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1  Baby sandals in Crochet: Completed Projects by Lilibet 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!!
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2  Strandkorb advice in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Lilibet 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?
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3  My blankie for Lasse in Crochet: Completed Projects by Lilibet 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: https://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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4  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by Lilibet on: December 30, 2014 09:16:36 AM
Right, I made a promise, so I have to do my job. But boy, what a work! We really have way too much stuff...

First of all, our Christmas tree. We choose a real tree, and when possible we try to plant them in our garden. Not so much luck there, but we do try. The tree has been the same since I was little... Decorated in red, green and silver. All the decorations are in wood. That was a change my parents made when we were little, so we could decorate the tree as well. And it hads stayed the same ever since... We do add some bells lately, and we bought Christmas decorations from the Efteling as well as Playmobil.

A close-up, with some decorations. We have a new kitten since summer and she loves eating those silver things... Great fun!

As I have already mentioned beforehand, we collect nativity scenes. Not any scenes, we want scenes from all over the world. Preferably in the tradition from that specific country... Currently, we set all the scenes on two window sills, three cupboards and a special class cabinet in which we display different scenes the whole year around. So, there will be a lot of pictures Don't say I did not warn ya!

Window sill number one. With a crocheted scene that was made by RhymesWithOrange. Our kitten loves baby Jesus a bit too much, if you know what I mean... And yes, that's a Playmobil one on the right.

Just for fun and because it is so well made!

A scene from HABA and a papaya shell from, I think, Guatemala...

I forgot to mention that the scenes also take up all our CD storage space as well... These are all the miniature ones. Including some in matchboxes, jewellery boxes and smaller...

This one hangs from the window and you can see one golden star. We hang them everywhere and they came from Kthe Wohlfahrt, a huge German Christmas shop. I love it there!

Window sill 2. The wooden one on the right came from Israel. The far right is Bangaldesh and the blue one is from Mexico.

Window sill 2, part two. The scene in the wooden box came from Sri Lanka, and should fit back in the box. Sadly, it was made out of very soft wood and during transport (we bought it in France) to Europe, most got into the wood and the box is all crooked now. The 'white' one is from Congo.

A tree that had got nothing to do with Christmas, but the scenes just fitted nicely. Mostly German scenes, although the silver one (top one) is from England, Canterbury.

Cupboard one... Are you still here? An African one (the black one, but I always forget which county), Czech, Peru and Vietnam.

Cupboard one, part two. Spain, my all time favourite, Mexico (very kitsch, barely seen in this picture), France (Santons) and Sicily.

Cupboard two... The Little People one (dad loved it), Portugal, Bolivia and France.

On top of the glass cabinet, the Dick Bruna one. You know how, he's the artist who desgined Miffy!

Cupboard three... Germany, Peru, Hungary and Belgium (of course!).

Cupboard three, part two... You can see our family pics as well, I see Tongue. Oh well! France, Germany, Sicily and Egypt.

On top of the stove... Our German pyramid.

Glass cabinet. I'm very sorry for the quality! I didn't know it was this bad... Anyway, this scenes deserves the spotlight. It was my parents' first one and the one that started it all. This one was made in Venetian glass and according to my parents it was made for them. It's the one scene that my sister and I do not touch, not ever.

Glass cabinet, part two. The one on the left is on old one as well and came from France. Very delicate.

Glass cabinet, part three. The one in the front came from Argentina and the one in the back from Congo. It is an old one, made by the people there, clearly instructed by the missionaries.

Glass cabinet, part four. Peru, I think. I really don't like this one, to be honest  Tongue.

And that was it... I think I've bored you long enough, but should there be any questions about particular scenes, let me know. And no, still no scene from the USA  Wink
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5  Re: 2014 Wool-Eater-Along (pattern & tutorials links provided) in Crochetalongs by Lilibet on: April 20, 2014 07:15:51 AM
And quickly, my picture!

I have now finished the blue round, and am starting on another pink round. The colours are my sister's doing, although they are some of my favourites.

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6  Haley's blankie in Crochet: Completed Projects by Lilibet on: December 29, 2013 10:04:18 AM
On another forum, one of the girls had a second girl. For the first, we did not know the sex of the baby, so I had to make do. I made a greenish blankie, with a huge mistake *ahum*. Only to discover, once the baby was born, that both mum and daughter (later on) adored pink. Green, not such a good idea...
So, with number two, I wanted to do a better job. Luckily, she was so kind this time to provide the sex of the baby. Earlier on, when they were still trying to get pregnant, she already hinted at hot pink for a girl, and turquoise for a boy. I remembered, found yarn that I liked, and this is the result. I was able to give the blankie yesterday, and mum seemed happy.

For one reason, I was unable to capture the colour well, it is much more vibrant in person. I could not keep trying at the time, because I made this pictures only one month after breaking my elbow.

On to the next project, because two more members are trying to get pregnant, and I still have to finish a toy.

EDIT: forgat to add the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/doily-baby-blanket / http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/doily-baby-blanket
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7  Twirling Pinwheels - for Savannah in Crochet: Completed Projects by Lilibet on: July 30, 2013 02:15:56 AM
I've been absent from Craftster far too long, and I'd love to return to the loving Craftster arms. I'm doing this by showing some crochet work that I did over the months. I love crochet, and everytime I hear of a new pregnancy, I just get my needles out and get going.

This is my masterpiece so far, and I won't be making any blankie like this anytime soon. The separate pieces were not too bad, although I struggles with the gauge big time. My first rounds were so small compared to the last ones... It's a good thing my sister asked me to ditch one row, so I had extras Tongue.
So, the pattern came from a book, 'Our best Baby afghans' from Leisure Arts. I first saw this blankie here, bought the book, and waited for the perfect baby. It became Savannah, the dear friend's daughter. But, because it was so much work, I was only able to give the blankie when the girl was almost a year old  Embarrassed. I now know to start EARLY  Tongue.

The colours are my sister's doing, as usual. She has an eye for it. The inspiration came from the friend herself. She made a cradle for her future children when she was in primary school. Her grandfather helped with the wood, and she tie-dyed fabric to cover the cradle. This tie-dye included all shades of blue and a bit of green. I just let my sister see the cradle, and she derived the colours from there.

I love it, and I think the result is great, but oh boy, the work!! Not to mention all the ends I had to tuck in. *shiver*

The edging curled up just a little bit, and I did not have enough time to block it.

And the necessary cat shot  Tongue
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8  Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: October 25, 2012 12:15:43 PM
Thank you. It's been hard, but we've become a stronger family.

Lunamione, my sincerest apologies for being so awfully late. You all know the reason, but it's no excuse. Everything is treasured, and my entire family enjoyed opening the packge. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

See that?! I recived not one, but two packages, exactly timed to arrive on the date. Ah! Awesome. And such a nice surprise.

This was inside the biggest (mmm, not sure) box. Wonderfully wrapped presents, and Mali, my dear elephant pet. Woohoo!

Six (!) presents, all for me. I loved the wrappings, it was so thoughful!

Present 1! The presents went together with the picture book, but I just made pictures of the gifts only. This is from the Fairy Park. I love it so much!

Present 2! Mali and Luna visited the zoo, where they had a panda, named Wang Wang. Now I have my personal ang Wang. He is so cute, especially with that little coat!

Present 3. Could it be any more appropriate? Yes, Mali was renamed after a new elephant in the zoo. And this is so cool, I'll cherish it, for sure.

Present 4, a candle that Luna made herself, in a parc where her mum works. I love the colours! Now I just have to find a decent spot to let it burn in memory of Luna and her family.

Present 5. I don't know how Luna did it, but this is more than spot on. I have a VERY soft spot for pens, ink and paper. Such shops always bring me such joy and they relax me. Strange, I know, but this gift is so me. Awesome job, girl!

Presnt 6. Is this an actual towel? This is so cool! And her mum works there, imagine that! I'd love to do that, and embroider or crochet away Tongue.

This is the swap journal (huge, right?) with extra information about Sovereign Hill. Wish I could visit it there, it looks amazing.

Pictures from the swap journal. This is the Fairy Park. I must say that Luna did an awesome job on the journal, just wow. Exactly the kind of journal that I wanted to receive. Lots of pictures and stories. Yay!

Yes, that's Wang Wang! Oh, he is just adorable!

Second love that Luna discovered. My weak spot for sunsets... *drools*

And this is in Sovereign Hill, where Luna made my candle. <3

Thank you, you made me so happy!
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9  Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: October 02, 2012 05:41:52 AM
Esme-Alice has left the building!

And I feel so empty now! What to do?

This is the amount of stickers after all my hard *ahum* work. It was a drama, halfway. All of a sudden my stickers were gone. I asked dad to buy me new ones, but the shop was closed. So I had to order them online. Knowing full well that somewhere in my room (that is, let's face it, a pig sty) I had one box left.
And, guess what? My extra stickers arrived and a day later I found that spare box. *sigh*

And, a spoiler picture!

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10  Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: September 03, 2012 11:55:00 PM
I'm sitting here, wanting to show one or two pics to you, and something very strange has happened. I cannot see my own pictures on my Photobucket page... How, why and when did this happen? I can see some pictures, and others show a grey, empty, frame, and that white thing with some symbols in it. This cannot be right... I uploaded these pics, so?
Oh, and when I click to eagerly, he disconnects me from the server. *tries again!*

Okay, now I can see the thumbnails, but when I click to get a bigger picture, no go. Wth? Anyone who can help?

I'm going to try and use the thumbnails, to show some last pics. These are from the end of July, when we performed in De Panne, a Belgian coast town. I wasn't looking forward to it, but it was a great evening. Rapalje performed as well, and they loved us so much (our dancing or the girls, not sure) that I have a bunch of pictures with the guys.

This is in the tour bus, where they wanted to annoy their driver, because he had told the guys NOT to take girls on the bus. We actually did this when the driver was fast asleep.

But they were nice Tongue.
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