Persian Tiles 2

 

It is fun to make the Persian Tiles in the way I do. Each Tile is different from the other tiles. And each has it own emanation. But it is also complex to make them in this way. The color combination is still unique for each tile. But after a few tiles, I made a scheme with all the colors and rows in excel and each time I start a new round I look onto my scheme to see if I have used the colors in this round or if I hasn’t. In the beginning I chose random colors, but after a while I noticed some colors were used twice in the same round. That is not a great problem and it is sometimes necessary to make a good color combination, but I like to avoid that kind of thing. If you look at the octagons I made, you see that everyone has it own appearance and emanation. I am very curious how the whole blanket will look whenever ready. I am showing now four different Persian Tiles and in the pictures so you can see how they show.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

 

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Spirit of Life Cal 3 update

Finished the little square patches of Part 3 of the Spirit of Life Cal. The middle circle is the trickiest part and cost some time to make, the rest is very easy straightforward crochet. But each square cost me almost a day, but that is due to all the projects I am busy making. If I could spend all hours in a day to crochet or knitting, there should be much progress in my projects. Now I am doing crochet in the day hours between other things I have to do. Knitting and simple crochet is for the evenings. The zip-joining is also not very difficult, but joining the squares to the basic piece was more a problem, for the left side was a bit longer than the right side, so I had to do it all over. I am still not totally  satisfied, maybe I do it one more time, I haven’t weaved in the threads so I can do it again. My concern lies by the edge, part 2 is a bit smaller than part 1 and 3, maybe blocking would help, but I don’t like to block each part over and over, so I wait till the whole wrap is finished.

I have already started  with part 4. Never have done C2C before, but the first steps were easy going.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Unfettered Shrug

hesje4This post is about crochet and stars. The stars or hexagon grannies are put together to form the unfettered shrug. (I still don’t know exactly what the meaning of the pattern title is in dutch). The shrug was first published in a magazine this spring.

The stars  have to be made first. I am making them from a thick cotton yarn (durable double four) in the color petrol and hook 5.0 mm.  The hook is one of my cheapest hookies. but it is a very smooth hook and that is what I need with this yarn.

The pattern of the stars is not very difficult but you have to be concentrated to make one of them, for there are many changes in the pattern. Luckily there is a chart which can be followed. I have simplified the pattern a bit, because the yarn made the original stars very stiff. In the central flower petals I decreased 1 dc in each petal and  in the third round I make 5 sc in stead of 7 sc in each loop. The half stars are made almost the same, with the same decreases and there I decreased also some chain stitches. 10 instead of 11.

The stars and the half-stars are assembled to form 2 panels. The panels will form a small kimono that can be weared over a t-shirt or blouse.

hesjeIn each panel there are 8 stars and 8 half-stars. The stars are 16 cm when ready. I misread the instructions about joining the stars. I have now tried several methods of joining, but sewing is still the most beautifully method. I have done almost one panel.

I am not yet finished with this project. A lot has to be done, but I will write about it in another post and show the kimono when ready.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 3

SoLCal pt2I have finished part 2 and started with part 3, but I have so many projects on my hook and needles, I hadn’t had  enough time this week to work on the Cal. Now I am a little bit behind. I started the first medallion of the 4 squares of part 3 yesterday, and although it is a bit of confusing, with the 2 colors alternating, it was fast made. if you know overlay crochet it has to be no big problem to make the medallions.  The remaining rounds will also be not difficult to make. Today I made the squares. Only the medaillons in the middle are a bit tricky, the rest is straightforward crochet.

Part 2 finishing was also no great problem, after awhile you know exactly how to make the stitches in the mosaic part and the rows that followed would also be easy going. The mosaic part looks very nice. In the triangles I see little devil heads coming to life.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Baby Knittings

I like to knit sweaters and cardigans for very little children and babies. Last year I made some items from the klompelompe book. I made a beanie and a vest, called granddad’s vest from a ball of Stylecraft special DK named silver. The klompelompe designs are very easy patterns and they look great on babies and small children. I have also made a nice pink dress, a bolero and some more vests.

Knitting is a relaxing thing to do and you can combine it with some television series. If you haven’t tried it you should do one day.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Baby Link outfit

babylinkoutfi3A year ago I made this nice baby Link outfit. It was a gift for a newborn child. The hero Link is a figurine in the nintendo games of Zelda. While making, I didn’t knew if the baby would be a boy or a girl.  So I choose for the Link outfit, because it would fit both. It was a lot of fun making the clothes. And a great surprise as a baby shower gift.

Yesterday I was amazed with a picture of the little one in the Link outfit. And I remembered I hadn’t wrote about it on my blog, because it had to be a secret.

At the time of searching for a nice pattern, I found out, that  Joanna Rankin already made a baby link outfit. It was designed for an small baby of 3 months. I made the outfit for a baby of nine months or elder, for I liked the idea that the child would crawl in the outfit around the house.  So I had to adjust the design and the measurements.

The outfit consists of a baby trouser,  a cardigan that has closure onto the back, a pointed cap, a belt with buckle and sock booties. All is knitted on needles 4. For the belt and the boots I used a doll outfit pattern from Annette Heffords, named Alistair Wizard and for the cardigan, cap and trouser I used the pattern of The Legend of Baby Link by Joanna Rankin as an example.

The outfit was knitted on 2 needles 4, with Scheepjes Colour Crafter, in the colors Leiden and Franeker. This is a very soft acrylic yarn. The booties and arm sleeves were knitted with SMC Bravo, color Brown, a more sturdy acrylic yarn. The body of the cardigan is knitted in one piece with buttonholes on the back. The sleeves were knitted together and are sewed later on into the armpits. The belt was made with a special stitch combination so it will keep his form. Also the buckle is knitted. Because the buckle is a bit heavy, I had to pin it onto the cardigan. The booties were also knit on 2 needles and later on the seams were joined. The symbol of Link, the triforce is also knitted into the body

It was really a fun project and I am happy the outfit is used. I have no notes found about the outfit, so if you want to make the outfit, you have to use your own imagination. the  pictures and the patterns of Joanna Rankin and Annette Heffords

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 2

SoL2Wednesday came the second part of the Spirit of Life Cal online and I started with this piece right away. The first 4 rows were easy, but then it became more difficult, for I had never made mosaic crochet before. It was soon very clear that working with the hook like I tend to do, with the pattern on my tablet wouldn’t work this time. So I printed 4 pages of the written pattern and the block diagram. I was hoping it would be easier to crochet. But it still confused me how the pattern would go. On this moment I crochet the first stitches of the pattern carefully and in the following repeats I follow the first crocheted part.

Making this piece of the Cal costs so a lot of time. It will be successful if you work slowly and concentrated. I have only occasionally frogged a row. I am now working on row 18.

My yarn D and F are different in texture. F is thinner and more flexible than D. Following the pattern for yarn D (Catania cotton) means I have to reduce the chains, because the stitches are longer. For yarn F (Drops Flora) I can follow the pattern and make 2 or 3 chains in between the other stitches. I also run out of yarn D. This was already anticipated, for I had only 1 skein of this color, but it took also more yarn than was foreseen in the pattern.  I have ordered some more balls of this yarn so I am prepared for the future parts.

I like the pattern very much, the colors match nicely. I think the designers have had much trouble in written the pattern down and making all the stitches corresponding. But it is still hard to follow, but whenever done you have a nice piece.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje