Christmas stockings

So this Christmas I’m making something small for friends and family – Christmas stockings, in mini format. I found this really great pattern, simple pretty and easy to learn (even though I recommend watching her video of the heel, big help!). Erica made them into a calendar but I gave them mostly as gifts.

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So much fun making different patterns and using different colors

I went and got the “filling” and set about assembling the little socks for my family. In each stocking I included:

A candy cane
Two soft fudge
One scratch lottery ticket
One coin, to scratch with

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The stocking was actually rather full after that 😛 Either way, it was a nice little party gift and my friends and family thought it was a really fun idea. Since I had made different styles everyone got to choose their favorite (except for mom, she stole an extra^^).

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A little basket of joy
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Det bidde en muckla

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My very first amigurumi! I don’t even know what its suppose to be but the free pattern can be found here 😛

Amigurumi Baby Brachiosaurus

This was quite a nice, simple pattern actually, of course my amigurumis always look a little special but I think this one got quite cute. Thank you Jana for the pattern!

 

Crochet Amigurumi Owls

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So I finished another owl today, think I liked my second try better but it’s still good fun to make them so might make even more! If not this exact pattern so definitely more owls ^_^ Link to free pattern here.

Crafting to relax

I knew work would be different after my vacation due to a reorganization but I never thought it would affect me so. I should have known, seeing how I don’t like change… Either way, I’ve been quite stressed and haven’t handled it too well so I went back to what calmed me down before – crafting.

And it still works. I get to be creative, I get to work with colors, I get to make something with my hands and it is damn impossible to willow in self-pity when you are counting stitches! Just sayin’.

So this week I’ve made some pouches and some dinos.

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Free pattern from Elisabeth Andrée
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Free pattern from Club Crochet

Crochet African Flower blanket

Alright, so I’m noticing that my pattern of African Flowers today isn’t the same as what I’ve used on the ones made a year ago… I might just have added something on my own, or I read a new pattern and thought I’ve made that before, I don’t know. However, all my flowers aren’t the same which makes assembling them a bit tricky and also making half flowers for the edges turning out not to be the easiest.

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Plan then was to post the pattern here so I can find the one I’ve used the most if I abandon the blanket again and won’t start over until next year. So the pattern is taken straight from Craft Passion but I’ve pasted it into here so I can’t lose it in case the other page disappear. What I didn’t do a year ago was on rnd 5 mostly where I had just put dc’s around the whole flower with no ch inbetween the petals.

Pattern:
Base Round – sl knot, ch 6, ss into first ch to make a ring. – I start with a magic circle though.
Rnd 1 – ch 3, 1 dc, ch1, *2 dc, ch1, * repeat until you have six spaces and six 2dc. ss to the 3rd chain of the beginning round. fo
Rnd 2 – Change color: Start in a space. ch 5, 2 dc in same space, *ch1, 2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next space – repeat * 5 times, 1 dc and ss into the 3rd ch of the beginning round. – I also do a ss around the 5ch from the previous round before doing:
Rnd 3 – ch3, dc6 in the 2-ch space, ch1, * dc7 in next 2-ch space, ch1, repeat * 5 times. ss the 3rd ch of the beginning round. fo.
Rnd 4 – New color: ch1, sc around and make a long stitch down in round 2 between each flower petal. End with ss. fo.
Rnd 5 – White (I use various colors): ch3, 3 dc, ch1, *dc 1 in the same st as last dc, dc 3, ch1 (skip long stitch of the previous round), 4 dc, ch1, repeat 5 times, dc 1 in the same st as last dc, dc 3 ch1, ss to the 3rd ch from the beginning round. [Note: ch1 in bold should be at the center of the flower petal, this is the corner of the hexagon]
To join to the adjacent African Flower hexagon block, insert the hook to the matching ch stitch of another hexagon and do a ss instead of ch. – I couldn’t figure this bit out so I have been sewing my flowers together…

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This is how far I’ve come since my last update, I kinda think you can see the heart actually? A lot more is to be sewn on but I might have found a new motivation to finish this project, let’s just say I have a loved one in mind…

Crochet bunny

 

So after some practice I actually got a bunny who looks like a bunny! This little one was given to bae’s sisters newborn Nils, even though he’s not that little anymore (almost 1,5 yrs now) he still keeps his little bunny with him! Click the link for free pattern.

A/N Originally posted June 27 2018

Crochet earrings + gift wrapping

I bought cheap earring hooks on eBay so I experimented a bit with different patterns to make these little projects. The flowers I left as they were but I wanted the star pointy so I stretched those soaked in glue and that worked! They are quite stiff but still hang nicely on your ear. Click on the links to get the pattern, they are in American English and a free pattern.

This heart pattern also turned out nicely so I made more of those. These little trinkets also make great gifts! For mum’s birthday I decoupaged a toilet roll as packaging:

I didn’t want them squashed so it seemed like a good idea, got a laugh out of mum anyways 😛

A/N Originally posted June 25 2018

Midsommarfirande i Vadstena

När man är så utspridd som vår familj är då får man vara lite kreativ när man vill umgås! Denna gången (faktiskt första gången) blev det en hotellnatt på Vadstena klosterhotell ^_^

 

Så, vi hämtade först upp mormor på vägen och sedan mamma. Fick en rundtur av mammas nya lägenhet också, nog är det en riktig lekstuga alltid! Efter kort paus dock for vi vidare till Vadstena, kom lite för tidigt för att checka in så gick en sväng runt stan. Det regnade inte men shit asså vad det blåste! Burr! Vi knatade förbi nåt traditionellt midsommarfirande medans vi åt glass men när vi såg tre regnområden röra sig emot oss gick vi tillbaka till klostret och köra en afternoon tea istället 😀

Slappade och hängde, snackade och hade trevligt, gick med på en guidad tur med hela historien av hur Heliga Birgitta blev helig och grundade kloster. En period där var lilla Vadstena rikaste klostret norr om Alperna! Lite coolt, 60 st inlåsta nunnor drev 1100 gårdar, ugnar, gruvor, kvarnar etc. Kvällen avslutades med en lite annorlunda 3-rätters midsommarsmiddag och en avec på loftet.

Efter ytterligare en promenad i blåsten på lördag morgon så får vi norröver igen och var in och hälsade på brorsan som precis köpt hus. Och alla hus behöver ju en liten mus så hela veckan innan kämpade jag för att få till en liten husmus, mönstret och hur det borde sett ut hittar ni här. Den lilla flugan togs härifrån. Brorsan verkade väldigt stolt över nya huset och det med rätta, vilket slott – urtjusigt verkligen! Tror han och familjen kan trivas riktigt fint där.

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Husmusen Bobo

A/N Originally posted June 23 2018