Category Archives: animal

Little birds

vogeltje1When I started with crochet in 2012, I was first inspired to make amigurumi. And my first design was a little bird. I made several birdies to test the pattern. Now 6 year later i have translated the pattern in dutch, And to do so I made more birdies. It was again a fun project.

A little bird cost only a few hours to make. Most time consuming things are sewing the little parts to each other and embroidering the bird.

Threads have to be carefully finished off and there are a few tricks that can make the bird sturdy. So the wing threads are pierced through the body to a place on the back, then firmly knotted and put away in the body. Pulling the body fabric a bit up will do the trick.  Remember a child will play with the bird and pull hard on the parts, you don’t want these parts to come loose.

More about making amigurumi is to find by

My birdie pattern in English is to find in the pattern part of my website under little things

The dutch pattern is to be found on Elzeboom, my dutch website.

Much fun making birds, Elzeblaadje



U.f.o’s and bear

I am good in forgetting to finish projects. So there are a lot of u.f.o.’s in my boxes and working basket. This summer I want to finish some of these projects. After each new project I search for an old not finished project and try to finish it. Sometimes very difficult because I can’t find the original pattern or haven’t kept my notes.

beertje 4After finishing Miss Bear, also an u.f.o. I found in the bag a few parts of a small bear, The knitted body and head parts  were kept together by a pin, but I couldn’t find out which part belonged to the body or to the head and how they had to be assembled. Also the little bits or yarn in the bag were not sufficient for knitting  the other parts of the bear and the yarn I had ordered to finish the bear, was a bit different from the original yarn. It was becoming a real challenge to make the bear.

In my work book I found a copy of the pattern. The bear turned out to be the small star bear of Debbie Bliss!  With the pattern at hand I sewed the parts of the bear together and knitted arms and legs. The description of the pattern is not always clear but I remembered from other DB bears I made that I had to start at the cast on side of beertje 5the neck to sew the head parts to each other. I missed a picture of the head parts, in which was showed how to assemble them. Only written instructions are put in he book.  I also had altered some instructions to minimize the amount of parts to knit, that was either not helping. Also I hadn’t noted the needle size, and this was different from the pattern. The ears I made with the remnants of the original yarn and some natural flesh colored yarn, for the arms and legs I used the newly ordered yarn in a slightly different color. The used yarn is SMC Bravo, the needle size 4.0 and 3.5 mm

For the little bear I made furthermore pants and a shirt. Later on I made also a skirt and shoes. I think it is a nice bear, looking joyful and it looks like she want to dance.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Appie the little monkey

TK1When I was young, both my brothers had a favorite plush, a little monkey. Appie they called him or her. First my second brother had a monkey and when my third brother was born, he also received a monkey from my parents. When I dreamed about a big monkey in a baby blanket and I wondered why I dreamed about this animal, a friend advised me to make myself a monkey. Luckily in te book of Debbie Bliss Toy Knits, there was a nice pattern of a plush. With some left over yarn (Bravo SMC) I knitted the little fellow and made my monkey. When I was sewing the tail to its body it occurred to me that it was a very small animal, a baby monkey looking for a mum. Now my monkey Is finished I call it also Appie, as tribute to my second brother that passed away 40 years back. I hope he watched me dreaming and making monkeys.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

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Reviving my Bear project

berenboekA few years ago when I was in knitting modus, I knitted several bears, but the last one never made the world. He was put away in a bag and forgotten. But a while ago I found the bear and put her together, but again I had not the time and the spirit to finish the bear. I think it is a forgot-me bear.

The original pattern is from the book “Teddy Bears” from Debbie Bliss. She wrote a real nice book with patterns about bears. I used the pattern of the bear on the cover for my bear.

June 2016 I found the bear in its bag and used it for a photo-shoot. And surprise, surprise I was in the mood to finish the bear and this time I succeeded. Luckily I made a copy of the pattern, because the book isn’t anymore in my possession.

Although the pattern was difficult to translate in dutch, I still made something that looked like a bear. I changed the pattern a little bit so I had less seams to sew together.

beer5The bear is the last of a serie of bears  I knitted. I call her Miss Bear, because she is a real big bear. She is as big as a newborn baby (48 cm). I knitted the bear with the color brown from SMC Bravo on needles 4.0 mm. The color is not available any more, but there are other browns in their collection. I have, pity enough, no photo’s from the other bears, but they all found a loving home.

For Miss Bear I made also a set of clothes. First a pant, and second a sweater and hat. Well that is the story of the forgot-me-bear “Miss Bear”. About the clothes I shall make an other blog in due time.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Little things to make

birds 2It is almost Eastern and it is a custom in the Netherlands to put some branches in a vase and decorate them with little figurines and eggs. You can make your own figurines or little things to decorate a branch. I have 2 patterns added on my page little things. One pattern is a basic pattern of a bird and the other is a basic pattern of a fish. You can variegate in color and so on the pattern to make your own birdies or fishes. They look nice in a branch. On the picture I made a little crow to please my husband and a kind of parrot bird, made with thin yarn and small hook.

The pattern page of the birds and fish is to be found under pattern and so >>> little things in the main menu.

Greetings Elzeblaadje


Racoon shawl

racoon_shawlRemember Mr. Fox? I made another one. This time it turned out to be Mr. Racoon. You can wear him on your shoulder and he will protect your neck against all kinds of evil, mostly cold and rain. I think He is cute. I made him from Katia Alaska, a thick acrylic yarn. Knitted on needles  7 mm and filled with fiberfill. The colors are white, brown and dark brown. You can use the Mr. Fox pattern. Only the ears are knitted in another way.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Frog and friends

froggieSome weeks ago I had a crochet flow and made this nice frog together with some mice. Doesn’t he look like Frog from Frog and fiends? But when you kiss a frog with a crown, like this one, you can be surprised by what next happens. Maybe he becomes a prince.

The frog is made from thin cotton yarn, but still 20 cm high. This because of his long legs. I wanted the frog to be a bit natural. The legs have toes, long toes.froggie1

Because of his likeness with the character from frog and Friends, I gave him a nice swimming trouser and because it is already chilly in here, a long red scarf. The crochet flow faded away, other wise I should make all his friends, or I will do it some other time. For now he is on his own.

Greetings Elzeblaadje