A nice surprise

Today on Facebook I got a very nice surprise. A couple of weeks ago I went to my local yarnstore with some of my creations. They had asked me to do so, because they wanted to photograph them for their blog. They do that a couple of times a year with things their customers have made. I nearly had forgotten all about it 😉 It sure was a nice surprise when today they posted the pictures! As they are on FB too, I suddenly got face to face with my creations.

In the next couple of weeks I will post more about the items, how they were made and with some pics of my own. But, in the meantime, here they are:

Gaston (Guust Flater) Obelix Robot Johnny no 5
From left to right: Gaston (Guust Flater), Obelix and Johnny no 5 (a robot) with his Angry Birds hat. All made for my boyfriend.

Kenny Scottish Raving Rabbid Baby Hedgehog
Again, from left to right: Kenny from Southpark (OMG!), a Raving Rabbid, but a Scottish one and a Baby Hedgehog.

Butterfly Necklace  Goggles - Steampunk
A Butterfly Necklace (although not quite finished) and some Steampunk Goggles.

Have a nice day!

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My tools

I’d like to tell you about three fantastic tools I use in my crocheting. One is a very handy and simple counter. When I was a little girl, I used to knit with a counter placed on one of the needle. But often forgot to turn it 😉 And it was sometimes difficult to turn, the little wheel got stuck. It was made of very cheap plastic if I remember correctly.

Nowadays the technique to count your rows is in the apps! The one I use on my Android smartphone is called County. The description and picture are as follows:

“Knitting / crochet row counter. Super simple user interface, with a big friendly number to tell you what row you’re on. Tap the screen at the end of a row to count up or down. The phone stays awake while you’re on the counting screen, so you don’t have to keep turning it back on again.”

County

It does what it says, nothing more, nothing less. And it’s free! There’s also a version you can buy which lets you have more than one project to count and can make a connection to your Ravelry projects. But I’m very happy with this one.

The other tool I use is for keeping track of the beginning of the row. I just use small leftover pieces of yarn 😉 Of course you could use very nice designer thingies or just a safety pin. Its up to you, I like this solution best.

The third tool I’d like to tell you about are my little scissors. I bought it a the local shop where I also get all my yarn from. It’s a butterfly and fairy at the same time. With a very nice sharp point! But the most I like about it, it has a picture on both sides! See for yourselves.

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Have a very nice day!

Fairy Garden Crochet-A-Long so far

On Facebook Mad Crochet Scientist started a Crochet-A-Long for a Fairy Garden. As I never had participated in a CAL, I was very excited to do my first one!

The first challenge was “trees”. There were some very nice trees on Mad’s blog: http://madcrochetlab.com/mad-cal-fairy-theme/

My trees and a mushroom I made before:

Trees

The second week the theme was “Furniture and Furry Friends”. First there was some meadow to make. I used fluffy and cotton for this, very boring to make 😉 An extra tree was a nice distraction. This one is made in black with sparkling thread, a real fairy tree!

As fan of the movie Labyrinth, I crocheted the Worm (as seen in a previous post), so he could be an extra in the garden as Furry Friend 🙂 I wanted to make a bridge, but then you need a brook… And water comes in the brook through a waterfall…. So, I made a brook and a waterfall and a bridge. But you need to get on the bridge by a path. That became the Yellow Brick Path. And because it’s actually the Troll Bridge, I had to make a Troll, lurking in the dark… His head and right hand are just visible.

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These had to go in the container I have reserved for the project, which is meant to be a kind of lamp:

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The Worm now has find a new home on and in the tree trunk.

Inspired by the movie Brave in a matter of minutes some will-o’-the-wisps were born:

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Here’s the final result, so far, without any fairies, although there are some fairy lights to lure them:

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Scarf

Also not an amigurumi, but I wanted to make my own version of the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf by Moogly
Here is the result:

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The yarn I used was a leftover over of Rio (Lammy, the green/blue/white) and about 1.5 skeins of Scheepjes Larra Batik 7501 S2 (light and dark green and light and dark blue). Both yarns used are cotton, hook 2.5.

The pattern can be found at http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf.

Two gifts

Gecko bookmark Skull pot-holder

They’re not really amigurumis, but I liked making them, so they surely have the fifth taste!

I have a friend who still reads real books, and he loves geckos. So I made him one to use as bookmark in his real books.

They also painted their kitchen grey and yellow and because he not only likes geckos, but skulls and skeletons too, I made them two pot-holders for the newly painted kitchen.