Globally hooked!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and I have a couple of new followers since then. A warm welcome to you all! And to my “old” ones I’d like to say: thank you to bear with me!

Here goes:

One of my friends at http://treblemakinghookers.blogspot.nl/ had the fun idea to have a Global-Yarn-Bomb-A-Long weekend at the end of April. During that weekend I was participating at an event in Antwerp. It had to do with another of my hobbies: RC robots. For the third year a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Convention was held in a huge hall of the Antwerp Expo.
That was a nice opportunity to make my yarn-bombing truly international! It started at Saturdaymorning, I was very nervous to put up one of the skulls I had especially made.  I used a pattern by Lionbrand (no. 70464A, the Felted Skull), but added a nasal bone to fill the gap. About 12 were made, in several colours, of scraps of yarn. Because of the different colours I’ve called them my Rainbow Skullz.

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The first one was tied to a drain at a neighbouring company of my boyfriend’s, to get used to the idea…

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The second one, a yellow/darkblue I tied to the arena where our robots would fight, when it was put up.

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And the third, a red one, found a nice spot at a fire-extinguisher.

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Sunday afternoon I put up three others: two outside at the parking lot, in a tree and at a container which could use some colour. The third and last was placed at a public lavatory (which made some giggle when they saw the picture).

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I stretched the weekend until Monday, because I also had made three “rubber” ducks, or bath-ducks. The pattern can be found at www.PixieKitten.com. To keep it in style, I made these in different colours too and called them Rainbow Duckz.
The one with the green tufts is called Meducka. The friend who took the initiative for the GYBAL, Kim of KreepyKim’s Freak Boutique had made a Medusa zombie and when I put the tuft on the duckie’s head, I thought it looked like her. Kim has blogged about our weekend: http://kreepykimsofia.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/our-weekend-of-sharing-the-yarny-love-or-yarn-bombing-with-friends/. Please pay her a visit, if you haven’t done already. It’s worth it!

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The ducks all had a bolt tied to the bottom of their body, to keep them from toppling over. I tested them in some tapwater, but on Monday, when the sun was out, they went for a real swim.

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I hoped I would at least see one of them on the telly on Tuesday, our Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag). That day our queen, Beatrix, would abdicate and at the same moment her son, Willem-Alexander, would become king, with his wife, Máxima as queen. In an interview Willem-Alexander had stated he wouldn’t like to become Willem IV (which would make him the fourth king to be called Willem, in The Netherlands), because he wasn’t like cows that were called Bertha 38 for example. Of course I had to make such a cow 😉 And the new king and queen with her.

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They would make a boattrip on the river IJ and the water I let the ducks swim free is connected to the IJ. But no ducks were to be seen, alas! Sometimes I look out my window in the hope to see one of them, but no result until now. Just the photographs to share!

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Something else I’d like to share is a pdf with crochet stitches and abbreviations and other terms in several foreign languages translated to Dutch. I’ve put it together from different sources on the interweb and used translation machines:

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There is another table with several languages, but not Dutch, to be found here: http://thecrochetnetwork1.tripod.com/crochetuniversity/foreigncrochet.html. They have also overviews of hooksizes and fiberinfo. Can be handy! The Treble Making Hookers also have started a knowledge base. My pdf will be linked there, if all goes according to plan.

In the meantime, I hope you have a nice day!!!

Fairy Garden Finished!

At last I’ve found time to post the final pictures of the Fairy Garden of the Crochet-A-Long by Mad Crochet Lab. The photos are made with a camera lend to me by my boyfriend. They’re supposed to be of a better quality than the ones I made with my phone, but not all are… They give you an idea though…

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did by making the garden. It’s still standing on the table, so I can look at it (often).

But…. I can hardly wait for the next CAL! 😉

FG - open door  Perhaps it looks like she’s hanged herself LOL, but she’s sitting on a swing!

FG-fairy  Close up with the will-o’-wisps and the fairy lights in the background

FG-tooth fairy  The tooth-fairy!

FG-troll The troll which lives under the bridge.

Have a nice day!

 

Fairy

She is ready to go into the CAL fairy garden, my fairy.

Some say she’s a bit witchy. But even fairies need witches, don’t they? Her hat is a flower turned upside down. She has stockings made of purple heather. Her wings are gauze and inspired by a picture Elzeblaadje took of a butterfly which looks like a fairy.

Hope you’ll like her as much as I do 🙂 It was fun to make her from the basic humanoid pattern of the Mad Crochet Lab: http://madcrochetlab.com/yarndango-project-25-basic-tiny-humanoid-form/, although mine is without boobs… I meant her to be a fairy in another sense of the word 😉 That’s why she/he has a bra with tassels…. She/he is what you make of her/him.

Tadaaa!

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Have a nice day!

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!

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.”

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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:

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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.