Today was exciting for me. I got to do my first photo session with real people. Two friends of mine agreed to put on my hats and pose a bit for me. And all that for only coffee and cake afterwards!
My new hats remind me a bit of the 20ies, when bell-shaped, fitted hats were really chic. With thick yarn they look just gorgeous.
The weather was amazing, the models and my hats as well:
Aww, one more, they are so pretty:
There were even more hats. For a more complete overview, check out the entire album on Facebook. All of the hats are available in my little store.
I am really happy with the pictures. Plus I took the decision that I will now always try to put my products on real people, it just looks so much better than the white styrofoam heads.
I like plants. The only problem is that I manage to kill them all. Some are dead after a couple of days, some it takes longer but I always end up with a sad bunch of brown leaves. Even plants that do not require an awful lot of attention. Trust me, I have tried. And failed. Many, many times.
Since this problem remains and will probably never go away (if I ever own a house with a garden, my husband will be in charge), I decided that I could crochet plants. Here is my first try:
I did not use a pattern, I simply winged it but was certainly inspired through a picture search on Google and among others, this article: Cacti on Gleeful Things.
My cactus is abut 15cm tall, made of some green acrylic yarn from which you can only make amigurumi cause it does not feel nice.
The project was very welcome since I have been busy making more hats (made of yarn that is absolutely gorgeous to the touch). They will go online next week, I still need to shoot them. Don’t forget to buy one!
I have been pretty busy with making hats the last couple of days. All in all I have made 10. All in different shapes, different patterns, different yarns. One prettier than the other. To see all of them, take a look on Facebook.
They are all available on Dawanda.
I made 5 hats from a thick Baby Alpaca Yarn. The structure of the yarn is beautiful.
Buy this one.
Buy this one.
I also made some grey ones. This particular one is made with yarn that is so soft that while crocheting I constantly felt like caressing a cute little bunny.
Buy this one.
Finally my shop looks a bit fuller, plenty of colors to choose from. Every hat is unique since I still am not at ease with counting and following patterns.
So where is fall? It is way to warm outside! I want to wear my hats! And I want you to wear them too!
When I got married in 2009, I made my dress myself. With a very cheap sewing machine I bought online since I was not sure if I would like sewing and did not want to invest too much. So I made a dress lots of swearing and tears was involved). Shortly after I got married, close friends tied the knot as well and I made the dress for their wedding myself as well (actually I finished it 30 minutes before we were supposed to leave for church). So when I got the invitation for the wedding in Coventry (see post from last week), I decided to keep this newly started tradition going and make the dress once again myself.
As always, I waited till the last minute though the idea sprung up weeks ago. Thursday afternoon I finally decided on the dress pattern and made the entire thing in one afternoon. Friday morning I went to the airport.
The fabric is stretchy jersey. I fell in love with the pattern when I saw it at the market this spring. As always, the dress is not perfect ( I never seem to get the seams right…) but the belt gives it a nice shape. It was very comfortable to wear the entire day.
So why all this blabbering about a dress? You are here to see some awesome crochet (or knitting, but that not so much)! I made a bright red fascinator to go with the bold pattern of the dress and to chase away any clouds that would be lingering in the grey Northern English sky.
When is the next wedding? I have a new idea for a dress and the matching fascinator!
This weekend I travelled to Coventry to attend a wedding of an old friend. Weddings are a perfect occasion for a crochet gift though I must confess that I take every opportunity to integrate crochet into my daily life. Never would have thought that after my first try about three years ago that looked like a cringing, twisted worm instead of a nice, flat band).
So I proudly present you the bride and groom:
If I had only known that the groom would get his hair cut before the great day I would have given his little version a more thorough trimming…
The bride is a bit smaller than the groom. I actually attached her veil with hairpins I wore to my wedding two years ago to add a personal touch.
I winged those dolls, No pattern followed but I based them on my experience with the dolls from week 27 (based on the pattern from Corchet Ninja). Though this couple is a lot smaller. Why? Cause I needed to fit them into this box:
Getting this box to Coventry then was a bit of an ordeal. I was so scared that the box might be dented, I almost screamed at people when they came to close. And I was very close to punching the girl in charge of the X-ray machine at Nuremberg airport since I showed her the box and asked her to be careful and first thing she does is shoving (yes, shove!) the present into a the tray and pressing it down so it would fit into the machine. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
But we made it to the wedding unharmed and now the newly-wed couple will live happily ever after.
I will post some more pictures on my facebook page, don’t forget to become my fan.
Ah, here is a new mixed project since it involves yarn and fabric aka sewing. I made this bag after a pattern from one of my first and still favorite books,“The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoll. I love the book especially for the whole explanations part because basically this book taught me how to crochet. Whenever I run into problems, this is the book I pick up. If you want to learn to crochet, you should definitely get this book.
The pattern is easy to follow though I made some mistakes in the beginning (instead of turning after finishing each row, I started to crochet in the round). The pattern at the bottom is not perfect! I also crocheted once around the entire bag when it was done to make the edges look nicer. I added some picot at the bottom, which you cannot see on the pics but which of course looks nice.
Lining is made of simply black cotton fabric from IKEA which I had lying around from another project.
I did not keep the bag, it is way way to small for me (I need to drag around tons of stuff in my handbag), though I would consider making a bigger version for myself for next summer.
Last week I made an awesome scarf, today I can proudly present the matching hat:
Hope my grand-aunt likes it! I do and I ma very tempted to keep it. Though I have tons of yarn from MaLana in Cologne so a lot of new hats will be added to my little store within the next weeks.
Less than 20 weeks till Christmas! Soon it is going to be winter so you need a warm scarf to protect your face from the gushing wind.
Nah, just kidding. My grand-aunt is turning 80 in a couple of days and she wanted a hat as a present. Hats need to go with a matching scarf so I first made a really nice scarf. It is super-soft, made of 90% Baby Alpaca. The hat will follow soon.
And here is me, wearing the scarf. It is really warming!
The scarf is now in the freezer so it won’t scratch when my grand-aunt will be wearing it.
In contrast to the happy piggy from last week, I hereby present the passive-aggressive emo-bunny. A present for my little sister’s 18th birthday. Every teenager needs a passive-aggressive emo-bunny!
And its behind, featuring a black puffy tail.
The tutorial for this bunny, which can certainly also be made in a cute way can be found here: Crochet Spring Bunny. Spring bunnies also flourish in summer!
… to live somewhere else. I have made a piglet again. And this one turned out to be even more perfect than my first one. Made of pink cotton yarn that seems to exist in abundance in my yarn stash. This time it even figures a tail!
Before I wrapped it up as a present (it moved out yesterday), it had a photo session with the older piggy:
First try on the right, new piggy on the left. The ears are definitely better on the new piggy.
You can’t see it but it really does have a little pink tail.
Last week I ordered some real Amigurumi eyes so you will see some more animals this year.