Category Archives: Crochet

Chaos on my table

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Usually I’m working on one or two projects at the same time. This time however, I’m really not counting anymore.  Maybe it is a lack of focus, or, if I’m kind to myself I would say it’s more a excess of creativity.

For the shop I’m making a few more Rose Scarves, So that is why the tray above is filled with these little flowers; it’s  a bit of an assembly line that I’ve set up.

But there’s a lot more on the needles.

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December is on its way, so a lot of gifts have to be made. This is actually kind of alittle joke for one of my family members; I’ll show the finished items after they have been given away.


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And since a couple of months I’ve been working on a new cardigan. I’m not sure what I was thinking to make a straight black cardigan; this is so boring, that it seems to take forever.

On the side, there are these letters:

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The idea of another Scrabble Pillow but even though I’ve made the tiles already, I’m not too sure about the words I want on the pillow. So for now it is put aside.

Something else which is put aside for now is the idea of making a cover for the sewing machine. My workspace is in the living room, and often the machine is standing on the table. Not a very nice sight, so I thought of making a cover for it. The idea is to use patterns and designs which have a direct relation to the machine. So I think I’m going to make a piece with a lot of the stitches which the machine can make, an embroidered piece, and  so on. 

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The design is from Embroidery Library, but I’ve changed almost all colors.

While making this post, I realize these are not the only wip’s. Fabric is waiting to be turned into blouses; there is a pile of fabric I bought to make special gifts for December; ……Maybe I need a to-do-list to make sure everything will turn out right.

Groetjes, Dorien

The Blues II

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Here it is! All those blue hexagons have been sewn into a lovely soft baby blanket.

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In this picture you can already see how I’ve arranged the hexagons. On the bottom of the blanket, they are very dark, and then going to the other side, they become lighter and lighter.

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I love the idea that there are only 4 shades of blue used for this blanket. Most hexagons have only been made twice. To play with colours like this is what I really like.

 

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Upside down it gives a completely different look.

 

Groetjes, Dorien

The Blues

Hello! And again time passed so quickly. I hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring too. It has been marvelous weather up here and since we have solar panels on the roof, we appreciate the sun even more.

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This is what is keeping me busy. Only 4 shades of blue and a bit of cream makes a lot of different hexagons.

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I have a vague idea about how to lay out these hexagons, but it’s not definite yet.

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For now, lots of work to do so I turned on a nice playlist, poured myself a cup of tea and say goodbye to you!

Groetjes, Dorien

Tumbling Colours

The idea was to start blogging again on a regular basis, let’s say once or twice a week. And then Microsoft and Google started arguing and Windows Live Writer was out. No blogging for me.

I’m not really a nerd or a wizkid so I needed help from others to fix this. Husband?…. too busy. Son?….having final exams at school. So I had to wait. Husband is still busy, son has finished his exams and has made it!

And now it seems the argue is over and it all should work again; we’ll see.

So here is the post I already wrote a couple of weeks ago.

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Can I say: TADAAAAH ?

Yet another blanket is finished. The idea came to me when I was making a patchwork piece according to the ‘disappearing-9-patch’ design. Would this work with crochet?

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Because cutting up crocheted squares didn’t really appeal to me, I thought of a different way of getting the same look. This means that in the end only 2 sizes of squares are made.

Squares are joined as-you-go, so pretty soon it was a joy to work on this blanket; never cold!

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Again I used one of my favorite yarns: Drops Safran, lots of white, 7 bold and 7 soft colours. But the blanket can be made with any kind of yarn you like, although I wouldn’t recommend bulky or lacey yarns.

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The border is kept quite simple.

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Of course the pattern is available in the shop.

Groetjes, Dorien

A little bit of everything

 

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Quite a pile of books, isn’t it? These are the books I read since my last post, and I didn’t read any more than usual. It just has been so long ago.

Nothing really happened, just life; work, study, family, dog,  holiday, books, museums/exhibitions and a bit of crochet every day.

So I guess I’ll just kind of randomly show bits and pieces of these last few months, hoping I can get back to a normal number of 1 or 2 posts a week.

The first exhibition was ‘The Oasis of Matisse’

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The special thing about Matisse was the diversity of techniques he used. Started as a painter he tried a variety of styles and slowly he worked towards his cuttings. But even the themes and shapes he used there, were also present in a lot of other works:

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Stained Glass

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A Woven Wallhanging

The other exhibition I’ve visited was the wonderful ‘Late Rembrandt

Although rather crowded, it was absolutely amazing. Of course I’d seen pictures of this painter before, but never so many of his works together, and that was phenomenal.

Just 2 of my favorites:

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The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis

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Reading Old Lady – detail

Both museums are on a large square in Amsterdam, and only last week something very odd but beautiful was shown there: Waterlicht by Studio Rosegaarde. I was very lucky to be there and although not as beautiful as the real thing, maybe this picture can give you an idea.

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Then, I travelled; together with my son I made went to a beautiful city. I think you can guess where….?!

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Spaanse Trappen

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I made over 400 pictures in just 4 days. I think it is best to leave it at these four.

Last but not least a little preview of what I working on. It’s almost finished, and I think I like it that much that I will write a pattern for it.

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Groetjes, Dorien

 

PS: 2 jaar geleden heb ik een vertaling gemaakt van Jam Mades patroon van een olifantje. Helaas heeft zij plotseling haar toestemming hiervoor ingetrokken en mij gevraagd het patroon te verwijderen. Om jullie de kans te geven het patroon toch af te maken als je ermee bezig bent, heb ik besloten het nog 2 weken te laten staan, maar vanaf 5 juni zal het echt weg zijn. Mocht je dus een olifantje aan het haken zijn, of ken je iemand die ermee bezig is, zorg dan dat je niet voor verrassingen komt te staan!

Boho Crochet Book

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Finally I can tell you about a little secret I’ve had since last Summer. Back in August I received an email from a lovely woman called Hazel, who asked me if I was interested in having my blankets featured in a crochet book she was making. Of course I was! I never dreamed of something like this.

The book is finally published and has 30 lovely colourful projects, from very small and easy to quite large and a little bit more complicated. Nothing too difficult.

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There is a book for the US market and one for the UK. The covers are slightly different, but the content is not, except for the crochet terms, which differ in both countries.

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The book contains 2 projects from my hand. The Colourwheel Hexagon Blanket, and of course The Happy Colours Blanket.

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Besides these, you can find a range of beautiful designs and projects in the book, all made by different designers.

Edit: The book for the UK is released by Apple Press, the book for US by Martingale.

Groetjes, Dorien

A New Start

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For me crocuses are little messengers of new beginnings; it won’t take too long before everything starts growing again, before Spring arrives.

And that is kind of what this post is: a new beginning.

I can’t imagine why it has taken so long since my last post, almost 2 months!  The only reason I can come up with for this, is that I must have been hibernating in a way. At least it feels that way.

Not that I haven’t done anything, but just not as much and certainly not too much I could blog about.

2 Years ago, I was very happy to have gotten a kit of a Christel Seyfarth Jacket, and finally, I’ve finished the body of this wonderful jacket.

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The pattern is a bit of a challenge, but not too difficult. The real challenge is of course the steek. In the center you can see the part which I have to cut open. Also for the sleeves I need to do this. And I’ve never done this before, so I’m watching quite a few youtube tutorials about this, and I think I’m going to practise before I’ll do the real job. But so far, I’m totally in love with this jacket.

Something else I’ve started is this:

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After making yet another pillow for Fleur using the disappearing 9Patch as a pattern, I thought it would be possible to use this pattern for crochet. I’ve changed a little bit, otherwise there would have been 4 little squares instead of the large white square. I like it so far, and of course I’ll show more as soon as I can.

So far for now; at least it is a start!

Groetjes, Dorien

Happy Colours Galore

As promised I have collected pictures from the wonderful projects that have been made with the circles-in-squares pattern I made for my Happy Colours Blanket.

Of course there are a few beautiful blankets made:

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Love the randomly chosen colours of both smaller and larger circles, as well as the placement of the circles.

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In opposite to the other projects, here was chosen for a limited amount of colours, and some circles ar made with just 1 shade, others with 2, and the larger circles sometimes with 3. Simple but stunning.

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Only small or only large circles: the difference is huge, but I like that in both blankets the colour choices are seem tho be thought through very carefully.

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2 Square blankets, one with a very straight alignment, the other with the circles scattered around. One pale, one bright. And yet, somehow these blankets look as if they belong together.

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This blanket too is made with a limited amount of colours, but the look is very bold and bright too. It shows that with only 2 different large circles a blanket can become this beautiful.

And then there are some very special projects:

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How cute is this? A very warm welcome into the world I think.

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A smaller project! Just a panel to cover a bag, made with selfstriping yarn. I can imagine a blanket may be a bit daring for a lot of people, but this shows how you can make a wonderful small item, with smart use of yarn and pattern.

Another project which isn’t too big: a cushion! In this case the large circle is in the corner, but it could be anywhere.

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The simplest idea I can’t show because the lady whose idea it was, didn’t give me permission to use her photo, but all she did was crochet the circles in different sizes, not make them into squares, but just sew them onto a pillowcover.

And the showstopper can’t  be anything else then Gordana’s beautiful Pouf cover.

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She was one of the first ladies who used the pattern, and what an amazing job she did!

I hope you enjoyed this little gallery of happy colours!

Groetjes, Dorien

Washcloth Wednesday #7

 

It is Wednesday again, so time for another washcloth. Again crochet; somehow I seem to like this technique more for these washcloths than I do knitting (don’t worry, I will make more knitted washcloths!).

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I’ve use a mercerized cotton this time, and it gives a very smooth, silky texture. Looks quite luxurious.

Pattern:

Start with a multiple of 8ch + 1

Round1: sc into second st from hook, * skip 3 st, 9dc into next st, skip 3 st, sc into next st *, repeat * * until end, turn

Round 2:  ch3 (= 1st dc), dc into first st, * ch5, skip 9dc-group, [1dc, ch1, 1dc] into next sc *, repeat * *, end with ch5, skip 9dc-group, 2dc into last st, turn

Round 3: ch3 (= 1st dc), 4dc into first st, * sc into 5th dc of 9dc-group 2 rounds below (enclosing the ch5), 9dc into ch1-space *, repeat * *, end with sc into 5th dc of 9dc-group, 5dc into last st, turn

Round 4: ch3, skip 5dc-group, * [1dc, ch1, 1dc] into next sc, ch5, skip 9dc-group *, repeat * * , [1dc, ch1, 1dc] into last sc, ch3, slst into last dc, turn

Round 5: ch1, sc into first st, * 9dc into ch1-space, sc into 5th dc of 9dc-group 2 rounds below (enclosing ch5) *, repeat * *, end with sc into last st, turn

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Repeat rounds 2-5 until desired height. End with a round on the wrong side: instead of ch5: [ch2, sc into middle of 9dc-group, ch2]

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Groetjes, Dorien

Washcloth Wednesday #6

Hello, welcome to a new Washcloth Wednesday. This time I have a 2-colour pattern for you. At least, I made it with 2 colours, but you can make it with as many colours you like; because of the texture of the pattern, even a solid cloth would be great.

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Round 1: dc into 4th stitch from hook, dc into next st, *skip 2 stitches, ch2, dc into next 2 stitches* , repeat * * until end

Round 2 and all even rounds: ch2 (= 1st hdc), hdc into same stitch, * skip 2 stitches, ch2, dc into both skipped stitches 2 rounds below *, repeat * * until end, ch2, hdc into last st

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Round 3 and all odd rounds:  (new colour), ch2, * dc into both skipped stitches 2 rounds below, ch2, skip 2 stitches *, repeat * * until end, dc into last skipped stitches, hdc into last stitch.

Repeat round 2 and 3 until desired height.

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Final round:  ch2(= 1st hdc), hdc into same stitch, * hdc into both dc, dc into both skipped stitches 2 rounds below*, repeat * * until end, hdc into last 3 stitches.

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Next week I will skip Washcloth Wednesday, because I’m going away for a few days on a trip to a wonderful city. It is a very photogenic place, so I’m planning on making lots of pictures to show and tell.

Groetjes, Dorien