Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Crochet Ramblings

I don't know about your part of the world, but we have been having a rainy May.
I expect to start growing mushrooms on myself any day now.
However, my shop always cheers me up, and all the colorful yarn inside make my days brighter and happier despite the horrid weather outside. And it makes me think of summer.
Which brings me to this particular thread. 
The Kordenet Flash has an amazing palette of colours and I have been eyeing  several of them for my summer project. First I wanted to make myself a dress, but the thread is thin and unless I double it, it will take forever to make it. Then, I thought that a dress as such is quite limiting as compared to a blouse and a skirt, because as a two-piece, I can combine them with other blouses, tops and skirts. 
So, a two-piece it is going to be. 
Now, I am wavering between the blues and the greens. They are both beautiful (the blouse will be in the lighter shade and the skirt in the darker), but at the moment, I am still indecisive. 
Will let you know which ones I chose. 
Wishing you a lovely day ahead!

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

New Pattern Bundles in the Shop


Boho Home Decor

After what seems like ages, I bundled up some of my patterns again. With these bundles you get 25% off of the regular price if you were to buy them individually.
By combining the patterns in each of the bundles you get numerous versatile ways to make jewelry, decorate your home, or make some amazing gifts. All it takes is some yarn, a hook and a whole bucket of wild imagination! 
To get to the bundles, click on the links under the pictures, or simply click here to get to my shop. 
Thank you!

Monday, May 8, 2023

Crochet Videos on TikTok

Happy start of the week crochet friends!
I joined the bandwagon and created a TikTok account for my small business. 
It has been a completely new, exciting and invigorating experience being able to connect with fellow crocheters and same-minded people.
I am only sad that making videos for youtube cannot be as fast as making them on TikTok. But, I'll eventually get there.

Friday, May 5, 2023

On my hook: Flower Garland

Happy Friday guys!
Today is a beautiful, warm and sunny day. My shop/ studio is surrounded by lovely green trees and bushes, and they create a wonderful, calm and relaxing atmosphere. The one that fuels creativity. So, after God knows how long, I've taken my hook again and started working on a flower garland. I worked on the sketch first, trying to transfer my mind's vision of it, and luckily, I didn't have to re-do anything because it turned out flawlessly. 
Now I have to work on the edging and I want it to be lacy, romantic and rich. 
Wish me luck!
What are you plans for the weekend? Will you squeeze some crochet?

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The Difference Between Cotton & Recycled Cotton


Yarns which are Certified Organic are spun from fibers produced without the use of man-made chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Where a yarn is dyed, the dyes must be non-toxic and organic. The production of organic cotton yarn doesn't use harmful chemicals, genetically modified seeds, or water-intensive farming techniques. Organic cotton is better than the regular one because it is much more sustainable.
Recycled cotton yarn
is sourced from already existent cotton, which means that it helps keep waste down and has a minimal impact on the environment. Recycled cotton is also commonly referred to as regenerated cotton, reclaimed cotton, or shoddy. 
Although recycled cotton is durable, it does have some issues with longevity due to it being a natural fabric – it isn't tear, or abrasive resistant. Recycled cotton does not hold a high elasticity in comparison with other yarn.

Friday, April 14, 2023

My Own Yarn Shop and Crochet Studio

Hello, crafty blog  friends!
Here I am, after a long absence, with some exciting news.
I opened my own brick and mortar yarn shop and crochet studio!!!
Getting everything done, mostly by myself but also with generous help from family and friends when needed, was a tiring journey, but rewarding in the end.
As I slowly settle down with my new role and work, I hope to be able to resume my normal blogging and online work.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Granny Square Bolero

Another thing I made for myself this winter is this granny square bolero. It had been on my list for ages, and I am glad I had this crossed off. 
It is one giant square, sewed at the sides. I envisioned it with the ribbing pattern for the sleeves, which was a spectacular idea, because they complement the granny stripe pattern fantastically. When put on, they give the upper part of the bolero a bit of a puff. I wish I could have taken a picture of me with it on, but if you read my last post, this place is still in a state of utter and complete mayhem.
Along with the poncho, this is my second best worn piece this winter. 

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Elbows Deep in Yarn

I've been in yarn heaven for the past two weeks and still cannot come to my senses! 
However, yarn heavens sometimes have overhanging fluffy clouds, especially if they are messy. I received a large shipment of yarn and must admit, sorting, cataloguing and taking photos of it has been a little bit overwhelming, but I am not complaining. 
My place is horrific - with skeins lying over / scattered about and over almost everything, but my family has been extremely supportive and do lend a hand whenever necessary.
I am working round the clock to sort my new shop/studio out and hopefully I'll be able to show more of it here.

Monday, February 6, 2023

2023 Crochet Summit

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Yarn Heaven in Istanbul - Kurkchu Han

Hello crafty friends!
Long time no write, but here am I, ending my radio silence.
Recently, we've been on a trip to Istanbul (Turkey) and one absolutely unmissable spot for every crafter, especially crocheters and knitters, is a place in the heart of the Grand Bazaar called Kürkçü Han.
This is our fourth visit to Istanbul and every time I set foot into the han, I fell like Alice in Wonderland. The han is filled with mind blowing number of little shops selling everything a crafter would need, from haberdashery and all sorts of accessories, to yarn of all types and quality. While there are several big yarn shops on the ground floor, the second floor of it is exclusively reserved for yarn, and every shop will blow your mind. Literally. The incredible offer ranges from the thinnest (cotton, silk, acrylic) threads to wool and cashmere yarn. 

Due to the recent inflation Turkey is facing, the yarn is way pricier than it was on our last visit. The good thing is the sellers often have discounts on different brands, so you might find some real gems and steals on those deals.

Monday, December 26, 2022

The Best of TLT in 2022

We are counting the last days of 2022; a year filled with tons of wonderful crochet creations that sprang to life, and an equal measure of the ones yet to see the light of day. I'll add another successful tally mark on my crochet journey.

In numbers, there were 14 free and 17 paid patterns published, lots of tips, tricks and techniques shared. 
The highlights: my continuous collaboration as a crochet teacher with Rebecca Page and the invitation to design a summer necklace for the Homespun Magazine

Cannot wait to see what 2023 has in store for me!


Saturday, December 17, 2022

Mermaid's Dreamcatcher Necklace - pattern available

If you remember, back in June I had this design published in the summer crochet issue of Homespun Magazine, and the mandatory waiting period being over, I am now able to offer it as a pattern in my shops (etsy / ravelry).
The pattern comes in both UK and US crochet terminology. 
At the time, I also made the pink one above using sequins and pearl beads, and it is quite interesting how the same pattern can look so completely different by using different colors and altering the decorative notions. Don't you agree?


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Open Sided Crochet Vest


Open side vests are obviously a thing now, so we simply had to make one. Eva insisted to make her a "plain" vest, meaning I was to use just half /double crochet stitches for it, but I knew she wanted to spare me from working on a more textured pattern. However, if I was to invest time and effort into a piece she so desperately wanted, I wouldn't let myself make her something plain. 
So, I used the "V" stitch for it, and we both agreed it was an interesting and playful pattern for this vest. 
Though, if you ask me, I would definitely make the next one as a regular vest. I was itching to sew the sides of this one :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Gorgeous Autumn Poncho Pattern Release

Finally! My poncho pattern is live.
My mom and aunt fell so madly in love with mine, so I had to make one for each of them. I used different color distribution for these two as I didn't want to make them look like uniforms. Mom and auntie are identical twins and I thought it would be weird for two 70-years young ladies to wear identical ponchos. 
Needless to say they were a hit with them.

Pattern: etsy / ravelry.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Mesh Shrug

Eva spent a romantic week with her boyfriend in Rome (Italy) and she wanted to have a mesh shrug for the trip, so I whipped one for her. These seem to be quite popular right now. The funny thing is that the sleeves have to be oversized, meaning they have to cover your hands, which bears no logic with me - but who am I to question a style? 
For this shrug I used Nako Denim for the first time and I fell in love with the softness and the velvet feel of the yarn. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Let The Holiday Crafting Begin!


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I am happy to announce that Rebecca Page's Holiday Crafting has commenced! 

Many wonderful teachers offer fantastic projects to spark the holiday crafting spirit.  From making your own letter decorations, embroidered gift envelops, sweater ornaments, to Christmas wreaths and stockings - there are projects including all crafts

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Candy Cardi

Hello friends!
I've been away for a while, but with a good reason. I am helping my daughter launch her own brand, and we've been working around the clock for a number of designs to be brought to life.
As things are getting back to normal, I hope to resume posting more regularly. 
Here's one of the projects that was started in spring, left aside and picked up again in September. 
I made this cardi for myself.  I used the granny stripe pattern and it is worked top-down. What I love most about it is the enormous sleeves. 
What I think is "meh" about it - it's the collar. Sweet Lord, I tried about 5 times to make it work with it, but didn't like the final looks, and settled for this one. I imagined it with a Peter Pan collar, but it simply didn't work. 
I am planning another post, showing it off and how to style it with other clothes.  

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Crochet Bobble Pumpkin - free pattern

One of the things that add up to my list of things I love about fall is pumpkins. I don't think I will ever get tired of them, both real or crocheted (fabric ones). 
If you want to enrich your Halloween decor more, this is the perfect weekend project.  

Before I share the pattern, please note that: The written  pattern in its entirety along with the photos are for personal use only. All property rights belong to Maya Kuzman of The Little Treasures.

Yarn and hook: Dk yarn and a 3.00 mm hook (UK11/US D) for the pumpkin and sport yarn and a 2.00 mm hook (UK14 / US B) for the handle. Note that you can use whatever yarn size/ weight (and relevant hook for that weight ) you like/have at hand. That will only influence the size of your pumpkins. Hence, smaller weights will yield tinier pumpkins, heavier weights will yield bigger pumpkins.

Stitches (American terminology): chain (ch),  slip stitch (sl st), half double crochet (hdc), hdc2tog, double crochet (dc).

Other: tapestry needle for weaving ends, filling for the pumpkin.  


Foundation and round 1: Ch4 and hdc7 in last st from hook (8). Sl st through 1st st to end round. 
Round 2: Ch2 (counts as 1st hdc) and hdc2 in 1st st, hdc2 in all rest (17). Sl st with 1st st to end round.
Round 3: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc1 in next st, make a 4-dc bobble in next. Repeat this pattern (2dc, 4-dc bobble) around.  Sl st with 1st st to end round. 
Round 4: Repeat round 3. 
Round 5 to end: hdc2tog 8 times, fill the pumpkin with polyfill, continue hdc2tog to end. Cut yarn and weave ends through the body of the pumpkin.

Insert yarn through pumpkin's center and ch8. Starting from 2nd st from hook, sl st across (7). Sl st again in the body of the pumpkin, cut yarn, tie both tails into a knot. Put tails through tapestry needle and push the needle through the pumpkin body to hide them.

I hope you like this!
If you are interested in crochet fall decor, check out my patterns here and here.
Have a cozy and wonderful Saturday!