Monday, December 31, 2012

My 2012

2013 is approaching. 2012 have been good but I think 2013 will be even better. In 2012 i registered my business, we moved out of the city and I started a new job. In 2013 I will be getting married, graduate and hopefully we'll find the house of our dreams...

Happy new year!
My 2012 in pictures.
I crocheted bears.

I made a sheep.

We moved to the forest.

Garden work.

Enjoyed spring

Bought a new sewing machine and made owls.

Prepared for and participated in a big craft fair.

Started my new job and made trivets.

Buckled up!

The first snow

Enjoying dark evenings
Christmas with my family

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my wonderful followers a Merry Christmas!

I've been a bit ill the las couple of weeks but will hopefully be well and full of energy soon again :) I'm off to spend my Christmas with family and relatives.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Free pattern: Easy crocheted poinsettia flowers

Still some time left to Christmas. And you always have time to crochet small decorations for the Christmas tree. Or why not use them as wrapping decoration?

You need:
-red or white cotton yarn
-crochet hook (I used size 3,5mm but use what is appropriate for the yarn you use)

Picot: The picot stitch is basically a chain of 3 where you sl st in the first ch of the 3chain. Here is a tutorial with pictures on how to make a picot.

ch6 join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring
Round 1: ch2, in the ring 2hdc, ch1 [3hdc, ch1] repeat 3 more times. Join with sl st in second ch in the beginning of the round. Don't turn. Sl st 2 and sl st in the hole between the 3hds groups.
Round 2: ch2, 2hdc in the same space as the last sl st from last round, ch2, 3hdc in the same space [in next space 3hdc, ch2, 3hdc in the same space] repeat 3 more times. Sl st 2 and sl st in the hole in between the 3hdc groups (pointy part of the poinsettia)
Round 3: ch3, 2dc, picot, 3dc in the same space, sc 1 in next space [ in next space, 3dc, picot, 3dc in the same space, sc 1 in next space] repeat three more times. End with a sl st.

Weave in ends and attach a ribbon or a piece of yarn to hang your poinsettia from.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas cards

I wasn't going to make any Christmas cards this year. But changed my mind. Bought materials last weekend and made a few simple cards. It is always so much more fun to give  and receive handmade cards instead of store bought cards. Here is what I made. I punched holes with a needle to make the ribbons. Otherwise the papers are just glued on to the card. Simple and fast.

I hope you have a great Saturday. I'm home alone and sick. Lonely but cozy. Will be watching a movie and knit. So it could be better! Hope to be on feet again for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I'm getting married

I've never been that girl who dreams about getting married and having a wedding. But it happened. I'm getting married in July 2013. We have chosen the place for the venue, the food and the priest. That's about it. Those are important things of course. I'm and indecisive person. I guess that is the problem. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration also when it comes to weddings. I know that we want it quite simple, affordable and I want to do things my self. Like decoration and table setting. Was going to sew the dress myself too but my sewing skills aren't on that level yet. 

I think I want a quite simple dress. But what if I regret not having a huge wedding gown? I guess I'll have to go try dresses on and see what I like.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Crocheted Christmas Ornaments Baubles - Free pattern

Super easy and fast crocheted baubles.Great way to use that ever accumulating scrap yarn.
You'll need:
*compressed cotton balls or polystyrene balls 5cm in size.
*yarn scarps
*3mm crochet hook.

Color patterns and changes are not written in the pattern.
Ch 2
Rnd 1: sc 6 in second ch from hook (6sts)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12sts)
Rnd 3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (18sts)
Rnd 4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24sts) 
Rnd 5: *sc 3, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30sts)
Rnd 6-11: sc30 (30sts)
Rnd 12: *dec 1, sc 3* repeat around (24sts)
Insert your polystyrene ball at this point.
Rnd 13: *dec 1, sc 2* repeat around (18sts)
Rnd 14: *dec 1, sc 1* repeat around (12sts)
Rnd 15: *dec 1* repeat around (6sts)
Sew the hole shut, weave in ends and attach yarn to hang the bauble in.

December is here!

Just 23 days until Christmas! Are you prepared? I have bought all Christmas gifts already. Everything either handmade or bought on Etsy. It feels so much better to give handmade and/or locally made things. Not store bought mass produced stuff.

Anyways. Last year I made an advent calendar on my old blog. Haven't had that much time this year... It's in Swedish but full of Christmas inspiration. Check it out here.

The winner is....

The lucky winner that will receive a Christmas gift from me is....
nr 34 Zyzanna! 
Due to the fact that many left just one comment I made a list so that every entry from each person got a number. Will probably make it easier for me next time and try out the rafflecopter.