Friday, 20 April 2018

Jane Austen

I have tremendous admiration for Jane Austen. This amigurumi Miss Austen was a very fun project! She guards her novels now, in my bookcase :-) The pattern, by WonderAnn, can be found and bought here on Etsy. The yarn I used is Fonty Bambou, 100% viscose, bought at Cross&Woods in The Hague, the Netherlands. I prefer to crochet with bambou, it is smoother than cotton and has a nice shine.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Happy thought

Part of an old sheet, an embroidery hoop, some thread and a bit of inspiration from the magazine Mollie Makes (issue 9). This was my first attempt to embroider letters. They turned out a bit wonky, but in this design, it's kind of suitable, I think. This happy thought hangs in my crafting space now.

Friday, 6 April 2018

A hat for an English winter

My dear son asked for a yellow hat. Far away from home, or finding a new one, his ears were cold. So I made him this 'Men's basic hat', a pattern from Yarnspirations. A link to this pattern can be found here on Ravelry. The yarn is Borgo de Pazzi Amore 115 recycled Merino Wool. This is a truly great yarn I bought at Julija's shop in Antwerp.
Bpost and Royal Mail made sure the hat arrived just in time for him to be able to defy a very cold few weeks, which made me very happy!

Friday, 23 March 2018

There's gonna be a little rain sometimes...

These clouds are knitted with two strands of yarn at once, blue and white. Originally, it’s a pattern for a cushion, I found in the (Dutch) book "breien en haken met dikke naalden", by Hanna Charlotte Erhorn. I think it’s a very rewarding pattern and liked knitting with two strands of yarn a lot.
For each cloud, two pieces have been knitted flat and then sewn together and filled with leftover bits of yarn and very small textile scraps.
The left cloud has glass beads (one blue, the rest transparant) for raindrops. The right cloud's are opal.
They hang, as mobiles, in our parents' houses.

Monday, 19 March 2018

The constant happiness is curiosity

This bag is made from an old organic sweater. It is lined with some fabric from my mum's stash. Inside I made a small pocket for a phone. the stack of books and the bird on the teacup are made with machine embroidery. I also embroidered a saying by Alice Munro :"the constant happiness is curiosity". I love that saying, it is so true. I could do with some practice on the hand-embroidery though...Nevertheless, the bag made my mum (it was a present for her) very happy, her being an avid reader.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A sweater becomes a scarf

A sweater of mine, nice ecological cotton, but very worn, has become this admittedly slightly eccentric scarf.
I cut the sweater in long pieces (incuding the sleeves) and sewed them together. Then I went crazy with embroidery and small pieces of fabric, all in according colours. The scarf, it's cotton, feels a bit stiff, but the colours, I think, are a succes.