{Mouse Tape Measure Cozy}

Apart from all the necessary tools required for crocheting like hooks, yar, needles, scissors, I think a tape measure comes quite handy for measuring sizes lengths etc. So I thought of making a cozy for it, to make it a bit more appealing! I decided to make a cute little mouse but you could almost make any animal face!
P.S. The face can also be used as an applique! Cool huh?

MATERIALS
  • yarn in grey and pink
  • 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook 
  • Yarn needle
  • embroidery thread for face
  • Stitch marker (optional)
MOUSE PATTERN:
Make 2.
With grey,
R1: Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: 1 sc , 2 sc in next st, repeat 6 times (18)
R4: 2 sc, 2 sc in next st, repeat 6 times (24)
R5: 3 sc, 2 sc in next st, repeat 6 times (30)
R6: sc in each st around (30)
Finish off and fasten off.

On one of the two embroider a mouse face!
EARS:
Make 2.
With pink,
R1: Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
Change to grey yarn,
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: inc, 2sc in next 2 st, 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc and 1 dc in next st, 2dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc and  1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next 2 st, inc.
Finish off and fasten off.
Sew the ears on top of the head. You could also sew them on the back but I liked it most on the front part.

ASSEMBLY:
Take your mouse face and  attach with the back side of the face by whipstitching the two pieces together. Do NOT sew closed. Place your tape measure inside and position it. Continue sewing the two pieces together leaving a small opening for the tape edge so that you can pull it when needed! 
Note: The above pattern can be modified so to fit your tape measure size!

{Inspired Crochet Magazine Giveaway}

I am so excited for the release of the June issue of Inspired Crochet magazine. Why is that? Well besides all the awesome patterns inside, the issue also includes my pattern for a Kokeshi Doll

And here is a special surprise for you … Kristy and Shannon from the magazine have graciously offered to give away a copy of the June issue to one lucky reader! I wish you all good luck!
Terms:
You can enter through the rafflecopter below!
The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday 06/01!
Entries will be checked and incomplete entries will be removed.

{The Yarn Over List - Raining Colors}

Crochet Raindrops / / Ingrid's raindrops are adorable!
Crochet Rainbow Elephant / / This happy colored elephant made my day!
Yarn / / An easy pom-pom chandelier to make!
 Yarn / / Dye your own yarn!
Illustration / / Umbrella girl by Sonia!

This week's Yarn Over List came together as a result of yesterday's summer rain! I love each one of these colorful finds!

My weekend was wonderful! Yesterday we made an excursion to a village near Thessaloniki! It was simply wonderful to see flowers blooming and cherries on trees waiting to be picked! it was simply lovely!

Also some surprises are in this week's blog schedule! I will not say any more but make sure to come by later this day!
I also participated in Monica's new blog interview series! Go check it out here!:)

How did you spent your weekend? Did you go anywhere special?

{The Italian Job}

I feel so extremely happy to have had the opportunity to visit Northern Italy, as the International Mini Meeting was held there this year! Italy being so close to Greece we couldn't miss this huge event! It was held near Florence at a campsite near the Mugello Circuit! There were about 2000 minis and 5000 people! 

Unfortunately the weather was not the best as it was raining most of the days! I wish I had packed a scarf and some sweaters! Apart from that, we had the opportunity to meet up with friends and also make some new ones! We also visited some nearby cities, Florence and of course San Marino! We ate the most delicious pizza and pasta and enjoyed real Italian cappuccinos!


San Marino!
Money on the wall in Florence!
San Marco's church in Florence!
Super mini hat!
This was an amazing vacation I will never forget! I hope the pictures transferred you a bit to the Italian spirit!
Now it's time to do a lot of laundry, relax a bit and get prepared for some new and amazing surprizes I have to share with you!

Have you ever been to Northern Italy? Are you going anywhere this summer? I would love to hear your stories!

{The Yarn Over List - Trigonometria}

Crochet Basket / / Armygurumi's lovely basket inspired this list's title!
Crochet Blanket / / Jule's blanket is adorable!
Crochet Phone Case / /  I love this phone case by Lutter Idyl!
Crochet Granny Triangles / / Heidi's granny triangles are adorable!
Crochet Triangle Pillow / / Solveig's tutorial for this pillow is easy to follow!
Illustration  / / Triangle lady by Laura Amiss.

This week's list came together in a triangle shape! Trigonometria is a Greek word referring to maths and specifically to the measureing of triangles! I have to thank Armygurumi for the inspiration!

This weekend was full of spending time with friends! I'm also excited about some new plans but I will not say anything yet, I want it to be a surprize! I also have to finish some projects and meet some deadlines which kept me quite busy!

How did you spent your weekend? Did you make anything special?

{The Yarn Over List -Blankets, Granny Squares and Totoro}

Crochet Blanket / /  Pip shows how to make the Larksfoot blanket!
Crochet Granny Basket / / I love Julie's granny square basket!
Crochet Block Blanket / / I just love the colors Alessandra used for her blanket!
Crochet Granny Coasters / / Weronica made these adorable granny coasters!
Crochet Circle Blanket / / Isn't this blanket adorable?
Crochet Patchwork Blanket / / I love this pattern by Ideas Magazine! Granny squares attached with smaller squares!
Illustration / / Totoro is one of my faves!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there and especially my mom! :)

The weekend was spent relaxing and working on the computer, answering emails mostly! I also am designing a new kokeshi doll ninja style! Can't wait to see the final outcome! 
Yesterday the weather was rainy and a bit breezy, as today, but the sun is lurking behind those rain clouds!
It's also strawberry season! Yay!  Perhaps I'll make a strawberry cake this week!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special for your mom?
Happy Monday to all!

{Spring Blossoms...}

 Last weekend was the Greek Orthodox Easter! I spend my time relaxing and took some photos of lovely flowers! I just love the colors of nature! Pink, red, white and green all blend in together lovely!

I have also been crocheting some Kokeshi Dolls and I am thinking of making a Ninja Kokeshi doll! I have already started working on the pattern! Hopefully by the beginning of next week I will have completed it!

What are your plans for the weekend?
Wishing you a lot of Spring joy!

{The Yarn Over List - Bloomin' Daisies}

Daisies / / These crochet daisies look wonderful!
Bloomin' Daisies / / Happy colored daisies always brighten the day!
Daisy Blanket / / This granny daisy blanket by Tillie  Tulip looks perfect for spring and can easily be modified for a pillow!
 Daisy Hexagon / /  These bloomin' hexagons seem perfect for a funky flowery bag!
 Illustration / / Katie Daisy creates wonderful illustrations!

Happy Easter to all! This week was Greek Easter week, admittedly celebrated a bit late this year!

The weekend was spent relaxing and taking lots of flowery pictures! This season is perfect for bloomin' flowers! After crocheting my Lily Hexagon, I got addicted to crocheting flowers! I have also been working on some new amigurumi patterns. 

How was your weekend? Did you crochet anything special?