Project bags and pouches are my new thing. I have about 10 that I’ve picked up in the last couple of months, mostly from Hema because they’re cute and cheap! But I do absolutely adore the handmade versions I see on Etsy and Instagram, so I’ve put together a little treasury of some of the most beautiful – most of these are now on my wishlist.
*clicking on any of the pictures will take you to the listing in Etsy, isn’t that cool?!
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Special mention must go to my Instagram friend Vanessa Kind, who is busy making project bags in anticipation of opening an Etsy store, but at this rate she’s selling them too quickly to get any stock! Here’s an example of one of my faves:
Enjoy the rest of your week!
PS. I’m sorry if you’re reading this on your mobile and can’t see it very well – the code doesn’t automatically shrink to fit, and I’ve made it as small as possible without it being impossible to see.
I’ve been on a major yarn buying binge lately. I promise that I’ll compile pics of the yarns and projects, but today I just want to share with you some inspiration.
I’ve trawled Etsy and created a Treasury with some of my absolute favourite hand dyed yarns. I didn’t think about the fibre content today, I focused 100% on colour. It’s difficult to say which is my favourite, because they all stand out for different reasons. I love rainbows – to me they represent my daughter. Maybe I should make a treasury with just rainbow gradients….
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Have a colourful Tuesday!
Happy December! You know what that means right? You’ll be bombarded with all things Christmas for the next 25 days until you just can’t possibly wait another minute to rip open all your presents on Christmas morning and will be devastated to have to put all your beautifully crafted decorations away in the new year. I know I will be anyway!
So, to get us started, I’ve updated a pattern that I created last year, and am re-releasing it for the Christmas season. I give you the new and improved Merry Mini Christmas hat!
The pattern has been updated and a few corrections made, and is ready to go for you to download and create the cutest little Santa Hat. It’s just the best Christmas accessory, everyone comments and they’re just so much fun when you see them bobbing through the busy Christmas Market crowds. I guarantee that you’ll be stopped multiple times to be asked where you found your hat, and you’ll have so much satisfaction from being able to say, “I made it myself!”
Grab it on Ravelry right now right her:
Or on Etsy if you prefer shopping there instead!
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Tagged Christmas, christmas accessories, christmas accessory, crochet christmas, crochet christmas hat, crochet santa hat, merry mini christmas, Santa, Santa hat
How beautiful are all the Christmas ideas on Esty? A couple of days ago I finished making the amigurumi elf by Buttonbeautiful and I went back to her shop to browse more patterns (they’re THAT good). While I was there, I thought that I should make a Christmas Treasury to showcase other amigurumi patterns. I was reading maRRose regular Treasury Tuesday post the other day where she shared her own Christmas inspiration and something sort of clicked in my head – I should share my treasury on the blog for all of you who don’t necessarily spend as much time on Etsy as you should!
So, here it is, what do you think? I’m not sure I could pick a favourite if I have to be honest. Maybe the Christmas Deer Doll, or the slightly wonky Christmas Tree? I do know that I seem to have a thing for Reindeer though!
If you want to, you can import your own Etsy treasury to your blog too. This little piece of magig is powered by Handmadeology and took about 20 seconds to make, including the copying and pasting here. It’s so simple, I’m going to make the treasury sharing a regular thing!
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Tagged amigurumi, angel, Christmas, christmas ornament, crochet, etsy, etsy treasury, gift, gnome, haken, kerst, kerstman, ornament, present, reindeer, Santa, snowman, treasury
A couple of weeks ago I decided that I wanted to crochet a dress for my daughter. I haven’t made a lot of clothing, but the few pieces I have made are wonderful. They’re so much fun, and give such a feeling of accomplishment. So when I came across this pattern, I knew it was the right one.
I especially loved the texture and the romantic neckline, but had to find the perfect yarn.
Eventually I settled on using Scheepjes Softfun, a yarn that I’ve heard so much about, but hadn’t had the opportunity to use yet.
But before I could begin, I had to check a few projects off the list. I had to finish a scarf, a couple of amigurumi projects, and finalise the Bucketful of Sunshine pattern, but once they were all out the way, it was all systems go!
I just love the neckline on this pattern, it’s just so beautiful.
The project was surprisingly easy. It took me a few swatches to get the gauge right, as I crochet much tighter than the average designer, it seems. In the end I had to upsize to a 4.5mm hook (the pattern calls for a 3.5mm hook) which seems to be about the norm for me now.
Here is the end result. I’m so happy with the outfit, my daughter looks so cute!
Thanks to Carrie for this photo, taken at the weekend:
And here she is, with her first love: Peppa Pig.
Now I’m hoping for a long, hot summer so we can wear the dress every day!
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Tagged craft, crochet, crochet dress, crochet pattern, dress, etsy, haken, MissNeriss, pattern, project, scheepjes, scheepjeswol, softfun, summer, yarn
Holland’s biggest party for the last 100 or so years – Queen’s Day – has been given a revamp. You see, last year Beloved Queen Beatrix decided to retire, and her son, Prince Willem Alexander became the first King of the Netherlands in more than 100 years.
Not only do we have a new word to learn – Koningsdag instead of Koniniginnendag (try saying that three times fast), we have a new day to celebrate – 26 April instead of 30 April. Well, I don’t know if this is the permanent date, or just the first date. You see, King Willem Alexander’s birthday falls on 27 April, which this year is a Sunday and he’s decided we can all celebrate on the Saturday instead.
Still with me?
So, to celebrate the first King’s Day, I’ve created a new design!
Want to get your hands on one? Well, you can! I’m making these for the lead up to King’s Day and they’re available to buy from my Etsy Store!
The necklace is €15 euros (plus shipping if you need it) and is made from a nickel-free silver plated chain and delicate cotton yarn.
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Tagged amigurumi, Art, chunky yarn, craft, crochet, etsy, haken, hand crafted, hand made, handcrafted, handmade, jewellery, King's Day, Koninginnendag, Koningsdag, MissNeriss, Obsessed with Crochet, pinspiration, pinterest, projects, Queen's Day, yarn