Gracidea flower

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One of my favorite Pokemon is a very cute little green hedgehog called Shaymin, who is covered in these pretty pink flowers. So naturally I thought I should make one and give it to Bollan so she can be pretty like Shaymin 🙂
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It became quite a bit larger than I’d planned, so I’m not sure how easy it will be to use it as a pin (which I will attach on the back) because it is fairly heavy, but I’ll figure something out.
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The color of the green leaves isn’t quite right, unfortunately, but it was all I had available. It’s supposed to be a bright Christmas tree green, but I’m not sure if that color even exists for this yarn anymore, I haven’t seen it for ages.

There is no pattern for this, but I took notes and pictures in case there is an interest 🙂 It will have to be a free pattern, since I don’t feel like I can make a profit of copyrighted stuff. I know that lots of people make and sell both patterns and finished pokemon amigurumi, and I guess this kind of falls under fan art, but still. We’ll see, I still haven’t decided.

Flower bag

Earlier this year my mother decided that we should get together and make a bag for my grandmother for Christmas. She’d get the bag and I’d make the flowers to decorate it.

I knew I had a bunch of flowers that I crocheted a few years ago, and I sent my mother searching for them in my grandmother’s attic where I stash most of my finished (and half-finished) projects, but it turned out they only covered one side of the bag. Here they are all laid out on the bag as a test:
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Obviously I had to make more to cover both sides, and I crocheted some more flowers and a few leaves.
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I shipped the flowers off to my mother so she could block and attach them to the bag, and here is a photo that she sent me last night of the (almost) finished project:
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We’re really quite pleased with it, and I think my grandmother will be really happy 🙂

Flowers, a new book & fancy gadgets

The third craft book I was waiting for arrived in the mail yesterday 🙂
200 crochet blocks by Jan Eaton. It looks like a good book, there are lots of pretty squares with varying levels of difficulty. I think I’ll use some of the patterns for my 2010 block-a-month afghan. The only thing that disappoints is that there isn’t actually 200 different squares in the book, only about 130. The first section of the book has 100 squares, but the second part has about 30, with additional color variations that for some reason count as different squares…


I have made a number of flowers from Crochet Bouquet, and I naturally picked one of the advanced patterns to start with, the Poppy:
This was a lot of work, with about a million ends to weave in at the end, but it’s a very pretty flower. My favorite in the book 🙂 Then I made a pretty yellow rose:


I decided to felt it, but when it came out of the washing machine it had turned into a horrible green! 

I can swear the jeans had been washed thousand times before and should not do this :/
The other day I realized that I really needed a 4.5mm crochet hook, so onto the internet I went looking for one, because none of the craft stores nearby had one. I ordered a Clover hook from the same place as the last ones, and then I came across this thing:


It’s a yarn-cutting thingy 🙂 It’s very practical, I don’t have to carry scissors around with me everywhere I go (I’m not even sure it that’s entirely legal), and there’s no risk of cutting my fingers if I have to rummage around in my bag to find it. Unless you have very long fingernails you can not reach the razor blade in the middle:


I put the pendant on a green leather string and wear it around my neck as a regular necklace because I think it’s pretty 🙂

Hooks & flowers

I have read a lot about these hooks, everyone has been saying how great they are, good for the hands and everything, so finally I decided to try them. I ordered my Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks from this Swedish site on Monday, and they arrived yesterday. Very fast shipping 🙂

I bought the four sizes I use the most, and I had to test them right away, so I made these flowers from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet:
Two daffodils, a narcissus, a sunflower and a camomille flower. My verdict is that the hooks are indeed very good, they are comfortable to hold, though the handle is a little bit short for my taste, and they are not soft at all. I mean, they are supposed to be soft touch, but the handle is made from regular hard plastic, with a little patch of slightly softer rubber. If I press my fingernail in the rubber it leaves a mark, but it’s not really soft at all. I expected the whole thing to be made of rubber or something. But all in all, they are really good crochet hooks, I do recommend them 🙂