Let the addict visit yarn shop…

…and this is what happens:

I bought 34 skeins of yarn!

Yup, 34. And I was looking only for beautiful rusty colour, as I am going to crochet a squirrel. I found it, of course :) Isn’t it perfect?

Yet what I also found is a set of amazing neon-ish skeins from YarnArt. I’ve alwas wanted to create something crazy, and this yarn will be perfect!

And then I saw absolutely irresistible pinks and purples. I couldn’t help myself and all cute colours (absolute minimum) of Big Merino and Paris from Drops had found its way to my shopping cart. Here’s what I’ve got:

I bought only one skein in each colour, so I hope it will be enough for upcoming projects. I want to crochet so many things, 27 items in my Ravelry queue! So exciting!

Crocodile Stitch Bauble

Let us follow the suit and pursue another Christmas decorations. Shall we?

baubleThis lovely crocodile stitch bauble emerged with little help of Rachael Fulcher, who published pattern for dragon’s egg. Inside there is a styrofoam ball to keep the shape.

Crocheting crocodile stitch baubles is fun and pretty easy, however yarn consuming. Each bauble took a whole 50-gram skein! Not that I’m complaining :)

I really adore the baubles and surely I will come back to it one day. I’d love to have hundreds of them to decorate whole house. Even more so baubles are dog and cat proof! They make a wonderful holiday gift together with hand written card.

Have you ever crocheted or knitted baubles like this?

Doppler Effect Bauble

Hullo!

Quick update today.

May I present the only one ball I knitted, in a form of a Chrstmas bauble! Yes! With a touch of gold gleaming thread. I call it the Doppler Effect bauble, as white stripes are supposed to immitate changing wave.

doppler effect bauble

I can knit quite well, or so you tell me, my stitches are supposed to be always even and perfect. However knitting a ball is something completely different. Beginning and finishing are so difficult!

I truly admire those who are able to knit amigurumi. You’re awesome!

Snowflake

It took me a while, but here’s new post!

I’ve met yesterday with a friend of mine and we were talking about many things, Christmas gifts being one of them. This year I don’t have much time to crochet, unfortunately. Time and motivation, I guess. I said to her that I won’t be doing anything this Christmas – every year since I crochet I prepare something small for my family and closest friends: turtles, Christmas trees, snowflakes, crocodile stitch baubles, mushrooms… This year I was to make another Christmas trees (although different from the ones I’ve already crocheted). You know, each year something new :) If you wish to see all of it, I will be posting past decorations till Christmas, and all will be avaliable here.

Anyway, today when I was browsing Ravelry for new patterns, I thought to myself: why wouldn’t I? (I know, I’m not smooth enough coming back to the topic like this, but hey, at least I can continue.) It’s not like I don’t want to crochet anymore. It will be hard to finish everything in time. It will require snatching every tiny bit of time and energy (that I am doing so I can read some books). Yet I can do this, especially with you backing me up :) So the yarn is already ordered (Big Merino from Drops, in beautiful forest green colour), as well as decorative buttons.

In the meantime I want to share with you one of my previous Christmas projects – snowflakes. I made about 30 of them and I still have like half of it. I used some old creamy cotton twist and 5 cm plastic rings.

snowflake

Original pattern is by Caitlin Sainio and you can purchase it on Ravelry. Caitlin offers many more medalion patterns, each cute and worth crocheting :)

I changed the pattern a bit to match my intentions. I find it very ornamental, with cute little details, so delicate and subtle, almost fine. That’s why I decided to crochet it in the first place, and I must say that I am proud of how it came out. I would make more any day, as it is one of my favourite patterns! And maybe one day I will, but for now my goal is to provide unique decorations, so I am always looking for another patterns :)

Pattern for Little Christmas Trees

Whoa, time sure goes quickly. I feel like just writing the last post, and yet a whole week has passed! I am so unprepared for writing new one, it’s almost painful. I haven’t even order a yarn for the squirrel! Too messy, too lazy, per late.

And yet you’re still with me. Statictics says around 60 of you visit me every day despite the blog had disappeared from the net for 10 months or so! It makes me feel happy and honoured, I don’t even know how to say proper thank you to you, guys.

Anyway, since I want to write something and winter is coming aaand some people link the pattern to me, I thought it would be a great deal to finally put it here. Without further announcements:

Little Christmas Tree Pattern

little christmas tree

Pattern is available in English, however – thanks to amazing work of my friends – you may access its translations under below locations:

Danish translation by Tullemomsemor

Dutch and French translations by Petronille

Russian translation by Diana

Little Christmas Trees are 5 cm tall. They are worked in spiral, no joining rounds, and also – no sewing! You make two pieces, tree and trunk.

Prepare for crocheting them:
* sport weight yarn – I used YarnArt Jeans, about 30 meters for each tree (you are welcome to use any yarn you like, but remember to use matching hook! Also, measurements will change)
* 3 mm hook
* thread, beads etc. to decorate tree
* soft stuffing
* yarn needle

Abbreviations – US terms
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain stitch
sl – slip stitch
sc – single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc – double crochet (UK treble crochet)
inc – increase, sc 2 stitches in indicated stitch
dec – decrease, sc next 2 stitches together
BLO – work through back loops only
FLO – work through front loops only
*…* – repeat instructions between asterisks

You are also welcome to see projects crocheted based on the pattern on Ravlery. My favourites are linked directly from pictures below, so be sure to check them out :)




Wanted: Pumpkins

Coming back to autumn’s atmosphere… :)

pumpkin

This cute pumpkin is made thanks to Amiguria Amigurumi, and you can find the pattern here, on Ravelry. It is free, also very easy to crochet, so be sure to check it out ;)

And below is a pumpkin monster created on a flow few years ago. It has scaary smile and vicious tentacles ready to wrap around you and throttle you in the name of unknown Halloween evil. It hasn’t, yet, but it doesn’t mean it’s not trying. Beware of pumpkins, these days!

halloween

Post not named for a reason

Today is the day I’ve been so waiting for – the beginning of my holidays! Two weeks of sleeping however long I want and going to bed late at night :) I was planning to relax this evening, maybe watch some movie and cuddle with a cat. But then I saw blue yarn (the one I recently got) amongst other skeins laying in an envelope in the corner of my room. It’s been annoying me for some time now, and I finally decided to make something about it. In other words: to find a place and hide it from sight.

Riiight… I told you before I am addicted to craft shopping, didn’t I? I have quite a lot Ikea boxes in which I store different things, so you don’t think of what’s inside, most of the time. Many of them are of size 35 x 28 x 18 centimeters, quite capacious. You can place in them like 20 skeins of yarn (50 g weight) or so.

I have six boxes filled with yarn to the brim and then some freely stored skeins. Keep in mind I am not a clothing maker, I mostly crochet amigurumi and sometimes a scarf or whatever. I admit that half of it is the Big Merino from Drops, bought for a project never even started. But the rest is just a random skeins I collected over past years. Some were used for a specific project and leftovers are still there, some are too pretty to waste on anything, and then there are also ones that I thought cool – like yellow neon yarn – but I have no use for. If I add to that stuffing, safety eyes, beads, buttons and all my knitting and crochetting tools…

I have more crocheting related stuff than all other things combined. I’ve never had so many books at the same time in my life, and I used to have many. I remember shelf snaping and falling to my head with all the books, once.

And do you know what’s worst? I am about to buy even more yarn.

Before you start judging me… I started this project of cuddly Cthulhu – the Great Old One crocheted with a plushie yarn. I already have a head and torso, but I run out of yarn to follow with arms, legs and wings. I didn’t order yarn for this project for a year and a half. Anyway, just imagine: fearsome Cthulhu looking like milk drop below! ;)

I also bought a pattern for Hanna the Squirrel, something I concidered getting since the beginning of this year, actually. I don’t have a proper yarn though. I could use a grey one I have plenty of (just see below picture to get the idea), but I’d rather make it red or brown, the colours of squirrels romping in the trees where I live.

I don’t even know what title of this post should I use to not to look completely foolish. I need to come up with something clever ;)

Please tell me you have so much yarn, too…