Nov 29, 2013

Happy Apples & Colorful Ghosts

Happy FO Friday everyone! I'm still feeding my addiction on the little Innocent hats. Wanted to show you my happy apples, and my colorful ghosts! Oh and don't forget to enter my give away!

Fijne Vrijdag iedereen! Ik ben nog steeds verslaafd aan die kleine Innocent mutsjes. Wilde even de goedgemutste appeltjes, en kleurrijke spookjes laten zien! Oh en vergeet niet om mee te doen met mijn give away!

Nov 28, 2013

100 Ravelry Projects! Give Away!

I didn't even see it untill today! But I have 100 ravelry projects! 4 WIPs + 5 froggies + 7 hibernations + 84 FO's = 100 Ravelry projects! Yay!

Is that cause for a give away or what?! Since it's nearly December, I thought the give-away should be a little bit Christmassy, no? For a little bit of last-minute Christmas crafting? I like it to be a bit of a surprise, but here's a sneak-peek of a few items that will be in the give-away!

As I said, those are just a few items that are in the give away.. If you'd like to enter please leave your email in the comment! You don't have to be on Ravelry, and I don't mind where it's being posted to so don't worry about that!

Give-away closes on December 5th!

A new addiction?

Inspired by a friend that was talking about making a scrapbook for her boyfriend, I made my own first scrapbook! We had holiday pictures gathering dust in our house, and I remembered that I also saved al the memorabilia of that holiday.  Airplane tickets, actitivy vouchers, hotel invoices, dinner menu's and so on... So I bought a bit of fancy-paper at the eurostore and I started scrapping!
Here's a peak at my work-in-progress!

It's my first scrapbook, so be kind judging me please..

Nov 27, 2013

Hat-Mania! // Muts-Mania!!

These little Innocent hats....
1) they're fun to make
2) they're easy to make
3) you can use your imagination
4) they're quickly finished
5) they're fun to look at
6) they're for charity
7) they don't use much yarn

All in all, making these make me feel giddy and happy inside! My partner in crime and me already finished 60hats! Hat-maniaaaaa!!!

Nov 24, 2013

One charity at a time..

Happy Sunday all! How's life?

I sometimes have a problem of being overambitious... And this week that overambitiousness reared its head... I wanted to craft for three charity foundations all at the same time!

Typhoon Haiyan.
I had this idea and was really excited: selling handmade scarfs to friends and family and donating the profits to a charity foundation for the Philipines!

Knit or crochet a toy and donate them to the animal protection services. They'll sell them and use the profits to save, shelter and protect kittens.

De Goedgemutste Breicampagne.
Info here.

Nov 22, 2013

FO Friday!

Bonjour mes amis! I just completed Baby Koizumi and Mommy and I am really excited to share!


Nov 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Hello you! I have so many WIPs at the moment, I thought I'd write a WIP Wednesday post!

Since my last YoP post on Sunday, I've been working on the basketweave stitch - crochet and knit version.. I wanted to learn the basketweave stitch and see the difference between the knit and crochet version.. Crochet works up bigger and quicker than knit, but the crochet.version was also a lot more defined then the knit-version. I´m not sure whether it was the yarn or just my not-so-great knitting skills, but I kept frogging and casting on again! In the end I decided I wasn´t going to do this to myself another time so I´ve decided I´m trying again - at a later time - with bigger needles and thicker yarn. Meanwhile hears a pic of the crochet-version! It´s called ´Boxing with Basketweave´ (which I thought was funny. lol!)

I think I have the hang of it now, and I´ll make this project into a snuggle-blanket and donate it to the animal shelter.

Nov 19, 2013

Helping the Philipines

Quote from Knit York City blog: "It’s hard to help every time disaster strikes around the world but hearing about the enormity of the damage done in the Philippines is really shocking.  The knitting community is always one of the first to jump in and make a difference. Often times it means monetary donations but we love making things for those in need. That’s something that I really love – we’re givers."

Couldn't have said it better myself! However, we need to make sure we are doing what is best for the disaster area. The people in the Philippines need water and relief workers, and right now, the best way to get that help to them is to donate money to a relief organization. Crafters are an amazingly caring group of people. Please continue the tradition of caring by doing what’s best for the disaster-struck region. Here's a list of knit-inspired fundraising:

Mason-Dixon knitting will give you 3 of their blanket patterns for free if you donate $20.00 or more to Mercy Corps (until November 24)

Ricefield collective decided to donate 10% of all theirr sales to local relief organizations in the region.

P/Hop has several crochet and knitting patterns to download, and you can donate an amount (of your choice) which will be used by Doctors Without Borders.

If you know any other fundraisers that should be added to this list, please comment!

Nov 18, 2013

De Goedgemutste Breicampagne // The Innocent Smoothie "Big Knit"

For every knitter / crocheter who lives in the Netherlands and doesn't know yet! Innocent smoothies invites us to make little hats for their bottles!

As many as 24,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.
So ten years ago we had an idea. We asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. We put those hats on our smoothies, and for each one sold we made a donation to het Nationaal Ouderenfonds.
For each behatted smoothie bottle we sell, we give 20eurocent to het Nationaal Ouderenfonds to spend on things like hot water bottles, blankets, hot meals and social gatherings.

For more information, click here!


Aan iedereen die haakt en/of breit en het nog niet weet: Innocent Smoothies nodigt ons uit om mutsjes te maken voor op hun flesjes!

In januari dragen al onze kleine flesjes zelfgebreide wollen mutsjes. Voor elke verkochte goedgemutste smoothie gaat er 20 cent naar het Nationaal Ouderenfonds, die er gezellige dingen voor eenzame ouderen van organiseert.
Doordat veel ouderen wat slechter ter been raken, komen ze minder buiten de deur en daarom is er de BoodschappenPlusBus. Die komt regelmatig voorrijden om met elkaar (en de NOF vrijwilligers) iets gezelligs te doen. Zo kom je nog eens iemand tegen en ben je lekker buiten de deur. Het Nationaal Ouderenfonds heeft een aantal bussen in Nederland en die zijn allemaal een reuze groot succes.  De rekensom is simpel. Hoe meer mutsen, hoe meer we het Nationaal Ouderenfonds kunnen steunen. Nu kunnen we zelf geen 125.000 mutsen breien, dus we hopen dat jullie ons een handje willen helpen. Brei één muts, of honderd (of iets daar tussenin) en we maken er samen een succes van.

Klik hier voor meer informatie!

Nov 17, 2013

Projects Galore

This week has been crazy busy. Next to wedding-planning with fiance, I had tons of 'dates' with friends to catch up because we didn't see eachother for a long time, and one dinner with my niece who I hadn't seen for 6years! We both already felt bad for not seeing eachother for so long, but to make matters worse she'd moved to Amsterdam 2years ago and we're living about 6blocks from eachother! Luckily we both made it to dinner this week and we had a great time, like we'd never been apart for so long! And we've already made plans for our next get-together, so no more 6year-break!

Now, on to YoP 'cause I've been busy crafting too! There's been an abundance of projects! First off, I finally finished my Christmas Present Beanies for my nephews and nieces! Yay!

Nov 14, 2013

Crochet Converse Slippers ~ Anybody know Finnish?

Lovely Converse Slippers, and it's a free crochet pattern! Translated by electronic translator and it needs improvment. Know finnish? Hop over to Handimania.



Nov 11, 2013

Easiest boot cuffs!

The easiest boot cuffs ever!

Nov 10, 2013

It's a Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday Everybody! I just have to say I'm really happy I decided to join YoP again, even if I entered late. It's nice to keep up with everybody, and it really keeps me motivated to start (and finish, even more important!) projects! So thanks guys for stopping by and sending encouraging messages!

Speaking of finishing projects, I finally finished my Sweet and Sunny Cowl! I took a picture but it's kind of dark and blurry.. I'll take a new picture soon.

Nov 9, 2013

DIY Gift Bags

Hi All!

Since I've been putting together a Christmas package to send to my family overseas, I've been looking for creative and cute ideas to incorporate into the package! I wanted to make some goodie bags and found this awesome tutorial!

Using my own paper, I could easily add "Dutch" details to the Christmas package! Here are my goodie bags!

Nov 4, 2013

Gifts Gifts Gifts

How's everybody?! Are you also 'enjoying' the fall weather? We (Amsterdam) have experienced a heavy storm with huge trees falling into parked cars and it even got a woman killed when a tree fell on her! Luckily, the weather's been behaving itself since then..

I got a bit delayed this week writing this post since fiance and I were so busy. We had a lot of family and friends coming over and I was especially busy with presents and gifts this week. First, I had arranged a 'high tea' for my friends at my house, and gifted them the Schnuggle packets I made for them. And, since one of my friends just had a newborn baby girl, I also made some cute headbands last minute:


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