Thursday, November 27, 2014

Liebster Blog Award

Alhamdulillah, I have been nominated for  for the Liebster Blog Award by Zelna Olivier of Zooty Owl. I have never been nominated for an award before for my creations so this is something which keep my heart rate run a bit faster. I feel so humbled, Thanks Zelna.

The Liebster Blog Awards is about people nominating other people so their name get recognized. Each nominee answer 11 questions about themselves and then in turn nominates a number of their favorite blogs and provides a set of questions to be answered.

The questions Zelna asked me were:

1. What is your favourite yarn?
2. Your go-to colour palette?
3. How many hours a week do you spend crocheting?
4. What other crafts do you practice?
6. How old were you when you learned to crochet?7. Who taught you to crochet?
8. Which is your favourite season, and why?
9. Favourite place to go on holiday!
10. What is the coolest thing you have crocheted?
11. Why do you blog?

I love these questions although some of these are not easy to answer. I am very happy to answer without bias and as objective as possible. 

1. What is your favorite yarn?

Any yarns that is not squeaky slippery.

2. Your go-to colour palette?

Red, pink, white
Turquoise, brown, cream
Turquoise, red, cream
Turquoise, purple, soft green

3. How many hours a week do you spend crocheting?

Whoho... the whole time, my hobby is my works. Well, when I am not cooking, typing, praying, socializing you will find me crocheting...

4. What other crafts do you practice?

Beading. Recently this long time hobby resurface when a friend open her house for a group meet up once a week.

A beaded crocheted bracelet I recently made

6. How old were you when you learned to crochet?


7. Who taught you to crochet?

My Aunty... and she is still healthy. I used to see my aunty make crochet items for her husband.
Please meet my aunty and the items  she crocheted when she was young. Some of these items aged around 50 years.

My Aunty, Ibu Nursima

My Aunty's creations

8. Which is your favourite season, and why?
All seasons are good in its own way to me. So I enjoy every seasons.

9. Favourite place to go on holiday!

Jogja and Bali and my hometown, Bukittinggi. All are located in Indonesia.

10. What is the coolest thing you have crocheted? My Strawberry bag. The bag were published in Homespun Australia and Entwine Crochet Magazine, USA.

11. Why do you blog?

I love sharing knowledge with people, I love teaching. Below is a blanket made by Kasia, my friend from Poland whom  I taught crochet 4 weeks ago and made this blanket within a week. Bottom picture are some of my friends who crochet with me, but not all...

11. Where do you crochet?

On the floor, sit on the carpet like in the picture below, in the patio, in front of the TV,  in the car (during traffic only), on the plane, at the airport, and in the party when nothing else to talk about I usually go to a corner and begin crocheting LOL.

I am nominating the following blog as my Liebster Blogs:

1. My Little Girl
2. My Picot
3. My Hobby is Crochet
4. Crochet et all 
5. Zooty Owl
6. Abel and Hug

To those I am nominating, I would like to have the following questions answered:

1. What is your favourite hook?
2. Anyone else crocheting in your family?
3. How many hours a week do you spend crocheting?
4. Will you teach a family member to crochet?
5. Where do you crochet?
6. Do you have a crochet group?
7. Who inspire you to crochet the first time?
8. What is the most expensive yarns you ever bought and what did you make with it?
9. Do you make item for yourself or to sell?
10. What is the coolest thing you have crocheted?
11. Why do you blog?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lacy Granny Modified Version

This is a modification of the green lacy granny I made last year. I am still using a lace yarn, still crocheted tightly using the smallest size of crochet hook. The change I made was  on the number of starting chains and stitches in the first round and changing the 2nd round into dc instead of cluster.

Yarn: Lace/Sport/Size 5 crochet thread will do.  While typing this I was thinking to make another one as soon as I have a chance in bulky size yarns or T-Yarn for a cushion cover!

Hook: B/2.25mm

Term: US

1. Make 8 ch, join with sl st to form a ring, 1 ch.
2. 24 sc into the ring, join with sl st.

3. 8 ch (counted as 1 dc and 5 ch), sk next st, dc in each of next 2 st. 
(5 ch, sk next st, dc in next 2 st) 7 times, join with sl st to 3rd of 8 ch.

4. 1 ch, [(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 5 ch sp] 8 times, join with sl st to 1st sc.

5. Sl st into each of next 6 st, 8 ch (counted as 1 dc and 5 ch), (dc in next st, 6 ch, sc in next tr, 3 ch, sc in next st, 6 ch, dc in next tr, 5 ch) 3 times. Join with sl st to first 3rd of 8 ch sp.

6.  1 ch. {[(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 3 ch, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 5 ch sp, [(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 6 ch sp], 3 sc into next 3 ch sp, [(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr,  2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 6 ch sp]} 4 times. Join with sl st to the first sc.

7. 1 ch, sl st into each of next 6 st, [(3 sc, 1 ch, 3 sc) into 3 ch sp, (8 ch, sc into next tr) 3 times] 4 times. Join with sl st into the 1st sc.

Note: Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of step 7  (4 corners of sc and 9 of 8 ch sps).

8. Sc into each of next 3 sc, [(3 sc, pc, 3 sc) into 1 ch sp, (5 sc, pc, 5 sc) into 8 ch sps] 4 times. Join with sl st to the first sc. Fasten off, sew end.

Lacy granny appliqué for my cat house. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Crocheted Clover Amour Hook Case

I have been wanting to make a case for my hooks for a while because I didn't quite like the plastic version I purchased. It was too tight and only 8 of my hooks fit in it. This project doesn't eat up much yarn, in fact less than a ball is sufficient. I use aran size yarn but you can use any size of yarns just follow the length according to the instruction.

This pattern is available as PDF and free from my Raverly Store. Just click this link to download.
Terms: American 
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yarn: 60 gr/112 yards of any Aran size, small fabric for lining.
Hook: G/4 mm
Gauge: 18 sc to 4 inches/10 cm, 19 rows of sc to 4 inches/10 cm
Finished Size: 7 x 9 inches when flap is opened
Pattern for the flower and leaves are not included. Please use any pattern of your choice for the appliques.
Stitches Used:
Yo = yarn over
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Fpst = front post slip stitch
Special stitches:
Shell: 5 dc into next st
The flower was based on this Youtube tutorial

Make enough length of chain stitches and sew it to the middle part of the purse. Attach tassels to both ends. Instruction on how to make the tassels is in the PDF.

Using a yarn needle stitch between the hooks for a good grip. This is how the purse look like from the back.

I love my personalized crochet hook case very much. You can embellish yours with any ornaments you like including beads. I would love to see what you make.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tangle Free Silk

You may remember my previous post on dying silk where I shared my first time experience working with this luxurious material. I have been working with a few dozens more skeins since then ranging from lace to aran size and from slippery reeled to soft and fluffy duke type of silk. Alhamdulillah I also have started selling my own hand dyed and hand painted silk to new customers.

Based on my experience in winding and crocheting with this type of yarns and also after seeing difficulties my customers is having with some of the types,  I would like to share this tips with you to avoid tangling and spending numerous hours in untangling your yarns. Prevention is key to this success.

 1. I let my silk dry flat like this under the shade.

2. Keep it neatly folded till next use.

3. I rewind the yarn once I am ready to work on it.
This one is a special order and my customer wanted it in a cake shape so I rewound it for her. I put the cake in a tight plastic bag. I tied the end of the yarn which I pulled out from center  to a tag with a note to customer not to remove it from the bag.
This is the key: Tight container, help customer find the end and leave her a note. Tight container will keep the slippery yarn in place.

4, Yarns neatly packed and ready to ship.  

Do you see the amazing transformation of the colors from these two pictures? This is how the yarn approximately look like when crocheted. 

Hope this tips works for you too... 

Below are extra pictures of some of my works.

This picture and above are silk in DK size, painted using Jacquard iDye in the shade inspired by nature, the pink and red fragrance rose flower... 

Till next post and happy dyeing and crocheting.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

When Crocheters Received Their Yarns Parcels

After such long wait (haha a few days always felt like a few hundreds days when you are waiting for yarns to arrive) our Australian pure 18 micron Merino wool orders arrived. Yes, we are so blessed... Alhamdulillah. Just have a look at the smile in the faces of my crochet buddies in this slide show...

Here is West Africa life can be very exciting. Perhaps because of some limitations we are experiencing in some cases, something ordinary to some people in the other part of the world seems to always extra ordinary and extra happy in our place.  The skeins now all have been distributed to friends who ordered them. Many more skeins have been arranged neatly on the shelves ready for our next crochet meet up and class.

I suddenly feel the need for a cup of tea, sit quietly in my comfy corner (you will notice my big red pillow on the slide show) and crochet... while perhaps rub my cheek on some of those super soft yarns...

Hope you enjoy the slideshow...

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Color Card with a Twist

A long distance friend was asking for a color cards of the yarns I am selling in my group for our crochet project. Since she is so far away and can't get the feel of the yarns, I made this chart to show her the texture when crocheted. Hope she likes it.

The Color Card with the Codes