Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A diamonds panel with gnomes !!!

I left you, some days ago, with an "unfinished business" (here)....

But everything is done now!!!

I don't know you, but I cannot find a joining method that I really like for diamonds. I've been browsing around, via Pinterest and various blogs, but nothing really convinces me ... I think that next time I'm going to use diamonds, I will finish them with a round of single crochets (US crochet terminology!) and then I will join them with a simple whip stitch, maybe in contrasting colour ... will see !

This time, btw, I decided to leave the edges of my diamonds rough and I joined them with slip stitches .... there is a little bit of overlapping, but this creates some 3D effect that I don't dislike ....






When all sewn/crocheted together, this is what I got ...








Then, I collected a wooden rod and some bits&bobs from my box of crochet/knitting tries and I made a panel of colourful diamonds ....





a close up at the not small details (!!!) ...







I've added some gnomes to embellish it!!!
You can find the directions to crochet them right HERE !!!!

I've decided to put this panel on a big standing lamp in our living room ....




.... I was too lazy to hammer a couple of nails in the wall!!! ;oD

xxxx Alessandra



Monday, 2 May 2016

Playing with diamonds ....

I've been using this shape in crochet before (HERE) and I wrote a knitting pattern (HERE), but then nothing more....

But on Instagram, because Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones hosted #ldjcrochethookup in April, I had the occasion to use diamonds again!!!

In fact, one day, all the participants had to show a crochet toy, but I didn't have one, as I always knitted all the softies I've done along the last ten years.... so, what to do???

I opted for a simple thing as a "lovey security blanket"(a very quick project, made in one afternoon!!), resembling "The Frog Prince" by Brothers Grimm ...





I had to crochet 8 diamonds in half double crochet stitches (I was following the pattern found on "500 crochet blocks" by Hannah Elgie and Kath Webber), sewn together with a simple over stitch.




I avoided the amigurumi technique to crochet the frog face and I opted for a classic circle (made of 4 rounds) in half double crochet stitches.




The crown was shaped on, once the two circles of the face were joined together with single crochets all around.
I like to keep things simple and I just added some little bells to embellish the royal frog!









After this toy, I made something else out of diamonds!!!!

My son Tobia loves lions a lot, but he doesn't have anymore the age for softies or similar, so I decided to crochet a practical thing, instead...
Luckily he is a good reader, so I decided to craft a lion bookmark, with a pair of moustache...







In this case, the diamond doesn't have the points at both edges, but the pattern is still that one!!
I had fun in making the mane out of chains and the moustache, I think, it's a nice touch!!






Something else, still diamonds related, is on my table right now ....





.... what will it be????

xxxx Alessanda

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

When you meet Anneke from Crochet in Paternoster .....

.... well, it has happened (almost a couple of weeks ago, in Cape Town!) ...




... you can have a lovely afternoon of nice talking and laughing : for me was magical to meet her, after knowing each other for a while through Crochet in Paternoster and Ons Hekel (a crochet closed group, founded by Stel from Haak-en-stekie ).

As you can see from the above picture, Anneke and I exchanged some gifts (crochet related!!!), and in my beautiful basket (crocheted by Anneke!) I found the followings ....




It was like Christmas for me!!! I was so happy to receive some precious South African cottons (from Moya and Nurturing Fibres ) and 3 balls of t-shirt yarns + a 12mm wooden hook !!!!
When back in Maputo, I had to start something with the t-shirt yarn, as I never used it before : very very curious !!!

The first idea I came up with was : a bag!!!  So, I started to browse in various Japanese crochet books until I found the right pattern for my purpose and I started my new adventure ...




I like many things about t-shirt yarn :
- its elasticity
- its sheen
- because of its thickness, the project grows quickly

The only thing that left me down, I think because I'm a real beginner with this kind of fiber, it was that my fingers were "soring" after a while I was crocheting.... you have to see me how I was "stubbing" the stitches when inserting the hook .... I was laughing (and sweating!) a lot, believe me!!!!
The original pattern was calling for two spikes forming an upside-down "V", but I opted for a single spike, instead, because of the thickness of the yarn and I simply preferred the "brick effect" given ...




Even Margot liked to play with these yarns ....




Little by little, the bag was growing and my excitement was so high ...







.... and a couple of days ago, the bag came alive ....






So big, bold, chunky : madly in love with this gorgeous bag!!!!
It measures 46cm (base) x 37cm
I'm curious to know even the weight ..... !!!!!! ;oD


The last pictures ....







Thank you Anneke, I really appreciated the t-shirt yarn and the challenge to crochet something with that !!!
I still have some leftovers and some royal blue to try .... !!!!! ;oD

xxxx Alessandra

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