Thursday, August 11, 2016

Doilies don't have to be boring!

When I fell in love with crochet I never thought that I would ever make any doilies. Making doilies was something my grandma did in the last century, not me in the twenty first century. But then I tried to make one, my blue and red doily, and actually, I loved it very much. I loved making it, and I absolutely loved how it turned out. Now, I believe that the world is a better place with doilies in it!

What I love about doilies. I love how easy they are to make. You just have to add one row after another. You can make it in only one color. And it will be simple, elegant and beautiful. You can make it in two colors, like I did with my blue and red doily. You can add as much colors as you like, and it will be interesting and happy and it will scream for your attention, but it will still be beautiful.

When I started this one, I didn't know how many colors I will use, nor how it will look when I finish it. I just pull out all of my doily threads and started.

Colors led the way and I followed. I started with purple, then came blue, followed by turquoise.

Then I took green, and decided to add some warm colors like yellow, orange, apricot and pink. And there it was, a rainbow!

I so much enjoyed this pattern that I decided to make one more doily, this time in only two colors, which will match my blue coffee table. And I stopped there, because while I was making the second doily I came up with an idea for the blanket, and now I'm making that blanket, instead of a pile of colorful doilies.

Speaking of colors, have you tried one of those beautiful coloring book for adults yet? I have, and I absolutely loved it. Mine is called Secret garden, and is full of amazing drawings of flowers, butterflies and other beautiful creatures. Check it out on Amazon, it's amazing!

Not to forget, I found the pattern for this beautiful doily in this gorgeous crochet book.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Little Sheep Crochet Tote Bag

I didn't plan to make this crochet bag. It just happened, somehow accidentally, as a byproduct of my Little Sheep Baby Blanket pattern. I made the front side of the bag for the step-by-step tutorial of how to join squares and make the border, and only when I completely finished the pattern, it crossed my mind that I could use it for something. A bag was the first thing that came to mind. I just needed to crochet straps, to sew the back side of the bag and to insert lining. Easy.

The longest part, which took majority of my time, was crocheting the straps. Because you know, I had to add that white raffle on the sides. The rest was easy-peasy.

I used the same "Tango" yarn as for my Little Sheep Blanket. It's 100% cotton yarn, wonderful, and I love it! I used this yarn for majority of my crochet projects, because it's beautiful and inexpensive. The only problem with this yarn is that I never know which colors I will find in a yarn shop, so, many times I had to change my initial color palette for some project, because I couldn't find specific color, which was available the previous time I went shopping.

I love to add texture to my crochet, to make a piece more interesting, and this sheep granny square is very textured. Can I say also very interesting? Anyway, I like how it turned out!

For this crochet tote bag I used Little Sheep granny square, which is a part of my Little Sheep Baby Blanket Pattern.

What else can I say about this bag? I enjoyed making it, it was one of my most satisfying small crochet projects, so I will definitely make more crochet bags in the future. Because they are easy to make, inexpensive, beautiful, and very useful.

This is my collection of crochet bags:
4. Little Sheep crochet tote bag