Category Archives: yarn

Christmas Elves by Alan Dart

I fell in love with the tree elves of Alan Dart. The tree trimmers of Alan Dart are very small dollies, they will not take many hours to make. It is knitting, but a experienced crocheter will make them also in no time at all just by looking at them. But I like knitting and small pieces don’t make me afraid. so I made two Elves the last weeks.

The making of the elves from the little pieces is a bit complex. I had problems with the mattress stitch, because the pieces are so little. But you can use other stitches as well. The used yarn is Phildar pronostic + and some small amounts of Scheepjes invicta and a little bit of golden yarn. The elves are knitted on needles 3.0 mm. The elves are about 20 cm high.

Because it is Christmas Time, I decorated the Elves with golden yarn. Furthermore I put some pipe cleaners in arms and legs and now they can sit and climb up and down the tree branches of my christmas tree.

Maybe I make some more tree climbers, Elzeblaadje

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Christmas Tree Skirt

I was early with my christmas preparations. Last year my husband suggested I should make a skirt for our christmas tree, but then there was no time enough. This year I started early november. I had a wonderful idea in my head, but is was not practicable. So I started at random with some red and green from a not so expensive yarn, that was in my stash. I used for the first rows a pattern, for I had no idea were to increase in the rows. So I followed a pattern that came along in facebook. It turned out to be rather easy. In the week that followed I let my hook do the job and a tree skirt was born. It is not the most beautiful object I made, but it will be nice under the christmas tree. The tree skirt is supported with 2 metal circles and a layer of fiberfill. Only I forgot the circles by decorating the tree. I put also some toadstools with lights in them under the tree.

The tree skirt is decorated with some overlay crochet, puff stitches and golden threads. The last row is a row of golden scallops. In the back is an overlap flap, but you can make if necessary a closure with buttons.

Much fun making your own tree skirt, 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

Persian Tiles 1

Jane crowfoot designed the Persian Tiles blanket. For more info visit the following website. http://janeknits.blogspot.nl/2015/08/persian-tiles.html

This month a new kit of the Persian Tiles Blanket came on the market. The tiles were executed in all kinds of sweet colors, like fuchsia, lemon and buttermilch. The packet name is Eastern Jewels. It was a very attractive blanket to see. A lot of people ordered the kit. Because I just finished a blanket and had ordered some more stylecraft special dk to fill my stash, I had no feeling to order the kit. I also don’t like the very sweet colors of the kit. But I had a box full of leftovers of the previous projects, so I decided to make my own colorful Persian Tile blanket. The pattern is easy to follow. The pattern could be a bit dull if all the tiles are of the same making. But making them from scratch and stash is a fun part to do. Each Tile has it own character. I show you the first 2 tiles. Not all the threads are already weaved in.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 1

proeflapjeThe Spirit of Life Cal is on its way. The first part was published last week and today part 2 will be published on the website of LillaBjorn. I decided to make the spirit of Life wrap with yarn from my stash. That was a bit difficult because there was little information about the used yarn. I think they want to sell a lot of yarn packets. But for me it was a challenge to find still some similar yarn in my stash. Luckily I had just ordered some alpaca and cotton yarn and it looked like they had the special colors I was looking for. So I made a swatch of the chosen materials and it turned out to be exactly the gauge of the Cal. But I still hadn’t decided to join in. There were so many other projects on my hook and so many things I liked to do, that another Cal would be too much work. So it took a couple of days to convince myself and then I just started with part 1.

I used the dutch translation. But maybe i had better read the original pattern for the dutch pattern was a bit confusing, Because the colors were named A, B,C and so on, I made my own color-card. Still it was hard to read the pattern and see If I had the correct color and was doing the right stitches in a row. But all went well, there were a few problems. First it is difficult to keep the edges of the piece straight. It is easy to lose a stitch or to make an extra stitch, so counting your stitches is the message. Also the special stitches of row 21, were to tight, so I made an extra loop in the stitch to compensate. Still there were some loops visible in the join. Also I started this piece with yarn B and hook 3,5 mm, because this was a cotton yarn and less flexible and the yarn was thicker then yarn A. the whole piece I made with hook 3.0 mm.

The used yarns were SMC catania color cotton and Drops Flora, a alpaca wool mix. The color combination looks a bit like the volcano kit.

On the picture you can see both sides of the piece and the color-card. The colors of the yarn are a bit different on this picture.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

SPOLVul1

 

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