Showing posts from 2018

Crochet Christmas tree decoration

For few years I have had a tradition that I crochet a new ornament to our Christmas tree. This year the ornament was a gift box by Eleonora from Coastal Crochet.

Simply Crochet -magazine published 7 decorations by Eleonora in September issue, nr 75. I bought the magazine from Skipton when I visited Yarndale.
I made almost twenty gift boxes, for relatives, friends and school teachers.  And of course for us too.  I used Catania yarn and hook 2.5 mm

Crochet Pocket Foxes

For some time now, I have been admiring the work of Jillian from the blog Spin a Yarn Crochet. End of July she published this cute Pocket Fox pattern and I added it straight away to my to do list. 
 I made three foxes for my three children. In their favorite colors. 
The pink and the blue is made from Drops Muskat and the green is from Sirdar Cotton. Hook used is 3 mm. 
The pattern was very well written and the it was easy and fast to crochet.
The children love their foxes, and needless to say that I love the foxes too.

Crochet decorations - Starflake

I just love The Loopy Stitich Emily´s patterns. Like this Starflake.  I made few of these in November, as well as other Christmas decorations.

Some of these are for a Christmas market and some may end up to be part of a Christmas gift.
The pink one of course stays in our house :)

Pattern: The Loopy Stitch Starflake
Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania
Hook 2.5 mm

Bavarian crochet bag

At summer I wanted to try something new and small.  I found this Bavarian crochet little bag from Simply Crochet magazine, number 53. 
Yarn: Drops Muskat Hook: 3 mm Yarn usage: 75 g
The size of the bag is 17 cm x 17 cm. The strap is crochet i-cord. 

Pink crochet top

This was my second top last summer. More about the first one can be found from here.  This top was little bit trickier than the first one. I wanted it to be more shaped.  I think I succeed it very well. Of course I did a swatch and I calculated all the required stitches. Well, I needed to crochet and frog few times but the outcome was worth it.

The upper part is half double crochet (US) and the bottom is made with tulip stitch (you can watch tutorial for the stitch from here)
Yarn: Austermann Algarve Grande , 7 balls (รก 50 g) Hook: 3 mm Pattern: my own
I like this top a lot! I am pleased that I managed to crochet a garment with some shape on it :) I am not happy about my yarn choice though. The Austermann is very "hard" yarn. It was easy to crochet with but I noticed in the end that some other kind of yarn would have been better in this case. Yarn with more drape in it? Perhaps I will do this top again for next summer with different yarn.

Crochet socks - Baseline socks

This pair is my second pair for the Sock CAL. You can read about the first pair and about the sockalong from my previous post.
I had chosen this pattern in the beginning of the sockalong. The pattern, Baseline Socks is by Deanne Ramsey from Addydae Designs.  The pattern is amazing, I just love it!!

The yarn is from John Arbon Textiles, Knit by Numbers 4ply. I don´t think I can find words to describe this yarn. It´s something that I have never before crocheted with. It´s super soft and beautiful. I bought it from Yarndale. Now I wish that I had bought more.

I started to crochet with a 2.5 mm hook all the way to the heel. Then I changed to 3.5 mm. Also few rows of the leg part is made with 3.5 mm. Then I changed to back 2.5 mm. The pattern stated that the leg part should be 10 cm long. I made it shorter. Only 5,5 cm. For the cuff I again changed the hook to 3.5 mm and made three rows.  

These socks were easy to make, easier that I thought. I really really love this color combo and the …

Crochet Pearl socks

At September I discovered from IG that October is a sock month, socktober called. I have crocheted one pair before, almost two years ago. I enjoyed crocheting that pair, it was easy and fast to do. So I jumped right away to this sock crochet along. 
This crochet along can be found from IG using hastags:
 #sockalong2018 #socktober #sockcal2018.  This CAL is organised by Fay from @crochet_circle_podcast and Claudia from @crochetluna
 Very good articles about crochet socks can be found from various bloggers. Tamara from Crafty Escapism has organised a blog hop for this sockCAL.  I have had good tips for my crochet socks journey. 
I chose Pearl Socks by Mon Petit Violon to be my first socks of this CAL. I had the yarn ready, Lanitium ex Machina, glitter sock yarn. I had bought that yarn from knitting festival in summer 2017.

Before I started I tested my gauge with different hooks. I ended up to use 2.5 mm hook. Really small, I know. But crocheting the yarn with that hook went very smo…

Skipton hat

I just realized that this is my first crochet hat, for me. Well it was about time! This is Skipton hat. It is designed by Vicki Brown. She designed the hat last year while traveling to Yarndale by train. 
I bought the yarn two weeks ago from Yarndale, from Vicki Brown herself. The yarn is dk weight (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon) and it has 225 m per 100 g. I used hooks that was mentioned in the pattern, 3.5 mm for the headband and 5 mm for the rest of the hat. 
This was super easy to make, and fast too. The yarn is ah, so soft!  If you are looking for a slouchy hat pattern, this is it!
Ps. the shawl is Victoria Shawl by Sandra Paul

Yarndale 2018 - crocheters dream

This was my first trip to Yarndale and it exceeded all my expectations and beyond. I described the trip afterwards to my friends as unbelievably awesome, incomprehensible staggering!
I hope that at least some of my feelings as described above can be found below.


I had been following this event from the social media for few years and I remember thinking that some day I will go there. It was February when I decided that I think no more, I go! What a good decision that was! I asked my husband if he wants to go with me and he did.  So we traveled together to Yarndale.  I booked the accommodation in Skipton and flights to London already in March.

We departed from Finland early on Thursday morning 27th of September. We flew to London via Copenhagen (note to myself: book direct flights next time). We arrived to London around 2 pm, local time.  We had one night reservation at a hotel near to King`s Cross train station. We dropped our luggage to the hotel and had a traditional fish and chip…