Sunday, August 3

Just Throwing in Some Happy Colours

For everybody who can use some cheerful colours:
These are for you!

ByHaafner, pompons
Still very busy around here; not much time to blog. However, I'm bursting with new crochet ideas and blog inspiration. Can't wait to invest more time in both.

Meanwhile I'm looking forward to Maaike's crochet book, which will be launched next weekend. The preview looks amazing. So fresh. If you haven't seen it yet, head over to her gorgeous blog creJJtion now! She is such a kind and creative lady. I really wish I could attend the launch, but unfortunately I have obligations to attend to.

Enjoy the last bit of weekend, cheers!
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Friday, July 4

Another Market Bag

Maybe you remember the market bag I made last year? Well, recently I started to make a second one. Same pattern, but this time I'm using a thicker yarn and a 6 mm hook. (I probably used a 3 or 3,5 mm hook for the first one.)

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I'm using this Portuguese cotton yarn: Trama Rustica. I bought it a couple of weeks ago in Lisbon, where I was for a few days to attend a meeting. Lucky me. ;-) I think it's ideal for this project, it's quite bulky and the structure is a bit rough (but not too much). It's also available in a thinner version, I bought a couple of those skeins last year.) *Boring picture alert, I made this photo in my hotel room and didn't have a decent background.*

ByHaafner, Portuguese cotton yarn, Trama Rustica





















I guessed one skein would be more than enough for one bag, but alas, as per usual when it comes to calculating (or rather: guessing) the amount of yarn I need, I misguessed. Luckily I will be going back to Lisbon within a couple weeks so hopefully I can get my hands on a second skein.

In case you're curious: this is the bag I made last year. (Market bag turned into yarn bag...)

ByHaafner, crochet, vegan Namaste crochet case, market bag

Thanks for your kind visit! Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, July 2

Polkadots

Recently I showed you the two black*grey*white projects I've got on my hooks. Today I'd like to share two other works in progress (yep, they add up!) which also have a theme in common. Polkadots. Oh, how I love dots!

The first one is going to be my holiday project: mindless crocheting in the round and round and round. Mmm... I'm using the lovely cotton yarn I scored in Thailand last winter. You might recall my quest for cotton there. ;-)

ByHaafner, yarn, cotton
After much thinking what I wanted to make with this yarn, I decided on a polkadot-turned-into-a-square blanket. I searched online, I searched in my books - and I did find many lovely patterns - but I couldn't find the solid polkadot-in-square (without any corner gaps) I had in mind. So I had to come up with something else. It took some frogging, but I think I now have something that will work for this blanket. The challenge was to keep the circle actually round while turning the whole piece into a square. Okay, that sounds weird. Like redefining maths. But I guess (I hope) you know what I mean... Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with my solution. I'll have to see whether it still works when piecing the whole blanket together though... If so, I'll share it here of course!

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ByHaafner, crochet, wip, circles,
That will take a while though. For now I only have this small stack of circles. Yarn cakes turned into a yarn cupcake.... I'll have to crochet quite a few circles to get the desired size blanket.

ByHaafner, crochet, wip, circles,


And then there is this other polkadot project: a scarf combining cotton (blue) and bamboo (greyish) with a dye dip effect. Not suitable to take with me on a holiday: it would mess up the carefully laid out order of the minidots. ;-)

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(BTW What's up with all the blue?!)

I'm afraid this doesn't give a complete oversight of the projects I've got dangling from my hooks. Oh my. How are you doing Wip-Wise? Are you a less impulsive crocheter - and/or a better planner than I am? ;-)

Thanks for dropping by. I really love your visits! Have a great day.
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Monday, June 30

It's Just Another Doily Monday...

... And it's Manic too. ;-)
A short post, just to say hi and to doilify the beginning of this week.

ByHaafner, crochet, doily, pastel


ByHaafner, crochet, doily, pastel

The pattern is - again - from a Japanese crochet book. Let me know if you'd like to know which one, and I will look it up for you. I've used the Thai version, which is called Crochet Lace, from the Mini Crochet Series and is published by Maeban Publishing Co. in 2012. Click here for their website. The original Japanese edition was published by Nihon Vogue Co. in 2010. The designers of the projects in the book are Hiromi Endo, Kazekobo and Yasuko Sebata. Hope this helps!

ByHaafner, crochet, doily, pastel




♦♦ Wishing you a good week! ♦♦

Tuesday, June 24

Happy Pastels Day

Today I declare Happy Pastels Day.
Just because. ;-)

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No such day without a doily though! This doily pattern is from a Japanese crochet book, published a couple of years ago.


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I deviated from the pattern for the last rows and edging...

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Oh, before I forget: here is a glimpse of Mollie Makes #41 which has tutorials for three hangers I made. All très pastel chic. ;-) Hope you like them...!

ByHaafner, Mollie Makes, #41, crochet, hangers, pastel
♦♦ Thanks for your visit & have a lovely Happy Pastels Day! ♦♦

Monday, June 23

Summertime colours & crochet

This sunny morning calls for some colourful pictures.

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ByHaafner, crochet throw, patio, pelargonium
I hope you have a lovely week ahead of you ~ take care!
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Saturday, June 21

*Black*Grey*Whites* ~ #1 & #2

Oops ~ another deviation from my usual palette! Today I'd like to share two works in progress with you. (Mainly because I've got too many wips & therefore little finished stuff to show you...) Both projects are actually two or three months old, I have not been able to do a lot of crocheting or blogging recently. Hence a post about the wips!

ByHaafner, crochet, blanket, work in progress, ByHaafner, crochet, blanket, work in progress,

This my first serious stashbusting attempt. A while ago I decided to hook away all my acrylics I always randomly buy. I started with the blacks and greys in my stash. I crocheted like a maniac for a short while, and somehow abandoned it. Came across it today, pinned it on my studio wall and voilà. The idea is to make rectangles in different sizes using different patterns and ultimately sewing or crocheting them together. It's a nice way of trying out some new stitches and patterns. Still have some yarn left from my stash in these colours. I should really finish it soon!

And then there is my second crocheted rug. I wrote about it a few post ago. Another project I worked on very intensively for a short while and then abandoned it. (And of which I only wanted to show the work, but there you go ~ so much for principles, right?) I guess I'm sort of restless right now. Anyways. I made these photo with my phone so I'm afraid the quality is not great. (And I'm wearing socks, aaargh! Very elegant indeed...) But I think I like this rug-in-progress so I shoud really do an attempt to finish it soon. It's actually such a quick project too.

ByHaafner, crochet, rug, work in progress



By the way, if you are a reader of the lovely Mollie Makes, you might have noticed my crocheted hangers are featured in issue 41. I got my copy yesterday. :-) I'll share a sneak peek here soon. If you'd like to get your hands on a copy, you can get it here.

Thanks for your visit ~ enjoy your weekend!
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