Juicy Watermelons

I got so completely caught up in the swing of summer crochet chains (and had a lot of time on my hands as I was waiting for the pets' crates to show up for our epic adventure to the Pacific North West. Eek! Can hardly wait) that once I finished my tropical pineapple presents, I wanted MORE. 

More fruit, more colour, more summer, MORE JUICY FUN!!

I almost died when I saw these. I didn't think it could get any better than tutti-frutti pineapples, then I found this: WATERMELON. Yep. Shouts 'summer time' right?  

The pattern instructions are a little funny (but it might just be me), nevertheless, it is very forgiving and with a little bit of eye/hand coordination, anyone would make these work. Play around and see how you go.  As always, leave a comment and a link to your work with #walkthedogyoga. 

Here's to Summer living (not quite there yet, but I'm getting ready)!

Catch you in the rainbow.

Verite xo

Juicy Fruit

I'm so done with this winter. As much as I love to hook up the chunky infinity scarves and blankets and cozy woolies every season, I cherish the day I can put my crochet hook to rest and lounge by the pool, baking under the Summer sun, sipping on a icy cold fruity cocktail.

Scratch that. I live in England. It's never hot enough and we don't have a pool. That just leaves me with the juicy cocktail then.  Except, I don't really drink.  

So what I did was trawl the internet for some Spring/Summer inspiration and as I had a couple of occasions coming up, I made some presents!  

I just love these patterns. They were so much fun and so quick to make. The added silliness, joyful, colourful and playful element of these projects were just what the doctor ordered to banish the residual grey winter doldrums and completely brighten up my day!  Read my other post about watermelons here.

Bring on the SUMMERTIME!

I love a bit of chain/crochet bunting.  There is a time and a place for every fathomable crochet variation. If you can think it, we need to bring it to conception, and rock it. In fact, I'm already looking at possible BBQ party season decorations (because I won't be here in rainy old England)...drumroll please...flamingo bunting. I know! *Squeal*

But back to the more serious stuff, ahem. What can say sunshine and tropical happiness more than, yep, you guessed it,  pineapples? I found this brilliant pattern at byhandlondon .   The step-by-step tutorial is full of close up pictures and super simple to follow. I think a beginner would even find this a doddle.  And of course,  it's totally free. I heart the internet. 

I whipped these up in no time at all and literally had a smile on my face the entire time. I just couldn't control the yellow bright happiness  =)

Then, I started playing around a bit more. I was running out of yellow so I tied in some salmon pink to see how it would blend in.It came out looking like a guava/peach/ mango! I think I love this pattern even more now. I made a tutti-frutti concoction of juicy flavours of the rainbow

These are the finished product. They are on the wrong side (WS) as I was blocking them and drying them flat. It doesn't matter though, you can still see how totally adorable and fun these are going to be. I couldn't find a good place to hang them up for the pictures but that's just as well as they are 'especially made for you' presents and I really hope the people that are receiving them won't be reading this post before I pack them up and send them off for their anniversary. Oops, spoiler alert. 

Give them a go if you feel inspired, and honestly, who wouldn't?  

Then leave a comment and a  link to your creations with #walkthedogyoga and share the summer love.

Peace out.

Verite xo

Leviathan

These beauties...well, I just made them and hung them all together on this stick. I like using sticks for displaying art. It gives the right feel to it and is complimentary, don't you think? Not a frame, but a framework from whence to rise. Like the beautiful jellyfish-like,  sea creatures these are.

The technicalities (for hookers): mandala patterns on three of the sunburst jellyfish, one is a hexi, and the middle one is of course your traditional granny square, with two different color yarns, for thickness, added dimension and charm.

Winter Holiday Decorations

Hi y'all.

I've been working away making all sorts of Winter Holiday decorations for around the home, for friends and family (lots of birthdays this time of year).

Here are a few items that have come out pretty cute, albeit some of them useless....as in not practical. And you know me, I am a practical kind of a girl so when my creations do hit both the practicality and pretty nails on the head, we're winning. Anyway...sometimes these things are just fun to make for the sake of it. Like blowing bubbles. They are a sight to behold then, pop! And just like that you find yourself blowing another bubble...or hooking another pompom technicolored tannenbaum.

We then have the ever so handy crocheted fairy lights. These were so simple to make and really quick to work up. I can't for the life of me find the tutorial to link it...I'll keep looking. They are proving rather popular in fact with family.

Then there are the Practical coasters, yay! 

These were made out of hardware twine. It's a bit rough to work with but gives a really firm hold which I love and the texture is great to look at. I admire them each time I set my mug of hot drink down....mmmm

Hexa-granny-Grams

In March I went to visit my Mom and Grandmother in New York. Grandma, is having a hard time. Grandpa passed away last year. It is never easy. 

I wanted to leave her with something cheerful for her to look at and ponder over. It was meant to be a wall hanging but turned more into a table runner. I choose bright, almost obnoxious colours because the life force, PRANA, that runs through us is strong and vibrant. In this life and beyond.

Stubby Little Crocheted Nest

I woke up one morning the other day, jumped out of bed, made myself a cup of hot lemon water, grabbed my crochet hook and some cotton twine and whizzed this little thing up. 

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I had no instructions other than this burning desire to hook, first thing, sitting in my bed, still in my pyjamas. I was actually surprised at how easily and quickly it worked up. Maybe an hour tops. The stitches are all single crochets throughout, with the occasional  2 x single crochet into a stitch to expand the rounds on the base of the nest. Also, the cotton twine was stiff to begin with but by incorporating the coloured yarn into it, it seemed to give more, adding a softness and a flexibility that makes it feel very squat and ergonomic yet still sturdy and proud. It rests nicely, very flat on any table top, counter top or windowsill and I am really rather pleased with it.

Now, just have to find a use for it...

After note: randomly, or perhaps not so randomly I went out into our garden the following day and I found this empty eggshell placed neatly into one of our terracotta dishes...?


Breton Mad

Who can resist a nautical Breton top? Certainly, not I.  As if there weren't enough of these sailing around in my neighbourhood, I have decided to add one more.  But I am making this one myself so it's worth it. The pattern I am following is from Simply Crochet issue 28 by designer Simone Francis.

I ordered the exact same yarn and colours as in the pattern because they are some of my current favourites and I like the way the light green clashes with the blue and white. It reminds me of a thirst quenching juicy squeeze of refreshing lime. Cocktails anyone? 

It calls for Sirdar Snuggly Bamboo which I bought from Little Lamb Wool.  It is so lovely to crochet with: soft and smooth, yet squishable and builds up an elegant drape.  I was looking to work with a bamboo blend for a while, and with this one being 80% I am so pleased I chose it. 

Tunisian crochet is awesome by the way. It has such a structured 'knot' to it and is very tactile. I can't stop running my fingers over it, feeling each individual cube and pulling the fabric to watch it bounce back perfectly.

Here is how I am getting on so far. These pictures are extreme close ups because I wanted you to see the weave structure clearly. However, being so close, it makes the yarn look fuzzy and scratchy in the sunlight which it is most definitely not. It is in fact kind of cool and soothing, like running you hands through water and it slides on and off the hook quite effortlessly.


Girlie Valentine's Day Gifts

I LOVE, love.  

For me, Valentine's Day has always been about sharing my love for my family more than anything romantic or commercial and gimmicky.  I was working on some sweet little ideas that involved hearts and playing around with patterns for them in preparation of V Day. Here are a few I made to start gauging body, form, shape and appeal.

The pastel colours are not normally what I would choose. I go for bold block colours as you know, but this garland  (as it was transpiring to be) was being made for my barely one year old little niece.  A combination of pastel greens, pinks, blues and yellows with cream/white always suit baby room decor so away we went. This is what it became:

I fashioned on little pompoms too. One of each colour. It helped break up the uniformity of the hearts and it added an element of weight to either end, which also doubled as a tie-up function. I do like a pretty and practical gift. Fashion and Function I like to call it. You can see them better in the picture below.

I was also working up a little bunny pattern for something squishy and cuddly for her to hold that I found on The Green Dragonfly.   The tutorial is very easy to follow and the end result is super cute. Bookmark this website page and put it in your 'to-do' pile for Spring projects, winter holiday gifts or for whenever really. You don't need a reason to crochet up a sweet little bunbun now, do you? These were the beginning rounds of its little tummy.

Truth be told, dollies aren't really my thing but this little guy was so cute, I couldn't resist. I forgot to take pictures of the end result but they look like this.  (I made my nose and tail pink instead, because it looked better with my white/beige/cream colour scheme).

image from The Green Dragonfly

image from The Green Dragonfly

Image from The Green Dragonfly

Image from The Green Dragonfly

So that was little sister taken care of, now I had to figure out something for big sis. Little Miss B is five and a half and still loving her pink phase so with my leftover pink yarn, I thought I would rustle up some cutesy leg warmers.  I can't remember the pattern I used but it was something like 2 dbl crochet into a chain, skip a chain, repeat, For the top and bottom cuff it was a case of front post/back post stitches to create the ribbed effect. They came out nice and Miss B was very happy. My brother and sister -in-law said she had been wanting a pair of leg warmers all winter long. Luckily for her, she has a cool auntie that can crochet and is apparently a mind reader too!

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Smiles!

Smiles!

All-in-all a success!

That is my round-up for my crocheted V Day girlie gifts. Do try hooking up something yourself  one lazy afternoon. The satisfaction is immense and everyone needs a creative hobby as far as I am concerned.  Who knows? Yours might just be crochet too.

With love, V. xo