Author Archives: Alice

About Alice

Creative maker and writer, likes to crochet and knit, loves nature.

My way of making things

proeflapjeMaybe it is a bit quiet on my blog, but it is not quiet in my working hands. There were a lot of things i was doing with needles, hook and yarn. But it is all a bit different from the usual.

So it came a month ago, to my mind to make a cardigan without sleeves and decorated with sunflowers. I will blog about it later on. Luckily it is almost finished. I designed the sunflowers myself

Furthermore on the same time, I become to like the persian Tiles blanket, but I was not in the mood to order the colors and amounts I needed to make the blanket. By then the new colors of the Persian Tiles were published. A very sweet version of the persian Tiles is becoming very popular. Very nice to see but a bit too sweet for my taste. It came into my mind: Why not make the blanket of the many remnants of yarn I have in my boxes. So I started with this project.

And then my Sister in law showed me a nice bolero in a magazine and I want to make it one of these days for my daughter, just like a cable shawl and some other things I liked to do.

So you know now I am too busy to blog. I think every craftster has many projects she likes, some they will finish and some will be forever on its way. I try to do not to many things at the same time, but this autumn I became involved into many projects and I forgot my golden rule, finish first something before starting a new project.

And now the spirit of life Cal came online. I think I am going to be crazy for I have also I nice idea to make this Cal with yarn from stash. The picture above is the try out of the spirit of life Cal in my own special way.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

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Mushrooms and Toadstools

SU1Did you loved my autumn cardigan with the toadstools? I have put the pattern of the toadstools online You can find the pattern here >>>> Toadstool Pattern page.

The pattern was designed for the extended parts of my Sophie’s Universe Blanket. The band is crocheted in rows, so it is suitable to incorporate in a cardigan or sweater.

An other band I designed is the butterfly band. You can find the pattern here >>>> Butterfly Band pattern page

I hope many sweaters and cardigans will be made with butterflies, mushrooms and toadstools this autumn.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

The Ross Poldark Blanket Cal

rossdeken7I have participated in the Ross Poldark Blanket Cal. So the last 2 months I was busy with crocheting the panels and squares of the blanket. I made it from my stash, although I had to order some extra skeins of certain colors. Because i was out of silver and didn’t liked the grey colors I have replaced them with sage and cloud blue, also copper and mocha were replaced with claret and gold, and black with midnight. In one block I have used a little bit of raspberry. The color names you can find bij Stylecraft special dk acrylic yarn.

For the pattern I used the dutch written version. In the description I sometimes had to look on the pictures, because nowhere was written in which stitch in the underlying row or round, a bpdc or fpdc was anchored. That was a bit annoying, But luckily there was a big picture of the square of panel in which you could see all details.

I have used 12 and a half skein of yarn, but I think there is also a half skein of threads left. The last week I was very busy with all the loose threads to finish off and to sew the seams together. That was more work than crocheting the panels itself. And there is still a row to be done.

The edge I created myself is very simple, just some little dots and row of sc stitches. I ended with a a row of midnight sc and each 6th stitch a fptc.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Autumn cardigan

ts-cardigan3Well, it is been a bit quiet on my blog. I was busy with my garden, a blanket, relaxing and a food forest. No time for blogging was left. But today I am back. I am showing my new autumn cardigan. I made it this spring and after it was finished the weather became more nice and my cardigan wasn’t worn.

The theme of my cardigan was autumn. I made rows of toadstools, flowers, bees and leaves. The yarn is Stylecraft special DK and the hook 4.0 mm, There are nine colors in the cardigan and the size is XL. On my ravelry  You find more information and pictures.

The toadstool band is also used on my Sophie’s Garden Blanket, in the extended parts. For the sleeves I created a band with little mushrooms.

I hope you like my creation. Greetings Elzeblaadje

Secret Garden Blanket 6

Do you remember my secret garden blanket? It is finished and almost ready to hang on the wall. In the last post i made a edge of roses. I had the idea that some water in my garden would be nice so I made two rows of ditches with some flowers like the yellow lis on the banks of the ditch. It is not so complicated to make. But there are a lot of rows to crochet.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Purple gloves

gloves2My neighbor asked me to make her a pair of warm gloves and they had to be purple. It was a challenge to make them. First they had to match a favorite scarf, but purple is a difficult color. So I lend the scarf and went to a wool shop. The lady in the shop advised me to buy  two different kinds of yarns, that matched the scarf. At home me and my neighbor Ana choose the  alpaca yarn. Then I had to find a pattern that matched the yarn. I also didn’t want to knit on four needles or circulair needles. But most patterns are knitted in the round. Luckily my Sister in Law found me a sirdar pattern of gloves knitted with two needles and with the same size my yarn needed. So I started knitting and within a week the gloves were ready. Afterwards a few things could be better. Like the thumb and the fingertips, but that is for a second pair of gloves. For more details visit my ravelry page!

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Knit fashion for kids

Last weeks I was very busy with knitting. From my needles came a little bolero for my niece, she is 9 years old and loves to dance. I was inspired by te knitwear of Katie Jones and made a bolero in her style. The bolero is knit with needles 4 mm and with Stylecraft special dk (total 1 skein) and it is all knit with cables and different stitches, I like the puff stitches. Some parts are crocheted, arm holes and front band. The colors were raspberry, storm blue, citron, white and turquoise. No pattern is available. My niece was very glad with the bolero gift.

Greetings Elzeblaadje