Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Growing flowers, some unexpected gifts, a(nother) knitted hat, and Springflower Squares

Hello my dear blogfriends!

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on my last post! Seems there was something for everybody!

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Growing Flowers

No, not actual flowers, but those of a crochet nature! You may recall my recent post here. Well, on Sunday I finally had the chance to continue on this project. So far I had crocheted 21 tiny flowers, I continued until I had got a total of 40, plus a made a larger flower, too. The tiny flowers were meant to be Forget Me Nots (which I love), and often they came in slightly different shades, not just blue! I used Lang Mille Colori Baby and a tiny 1.5mm hook!

I love making Crochet Jewellery, I have made lots of it in the past before I started this blog!

I used 2 bronze coloured chains and matching findings. I connected each flower with the next with little jump rings, then added a lobster clasp closure.

The beauty of this necklace (apart from the tiny flowers) is how versatile it is, because it can be worn in different ways!

My Tiny Flower Necklace
The Pendant Flower which can be attched in different places
Detail of the lobster clasp closure

Version 1: double layered necklace with pendant flower 

Version 2: Flower Necklace and Chain necklace together form one long necklace

Versions 3+4: Two seperate necklaces
The lovely colour run between the flowers
Pendant Flower is 3cm, the tiny flowers are 1.5cm
 

You could also clip the Pendant Flower at the back of the neck, this looks nice and eyecatching, especially if you wear your hair short!

I really love how this necklace has turned out, it is so delicate and pretty!


Some unexpected gifts

Both yesterday and today I had some wonderful surprises in the post!

A lovely craft book and a colourful planner
My brother and his wife send me the Dawanda Craft Book and an amazing Calendar with their own photos taken in Tenerife!

A good friend sent me a very colourful planner!!!

A wonderful Photo Calendar
A Knitting Compendium (in Dutch)
And I got the answer to all my knitting questions in the shape of a very thick and thorough book from the parents of my partner!


A(nother) knitted hat

Yes, I am knitting yet another hat, this one is a commission for a friend who recently asked me to make her one practically identical to mine in Red. (I recently blogged about it here). It will soon be finished!

A knitted hat in Red

New Springflower Squares

Well, I really should have finished the hat this morning, but fate intervened and I saw this free pattern online on the blog Made with loops!

So, what did I do? Yes, you guessed it, I started playing with yarn! I brought out my Scheepjeswol Stonewashed yarn and select 2 different colourschemes (total 6 colours).

Here you can see the results! I made 4 granny squares which measure about 9.5cm each. This is such a pleasant and fun pattern and not difficult (especially if you tried making traditional granny squares before). The flowers make it cheerful and funky! ;) Give it a go!!!

Trying out a new pattern!
My first Springflower Square (Pattern by Heike Gittins)
I quite like the flowers at the front with just 3 rows!
20.01.15 Ta-dah!! The 4 Springflower Squares I made today!
Right, after all this crochet diversion I really must be getting back to my hat knitting!!!

As always, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! I really love getting your comments and reading them, so please leave me a little note or two...

39 comments:

  1. Ingrid you are amazing! The tiny flowers for the necklaces are gorgeous. And the new flower squares. Everything is so nice. You got really great gifts!

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    1. Hi Gillian! Thanks for the compliments! Yes, I was surprised and thrilled with my gifts! :) xx

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  2. Such pretty crochet and lovely gifts. Enjoy :)

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    1. Hi Teresa! Thanks for your sweet comment! :) xx

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  3. I love that you took out your yarn and the flowers began to bloom!

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    1. Hi Kathy! I must have variegated fingers!!!! Hehehe! :))) xx

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  4. There is always so much to see in your posts, it is wonderful. The flowers are amazing, especially the teeny tiny necklace ones!! Lovely gifts too, how nice is that! xx

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    1. Hi Amy! I'm glad you like it! I'd hate to leave stuff out, it is fun to share what I'm making! :) xx

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  5. It is nice to see the results of all those flowers put together into a pretty necklace. You are so quick with the hooks and needles! (Although I probably would be too if there were less blogging and more crocheting these days!) Your scheepjeswol colours are pretty - no wonder it is such a popular yarn.

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    1. Hey Jodie! I may be quick with crocheting or knitting, but believe me, it is the sewing up of ends that takes forever!!!! It was particularly tricky with the tiny flowers, I used a special craft lamp with a magnifying glass, it certainly helped!! I think I love modular makes a lot, it gives you a greater sense of achievement for every little square or part that you finished! :) xx

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    2. yes, and certainly very portable so easy to achieve a lot on the run. :-)

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  6. Hi Ingrid! I really love the flower squares. I may have to try some of those (along with the 2,000 other things I want to do! ha-ha). They are really pretty though. I have some of that yarn too! Have fun.

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    1. Hi Pammy Sue! Glad you like them! Heike is very talented and I'm happy to have stumbled across her blog!
      Go on, just make one or two, I know you will find it very easy, no complicated stitches and done in FIVE rounds!!! Instant payoff! :) xx

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  7. I really like the look of the Springflower Squares! I've never tried a fancy square like that, made my fingers itch wanting to try :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hello Amalia! They are quite quick to make, just 5 rounds, done! Try it out!!! :) xx

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  8. Ingrid I love the jewellery that you are making, so unusual.

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    1. Hi Lorraine! Why, thank you! I will have to share some more in the future! I love crochet as a medium for jewellery. I made lots of wire crochet necklaces in the past, as well as yarn ones! :) xx

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  9. Thank you so much for entering my Link up.
    About the books you got, I love the colors of one of them ;o)
    The flower squares in the end, well I must give them a try. I think I have seen them on several blogs lately. Have a nice day, here in Norway we have -5 and lots of snow

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    1. Hello Monica! Thanks for doing the Link up, I enjoy taking part!
      I can guess which book that is, hehe!! ;)
      The amazing thing about the Springflower Squares is that Heike only published the pattern a day before!!! I instantly liked it and wanted to try it immediately! (No impulse control when it comes to crochet!!!)
      Well, here it is also a bit below freezing now, but the snow from Sunday night/Monday morning has gone. xx

      For anybody else reading this, please check out my friend Monica's weekly Link-up Party here:

      http://lunamondesign.blogspot.be/2015/01/link-your-stuff-at-lunamon-design_21.html?showComment=1421846278340#c4921953079312836587

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  10. I love this little flower granny square, and of course your beautiful flower jewelery. You are so talented my friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. Adorable floral jewelry, beautiful squares!
    Greetings.:*

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  12. As always, so many beautiful creations !!!!

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    1. Glad you liked them, Geraldine! :) xx

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  13. Hi Ingrid, I really like those very pretty granny squares, beautiful subtle colours too.
    Lucky you with your presents, fabulous looking books.
    Have fun.
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you, Helen! Have a nice weekend! :) xx

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  14. Hallo Ingrid, vielen lieben Dank das du mein Granny Muster hier auf deinem Blog geteilt hast. Schön das es dir so gefällt...und mit Stone Washed macht es ja auch super Spaß.
    Lieben Gruß, Heike

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    1. Hallo Heike! Nochmals vielen Dank fuer die tolle Anleitung! Ich bin auch so ein Fan von Scheepjeswol Stonewashed, hab schon viel damit gehaekelt! Wuensche Dir noch eine schoene Zeit in Deutschland! :) xx

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  15. I love your spring flower squares, they are gorgeous, Ingrid! Your tiny flowers are so sweet too....you make such lovely things. So glad you had nice surprises in the post. wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Hope you have a good weekend, too! We had snow here yesterday!!! :) xx

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  16. Wow, how lovely your necklace is! The flowers turned out really cute :)
    And I must comment on the granny square pattern because it is really gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Maya! Yes, I was thrilled when I found Heike's pattern, I knew I just had to try it out immediately!! :) xx

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  17. I found you on Annamarie's Link Up. Love these little flowers. I am looking for a square for my next afghan. I may have found it. Great blog. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Crystal
    Crochet A Day In The Life
    http://krystlewv.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Crystal! Glad that you found my blog! :) This is a lovely granny square, give it a try! I will take a look at your blog, too! Have a nice sunday! :) xx

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  18. Hello Ingrid, thank you for your encouraging words you left on my blog. I hope that I will soon get better. You are such a creative person. Hats, grannys, jewellry, oh my god, when are you doing all this? The necklace is really, really beautiful, I love to wear crochet jewellery, as well. Have a nice evening, Viola

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    1. Dear Viola! Thank so much for your lovely comments, I am glad to see you back. Apologies for my late reply here! Enjoy your weekend!!! :) xx

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    1. Hello Linda! Thanks for visiting my little blog, glad you liked it! I will go and take a look at your blog, too! :) xx

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