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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby sandals on: September 14, 2016 12:08:19 AM
Last year, a dear friend and ex-teacher of mine, fathered a second daughter. I really wanted to make something for her, but it had to be small since it had to be mailed. My sister gave me this book: Super cute crochet for Litte Feet', by Vita Apala and I was hoping for an occassion to crochet some baby shoes. They baby was due in August, so the choice was easy and I went with a pair of sandals.

They looked cute and I still kind of like them, but they had so many flaws that I was sort of ashamed to send them out. They look fine, I admit that, but I had to frog them so often that I lost track. I really really struggled with the back of the sandals. I couldn't get help, because I made them while we were travelling in Ireland (best holiday EVER!), so maybe now is my time... The back is made in 'simple' dcs (UK pattern). Gradually, as you can see, you start dcing together to make it a smaller. While I followed the instructions to the letter (I do believe...), the sandals managed to get smaller and smaller until I had no dcs left with to crochet in. This is not a new problem for me. I tried a simple kitten pattern before (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kitten-8) in which I had to do the exact same thing, and I simply can't. My stitches seem to melt before my eyes.

If someone knows a decent tutorial, or you just know what I'm doing wrong, I would be so grateful!!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Strandkorb advice on: September 13, 2016 02:06:25 AM
Years ago, for my mother's birthday, my father decided he wanted to give her a typical German Strandkorb.

This is me, left side, and a dear friend, in said Strandkorb. It might look familiar from old pictures and all that, but in Germany, they are still very popular, not just on beaches. Technically, they are quite expensive as well. It is not unusual to pay over 1000 for them. You find cheaper ones, just like ours, in a DIY, or flat pack. Let me tell you, the assembly wasn't easy Tongue. The cushions all came pre-upholstered (sp?) so that was easy. Plus, what makes it really handy, every cushion has its own zipper, so if you need to do some washing, that should be possible.

We have never tried this, as we are very clean people *ahum* and we take all the cushions outside the Strandkorb before winter and store them inside. We really love it, and despite its cheap look and flaws, it works. The Strandkorb is now well over 4 years old and we are currently encountering a problem for which I need some advice. The biggest cushion, that we sit on, it getting thin. It's up to the point where you cannot sit on the same spot for too long, before sort of sinking in the foam and ending up on the wooden bench underneath.

Everything else is still in great shape, it's just that one bum cushion Wink. Now, I'd love to refill the cushion, maybe with some beter quality foam (or something else, let me know!) to make it work again. As I've said, there is a zipper at the back (no picture there, sorry), but I've never taken the foam out. So I take it I must opt for soft foam still, to get it back into the fabric?
This is new ground for me, and I wanted your advice first before heading out to whatever DIY store with the cushion under me arm.
What do you guys think would be the best material to use? Is it even doable at all?
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Family Genealogy Tree Papercut on: September 13, 2016 01:47:05 AM
This is beyond words! Wow!!! What a piece of art, seriously. How long did it take you to just design it and cut it out?

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Tree of Life on: September 07, 2016 12:24:38 AM
Oh man, you make me want to get my own emboridery machine! This is so nice, and I really love the colours. Great job!!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: harry potter bookcase quilt (adapted) on: August 30, 2016 12:25:59 AM
I love quilts and I wish I had the skill to do it. I already pinned this one, as I LOVE it!! I mean, Harry Potter, what is not to love? It looks so neat and well made. You did an amazing job. Sheepblue, I'm awfully jealous!

*hitting This Rocks!*
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Garden time! on: August 29, 2016 09:24:41 AM
I love poppies too, even more so because of their link with WW I (I'm Belgian, so...). These pictures made me happy, they are so beautiful. Simple, yet detailed. You captured the flowers well.

Great job!!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My blankie for Lasse on: August 27, 2016 01:32:48 AM
Hey guys, thank you all for your kind words! It means a lot to me.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Josephine Cross Stitch on: August 16, 2016 12:29:45 AM
This keeps popping up on the threads that I might like, and it makes me smile everytime I see it. It is cute and beautiful at the same time. Great work!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Adam and Eve on: August 11, 2016 01:40:22 AM
That is pretty! And the stitches look so tiny and neat. Great job!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My blankie for Lasse on: August 10, 2016 02:45:38 AM
The end of 2015 was a cruel year for my family. In May 2015, with two weeks apart, two of my cousins shared the happy news with the rest of the family that they were pregnant. For one of my cousins, it was a long awaited dream, as she had already lost a baby due to an ectopic pregnancy (that nearly killed her as well). Because her due date came first and I had a closer bond with that family, I decided to get my needles out and make one other gigantic *ahum* baby blanket.

You must know that I had not made another blankie since this one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426010.msg5072947#msg5072947

All was going well, we had two beautiful pregnant ladies in the family and my grandmother, who was going to be a greatgrandmother for the first time, was so proud.
And that's when the drama happened. My cousin's mum (my auntie) had a heart attack after a long night at school (we are all teachers). She was at home when it happened, and her daughter (a midwife and nurse) performed CPR. She was taken to hospital, after the ambulance people had to perform CPR for half an hour. We were all hoping and praying that after the initial shock she would wake up. Her heart was okay, they said. But one week became two weeks, and so on. We (our little family) went on holidat for a week, hoping we would soon hear some good news. It never came. My cousin gave birth to a little baby boy, Lasse, three weeks after her mother's heart attack. How life and death can be so close together...

It was a shock for our entire family, as my aunt was so lively, so vocal, so present. It is one thing to wait for this person to come round after such a severe attack, it is another to see that person, still alive, but unresponsive. Because that is the situation right now. I do not know the correct English terms for her condition, but she is still with us, in a care house, broken beyond repair. She feels pain and sometimes 'speaks' but she cannot communicate. We do not know if she's locked-in, or if she's just 'gone'.

All this time, I kept crocheting. And actually, this is the first time I have talked about it, apart from my direct family. The pain is still too real...  I'm sorry it became such a long post, once again, for just that blankie. Shall I turn back to that?

I used this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/childs-pinwheel-squares-afghan
It took me a while to find the pattern that I really liked. I had one in my books, but when I wanted to get started, the pattern in the book was incorrect. My cousin was already quite a while pregnant while I got to work. It is a super pleasant pattern, easy, quick and I really liked the joining method. With the other blankie, the joining of all those separate pieces made me go insane, this time I joined the squares in the last round. I loved seeing my progress like that and it motivated me. As always, my sister chose the colours and I just love them.

And now, some pictures!

Thank you, Craftster, for letting me rant...
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