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Let me introduce my new addiction to you.

It’s crocheted granny squares, everybody.

 
 

This is what I am talking about.

If you come somewhere these days and find about 20 squares like these lying around you will know I must have been there.

 
 

What I like about them?

They are colorful.

They are cheerful.

And they can be easily transformed into awesome things like coasters, rugs, or purses.

And in my world those things rule.

 

So far I’ve made a few coasters and plan to make a purse.

Actually, the purse is half-finished and I can’t wait to show it to you.

 

But until then, here’s a little picture tutorial showing how to make a very simple granny square.

You’ll need 4 different colors of yarn and a hook.

 
 

1. With first color, CH 4 and join to first ch with a SL ST to form a ring.

 
 

2. CH 3 (counts as first double crochet now and throughout), 2 DC in ring, CH 1,*3 DC, CH 1 in ring three times. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first ch 3.

Finish off.

 

3. With a second color (I am using blue here) join yarn with a SL ST (or any way you prefer) to any ch 1 space.

 
 

4. CH 3, 2 DC in ring below, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1 in same space. *3 DC, 1 TC in ring below, 3 DC, CH 1* in each chain 1 space around. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3.

Finish off.

 
 

5. With third color (I am using red here) join yarn with a SL ST to any tc stitch. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) in same stitch [this is starting the corner of your square]. *Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1. 3 DC, CH1, 3 DC in next tc. CH 1.*

Repeat  *…* two more times.

Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3.

Finish off.

 
 

6. With the first color join with a SL ST to any corner ch 1 space. In same space CH 3, 2 DC, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1.

 
 

*Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1 two times. In corner ch 1 space 3 DC, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1. Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc and crochet 3 DC, CH 1 in two next chain 1 spaces. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3.

Finish off.

 
 

7. With fourth yarn (I am using black here) join with a SL ST to corner tc stitch. In same stitch CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1.

 
 

*Skip next 3 dc set, 3 DC, CH 1 in ch 1 space; repeat two more times. 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1 in corner tc stitch. Repeat from * two more times.

Skip next 3 dc set, 3 DC, CH 1 in ch 1 space; repeat two more times. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3.

Finish off.

 

And that’s it.

 
 

Here I’ve made a square using a slightly different color scheme.

Though I haven’t strayed too far from the previous one.

 
 

I am sure that once you create your first granny square you won’t be able to stop. Just like me.

It is such a relaxing and satisfying activity.

 

Bye for now, dear friends.

Next up – Granny Square Purse.

 

Love,

Petra
 

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Days like the one I’ve had today are both great and terrible.

Great because I’ve found the most amazing and cute creatures in the whole wide universe.

And terrible… because I’ve found the most amazing and cute creatures in the whole wide universe… and I need them right now… and don’t have them right now.

 
 

Please, meet Momo.

 
 

And Happy Pinu.

 
 

They are totally, completely, undoubtedly alive.

And so lovable.

 
 

Hello Bibu!

Aren’t you just adorable?

 
 

Hi Miku!

You are super, super, super cute.

 

These heart-melting babies are handmade and produced by the very talented Aintzi.

This amazingly crafty artist runs an Etsy shop called Knitting Dreams.

That place is astonishing.

 

What do you think, my friends?

Don’t you just love those guys?

 

I am seriously considering getting one of them into my life somehow.

Either I buy one, or I make one.

 

Hm, making one would definitely be a challenge, but so worth the effort.

But then, I really love to craft.

And I’ve happened to learn that the lovely fuzzy hair, the secret of those guys’ look, is made of mohair.

I am already thinking about where to get that… so I’m getting a slight clue where this all leads…

Will keep you posted!

 

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I am an addict.

An addict for crochet slippers.

 

It all began when I saw slippers similar to these on craftgawker.

I loved them so much I couldn’t get their tempting image out of my head.

All I needed was a pattern.

But because I am terribly, terribly impatient, I found creating my own pattern quicker than looking for an official one on the web.

And since I’m no crochet guru, the pattern turned out to be really simple.

Actually, these slippers might be the simplest slippers in the universe.

Or not.

But they might.

 

This is what I did…

 
 

Round 1: 5 ch (chain stitch);  join into ring with sl st (slip stitch)

 

Round 2: 3 ch;  7 dc (double crochet stitch) into the center of the ring;  join with sl st

 
 

Round 3: 3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch;  2 dc into each next stitch; join with sl st

 
 

Round 4: 3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch;  2 dc into each next stitch

 
 

Round 5 – 13: (continue crocheting in spiral);  1 dc into each dc

 
 

Row 14: turn (!);  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  make 20 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 
 

Row 15 – 21: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  continue 20 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 
 

Row 22: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch from hook;  continue 21 dc (1 dc into each next dc);  another 1 dc into last stitch

 
 

Row 23 – 25: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  continue 22 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 

Row 26: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch from hook;  continue 23 dc (1 dc into each next dc); another 1 dc into last stitch

 

Row 27 – 28: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  continue 24 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 
 

Finish off.

 
 

Fold the end in half and sew it together.

Make sure it’s turned like shown in the picture  – with the seam finally facing inward.

 
 

Done.

 

Now for the edging:

Tie a yarn of the same or different color to the edge of the slipper.

 
 

That will make our first ‘stitch’.

 
 

Make 2 chain stitches.

Then make 1 single crochet into the next bigger (as I call it) ‘hole’. (Sorry. I’ve warned you that I’m no guru of crochet.)

Then make 1 chain stitch.

 
 

Continue this pattern (1 single crochet stitch; 1 chain stitch) along the edge of your slipper.

Finally, make 1 slip stitch to join with the first stitch.

Finish off.

 
 

And this is it.

 

You can adorn these slippers with colorful buttons, flowers or even crochet swirls.

I really hope you’ll find as much passion in making them as I have.

(Psst…I am already making cute pink ones. Of course, I’ll show them to you as soon as they are finished.)

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

See you soon.

 

Love,

Petra

 

(Oh, one important thing! These slippers were made to fit my feet, which are size 40 – Europe / 6.5 – UK / 9 – US. To adjust the size of these slippers to your feet you may need to change the number of rounds between the round 5 and 13 and the number or rows between the row 15 – 21 of this post. AND… I always use bulky yarn to make my slippers.)

 

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This is a little crochet swirl.

You might have seen me using it in this project.

And since I gave you a pinky swear promising I’d show you how it’s done, here it is.
 

But before I start, I’d just like to let you know that I am no crochet guru. Not by a long shot. I am kind of a psychotic, hysterical, constant trial and error experiencing person who, despite that all, loves her yarns and her hook.

Which in short means that I really hope the following sentences make at least some sense.

 
 

Here’s what you need.

Two yarns of different color – the bulkier the yarn the bulkier the swirl.

You also need one hook that will work well with your yarns, a needle and a pair of scissors.

Let’s pretend that is not a hair cutting scissors.

Please.
 
 

The whole swirl has only four rows. This is the first one:

1. Row: 43 ch (ch = chain stitch).
 
 

2. Row: 1 dc (dc = double crochet stitch) into the fourth chain stitch from the hook, 1 dc into each remaining chain stitch.
 
 

3. Row: 3 ch, 1 dc into the first stitch from the hook, 1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc into next stitch, *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in following stitch*, repeat *…* till the end of the row.
 
 

4. Row: with a changed yarn color, 2 ch, 1 sc (sc = single crochet stitch) in the first stitch, 1 ch, *1 sc in next stitch, 1 ch*, repeat *…*.

Finish off.

 

You have just created a funny curly strip.
 

Now twist the strip into a nice shape.

Using a needle and some yarn, sew some stitches in the middle and along the edges only to fixate the whole swirl.

I made only three stitches and that was it.

 
 

I can imagine these on scarves, slippers, headbands or as a brooch even.
 

Hopefully, I didn’t break your brain.

Enjoy, dear friends!

 

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Can you see any similarity between these two pictures?

You surely can.

The picture on the right-hand side is a part the picture on the left.

 

When I take photos at home (mostly in my kitchen) I usually have loads of time to concentrate, think things through and snap a picture whose composition looks optimal to me.

But when I shoot outside things happen a bit faster in comparison to what I’m used to.

Well, nobody said life was going to be easy.

But instead of asking people and animals one by one to move more slowly for the sake of my photography I chose another tactics.

When I see something worth capturing I rather concentrate on preserving the activity itself than on an eye-pleasing composition of the picture.

I leave that till later.

 
 

This is the original picture – straight out of camera.

No editing at all.

I liked it but I thought that the funny action in the foreground deserved a little more detail.

 
 

So I clicked the crop tool from the left-hand tool palette and then selected the area of the picture that I wanted to keep.

Next I decided that a slight angle could work here.

So by holding the little square…

Not!

Not!

Not!

My hand just slipped (I was drinking mulled wine that evening, I think) and for the first time in my life I found out that you can rotate a crop – the little squares in the corners of the rectangular selection are meant for that.

I was amazed.

And then I clicked ENTER to finish the crop.

 
 

This is the new selection.

It looks much more funny this way.

 

I love it when accidents like this happen.

Has it ever happened to you, too – learning new things in photography by accidents?

Isn’t it awesome?

 

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Who knew I’ll be into cameras and photography?

I didn’t.

At least until the time about one year ago when I decided that I needed to get some more beauty and color into my life and a camera seemed to be the best device to help me in that quest.

Grabbing a camera might have been a really tiny step for a mankind but to me it was huge.

I don’t really understand how it might work but through the lens of a camera beauty gets magnified, colors become richer, little worlds get bigger, unknown reveals itself and, as a sweet result, a soul gets happy.

Amen.

 

My camera journey started with a cute little blue point-and-shoot from Olympus called Mju: 600.

I love the name.

 
 

When I started to take photos with the point-and-shoot I knew completely nothing about photography.

Still, that little blue thing allowed me to take rather lovely pictures.

Like this one.
 
 

Or this one from our vacation in Hungary.
 
 

But when it came to food – which meant getting very close to the photographed subjects – it didn’t look optimal.

The pictures were blurry.

Even if I had a sufficient dose of caffeine and my hands weren’t shaking.

I just knew I needed more.

 
 

Since I am a very lucky person in general, I remembered that my boyfriend had bought a big solid camera a couple of months back.

It was Canon 1000D (in US known as Rebel XS).

I knew he loved his camera but I also knew I needed it.

So, what would a decent girl do in such a situation?

She steals the camera and snaps away like no one’s business.

 
 

This is the first picture that I took with my new camera.

I made it after I’d received one minute’s worth of camera-operating instructions from my man.

One minute of instructions, that’s what I asked for because my attention can’t take any more.

Nevertheless, I was impressed with the result.

The pictures were crisper and more professional looking.

I loved it.

 
 

As time went by (and my boyfriend went slightly mad) me and the camera became good buddies.
 
 

When the light was sufficient we were able to do wonders.
 
 

But when there was little light and I had to bump up the ISO to its full potential – which is 1600 – then that nasty grainy noise appeared.

I hated the noise.

You can clearly see it in the background of the above picture.

 
 

The noise mostly was the reason why I, again, wanted more.

And since, as you already know, I am a very lucky person, the family board (consisting of me and my boyfriend) agreed to buy me this Canon 550D camera (in US known as Rebel T2i).

To make the family board agree it only took a little – basically we are talking about six months of throwing myself regularly on the floor, a lot of high-pitched screaming and many different forms of threatening toward the other member of the family board.

Easy.

 
 

When I got the camera I took a few pictures and then I died.

Then I took some more pictures and died again.

 

The camera had quite a few wonderful features.

I especially appreciated that it had 18 megapixel resolution (the Canon 1000D had only 10 megapixels).

 
 

And the second thing which makes me almost cry is its unbelievable 12800 ISO.

That ISO means that you can carelessly stand in the darkest corner of your kitchen on a gloomy rainy day with no lights on over a pan of frying cauliflower and take the most wonderful pictures with your ISO working at only one quarter of its potential.

That’s gorgeous, my friends!

But do you want to know what’s even more gorgeous?

There’s almost no noise!

Oh. My. Gosh.

 
 

I just love this camera.

I love it from the bottom of my heart… up to the top of my heart.

 
 

Next time, I think I’ll show you my lenses.

I love lenses.

I want many.

I think it’s a dangerous game.

 

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Camera Model: Canon EOS 1000D (EOS Rebel XS)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm
Focal Length: 55 mm
F-number: 9.0
Shutter Speed: 1/3200
ISO: 400
Flash: None

 

The place where we’ve moved recently seems to be inhabited by people who love water.

I keep my eyes wide open to watch the folks since this kind of humans is completely new to me.

Water people.

To get from one place to another, they either use boats or ferries, and if they really need to travel by car, they definitely have their beloved water vehicles of various kinds in tow.

It’s amazing.

But when I think about it, it’s pretty understandable – I have never seen a place with such an amazing water network as here.

As a result, me and my boyfriend spend loads and loads of time just wandering around and taking pleasure in all that beauty.
 

The picture above is loot from one of our gorgeous trips around here.

I took it in the afternoon when it was still rather bright outside. The explanation as to why the picture is so dark is that I pointed the camera focus at the sun reflection. Trying to expose that crazy-bright spot correctly, the camera underexposed the rest of the image.

And I loved it.

(Though, I probably should be just quiet since I have this very faint memory of reading something about not pointing the camera at the sun. So you may as well not listen to me at all.)
 

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