Monday, 22 June 2015

..... Ooooops !!!!

Sorry girls !!!

We landed (I, Matteo and Tobia) one week ago in Milano, so we are in Italy for our summer holidays!!!!
We have had a lot to do in these last days, but the reason I didn't write any post yet is due to the apparent death of my laptop.....
Not nice!!! I'm waiting for good news from the technician who is handling my computer, as I'm desperate to share the wrist warmers photo tutorial!!!
Please  be patient and take care !!!

xxxx Alessandra
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A couple of projects !!!!

They are all done, but the first one still need some blocking ….. !!!!

The DIANTHUS HEXAGON

This motif (#52) is taken from the book 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden and I started one a couple of months ago, just for fun ….





… and little by little ( a lot of threads to cut and trim in for each hexagon!) it became bigger and bigger, with my obvious great satisfaction….





…. but, after crocheting 25 motifs I said : ENOUGH !!!! So, right now, I'm a proud owner of a new table centrepiece and I think it will be nice on my vintage wooden table (now in storage!) …




I didn't block it yet, so the actual dimensions are : 105cmx62cm

I used a 4mm hook and some yarn balls from my stash : Sirdar Wash'n'Wear in light grey, black, red, pink, white and turquoise!


LONG OVAL WRIST WARMERS

I really love to play with colours and shapes and I like to keep things simple, so I made these quick wrist warmers (my own pattern!) …







They look so nice on, don't you think the same???? ;oD

I was working with some leftovers of Moda Vera Marvel 8ply (hook : 4mm) and they took one afternoon to be made, even because the pieces are joined together as you go! The length of each wrist warmer is about 27cm.

I made a second pair a little more serious, but modern at the same time …



… As you can see, Matteo was really kind in helping me with the pictures … !!!! ;oD

xxxx Alessandra






Wednesday, 3 June 2015

DREAM A LITTLE BIGGER : CRAFTING ABROAD… INTERVIEW!!!

At the beginning of March, I received an email from Elena (aka Midsommarflicka), designer and DIYer , blogger at It was weekend and contributor at Dream a little bigger !!!!

In the nice email Elena sent to me, there was a kind request to take part in an interview …. just a few questions to answer…. I mean, why not???? I can do that, right?




…. If you are curious to know a little more about myself (the crafter behind all that crocheting!), well I invite you to have a nice read at the interview and let me know what your impressions are !!!! Thank you a lot!!!!!

xxxx Alessandra


Monday, 1 June 2015

Make it! A bunch of flowers !!!

In my last post you can look at some flowers I've been using to decorate the tops (they are glued on them) of some bottles' lids and today I'm going to share the patterns (sorry, no photo tutorial!) with you …






You need :

  • one hook (4mm in my case)
  • some colourful yarns ( from my stash : MODA VERA MARVEL 8ply, 100% acrylic)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a yarn needle
  • please, remember I follow the US crochet terminology! ;oD


The REBEL FLOWER




Choose a colour for the centre of your flower, make a slip knot on the hook, chain 4 and insert the tip of the hook in the first chain made, to form a ring.
First round : chain 2 and crochet 12 DC (= double crochets) into the ring and slip stitch in the top of the first DC. Cut yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends.
Second round : choose a new colour and make a slip knot on the hook. Push the hook in any DC top and make 1 SC (= single crochet), chain 9, make 1 SC in the 3rd chain from the hook and make other 6 SC in the next chains left . You will have your first petal made of 7 SC. Attach the petal in the same starting DC with a SC. In the following DC you will crochet the second (shorter) petal : 1 SC, chain 6, 1 SC in the 3rd chain from the hook and 3 more SC in the following chains left. Your mini petal is formed by 4 SC.
You need to crochet 10 more petals (5 big+5 small), just repeating the above directions given for the first 2 petals.
When the last small petal is done, make a slip stitch in the first SC of the first big petal made.
Cut the yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends.



The CURLY FLOWER




As for the previous flower, choose a colour for the centre.
Follow the initial directions and the first round written for the REBEL FLOWER.
Second round : pick a new colour and make a slip knot on the hook. Push the hook in any DC top and make 1 SC, chain 12 and, in the same DC, make another SC to complete the petal (this is the big one). In the next DC, make 1 SC, chain 8 and define the petal with 1 SC in the same DC. You have just crocheted the small petal.
Even for this flower, you have to crochet 10 more petals (5 big + 5 small), just following the directions given above.
When the last small petal is completed, make a slip stitch in the first SC of the first petal.
Cut the yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends.



The SUNNY FLOWER




Even for this flower, follow the same directions given for the beginning and the first round of the REBEL FLOWER!
Second round : choose a new colour and make a slip knot on the hook. Insert the hook in any DC top, chain 2 and make 2 DC. In each following DC top, just do the same : crochet 2 DC. At the end, you will have 24 DC. Cut the yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends.
Third round : you can decide between two options ! "A" option (on the left, in the above picture) : choose a new colour and make a slip knot on the hook. Push the hook in any DC top and make 1 SC and start the point : chain 5, slip stitch in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 SC in 3rd, 1 half DC in 4th and 1 DC in fifth, the point is done. Attach it in 2nd DC you meet, while skipping the first DC close to the beginning DC, just with 1 SC. You need to crochet other 11 points. When the last one is done, make a slip stitch in the first SC, cut the yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends. "B" option (on the right, in the above picture) : the SC to attach the points are made in the spaces between two groups of DC!! Easy peasy! Even here, when completed the last point, make a slip knot into the first SC, cut the yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends.


If interested, you can crochet even a SUN MOTIF !!! Have fun !!!! ;oD

xxxx, Alessandra







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