Thursday, October 23, 2014

Around The World in 80 Skeins - Mexico, Malaysia, South Africa, Indonesia and Thailand

I wanted to closely follow the travel through the 80 skeins, but you know, when life happens, things do not go as planned.
So here I am catching up on all the lovely destinations I missed to introduce and feature.  

Lili Go from Malaysia

Thata Pang from Indonesia

Michael Harrigan from Thailand

Sally Cameron from Cape Town in South Africa

Maria Isabel from Mexico

Check out all of the interviews and enjoy the work of all these amazing crochet designers!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The amazing crochet of Sophie Digard


    When I first saw the work of Sophie Digard, I was stunned.  It was the above amazing necklace which captured me with its combination of velvet and crochet flowers in gorgeous colors. 

    Beside the necklaces, her scarves are unique artwork created in her magical Madagascar workshop where she uses rustic linen, merino wool and cotton thread. Her extensive colour palette is out of this world – I learned from Selvedge - the site that sells her work - that each hue used in her creations is made up of sixty threads in merino, mohair, and velvet which gives rich, intense individual tones and makes each item unrepeatable.

    Enjoy the selection I chose!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spooktacular Bunting!


For this Halloween I made a tutorial for a crocheted witch and pumpkin bunting. The witches are so cute, especially the ones flying on a broom. The pattern is incredibly easy and so fun. You can find it here

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall trend - knee high socks


Knee high socks are trending this fall - a style I find utterly casual and romantic. To be honest, I haven't worn knee long socks since the 70s, but I am deeply in love with them.

The best way to wear these is over tights with skirts and dresses and they can be worn with boots, flat shoes and high heels depending on the preferences.

Here are some patterns I found online:
1. Red: Darlington
2. White: Blanche-Neige
3. #13 Lace Stockings

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Around the World in 80 Skeins

A while ago I was contacted by Kimberly from 80 skeins with a phenomenal idea of making a journey around the world (inspired by Jules Verne) on which she will interview designers from all over the globe and talk about how culture and environment inspires design.

I cannot describe how excited I am about this!!!
Since I want to create something special for this project my interview is scheduled for November

However the journey has already started in Kuwait and I invite you to visit Kimberly's blog and her first guest Yasmin Gamal and her stunning creations!

Also check out the following destinations here  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Double Crochet Stitch Scarf - free pattern

On the Cut Out + Keep blog  for the Technique Tuesday I have a tutorial for making a double crochet stitch. If you are a beginner, hop over there to learn the stitch because I have a great scarf for you to make using a double crochet. 

What you need to make this scarf:

- 50 (or 100 gr) yarn depending on the length you want for it and adequate hook. For my scarf I used a DK yarn and 3 mm hook. I recommend you use bulky(er) yarn. Sport and fine yarn would make a small(er) and thinner scarf. 
When you choose your yarn consult the label because it gives recommendations of hooks for that particular yarn.

This is also a great project if you have a lot of leftover yarn so you can mix it up and make a colorful scarf.

Here's the pattern for the scarf:

Chain 35 and make a dc in the 7th stitch.

Next, chain 1, skip 1 and dc in the next stitch,

 Repeat the above pattern until the end of the row.

Chain 3 and turn work.

Next, make a dc over the dc from the previous row.

Repeat the pattern: chain 1, skip 1, 1 dc until the end.

Finish the row by chaining 1 and making a dc in the loop 
(the arrow is pointing to it) from the row below.

 And that is it!
Repeat the pattern until you achieve 
the desired length for your scarf.

A crocheted flower would be a nice detail.
Try wrapping it differently to choose 
the style that fits you the best. Enjoy this!
  You can download the free copy from Ravelry.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Puff Ladder Stitch - Bohemian Necklaces #2

Hello, hello...

To mark the arrival of fall I made these beauties in all the fall colors I love seeing in nature. For these necklaces I used an incredibly easy puff ladder stitch.

I made the bracelets more attractive (or so I think) by adding different beads and buttons. All in all it was quite a satisfying and fast project.  
More pictures here

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Bay of Bones" - Museum on Water

Lake Ohrid, one of the oldest  and deepest lakes in Europe, hosts one unique lake dwelling museum. It is popularly known as the The Bay of Bones - Museum on Water. The main source for the museum is the underwater archaeological site Plocha Michov Grad, which is 8,500 square metres large and dates back to the Bronze and the Iron Age (1200 - 700 BC).

The site Plocha Michov Grad has been subject of underwater excavations since 1997. About 6,000 wooden piles were discovered so far at a depth of 3-5 m. It is speculated that it was probably a platform housing 20 houses on it. During the excavations, many artifacts were discovered, mainly pottery sherds and some complete vessels, as well as stone and flint objects, a few bronze artifacts, many fragments of animal bones some of which used as tools. 


The platform on which the museum houses are built is about 15-20 m away from the shore at a level of about 1.5 m above water level. Two of the houses have circular form and a diameter between 3.5 – 4.5 m; three are square with base dimensions of 4, 0 - 5,0 m and three rectangular ones with dimensions 4.0 x 8.0 m. They are built on wooden supports with wattle and daub walls. The interconnection is made with ligatures, wooden forked objects and animal skin. The roof constructions made out of wooden beams and thinner branches are covered with straw or reed. The height of the houses is 3.0 to 4.5 m. The interior of the larger houses represent a prehistoric ambiance: beds of animal skin, tools and other objects similar to the original artifacts discovered in the course of the underwater archaeological investigations. The settlement is connected with the shore via a wooden bridge with a mechanism for partial lifting and lowering. 



The specific data and information about this post are taken from the site: OpenArcheology