:: crochet sister softies ::

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Over here, the word for ‘softie’ is the same word as used for a ‘cuddle’.  Isn’t that awesome? Because, when I look at these finished crochet softies, I barely can control the urge to cuddle them. Aren’t they cute? I made them with left over yarn from a blanket that is still in progress (so the yarn isn’t exactly leftover, but anyhow) for two small girls, sisters. The yarn I used is Phildar 3.5 and makes the softies sturdy but still soft.
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By the way. I love the fact that spring has started. It’s been over 18-20C degrees for the past couple of days now. All the buds on trees have started to blossom now, bushes are really turning green. What about you? Are you enjoying the weather?
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:: hurray! ::

Fullscreen capture 3282014 120824 PMOh happy day! Today a good friend of mine is having her birthday and.. I’ve got a job! And, the sun is shining. So it truly is a happy day. An other friend of mine asked me to crochet something for her young daughters, because she likes my work! And flattered as I felt I started crocheting right away, with some yarn that I’m already using for a blanket. I had some ideas in my head – sometimes I wish I had a little less – and to my surprise something that looks like a bear started to appear. Hurray!

Now I’m heading to the kitchen because I still have to make a birthday cake for my friend.

Have a great day!

:: one finished, one in progress ::

So, right now I am in between jobs. That’s the optimistic version of saying that I’m without a job.
Not that I care to much, I very very much enjoy being in the Netherlands again and having time to visit friends, drinking lots of good quality coffee, having hot showers and finish craft projects I once started.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, that is how my new friend, a Wee Wonderful doll, came into being.
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My very first three dimensional doll. I mean, different from the ones I made before, by sewing two sides together. This one is big and has body, and I like her!
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Some parts of the process where a little challenging, the hairdo for example, and the sleeves of her dress.  But we – doll and I – survived! The Wee Wonderful pattern is to be found over here. And, I picked up a new crochet project, a blanket, to reward myself for having finished an ‘old’ project.

Just kidding.

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Few days ago I had a really nice job interview and they invited me to have a second conversation, hurray! So off course I’m really excited and enjoying my – still abundant – craft time. Because, who knows.. I might have a job soon!

:: creme de menthe ::

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To be completely honest, it’s not my colour. At all.

But a dear friend of mine asked me to sew her a knitting bag for her birthday, and you know, just because I like her so much I decided to dive in the ocean of ‘crème de menthe’, because she looooves it.  Few years ago I saw the lunch bag made by Ayumi, which now popped into my mind while thinking of what kind of bag to make. So that choice was not hard to make. The pattern really simple to follow, but I altered dimensions and insisted on adding piping trim, which caused me quite some frustrations.

So it turned out okay. I like the colour combo and I like the measurements. I don’t like the rim, but I’m trying to comfort myself with the idea that a bag should look as if it is handmade and not a ‘made in China’.

Hope she thinks in the same way.

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Oh, and look at that small pocket inside.. I like that too!

The bunnies don’t come with the bag, but I crocheted them with My Boshi – a kapok cotton blend – that makes the toys washable and therefore very suitable for small children. The pattern you can find here. IMG_8042