Crocheting and reading, sometimes at the same time

I take a new hobby every now and then. I have squashed for a period, I garden when the weather allows it, I sometimes write for Wikipedia, I quilt when I have patience and time (and money …) for it. But I also have 2 fixed hobbies and they are: Reading and Crochet. Since 2 years ago I also started listening to audio books and I think that is a brilliant idea because it allows me to practice 2 hobbies at the same time!

I don’t always choose a book that fits the other hobby so it was really just acoincidence that I started listening to an audio book titled “Hooked on you” by Jenn Matthews while crocheting granny squares. I thought that was worth a photo šŸ˜œ

I finished the book a long time before I finished the blanket, but in the end the blanket is finished too.

And someone here is very happy with it

Another thing I have finished is the Skoody hoodie-scarf from the book Haakgeluk 2 by Claire (a dutch crochet book I reviews in the dutch version of the blog).

I accidentally made my scarf way too long, but it now appears to be fashionable and sold in stores! And not so cheap too!

You no longer wear it but you can’t let it go. what now?

I have some clothes in my closet that I have not been wearing for many years. Some because they are too small and others too short (some may have shrank in years of washing but a few are just from the time that I wore short skirts that I wouldn’t dare anymore). I don’t usually keep them. I often give clothes away. However, I have couple of items that managed to escape multiple selections. These are the clothing with “emotional value” and I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them away!

For ecological reasons I do not want to buy new clothes and I prefer to make my own clothes. Sewing or crocheting a dress yourself takes longer than buying one online with a few clicks of the mouse. From a minimalist ideology, I also don’t want any unused items in the house. That brings us back to items of clothing that take up space in the closet while I never wear them. One garment was a long pink skirt with pink stars. I remember where I bought the skirt about 20 years ago. It was time to throw it away or – make something new out of it!

The idea was to make a dress from the skirt. I had to cut the top because the waist was too narrow.

Then I crocheted 20 granny squares. I have chosen a granny square with a star. I found the drawing of the pattern in pinterest: here. I crochet rows 3 and 4 in the same color so that the star stands in a circle and row 5 has the same color for all blocks.

I then stitched the blocks together and added a few rows at the bottom and finally stiched it on the skirt. I also cut the skirt and made a new hem because it started to break up.

I walked with this dress the šŸŒˆ “Pride March” šŸŒˆ in Amsterdam and climbed the Acropolis in Athens!

Above the Akropolis, Athens.

Quilt “as you go” placements

5 years ago I used the Quilt “As you go” method for the first time when I made a runner, which still lays in the same place in my house as back then.

With this method you can quickly make a small quilt, for example if you want to quickly create a gift . This time I made 4 small placements of approximately 25 cm X 25 cm and we use them regularly in the garden, for example, under dishes with homemade vegan strawberry ice cream!

There are many recipes in pinterest for strawberry ice cream without milk and without yogurt. There are also videos. You should know though that it takes longer to blitzĀ frozen fruits than the films show and that it might be better not to throw in all the fruits at once so that the knife in theĀ food processor don’t get stuck.

Another tip I can share: I also add pieces of frozen coconut to the frozen strawberries and banana (I buy a package from the frozen department and add just a little bit so One packages for many ice creams!). The pieces of the coconut become small but the do not disappear completely and you find them in the ice cream as you eat. The children love it!

Enjoy!

Sewing and crocheting eco-friendly things

Using durable reusable things instead of plastic disposable items is very important to me. I still use a shopping bag that I sewed almost 10 years ago!
When shop for groceries, I prefer to pick fruit and vegetables that are not packaged. I buy loose oranges for example and not the oranges in a plastic net and loose apples instead of apples laid in styrofoam and covered with plastic. I have already made transparent organza bagsĀ  with a string to pack loose fruit and I also use them for bread.

 

And now I also crocheted shopping bags.
I did not use a pattern and also did not write a pattern but I took some pictures of the process. I believe you can understand how I made them from the photos and do the same if you want. If you must have a pattern you will find a lot of similar patterns on pinterest if you look up the wordsĀ 
crochet shopping bags free patterns (or click on the link :P).

I started with a chainĀ  in the desired length of the bag. I think it was 66 or 68

This is the first row:

And this is still the first row, preparing to crochet in a circle:

This is the second row. I chrocheted 6-7 row in each color (totally 3 colors)

changing color:

The third color is white (this photo is from the purple bag):

After 6-7 (how many you want) rows in white, 2 rows of single crochet and then the bag handles

Don’t think “This bag is so small! I will make mine much bigger!”
Make no mistake, this bag is very elastic! It is stretched when it is filled with heavy things and become longer!

For decoration I sewed tags:

This bag is very elastic and you can carry a lot in it.

 

 

Making a Drunkardā€™s Path template and Sewing curves without pins

There are commercial templates in the market for Drunkardā€™s Path quilt blocks but if you use them you are forced to use the specific variation or purchase different expensive plastic templates.Ā  A more economic way is to make your own templates and it is very easy with just the simple drawing compass or the Easy Circle Cut ruler

What you do is cut 2 equal square in the size of your block including the seam allowance. you decide where you want to have the curve and you draw it on both squares. then you add in one of the squares a 1/4 inch seam allowance line outside the curve and this is the line you are going to cut on with your scissors – we will call this part of the template the center piece.Ā  In the other square you draw a 1/4 inch seam allowance line inside the curve and cut on this line the background piece

When you make your own template you can make as many as you want in different sizes. the place of the curve can varied. you can make a very thin background piece or the other way around.

Now that you have your template (mine is cut off a pizza packaging) you can trace the parts to the fabric using a fabric pencil.

Now comes the part in other tutorials when you suppose to pin a center pieceĀ  to a background piece and sew while you take out the pins and the parts don’t move and you will not get the perfect curve.
But not in my tutorial šŸ˜›

First we do fold all the pieces in the middle and press a bit with the finger so we’ll know where the middle point is.
Then we use Prym Wonder tape – 9 meter of truly wonder tape! I just tape the curve on the center piece.

Then peel the paper. tape the middle point of the center piece to a middle point of a background piece and both the corners and then carefully tape the whole curve.

Ready to sew? no pins to not forget to pull away on time. no breaking needles. nothing moves.

After pressing you really get a perfect curve