Crochet baby cardigans

….Because babies are always fun to crochet for.Tiny projects like these, or a nice, comfy babyblanket…..

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…Because once you’ve found a pattern you’re happy about it’s a shame to use it only once……

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….Because handmade gifts are always a good idea….

 

 

 

 

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Crochet baby cardigan

For a sweet little baby-on-the-way I made a little crochet cardigan. The pattern I found in the Dutch issue of Simply Crochet ( Simply haken 04/2015), and it’s available in the English magazine in Issue no. 32 of this year.

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The pattern starts at a size 1-2 yrs, but I decided to make a smaller version by using a thinner crochet hook and a different kind of yarn. I crocheted with a 4 mm hook, and used a mixture of cotton and acrylic. The green I still had lying around, waiting for a good destination, the other colours I couldn’t help buying during a visit to our local Hema . The result is an extremely soft and almost too sweet little cardigan size 3-6 months…..and me….fallen in love……

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I enjoyed this pattern so much! It’s not complicated at all, you just need to read the pattern carefully and all you need are a few basic stitches. It’s fast too! This pink cardigan was done in one wednesday afternoon. I worked away the threads on a trainride to work (I should crochet more often on the train!), and blocked the cardigan back home, overnight.

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I fell so in love with the pattern I decided to make another one……for a sweet little girl, using the yarn I have now anyway. I’m not sure this will be the last one I make though…………

Home made Granola

For the first time ( but very, very probably not the last!) I made my own granola.

School started again this week.  And on Sunday I tried to prepare  myself for our hurried morning routines and quick, quick breakfasts. Let’s make things a bit easier by at least having a tasty (but quick… ) breakfast to look forward to.

So, on Sunday evening I decided to make a nice, big jar of granola. A treat, on those busy mornings! I choose to use only ingredients I already had in my kitchen. I guess the good thing about granola is you can toss in whatever you like and it still tastes good…most of the time….

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I used:

  • 300 gr. oatmeal
  • 250 gr. mixed nuts ( hazelnut, pecan and walnut), chopped
  • a handfull of flaxseed
  • 3 spoons of coconut oil
  • 4 spoons of coconutblossom sugar
  • 4 spoons of agave syrup
  • 2 spoons of crunchy peanut butter
  • a handfull of dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2 spoons of cocoa nibs
  • 3 spoons of grated coconut

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And then:

Mix the oatmeal, nuts and flaxseed in a bowl.

In a large pan, mix the coconut oil, sugar, syrup and peanutbutter and stir on low heat for about 5 minutes.

Add the oatmeal mixture and stirr well.

Spread out on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 45-50 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius. Stirr every 10-15 minutes.

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Take the tray out of the oven and add cranberries, coconut and cocoa nibs. Mix well.

Allow to cool down and store in an airtight container.

This should be enough for the first few breakfasts of the new schoolyear!

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This was an experiment that turned out surprisingly tasty. Have you ever made your own granola, and what’s your favorite recipe? Please share!

Use what you have crafts #4

I am stil working my way through my yarn stash…slowly but steadily…..

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Last week I made a new pillow cover for on our couch. I used leftovers from different brands and different types of yarn: cotton, wool and acrylic, it’s all in here. The colours, they match…in a way……and the thickness of the yarn is roughly the same.

crochet pillow1Just a plain large granny square, using a 4mm crochet hook and lots of colourful leftovers…. For the back, I used some Ikea fabric that I still had lying around. I used my sewing machine to sew the crochet part onto the fabric, and I wasn’t sure whether this was a good idea at first, but I think it worked out well. I sewed the pieces of fabric and the crochet square, right sides facing eachother, sewing onto the outer edge of the crochet piece, as you can see in the picture, and then turmed the whole thing, stuffed it and…… there it was our new pillow!

crochet pillow2I’m not through with all leftovers yet so on a cold and rainy summer day I quickly started on a new project; another granny square pillowcase. This one is made up of small grannies crocheted with leftovers of Phildar partner 6 and Phildar partner 3,5  which is a mixture of wool and acrylic, and which makes this a really soft and warm winter pillow. I had to put it aside again though; the sun is out again and I’ve totally lost my interest in making winter stuff (for now) let’s enjoy the summer while it lasts!

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Use What You Have crafts #2

I’m still keeping my promise to work with materials already at hand. Yarn left behind by migrating owners or passed on to me by a previous owner who apparently ran out of time or inspiration to make something with it….and all the leftovers from my own previous projects….

I am still surprised by all that I find lying around, and by the surprising patterns and colour-combinations they make me make….

This is the start of a sweet little babyblanket. 100% cotton, and with a pretty retro look & feel. I love it already……

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Ik houd me nog steeds aan het plan om alleen te werken met materialen die ik al in huis heb. Garen  dat ik kreeg van migrerende eigenaren, of van eigenaren die het aan tijd of inspiratie ontbrak om er nog iets van te maken…. garen dat overbleef na mijn eerdere projecten….

Het verbaast me nog steeds hoeveel ik tegenkom, en wat voor patronen en kleurencombinaties ik er mee kan maken….

Dit is het begin van een babydekentje. 100% katoen, lekker retro en heel geschikt voor in de maxi cosi of kinderwagen. ik ben er zelf een beetje verliefd op……

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vintage fabric baby dress

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This is a cute little babydress I made last summer. The floral fabric comes from a vintage sheet that I thrifted a while ago. I fell in love with it right away and  I have used it for several projects already. The buttons too are a thrifted find, and although ‘baby clothes’ are probably not the first things that come to mind when you first see these buttons, I do think they suit just fine on this little dress.

The pattern is from Ottobre 1/2012 and over the years it has become one of my favorite patterns. I like to crochet around the edges in a slightly different design every time. That’s not part of the pattern though, it’s just something I like. I use thin cotton yarn and a 1.75 mm crochet hook.  I always start with crochetting along the edge of the dress ( yes!) with a special hook that has a very sharp point on top. I bought it once online, but have forgotten where. I’m using it quite often though.

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The dress I gave to my little niece, and I love they way it looks on her….. they’re sooo cute when their that young…kids…..oh my…..

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Dit jurkje naaide ik afgelopen zomer, van een lief gekringloopt lakentje en idem knopen. Bij de grote stoere knopen denk je waarschijnlijk niet gelijk aan babykleertjes, maar ik vind ze hier wel op hun plek!

Het patroon komt uit Ottobre 1/2012 en is een van mijn favoriete patroontjes voor babykleding. Het randje er omheen bedacht ik er zelf bij. Ik heb eerst een ketting van lossen en hier en daar een vaste aan het jurkje vastgehaakt. Daarvoor gebruik ik een speciale haaknaald met scherpe punt die ik ooit online kocht, maar vraag me niet meer waar…… ik heb er wel veel plezier van, dat wel!

Het jurkje gaf ik aan mijn pasgeboren nichtje, en ohohoh wat staat het haar lief. en wat zijn pasgeboren kindjes toch lief…och…och..och

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Use What You Have crafts

For a while now, my household tends to be a final destination for all kinds of yarn- and fabric scraps. People who know I  love to sew and crochet tend to bring me their leftover pieces of fabric and bits of yarn. Migrating friends, my aunt, other crafty friends……..they know where to find me. And then there are all the scraps and leftovers from my own projects……

To put an end to the ever growing yarn- and fabric stash, I committed myself to making as many projects I could without buying any new materials.

Turns out you can do a lot of colourful, interesting stuff working with the materials at hand, rather than running to the shop time after time.

Like these cute summer hats for example. I made them with leftovers of 100% cotton yarn and designed the pattern myself. I am quite sure I would never have chosen these exact colour-combinatons if I had a shop full of yarn to choose from, but I am pretty pleased with the result!

Since I have nowhere yet reached the bottom of my stash, I intend to post some more ‘Use what you have’ posts soon.