Thursday, September 25

Crochet Cape

Well. Can you believe it? (I can't!) Last weekend I began and actually finished a project. Hooray! It seems ages ago I could last show a finished project, so I hereby proudly present you my new cape... (Apologies for the number of photos.)

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The pattern is from a Japanese crochet book (I'll share the book details later in this post). I've been wanting to make this cape for over a year (it was the reason I bought the book), but somehow I never found the right yarn. Something woolly, I wanted, but I never use real wool. Enter: Stone Washed XL by the Dutch brand Scheepjeswol, a new yarn. Judging from what I see from fellow-bloggers it has quickly has become quite popular here in The Netherlands. It's made of cotton with a special acrylic coating. The offwhite ('moonstone') fitted the bill perfectly. (Mmm, I realise I sound like an ad here, but it's not.)



It was such a delight to whip up this pattern, which I followed except for the collar. The pattern called for a knitted collar, but I can't knit... And even if I could I wouldn't have understood the Japanese directions at that point. So, I came up with this simple alternative: A crocheted rectangular of single crochet rows, using back loops only, hence the ribs. I later single crocheted the collar to the cape. Piece of cake! And, if I may say so myself..., I quite like how it turned out, the ribs make it elastic and wearable. Okay, here's a close up. ;-)

ByHaafner, Japanese crochet pattern, crochet cape

All practicalities in short...
 Pattern: from Crochet & Cape (2008), more details below
♦ Collar: Rectangular made of single crochets, back loops only to create a rib
 Crochet hook: 5,5 mm
♦ Yarn: nine balls of Stone Washed XL (colour moonstone), by Scheepjeswol
♦ Light blocking (a night between wet towels with something heavy on top - not me)

ByHaafner, Japanese crochet pattern, crochet cape

Okay, let's do one more close up of the collar. ;-)

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The pattern is from this fabulous Japanese crochet & knitting book from the Let's knit series. Published in 2008 by Nihon Vogue pubishers. This particular book is out of print, but I think there are still some copies available. I bought mine in the Etsy shop Pomadour24 which has loads of pattern books. 

ByHaafner, japanese crochet book, poncho & cape
So... I guess this really is all there is to tell about the making of one cape. The wearing of it is a whole new chapter of course. ;-) 

Many thanks for your lovely visit and chat!
Have lots of fun with all your creative adventures.

Monday, September 22

Colour me Bright & Happy

As much as I love naturals, I do enjoy a good pop of colour. Today feels like it could do with a little colour injection. So here it is!

Nothing can sheer a dull day up like a colourful pile of crocheted blankets. Agree?



Although confetti is a good second best...

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And here's more confetti... ;-)


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By the way, patterns for a similar potholder can be found on Ravelry. Search for a daisy potholder. Oh, and in case you're wondering: sure, I always carry a bunch of crochet hooks in my hair. ;-) 

Have a good week!


Monday, September 15

New Yarn and a Sample

Hello crafty friends,
Hopefully you've had a lovely weekend.

Thanks for the kind comments on my last post. In case you were one of the admirers of that mesh bag: Alas! I did not make it myself... I wish! I bought it in Laos, and in case you'd like more information about the materials, and how and by whom it's produced, you can find the website here: Nature Bag.

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I thought I'd share this sample with you. Made with this cotton yarn: Limited by Wolcafé which is made in The Netherlands; maybe you have seen it popping up on other Dutch crochet blogs. I just couldn't resist it when I *accidently* came across it. In a yarn shop. ;-)

Originally my idea was to make one big shawl, but I might make a small vest instead. One ball should be enough since it's almost one kilometre of yarn... Either way, I think I'll leave it lying around for a while until real inspiration hits. ;-)

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In case you're interested in the pattern for this sample, here's my quick attempt to draw a chart. (The picture below doesn't do justice to the subtile grey of this yarn.)

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This evening I hope to finish a few more squares of my polkadot blanket. Did you do manage to do any crocheting last weekend?

 Have a lovely week! 

Tuesday, September 9

All natural

Oops, it has been a while. A short post to catch up... Many thanks for your kind comments on previous posts - I really (really, really) appreciate them. I'm way behind visiting all your lovely blogs, and I can hardly wait to fill that gap. I miss my daily dose of inspiration from around the globe!

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Today I would like to share some natural fibres and muted colours. Hope you like it! 

I have been abroad quite a lot recently and whenever I have to travel, I take yarn and hook with me - of course. (Even if I don't always have the opportunity to crochet, I feel rather amputated without my tools...)  I have been working on this circle blanket. The lovely cotton cakes (which I bought in Thailand) are too bulky and heavy to carry with me.

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 Hence I hand wind smaller balls of this yarn and take them with me like this.

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Will be back soon(er)! Thanks for your visit. It's an honour to have you here! Have a lovely week.
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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.*

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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.

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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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