Thursday, 29 August 2013

Sharing an useful tip....

.....While looking at the pics of my pink triangle , I've noticed something not pleasant about the way the stitches were joined together  at the end/beginning of each row..... but I was not the only one, luckily!!!

A new visitor (Hi Brenda!) left a note in the comment box :

I follow your blog and love it! You do such great, colorful crochet.

But, I wonder if you have ever tried this technique to hide your beginning stitch in each round. http://speckless.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/bridging-a-gap-when-you-join-rounds/
This is not my blog but just a helpful way to hide that chain at the beginning of the rows or rounds.

Keep up the great work, I love following your blog



Being a curious person (!!!!), I had a look to the link suggested by Brenda (now is pinned on my Crochet board!!!) ..... it helped me a lot with my second attempt, as you can see....







Better, eh????

I really appreciate these kind of advice ! So do not hesitate to give more help in the future!!!!
I love to improve my work and to learn something new and useful!!!!
Thank you Brenda and Heidi !!!!!!

So, obviously, I started to crochet a triangle for my shawl....






....and yes, another one is on the way !!!!!

xxxx Alessandra

Today link : Creative Friday !!!! See you there, thank you!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Happy and proud of myself!!!!

HAPPY because I can continue (after a long summer break!) to crochet my colourful blanket ....





...if you are new around here, maybe you'll be interested to know more about this blanket (herehereherehere and here !) and the pattern I'm following !!!! Be curious and have fun!!!!

PROUD because of a silly thing!!!
Yesterday I was browsing (not only yesterday, anyway!!!!) on Pinterest and I decided to find a nice pattern to crochet a shawl and BAM! I found it!!! Look HERE !!!!

I love everything about it : the simplicity, the colours, the tassels, the size of the solid triangles, the pattern....oh well, the pattern is written in Danish....!!!!!!
This fact didn't stop me!!! This morning, infact, I went on internet and on Google I tried to find the translation for Danish crochet terms....but I did not have such luck in finding something useful!
So, I went back to the original pattern and with the help of some zooming in the pictures and keeping the numbers written in the pattern as a kind of guidance I ......DID IT !!!!!!!

This is the crocheted proof :








I've used a 5,5mm hook and my Indonesian acrylic yarn (always good for testing!) and the sides of the triangle measures about 29cm, while from the base to the vertex the size is 25cm !

.....so, I'm pretty ready for starting my shawl now (right now?)....
I have the yarn and all that I need....


....NOTHING (and NO ONE!!!) can stop me !!!!! YEAH!!!!! ;oD

xxxx Alessandra


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Craft-A-Day : House Week !!!!

.....holidays are finished, so I don't have any good excuse to delay my weekly appointment with CRAFT-A-DAY !!!!

This week (week 35) calls for HOUSES !!!! Wanna see???


Are you tempted to make a :

  • Felt House Ornament

  • Mini House card

  • House Card

  • House Gift Tag

  • Mini House Topper

  • House Cake Topper
  • Mini House Magnet

?????????????????????????????????????????????????

We have one entire week to think about it, so no alarms !!!! There is a lot of ideas to be inspired from just having a look in Blogland or Pinterest (!!!!!)! Have fun !!!

If you love to join me in this adventure, please do it and remember that you are really welcome, anytime!!!
If you want to read more about this crafty journey, please read this post or just scroll to the top and click on Craft-A-Day Year Project tab (just under my blog title&description on the right!)! Thank you !!!

xxxx Alessandra






Sunday, 25 August 2013

Granny squares for a triangular cushion !!!!

These little fellas are with me since a long time (do you remember them?) and I decided to play with them...






....and I decided to sew a cushion from them !!! Luckily I have a little experience with cushions ( have a look at my @home made tab and just scroll down to find the images and the links to the posts!), but I wanted a different one even if made with granny squares. So I laid some squares on the floor to understand the pattern to form a triangle...




When I was sure about it, I chose some green yarn to join the squares into stripes, using single crochet stitches (I love the ridge that they create!) only in the back loops of each stitch...



The lines perpendicular to the green ones, instead, were crocheted with hot pink ...



Just to check if I did right....



So, I kept the fabric folded in half and I started to crochet a simple border (again a SC one, but not only in the back of the loops) using some orange....




After completing the first side of the cushion, I put inside a neutral pillow to give the right softness to my cushion and then I crocheted even the other side and.....HERE IT IS :








.....still tempted to add some pompoms/tassels/fringes......!!!!! ;oD

Today links : Link Your Stuff!The Crochet Boulevard and Craft Schooling Sunday !!! See you there!!!!

xxxx Alessandra

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