Friday, March 29, 2013

Granny square challenge week 22

First thank you all for your warm and supportive 
comments, mails etc.
It means a lot to me and helps accepting my situation.
Normal life also continues
our girls still go to school, have their play dates etc.
And that`s fine, I don`t want to let cancer take over my life completely.
So on this blog normal life also continues
and that means granny square challenge.

This week we have a pattern made by Melanie Stiles
called Springtime Square.
Here in the Netherlands spring seems far away
it is still very cold
maybe this pattern helps to get in the springtime spirit.

I had problems with the clusters,
I have tried them several times without success.
So I decided to make the clusters/bobbles
like we did in week 6 with granny bobble spiral.

Good luck, have fun and enjoy Easter.

Springtime Square 
Designed by Melanie Stiles
Copyright March. 1, 2002

Materials: Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in Color A (pink), color B (green), and Color C (white), Size G crochet hook.

Finished size - 7 inches

Beg. Cluster:; Ch 2, (yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo and draw through all loops on hook.
Cluster: Insert hook into stitch indicated, (yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook/ three times, yo and draw through all loops on hook.

Rnd 1:; With Color A, Ch 4, work 11 dc in fourth ch from hook.  Join in third ch of beg ch 4. - 12 dc.
Rnd 2:; Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in next dc and in each remaining dc around., join in top of beg ch 3 - 24 dc.
Rnd 3:Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 5, * sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5; rep from * around, join in beg. Sc. - 8 ch-5 sps.
Rnd 4Sl st into first ch-5 sp, ch 1, * in each ch-5 sp work,  (sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc) join with sl st in beg ch-1.  Finish off color A.
Rnd 5: Join Color B with sl st in 3rd dc of any petal, work (beg cluster, ch 3 cluster) in same sp, ch 3, trc ub so between petals, ch 3, * in 3rd dc of next petal work (cluster, ch 3, cluster) ch 3, trc in sp between petals, ch 3; rep from * around , join in top of beg. Cluster. Finish off Color B.
Rnd 6: Join Color C with sl st in any ch-3 sp betweeen clusters of Rnd 5.,  Ch 4, in same sp work (2 trc, ch 2, 3 trc),work 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 sc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, * in next ch-3 sp work (3 trc, ch 2, 3 trc), work 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 sc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp, work 3 dc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * twice more, join with sl st in top of beg ch-4.
Rnd 7:Ch 3, * dc in each st across to next ch-2 corner sp, in corner sp work (3 dc, ch 2 3 dc); rep from * 3 times more, dc in each st to beg ch 3, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3..  Finish off and weave in all end

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dreading this post

I have dreaded this post so I`m just going to start.
Last week I heard I have breast cancer.
It went all very fast, 
on Monday I went to the doctor because I felt a lump,
Wednesday I had to go to hospital for tests
and at the end of the day
I listened to a doctor and nurse telling me 
they found malign cells.
It is still very unreal and I feel like I`m playing a part in a movie.
Someone will yell "cut" and life will be back to normal.
But I`m slowly realizing no one will yell cut and this is reality. 
This week I will have some more tests 
and there will be some clarity in what treatment I will have to get.
I know an operation is needed, probably next week.

You probably understand why there wasn`t a new granny square last week.
I`m going to place a new one this week,
but I don`t think I will be able to place a new granny square after this week.
Who would like to have a guest post,
you will have to write about a granny square pattern
we didn`t make so far.
If you would like to participate send me a mail at,
containing the text, link, picture and if you have a blog your blog adress.
I will schedule your post in one of the coming weeks
so please send it this week because I won`t be able to schedule your post after this week.

I`m not sure if I`m able to keep posting regularly
but I will try to at least write an update once in a while 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Crochet bag with hearts tutorial

This bag is a combination of two patterns.
I like to combine patterns and ideas to come up with something new.

You`ll need:

*yarn, cotton. I forgot to write down how much I used
but I`m guessing I used 200 gram grey and 100 gram red.

*crochet hook, I used 4 mm

*fabric, depends on the size of the bag but you don`t need much

*sewing thread

*sewing machine

This is what you`ll need to crochet.
A front and back and the sides/strap.
You also need to cut this in fabric.

1. Crochet a front and back with the pattern from Mary Ann Frits
here in English and here in Dutch.
I started with 64 ch.
Edging, start with a 1 ch then sc (US), dc (UK) in every stitch,
corners 1 sc, 1 ch, 1 sc, 1 ch, 1sc. 
The finished measurement is 30 by 34 cm ( approximately 12 by 13,5 inches).
If you want you can make them bigger or smaller,
adjust your strap if necessary.

2. Crochet your strap which is also the sides of your bag.
Make a chain 180 cm long (70 inches).
Round 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook,
1 sc in every stitch to the end.
Round 2: 1ch, 1sc in each stitch to the end.
Repeat round 2 until the strap measures 7,5 cm (3inches).
You`ll need some patience for this part it seems to take forever
but I promise you`ll get there.

3. If you want to line the bag use your front/back and strap/sides as a template.
Your strap/sides are two pieces.
For the sides of the bag measure the sides and bottom of your front/back part.
For the strap measure the remaining part, make a large seam.

4. Sew your strap part onto the strap.
As you can see above at the center part of the strap.
Sew you sides, front and back of the lining together.
Crochet the front, back and sides/strap together with sc.
Pin it together first to ensure everything stays in place.

5. Attach the lining with hand stitching.
The lining of the strap is under the lining of the bag.

The way the bag is put together comes from the book
Geek chic crochet from Nicki Trench
also to be found in Mollie Makes issue twenty.

Good luck and have fun.

PS. I`m afraid there is some crappy English in this tutorial, sorry 
but I didn`t know how else to describe it.
If you have any suggestions or questions please let me know at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Granny square challenge week 21

So I laid out almost (except 3) all my squares.
Already pretty impressive uh.
It looks like a blanket but don`t let it fool you
we still need to make some squares.
But it got me thinking about the size.
This blanket will be used on the couch
and the original size of  1.44 by 1.80 m (about 57  by 71 inches)
is to big.
So I decided I`m going to make it the size of my lappity lap blanket
which is 1.20 by 1.50 m (about 47 by 59 inches)
I need 130 squares and my squares are 12 by 12  cm (5 by 5 inches).
This means we will be ready before summer.
On a cold summer night we can get our blanket
and keep warm while sitting outside.
When you live in a part of the world where winter 
is coming even better.
Sitting on the couch with some hot tea
with your new blanket and a brand new crochet project.
If you want a bigger blanket 
you can always make more squares.
And if your squares are bigger then mine your blanket will be bigger off course.

But back to granny square business
we have 11 weeks to go.
So above the new pattern.
It`s called Rainbow outlines granny square by Amy Solovay.
I adapted it a little because it took me to long
to finish it.
I  can be very impatient :-).
Follow the pattern until round 11.
Round 12, keep on working in the back loops of the stitches,
 dc in every stitch, in the corners 1 dc, 1 ch, 1dc, 1ch, 1 dc.
Round 13 change color repeat round 12.

Good luck and have fun.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Granny Square challenge week 20

Again, oeps.
I totally forgot to write a post yesterday,
again sorry.
I was absorbed by insurance and mortgage stuff
which is boring and drains all your energy.
When I went to bed I remembered
it is Thursday
granny square challenge day!

Here this weeks pattern.
First make this flower from Rose Hip.
After round 7, your flower is ready now.
Change color, for round 8 repeat round 6.
Round 9, sc in loop, 3 ch, 2 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc,  into same loop, 1ch
this is your corner.
*3 dc, 1 ch in next loop, 3dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in next loop*,
repeat between ** 2 times.
Close with a ss.
Round 10, 11, 12, repeat this pattern.
off course your dc clusters multiply.
Round 13 change color and repeat pattern again.

Good luck and have fun.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New craft room

Yeah, I have a new craft room.
Here it is almost empty,
a white canvas to fill.

I have more than enough stuff 
to fill this little crafty room.

I have some ideas to spice it up
with some crafty goodness.
If it works out some tutorials will follow
in the next weeks (or months).

Friday, March 1, 2013

Granny square challenge week 19

I totally forgot to make a new square.
The girls have a school vacation
and the days seem to fly by.
So suddenly it was Thursday and no square, sorry.
Since I don`t want us to fall behind on schedule
I have a easy solution.
Look through all the squares you already made
and pick your favorite.
Make 4 squares of this pattern again.
Next week a new pattern, I promise.

I`m so proud,
this week we went to the hairdresser
because the girls wanted to donate hair for a wig
for children who need one but can`t afford one.
The dutch foundation haarwensen
makes wigs for children who lost their hair through illness or medication.
Luckily they love their new hairdo.

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