Wednesday, June 29, 2016

If we had a dog, I would want a Walter

There is a little puppy called Walter who came to visit one evening. To his delight he found Emmy Bo, and they became best friends forever and ever... I think Walter came to dog heaven and Emmy Bo probably thought it was dog heaven too. The garden became their playground, perfect for hide and seek, chase and catch. After hours of non stop play, running after sticks and balls, jumping and sprinting across the lawn, little Walter suddenly crashed into deep sleep from exhaustion by his owner's feet inside when we were having dessert.

A puppy needs a child and in my opinion a child needs a puppy. I would love to have a Walter in our family. I can only see benefits from it. Until our dream of having our own puppy one day (we are not allowed, read here... so tragic...) we can only enjoy looking at that picture of him running off with ears flapping and his little furry tail wiggling. So darn cute that little swagging bottom.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket

My Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket oozes Home Sweet Home.

Inspired by this rag rug and others, I choose a very light palette from my stash.

This project has traveled far, here in Mustique, Caribbean before Christmas.

Using scraps of wool, acrylic and mix yarn. Odds and ends - the best kind of crocheting I think.

The Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket in progress on the balcony in Gstaad.
She made a bit of a storm in my Instagram feed showing her beautiful self like this.

I finished my second Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket and I'm so pleased with it. It is so Swedish and oozes comfort and softness. I was inspired by a Swedish rag rug I have at home and I wanted to make a Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket in the same color theme and style. So, I collected my scraps of wool, acrylic and mix yarn and sorted out the light pastels, lots of white, cream, grey and blue... When making patchwork you call these type of colors low volume colors. They aren't bright. They are pastels and soft colors from the color wheel. I only added a dark navy, berry red, okra, bright dark pink and a couple of teal for contrast.

It helped to study the color order in my rag rug to understand the trick behind a smooth color order without disruptions. I planned in lots of white, cream, grey and light blue following each other in wider patches instead between contrast colors. This way it breaths calm. It is all about the balance. A few times I ripped a row or two back to start over, following my gut feeling on how to get the effect I wanted.

I'm so pleased with this version. I adore the grey and white woven stitch border. It blends in perfectly with the light feel of this blanket. I used mostly acrylic scraps from my stash but also wool, merino wool and wool/synthetic blends. Everything from Sports weight/4ply to light worsted weight/10ply. This project is a GREAT stash buster. I still have lots of scraps to get rid of but I'll find another project for that.

What I love the most is the story in this blanket. It has taken a long time to make as it has been a side project but there is a little bit of Mustique, Christmas, Gstaad, cold winter days, airplane journeys, airport launching, café time, lots of cuppas and TV watching and much more in every other stitch. And cat snuggles, and sick kids snuggles. Can't forget those moments. I find that to be the most fabulous thing when making a slow paced crochet blanket.

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Now the question is: Shall I bring the Swedish Scrappy Happy V-stitch Blanket to the Swedish summer house or shall I keep it here? I think it might be hard for me to part from it... I would love to use it here on a daily basis. It is one of my favorites and my best. It sings Home Sweet Home to me.

This project is listed on my project page on RAVELRY.



Saturday, June 18, 2016

NEW PATTERN: The Vintage Crochet Potholder Pattern

I'm so delighted to share this new pattern with you today. It has a lot of love and heart in it and is inspired by my Grandma Eivor in Sweden, a woman who has influenced me more than I can imagine with her traditional Scandinavian artisan craft skills and lifestyle. Read more about the story behind my new Vintage Potholder Pattern here.

For more information about material and techniques, please read the pattern listing in shop.

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Vintage Potholder Pattern on ETSY
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The pattern holds 3 different front piece designs on a base. It is available in UK, US and Swedish terms, includes written pattern as well as Step-by-step instructions with pictures, tips and advice.

I think I've made a dozen potholders so far, it is such a neat and fun pattern to make. It is quick and has a high rated satisfaction grade. It doesn't take lots of yarn yardage and I'm sure you will be able to use up some cotton yarn scraps from your stash and turn them into delightful and colorful potholder creations. And the good thing is that potholders can happily be used as dish and wash cloths, as doilies and pot coasters as well. Who would have thought that a potholder could be so versatile. I hope you will enjoy this lovely and fun pattern as much as I do. Happy hooking!


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