If you are looking for a quick project to crochet before winter is over, these comfy stay-at-home socks are a good way to give use to odd skeins that may have remained from bigger projects, and they also make great gifts.
One small skein like these ones from Flying Tiger stores makes for one sock for small woman’s feet (about 36 in Spain, which according to this website would be like a 5.5 in US and a 3.5 in UK)
Using this hairy yarn adds a plus of difficulty because you need to literally feel (with your fingers) where the stitches are, since it’s impossible to determine with your eyes where are you supposed to insert your hook next… This can be quite discouraging at first… but this also means it won’t show if you make any mistakes… 😉
The pattern itself is not difficult, and you can follow video instructions in my previous post about socks from (can’t-bellieve-how-quick-time-goes-by) two years ago.
This Christmas I made some of these envelope clutches as a gift.
Autumn is here and you should start working on your Christmas projects if you don’t want to find yourself finishing your scarves and sweaters in Spring! (True story, happened to me last year…)
Now I’m proud to show you this project that took me several months to finish: the reversible Dark Knight scarf!
It’s made with double knitting, with thin wool and 2.5 mm needles. (= a pain in the ass.)
Today I want to share with you this amigurumi I made as a birthday present for my friend Marta. She is Monkey according to the Chinese zodiac. We looked it up some years ago and we found out the description really matched her personality, and we’ve been making jokes about that since.
If you are looking for an easy, quick stash-busting crochet project, a pair of mittens is definitely a good option.
After surfing the web for some patterns, I ended up choosing this Youtube video by Cucaditas de Saluta, which is very clear and easy to follow even if you don’t know Spanish:
Socks, socks and more socks. This year’s present for everyone has been socks!
I started looking on Youtube and found out this tutorial by Oana Oros, which is really easy to follow, and the results are great!
One of the presents I’ve given this year is this scarf.
It was a request from my mother in law. She wanted to give her daughter a unique scarf for Christmas so she bought these fine yarns in Italy and I made the work.
I must admit I had no idea how I was supposed to work with the white… “thing” (I’m not sure you can call it “yarn”). I couldn’t find any directions, not even in the website of the manufacturer. But it turned out it is meant to make ruffles… so ruffles it is! 🙂
Those of you who follow the blog may have noticed that I’ve been posting some crochet fruits and veggies lately. Well, it all makes sense now that I can show you they are part of a playing set I made for my little cousins so they can pretend they go to the market, or to the garden, or whatever! 🙂
Here the fruits:
And here the veggies (although technically the tomato and the lemon are fruits too, and the mushrooms are fungi…):
Christmas in cooooming… although it’s so hot still in here it doesn’t look like it. But calendars don’t lie, and it’s never too soon for a crafter to start with the Christmas presents when you want to make a lot of handmade things for everyone around.
Anyway, I’m up to something but I can’t tell yet, because it’s a surprise, but it involves some crochet veggies as, for instance, this crochet mandarin orange.
It’s been a crazy week here in Barcelona and I’ve been super busy with all sorts of things. Finally it’s Sunday and all my plans for the day have been washed away by a tremendous rain that doesn’t seem to want to stop… 😦
But since I have to stay at home, I’m going to share with you one of my recent discoveries: Printing designs onto clothes by melting crayon shavings! I saw THIS in the internet and I thought it was super cool and new! Then I talked about it with a friend and she told me that this is a very old technique and that she did a lot of things with it at school, when she was a child. 😦
Anyway, new or old, I think it’s very clever, so I had to give it a try. I found the perfect occasion two weeks ago when my brother got his first job as a music teacher in a school. I wanted to give him something as a congratulations gift because I’m very happy for him and super proud! He was born in 1992 and he liked Pokemon very much when he was younger, and now he’s old enough to start having that nostalgia feeling for the way the world was “back in the days”, and for that I thought a T-shirt with the image of a pokeball would be cool.
The process in very simple and you can see it summed up in pictures in the original link I’ve mentioned above. Or you can keep reading for a more detailed explanation.