Crochet merino beanie with star and waistcoat stitch

Today’s hike took me and puppy up to and all the way around the half-frozen lake Rödvattensjön (377 masl). It is a really beautiful and peaceful area with lots of trails to discover for us. One of the trails* from here will also take you on a longer hike to Stockholmsgata.

rôdvattensjön lake hike sweden

 

Look at this beautiful frozen star moss along the trail – natures very own “star stitches” in mossstar moss stjernemose stjärnmossa natur biologi planter plants

 

So yes, as you can see I have been busy crocheting Christmas gifts lately (yeah, soft presents for everyone!), and some of the crochet “test pilots” I keep myself, like this beanie that turned out very nice from a beautiful wool yarn (100 % superwash merino) I had no clue what to make of due to the peculiar colour nuance.

Ok, so I took on the Grinchen look again.. but it is soon Christmas anyway.. moahahaa. Just want to show you the beanie front “in use”. 😀

 

Passing by a reconstruction of the Laplander Sjul-Persson’s lap cot (lappkåta) home…  (he is probable also the founder of the little village Rödvattnet) – and my happy curious puppy along the trail around the lake

For this beanie I focused on the “waistcoat” stitch and the adorable “star stitch” – and of course I made a ribbed brim.  No pattern was followed, I was shooting from the hip again, but it is a simple beanie to crochet and the result is a tighter stitched hat that keeps the wind out. The beanie protected my head very well today against the cold wind blowing over the icy lake.. and the pompom are still hanging on 😀

 

If you have any questions about the beanie, don’t be afraid to ask 🙂

 

Crochet glamorous purse on budget

This easy crochet purse are all made of yarn, fabric, button and handles from second-hand shop. It is absolutely possible to crochet on real budget from time to time, and can, in addition to contribute to textile recycling, also result in a more fun crochet approach.

I tried to cover up my messy kitchen with some clumsy photo dissolve, just wanted to show you the purse size, function and look…

I will not pretend that I am an angel when it comes to yarn, I too love to colour botanize, mix&match and plan ahead for crochet projects. But I also actively try to hinder my self from filling my home with yarn I actually don’t need only because it looks like eye candy.. some people seems to go totally bananas when it comes to yarn.. not sure if I should laugh or cry..

If there is anything we have plenty of in our world today, that is textiles.. so without being too fanatic I don’t mind trying to contribute a little to conscience re-use of textiles in this way too.

Nice yarn, fabrics, buttons, handles, zippers, storage, baskets etc I get from second-hand and cost next to nothing compared to ordinary shops. I ex the best dish-cloth you can ever get are handmade one’s of cotton, so I made these two rags of that second-hand yarn, and I now clean my kitchen with pleasure.. well, almost.. 

So yes, when the opportunity occurs I absolutely LOVE to bargain fabrics, yarn, buttons etc in second-hand shops.. the best find I usually do in smaller second-hand shops/flea market, not the big crowded ones.  I must admit, I do have slightly germophobia, but are learning myself to just give a crap in that! (having bug-loving animals inhouse helps too..ha..ha)  And, some of the second-hand stuff I find is even brand new!

Fun and glamorous budget purse with a golden tassel ala Montozami

As an extra nice side effect I also discovered I get more impulsive, creative and have more fun crocheting when I don’t have to feel so “darn serious” handling treasures expensive yarn, heck.. even crocheting those dish clothes was fun!

Don’t tell anyone, but I was actually thinking about them and planning the colour matching in the car on my way home from the second-hand shop, I think I was driving a bit faster just to get home and get started – I mean, how sick it that!  ha.. ha 😀

 

So, what do you think? Would you use it in public, or would you rather die than be seen with it?? I can only answer for myself; I am old enough to not care what people would think as long as I like it myself – that’s freedom right there my friends!  :D

Crochet reflection dog vest and sporty messy bun beanie

Of course I crochet something for Her Sweetness too..  and some of my first “creations” was this reflective dog vest that would do good when we have to walk near traffic. She is already the sweetest thing ever, so I think the super cute neon pink colour from Galaxy reflex yarn looks good on her and sure makes her more visible in daylight too. Everything to make her safer.

dog vest reflex crochet handmade visible

For myself I wanted to try crochet a messy bean in similar colours to match her, but not so “neon” – so I choose a milder and thinner wool mix yarn from Viking of Norway. Too keep it warm and wind resistant I lined it with some stretch fleece. It sure feels great to put up my long hair in a bun or pony tail while exercising…

Cross country skiing with my new messy bun beanie – nice to get the hair away from any zippers… and so awesome when the cold wind bites. The fleece lining handles cardio sweat real nice too.fleece lined messy bun beanie lcap crochet winter sport

 

Clickable details, close up photos and information…

We are visible… here we are out for an evening walk testing if the blitz catches us ..it doez.. the reflex yarn are not supposed to replace an ordinary reflex, but rather compliment it…reflex dog vest messy bun beanie sport crochet

 

Dog vest pattern: As usual I shoot from my hip to get it the way I want it, so I mostly did this time too.. sometimes it works, sometimes not perfect but still ok (yeah, you noticed my clumsy rounding off at the back of the vest to didn’t you) …however, to get started with some good tips and tricks for the dog vest I viewed this video tutorial on Youtube, but I skipped the front leg holes as my dog don’t need the vest to keep her warm with all that thick lovely fur – it would just make her too hot.

Messy bun beanie pattern: Take a look here if you need a video tutorial to help you get started on a simple crochet messy bun. I really love to crochet the ribbed edge as it makes the beanie more stretchy around the head. I also did my very first surface crochet to decorate the beanie a bit.

 If you should have any questions about these crochet pieces you are of course welcome to ask, and I will try to answer you the best I can 🙂

Absolutely adorable isn’t she…dog vest sweater reflex pink handmade crochet sweet

Crochet rustic infinity scarf of wool

After 3 days of cross-country skiing my best little friend Jenta and I went for a walk around a lake yesterday in the falling snow. I had finished one of my crochet gadgets and took the opportunity to shoot some outdoor photos of the finished wool infinity scarf that I made in a somewhat rustic look with an earth dye.

The scarf before felting – absolutely usable right there, but again, the felting made it more wind resistant and warmer, and usability is more important than the look when the wind bites you… createwithadlibris

Let me present one of my of my dear self-appointed “helpers” – he closely follow the crochet process and always claims he “didn’t touch anything” when I get back to continue crocheting – he sure looks innocent enough..crochet intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat cat devon rex

One of my other dear self-appointed “helpers” usually takes care of the durability-test for how much a piece of crochet can take…

This time I used Drops Big Delight wool yarn, and blended the colour mix Autumn Forest 06 with Chocolate Banana 05 to get som ochry light up’s in the scarf. It is very easy to crochet and to practice on, and you don’t have to sit and count all the time, I just had a stitch marker placed at the start point. crochet intifiny scarf cowl earth dye wool hekling virkat handmade needlework

Our little car got stuck in the snow on our way out to the lake, but a couple of my door mats got us out of the situation so we could drive to one of our favorite walking places you can see a bit of below.  

 

Peek-a boo! Happy with my rustic wool scarf in warming earthed colours. Now I’m starting to feel confident enough to crochet stuff for others too, so be warned! ha..ha.. I will be back with a travel gem of Norway soon, so don’t walk too far away dear reders 🙂crochet wool intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat pattern jordfarger big delight yarn

Handmade crochet beanie of pure wool

It’s not perfect, it’s not for all, and it’s not exactly super fashionable, but it’s my own “haute couture”- and my very own first handmade garment, so I’m a lil’ bit proud today. I made this beanie of 100 % natural unprocessed wool yarn and it brought out a very special delight to plan, create and finish a piece of handwork on my own.

A white detachable and fluffy pompom as a finishing touch on the beanie top. I bet Jenta want’s to chew on it. lapphund woolk beanie handmade felted tovning tovet

Lapphund and handmade wool beanie

In Norway we have a long tradition of making good food and clothes from sheep ... (that is probable why it sounds crazy that here in Sweden they burn/throws away over 1500 tons of wool every year, wich is not ok!). Wool can be used in several other ways than just yarn i e fillings, isolation etc), and considering the displacement of our carnivores in benefit for the sheep, I think we are obligated to at least use the whole animal, and not waste most of it. Well, that was today’s politics..  😀

So, who hasn’t admired the beautiful handmade wool cardigans (kofter) in various Norwegian patterns? I have several of them myself – and have room for more, but maybe on day I can knit my own instead? So I decided to first learn myself the art of crocheting and how to read patterns… and just take it from here..

The supplementary stitches in natural white may not perfectly made, but my very first, to my defence 🙂wool beanie handmade ullue heklet crochet stiched winter pompom

As a newbie I think it was smart to start with a chunky and feltable wool yarn like Eskimo, as the felting process would let me shape and hide beginner mistakes a bit easier. It is also a bit quicker to finish up too. Below you can se my beanie before washing, felting and blocking it…. see any difference?

Before felting: The pompom was of course detached before the washing, felting and blocking process

A selfie lying in the snow – the wool pattern looks ok now, keeps the snow, wind and chill out.. what more can you require from a beanie ..oh, that’s it..it actually smells good too... mmmm.. and by the way, my old jacket here is also of 100 % wool, still going strong…  norrland handarbete virka mössa crochet

Handmade crochet beaniePeaceful learning?? I must admit.. the first two days I was struggling and swearing a lot when learning myself this handicraft … but “suddenly” I got the hang of it and all I wanted was to find some peaceful moments to just sit down and work on my first beanie… and put up a sign with “do not disturb” ..ha..ha

It really gives a well needed inner calm and a wellness feeling to just sit down and create… a bit fascinated to see that I have created some nice patterns… or may be I’m just getting old enough to appreciate moments like this more – here in Sweden they just call it “tantvarning” 😀

It started to snow a bit as you can see …I really like this place a lot, and yesterday I took a walk with my lovely lapphund dog here while doing some beanie-shots too… wool beanie handmade ull heklet crochet pompom virkat winter landscape

 

For the beanie I used:

  • Yarn: DROPS Eskimo 100 % thick pure wool – Natural and Beige colours
  • Crochet needle: 8,0mm
  • Wool needle for stitches
  • Detachable synthetic pompom (or make your own in wool)

Felting process: With the wool yarn quality type in mind (chunky Eskimo) I washed the beanie gentle by hand in wool detergent, and felted it carefully in the tumble-drier to make it more compact and tighter. I blocked it/shaped it/stretched it with needles on a paper plate during the night. Very pleased with the result.

If you have any questions regarding my beanie, just ask. I have already started on my next li’l project, so don’t stay away too long …  🙂

garn yarn eskimo crochet pure wool beanie handmade handcrafted

I love this soft, chunky ans environmentally friendly Eskimo wool yarn (Oeko-Tex® certificated