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    My secret santa gift

    They say that you can look back at the previous year until the end of January. If that’s the case, I’m totally going to ignore that rule, since I’m a little behind with my overviews of 2017. I still have at least 4 posts under way, but that’s not the reason for this post. In this post, I want to show what became my last handmade item of 2017. Since a couple of years we give Christmas gifts based on a lottery system. The name I pulled out of the hat was that of Amelie, my brother’s third daughter. Amelie loves dolls, so I immediately knew what I was going…

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    Made another security blanket

    I’ve been neglecting this place again, haven’t I? These last two weeks were a bit *meh*. I had to briefly go to Finland again for work and once I got back I wasn’t feeling 100%. But I never feel sick enough to justify to myself to stay home and I also don’t easily go to the doctor. So I kept working, even if I did feel all that. And then last week I really wasn’t well. I felt hot, too hot, so hot. And I wasn’t hungry. Ugh, food, no thanks. And tired, so tired. But after a couple of days with extra sleep and a couple of fever tablets,…

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    Gus the knight

    One of my colleagues became mom to a little boy named Gus last November. The announcement featured this tough-looking knight. So when I got to test a pattern for a knight doll for Annelies from Vicarno , I already knew to whom I was going to give my knight. I’ve finished my doll a while back, but I was not allowed to show it off before the pattern was published. And now it has, in number 69 of the Inside Crochet magazine. I don’t know if Annelies will be self publishing the pattern as well too in future, so if you have any questions about that, please go to her…

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    Almost two years later

    In a previous message I mentioned I was thinking about starting a new crochet project, but instead I picked up an old unfinished project! This bolero was started over 2 years ago from a free pattern found through Ravelry. It’s made from 10 squares, which I finished and assembled on the go. And then I got stuck on the border. I wasn’t sure if I wanted one and if I did, how I should crochet it. So the bolero disappeared from sight, uncertain if I considered it finished or not. And now, almost two years later I found it again and decided that it could do with a border after…

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    Janne’s ripple blanket: Ta-dah!

    I’ve finished it for a while now, but I wanted to wait to show it here until I had given it to its recipient. I made this ripple as a special request by my god-daughter and Sunday I gave it to her on her birthday party. I can’t believe she’s 5 already! I had been tempted a couple of times to give the blanket sooner, because she kept asking about it. “Aunt Charlotte, have you finished my blanket yet?” Very tempting, yes. This is my second ripple and my first finished random colour project. I’m not good at doing random, so I developed my own logical way to choose randomly.…

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    Princess dress

    The second Christmas present that I finished was the gift for my littlest niece, Emma. Emma also was the lucky recipient of the rainbow hearts-blanket, but for this gift I wanted to make something wearable: a dress. On Ravelry my eye fell on this project by Gabeycakes. And the best bit was that the pattern for this dress turned out to be free: Angel Wings Pinafore by Maxine Gonser. However, before I start a pattern I have the habit to first read it to get an idea of how it works. That’s when I found out that a pinafore isn’t really a dress, but more an apron. Too bad, as…

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    The First Christmas present

    My first hand-made gift this Christmas that exchanged owners was the one I made for my godmother (aka meetje). A long while ago I had purchased the yarn for the project I wanted to make for her. The yarn was Drops Fabel in the colour 677 green/turquoise. The plan was to make a shawl out of three skeins of this yarn. A lot of thought went into the search of the perfect pattern and eventually I settled for the South Bay Shawlette by Lionbrand. The picture above is the picture that Lionbrand added to the pattern, but this picture is not what made me choose this pattern. Honestly, the shawl…

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    Once upon a time…

    …there were three skeins of Alpaca. Three beautiful, soft skeins of Alpaca, each in an even more beautiful colour. A rust coloured skein a blue coloured skein and a purple coloured skein These three skeins of Alpaca were bought a long time ago in a sale. They weren’t bought for a particular reason. No, no reason but the fact they only cost half the regular price, they had beautiful colours and were soft (oh, so soft). How would it feel like to crochet with Alpaca? Would that work or was this a yarn more suitable for knitting? And thus, the three skeins of Alpaca travelled home with me and, like…

  • Work in Progress

    Hot hot hot!!

    Man, it’s way too HOT here. Too hot to do anything. Personally, I’m not good with this kind of heat (i.e. 30-35 Β°C). I feel so lethargic and my arms and legs weigh like lead. So there wasn’t much action around here this weekend. BUT I did make a decision about the patchwork blanket. To be honest, I sort of already decided, after I posted the previous post, to crochet a couple more squares, to get a better view of how this would work out. Yes, the current 5 squares looked a bit disproportioned, but adding more squares might fix that. So I just continued like I was, using two…