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FFOM (favorit finishes object of the month)

Time to wrap up this month.   And it has been a lovely journey through crochet world this month!

Do you want to know which was my favorite design or crochet item this month ?

It’s these two cute little dolls that I’ve designed!

design from Little Wendy crochet

 This one looks a bit like me. 🙂  It’s my basic Little Wendy doll.  Don’t you love her!  I didn’t gave her any clothing, because I want to inspire the buyers to create these.

design from Little Wendy crochet

This little cutie is Lola.  She’s a creature that lives in Lolaland.  That’s why she has such lovely colorful hair and such beautiful sparkling blue eyes.

So, those were my favorite crochets of this month.

What else did I make this month…

…I learned some new techniques

not-knitted CAL

…had lots of fun in making beautiful crochet items from different designers

Calida cabled bag from Viktoria Gogolak, Elephant from Chisachi Kushima,
Dale the mosquito from Freshstitches, M.Richard the whale from Stacey Trock

…made some new designs

felted tomat & aubergine, kittykatty,
mister Panda, Freddy the Frog prince (not a new design)

…bought 2 beautiful skeins at a medieval festival

Olly the elephant and some other fun Amigurumi’s

I’m all into Amigurumi at the moment.

Last week I experimented with Amigurumi’s and felting.  And I had so much fun!

Look at those cuties!  Both the elephant and the whale are free patterns I found on the internet.

This cute elephant is a design from Chisachi Kushima.  The original pattern is in Japanese, but there are links to translated versions on the pattern page.

This cutie is a design from Stacey Trock called M.Richard the whale.  It’s already the second one I made.  I really love this pattern.  It’s such a cute whale.  This one I felted and the result is even more cuddly and cute.

How to felt your crochets ?

Here’s how I did it.

Choose a project with not too much color and a project that’s not too complex.  You have to consider that your project will shrink about 30% if you felt it.

The yarn I used.

I used Drops Nepal.  Its a blend of wool and alpaca, has a lovely light and soft (squishy) texture and also very useful for cuddly felting projects.

The patterns

Choose wisely.  Your yarn will become somewhat fluffy after felting.  So I wouldn’t recommend using lots of different colors.  In stead of that, choose a project that doesn’t have too many complex shaping.

The whale and the elephant are perfect projects for felting.  But also vegetables are cute to make.

Stuff, stuff stuff!

I stuff my animal the same way as I would when I’m not felting.  This is necessary to keep shape.  If you under-stuff it, your animal would loose shape.  And blocking a felted softie is not an option.  So make sure your animal is stuffed accordingly. 
Also, if you stuff it firmly, it will stretch your fabric.  So this means less shrinkage!  The stuffing actually serves as blocking-aid. 

the felting

Okay.  You’re done crocheting and stuffed them firmly.  So now it’s time to felt them.   
Rule number 1 : don’t be afraid of your washing machine!  The more friction your project gets, the more beautiful your felting result will be.
I washed my projects on heavy duty and 50°C, together with some towels.   A while ago I made some crochet/felted tomatoes and washed them on 60°C (also heavy duty) and the felting was even more beautiful. 
So I would recommend washing on 50 or 60°C together with some towels.  Don’t over-stuff your washing machine though!  You need to keep some movement for the felting process.


Yay!  You’ve successfully made an uber cute felted softie! 
Happy crocheting!
crafty greetings,

Work in progress Wednesday

I confess!  I’m a day too late.   No excuse!

Yesterday it was Work in progress Wednesday.   As you know, my sophie’s universe blanket is finished.  So, that means that I have to come up with something else to show you every wednesday.

What am I working on at the moment ?

Well, a while ago I bought a pattern for the Calida cabled bag from Victoria Gogolak.  This is one of the designs that won the design wars chalenge.

At first I wasn’t sure which yarn I wanted to use to make this project.  It had to be chunky, because I wanted a big bag.  But I also like my yarn to be 100% natural fibres.  It doesn’t has to be ecological (though that would be an extra plus), but it does have to be cotton, wool, bamboo, …

For a project like this I prefer cotton.  I had to look around a bit to find a chunky cotton, that was strong enough to be used as a bag, but still lightweight enough.  (I didn’t want a bag that weight more than the things I want to put in it.)

And I found!  And you won’t believe me, but the perfect yarn for my project is from a brand called “Wendy”.  Haha!  How funny is that.

I used :

  • 3,5 skeins Wendy supreme luxury cotton chunky in cobalt blue
  • a tiny bit more than 2 skeins in soft grey.
I’m still working on the handles.  For the handles I choose to work with Wendy supreme luxury cotton DK in the color poppy red.  The band is also made in this color.
For both the band and the handles I’m using the Tunisian Simple Stitch.   This gives just that little bit more strenght to the material.
Anyway. I am in love with the result.  The designer did a great job.  It’s a lovely design.  And I love my new bag.
crafty greetings,

pattern give-away

And the winners are….

uh… ow….  It seems that an error slipped into the E-mail I mentioned in my blogpost. :-/

But no worries.  I promised you all a free pattern and I’m planning to keep it.

Hang on to your chairs, because it gets even better.

As from now until Wednesday  12 o’clock (at noon,  GMT Brussels, Belgium) this pattern will be free to download for everybody!

So be fast or you’ll mis it.

And I’d love to see all your creations of this dragon.  If you send me a picture of the finished object, I might put it on my facebook page.

Have fun!

crafty greetings,

Sophie’s Univers CAL 2015 – part 18 – FINAL

(scroll down for English)

Mijn laatste blogpost over Sophie’s Universe.   Het was een geweldig leuk project om te maken en dit is absoluut het mooiste deken dat ik tot nu toe heb gemaakt.

Voor degenen die nog wat extra willen, die kunnen de komende twee weken nog enkele extra rondjes meehaken met Dedri Uys en Kimberly Slifer (de dames die deze crochet-along organiseren).

Mijn deken is perfect zoals die nu is.  Lekker groot, lekker zacht en een heerlijk hoog knuffelgehalte.

Graag wil ik de fantastische dames achter deze crochet-along bedanken voor al de tijd en energie die ze in dit project hebben gestoken.

En omdat het mijn laatste blog is over dit project, volgen hier nog enkele leuke feitjes over mijn dekentje :

  • ik heb 61 bollen Drops Nepal gebruikt om dit deken te maken
  • mijn dekentje weegt ongeveer 3 kilo
  • 4575 meters garen of 4.58 km zitten er in mijn deken
  • de totale materiaalkost voor mijn dekentje bedroeg 120 euro

Wil je graag weten welk garen, welke haaknaald en welke kleurcombinaties ik gebruik ? Klik dan hier en check mijn Ravelry pagina voor meer informatie.

Gebruikte kleuren deel 18:

Toer 110 : donker grijs/blauw
Toer 111 : zacht grijs/blauw
Toer 112 : zacht roze
Toer 113 : roze

Meer informatie over deze crochet-along vind je hier:

De twee fantastische dames achter deze crochet-along zijn Dedri Uys en Kimberbly Slifer.

  • Ravelry : voeg deze crochet-along toe in je ravelry projecten
  • Facebook : wordt lid van de Official crafty crochet community en deel je ervaringen met de andere crochet-along deelnemers in de officiële groep van deze CAL
  • : De blog van Dedri Uys.  Hier wordt elke week een nieuw deel van de CAL gepubliceerd.  Dedri Uys maakt elke week een fantastische photo-tutorial voor de CAL.
  • Vertalingen:

  • : Dianne Baan gaat deze keer de vertalingen naar het Nederlands op zich nemen.  Elke week kan je het nieuwe deel downloaden in een handige pdf.  Leuk voor onderweg.
  • : Maja Heidingsfelder neemt de Duitse vertaling op zich.
  • Spaanse vertaling door Lynda Hernandez op
  • Franse vertaling door Sandra Larvin op
  • Deense en Russische vertalingen volgen binnenkort!
  • Tot de volgende!

    haakse groetjes,
    ———-> English version

    For me this is it.  The final part of my Sophie’s Universe blanket.  It has been a lovely journey and I loved every little bit of this crochet-along.

    My blanket has grown to an extreme large and very soft and cuddly beauty and I’m very proud of the result.

    I would like to thank Kimberly Slifer and Dedri Uys, host and creative brain behind this (yet again) gorgeous crochet-along project, for all the energy and effort they’ve put into this CAL.

    Because this is my final blog post on the blanket.  Here are some fun facts about my blanket.

    • 61 balls Drops Nepal went into this blanket
    • my blanket weighs about 3 kilo
    • 4575 meters of thread went into my blanket or 4.58 km!
    • the total cost of my blanket was 120 euro

    Check out my ravelry project page if you like to use the same yarn, colors and hook as me.

    Used colors for part 18:

    Round 110 : dark grey/blue
    Round 111 : soft grey/blue
    Round 112 : soft pink
    Round 113 : pink

    The fantastic two behind this crochet-along are Kimberly Slifer and Dedri Uys.

    The original blogpost from this CAL is to be found on .

    crafty greetings,

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