Finished a U.F.O. (crochet)

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In the apartment we have constantly +29 or +30 degrees (Celsius). It’s no fun at all. I have less energy to do some crafts. But I am doing good progress on the Santa picture. I’ll post a picture when I’m done in a few weeks.

The butterfly girl was a U.F.O. for a long time, may be years. I have no idea when I started crocheting it, may be a year or two ago. I found it recently in a plastic bag with some yarn. I finally decided to finish it.

What I did today was attach (stitch) all the blue dots to the wings and stitch the wings to the body. As you can see in the picture below, there are dots on the other side of the wings too.

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As I don’t remember where I got the pattern, I could not check how to attach the wings. I had to improvise. If I have to guess where the pattern is, I’d say it is a Finnish amigurumi book, but I am not sure.

Well, I am happy the butterfly girl is finally finished now! 🙂

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Crocheted mandala

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This mandala was a free gift with an issue of Mollie Makes (I think that’s the name of the magazine). This year in any case. I only had a ripped out page of the magazine with the instructions.

It was my first crocheted mandala. I finished it late tonight. A bit difficult to crochet the last round, which was around the plastic hoop. But it was easier when I had made some stitches.

I want to make more mandalas in the future. But we’ll see when the next one will be made.

I really must sleep now. Close to midnight already. I just wanted to finish the mandala before going to bed.

 

Amineko for my cat

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This is an Amineko cat that I finished tonight! 😀 The pattern is found in a book by Nekoyama, called ”Hello, my name is Amineko: The story of a Crafty Crochet Cat”. This is what the book looks like:

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Years ago I crocheted an Amineko. When I got my cat, Miss Nelson (or just Nelson), I gave it to her. She is now 10 months and the crocheted cat looks really old and beaten up. It has lost its eyes and mouth. At the time, I filled the Amineko with raw rice, because it said so in the book. I don’t know how many times we have found rice on the floor. This time I filled with cotton only (but not all parts are filled).

I am sure Nelson will like her new friend even more in the future. She must get used to it now. She has already played a little with the new toy. Here are a few more pictures of the crocheted cat, including the old one, which was brown.

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Sitting on my sofa.

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On my mat, with Nelson’s paw. 😃

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The new and the old. Same yarn, only different colors.

In the future I want to make an Amineko for me, in another yarn. But now I will continue cross stitching what I started before making this cat toy. 🙂

Ongoing crochet project

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This is my big crochet project at the moment. 😃I have folded it in half in the picture.

The starting row consisted of 199 chain stitches! I had to start over a couple of times when I thought I had 199 stitches and then at the end of row 1, after adding lots and lots of treble stitches (double stitches) it didn’t match up! ☹️ But I finally started adding stitch markers on every 50th stitch, so it was easier to count. Why didn’t I do that the first time?

Well, this is my third blanket. 🙂 As you can see I have white between every colored stripes and I have five colors (well, six colors; white is a color too…) I am now doing the pink again, repeating the color combo. So after pink, I will make white and then blue again etc.

I have crochet about 33 cm so far, having started in August (don’t remember the exact date). The width is about 95 cm, plus some sort of edge later when the lenght is right. I haven’t decided the length yet.

It depends on the yarns I have. I know that they sell white, pink and orange in the shops, but I’m not sure about blue, green and purple. They may not be available any more… I have lots of yarn in plastic bags. I might find more of the yarn I need. I could also try and ask the members of the knit & crochet café that started again last Monday.

It has a soft wavy pattern, increasing at the tops and decreasing in the valleys.

I crochet three rows of each color before moving to a new color. The pattern is from a Finnish magazine called Kauneimmat käsityöt (1/2016) but I am using an other type of yarn and not the same colors. I don’t remember what size their blanket was. I crochet with the same brand as the previous blankets and the socks (Novita, 7 brothers, or 7 veljestä as it is called in Finnish.

If I’m having a good day, I can crochet maybe 3-6 rows per day. There are nearly 200 stitches per row, so one row takes quite some time!

Other things I’m doing is the earlier mentioned bookmarks, but I have not done much to those yet. I started crocheting a little bear at the knit & crochet café on Monday, but haven’t done anything else to it during the rest of the week. I might crochet a little later tonight.

But now I am going to finish the second row of pink. 🙂

Crocheted chicken

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates Easter! 😀

I didn’t have time to make any Easter crafts (although I would have wanted to). I’ll do some later and save them for next year…

Anyway, the little crocheted chicken is of course a kind of Easter craft, but I will let him stay in the room all year. He doesn’t have to go into the box with all the other Easter decorations. 😉

I crocheted him freehand, using no instructions. I struggled with the feet, and tried several different types. But I finally ended up with flat ovals.

I have some different colored googly eyes, so I decided to use yellow googly eyes for the chicken.

The body and the head is in one piece, so it looked like it had a long neck. That’s why I decided to add the bow. It’s just a strip of felt that I tied around his neck.

Well, I’ll see what I’ll do next. I still have some unfinished projects that I should make some progress on… But now it’s very late and I need to sleep.

Crocheted doll

I finally finished a project! 😀

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She has lots of hair! Here are some other pictures. Click on the images to make them larger.

The back of the doll look like something you could mop the floor with! 😀 It took quite a long time to attach the hair. I don’t know who has more hair, this doll or the troll that I made a while ago!

As you can see you can make these dolls in the colors of the rainbow.

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But one doll is enough for me. 🙂 What do you think, do my doll look a bit like these dolls? It’s always difficult to get them to look the same, of course. But I do like mine.

The colors are a little off. She is very white in the face and the other white parts of her body. The colors can best be seen in the third small picture.

Now I am going to finish some other projects before starting new ones. I have been knitting and I still have the zenbroidery thing to do (it’s a bit difficult). I also want to make some Easter crafts, as it is Easter this week.

I’ll keep posting pictures of whatever I have made.

Quick update on what I’m doing

I know I haven’t uploaded anything for a while. But I haven’t finished anything…

Last week was the last beading class. I just practiced a new technique, but since I know I don’t have enough beads (I counted them) I am not going to finish it. I will “destroy” it and put the beads back in the little plastic bag. May be I will work on it again if I found other beads that I can use.

I could not go to the knit and crochet café yesterday, because I had to go to work in the afternoon. So there was no time. I think there is still one of the k&cc next week, so I’ll go to that one.

What am I doing? Well, I made a few asymmetric granny squares… But when I put them together (I didn’t stitch them together, just placed them next to each other on the bed), I decided that I didn’t like the color combo. I will try to come up with a new color combo. My wish was to crochet a pillow case. I’ll show you when half of it is done (one side of the pillow). But that might take some time.

I also do something called zenbroidery. It’s like coloring a mandala with threads… The mandala motif is printed in black on the fabric and you can use whatever threads you want to color it with different stitches.

I am only used to cross stitches, back stitches and French knots, so it’s quite difficult. But I like making it. Whenever it’s done I’ll show you.

I have a pretty bad cold, so I haven’t had much energy to do anything creative. I borrowed my niece’s jigsaw puzzle (1000 pieces) and put all the pieces together. So that has taken quite a lot of my time. But It’s done now and tonight I will embroider a little on the mandala and may be go through the yarns to see if I can find a color combo that I like.