Autumn, Baby

Ah, how I missed going to the yarn store… And of course, the moment I walked into my “main” place, I headed straight towards my favourite acrylic/wool section and bought myself this combo:

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Perfect autumn colours, if you ask me. And together they will make a perfect blanket for an autumn baby.

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The two important sources supporting me in making the blanket were Knitculture’s Beachcomber Blanket tutorial and Biscuits and Jam’s Random Stripe Generator.

I still need to weave the ends and crochet the edge, but I already love what the blanket looks like.

Craftspotting

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It was a lot of fun to go food shopping in the Netherlands – the smoothie bottles from innocent Drinks were wearing hats! Knitted and crocheted, striped and patterned, with pompoms or bells, and in many different colours. I think I almost screeched with joy the first time I saw that little army of hats in a drinks’ cooler. Of course I could not leave the country without getting one (pardon the half-eaten donut in the background, we were having breakfast at the airport).

The label on the bottle said that the hat campaign was held to collect money for the elderly. We could not figure out though if it was the elderly themselves who made the hats though. But it is still adorably cute, right!?

Little “Oyles”

Owls seem to be very much in fashion… So, when I found this pattern on Hopscotch Lane, I decided immediately I want to try it out. Those owls are a great way to use up those little yarn leftovers – the doll-sized balls of yarn are usually just enough for the stripes, and I stuffed them with a variety of otherwise completely useless yarn bits from previous projects. And, because they are done by me, they are lovingly called oyles.

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One of the oyles is blinking because I somehow failed to produce a fourth french knot. The original pattern includes a crocheted beak, but after the second oyle I decided to stitch the beaks on instead.

All four oyles have found happy homes, but my home is still oyle-less. I am really looking forward to producing more yarn leftovers now! 🙂

Bees!

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When one is blessed with friends who are fun and creative, then one can hardly do traditional gift-shopping. So, when I travelled to the Netherlands for a week to visit a friend (who among other activities, sings in a clown choir – I guess that characterises her pretty adequatly), I took along my yarn stash, let her choose colours and form, and then I knitted her a pair of mittens right under her own eyes.

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I really love how colourful and warm those mittens turned out. I haven’t knitted with three different colours before, so that was a bit of a challenge. I mean, there were tangles that would make any respectable knitter faint. At some point I decided that it was easier to knit the right mitten in the lounge, and the left mitten in the dining room, just to keep the probability of a huge mess as low as possible

But of course, I was there for a whole week and could come up with more than just the mittens – my friend needed an actual bee to go with them. She found a crochet

 bee pattern at Crochet N Play, which is pretty easy if you pay attention (wink-wink)

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