Greetings from Ireland!

It’s already half of my stay here. Time passes by so quickly! I work Monday to Friday, but after leaving office I walk around the Dublin (and sometimes I get lost, too). Last weekend I was on an organized tour to County Kerry and Cliffs of Moher. Next weekend I’m going to Kilkenny. I love it here!

Ireland is so green, fruit trees and daffodils are already blooming. Right now also is starting the time of year when sheeps deliver little lambs, and so I had an opportunity to watch few days old lambs playing on a filed :)

Dublin is amazing. What I like most is a variety of buildings. There are no two alike, and right next to old, maybe even medieval ones, are raised new, often bizzare office buildings. I never thought such contrast could look this good! I’d say rather otherwise, despising new architecture placed fast beside historic buildings. How wrong I was :)

And countryside – magnificent! So pretty, so many unique places to visit!

Poeple are ever so friendly and more than patriotic. Evereything – and I mean everything – that can be green is green. When I landed on the airport, I saw traffic cones in white and green :) Souvenirs shops are placed at every corner and you can buy anything. Not only tourist visit and make trades ;) Also, going to a pub is unusual experience, especially when a sport game is transmitted.

If you get a chance to visit Ireland, don’t hesitate! I will definetly come back here one day :)

I don’t have anything new to show you, I’m affraid. I hadn’t take my stuff to Dublin, and even if I have, I wouldn’t find time to crochet. I spend every bit of free time sightseeing ;)

But! To stay in appropriate mood… Here is a forest-green dream drop!

Made with Big Merino from Drops. You can see also Rios from Malabrigo below – leftovers that I was saving for a dream drops for quite a long time. And they are yet to be used!

Rita the Rabbit

To begin with, I want to recommend you OlaBoga‘s Thursday series of interviews with pattern creators. It concerns problem of stealing and redistributing patterns (paid for and free ones as well). I can’t wait to read the very first interview! OlaBoga writes in Polish, though.

As for Rita… I’m sure you’ve seen at least one of Lalylala dolls. They are absolutely cute and unique! In my queue awaits also Lydia’s newest pattern, for Agatha the Spider, so you can expect to see it here ;)

If you bought one of Lalylala patterns, you can use this free kit to crochet also Rita, the rabbit.

I made five bunnies so far and I still am amazed how sweet it looks and how much people like it :) It looks good in one colour and made with variegated yarn, too.

Rita is quite easy to crochet. You can make adjustments in the pattern to attach body parts easier and crochet as much as possible in one piece. That’s my favourite part of fitting patterns to my style :)

However I have troubles with few things. Attaching head to body is tedious and placing eyes requires experience, as it’s quite easy to do it askew and you’ll end up with bunny looking somewhere aside. But it is worth the effort :)

I like to use crazy and vivid colours, like the ones above. It makes every bunny special!

Rita is a big toy – mine are crocheted with sport weight yarns – and it looks so adorable when small children hug it :) I’m definitely going to make more, one day.

Aaaand, I have news to tell you! I’m coming to Ireland! Next weekend :) I will stay for three weeks, I’m so excited! There is so many things I want to see and do, I hope I’ll have time for everything. I’m not taking my crochet tools with me, but maybe I’ll find fancy yarn to buy there, who knows? I’m hoping for great time in Dublin :)

One-armed Voodoo doll

Welcome back!

How are your New Year’s resolutions? Mine are a bit… neglected… but I’m still trying to get there. Most challenging thing is finding time to do everything I want. And as always, crocheting is pushed into the background :(

I don’t want to leave behind things I love and I care about just to be able to fullfill all duties and obligations. They say what you dedicate most of your time to becomes most important thing in your life. For obvious reasons most people spend long hours working, but at the end of the day we all have 24 hours. And you can see people living their dreams, devoting to their hobbies, again and again. How do they do that?

I’m going to find out how, I’ll let you know. I’m going to work hard to achieve whatever makes me happy. I can’t do much about me working overtime, however there is lots, lots of things I can change. I want to have more time to spend with people I love. More time for my cats. I want to get in shape at last and learn new skills. I want to crochet and read more.

It feels like too much to endure. I don’t know if I can reach that high, but I still want to try. I’d be more than happy and thankfull for your support. It means a lot to me, especially if changes require time.

I know OlaBoga is preparing to participate in a marathon this year, which is great goal. I can only imagine how huge effort she needs to – and elready did – put into this. Even for professional athletes it is demanding! Ola, I hope – no, I know! – you will take part in this marathon and you will finish it with a big fat smile. You will do it :)

As a part of enchantment (because we can use any help avaliable, right?), let’s stick some metaphorical pins into Voodoo doll that symbolizes our current reality. Shall we? ;)

I’m just kidding, no pins hurting me! But it would be splendid to know you can fix your life with a few jabs :)

On the other hand it was kind of hard to stick all those pins into doll I crocheted, so I’m not sure if I would be able to fix my life after all. Now that I think about it, I don’t even know what happened to the doll. I made it four years ago for my friend and haven’t heard about it since. Hmm…

Anyway, if you want one like this for yourselves (if you believe in this kind of magic, I mean), it is Ann D’Angelo‘s pattern. Free nad easy to follow :) There is no colour changing, and you can make it unique in so many ways! Use mis-matched buttons, use different stitches to sew hands and legs, maybe embroider a heart to stab? The last one made me smile :)


Dream drops pattern :)

I’ve been wondering… What is your favourite drink? Do you enjoy the rain? Do you give blood or cry sometimes?

Those little brats could be anything for you. A teardrop, raindrop, drop of potion…

Dream drops are perfect small gifts for friends – just choose the colour and grab your hook!

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Dream drops pattern

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I absolutely love them!

I crochet dream drops like there’s no tomorrow, from every yarn that falls into my hands. They are super cute and very easy to make. Quick, too – an hour is more than enough.

If you are curious, please come back every once in a while and visit this page, where all my dream drops will be presented! There is also a dedicated link on the left bar ;)

Christmas Tree time!

At last, this year’s Christmas ornaments, that somehow happened to be a Christmas trees :)

Inspired by Ilaria Caliri’s adorable Christmas tree pattern (avaliable for free) and crocheted inbetween everything else. I don’t have the time! I am reading one damn book for a month and a half now. Not that I don’t want to finish it. I just always have something more important to do.

These four are the only one that were created. I had plans for far more than that, yet this is what I have. Oh well. Next year it will be better.

Christmas Toadstools

Ah, I couldn’t wait to share with you this little project! Last year’s small gifts, my absolutely favourites. I think about breaking my rule (every Christmas something new, you know), and repeat toadstools, it was so cute and perfect :) I definitely need to make more for myself, I have only one left.

With the help of Orange Flower Yarn’s (free) pattern, shiny Glitter thread and adorable little bells, mushrooms were made. I remember being at work on New Years Eve and crocheting some at midnight. It was fun!

Crocheting one takes approximately an hour (time for adornment included), which makes it perfect for giveaways for family and friends. Just by spending an hour each week you’ll get 52 of them!

Pictures above were made a year ago, and I wanted to show you my last one that’s left. Those are photos taken with my phone, not fair quality, but it will have to do. I bought this stand specially for my toadstool and I intend to crochet four more so I can tie it to remaining arms.

It’s a week and a half to go! Are you getting excited? ;)

Next time I’ll show you this year ornaments, so stay tuned!