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Presents of December

In december 2016 it was present time, so I made some gifts to unwrap on Christmas. But the presents had to be small and light for they had to travel overseas in a suitcase. It was difficult to imagine what the family would like to have. Nowadays everybody has all kinds of things so what present is there to give. My idea was to make a slipcover to put in a ladies bag in which you can protect your phone or you can put some other item in, like a smal box of paper handkerchiefs ore something else.

The slipcovers, I made three for three ladies, where all made from nice colorful cotton. I use often SMC Catania for it has a nice shiny touch. Every cover is made from 2 small Granny squares. They were combined to a small case. After joining them I made a bottom and an upper part with a flap wherein a buttonhole was made. The granny pattern came from a book, but it was a bit too big, so I altered the last rounds of the grannies. Most work came afterwards, the threads hanging loose.

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Preparing for Christmas

I planned a post about Christmas ornaments and other nice stuff to make. But something else came on my path and I forgot all about this post. No crochet or knitting this month, but I was scrap-booking an album about my youth. Now it is finished I can return to crochet and knitting stuff again.

mutsieBut because of Christmas I show a nice cap, It is easy to make. Choose a nice bulky yarn. Measure your head, cast on enough stitches to surround your head. Knit around with circular needles 10 mm in stocking stitch, till it is high enough. Take 2 normal needles and divide the stitches in two, knit them together and cast off immediately. Your cap is finished.

Merry Christmas, Elzeblaadje

Merry Christmas

Dear visitors and followers,

It is a busy time this time of year in Mansion Elzeblaadje, so my blog lacks some attention. I hope You forgive me. In the meanwhile I am also very busy with knitting and crocheting and writing patterns down, but the time is limited, these days, so you have to be patient. In fantasy land the gnomes and fairies haven been celebrating under the enchanted tree, for it is the time of the year in which the seasons shifts. It was a huge party and everybody is exhausted. But in the new year they will welcome new bothers and sisters.

Have a nice Christmas, Elzeblaadje



christmas-ornamentsI think December is a busy time for crafts woman. There are lots of things to do and one of them is making Christmas ornaments. Luckily I did make a lot the last years so I can take my time and do some other nice things.

It is fun to make your own Christmas decorations. Use your imagination to make some nice ornaments. I decorated these crocheted balls with apple blossom and leaves. but you can decorate them with anything you like. You can also make them in any color you like. So the balls are purple and lavender colored. A nice combination with the soft tinted flowers. The flowers and leaves are from a very popular book ” 100 flowers to knit and crochet” by Lesley Stanfield.

This year I don’t made ornaments or decorations. But I am still knitting and crocheting other items. On my needles is a cowl and on my hook fingerless gloves. On my worktable is a bear, I still want to finish before the end of the year.  I hope this will succeed.

I wish everybody lots of fun making their own ornaments.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Mezzaluna shawl 3

mezzalunashawl3Writing does it. After my last post I went looking for the Mezzaluna shawl and I saw that it needed not much to finish, so why not doing it right away. So now I proudly present my version of the Mezzaluna shawl or wrap. It is made with red sparkling yarn from a discount shop in town. The yarn is very vulnerable. It is red acrylic with a thin metal thread. The sparkling is not visible on the pictures I made, but it gives the wrap a luxury touch. I think it will be very nice to wear around Christmas time.

The pattern is to be find on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mezzaluna-crescent-moon-wrap

Greetings, Elzeblaadje


vissen-klAren’t they nice, these little fishes. Maybe a great idea to make them for christmas. I think they will do great in a christmas tree or other christmas ornament. They are very easy to crochet. You can make them in every color you like, I think gold and silver ones will do nice in a christmas tree.

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