Thursday, April 17

Back soon!

Hello, thanks for being here! Just a quick message: I promise I will be a better (well, at least a more regular) blogger frow now on - or soon anyway. ;-) Much has happened - crocheting being one of those things. However, otherwise I've got a lot of catching up to do: Visiting all your wonderful blogs is high on my priority list. See you there soon!

ByHaafner, crochet, blanket and throws, granny square, granny chic

For now I just share this messy pile of crocheted blankets with you.
Have a good time!

Sunday, March 2

Crochet Everywhere

Today I thought I'd share with you a few of the crochet works I came across. Below you see the crochet converted van of a yarn shop, something of a small chain here. They use it as their market stand.

ByHaafner, crochet, granny squares, yarn bombing Thailand

I think it is safe to say that crafty Thailand is very crochet orientated, more so than knitting. (Contrary to what the sign on the picture above suggests.) When you go to a market, you'll often see - female - vendors crocheting behind their stand. A lot of shops sells crochet items. Sometimes really nice, but other times I feel like abandoning this beautiful craft.

One shop I have to share with you is Bantaktor. It is from a crochet cooperative of which about 60 women are part of. They had some cute knitted items but it was mainly about crochet. The lady working in the shop was very friendly and informative. She told me most of the participants work without patterns. Also they only use cotton of a good quality. Find them online here.

ByHaafner, crochet shop, Bantaktor, Chiang Mai, crochet mugs

ByHaafner, crochet shop, Bantaktor, Chiang Mai, crochet stool, granny squares

ByHaafner, crochet shop, Bantaktor, Chiang Mai, crochet stool, granny squares

I really like these bags that are partly plastic netting and partly cotton.

ByHaafner, crochet shop, Bantaktor, Chiang Mai, crochet bags

Another favourite of mine is this traditional woven basket (you find them a lot around here). Here however with a crochet jacket. Love the brown-blue combination.

ByHaafner, crochet shop, Bantaktor, Chiang Mai, crochet basket

In a corner of the shop there was this little workspace. See how the kitchen whisks are used? Nice!

ByHaafner, crochet shop, Bantaktor, Chiang Mai, workspace

In another (small) shop I found these boho bags. The mother of the shop owner made them.

ByHaafner, shop, crochet boho bags, granny squares

Thanks for travelling a while with me!

Thursday, February 27


Did I succeed in my quest for local cotton yarn amidst the abundance of acrylics?
But of course!

ByHaafner, yarn, cotton

It wasn't easy, but - through sheer dedication for the cause. Ha! - I found a few places where gorgeous cotton was sold. Recently I'm quite smitten by greyish hues - especially after hooking my very pastel travel blanket I feel it's time for a change. So I bought mostly greys and earthy colours. Nevertheless, when I stumbled upon that gorgeous pink, I had to get it. I love the combination grey and pink.

Twentyfour Twentysix huge cakes of cotton yarn so far - and counting... So much for travelling light. :( The look and feel of this yarn reminds me a bit of Drops Paris, but it is slightly bulkier. I like that, because at home I find it hard to find cotton that is suitable for a plus 5mm hook. I'm guessing I could go as far as to use a 6,5 mm hook for this yarn. I hope so, because I feel a nice drapey blanket is coming up! Granny squares maybe? Starburst hectagons? Rectangulars?

Still, it's a pity that in country where bamboo is everywhere, there is no bamboo yarn - or hardly anyway, I didn't find any. The production of bamboo is more sustainable than that of cotton (the latter requires a lot of land and water), and the end product is very suitable for a tropical climate.

Having said that, I did stumble upon this really handspun nice hemp yarn. Not in a yarn store however, and they only had these varieties. It's nice to be able to buy something handspun for a change (because I don't use wool, that limits my options regarding handspun).

ByHaafner, yarn, handspun, hemp

ByHaafner, yarn, handspun, hemp

By the way, in addition to what I wrote about the local yarn stores in an earlier post, I have to add that I did come across a few that resemble the ones that are found in eg. Europe and the States. They mainly sell imported yarn. Pricewise: I could buy five of these fairly big cotton yarn cakes for less than the price of one ball of imported Katia cotton.

Apart from yarn I stocked up on my crochet hooks. Lots of small sizes that are not easy to get back home. Like 0.75 mm, 1.25 mm and 1,3 mm. The smallest one I bought is a 0,6 mm hook. It's tiny! How does one use it? With a lens? Since I took this picture, I've purchased quite a few more. (I've lost count, but I think it counts up to at least sixteen.) The hooks look very short on this picture but that because the needles are so huge...

ByHaafner, crochet hooks

Not only did I stock up on crochet hooks, but also on crochet books. But that's a different post altogether. ;-) Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate your visit!

Wednesday, February 26

Colours, Culture and Whatnot ~ Snapshots for Inspiration #2

Shortly after I wrote in my last post that I sometimes wonder if I can translate something I see into a crochet pattern, I came across this wall painting. Wow! I can easily see how I could translate this into a work of crochet... Actually, I might do just that sometime. This pattern has been on my to do list for quite a while and I really like these colours. It would be a perfect selfmade souvenir.

ByHaafner, wall painting in Thailand, bright colours

In Lampang these birds and flowers brighten up a temple wall. Simply love it.

ByHaafner, wall picture, temple, birds and flowers

Despite - our should I say due to? - its colourful attire this rabbit looks unhappy, don't you think?

ByHaafner, temple, year of the rabbit

I can see these tiles turning into an amazing crochet throw - colours, pattern, edging & all. What do you think?

ByHaafner, geometric tiles pattern

The temples are so colourful...
ByHaafner, temple Chiang Mai

 Love the colours of these noodles. Turmeric, I suppose.

ByHaafner, street food Thailand, noodles

Colourful lanterns are everywhere...

ByHaafner, colourful lanterns Thailand

ByHaafner, colourful lanterns Thailand

ByHaafner, river Wang Thailand

ByHaafner, China town

ByHaafner, bamboo hut

Gorgeous light in the early (well, not that early...) morning.

ByHaafner, bamboo chair

Thanks for your visit. Hopefully till soon!

Saturday, February 22

Colours, Culture and Whatnot ~ Snapshots for Inspiration #1

Thanks for the kind comments on my travel blanket! I haven't had the opportunity to give a reaction to the comment, but I will soon.

I use my phone and camera often to make a snapshot of what strikes or inspires me. Whether at home or while travelling. It can be anything really: a colour - or a combination of colours, forms, texture, an (often not intended) styling, light - or shadows, a book or even the pavement. The pictures in itself don't have any artistic pretention. ;-) Sometimes I wonder if can 'translate' something I like into a crochet pattern. Ha!
Today, and later this week, I will share just a few of these shots here.

ByHaafner, pink flowers, crochet doily, collage

The print of my dress corresponded with the shadows in the gorgeous CM University Art Center. I tried to blend in. ;-)
ByHaafner, shadows, vintage dress, pastel blue
Thanks for dropping by ~ see you soon!
PS. Does anybody know what the name of that pink flowered tree is in the first collage? I'm quite smitten with it...)

Tuesday, February 18

Travel Blanket

Imagine... A sleepy provincial Thai town... An old wooden house, traditionally build with an elevated ground floor... The sun is about to set... Inside is breezy... But still it's hot... You hear the crickets chirping... Muffled voices from outside... The clattering of pans from the neighbouring house... In your simple teak room - lovingly decorated with local antiques - the swooshing of the fan ceiling...

Okay, got the picture? 'Cause this is the setting in which I present to you... My travel blanket!
ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging
ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging

ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging

ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging

Yarn ~ Rio cotton from Lammy Yarns (which I usually use for my doilies, this was my first bigger project with it). The Rio includes one ball of blue/grey variegated cotton. I also used one colour from Hema (a Dutch shop) and one from Catania. Unfortunately I don't have the colour numbers available here...
Hooksize ~ 3.5 mm
Pattern ~ solid granny squares (if you google it you'll find many patterns for it), 64 in total (8x8 squares). I sewed them together front sides held together, then sewed the inner thread of the stitches together.
Edging ~ a simple picot edging in a shell-esque pattern. I like the result because it softens the austere character of the solid squares - without compromising on the overall squareness. ;-)
Blocking ~ I didn't, because I'm on the road!

ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, backside, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging

ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging

I'm glad I was foreseeing to take quite some natural white yarn with me... I really needed it to complete the blanket! As you can see I still have some yarn left, which I didn't use because I wanted this blanket to be square. Also I wanted to use the bright pink to spice the blanket up, but I had too little of it to make it work. Travel doilies coming up, I guess...

ByHaafner, crochet, travel blanket, solid granny squares, pastel, picot edging

As the sun was about to set the pictures are a bit dark. In the morning the colours are a bit brighter. Anyways... I hope you like it and I'll try to be back soon, because there are quite some yarny travel tales to share. Many thanks for visiting & take care!

Thursday, January 30

Yarning in Thailand


My solid granny squares are beginning to pile up. Too many for a bag. I'm thinking a small blanket instead? (I'm rather partial to blankets as you might know...) As that pile of squares is growing - like my other work in progress (the shawl) - my travel yarn stash begins to decrease rapidly. Too rapidly.

Anyway, time to explore the yarn shops of Chiang Mai. It took me a while to find them, but I did. In China Town.

ByHaafner, yarn, Thailand

ByHaafner, yarn, Thailand

These colours are not edited. Can you imagine: the shop was quite dark, but still there was this unexptected colour explosion. Don't you just love it? I did... I didn't buy anything, since they were all acrylics, and I really would like some nice, preferably local, cotton. BTW, it was the first time I saw acrylics in skeins, I'm used to acrylics in balls. (And the skeins were rather huge too.)

ByHaafner, yarn, Thailand

However, the vast majority of the yarn sold here is acrylic. Which I often use myself, but I didn't really like most of what I came across. By the way, the way the shop above displayed it stocks in a quite unusual way. Far more usual around here is this... (This was actually the first yarn shop I came across, by accident. I got hopelessly lost while cycling through town and suddenly saw these huge bags filled to the brim with yarn. I almost squealed. Ha!)

ByHaafner, yarn, Thailand

ByHaafner, yarn, Thailand

And this. (Yarn in the back of the shop, behind the counter and wrapped in plastics.)

ByHaafner, yarn, Thailand

Oh dear, I wanted to show you some not yarny stuff as well, but it's getting late already. Next time! I'll end  this post with some crochet - which seems much more popular here then knitting. (Apologies for the bad quality of the picture.)

ByHaafner, crochet edging, Thailand

Hopefully till soon. Many thanks for dropping by!