Monthly Archives: February 2015


What’s hookin’? – Easter Bunny medallion (pattern coming March 4th!)

Hello, friends! Are you as tired of winter as I am? Longing for buds in the garden, sunshine on your face, and that one Easter egg behind the sofa that you only find a week later when your neighbours start complaining about the smell?

Well, you’re in luck: I’m releasing a new pattern…and spring just got a little bit awesomer.


BOOM.

Tuzki3_smallDOUBLE BOOM.

This Easter, add some SUPER CUTE QUIRKINESS to your table/living room/wall/window/bottle of wine/egg basket, with an Easter Bunny medallion that looks suspiciously like everyone’s favourite Facebook friend…

…wait for it…

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YEEEAAAAHHHHHH!!

Pattern comes out Wednesday, March 4th. LET’S SPRINGIFY THIS THING


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My first commission

Yay! My first ever commission arrived safely at its new owner!
You know you did something right when you apologize to your creation for having to close the lid on the box.

“…No, I don’t like this EITHER.
[…]
YES, there is air in the box to breathe. Yes, I’m sure.
[…]
Look, I *have to*. You’re going to a good home, I promise.
[…]
What? No, it’s not animal cruelty. Where did you get that idea?
[…]
Now, wait – don’t cry…please stop crying.
I’m closing the lid now, okay?

[sobs] I’M SORRY.”

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Two Birds Hat give-away WINNERS!! 6

First of all, I’d like to…

…HA!

You’ll scroll down anyway, won’t you? So this is where we bypass the boring speech and go straight to…the winners!!

CONGRATULATIONS
Sherry Glover,
Sarah Hoppe-Savage,
Lindsay Slazakowski,
Rebecca Smith,
Rebecca Westling!

Please email me at rinske@recoverista.com and I’ll send you the PDF for the pattern directly. And I want to see all your WIPs! In fact, I might even do a little follow-up on here once you guys get to it (no pressure:))! So keep me in the loop once you get to Escherizin’, ya dig? (Escher was also a renowned street thug)

Alright, and now for some in-depth elaboration on how I picked my winners…plus that boring speech, if you make it that far.

puppyHere’s a motivational picture of a puppy to sustain you.

How I picked the winners
There were 19 answers – how awesome is that?! – so technically I had to pick four winners; one out of every five. But I quickly decided that bringing the number of winners up to five would give me a) a nice round number and b) the chance to make one more person happy…so five it was. Then I had to decide which comments I liked the most. That was kinda sorta incredibly hard. I mean, I can’t even imagine that 19 – NINETEEN – people not only were interested enough to check out the pattern, but to also then go to my page, like it*, think about an answer…I didn’t want to let anybody down, so I was on the verge of putting all your names into a sorting hat and just pulling out five at random. But then it occurred to me that most of you probably at least put a little thought into your answer, so I wanted to honour that by also putting a little thought into this.

*= I don’t think everybody ‘liked’ my page, but I decided not to be too strict about that, because hey, I don’t want to bully anyone into liking anything. If you simply forgot, however, and you do like my page all organically and stuff…I certainly won’t stop you:).

The below comments – copy-pasted in random order – are the ones that stood out to me:

Lindsay Slazakowski: Ahh! This is so weird! My bf is an artist and designs custom TOMs shoes. He’s working on an Escher pair right now!! It would be so perfect to be able to make a matching hat!!

Lindsay Slazakowski's photo.

How awesome is that shoe? And how much does Lindsay deserve to make that matching hat?
To both, my answer would be ‘very much’.

Sherry Glover: Love the pattern. It reminds me that birds can fly off into the sunset. How peaceful would that be?

 

I have no idea, but Sherry, I love your poetic spirit!
And I have a feeling this pattern is going to make you super happy:).

Sarah Hoppe-Savage: I love classic art inspired patterns- but have seen so few in action. You’re blending two forms of art- and it’s GORGEOUS!!

I feel like Sarah really gets me, because I honestly, truly – dare I say it – view my crochet as art.
So thank you! That means a lot.

Rebecca Westling:I have a thing for birds. And tessellations. And crochet. What’s not to love?! This is like a “me” trifecta!

Well Rebecca, it’s your lucky day, because I have a thing for people who use the word ‘trifecta’ in a sentence!

Rebecca Smith: I’ve loved MC Escher’s work since I was 2 and lived in the Netherlands. So cool!

I loved this answer because it is so personal.
And I love to be able to give you a nice reminder of that childhood memory!

In conclusion: heartfelt speech part
At the risk of sounding gratuitous, I do want to thank you all SO MUCH for participating. I have only been crocheting for a year, and the thought that this might be something I’m good at, a way to express my creativity and sense of beauty, would never have occurred to me even six months ago.

When I put this contest up, I asked my boyfriend: “But what if nobody participates? What if I get zero responses? I’ll look like an idiot.” And of course he replied with “That still wouldn’t mean you’re an idiot”, and I replied with ” I kno-hooow”, but I couldn’t shake that fear. This is something I really want to do; I take it very seriously and I put my heart and soul into it. That kind of passion makes you vulnerable. Even if you know that the mere fact that you’re putting it out there is worth something, is important. But what if nobody else thinks is important? What if nobody recognizes it?

Well – then all of you came along. And you told me why you think that what I created is important. You recognized what I’m trying to do.
And suddenly it’s real – even realer:) – because there’s a receiving side now. There are people on the other side, giving me feedback and inspiration for new patterns. What started out as a one way street is now a dynamic, circulating wave. And I’m part of something.

So thank you for looking, thank you for seeing, thank you for recognizing. It means the world to me. <3
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Two Birds Hat: PUBLISHED and GIVE-AWAY CONTEST!

After a month and a half of sketching, studying and testing it’s finally here:

My Two Birds Hat!!

It’s a pattern for a gorgeous, MC Escher inspired hat depicting two interwoven flocks of birds. A mathematical sequence – that I figured out so you don’t have to:) – lends the hat its vibrant, dynamic look. Choose any two contrasting colors for a striking end result that will turn other people’s heads while keeping yours warm and fashionable!

I’m so proud, blah blah blah, but here’s why YOU should be interested:
TWO BIRDS HAT GIVE-AWAY CONTEST!!
UPDATE: CONTEST HAS ENDED

Congratulations Rebecca Smith, Sherry Glover, Sarah Hoppe-Savage, Rebecca Westling, Lindsay Slazakowski!! I want to see all your WIPs when you get to ’em:).

 

Two Birds


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You need stitches! #2 – How to Tunesian crochet in the round without the spiffy hook

Few things in this world are less sexy than a ‘Tunesian crochet in the round’ hook. It totally looks like you could make one yourself from a regular smooth hook and a piece of clothing line, but – once you are covered in hot glue burns and discover you really can’t – these suckers still cost a fortune.

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This, without the fancy wood.
I mean…RIGHT?

Luckily, I discovered a method for doing Tunesian crochet in the round with a ‘normal’ smooth hook a while ago. It’s very simple, actually: after building a foundation with a joined chain and then sc’ing in each chain around, you create height by chaining up your desired number of stitches – I find that a regular hook can fit up to 15 loops – and then working down those chains one by one, like you do for straight Tunesian crochet. After that initial, vertical foundation, you just work horizontally from there to form a strip of straight Tunesian crochet, that is connected to your round of sc by the last loop.

Sounds hazy? Here, I explained it better when this question came up on Facebook:

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I have tried this method myself, for a candle holder among other things, and it really comes out pretty great. The only thing is that you’re actually working horizontally, so that’s the direction your stitches will go, as well. But you know, compared to the unsexiness of purchasing one of those clothing line contraptions…minor inconvenience.

Oh, and speaking of sexy: I now reveal to you my evil plan to take over the world, as discussed in the very same conversation.

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On second thought, I would probably be pretty harmless with a gazillion dollars. I mean, my first purchases would be a rainforest, a pool filled with chocolate, and HBO. Not sure anyone ever won a war with those.

Do you need stitches? Let me know in the comments, through an email or on Facebook!

Till next time…

superwoman-2YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH. I mean, you’re welcome.


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