I would like to share with you my newest project. A week ago I started my personal challenge. I would like to crochet granny square dress - it will be the Birthday present for myself from me :-)
I never made crochet dress in adult size and I never made a dress for myself also - it will be my premiere. Sooo, today it is a day 7 of my challenge, so I decided to share my progress on my blog also of course :-)
I was thinking about making this dress for years and I also was searching for the right material for years. I thought, that I will use my favorite Catania, but finally, I choose a wonderful material - a mixture of Viscose and Elastane, the Czech production, which recommend me one of our famous designer of knitted and crochet fashion Dana Vrbova. Anyway, she made wonderful models. Take a look on her Insta :-)
After a long time, I took my 2,5 mm hook.
And this is the progress of my personal challenge - day 7 :-)
Do you have also some crochet challenge? And did you fulfilled it? What motivates you to try something new or something big or hard? :-) Do you have some schedule? I am not good to keep the challenge, what set for myself, but this one I would really do. This one would be the breakpoint :-)
do you know what? February KnitCrate didn't come. The KnitCrate company was trying a new delivery service, but I don't know if it was a happy idea. Anyway, they wrote to me, that they switched to the old delivery method and look at what I found today in my post office? :-)
Tell me, what animal do these colors remind to you?
The little blue Titmouse
I still love to watching them and taking pictures of these little claws in front of our window.
And now you know the inspiration of this month.
★ A T I M E T O S H I N E ★
And what of beauty is inside?
400 yards of Knitologie Sheen yarn
My colorway: Titmouse
And it is 45% Merino Woll, 15% Silk 10% Cashmere
So tell me, isn't that beautiful?... ♥
There are so many beautiful patterns inside: Hannah Thiessen designed a really lovely design of knitted hat and set of scarf and headband. Kendall Timko designed the crocheted scarf and there is also an extra downloadable bonus pattern of Honeycomb shawl by Bonnie Barker. You can find there also other patterns e.g. Treeometry socks by Tracy Seamster, Lilia Vanini knitted scarf, A lovely beanie by Irina Pismenskaya and lovely knitted socks by Chloé Fourtune-Ravard.
And look what a beautiful little bag I found too.
I love it! I didn't know it before, but now I know, that I really needed this :-)
I am really curious if the next KnitCrate comes in time.
Anyway, I will let you know, about it for sure :-).
Every month full of inspiration! :-) Luxury yarn for an amazing price and I love it!
If you like this kit too, pick your KnitCrate here now, the March kit is available to the end of the March. They have many types of subscription e.g. by the month (a one-time purchase), 3-months, or even a full year etc. and if you will use this code:MAGIC20, you will get 20% Off the first month of your subscription. It sounds great, right? I need to say, that if you will subscribe to KnitCrate through my link, I will get some small commission.
so the first month of a new year and my KnitCrate was wondering somewhere. I get it on the last day of the month. I will write the review anyway :-) The KnitCrate company is trying to use another delivery service - so I guess, it needs some time, to the little mistakes will be solved.
So, take a look with me if all that waiting is worth it :-)
It means 402 yards in a total of this amazing yarn.
Look at these beautiful designs here! There are patterns for knitting and crocheting - all could choose the most favorite technique, or just learn something new :-)
Do you see how many patterns you can find here?
Personally, I am looking forward to trying this cute pattern. It looks soooo cool :-)
Well, I am sorry, that my KnitCrate came so late, that I can't write a review for you sooner. But on the other side - did you know, that you can buy the older KnitCrates until they are not sold out and solid yarn and patterns anytime on Knitcrate website? :-)
Anyway - as I said at the beginning of my review - this kit worth for all this waiting. Thank you, KnitCrate:-)
I am writing a review about this kits regularly so you can take a look on a new oneand if you like to try one of their subscriptions and if you will use this code:MAGIC20 and you will get 20% Off the first month of your subscription. It sounds great, right? I need to say, that if you will subscribe to KnitCrate through my link, I will get some small commission.
2 skeins for 100 g. It means 604 yards of this treasury in total.
Wait - a little summary: exclusive merino wool yarn with cashmere + 4 patterns in written and also in the digital form, including the postage - all for 24.99 USD
That I call - great deal :-)
Yes, you read correctly - cashmere - hmmmmm :-)
So smooth and pleasant. And I have to tell it again - THAT COLOR! ♥
I love the yarn and the color and that my Knitcrates came safely and on the time again :-) I just love that company!
If you like this kit too, pick your KnitCrate here now, the April kit is available to the end of the April. They have many types of subscription e.g. by the month (a one-time purchase), 3-months, or even a full year etc. and if you will use this code:MAGIC20, you will get 20% Off the first month of your subscription. It sounds great, right? I need to say, that if you will subscribe to KnitCrate through my link, I will get some small commission.
It looks like I was disappeared, don't be worry, I am still here :-)
But for all worries and work, I almost forget to share the beauty. I missed it so much and I missed you so much too, my dears.
It is a year ago when my heart was broken by tragically passing away of my dad. To tell you the truth, I am still not all right. My father always wanted to see me strong and smiling. Well, I don't know if I didn't fail, I guess, that yes. But I am really trying to be a strong girl :-).
Maybe you are wondering what I was doing all this time? Well - I started a second full-time job. You know, I understand, that we are living in the digital age, I love sharing, but among sharing and stealing there is a thin border. All these groups and sites, where are all that digital stuff, like I don't know - like my patterns - shared for free, thousands of the downloads for free, or for someone else profit, and you have no power to stop it...it forced me to quit or almost quit with the work I admire most of all. I was so sad and still, I am. You can't fight these windmills forever, at least I can't. For ten years I am trying to inspire others, to create something fresh and cool, to share the light and I still love it. I still love my colorful world, where I feel safe, I love my loyal friends and followers, and I am still trying to share the inspiration and the light ♥, but I am really tired from the stealing of my art, patterns and my spirit. It will take some time, to both my jobs will get used to each other, or one totally destroys the other. Well, I will see.
Anyway, now we have 4 days off because it is an Easter, yeah! Sooooo I took advantage and wrote you some letters. And my Knitcrate came, yes, so you can look forward to reading some new review.
So my dears, I have some new chicken on my table and I am going to crochet.
so with the last day month of the year, it comes the last review of KnitCrate in this year. Yeah!
This time the package was wandering a really long time, I get it almost at the end of the month, but it worth it for all waiting. The last one of this year was really special. Look at this yarn - isn't is wonderful? The colorway is named: Coperfield
I found there this lovely yarn by Yarnbrarry and a cute set of pompom makers in 4 sizes.
I also found a lovely magazine with plenty of patterns for knitting and crocheting. You can also download the patterns and get the digitals. So much effort is included in every package I get from the KnitCrate.
Oh, back to the yarn. A lovely mix of 40% SW Merino, 30% Mulberry Silk, 30% Baby Alpaca. It sounds good, right? There is about 200 g / 300 yards of happiness in total.
I have already prepared the yarn for work and I can't wait I will share with you my project made by this beautiful KnitCrate. It so so smooth and pleasant and the colors are just amazing for my winter mood. You know, I like it bright in the winter! :-)
It was for the first time, I get the Artisan crate and all I need to say is - thank you :-) This yarn is just perfect! I get also a lovely magazine with the patterns of hats, scarfs, socks, super cute pompon makers and extra sale code for my next purchase in KnitCrate shop all for 34,99 USD including shipping. If you like that kit, pick your KnitCrate HERE now. The December kit is available at the end of the current month as always, but you can also buy the yarn in the KnitCrate shop, if you like it! You can also choose from another type of subscription e.g. by the month (a one-time purchase), 3-months, or even a full year etc. The KnitCrate offers the sale for my followers and friends :-) Using this unique code: MAGIC20, you will get 20% Off the first month of your subscription. I love the sale codes! Thank you very much, KnitCrate!
The technical note: I need to say, that if you will subscribe to KnitCrate through my link, I will get some small commission.
Thank you for reading, my dears, and happy crocheting or/and knitting ♥
so it is here again - a new year. I would like to wish to all - to it will be a good one! Please, live through this year in peace, be surrounded by the people you love. Do what you love with a passion and be brave, if there will be something wrong. I will try to do the same.
I hope, that we will meet together with a hook or needles in our hands again and share some light and happiness ♥
"The patina of the time, faded, peeling paint and rubber-down boards, the play of the shadow and light on the everyday surface". This is the mood of this kit.
The partner of this kit is my favorite Audine wools again. In this kit you will find 200 g / 236 yards of yarn: the mixture of 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool and 20% Nylon, in DK weight.
The name of this yarn is Halo DK and I get nice autumn shade: the Olive.
This KnitCrate is very special, because, except a lovely yarn, you get also the small magazine, on very nice paper. And there you will find all patterns of this month crate, really interesting information about yarn in this kit, dryers and about designers. The patterns of your subscription are available in digital form too.
And now, to the patterns! :-) They are two patterns in my subscriptions. One crochet and knitting as always. So you can decide if you will take the hook or needles. They are on the intermediate level, this time.
The crochet pattern is called: Mossy Boss by Breann Mauldin. And as you can see alone, it turned pretty nice :-). Breann offers also the sale 30%OFF in her Ravelry shop. This is so kind of you, thank you!
The knitting pattern is called: Huerta by Pearl Knitter. This shawl is so lovely.
And some of the other patterns from the magazine.
The yarn, I found in my KnitCrate was very pleasant. Always perfectly fit the season. I have already made the cowl and I am very satisfied with the result :-) In a lovely magazine, I found 6 patterns, not only from my subscription - KnitCrate Membership, but from Artisan Crate and Sock Crate and Sock crate membership as well, but with no additional fees. My huge thank you, Knitcrate! The retail value of KnitCrate Membership is 63 USD, but you will pay only 24,99 USD and it includes - 200 g of Audine Woll yarn, 2 patterns, and 4 extra patterns and postage. Just WOW!
And I have a new. The KnitCrate has a new yarn partner - the fanfare, please: the Malabrigo yarns, yes! So WOW for the second time!
If you like that kit, pick your KnitCrate HERE now. The October kit is available at the end of October! So hurry up, not much time left! :-) They have many types of subscription e.g. by the month (a one-time purchase), 3-months, or even a full year etc. The KnitCrate offers the sale for my followers and friends :-) Using this unique code: MAGIC20, you will get 20% Off the first month of your subscription. I love the sale codes! Thank you very much, KnitCrate!
The technical note: I need to say, that if you will subscribe to KnitCrate through my link, I will get some small commission.
Thank you for reading, my dears.
I am totally hooked in my autumn projects. I will share them with you soon. Until then - have a lovely autumn time, my dears :-)
how are you? I am on the creative wave and well, I have a new free pattern for you. And this time, it will be the sugar skull. I designed my first my sugar skull in 2013.
And I always knew that I would like to write a free pattern for you. After 5 years, here we go. So if you are in the right mood, take the yarn and the hook and make one or two for yourself :-)
Design by Vendula Maderska
October 2013 - pattern written October 2018 :-)
What do you need:
• fine yarn/ sport/ 5 ply/ 12 wpi/ calls for 3 mm hook • hook 3 mm • scissors, common sewing needle and threads and the tapestry needle • the mix of embellishment: beads and spangles, • 2 buttons average 6 and 8 mm
I used this yarn: 100% mercerized cotton Catania Solids by Schachenmayr SMC Yarn weight: Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi), Yardage: 136 yards (124 meters), Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces), Gauge: 26.0 sts = 4 inches – using one thread. You can buy the yarn HERE
I used these colors: 6 g of the little bubblegum pink number 225, 4 g of light blue 376, the small amount of 110 black and 116 purple.
Hook: 3 mm
Measurement of the finished sugar skull:
The finished applique is 7 cm height (without tentacles) and 6 cm width in the widest point. Please remember, that the size of the finished project depends on the used material and your own style of crocheting.
Needed skills: easy
Abbreviations used – US terminology:
Slip stitch (SlSt)
Single crochet (SC)
Treble crochet (TC)
Increasing (inc): crochet 2 stitches in one stitch
Decreasing (dec) crochet 2 stitches together
[ ] ...x times = repeat instructions in in brackets ... times
( ) = the number of the stitches at the end of the row/round
This pattern is written in the English language, in US terminology.
Use bubble gum pink yarn, hook 3 mm and two threads and crochet continuously in spiral circle rounds – it means that you will NOT join the rounds and you will not turn the work at the end of the round.
Round 1: CH 2, 7 SC in the second stitch from the hook (7 SC)
Round 2: inc in each stitch around (14 SC)
Round 3: [1 SC in next stitch, inc] – repeat it 7 times totally (21 SC)
Round 4: [2 SC in next stitch, inc] – repeat it 7 times in total (28 SC)
Round 5: [3 SC in next stitch, inc] – repeat it 6 times in total, 1 SC in next 4 stitches (34 SC)
Row 6: CH 3 as a first stitch, 1 TR in next 5 stitches, end the work. Neaten free threads.
Use black yarn, hook 3 mm and one thread of yarn
Beginning: CH 6, join the first stitch with 1 SlSt. Round 1: [CH 4, 1 SlSt in the middle of the ring] - repeat 7 times in total, end the work.
Use light blue yarn, hook 3 mm and two threads and crochet in flat rows. Beginning: CH 6, CH 1 for turning the work, turn Row 1 -2: 1 SC in each stitch from previous row (5 SC), CH 1 for turning the work, turn
Row 3: dec, 1 SC in next stitch, dec (3 SC), CH 1 for turning the work, turn
Row 4: 1 SC in each stitch from previous row (3 SC), CH 1 for turning the work, turn
Row 5: CH 4, turn the work, insert a hook in the second stitch from the hook and crochet 1 SC in next 3 CH, 3 SC in next 3 SC, continue CH 4, insert a hook in the second stitch from the hook and crochet 1 SC in next 3 CH 1, 1 SlSt in the row 1, end the work. Neaten free threads.
Sew the eyes on the head, add the buttons, beads. Use tapestry needles and black yarn embellish the nose and mouth. Embellish the hat, use beads and spangles and make your sugra skull unique. Sew the had and head together.
And your Sugar Skull is finished :-) Congratulation!
Enjoy the creating, my dears ♥
If you would like to wear this applique like a brooch, just easily sew a little piece of felt to the wrong side and add the pin :-)
P.S. When I was creating this one, I was thinking about my father, who passed away exactly a half year ago. So this one is for you, dad. I am so sorry, you can't hear her playing the piano. She is much better than I was. You would be so proud of her, maybe. Just if you stay here a little bit longer, just if I tell you, that someone worthy of it. It is so sad, you didn't take care and didn't know it alone. But you made me speechless and I just didn't say it. So absurd conversation we had. I should say it! Maybe it would change something. I am so sorry.
If you would like to say something important to you your closest, my dears, just say it! Because someday, it simply could be too late and all these unsaid words could be haunting you...