Preparing the canvas on my Hygge (Sheepjes CAL 2017)

IMG_0241One thing is for sure – each week a new part of the hygge pattern is released and then we are all happily crocheting along around the world ūüĆé – some faster, some slower, some following the pattern, some doing their own thing. I am still sticking to the original and loving the design so far.

This week we started off with a nice band of clover-like flowers which this time really pop. I now do not regret picking this colour scheme because it all starts to fit together well. After that part however came the bad part.

IMG_0248For me its quite hard to only do¬†single crochet stitches. I find it quite boring for my mind and therefore have a tendency to loose stitches. But the middle part of the Hygge is approaching which means quite a lot of cross stitching is coming my way. I am so looking forward to this – however¬†preparing the canvas with 50 rows of plain and simple single crochet gave me the fright.¬†In order to prevent myself from loosing focus on my stitch counts, I decided to use a trick I had learned a long time ago for repeating patterns of doilies – I carry a bright yarn with my stitches at a certain frequence and therefore always know exactly where I am. Even when my lovely hubby disturbes my counting ūüôā

As you can see it worked well and was much easier than counting the whole row every time. Now half of the canvas is prepared – sadly I need to make the second half too. So I am off for the next 50 rows of single crochet.

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Spring is in the air

Spring is the season I love most Рcolors are brightening and everywhere you see new life appearing. Each year, when the weather gets warmer and the sun comes out to play, I feel my spirit rising and find much more power to do my projects.

So it’s also no wonder that in spring I am prone to finding new projects I want to start. And sad to say, it seems that this year I have become a CALoholic. As you all know for the Hygge shawl I joined the corresponding Facebook group. All of a sudden there popped up a posting about the Nuts about Squares CAL that’s supposed to start end of March. The minute I saw the pictures I was lost. So terribly beautiful – I really struggled hard not to join. But then I made the biggest mistake EVER! I joined the corresponding CAL-Facebook-Group. It’s actually only partly related to the CAL – it’s more like a group of creative crochet crazies which have a lot of fun together sharing their newest finished projects. I was so DOOMED! It’s like you tangle the drug right in front of the drug addict saying “come and get it”. 100 million new ideas! So no wonder I ordered a kit for Nuts about Squares – I just couldn’t help it. Okay, okay, I actually ordered two – one with the suggested color scheme Earth and one of my own making. IMG_0253In order to soothe my conscience afterwards I finished one of my WIP projects.¬†You might remember the project amigurumi_craze and I where working on during our interview? It was half finished until now as I worked on other stuff in the meantime. It took me less than 2 hours to finish it and I am happy with the result. It’s Titus from lalylala’s¬†spring minis. I so love this designer and I will definitely also do Bjoern and Carla soon.

I got distracted however by this crazy new group and after seeing all those really gorgeous Mandala Madnesses and Sophie’s Universes¬†I wanted to do something similar. But maybe not that big and time consuming. However I am in love with mandala crochet and I asked Dr. Google who burped up really a lot. I probably now have mandala designs ready for the next millennium ūüôā I picked a really simple one – I wanted something soothing and relaxing, not another challenge. It’s a free design by Arne & Carlos and can be found on the website of the yarn manufacturer Schachenmayr. It was nice working on something simple for a moment and I love how the colors brighten everything. I use it as cover of an old pillow for my balcony garden. I’d love to sit outside as soon as it gets warm¬†…

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More Hygge time (Scheepjes Cal 2017)

Time flies by quickly and I have another two weeks progress on my Danish Mermaid Hygge shawl.

This time it started with the first new technique for me: surface crochet. It’s really not that difficult – ¬†but have you tried a zick-zack pattern freehand before? I thought that I could just wing it and how cool was it that I ended up with ten peaks just as I was supposed to have. I was so proud of myself – until I started the second line of the separator. What laugh I had when I realized that in order to have ten peaks in the end, I should have five peaks for each line. Frogging time!

IMG_0211The next section was stitching and this was pretty simple for me. It’s quite easy to stitch on crochet fabric – it just takes a little bit of concentration in order to ensure ecen stitches. I was not sure of the colour choice however – I still believe that this section lacks a bit concerning the colours as the stars just don’t show that well against the dark base colour.

IMG_0234Some participants crochet in advance what they think they will need the next week but I had other things to do anyway – such as working on the birthday cake I posted last¬†week – that I was glad that I had a little break in between the weekly pattern releases. And guess what – my beloved separator had a come back. You might think that as soon as you had done it once it would be easier to do it again. Well, not with the separator – that’s for sure. I messed it up again and had to unravel the first line too as I found I had somehow lost a stitch on the base crochet. It’s kind of wierd that even though it’s just single stiches, sometime you just loose a stitch. ¬†And Sheepjes Stonewash is terrible to unravel. I got a lot of practicing this time. I love how the cross stitched hearts ended up however – those really make you forget all the pain you suffered from till you got this far.

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Now I have already a piece that slightly starts to look like a wrap. Just can’t wait for the next weeks – though more cross stitch will be coming up for sure and I need to calculate enough time for that. ¬†Now in between the weeks I will get a little bit into spring feeling – so look forward to what’s coming up next week!

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Let them eat cake!

Every year in March it happens again and again – just like the famous Groundhog day and dreaded similarly: my birthday. So in order to fight the depressing feeling that another year has passed and still so much time is needed to finish all my projects, I usually throw a party for my closest friends.

img_0217One constant is me creating my own birthday cake. I really LOVE decorating cakes and it is so much fun to come up with an idea and follow it through till the end. It will not come as a big surprise that this years theme was yarn addiction related. And as I am a huge fan of Cake Duchess Modelling Paste, I also needed to incorporate¬†some modelling using it. ¬†The design I had worked¬†out all in my head pretty fast. I am terrible in getting ideas on paper, so it just stayed there. Okay, to be honest it was a little bit of a blurry design – a cup, some yarn, some mice, some fabric – mix and arrange. But that’s just my chaotic way of designing.

img_0219I have some firsts in this cake: first time working with a core of Styrofoam for the yarn balls and first time of using modelling chocolate to cover the cake. We are all not really fond of fondant, so I decided that it would be best to use chocolate instead. As I wanted to go for a basket weave in the beginning, modelling chocolate was best anyway as it does not dry out that fast giving me more time to work with. But as a first is was so much more difficult to work with than with fondant – I adapted the design as I went along. I made all the decorating elements in advance – as they will not be eaten anyway they can dry properly until added to the cake. As a full time worker it’s just better to split a huge projects into¬†smaller sub-projects and not to finish all in one day.

img_0218Every time I use CD Modelling Paste I fall in love with it again. It’s so easy to work with and even paste I had colored and wrapped in cling film a month ago was still pliable.¬†I never was able to secure gum paste or fondant so that it did not dry out – no matter how tight I wrapped and packed it.

The initial design only had mice in it Рtiny little mice helpers for my crafty stuff. But then I stumbled over a design in the book The Art of Modelling Chocolate by Nadia Flecha Guazo and I just had to add it. So the figure I now love most is my own little wool provider which I really enjoyed making.

And you know what? Mice have a tendency to rise in population size quickly. Well those two are actually not mice but rats but we don’t want to be picky. When I invited a friend of mine to the party, she commissioned those two for her kids. I¬†actually had given her one as a Christmas present last year but her two boys kept fighting over it. They even did a reading battle as the one reading would get to use it. How funny is that! I strongly believe in the power of books – I have a huge library at home myself – and therefore really enjoy it when youngsters learn to love them. So as those two rascals have birthday in March too, I set out to get them some more books and provided them each with a rat of their own. Maybe next time I’ll add some more of Supergurumis¬†cool bookmark designs – and this time I will make two right from the start ūüėČ

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