A couple of weeks ago I got a question from the very kind Janie, who asked me to make her a pair of skirt guards in rainbow colors. Because the yarn I usually use, didn’t have the right colors, I had to find something else. Here you can find a blog about my new yarn: Schachenmayr’s Catania.
Because the yarn has a different gauge, I couldn’t use the old pattern, so I designed a new one. Two rounds of small flowers, and a less repetition.
Janie was very happy with her Rainbow Skirt Guards, and because I liked them too, I made myself a pair too, but with a burst of colors, just the way I like it.
I guess my bike is ready for lots of sunny weather.
And because I just feel like it, I’m going to give away a copy of this pattern. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I would like it if you are a follower of this blog. Make sure I can contact you if you are the lucky one.
3 Years ago, I opened my Etsy-shop, mainly for only one reason; I made a pair of skirt guards for my bike, and the comments on them were so great and encouraging, that I made a pattern for them and in order for me to sell them I opened the shop.
And it was a huge succes! The pattern has been sold over 400 times and I’ve made almost 30 pair of them.
And now, the look of my table is almost the same.
It’s time to think of a new pattern for skirt guards. I’ve seen the old pattern way to many times, and I want something new.
As you can see it’s still a bit wobbly; there’s a lot to work on, but that’s just the fun of it. Trying over and over again, until it is right.
For inspiration and I’ve put some old pieces on the table too, which is just a very happy sight.
So, very quietly, stitch by stitch, I’m working on this. The reason I’m not putting as much time in this as usual, has to do with the fact that we are looking for a new kitchen. So we’ve visited a lot of showrooms in the past months, and now the final idea looks like this.
Looking at this image, it seems like the kitchen isn’t that big, but is really isn’t a small kitchen. At least not in my opinion.
All we have to do now, is make choices for the floor and the tiles behind the stove. We’ve a sample of the counter top (black!) and some samples of marmoleum
Although my idea was to choose bright colours, I have to keep in mind that my family doesn’t like that as much as I do. So now we’ve chosen the sample on the bottom and it’s up to me to bring colour in the kitchen with accessories and food. It will take another 3 months, before it will be installed, but it is very nice to look forward to.
Something nice about the floor: after choosing it, I had to find out what catalogue number it had, and it appears that this particular design was made by Claudy Jongstra. And that made me smile. Claudy Jongstra is probably one of the greatest artists from Netherlands, and maybe in the world, when it comes to felting. Indeed a wool-craft, so that’s why it made me smile! If you look for her at Pinterest you can see what a beautiful wall hangings, rugs, blankets, clothes and objects she has made. (she also made Darth Vader’s cloak!)
Today I have a question for you. Last week I got an order from K. to make a pare of skirt guards. She wanted them with lots of colours, but without the flowers I usually make. And that meant a challenge, because the flowers are used to give the skirt guards their round shape. Now I had to increase the number of stitches (to obtain the round shape), without disturbing the pattern too much.
I think I’ve managed to do so:
Now you might think that I’ve made a mistake to put in the same picture twice? I didn’t! Both skirt guards are different; the difference is the way I’ve increased the stitches. Take a better look:
In the first picture I’ve increased between 2 clusters, in the second picture I’ve increased within 1 cluster.
Now my question: what way do you like best? I just don’t know which one to choose, so maybe a little input from you could help.
After all the exciting projects of the last few weeks, this little corner of Blogland has been found by a lot of new ladies from all over the world. Lots of comments and emails have found their way to me, and there are quite a lot of new followers. THANK YOU ALL!!!
One of the things I really want to share, is a message from a lady who bought the pattern of the 5 Pointed Star Pillow, who wrote that she is going to make it as a ring-pillow for her daughters wedding. Isn’t that lovely??
For me it was back to business this week: a couple of orders for skirt guards, in the same colours even!
And because I really like crochet very much, I went on making them all at once, without taking time every once in a while to weave in the ends. Silly me; all there is left to do now, is weave in a huge amount of threads.
So back to work now, and hopefully I have something more exciting for you next time!
Hello, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!
This is the colour palette I had to use for yet another pair of skirt guards. But not only skirt guards, also for a basket liner and a little pillow for on the back of the bike.
So here they are. The basket liner was made of dark brown cotton fabric, where I sewed a crocheted border on. The skirt guards are rather the same as always. It was actually the pillow, which gave me the most trouble. It was very difficult to make a panel which covered the top. I’ve tried and frogged, but in the end I made a panel of 3 squares, joined them and crocheted a border around. Now it fitted.
You can’t see it, but on the bottom of the pillow, I made 2 pairs of straps with Velcro, so it’s easy to attach on the back carrier.
How nice of you to stop by! I want to start with thanking everyone for leaving such nice comments. Certainly when I try something new, like last time, they mean a lot to me. And because I received such great comments on the needle organizer I made, I thought it would be a good idea, to explore this idea a bit more and make another one.
But this time everything went wrong. It became some kind of project from hell.
Because I noticed that the little pockets I made in the blue organizer weren’t that great (everything kept falling out of them), I decided to make a larger pocket with a zipper.
So far so good. I managed to finish the inside.
Also the outside of the organizer. I used a red Tartan, and a piece of fake leather, and of course a little embroidery.
But then when I started to put everything together, it went wrong. First I cut into one of the pieces and had to make that part smaller than I wanted. It still could have worked out, if I hadn’t made a mistake measuring. Now the outside became too small and the insert didn’t fit anymore after closing the zipper. But I didn’t notice that until after sewing in the zipper and already a piece of the binding!
Because I really liked the fabrics, and this was the last piece of the flower-fabric, I took my seam ripper to see what I could save.
And then it got even worse. The tartan fabric ravelled so much, that it couldn’t be used again, I cut right into the zipper, and to finish it, I cut into the inside. When you do something, you have to do it right, don’t you?
So, this organizer is never going to be finished. I still have all the fabrics for the outside, so when I can find something to match it with, I just might make another one. But not just now!
Something which did go okay, was another pair of skirt guards. The lady asked for blues, purple, apple green and magenta.
Hello! I hope you have had a good week. We have. There was a lot of sunshine this week, so we have made a lot of progress in the garden. The first part of the terrace has been put in. Now my husband is feeling very sore; he knows now he has muscles he didn’t know he had. But he is doing a great job. As soon as everything is finished I’ll show some pictures.
I’ve been working hard on my orders. The first one: of course a pair of skirt guards.
Familiar colours this time.
The second order I’ve been working on is based on this purple scarf.
The colours and shape are going to be the same. But I have been a little stupid; the pattern I used for the flowers is gone. I’ve thrown it away. So I had to make a new design. This time no roses and leaves, but swirls and different flowers.
Sorry about the bad picture, but using the flash light made the drawing overexposed.
The knitting has also started.
As soon as I’ve started on the third project I have to do, I will tell you about that one.
Hello. Thank you for stopping by. I can’t believe it has been more than 2 weeks since my last post.
I really want to thank all of you who left a comment on my post about my ‘new’ chair. It was such a fun project to do, and then it is very nice to read the comments on it. So thank you very much!!
Last week I’ve been crocheting almost non-stop. Suddenly I had 3 orders for skirt guards, and because I don’t like to wait myself, when I’ve ordered something, I wanted to finish these as soon as possible. This morning the last one was finished, and because I really like the colours the lady asked for, I’ll just show one more picture of skirt guards (I bet you get bored by now of all the skirt guards on my blog!)
Right before I got these orders I thought it was time to finally finish my ‘Colourful Quilt’. It had been lying on the shelves for far too long. So I did some quilting, but not too much yet.
Hopefully next time I can show you the whole quilt.
It has been quiet on the blogging this last period. It is not that I don’t have anything to show or tell, but I just hadn’t the time to sit down and write. And then when I did find some time, it didn’t work because I have a new computer and not everything had been installed. So I hope this time it will work and I can actually post this post.
I have been knitting a LOT!! To test the pattern I’ve written for the Giverny-bag I’ve knitted another one, and it is now upstairs to get blocked. This weekend I can sew it together and next week I’ll show it.
What I can show is how my knitting needles look. My favorite kind of needles are wooden or bamboo needles, but not for sizes below 3 mm.
These are the needlepoints of some circular needles I used. They actually were once straight! Within a few rounds, I always manage to bend them like this and that is why I can’t use bamboo or wooden needles. Once I even broke a pair after knitting only 5 stitches!
Something else I want to show you are some pictures of skirt guards made by other ladies. When someone buys the pattern, I always ask if I can see a picture of the finished skirt guards, and some kind ladies actually send them.
I really love the diversity of the colors used. Thank you Lydia, Kate, Heidi and Ana for sharing!