Friday, June 30, 2023

For Emily Whenever - vintage crochet pieces

This is not a sponsored post!
It is posted for inspiration. 
I remember the first time I came upon Emily's second-hand crochet finds. My jaw literally dropped! Ever since then I am a fervent follower and admirer of her work.
Emily finds and restores crochet (and other) pieces, saving them from the landfill and giving them an opportunity to be loved and cherished again. 
She mostly works with sweaters and cardigans and each is a masterpiece, as you can see from this small selection here.
I am truly tempted to design something like this.I am sure I will wear it with love!

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Abbott Fuller Graves & I

A couple of days ago I came upon this picture on Instagram, and I cannot take it out of my head. It represents everything I've been yearning for, for quite a while now. A little cottage in the country with a big porch and an even bigger garden, surrounded by tons of flowers. Me sitting in a chair, crocheting and soaking up all the sounds and smells of nature.
A picture of peacefulness, tranquility,and comfort. A save haven for the mind and a balm for the soul!
Abbot Fuller Graves and I may not have many things in common - but the love of nature (flowers) is certainly a strong tie.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Restoring a Vintage Crochet Blanket

I took upon myself to salvage a vintage crochet blanket for a client. The blanket was bought at a thrift shop and those can harbor many hidden gems. The creator of this one was a genius in combining crochet and knitted samples and creating a unique blanket. 
The client has lots of cats and the kitties have managed to ruin it, playing on it. Someone tried to save it previously, but it kept tearing and wearing away.
At first I thought I could restore the squares by crocheting them in place, but the first obstacle was that I neither had the right yarn, nor the approximately close color of yarn, so I mainly used embroidery thread to close the holes, and then worked with black yarn to secure the whole bordering part of it. 
I am sad that in all the hubbub I forgot to take photos of it after I was finished. But what's most important is that it is saved and can be loved for many more years.

Summer Lariat - crochet pattern release

I've been itching to try my colorful yarn cakes in a project, and I think I found the perfect one.
Cue - my summer lariat!
The lariat is made in one go, and flowers are added after it is finished. There are 5 flower patterns that work fast and are just the cutest. 
This lariat can transform into a plenitude of things. 
Let me give you some ideas: 
* headbands
* bracelets
* belts
* garlands 
* curtain ties
* gift wrappers
Make it as long or short to serve your purpose. 
The pattern is in my shops: etsy, ravelry

Monday, June 12, 2023

Winding Yarn Cakes

Happy start of the week bloggers!
How is your Monday so far?
For me Monday turned out to be a yarn-winding day! 
I received a large shipment of cotton batik yarn in 1 kilo-skeins. There isn't much interest with buyers for large skeins, so I have to make them in small batches - preferably 50gr cakes. 
This is rather a tedious job, because I have a hand winder, and although winding goes fast, I am contemplating buying an electric yarn-winder. 
Nevertheless, all these colors brighten my mood, so wind-wind I'll go!

Friday, June 9, 2023

A Basket of Flower Coasters - pattern release

Finally, I have something finished to show you. 
I've been slowly but steadily finishing many of my WIPs, and this was the first to be done and dusted. 
This project idea has been swirling around the internet for a while, and I had to give it my own twist. 
This project is a lovely home decor, and quite useful as such.
It appears to be a basket with flowers, but when taken out, they turn out into coasters. 
Quite neat and cute!
The pattern is in my etsy and ravelry shops.