hand dyed yarn

It has already been some time that I wanted to try out dyeing yarn with food colorant.   How awesome is it to create your own colors of yarn !?

A while ago I got some beautiful skeins of white Romney yarn.  Perfect for a dyeing experiment !  I only took one skein, since it’s kind of the first time for me to dye with food colorant.

I used wiltons food colorant, but you can actually use any food colorant.

The method I used was inspired by the blogpost “Smart dyeing” from Chalklegs.com
So if you’d like to know how I did it, pleas visit her blog.

I must ad a little side note though.  I didn’t have a powder to dye with, but used liquid dye in stead.  I used small bottle to gently drip spots all over the yarn.  Works perfect.

My skein turned out gorgeous!  I’m very happy with the lovely speckled effect.    Anyway, this won’t be my last dyeing experiment.  I love it and it gives a lot of pleasure to be able to create something special like that.

See you next time!

crafty greetings,
Wendy

Pattern release: Lennard, the frog prince + free extra’s!

Lennard,the frog prince BANNER
Yay!  Today Is a lovely day.  Today is the day that I launch the English version of my new pattern, Lennard the frog prince.
Besides that, I have some lovely extra’s for today!  Starting from today up until April 30th, 2016 I give you a 10 % reduction when you buy this pattern.  Go to my ravelry webshop and fill in the coupon-code P52kWmU when you check-out to enjoy your 10% reduction on the Lennard, the frog prince pattern.
I am so excited to see all of your little princes and princesses!
After a while I started noticing that Lennard was in search of a princess.  So I created Lena, the frog princess!    The good new is, that you only have to adapt the pattern for Lennard a tiny bit to create this beautiful princess.
This is how you do it :
used stitches (US terminology)
l = loop
sl = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
(…) = everything between brackets has to be crochet in the same stitch
Lips for Lena the frog princess
 
Upper part
Start in the 10th stitch from the right corner of the mouth.  Crochet through both the loop of the last round on the green part (the head) and the loop of the last round of the red part (the mouth).
  1. 12 sc, 1 turning chain, turn
  2. 1 sl, 1 sc, skip 1 st, (5 dc in the next st), skip 1 st, 2 sl, skip 1 st, (5 dc in the next st), skip 1 st, 1 sc, 1 sl
Fasten off with a long tail and attach to the upper part of the head.
Lower part

Start in the 10th stitch from the left corner of the mouth.  Crochet through the loop of the last round on the red part (the mouth).

  1. 1 sl, 1 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl, 1 turning chain, turn
  2. skip the first sl, 1 sl, 1 sc, 4 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl
Fasten off with a long tail and attach to the lower part of the head.
Have fun with the pattern!  I’d love to see your creations.  Please visit me on facebook and share your photo’s or link your project to my ravelry pattern page.
crafty greetings,
Wendy

Pattern review: Salty, the crocodile

pattern review salty the crocodile

Pattern: Salty, the crocodile

Designer: Stacey Trock van Freshstitches

Difficulty: gemiddeld

The yarn I used: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted cotton

Crochet hook size: 4,5 mm

Size finished item: 48 cm van staart tot neus

REVIEW

This one has already been a while on my “must-make-someday”-list.  And I am so happy that I finally got the chance to make this cutie!  Not only is this the cutest crocodile crochet pattern that I’ve ever seen, he is also extremely cuddly.

Although the pattern states an intermedium difficulty-level, I believe that it is also suitable for a beginning crocheter. All the separate pieces are crochet using (almost) only basic stitches.  So you do need to know the basics of crochet, but besides that, you should be fine as a beginner.

Assembling the toy can be a tiny bit more tricky and you really need to keep an eye on what your doing here.  I find that you get the most beautiful result if you line out the bobbles from the head and back of the crocodile.  In the pattern itself it is suggested to first assemble the little pieces (limbs, eyes, nostrils, …), so you can tug away the yarn ends inside the body/head.  However, I find that this technique doesn’t quite work for me, but that’s just a personal thing.  I always start with the head and body and next attach the smaller pieces.  I love to hear from you guys, what’s your preferred technique to assemble an amigurumi.

salty the crocodilesalty the crocodile

I want to buy this pattern!

The pattern is published in a book called “Crocheted Softies” and available in printversion and e-book version.  And if you like, there’s even a German version available of the printed book.  I definitely recommend this book for any crocheter that loves to make cuddly cute crochet items.  This crocodile is only one of many super cute critters available in the book.

Have fun crocheting!

creative greetings,
Wendy

FREE pattern: Aubergine, felted veggies

 

Aubergine felted veggies

You like crochet veggies? Make a bunch of this crochet aubergine and give them away as a toy or use them for decoration.

Here’s some fun facts about aubergines:
– Did you know that an aubergine isn’t actually a vegetable, but a berry?
– And here’s another fun fact about aubergine: During the renaissance the Italians called it a “mela insana”, which literally translates into “crazy apple”.

And… I have great news for the subscribers to my newsletter!  Because you can have this pattern for free!  Yeah, you heard me… FREE!

Not subscribed to my blogpost yet?  If you are fast, you can still grab this free pattern!  It’s free for subscribers only until  April the 30th, 2016.

For those who don’t want to subscribe. You can grab this cute pattern for a tiny fee on my ravelry webshop.

Happy crocheting!

Wendy

 

Designer discovery: Happy Patty crochet

Designer discovery Happy Patty Crochet
Whenever I discover a designer that really made me go “wow!”

This week I stumbled upon the website Happy Patty Crochet.  And I have to admit… I was blown away with the beautiful designs I saw!

Happy Patty Crochet sells crochet patterns for flowers.  But her designs are just so breathtakingly beautiful, that you just don’t know what you’re looking at if you go to her site for the first time.

What I really like is the option to buy a bundle to make a whole bouquet of flowers.  Yes, I know… it might be a little bit more expensive than a real bouquet, but hey… you can keep it for life!  While a real bouquet only last for an average of 2 weeks, this bouquet last forever.  Maybe a lovely idea to buy as a gift for yourself?  If you start now, you might end up with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on mothers day!

I bought the pattern of the Gerbera Daisy, the rose applique en for the rose bouquet.

The patterns come with a clear written instruction.  To obtain the lovely look, designer Patty has come up with a fun variation on the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

The pattern states that it has a difficulty level for the intermediate crocheter.  So, if your more a beginner level, it might be a bit of a challenge in the beginning, but if you’re all for challenges, I’d say go for it!

The yarn itself is also a bit more difficult to find. She used crochet thread no.20 and no.40.  lovecrochet.com has a lovely selection of this type of yarn in a variety of lovely colors.  For example Anchor en DMC have some really beautiful colors in their selection.

I am absolutely fan of her patterns.  I already ordered my yarn and hope to start my bouquet soon!

Creative greetings,
Wendy