Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Boho shrug - pattern release

The bohemian bolero is here. There are two in this collection and I am in love with the sleeves of both. This is something I would wear myself!
I used Ayda's Fabrika yarn, which is a DK yarn,and I completely fell for it! It flew on my hook!
More technicalities in the pattern info. More photos on my model, once she is available.
The pattern is in my shops: etsy, ravelry.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

How to crochet granny squares - video tutorial

I've made a video on how to crochet a traditional granny square. 
You know how much I love granny squares, and it is a real pleasure designing clothes, bags and blankets using them. 
I hope you find your perfect project to use them!


Friday, June 7, 2024

Finshed crochet pieces

 I pulled this off, and even I cannot believe this! I worked simultaneously on several crochet projects and managed to finish them all. 
What's missing is my Secret garden granny square cardigan (because it's being blocked right now), and 3 of my granny square motifs (because they wouldn't be seen if put on top of the pile).
The pile contains boleros, shrugs, cardis and vests. Stay tuned for the (free) patterns.

Friday, May 31, 2024

How to Crochet an Irish Rose - video tutorial

My newest video is live and this time I am showing how to crochet a version of the Irish rose. Follow along if interested!

Friday, May 17, 2024

My YouTube Channel

Hello crafty friends!

A couple of days ago I activated my youtube channel and there you can find the video tutorial for the Penelope scarf. It would mean a lot if you check it out, and subscribe if interested. 

Wishing you a lovely and crafts indulging weekend ahead!

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Testing out a mixed acrylic yarn

 Ayda is a Turkish yarn brand that I have in my shop, and on my last visit to the factory, I chose to test their "Fabrika" yarn. It is a variegated acrylic mix, amazingly attractive and pleasing to the eye. Now, I am quite reluctant to work with acrylic yarn because, if I am being honest, it's not eco-friendly, it can be scratchy and less breathable than natural fibres. However, I opted for this brand because of the softness and of the yarn and its velvety feel. Plus, the colorwork was amazing in all the twisted hanks. 
I've been quite away from my blog, but as can be seen from the pictures, my time was spent prolifically. I used this brand for different projects - most of them  finished; there are shrugs, boleros, cardies and scarves. I cannot wait to show you guys what I've made so far! Stay tuned!

Friday, May 3, 2024

Granny Stripe Socks - pattern release

I cannot believe it's been a year since I've made these socks, but finally - the pattern is here.
Granny stripes are my favourite and I've always wanted to have socks like these. If I could, I would make them in all possible colorways. But I am lucky with just these two pairs. 
The socks in this tutorial are for size S (EU) and fit the shoe size of 36-38; however, I've included instructions to make them in bigger sizes.
For these socks, I used 5 colors in both cotton and acrylic. I must point out that the cotton ones are sturdier and more fitting than the ones made with acrylic yarn, but the acrylic ones are fluffier and warmer. 
Now, I just need some nice clogs for a complete vintage look.
The pattern is in my shops: etsy, ravelry   and lovecrafts.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Daisies & Roses Lariat - crochet pattern

 I don't know about your part of the world, but here we have had truly hot spells - one might say early summer, as we completely skipped the spring.  That means lots of greenery sprouting, flowers blooming and flourishing, which obviously  added lots of fuel to my inspiration, and that is how I set to work on this design. 

The daisies and roses lariat is a long and attractive piece. Aside worn as an accessory, it can be turned into a headband, garland or even curtain tie and a bookmark. 
The pattern is in my shops: etsy and ravelry.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Care Crochet Blankets

My local knit/crochet group started a drive for making blankets for an orphanage. 
We are making 35 blankets for babies and kids aged 3 months to 17 years of age.
The idea is the members to make a number of squares (either knitted or  crochet) that would later be joined into blankets, or if desired, anyone can participate with a whole made blanket. The members' response was quite overwhelming and I am sure the drive is going to be a success. 

I plan to make two blankets - one in purples and pinks (below), and one with my owlets. The above squares (and more coming) are going to be given away and joined with others to make a bolder and more joyful blanket. 
Talk to you soon.


Monday, February 5, 2024

National Embroidery Month

February is National Embroidery Month, and embroidery being the very first craft I tried my hand at when I was a child, I had to honor it with a special post. 
Although I dabble very little with embroidery nowadays, it is still one of the crafts I thoroughly and wholeheartedly enjoy. This summer I gave myself some free time from crochet and devoted completely making this kind of embroidered brooches. Mostly flowered ones, but also a batch of tiny landscapes, which are not finished yet. 

Happy Embroidery Month!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

My Current WIP - Granny Square Cardigan

While I was making my latest yarn order for the shop, I came upon a little batch of this fantastic, variegated cotton mix, that I fell in love with in an instant. It's been a while since I've felt drawn and attracted by variegated yarn  in a heartbeat, so of course I had to have it. 
So, cue my granny cardigan in the make! I have more than 30 squares made, and I still haven't figured out how I like the ribbing to be for it, but I know it will come up naturally, once I spread out all the squares. Can't wait to have it finished!

Monday, January 1, 2024

New Year - new projects!

Happy New Year!
May it be easy on us, merry and prosperous! 
Being a holiday, I decided to spend the day lounging, watching a show on Netflix and finally getting my hands on this gorgeous wool I've had for a while.  
I just had one skein of this gorgeous 100% wool by Kartopu, and there aren't many things one can do with a skein (it's just 30 m long), but I was never going to use it for making decor as it suggests on the label.
So I hand-knit a cowl, and I am in love! 
It still needs to be blocked to be fit for wear, but  there is no end to my happiness and content for starting the year with a finished project!