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Crocheted Scrunchies

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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, isn't it?







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

Learning How To Sew

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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.

Neo Herringbone Bag

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A while ago I tried to knit the Herringbone Stitch, but it wasn't a success, really. I'm just not that much into knitting. So I was happily surprised when I saw this pattern with the same stitch, but for the crochet hook! Good news: you can make this bag in one day!

Pattern: Neo Herringbone Crochet Bag at Lakeside Loops (free pattern and instruction video)

Yarn: Tape by Zeeman


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Ming the Cat, that I made for my daughter's teacher and showed you last week, was featured by Annemarie's Haakblog, Scrapality, Creative Jewish Mom, Oombawka Design, Artsy Fartsy Mama and Sew Crafty Crochet!




The My Precious Sweater, that I made a couple of weeks ago for my daughter, was featured by Ginx Craft!


Ming The Cat

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Because we moved last summer, we also had to pick new schools for our daughers. My oldest would start at high school so had to change school anyway, but the youngest is still in elementary school. We found a school not far away from our house. She has a small class. at least much smaller than before, en has a great teacher. Very involved, intelligible, righteous and with an eye for what every child needs. My daughter totally loves her and asked me to make something for her to give on the last day of school. She asked her teacher what's her favorite animal (cat) and picked this cute design. Very nice to make!




Pattern: Ming The Cat from Amigurumi Treasures by Erinna Lee
Yarn: various colors by Katia


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My Chill & Chunky Blanket was featured by Scrapality this week!

The Meu Mundo Mandala was featured this week at The Linky Ladies Community Link Party



Thanks, all!

Chill & Chunky Blanket

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After not even a year of sleeping in her new, renovated room, my daughter is ready to make some changes. From gold and grey she now opts for powdery pink and old pink. The grey on the walls can stay, luckily, but all gold colored accessories definitely have to go out. My task is to make new covers for her pillows and a throw.

I started with the throw.




Yarn: Royal Old Pink by Zeeman

Pattern: Chill & Chunky Blanket from Koel Magazine Issue #6

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The Meu Mundo Mandala from last week was featured by Creative Jewish Mom.



Meu Mundo Mandala

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Now that I've picked up my crochet hook again, I found out that what I like making the most at the moment is things for the house. I started this large (as in a 1 meter diameter) mandala a couple of weeks ago. I finished it yesterday and although I really like the pattern in itself, I have doubts about the colors I used.

I like natural colors and brown is the most natural of all, I guess, but somehow I don't really like the outcome, at least not for my home I mean. I used Caramel Core Blimey by Scheepjes and my mouth watered by the sound of it. Maybe that's why I wanted to use that color so readily, because of the caramel.

The intention was to hang the mandala in the living room above the piano, as soon as the walls are plastered, but I think I'm going to sell it and make another mandala in another color. What do you think?

In the first picture shows better what the colors are, the second shows the pattern better.







Yarn: Caramel Core Blimey by Scheepjes
Pattern by: Meu M…

Vegetarian Sushi Poke Bowl

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Yesterday I saw what seemed to be a delicious dish on a picture and I could almost taste it on my tongue. It looked like a Poke Bowl Sushi Style.Today I couldn't wait to rush to the supermarket to buy what I thought was in the recipe.I'm a vegetarian, so I had to change some of the ingredients, but that made it even better.

We just finished eating it and it was great, so I have to share it with you.





Sushi Poke Bowl

Ingredients for two persons
2 cups or rice (I used Pandan)
1 avocado
1/4 cucumber
mayonaise
wasabi
soy sauce
3 eggs
2 tbsp sugar
salt
sesame seeds

 Cook the rice as instructed on the package.

Make the tamagoyaki (sweet omelet) by mixing 3 eggs, 2 tbsp sugar with some salt and soy sauce to taste. Bake two thin omelets, roll up and cut to slices.  Cut thin slices of the avocado, cut the cucumber in slices and the slices in quarters.

Roast the sesame seeds for a short time.  Mix the cooked rice with wasabi, mayonaise and soy sauce to taste.
After preparing all ingr…

My Precious Sweater

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Dear people who are still visiting this blog every now and then to check if something new is on: after more than a year of silence I want to pick up where I have left. 
It's been a while, but it was a very busy year, that's why. We moved to another house in another town. I think I've told you that what my husband loves the most is home improvement jobs in our own house. In our old house weren't any jobs to do anymore and we needed more space anyway, so we bought a fixer upper in another town. We moved last summer and have been busy to make it a home every weekend since then. I just hadn't time, but also no motivation, inspiration and appetite to make/craft anything else, so I hadn't much to tell or show.

Now that there's more peace around here, I started to crochet again. Just this week I finished this sweater for my oldest daughter. She started at high school last summer and clothes and apparel are much more important for her now, I can tell. The color, w…