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I’ve prepared a little picture story for you.

It documents the past weeks of my life when I was feeling a little under the weather.

 

The sickness arrived vigorously, it ate almost all my energy and left me chewed up, dumbstruck and confused. As a result, I was spending all my time lying in bed, staring at the ceiling or at the wall alternately. Just as I was considering to learn some voodoo to make my zombie life perfect, luckily, another idea came to my mind.

I grabbed some yarn…

 
 

… and crocheted, and crocheted, and crocheted.

I had just enough energy to do that. That and watching stand-up comedians for hours on end.

 
 

I was making purses.

And purses, and purses, and more purses.

Purses overload.

I loved it.

 

 

Actually, I loved it so much that I bought this ‘toy’ called ‘Ota’.

Me and my toy Ota are trying to make nice linings for the purses.

 

I’ll show you the whole purses as soon as I make nice pictures of them.

Which will be soon.

 
 

And then there’s another thing.

I also got this yarn.

This yarn, with a little help from above, should turn into cute, little teddy-bears.

 

 

Look, they are almost alive.

That’s their little eyes and noses inside the box.

I can’t wait to start.

 

So, as you can see the story of my sick days wasn’t that sad after all.

And, fortunately, I am starting to feel much better which means that I have enough energy to cook and will post a yummy recipe soon.

 

I hope you are doing fine, dear friends.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Love,

Petra

 

 

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Done.

Finished.

Here it is.

 
 

Last time I showed you these squares.

They were so much fun to make.

You can find the tutorial here.

 
 

After I finished the squares (and stared at them lovingly for about three hours) I went on and crocheted them together to make two panels.

One panel has more yellow in it, the other one has more green tones.

AND, I’ve found out that by crocheting things together I can make the seams look so much neater.

Love that.

 
 

The last thing I made was a long strip that I used to join the panels with.

And again, I connected the panels and the strip by crocheting them together.

That’s a good thing to do.

 
 

Oh!

There’s one more ‘last thing’.

The really last thing that I am considering to do with this bag is to line it with fabric.

And here’s where I’d like to ask you, dear skillful crafters out there: Have you ever done that?

(I mean lining a bag with fabric.)

And have you ever done that by hand?

(I mean lining a bag with fabric.)

What do you think?

Is that and easy job to do?

(I mean lining a bag with fabric.)

Sorry.

And thanks.

 

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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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We spent Christmas at my parents’.

It was amazing!

There was snow. There was delicious food. There was laughter.

And there was eggnog.

Loads of it.

 

Precious, sweet eggnog, don’t you ever leave my life!

Ever!

Thank you.

Amen.

 
 

Anyway, somewhere between my third and seventeenth glass, I noticed this cute heart.

It was love at first sight.

What a gorgeous craft project, I thought.

My mom explained to me that the heart had been made by a dear friend of hers who is immensely crafty.

 
 

She’s made the heart and she’s also made this Christmas tree for my Mom.

Isn’t it just cute?
 
 

When I think about it, making ornaments like these should be really easy. What we have here are just two exactly same pieces of felt fabric that are adorned with beads and colorful patches. They are then stuffed and sewn together by hand.

Easy and lovely.
 

Now my head is full of felt projects. I plan to make felt Easter eggs and spring flowers and summer flowers and teddy bears and bugs and animals and funny creatures and fall fruit and snowmen and winter ornaments.

Yippee!

Can’t wait to start.

 

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Cute Napkin Fold

I like food.

Would you guess that?

And I like all the things that have something to do with food.

Big or small.

Napkins included.

A restaurant, for example, always wins my heart, if it serves their food with a napkin folded in some special, adorable way.

The thought that someone has put their effort into this playful activity of pure aesthetic character only to make me feel better about their place is just charming to me.

And bizarre.

But still charming.

And you know what?

It gave me an idea.

If this small piece of paper or fabric has such a perfect impact on me then it definitely has to make my guests feel fine and welcome when they visit.

So I learned this fold…

The only thing I need now are some guests.

That seems to be quite crucial in the whole project…
 
 

1. Sure, I’m going to show you how to make it. You know that I never keep things I’ve learned secret. Somehow I’m not capable of that. It could break my brain, I’m afraid.

First, lay the napkin face-down in front of you.
 
 

2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you.
 
 

3. Fold the napkin into quarters.
 
 

4. Then orient the napkin so the open corner is facing away and to the left.

(That hand of mine looks like from some creepy horror movie. I am really sorry for that! And there’s more creepiness to come – so stay tuned.)
 
 

5. Fold the top-most layer of napkin in half diagonally and press it down.
 
 

6. Turn the napkin over…

(Creepy, just as I promised.)
 
 

… so that the open corner is now facing away and to the right.
 
 

7. Fold the right-side back about 1/3 of the way and press it down.
 
 

8. Fold the left-side back also about 1/3 of the way and press.
 
 

And here we go.

Enjoy, dear friends.
 

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Fingerless Mittens

This is a story of a girl who was trying to knit with four double-pointed needles for the first time in her whole life.

The story is going to be exciting yet scary.

She struggled…

She felt sad and lonely…

The needles kept attacking her repeatedly …

She even considered wearing protective glasses to save her from having her eyes poked out.

But ultimately she succeeded!

Because she NEVER gives up.

She’s no member of  “The Quitters Club” and she’s never going to be!

For those of you who want to see how it felt to be her the story is as follows:

1. With double-pointed needles, cast on 39 stitches. (Cast your stitches onto 1 needle only. Divide the stitches evenly among 3 needles by slipping them onto 2 more needles.)

2. Once all 3 needles have the same number of stitches, lay the needles flat on a table (or a sofa if you are really have to), loosely lined up end to end. (Your right-most needle should have the working yarn.)

3. Take the left needle in your left hand and the right needle in your right hand. Bring the needles together to form a triangle with the middle needle. Pick up your fourth needle. With the triangle still in place (and the working yarn on the right needle), knit the stitches onto the left needle, pulling working yarn tightly to join.

Are you wondering what you are doing right now?

Well, I will tell you – you are now KNITTING IN THE ROUND!

Can you believe it?

4. Don’t be afraid and knit 57 rounds.

5. And now the magic is going to happen.

In round 58, using scrap yarn as your working yarn, knit 7 stitches off the beginning of your next needle.

Do you have a clue what that could be good for?

At this point I started to doubt the sanity of the people who’d written the pattern.

But then I saw…!

And was utterly amazed (hint – it’s got something to do with a thumb).

6. Now slip these stitches back onto the needle they came from.

7. With your main yarn, knit across the scrap-yarn stitches as well as the rest of the stitches on that needle.

8. Knit the rounds 59 through 83 with the main yarn.

9. Bind off loosely.

10. And now we are going to make the thumb opening.

Remove the scrap yarn carefully.

11. See? A hole has formed. But don’t be scared! That’s how it’s supposed to be – everything is just aaaaaall right.

There’s a series of loops above and below the hole.

Pass 1 empty double pointed needle through the top 7 loops and another through the bottom 7 loops.

You just have to find seven up and down, there’s no other way!

With a third needle and a new piece of yarn knit the 7 stitches on the bottom row, pick up and knit 2 loops at the end of the thumb opening. Now knit the 7 stitches on the top row, pick up and knit 2 loops at the opposite end of the thumb opening.

12. Divide the 18 stitches among 3 needles and knit 14 rows.

13. Bind off loosely.

And of course don’t you forget to make the second mitten too – that one might come in handy in case you are a proud owner of two hands (that’s not a nice kind of humor; shame on me…).

To see where I’ve found the original pattern you can click this if you dare to lose the contact with my wonderful site for a while .


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