Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is able to find loads of yummy easter eggs ^_^

This little cutie has been my decoration for the past week. I’ll be sad to put her away ’till next year.

Easter Scene

Easter Scene

Easter Nest

Easter Nest

She's so cute holding her little egg like that ^_^

She’s so cute holding her little egg like that ^_^

I bought the pattern for this cute little Easter Bunny at Echtstudio. Be warned, it’s Dutch-only ^_~ They also have a package deal: the pattern with all the yarn you need to make the bunny, plus eyes and a nose (I find noses especially hard to come by)

One of my cats loves the little chicks, so I have to keep my eye out for little chicky massacres everytime she’s been alone in the living room.

And on that note: Happy Easter everyone ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

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~Sooo busy…

Do you ever get that feeling that you’ve taken too much yarn on your hook?
Currently, I’m working on three projects at once. And I actually feel like doing one extra at the same time. I really need to pace myself.

I have a table in the corner of the living room, right between the couches, where I put all the stuff I’m working on. It currently looks like this:

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I’ve started on the goat for my boyfriend, but about halfway I came to the conclusion I don’t have nearly enough yarn to finish it. The pattern calls for about 60 grams of white yarn, but I bought a heavier sort. I figured that if I just took two skeins (about 100 grams) I would be fine, but now I’ve got the body and almost half the head done and I’ve run out. So I need to order some more.

Then, I started on something different than the ami’s I’m so used to making: a handbag. For this I need to use a really thick band-like material, RibbonXL. But since this is so thick, I need to use a 10mm hook and it’s so very heavy to work on. I finished four rounds and my hands were hurting like crazy. Also, the pattern uses a special kind of stitch to make little loops in your work, but it’s pretty difficult to do, especially since it’s been very cold lately and my hands are all dried out, making it pretty hard to hold on to anything.

And lastly, I started on a mystery project, which is supposed to be a present for a friend of mine. Contrary to the handbag, this project requires pretty tiny, fidgety work, which also makes my hands hurt.

Good new is: my yar of Lucky Stars is almost full! I have to admit I’ve been working more on lucky stars than on my crochet work lately. But then again, it’s good to change things up once in a while. Maybe I’ll be able to get some order into my inspiration and work on everything one at a time again!

Cheers, Lydia

Catbus!!

As promised, here are some pictures of the Catbus I made for a friend. By now, he has pretty much a complete collection of My Neighbour Totoro. Luckily for me, his girlfriend is starting with crochet as well, so with a bit of hard work and practise, she’ll be able to make the next one for him 😛

Frontview

Frontview

From an angle

From an angle

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

From the back

From the back

Toppled over

Toppled over

And before anyone mentions it: I know I said it has twelve legs, but I ran out of the golden-yellow yarn and, frankly, the will to make even more. So I stopped at ten ^_~

The pattern will follow later, I need to revise a few parts and don’t have a lot of free time this week to type it all out. So stay tuned!

Cheers, Lydia

Yarnsale

Hey everyone!

This weekend, there was a sale at the Echtstudio store. You know, the one I went to a week and a half ago ^_^ This time I went with two other friends and had a blast once again. One of my friends is just starting to crochet, so she really had some hardcore shopping to do. As for me, I kept it light with just some stuff I needed and had been looking for.

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I’ve had my eye on the pattern for a bag for a while now, so I decided to go ahead and try to make something other than little stuffed toys. I needed a special type of yarn for it, RibbonXL, which is basically a kind of band with which you crochet. Plus, I needed a hook to go with that, 10mm! Seems huge to me and I wonder how well I will do. Of course, I couldn’t decide on a colour, so I took two different ones, just in case I do well with the first try and decide to make another.

Also, my boyfriend asked me if I could make a goat for him. It’s kind of a running gag between us, so I decided to see what I could do. So when I came across the new book from Christel Krukkert “Crochetparty on the farm” (loosely translated) and saw the pattern for a cute little goat in there, I knew I had to get it. Add a little sound box to make a sheep/goatish sound, some white yarn and I am good to go!

Other than that, I stocked up on some eyes and got myself some really strong magnets. There’s a pattern I’ve been meaning to make, it’s of little monkeys that you can put together and stick on all things metal with magnets. I already bought some magnets a long time ago, but found out they lose their sticking ability once they need to go through yarn. So now, I should be able to fix that ^_^

To finish this post off, here’s a picture of what I’ve been working on: a little Easter Bunny. I just need to make some eggs for her to hide and I’m good to go for Easter.

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Cheers, Lydia

PS: Catbus is done! Pictures will come in a later post and I even managed to jot down the pattern, so I should be putting that up also pretty soon.

I should update / Hook-in

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I really should, but what exciting news do I have for you?

Well, nothing extremely special really. Except for this.

Last week, me and a friend went to a so-called ‘Hook-in’. Now, I know you’re all wondering what the fudge a hook-in is. Well, basically, it’s a gathering of people who like to crochet. You bring your own work with you and/or whatever project you are working on at the moment and you all sit down in the same room and well.. crochet. Plus, there is tea and coffee and all sorts of sugary goodness!

I had a lot of fun that evening. It gave me a great opportunity to see other people work on their crochet and talk about all sorts of different techniques and styles. For instance, I managed to surprise quite a few people with the tutorial I’d used for the hair on my My Little Ponies. (it can be found here)
And in turn, I got to see how your work turns out if you finish off every round with a slip stitch. I know now that it’s not really for me, but then again, it does make it a bit easier to see where your last round ends and the next one begins, plus, colour changes are a lot smoother that way. (I usually hide my colour changes at the back of bottom of my work or behind limbs…)

The event was organised by a Dutch crochet studio called ‘Echtstudio’ and it was held in their actual studio/store. It was great fun to see all the different kinds of yarn they sell. They also had loads of different amigurumi’s, bags and other accessories on display, which was awesome to see. I actually just wanted to browse all evening, but instead I got a little bit of work done on my Catbus and just chatted the rest of the time away.

Here are some pictures I nicked from the Echtstudio facebook page:

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It was pretty full, but really cozy at the same time 🙂
And the best part of the evening? 10% off everything you bought there! But I managed to contain my enthusiasm and actually only bought some yarn that I’d needed:

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I really needed to get more dark-brown, as the Catbus was starting to devour my last skein. And I simply adore the fuzzy yarn, they actually had a lot more colours and shades, but I had to take it easy and only took some colours that could be used in an upcoming project (ssst, it’s a secret ^_~ ). Great thing is, I can always order more from their online shop! I did already, couldn’t resist the package deal for their Easter Bunny pattern, got the pattern in my mailbox immediately (PDF file, yay!) and I should have gotten the yarn in the post today, but I haven’t checked yet. They also have some free patterns on their site, which are really fun to make.

And just for fun, here’s a link to Echtstudio on facebook. It is all in Dutch, mind you.

To finish my rambling, I learned something new about myself that night. I appear to have a “crochet-tic”. I put my yarn over the hook as if I’m knitting! Well, the best excuse I could think of was that I learned how to crochet with my right hand, while I’m actually left-handed. But frankly, I have no idea why I would do that. It’s not as if I’m more familiar with knitting or anything. Oh well, I was quickly consoled by another guest who admitted that she didn’t like to crochet in public much because she had a tic of her own. I never got to see what it was though…

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed another bit of my rambling! I might be able to put up some pictures of the Catbus pretty soon. Right now, it’s just down to making all the paws (that thing has TWELVE legs 0_O) and the windows and then it’s just a matter of sewing it all together.

Cheers, Lydia