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Week 51 – Christmas Presents 2011

 - by Tina

Phew, it is over. Well almost. One more day tomorrow then I can finally stop eating those big amounts of yummy food I am constantly offered. At least until New Years’s Eve.

Here is a hat I made for my mum. Made with soft Merino, 100%. The flower can be taken off and used as a brooch.

For my little sister I made a muffin and since she made ones with pink frosting a couple of times this year, I used pink yarn.

And a crochet bag for my mother-in-law. She somehow came across the black bag I made during summer through a Google search and asked me for it. This time the bag even features a magnet snap so it can be closed properly. Instead of forcing my sewing machine to deal with the thick bag, I hand-sewed the lining into the bag. Hope it stays there!

After making so much for other people during the past weeks, I am now knitting some things for me. Yeah, knitting! After I started knitting again after months of crochet, I got a sore shoulder. Muscle ache from knitting!

I would have loved to make more but the past weeks had been pretty hectic and I could not fit in more. Next year I will definitely plan and buy and make my gifts in September.


Week 50 – Turtle with a Soft Shell

 - by Tina

What? Next week it’s Christmas? Noooooooo! I have not a single present ready yet. This will be a very interesting week then.

Here I present a little turtle I made as a little good-bye present. The only problem is that the turtle’s head is a bit too heavy so it tends to fall over.

Made with Catania yarn and a 2,5 hook, after a pattern from the great magazine I mentioned a couple of times already: Crochet Gift List.

If I ever make a turtle again, I will fill its body or the hind legs with dry beans so it does not tip over that easily.


Week 49 – The Joy of Chunky

 - by Tina

I really love chunky yarn – not only are your projects done in (almost) no time, they also look much more interesting. Have a look at this scarf with a shell pattern from my so far favorite pattern book “The complete book of crochet stitch designs“:

I needed 6 skeins of yarn for the scarf. It is not gigantic, enough to wrap it twice around your face though so you can be warm and cozy. Eeh, keep you warm? Actually you would not need that right now – it is really warm for December. When I was little we had tons of snow at this time, now we have green landscapes.

Working hard on some presents for Christmas, a first blister is slowly but surely developing on my right thumb. I’ll make sure to take a picture when it gets worse. And eventually starts bleeding!

Week 48 – Take a Bow

 - by Tina

Finally I was able to use the lightbox my husband and  I built two weeks ago. I think I need more light, there are still too many shadows. But still better than not being able to take pictures right?

I made a couple of headbands with bows this week. Those bows are easy to make, basically they are just a rectangle in single stitch which I then sew together in the back and wrap the tail of yarn a couple of times around the then created circle.

Here is one in hot pink.

I am always amazed how simple single crochet can look so interesting. The yarn always plays an important role. Beautiful yarn does not always need an elaborate pattern.

And one more crochet bow headband in grey, made with 100% cotton yarn left over from my numerous hat projects.

They look really adorable and are quick to make (without having to pay much attention to the stitches) so I guess I will be making some more and put them in my Dawanda store, Nadel Verpflichtet.

So now back to my secret Christmas projects!

Week 47 – It’s a hoot!

 - by Tina

Owls are a big trend right now. Yesterday I bought a cute brooch with a tiny purple felt owl.

Here is a owl in the colors of Franconia, red and white. I am absolutely puzzled that I have a huge amount of red cotton yarn, no idea where is comes from. So I made an owl which is not really a realistic depiction of the living species but still looks cute.

The pattern is from the crochet magazine my husband bought for me recently, where the panda from week 43 was from.

Only 4 weeks to go until Christmas. The next weeks will be spent with the crafting of gifts. Though I cannot publish the results here since presents need to stay secret until the 24th. Which means I need to double my efforts to finish 5 more items before the project “52 weeks – 52 projects” is over.

Week 46 – Panda again!

 - by Tina

Only 6 weeks left and the project will be over!

Here is one more baby hat. It looks definitely weird without the baby. I wonder if it looks better ON the baby… My brother asked for it, for a friend. I really hope I get a good picture of the baby wearing it (Hello little brother!).

This morning was spent on building a lightbox since I am having a hard time with taking good-looking pictures due to lighting problems. Pictures of my awesome lightbox (big thanks again to husband for doing most of the building) will follow ASAP. Now I need to prepare for next Saturday, when I will sell my hats and other crochet items at a local hand-made market: Sewing my label to the hats, adding price tags, making some quick last projects. If you want to pay me a visit there (I would be delighted!), check on Facebook, I’ll post the details there.

Week 45 – Cacti in a Box

 - by Tina

Apart from having babies, a lot of people around me turn 30. 4 alone this month! On Friday I gave away the following box:

Two little cacti, in the colors of Italy!

Unfortunately I ran out of the awful green acrylic yarn I used for making all my cacti so I have to buy some again… We’ll see in a couple of weeks if my project has really helped me to reduce my yarn stash.

Week 44 – Sweet treats

 - by Tina

Cupcakes have one flaw: although tasting delicious, they are not good for your weight! But they are so pretty so I decided to make some cupcakes which are solely made to be looked at. Well, I guess you could try eating them, they are 100% cotton though they might be a bit dry…

I have made three so far but after sorting my yarn yesterday, I might make some more with different colors.

Group shot!

They are made with Catania yarn and not as big as real cupcakes:

Both items in this picture are not edible!

Week 43 – Pa-pa-pa-panda

 - by Tina

Tons and tons of cotton yarn lying around and after all those hats during the last couple of weeks, I am now working on several Amigurumi. Husband was on a business trip recently and brought home the magazine “Crochet Gift List – Our best collection of toys, dolls and gifts” which contains a lot of great patterns.
So here is a Panda I found in there. It’s a girl. To make that clear I added a scarf with a simple shell pattern and a bow. She is about 20cm tall. Thanks to hear I got rid of 3 different strands of off-white yarn I found in several yarn bags. Mission accomplished!

I am not sure where to keep her since I don’t want my apartment to be overloaded with Amigurumi since I am really no longer a five-year old…

Week 42 – Prost! Cheers! Santé! Salut!

 - by Tina

Last year I made a toilet roll cover looking like a giant coffee cup for my husband. Since I am from Franconia and we have a long and very delicious tradition of brewing the best beers in the world (I kid you not!), I had the idea to make a beer glass toilet roll cover. I even sold it on Dawanda! I made another one as a present for my father this week:

It even has foam! Underneath you find of course a roll of toilet paper. I really like this model and I guess I will be making some more. With dark beer?
I made it on a train trip to Cologne I took this weekend (5 hours). I got some weird looks when I pulled the roll of toilet paper out of my handbag to check the measurements of my half-finished cover. The guy next to me gave me really the strangest looks ever. Or was he just jealous of this awesome piece of decoration?

If you want one, send me an email, I can sure make one for you. Price is 16,50€ plus packaging and postage. Other toilet roll cover models are available on Dawanda.