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January Wreath


Do you like winter? My answer: yes I do. But it is just not that magical for me after New Year’s Eve. Snowing and melting, those beautiful lights are removed, dark days, cold...
I was hesitating a lot what kind of wreath should I make for this month. There are hearts everywhere, blogging world is preparing for Valentine’s, but we don’t celebrate that day, since it doesn’t have tradition in our community.
So I decided to leave some pieces of our Christmas decoration to decorate our home longer. That's why I have the colorful Christmas lights all year in our living room. It is so pretty at any night of the year when we want a bit more cozy feeling :)
Before Christmas I made dozens of snowflakes, some tiny trees and a snowmen couple. The trees are already in the Christmas ornaments' box, but a few smaller snowflakes and a snowmen stayed. I wrapped around the syrofoam wreath with leftover yarns. I chosed those ones, from which I don't want to use for crochet or knitting. 



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Mop It Up Mondays @ I Should Mop the Floor More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac  Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative  Make Something Mondays  ♥ Share it Linky Party @ The Winthrop Chronicles   Wow Us Wendesdays @ Savvy Southern Style  Somewhat Simply @ Somewhat Simply ♥ Friday Flair Linky Party @ Whipperberry  I love Fridays Linky Party @ Petals to Picots  ♥  Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest ♥ The Crochet Boulevard  ♥  Link your stuff  ♥  Nifty Thrifty Sundays @ Nifty Thrifty ♥ Think Pink Sundays @ Flamingo Toes ♥  Craft Schooling Sunday @Creative Jewish Mum  ♥ DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff

January WIPs

This year I have joined to Ana’s and Linda’s  „Stashbuster Challange 2013”.
So time to show you my stash. Well I don’t have an impressively great stash, because mostly I buy yarn for a running project and in december I ate lot of yarn. Now I am having approx. 1 kg yarn in various type, color, thickness. 

I am storing the most of my stash in this big box organized into bags, but I am planning to reorganize it in a bigger space.


Balance of my finished projects in January: 

- knitting: 3 earwarmers (post comes on Friday, the pattern is already available in my shop)

- crochet: 4 more purses (the whole collection is available in my shop):  


Running projects:

I am working on a new handbag from months! It might seem, that I already dislike it. But no, I don't! I am just bad at making things for myself. I hibernated  this project after I completed the front piece, but last week started to knit the other. Keep fingers acrossed for me :)
Once the bag will be finished, it will look like something like this: 

I will definitely share the pattern! It is not a quick knit, but this basketwave pattern is so pretty, I couldn’t miss!

I am working on more headband design. This time with cables! I LOVE cables!

And I have these two softies in progress. Remember this pictures of super adorable baby Lili? You might seen the owl she received from me for Christmas. Now I am making a few more to my shop. Here is another confession: I am bad at making things for my shop too, because I have a mum and mum-in-law, sister-in-lawa and lot of nieces, cousins... Compliments just melt my heart.. I must give them away...
This month I used up 248 meter yarns. 
(I installed the knit-meter and crochet-meter widgets on my sidebar.)

Wish you happy crafting!

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Crochet Purses - the simple ones



Last year I ordered a few purse frame from one of my favourite online shop. But I was waiting a couple weeks to complete the first purses. Before Christmas I have already showed an Insta picture from my WIP purses. There was two simple designs and a granny one.



I am a bad blogger, I forgot to to take a picture from the finished granny purse I made for my sister-in-law. She was very happy about her gift :) This purse was a little bit bigger, made up to a 5" frame. 

Now I would like to show the other two purses from closer to inspire you.
I used SMC Catania for all of my wallets. I think mercerized cotton yarn is the perfect choice when resistance is important. (I had some bad experience with wool blends in this field.)

The fuchsia (purple) one is also a bit bigger piece than a normal coin purse. The frame has silver color and so shiny. (On the third picture you can see me in the clasp...) 



I don't have personal favourite, but if I would have, it would be this red one. Red is my all time favourite color and I love polka dots too. It is a smaller one, just 8 cm wide and approx. the same tall. The frame is embossed antique brass. 



I lined my purses with cotton fabric for a better look. I really enjoyed crocheting these purses, it was easy after I found the right gauge, maybe sewing to the frame was the most challenging part. 

Wish you happy crocheting!

You can find these purses in my shop

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Mop It Up Mondays @ I Should Mop the Floor More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac  Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative  Make Something Mondays ♥ Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I am Topsy Turvy ♥ Share it Linky Party @ The Winthrop Chronicles  Hooking on Hump Day @ My Merry Messy Life   Wow Us Wendesdays @ Savvy Southern Style  Somewhat Simply @ Somewhat Simply ♥ Friday Flair Linky Party @ Whipperberry  I love Fridays Linky Party @ Petals to Picots  ♥  Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest ♥ The Crochet Boulevard  ♥  Link your stuff  ♥  Nifty Thrifty Sundays @ Nifty Thrifty ♥ Think Pink Sundays @ Flamingo Toes ♥  Craft Schooling Sunday @Creative Jewish Mum  ♥ DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff

40 min beanie {free pattern}

Beanie in less than an hour
Since I have done with this beanie, I wore it a couple times to work. I just hate freezing: in winter I am not dressing pretty, although I love skirts with colorful tights, after december I can't wear them. The prettiest outfit I can make are my thermo leggings with boots and long-sleeve tunic (with turtleneck sweater under). That's why I am so into accessories!

I made this beanie after Christmas, now it is time to share the easy peasy pattern. It is so quick, it took just 40 minutes to complete! The pattern made up from 11 rounds with 36 stitches in the widest point. I attached a very simple flower to the beanie to give a pretty touch.


Make this beanie in less than an hour. 
MATERIALS:
Þ      bulky yarn approx. 50 yd / 45 m (Steinbach Wolle Ahoi color #37)
Þ      crochet hook size U.S. 13 / 9 mm
Þ      tapestry needle to weave the ends (or use your hook)

SKILL LEVEL: beginner (easy-peasy)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: adult women size (Medium/Large)
·         diameter: 19” / 53 cm
·         height: 23 cm 

ABOUT THE PATTERN:
Þ      crocheted from the top down
Þ      ch2/ch3/ch4 never counts as hdc/dc/tr
Þ      always join to the first hdc/dc/tr (not to the chains)

ABBREVIATIONS:
ch
chain
sc
single crochet
hdc
half double crochet
dc
double crochet
tr
treble crochet
sl st
slip stitch
st
stitch
{}
number of stitches in the round
**
Repeat between

GAUGE: 7dc’s in 4 rows = 4” (10 cm)


PATTERN


R1
Maginc ring. Make 6 hdc in the ring. {6}
R2
Ch2, make 2 hdc in ea hdc around. At the end join to the first st. {12}
R3
Ch2, * 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in next st * Join to the first st. {18}
R4
Ch2, * 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in next 2 sts* Join to the first st. {24}
R5
Ch2, * 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in next 3 sts* Join to the first st. {30}
R6
Ch2, * 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in next 4 sts* Join to the first st. {36}
R7-8
Ch3, make 1 dc in ea st around. Join to the first st. {36}
R9
Ch4, make 1 tr in ea st around working on back loops. Join to the first st. {36}
R10
Ch1, make 1 sc in ea st around working on back loops. Join to the first st {36}
R11
Ch 1, make 1 sc in ea st around. Join to the first st. {36}
Weave the ends.

FLOWER
R1 Ch6 and join to a ring. Make 6 sc in the ring.
R2 Work ea st in the ring: ch1, hdc, dc, hdc. At the end join with a sl st to the beg.


Tip: If you don't have bulky yarn like this, just work with 3 strands wortsted weight yarn holding together. 

I am ready for the cold weeks!

Wish you happy crocheting!

It is just one bulky ball or 3 x half ball of worsted weigh yarn: a great stash-buster project!


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Mop It Up Mondays @ I Should Mop the Floor More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac  Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative  Make Something Mondays ♥ Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I am Topsy Turvy Open Call Tuesday @ Salt Tree  Share it Linky Party @ The Winthrop Chronicles  Hooking on Hump Day @ My Merry Messy Life   Wow Us Wendesdays @ Savvy Southern Style  Somewhat Simply @ Somewhat Simply ♥ Friday Flair Linky Party @ Whipperberry  I love Fridays Linky Party @ Petals to Picots  ♥  Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest ♥ The Crochet Boulevard  ♥  Link your stuff  ♥  Nifty Thrifty Sundays @ Nifty Thrifty ♥ Think Pink Sundays @ Flamingo Toes ♥  Craft Schooling Sunday @Creative Jewish Mum  ♥ DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff

Hermione hearts Ron hat

Before Christmas I was so busy with my crochet, knitting a sewing although I didn't plan too much handmade. I made the choco spoons for my cousin, knitted a hat for my husband and for an other cousin (baby Lili's mother), sewed two pillows for Juci and baby Lili and crocheted a purse for my sister-in-law. Plus almost each wrapping were decorated with crocheted snowflakes and made some garland too. It didn't seem to much at first, but I had to realize, that knitting a beanie on 3 mm needles is not a one-night adventure and although a snowflake is really quick to complete, but 30 of them is a nice crochet-along program. 
Time to share with you my creations. This post is dedicated to my cousin's beanie. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry. It is so delightful I had to make it. I owned the grey yarn from months, it was bought for a hat for myself, but Christmas changed my plans :)

This beanie was really a last-time project, I started to knit on 22th December and the blocking was ready on 25th December evening. I met with my cousin on 26th. 



The hat was inspired by Hermione's hat from Harry Potter. And I must tell, this beanie exactly looks like Hermione's hat!! So lovely! 
Do you like Harry Potter novels? I love them, I will never be enough grown up from fairy tales.... 

The designer of the pattern asks us to make an upside down photo. So I  asked husband to take a photo from me. I am a little bit scary on the picture:



But my favourite pictures are those where baby Lili is modeling. See how cute she is in this oversized hat:
The owl pillow she is playing with was my gift for her :)


Wish you happy crafting!

News in this Year


Normally I don't commit myself to New Year's resolutions, but this year I would like to make some changes: step out of my comfort zone, try harder, make things that before I would never try, and don't say 'I can't'. The other things I really like to find balance between my family, friends, job and my hobbies. I think I have already made a great time schedule to have time for everything. My blog break helped me a LOT, seriously just step out a little from your daily routine, and you will see how you should do it. This year I would like to push myself to use my time better and be more focused.

Our newest 'self-portrait' from an other angle . 

I am an intuitive person by nature and a bit changable. {Okay very changable.} I always blogged about my recent and random projects, I have never had blogging schedule, the only regular things I had (just for a couple times) the WIP Wendsdays. I thought I wouldn't be able to follow a routine, but now I would like to put in some regular posts on my blog. 

1. Pattern of the Month
It would be great to share one free pattern in each month. Last year I shared 22 patterns, which meant almost 2 per month, but there were weeks, when I published two, and after for weeks nothing. One pattern is doable! 

2. Monthly WIP
In summer I should do WIP posts in every week, but nowadays it is hard to catch the sun, so I am thinking to show you once in a month some of my wip projects.


3. Wreath of the Month
I have a foam wreath and I will redecorate it each month to give a fresh look to our home. It is also a challange for myself.


4. Monthly Favourites

I am so excited about this. I would like to show my favourite projects from my blogger friends every month. I have so many talented blogger friends and this whole blogging activity is about the community. 



I write normally eight post per month. It is a comfortable number for me, so after these changes half of my posts will be about my random projects and patterns. 

And one thing I would REALLY want: to take more photos outdoor. Well, it is a great challange for me, the urban girl. I don't have a backyard, just a small balcony, but my parents and  in-laws have and there is a nice park just a few miles away, so this way I will push myself to spend more time outdoor. I fill two needs with one deed: I am going to have a more colorful blog and a healthier lifestyle.

One week after NYE all these are still looking managable, I am just waiting for the Sun to take some pictures!

Wish you happy crafting!


Dear Sunshine & Dear Colorful Nature, I miss you so much!

Calling for pinners

I am passionate about handbags. I love sewing, knitting, crocheting [and buying] bags, purses, clutches, pouches, totes, wallets and so on. But I think a girl can never have enough ones, so I am always searching for inspirations, and new ones to adore...
That's why I created a board on Pinterest to make an ultimate collection of crocheted and knitted bag inspirations. There are so many bags to pin and being inspired!


Now I am calling for pinners who have the same passion. The rules are simple: you can pin patterns, projects, inspirations, WIP pictures or anything crocheted and knitted bag related picture. 
If you would like to contribute in the board just send me a message or leave a comment. 

Wish you happy creating!