just a rectangle

Sometimes I get very overwhelmed with complicated looking patterns.

It almost feels like I need a masters degree in reading a knitting or crochet pattern.

That is what I was thinking while I tried, for the 7th time , to make the Dotted Rays Shawl , designed by Stephen West. I really want to knit this shawl but I seem to miss some stitches,  slip too many stitches or make too many stitches. It felt like I didn’t know how to knit anymore, so to restore some faith in myself again, I knitted something easy…

a rectangle, and this is what I did with it….

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

 cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

cookie monster hat by Elsbeth

This project will boost your confidence in your knitting skills and is the perfect present for a special little human.

I loved knitting with Moya cotton yarn and the pom pom was made with 100% wool I found in my stash.

( I gave the cookie monster hat to my little nephew Liam)

 

Have a great week and be kind to yourself !

love from Elsbeth

the Woolly-lope.

with love by ElsbethSometimes the best part of  receiving a gift is the way your friend wrapped it and today I want to share a different way to wrap little gifts.

I am sure your wool loving friends will LoVE this.

The Woolly-lope….an envelope that is made from wool.

(It is also a great way to use some of your small balls of wool so that you can go to the wool shop with a clear conscious!)


Start with a small crochet square.

My square consists of 7 dc rows. I used I Love Yarn Bamboo and cotton mix yarn in Lemon.

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Close your square on two sides with your thread and needle to make it look like an envelope.

Now you have a woolly-lope!

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Thread another piece of wool or string to the top of your woolly-lope so that you can close it.

I found some adorable crochet flowers in an art shop and attached them to the ends of my string.

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Add your little wrapped gift, and close the woolly-lope with a little bow and voila….. a small square made with love.

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This is so adorable and special!

What I enjoyed most of making these cute woolly-lopes is that you can let your creativity go and have FUN!

Here is another fun pom-pom woolly-lope.

I just glued little pom-poms all over and crochet a short chain to close the woolly-lope.

 


 

 Have a great week and if you decide to make one of these special woolly-lopes please share it on our facebook page so that we can enjoy your little creations!.

love from Elsbeth

hello delores

May I introduce you to Delores….my new autumn scarf.

Well, it’s not really a SCARF but more of a wanna-be scarf or even a bow necktie!

I do love bows and shared some of my favorites in this post.

Delores by Elsbeth

I spent my evenings knitting her, and yesterday I crocheted a little lacy border for her.

Best part of this scarf is that it is really very simple.

If you haven’t knitted for a while, this will be the prefect project to get into knitting again.

I used Malabrigo lace yarn and I must confess that it is much easier knitting with thicker yarn, but the super softness was a treat to work with!

pattern for Delores by Elsbeth

Delores by Elsbeth

Delores by Elsbeth

The basic shape is a rectangle with two pointy ends.

You can just brush up on increasing and decreasing via youtube if you are a bit rusty.

The fun part is combining some knitting and crochet!

We all have so many cute crochet border patterns in our files and folders, so go through them and find one that you always wanted to try out! Mine was inspired by Lise Franck on Instagram (HERE).

You’ll also find many here.

Delores by Elsbeth

I am definitely going to use my Fancy Pansy Brooch with this scarf.

The crochet edge really makes this scarfy (because it is not a SCARF) so sweet and yummy for me.

I am looking forward to the cooler days so I can take Delores out for the day.Delores and Elsbeth

Hope you have a fantasic week!

love from Elsbeth

PS: what do you think of the folder I made and painted for my pattern?

I’m going to make a folder for all my projects so I can document when I start and finish, a little sample of the yarn- even the lot number and the price, how many skeins was used,  a place where the pattern can go in and a place for notes.

I can just imagine looking back a few years from now and seeing all my projects in their own specially made folders!

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Granny Goodness.

I have too many granny squares lying in my stash bag. I went through a granny square crochet phase, like I can imagine many of us do. I made a few items and still I had some motives left over.

I get very sentimental over all these little motives I made but to keep them in my stash pile is silly. I need more space for some WOOL!

So this is what I did with some of the Grannies that I found in my WIP pile.


All you need is some old tins or containers.

some old tins

Take your granny squares and see how many do you need to sew or crochet together to cover the tin.

I needed to sew 6 granny squares together to cover my tin.

I made these granny Squares with Vinnis Bambi.

granny square goodnessI added a shell stitch crochet top border and a simple border of single crochet stitches for the bottom in a contrasting colour.

A few tufts of purple wool added a bit of fun to my soft pastel granny design.

granny square goodness

granny square goodness

granny square goodness

You can also use some of your crochet swatches to dress a container.

 I played with bobble stitches in natural yarn the other day.

I love the look of bobbles.

Simply sew the sides together, add a cute border design (here i did the shell stitch border in the same natural colour) and voila… a cute container for stuff.

xxx

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PS: Inspired to also dress some containers in granny goodness or your crochet swatches?

Please share your creations on our facebook group, we always love to see what you are up to!

happy valentine’s day

cornel's valentine's brooch

Few things match the joy of giving a gift that you made with your own two hands. Why not take half an hour and make this Valentine’s brooch for a dear friend of yours, your daughter (or even for yourself) to wear proudly today?

what you need

Use any combination of textured fabrics. I specifically didn’t choose any reds, as I’m in love with neutrals at the moment…

red

grey scollop pattern

fabric bow 1

fabric bow 2

sew the bow

sew the pin

heart in place

 CLICK HERE for the very simple crochet heart pattern on Olivia’s blog Hopeful Honey.

Here’s a suggestion of HOW you can give it as a gift:

make a card

almost done

final touch

That’s how easy it is!

I hope you feel very special today.

And remember to

do all things with love

 From

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PS Please share your brooch with us on our Facebook page HERE

or on Instagram with the hashtag #hellohartbrooch

happy valentine’s (and a little tutorial)

I love these little celebrations through the year

and Valentine’s Day is just one of them.

There is still time to give your own handcrafted spin on the day we celebrate LOVE.

Elsbeth (her sweetest little heart brooch, which I LOVE, is below in this blog post) and I have both made a brooch each and hope to show you step-by-step how easy it is to do..

Mine will be posted here tomorrow morning.

We are so happy to be back, blogging in this new spot we found on WordPress and hope that you’ll follow our crafty journey…

Yeah!

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Hi everyone, Elsbeth here.

This super adorable little bear was my inspiration for a Valentines DIY crochet project.

I believe we all need some cuteness in our lives..

Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Can’t wait to take my little brooch out tomorrow!

let’s start!

 STEP 1 Some nice white wool. I used African Expressions, Desire, or any other colour you would like your brooch to be. Some black, yellow and gold wool. Your trusty hook, needle, scissors and toy stuffing or bits of wool.

STEP 1
****Some nice white wool. I used African Expressions, Desire, or any other colour you would like your brooch to be.
****Some black, yellow and gold wool.
****Your trusty hook, needle, scissors and toy stuffing or bits of wool. I made this little heart without a pattern and just followed my creativity. You can look on pintrest for some patterns like this one to help you make a basic heart.

 

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Step 2
Make 3ch and connect. Make dc/ sc into the circle and sl st into the first dc/sc. Add a second row of dc/sc st. In every second ch sp make 2dc. You don’t want a perfect flat circle but rather a little circle that looks like a cup.

 

STEP 3 Make another circle in the same way as the first circle.
STEP 3
Make another circle in the same way as the first circle.

 

STEP 4 Attach the 2 cup circles with a sl st and make a dc in every ch sp.
STEP 4
Attach the 2 cup circles. You need a gap in between the circles so that you can push the stuffing and your needle through there.

 

STEP 5 Continue with dc in every ch sp forthe next round. Start decreasing stiches in the following round by working 1dc over 2 ch sp in every 5th sp.  In your next round you can decrease in every 3rd ch sp. Be creative here and play around- if you want a long thin heart you need to decrease more slowly and over more rows. If you like a fatter shorter  little heart  you can decrease more in each row.
STEP 5
Continue with you dc/sc sts and start decreasing gradually. Continue until you feel you are almost finished.

 

STEP 6 Your heart is almost done but you need to add the little face now! Get all your other goodies closer and thread your black yarn into your needle.
STEP 6
Your heart is almost done but you need to add the little face now!
Get all your other goodies closer and thread your black yarn into your needle.

 

STEP 7 Make a knot at the end of the black yarn and push the needle it into the inside of the heart and then out where you want the eye to be. The  knot is then inside the heart. Make the eyes and lashes. TIP: Make the eyes on the middle horizontal line of the heart. That is the trick to get the cutness effect!!! Please don't worry about how you are going to make the eyes! Just do it! You are clever, capable and more creative than you think and any mistake can be undone.
STEP 7
Make a knot at the end of the black yarn and push the needle into the inside of the heart and then out where you want the eye to be. The knot is then inside the heart.
Make the eyes and lashes. TIP: Make the eyes on the middle horizontal line of the heart. That is the trick to get the cutness effect!!!
Please don’t worry about how you are going to make the eyes! It’s similar to half a circle. Just do it! You are clever, capable and more creative than you think and any mistake can be undone. Add the lashes as you go.

 

STEP 8 Continue with the last bit of the bottom of your little heart.
STEP 8
Continue with the last bit of the bottom of your little heart so that you can add a smile.

 

STEP 9 Finish of the little smile. Its just another little half circle design.  When you are done with the smile you can remove the needle and push the remaining black yarn into the heart as part of your stuffing. Continue to crochet the last bit of the heart with your pretty wool and end it of. Leave a long tail so that you can close the top of the heart later.
STEP 9
Finish of the little smile with the black yarn. Its just another little half circle again.
When you are done with the smile you can remove the needle and push the remaining black yarn into the heart as part of your stuffing.
Continue to crochet the last bit of the heart with your pretty wool and end it of. Leave a long tail so that you can close the top of the heart later.

 

STEP 10 Push some toy stuffing into the top hole. You can also use bits of wool from other projects.
STEP 10
Push some toy stuffing into the top hole. You can also use bits of wool from other projects.

 

STEP 11 Now for the decorations! Use your yellow yarn and make little french knots. Here is a tutorial to help you make the perfect french knots!!
STEP 11
Now for the decorations!
Use your yellow yarn and make little french knots. Here is a tutorial to help you make the perfect french knot!! You can push you needle through the top hole in your heart to start.

 

STEP 12 Make as many french knots as you want and then add some more with your second colour yarn. I used a golden thread to add some sparkle!
STEP 12
Make as many french knots as you want and then add some more with your second colour yarn. I used a golden thread to add some sparkle!

 

STEP 13 i added a little bow to my brooch too.
STEP 13
i added a little bow to my brooch too.

 

STEP 14 Remember that long piece of yarn at the bottom of the heart? Thread it with your needle and push your needle in at the bottom straight to the top. You will now close the brooch with small stitches.
STEP 14
Remember that long piece of yarn at the bottom of the heart?
Thread it with your needle and push your needle in at the bottom straight to the top of the heart. You will now close the top opening of the brooch with small stitches.

 

STEP 15 Want a little blushing heart like mine?  Add some of your blusher- yes your makeup- on your heart!
STEP 15
Want a little blushing heart like mine? Add some of your blusher- yes your makeup- onto your heart! You are done!

 

 Hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Please share your little heart brooch with us on our facebook page.

love elsbeth

i can do this: help birds build nests

I’ve been feeding the birds in my garden and have been rewarded with the most awesome birds visiting. I’m so inspired, I’m going to buy myself the famous bird watcher’s book. In fact, it would be amazing if I could have them nesting in my garden. So I got to think about how I have tons of left over yarn from the many crochet and knitting projects I have completed…

Recycling nowadays is so important and I thought it would be great to use these left over strands of yarn and make a gadget that would assist the birds with their nest building. I can only imagine how beautiful these coloured nests are going to be when scattered around my neighbourhood.

LET’S GET STARTED!

To make the yarn cylinder, you will need bendable wire, florist wire, wire cutters, some netting (I used the netting my vegetables came in when I bought them), a crochet hook and ALL your left-over scraps of yarn.

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 Step 1: Using the stronger bendable wire, cut 2 strips of 20cm each.
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Step 2: Twist each end of the wire to make a hook and then clip the ends into each other to make a circle. Do this with both pieces of wire. This will serve as the base and top of the cylinder.

PicMonkey Collage Step 2

Step 3: With the florist wire cut 5 pieces 20cm in length

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Step 4: Twist the florist wire to the one circle you made. You will have 5 pieces of florist wire fastened to the first wire circle.

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Step 5: Connect the last wire circle to the bottom ends of the 5 pieces of florist wire. You are in the process of shaping a cylinder. You will have a circle at each end with the florist wire connecting the 2 circles.
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Step 6: Now take the plastic netting and cover the cylinder with the netting. Take care not to damage the netting with the wire ends. Close the one end of the cylinder by twisting the netting and sealing it with a piece of florist wire.

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Step 7: You are now ready to fill your cylinder with the lovely bright pieces of yarn the you’ve been collecting. Once this is done, you can crochet a piece of  30cm long chain stitches, to use as a decorative tie at the other (or top) end of your cylinder. This will ensure that you’re able to refill your cylinder, once the birds have used up all your colourful yarn.

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Step 8: Cut a 40cm piece of the stronger wire and bend a large hook at the one end (this will go on the tree) and a smaller hook on the other end. Attach the smaller hook to the top of your cylinder, where you’ve tied the crocheted chains. You’re ready to hang your awesome creation.

Sit back and watch as the birds start to explore!

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Please share your awesome creation with us by posting your photos on our facbook page

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 (original post on 5 november 2014)

friday i’m in love

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Elsbeth and I just posted 7 mini crochet tutorials on Facebook for the Sorbet-and-Lace Square from IDEAS CROCHET.
Please join our group ‘hellohart.co projects’ on Facebook if you’d like to watch the tutorials.
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The yarn we used for the tutorials were sponsored by I LOVE YARN, and is from their Imagine range, a lovely, soft bamboo and cotton mix in yummy SORBET colors.
I LOVE these colors and the yarn is extremely soft to handle.
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Spending time with Elsbeth in her beautiful handcrafted home (this chair is in her kitchen-dining area) ALWAYS inspires me.
I’m very lucky to have you as a friend, Els!
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Our amazing background fabric for the mini tutorials is Kaffe Fasset’s Paper Weight in Sludge.

Elsbeth bought hers at Mezomode Quilting and Sewing. CLICK HERE to contact Annette at Mezomode, Wonderboom South Pretoria, for more details.

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Here’s to a weekend filled with crochet and love,

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(original post on 22 august 2014)