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.
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.
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!
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.
Recently I was on a weekend break on the beautiful island of Majorca and although it was warm and sunny and we were out and about in our summer gear, I came across this really gorgeous coat. When I think about it, on most of my trips I come across very special coats (sometimes it is a jacket, but mostly it is coats). Long story short, I bought it. The only thing that bothered me was that in big bold letters across the shoulders the name of the brand is embroidered. But I found the perfect solution: simply crochet a big shawl which will hide the letters!
Lace… So easy, yet so nice! Of course I also need the matching hat:
I used a bright red cotton yarn that goes perfectly with the embroidery you can see on the coat. On the pics, it looks a bit orangey but it is really a very intense red.
One more picture of the lace detail! Once again, I used a lace pattern from this wonderful book by Linda Schapper: Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns. The border is from another really great book by Edi Eckman: Around the Corner Crochet Borders. If you are afraid of crocheting lace, it is easier than you think! Especially shawls which are basically just big rectangles. Lace patterns look more complicated than they are. The whole shawl I made here is just chains, single and double crochet. I swear! I admit, I have not yet made another piece of clothing after the blue jacket which did not turn out the way I wanted it to be…
If you want a nice hat as well, why not have a look at my hats on Dawanda?
This week I made a replica of a fascinator I made earlier this year since my customer wanted it in different colors (well, the leaves):
The original one is still available in my online store, if you are interested!
I also visited a friend in Cologne (she had to model the fascinator for me since I did not bring along my styrofoam heads) this week and came across a really cute little yarn store: Ma Lana. The owner is super friendly. I have bought some yarn for trials and I am positive that in the near future I will put in an order with Ma Lana.
This week has been pretty quiet but I am already working on some new awesome projects!
I love this song… Ich möchte ein Eisbär sein – Nouvelle Vague
And with this song in mind I worked on two baby hats this week. One is for a tiny polar bear, one is for a tiny black bear.
They are made with cotton yarn and a 3,5 hook. You might remember that I already tried making babyhats earlier this year and then was utterly surprised to find out that babies do have quite large heads. Now I make my baby hats a bit bigger. Babies cry less when the hat actually fits
On Monday I also made a couple of wristbands based on the one I made last week. They are already awailable in my online store: Wristbands made by Nadel Verpflichtet. All the pictures can be seen on the Nadel Verpflichtet Fanpage on Facebook.
Ever since I made the bag of Zpagetti yarn, I had this idea of using the Zpagetti yarn for wristbands. I had cut a stripe and wrapped it round my wrist so I would get the right color of sewing thread. Even after making the purchase, I kept the strip. I did not like the knot though. This afternoon I took a fresh piece of yarn, sewed it together with a couple of stitches on my sewing machine and then added a purple flower, which I think works perfectly with the turquoise color of the wristband.
Tomorrow is a day off so I am planning on making a couple of more wristbands and add them to my store.
By the way, did you ever try to take a picture of your hand/arm? It drove me nuts! My arm looks like a giant bar of white wax… But my husband has promised to volunteer as “wrist model” tomorrow. He at least has a tanned arm. Might look better! Plus I could concentrate on taking the picture. It was quite challenging to take a good pose with one arm an then not move to much while taking a picture of it with the camera in your other hand!
One more shot without the awkward arm.
I also made 3 sleeves for iPods and a brand new LG Optimus Speed:
The 4th one, for my mother-in-law:
My iPhone sleeves are still available in my online store: Nadel Verpflichtet.
When on holidays in Amsterdam recently, I bought about 6kg of a special yarn I found on the internet: it is called Hoooked Zpagetti. The material is actually fabric. You have to use really huge crochet hooks to work with it. The positive aspect is, that your project comes togtehr quickly due to the bulky material. So I bought 2 balls each of three colors. And this is my first project for which I used on ball (actually I tiny bit of the second ball was needed for the embellishment).
Here is a handbag I made of a stretchy turquoise/petrol “yarn” (the color does not come across right on the pictures). The only problem was inserting the lining. Even my really good sewing machine could not handle the bulkiness of the material. For the next handbag I need to find a different solution.
The lining is some fabric I bought a while ago at Ikea for a very small amount of money. I inserted two small pouches on each side for mobile phone, lighter, keys, MP3-player…
And here is a picture of the flower detail: