for far too long. In this post, I want to show you what I did and what you can expect in some post the upcoming time!

The first thing I did is something I wanted to do for a very very long time: I cut the fabric for my first quilting project! About a year ago I stumbled upon the blog Obsessively Stitching, which has a nice comprehensive tutorial on how to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt. It looked so interesting and appealing to me, that I wanted to give it a try right away. But as with a lot of my hobby projects, the fabrics I bought were hibernating on my shelf for almost a year, but last weekend I decided to cut them all up! I expected it to take a very long time (84 squares and 16 rectangles) but it only took me about 3 hours! Why didn’t I do this before?

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These are the fabrics I used. 12 fat quarters, used up until the very last scrap! I’m not 100% sure about the fabrics. I liked them apart from each other, with the rustic motifs and muted colours. Seeing them all together like this, I don’t know how my quilt will turn out. It can either become the rustic quilt I wanted it to be, or something totally kitsch! Only one way to find out, forward is the only way to go!  Maybe I will make a post about the project, showing off my progress and the interesting process behind the disappearing nine-patch. It’s so cool!

I also spent some time on improving my crochet skills. I felt quite unstoppable, until I tried to crochet a flower. My mom came to the rescue again, and I can proudly announce that I crochetted five flowers so far 🙂

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If you study this flower closely, it’s obvious which leaf was done by my mother. Yes, it’s the lower one 😉 mine look al wobbly again, but I am improving! *proudness*

The last thing I spent some time on is a new hobby. Somewhere around Christmas my boyfriend dug up hig old Warhammer 40.000 army (Space Wolves, lots of them) and started painting them. Curious as I am, I wanted to give it a try too. I never should have done that. To make a long story short: I have a small army of my own now (Dark Eldar, the only army with a substantial amount of female models in it) and I already did some painting on them. During Easter I started on one of the important figures of my army, Lelith Hesperax. She has very long hair, not that much clothes on her body (I still thinks Warhammer is a hobby mostly for boys, guess why) and two swords. This is how far I got this weekend:

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I’m terribly sorry for the bad picture, there was no camera around, only a mobile phone with a horrible flash. I will make a better picture as soon as I finished the model and post it here. And maybe some more pictures of my army of angry girls in the future!

I hope you all had a good time too 🙂 The weather seems to be improving, which is a good thing considering all the upcoming festivals. Can’t wait for real spring!

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Crochetted Pot Holders!

Hello everybody! I am really proud to tell you all that I learned something new! Believe it or not, until some time ago I couldn’t crochet, which frustrated the hell out of me. Knitting, sewing, and embroidering wasn’t a problem at all. But crochetting….. couldn’t get the hang of it. I tried it several times, but I didn’t seem to get it. You have this little loop over here, that’s okay, and then you poke the needle through a hole in your work, and then you wrap the yarn around. Those steps were all fine by me. But when it came to pulling the needle back without sliding the yarn off… That just seemed impossible! Two years ago my aunt (which is a very nice woman, no doubt about that) did another atempt to teach me crochet (on my own request) and she ended up wiping the tears from her eyes because she couldn’t stop laughing. For me that was frustration all over the place. I really did my best, but the best I could do was make my dear aunt laugh! As you might guess, I gave up 😛

It was somewhere this January I decided I wanted to give it one more try. This time I asked my mother and within 15 minutes I knew how to crochet! I have no idea why it didn’t work out all the time, but I learned it anyway. Still, I needed some practice, and the easiest way to do that is making something square and not to big. I also wanted it to be useful, so I came up with potholders! This is the result:


Pot Holders

I love them, they are colourful and they look even better with banana breakfast muffins ;). Alright, the edges are a bit wobbly, I am pretty sure I added and removed some stitches during the process and they are also not equal in size, but I don’t care! I’m a beginner right? These pot holders add some spring feeling to my kitchen, which is something we can really do with at the moment (last weekend it snowed in the Netherlands, I’m not kidding).

Unfortunately, I can’t show you how I made these. I didn’t use a pattern but just made it up on the go. Garnstudio has some patterns for pot holders I think, and also some very useful movies on how to crochet. This page contains all the different stitches, so I hope these will help you a bit!

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