Monthly Archives: December 2014


Free pattern: Angel candle holder

Here’s my gift to you:).

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Pattern for a candle holder sleeve with a motif of angels. It looks fanciest in a thin cotton yarn, but I wanted to make it available for everyone so I also provided instructions to make it in a (synthetic) worsted weight yarn:).

You can make this in under one hour and you’ll need only a little bit of (scrap) yarn. A cute, fast project with a lot of bang for your buck!

Have a lovely what have you, lovelies. <3


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Why it is a good idea to partake in a crafter’s Christmas gift swap 1

On Wednesday, which was a particularly tough day for me with the recent passing of an ex-teacher and dollops of general Weltschmerz, I received a magical package that made it all better. A package from a fellow crafter I’d agreed to swap mystery presents with for Christmas. And you know what I’ve discovered? There is something incredibly healing about receiving gifts that were lovingly and skilfully handmade for you. I mean, something BEYOND the usual OMG PRESENT FRENZY that takes over my brain the second I see something wrapped in shiny paper.

Underneath, I will chronicle my thoughts exactly as they happened during this monumental historic occasion, thereby hopefully inspiring you to do a little gift swapping of your own.

Rinske’s Christmas swap package arrival: A Journey

packageOMG OMG OMG IT’S MY PACKAGE YAY MY PACKAGE IS HERE YAY OMG

openOMG OMG PRESENTS SHINY OWL PAPER OMG MY NAME

wrappingSHINY! MUST STEAL AND HIDE IN NEST
(Luckily no one’s here to see my regression to three-year-old-ness)

wineOMG FUNNY CROSS STITCH WHEN I SAID ‘I’D LOVE FUNNY CROSS STITCH’ SHE ACTUALLY MADE ME FUNNY CROSS STITCH OMG

scarfAm I crying? Uhm, yes. I seem to be crying a little bit.

everythingRRHHHRRAAAGHHR LOOT

faceRRHHHRRAAAGHHR EXCITEMENT

Shit.

Multitude of shit.

How am I ever going to top this?

PS. OF COURSE I’ll show you my return gifts for her, as soon as they’ve safely arrived and there is no more surprise to spoil!


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Crazy days before Christmas: BEE STING BOOTS 40% DISCOUNT

Hello lovelies! In view of ‘OMG ONLY TEN DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS’ panic that will strike crafters worldwide today, for the next ten days my Bee Sting Boots pattern is 40% off with the aptly chosen coupon code ‘XMASFRENZY’. This means a price reduction from $4,50 to $2,70!

Click here to buy the pattern directly – no login necessary – and just type XMASFRENZY where it says ‘coupon code’ to receive your discount! Good luck, and godspeed.

Want to read more about the boots? Go to the Ravelry pattern page!

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Crochet along: THE way to learn 3D and amigurumi 2

I spend a lot of time talking to people about the parts of crochet that get us confused. The thing that seems to confuse us the most? MAKING 3D OBJECTS. When you’re not working a flat surface, suddenly your brain has to think three-dimensionally, which is quite a feat for an organ that can hardly get a grocery list straight. On the good days. (Yes, I was talking about myself there)

Anyway, along with defining the biggest problem, I’ve also pinpointed the best solution: CROCHET ALONG! When every step of the process is explained to you visually, it’s much easier to grasp the abstract concept of working up a three-dimensional shape. If you struggle with learning how to crochet amigurumi or just any 3D shape, I strongly recommend doing a crochet along video, even if it’s just once. It’s just like riding a bike, really. You can’t get the hang of it until you’ve fallen on your face a few times and grazed your elbows thoroughly. (Yes, talking about myself there again)

This fall I watched Sharon Ojala’s ‘Crochet along elephant’ video and it taught me about 90% of what I now know of (designing) amigurumi. Sharon is patient, kind and explains things really well. She’s fast – about three times faster than me – but the advantage of a video is that you can pause and replay whenever you feel like it. If only we could do that with real-life teachers, hmmm?

This link will take you to Sharon’s site, where you’ll find both the video and a written pattern. A direct YouTube link is here. Hope this helps!

Don’t forget to crochet awesome;).

free-elephant-pattern


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This guy pretty much defines what it means to be an artist (at least for me)

“Obsessed? I wouldn’t use that word ‘obsessed’. Would you call a child playing obsessed? When you’re doing something you love, and are drawn to, you just want to do it all the time.”

Amen, Ra Paulette. Amen.


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