The Yarn Over List - Flowers Everywhere

Pincushion / / I love the colors of this pincushion! So bright and vibrant!
Flowers / / Pink pile of adorable flowers!
Socks / / I love everything about this! The backdrop blanket, the shoes and the socks!
Embroidery / / Amazing embroidery work!
 DIY / / I love this floating flower wreath!
Illustration / / Pretty watercolor flowers!

Happy Monday to all! Floral patterns and anytihng flowery are my favorites lately! After all spring is all about flowers and being in a floral mood really makes my day!

How was your weekend? I took the opportunity and relaxed a bit, doing almost nothing at all! Ok, some crocheting was involved!:) I am currently working on a new project and I can't wait to show you more! I chose bright colored raspberry yarn to work with and I am very very excited about its outcome so far!:) Hopefully very soon I will be able to post some progress photos!

How was your weekend? Did you work on anything new or finished any projects you were working on?
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

5 Things I love Saturday

1. I want to try this!
2. These look really awesome!
3. Spring is everywhere!
4. I love him. Tons!
5. This is my next project!

Picture: Crochet tulips.
Enjoy your weekend!

Crochet Spring Tulips

I'm not sure if I had mentioned that tulips are one of my favorite flowers! I ahve been playing with the idea of crocheting a bunch in vibrant colors for quite a while now and so here they are! I really loved making them and they would definititely make a lovely decoration for your home or even as a gift (Mother's Day is not dar away)! 

Materials:
Various shades of 100% cotton yarn (I used Drops Paris)
3.5 mm (E) crochet hook 
skewers for the stem
yarn needle
a bit of glue

Pattern:
For the tulip/petals:
Using yarn in your color choice and 3.5mm (E) hook:
ch 12
R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, 3 dc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next  st, 3 sc in last st (turning point) you will continue crocheting the other way of the chain following the exact same sts. Sl st in 1st sc, ch 1
R2: sc in same st as sl.st. 1 sc in next, 3 hdc in next 3 sts, 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next st, 3 sc in last st, (turning point) you will continue crocheting the other way of the chain following the exact same sts. Sl st in 1st sc, ch 1
R3: sc in each st across, when reaching the last st, inc, continue crocheting the other way of the chain following the exact same sts. Sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.Fasten off.
This is your first petal. Make another 2 following the exact same pattern for each!
Assembly of tulip:
Grab your 1st petal and pinch the bottom part.Take your 2nd petal and place next to the first by sewing together.
Grab your 3rd petal and sew it in front of te other two!
Done!

Stem:
Grab your skewer, put some glue on and start wrapping green colored yarn around it! Push the skewer into the lower part of the tulip, by glueing it on!

Leaf:
Using green yarn and 3.5mm (E) crochet hook:
Ch 19
R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, hdc in next, 1 dc in next 13 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next, 1 sc in next 2 sts, inc  (turning point) you will continue crocheting the other way of the chain following the exact same sts. Sl st in 1st sc, ch 1
R2: sc in each st across, when reaching the last st, inc, continue crocheting the other way of the chain following the exact same sts. Sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.Fasten off.
Attach to stem!
I hope you like my spring colorful tulips! What have you been working on?
Wishing you a happy Thursday!

The Yarn Over List - Knitting, Bags & Bikes

Knitting / / I love this knitting tutorial! Great for novices like me!
Lacy Crochet Cozy / / Ok, I'm in love! This lacy cover is so adorable and unique!
Blanket / / I love the colors used in this blanket by Vicki!
Wish List / / This bag is my ultimate favorite!
Drink / / I would love to try making this Raspberry Fizz via The Vanilla Bean Blog!
Illustration / / I couldn't agree more on that!

Happy Monday to all! I have completely fallen in love with this vintage embroidered bag! I love the colors and the style! Also I must admit I am intrigued to learn how to knit-again! Let's hope this time it will work!:)

Lately I have been working on my Mood Blanket (I guess that was pretty obvious, since I have overloaded the site with pictures haha)! I really like the way it is progressing! I find the join as you go method pretty convenient and helpful! 

I have also started working on some Easter projects! On Saturday my new yarn arrived and I can't wait to use it! I chose pretty pastels colors in this spring batch I ordered and have already started about the possibilities and projects! Yay!:)

Are you working on any exciting new / ongoing projects?
Wishing you a happy new week ahead!

5 Things I love Saturday

1. Today's Special No. 1
2. Let's color it up!
3. This or this? I choose both!
4. Let's prepare for next fall/winter!
5. Mint or peach?

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Tulips, Yarn Ends & Catching Up!

Some tulips I made recently! Will be posting more about that soon!
More crochet flowers!
And some real ones!:)
While making my Floral Cozies I tried to learn more about embroidery!
A sneak peak of my makings!
A lovely stationery card I received from my blog friend Claire!
Searching for inspiration!:)
Kimba my cat photobombing my set up!:)
Yellow & Pink is my fave color combo!:)
 A serious amount of yarn ends!
Catching up on my Crochet Mood Blanket!

It's finally Friday! This hectic week is almost over!:) The weather around here is totally spring like! It's sunny and during midday the temperature is around 20°C! 

As you can tell it's quite a while I posted about my doings! The first picture is from some crochet tulips I have been working on! I am thinking of making some more in various colors! I will definitely show you more on that!

Also, I need to catch up on my Mood Blanket! I have been left behind so the last few days I have been crocheting granny circles like a maniac so that I can be on track again! I found it easier to make all the circles so as to keep track of the color combinations and I will be joining  them later on!

I would also like to thank you all for your sweet comments on my Tunisian Crochet post! It's a technique that is getting quite popular lately, as I was informed from some Instagram friends!
How have you been? Are you working on anything exciting?
Enjoy the rest of your day!

Experimenting with Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is my latest addiction! Basically it's a mixture of crochet and knitting and really really fun! Tunisian Crochet hooks are quite longer than the standard hooks, as they have  to hold a large number of stitches. Like standard crochet hooks, Tunisian hooks come in a number of sizes and can be adjusted to the pattern you work on.

Learning how to crochet with Tunisian hooks for a crocheter,  is not difficult! I managed to grasp the whole idea in about 10 min, i.e. how to hold the hook and how to start off. I found this tutorial on Purl Bee quite helpful. If you follow this you will practise the basic Tunisian Crochet stitch.
I started crocheting away in rows back and forth and decided to change color as well. Changing the yarn color follows exactly the same principle as in standard crochet terms, i.e.when two stitches remain at the end of the Return Row, use the new color to draw through both loops. Quite easy!
This is practically the basic Tunisian Crochet stitch. But of course, I had to explore additional stitches in this new technique. While browsing through Pinterest I found that Tunisian Crochet has a stitch that looks like a knitted one! Quite my thing as I cannot knit at all, and all my efforts to learn haven't worked out. It's the Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch and it is now my nw favorite!
I immediately fell in love with this stitch and have already started dreaming about projects that could be worked with it! I was thinking of making a tank top! I also like the color combination I used for my swatch! Pink and yellow are my favorites lately! Basically, it's really really fun and of course a lot of practice is needed so as the stitches work up quickly. One other thing I discovered is that the yarn tends to curl up, in both stitches I tried out, but some blocking would fix that!

I really love discovering new techniques and stitches and I recommend you try Tunisian Crochet if you already haven't! The possibilities are endless and as always a bit of imagination during the process is necessary!:)
Have you ever tried Tunisian Crochet? How do you like this technique?
Enjoy the rest of your day!
P.S. My Tunisian Crochet bamboo hooks were a gift bought on Ebay.

The Yarn Over List - Spring Up!

Blanket / /  What a great space and blanket!
Vases / / Lovely color splashes and design from Safari  Fusion!
Pillows / / I love these floral pillows via Karen Barbe!
Doily / /  An awesome piece of crochet work on this doily by Kate!
Bake / / Recently I have ben browsing cake recipes! I loved this one!
Illustration / / Via Anna Emilia Laitinen.

Happy Monday to all! Spring is definitely here! I love these color combinations for the new season! Energetic greem mixed with the vibrant shade of turquoise! I think the lovely colored vases are my faves this week!

I would like to thank you all for your kind and encouraging comments on my floral purse I recently made for Simply Crochet! I am so happy you liked it! Also if you decide to make your version I would definitely like to see!:)

Currently I am working on some more spring projects and at the same time I have been organizing and cleaning up my craft room! I will be sharing photos of it when finished! Can't wait to show you more!

Are you working on any new projects?
Enjoy the rest of your day!

5 Things I Love Saturday

1. This is maybe too pretty!
2. How do you feel about pretty, free things? Yeah?
3. This would be lovely everyday decor, too.
4. This would be a really nice way to use up scrap yarn!
5. Lovely compilation of project and yarn!

Image via Wood & Stool! (This is a scrap yarn ball! To make your own check this detailed how to!
Happy weekend!

Flower Purse for Simply Crochet



Flowers everywhere seems to be my motto recently!
I am so excited to finally be able to share with you why I have been making a huge amount of flowers lately! I made a flower purse, a pattern which is featured in this month's Simply Crochet Magazine complement of Spring Makes Edits!

I wrote up the pattern and designed the purse a few months ago but I couldn't share any details with you! So when I got my copy of Simply Crochet Edits I was more than happy! I really enjoyed making this cute little purse! I chose to make it in purple, lilac, lavender and grass green colors, but honestly the color choices are endless ant totally up to your style! Generally the purse whips up pretty quickly and you can choose to put lining or not! If you want to make your own bag you can get the pattern in this month's Simply Crochet magazine!

The complement includes patterns by some very talented ladies!
Lovely flower Brooches by Rachel who blogs here!
A happy Shopper Bag by Jules who blogs here!
A Chunky Scarf by Rachelle who blogs here!
A Hat Pincushion by Hannah who blogs here!
and An awesome Granny Square Cowl by Jacquie who blogs here!
Please make sue to pop by these very creative blogs and have a look around! I am sure you will find lot's of inspiration!

The last three photos are from my Instagram account, simple sneak peeks of my flower creating process!
Wishing you a happy Friday!