Trio Blanket

We are on vacation! In our own country (The Netherlands), no less, but since we have lots of beautiful, beautiful places here, it's no punishment at all. We are renting a log cabin near National Park De Hoge Veluwe, a place were we've been a couple of times before. The last few years we went to the Mediterranean in spring instead of summer, because it's just too hot in July and August and it's getting hotter and hotter every year. The summer we save for vacations in our own country.

Anyway, after months of working at the ICU's, and after that months of hard work at my own department (operation theater) to get waiting lists for patients that needed surgery a bit shorter, I finally have a couple of weeks off. Time to do some serious crocheting, so I finally finished this throw that I started to work on last fall. The project was quite boring, doing the same small stitch row after row, so I've put it away from time to time. Most annoying of all was the yarns, three…

Wrap Skirts

My teen daughter had a request once again. More than one, actually. She had found a tutorial for a really nice skirt on YouTube and asked me to make one for her. And because I really like it that my daughter wants to wear clothes that are made by her mother, off we went again to buy the fabrics of preference. The tutorial didn't seem difficult, not as if it would take days to make one skirt, so we bought three different designs.

Instead of making a little production line, I made one skirt at the same time. Fortunately, because after making the first skirt, I found it to be a bit short. Also the skirt fell open with every slight lift of the leg. With a legging underneath my daughter saw no problem in wearing it, but my idea was to make the other two skirts just a tiny bit longer.

Not only did I give the two other skirts a bit more length, but I also made one of both sides of the skirt straight instead of rounded, so it wouldn't fall open.

My daugther loves all three of them, bu…

Victoria the Swan

My favorite colleague just messaged me that she delivered her second baby. It's a girl again, which she kept a surprise for us all. I had a feeling it would be a girl again, so I started to crochet a couple of weeks ago, keeping in mind I could give this little present to someone else in case she would have a baby boy.

Pattern: Victoria the Swan from Amigurumi Treasures by Erinna Lee

Yarn: various colors by Katia and Scheepjes

The Crocheted Scrunchies, that I made for my daughter, were featured by:

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Crocheted Scrunchies

My daughter asked me to crochet some scrunchies for her. Not that much work, I thought, so one evening, after she went to bed, I started crocheting. Turned out next morning that the scrunchies that I made weren't exactly the ones she had in mind. She meant scrunchies like the fabric ones: a tunnel with a piece of elastic in it. Luckily she liked mine much better, so I got away well. Not sure if they will be in use as hair bands or bracelets, though. Teenagers think in mysterious ways, aren't they?

How I made them:

Round 1: 40 sc around a regular hair elastic, close with a slip stitch in the first sc (40)

Round 2: chain 2 (counts as the first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch, 3 dc in every sc of the previous round, close with a slip stitch in the chain stitch (120)

Round 3: chain 2 (counts as the first dc), 1 dc in the same stitch, 2 dc in every dc of the previous round,close with a slip stitch in the chain stitch (240)

Round 4: chain 2 (counts as the first dc), 1 dc in every dc of the…

Learning How To Sew

Last week my daughter, twelve years old, asked me if I could teach her to sew. I really, really loved that question. We went to buy fabrics right away and started with the principles: pattern drawing and cutting fabric. After that we practiced a bit with the sewing machine. My daughter wanted to bring the new clothes to a sleep over party at her friend's house, to celebrate the end of the school year, so for now I did the rest and sewed all pieces together, but the next step will be for her to learn the actual sewing.

We made a tube top and two gym shorts.

For this top my daughter cut a rectangle of fabric, which I folded in two and stitched together at the bottom. After that I sewed a couple of tunnels and threaded elastic straps through the tunnels. Very simple, but just what my daughter wanted.

The shorts I made before, a couple of years ago. It's a free pattern by Purl Soho, for all ages. Not very difficult to make, so perfect if you want to learn sewing your own clothes.