November 18, 2014

Car Baby Booties

A special baby is on the way! The little one will be born in December,  and we are expecting him on the same day in which my best friend (his auntie) was born!

I am really over excited, as I think becoming an auntie is going to chance my best friend's life! :)

So, to give him a nice welcoming to the world, I've made this tiny pair of crochet car baby booties! What do you think?

I thought that making a car appliqué would have been much harder than it turned out...and I was quite happy about it!

I am flirting with ideas of making a small amigurumi to go with the booties....but still need to put together a nice project idea...we'll see!

Hope you like the booties!


November 08, 2014

Cactus Amigurumi....Cotton or Wool?

Cacti Amigurumi are one of my favourites....they can be sweet decorations and they do not really ask you to take care of them...ehehhe...

I made my first ones in wool last winter...and you can find the link to them HERE.

Then, after working on a few crochet projects with cotton this summer,  I thought that it could give a nice touch to cacti!

So here I am, showing you my COTTON CACTI AMIGURUMI!!!

What do you think?

Are they better in cotton or wool?

Looking forward to hearing your comments!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend

November 03, 2014

Crochet Wrist Warmers

Since last year, my husband had been asking me for a pair of cashmere wrist warmers. He had seen a pair from one of his favourite designers but they were very we thought the handmade option could have made it!

It took me long to put myself to realize them as I was initially looking for a nice pattern, but I couldn't find much that was simple enough for him to like it! He just wanted it plain, in a soft cashmere wool and well-fitted to his arms, leaving space to wear it on some shirts eventually.

So I decided to get some cashmere black yarn and started building the pattern on him... and here is the final result!

I really like the idea of wrist warmers as a male accessory, and I think they look pretty cool on him.

I hope you like them!

Have a lovely evening

October 27, 2014

Crochet Key Cover

How many times has it happened to you to have lots of similar keys and every time it's a big guess which one will be the right one?

It happens to me all the I thought about using crochet to fix this little issue and I crocheted a key cover!

It was for my bike lock keys, therefore I thought that the easiest way to make the right key stand out, was to use the same colours that I used to crochet my bike bell and saddle, which you can find HERE!

It took me no longer than 5-10 mins and my key problem had disappeared!!!

If you'd like to make one, here below are the simple instructions for my key cover, which would work for a medium size rounded key using a 3mm hook:

Color A:
Round 1: Start with a magic loop, 5sc in the magic loop
Round 2: 2sc in each stitch (total 10 st)
Round 3: 1sc in next 3 st, 2 chains and skip next 2st, 1sc in next 3 st, 2 chains and skip next 2st (10 st)
Round 4: 1sc in each stitch (total 10 st).
As I was working in rounds I do 2 more sc in the next 2 st in Color A before changing colour.

Color B:
Round 5: 1sc in each stitch (total 10st)

Color A:
Round 6: 5sc2tog (total 5 st)

Fasten off and the key cover is ready! You can then make as many chains as you want with Color B and pass them through the hole to tight it to your set of keys.

I would be happy to hear if you try making one and if the instructions are easy to follow.

Hope you liked the idea!

Wishing you all a happy evening!

October 24, 2014

Crochet Pumpkin Amigurumi

The season is here, and all the markets are selling pumpkins! I believe this weekend is going to be a good time to carve pumpkins and bake pumpkin seeds!!

But apart from real pumpkin decorations, this year I thought I would make also a crochet pumpkin, simple and very quick to make.

It's a good fit for Halloween and Thansgiving decorations, together with my last year's projects of  SPOOKY SPIDERS and TURKEY AMIGURUMI!

Hope you're having a nice day!


October 20, 2014

Spicing up the kitchen with a Crochet Jar Cover

Here is one of those projects that I had in my mind since I started crocheting, and now I finally dedicated some time to it..a crocheted jar cover!

It's a very simple project and you can use any leftovers as it does not require a lot of yarn.

I hadn't focused much on crocheting for the kitchen and I wanted to "spice up" a little bit my oregano jar, so I crocheted around the cover using a light green cotton, while using a darker green as a contrast on the edge and for the bow.

What do you think of it?

I am quite happy with the way it fits within my spice rack...and I have a feeling that this could be the first one of a big series!!

Hope you like it!

Wishing you all a lovely evening

October 05, 2014

Crochet Mug Cozy

Autumn has definitely reached London and to me it's the best time of the year to enjoy crocheting.

It had been a while since I wanted to realise a mug cozy and, thinking a bit ahead, it could be a sweet present for Christmas.

I followed the free pattern from Marion Hassold, and you can find the link to it HERE

The pattern is very easy to follow and super quick to took me about half hour to make it....and your present is ready!!!

I used a 4.5mm hook with a medium thickness yarn.

Just sent a picture to my sister telling her my idea to start making more as Christmas presents and she suggested me to start making one for her to keep it in her office :)

Hope you like the idea and follow the link through this easy pattern...sure many of your friends and family will enjoy it!

Wish you a lovely Sunday


September 08, 2014

Shabby Chic Crochet Purse

All of my friends seem to be getting more and more into shabby chic I thought I'd try to create something of kind in crochet...

A few months ago I made my first crochet purse out of a pattern from Inside Crochet...and in that occasion I had ordered a package of silver frames...all of which, apart from one, were still sitting in my big box waiting to be used.... 

...I got the IDEA!!! A small crochet purse made out of my own pattern! I am quite proud of the final product! Ahahah... I guess it's because it was the first time I've been using the bobble stitch and I realised I really love the effect.

To learn how to work out the bobble stitch I used a very nice tutorial, and you can find the link HERE
It is a very filling stitch, with the only downside that it does take a lot of yarn....

I would be really curious to hear your thoughts about my purse...

I am bit lazy (probably still feeling the summer mood) so I don't have the pattern written down nicely yet, but once I do, I will share it with you!

Wishing you all a lovely evening



July 06, 2014

Cupcake Doorstop…a sweet way to decorate your house!

Couldn't think of a cuter way to keep your doors opened….especially in the summer!

I hadn't thought of making crochet doorstop until I got delivered issue 54 of Inside Crochet. The pattern is from Emma Varnam and I found it joyful and easy to realize. Then I added a few sparkle on top as this how I would typically bake my cupcakes ;)

I found the whole idea of crochet doorstop pretty cool…and I feel like I am going to let my creativity go crazy on my next one and develop my own pattern! I will keep you posted on this and share the pattern with you, would you be interested!

Maybe I've inspired you to make crochet doorstop as well…if so, please share your pictures with me as I'd be really keen to see your finished projects!

Hope you like my new colorful doorstop and I wish you a lovely Sunday


June 29, 2014

Crochet Earrings….My Second Pair

Finally back on the blog…. sharing with you a very simple and quick crochet project!

It's my second time making crochet earrings. My first pair was realized for my best friend's birthday, and you can find pictures and link to the post here !!!

…this time I am not working in rounds but in a spiral in the round, like you would do with amigurumi.

The pattern is from Liz Ward from issue 53 of Inside Crochet and it's super easy.

It actually gets you playing with pliers and clippers, making me willing to make more jewelry some time soon….

I found it fun, and if you make them in different colors they could match all of your flashy summer dresses and shirts!

Hope you like them

Have a lovely Sunday

May 25, 2014

Crochet Wall Storage Pockets

It is incredible among Pinterest and crochet magazines how much creativity and ideas you can find for your crochet projects…with the tiny danger of ending up having yourself and your place covered in crochet… which I personally don't see it as a bad thing (not sure about my hubby, but better not ask ;) )….so I feel pretty justified for my last project!!!

I had decided I wanted to realize something for my house….and, after flipping around on Pinterest for a while, I thought that a nice crochet wall storage would have been the perfect project to get me involved!

Regarding the pattern, feeling pretty lucky to get "Inside Crochet" delivered home, I found a lovely crochet tidy pattern designed by Ali Campbell in the issue 51...and I felt like going for it!!

The main stitch used is very basic and simple, which made this the perfect project to work on rainy days while watching a movie or my addictive tv series….as it takes a bit longer to realize but being the stitch quite simple it does not require your full attention!   

I am quite happy with the outcome, though I am thinking of possibly playing with some fabric on the pockets..or would that make it too crowded?..not too sure for the moment...what would be your suggestion?

Wish you all a lovely weekend!

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May 10, 2014

Tiny crochet purse

The issue 51 of Inside Crochet inspired me to a couple of new projects I am currently working on…one of them being this tiny purse, with the pattern by Sarah Coad!

I always thought it would have been very difficult to put it together, especially as I don't have a lot of experience in sawing and I was worried that when putting the crochet bit together to the frame I would have made it look a bit messy :p

Luckily, I have to say that it is way simpler than you could guess to realize, and you can work it out how make the stripes straight with respect to the frame.

What do you think of my color picks?

As for the silver frames, they can be easily found on Etsy…and, of course, I did order more than one ;) ….which means that I will soon put my mind at work and see how to personalize these tiny purses to make customized presents for my friends, with colors, maybe some beads or some appliqués…we'll see!

I hope you like it

Wishing you a lovely weekend

May 04, 2014

Crochet Hearths…..bag accessories?

Until September 2013, when I moved in with my hubby, I used to share a lovely old Georgian house in London with my adorable flatmate / best friend Amy!

She basically saw me playing with crochet since my first moments and she's always been very supporting as well as very excited and proud of my outputs!

Last month I was showing her the bunny amigurumi I had realized and she asked me "when you have some free time….you know I love small things, would you do something for me?"

So I looked around for ideas and I found several tutorials for crochet hearths…In particular I used the tutorial from the blog of amiamore to make a tiny red hearth, and the tutorial from freshstitches for a medium size green hearth!

Both tutorial were really easy to follow and quick to realize, and the fresh stitches free download has three different sizes you can play with, according to what you'd like to use your crochet hearth for!

I had fun making them and I can't wait to give them to Amy!!! I hope she's gonna like them and maybe use them as accessories for bags? (I think I personally like them on bags ;) )


I hope I inspired you with quick ideas for small presents for the ones you love!

Wishing you a Happy Sunday


April 26, 2014

Baby boy crochet sneakers and football amigurumi toy

Here I am, back on completing the baby projects for the american side of my family!!

After taking care of the baby girl present with baby ballerina and a matching bunny amigurumi I had to think of a cool present idea for the baby boy from the other side of the family...

...I had some tips from my mother-in-law, who told me that the parents of the baby are big football fans and the main color of the college they both went to is maroon...

So I started looking around, until I found this lovely pattern from Cathyren on Esty, which you can find at the following link!

I simply loved it and thought it was perfect for my gift idea!

So I bought some maroon rowan cotton yarn and started following the pattern!

The pattern has an unusual way of working out the booties, but it is very easy to follow and I was quite happy with the results.

If you're thinking of a baby boy present idea, I think this could be a cute set to start from!

Hope you like them!


April 20, 2014

Tiny Chick Amigurumi!

Happy Easter from my husband and I ....and from this lil easter bird!!!

My first tiny chick amigurumi out of my own made up pattern!

Hope you guys enjoy and I am looking forward to hearing your comments!

Wishing you all happy holidays


April 12, 2014

Crochet Bunny Amigurumi

As I was telling you, my idea at the moment is to prepare two newborn sets for July. I had made crochet cotton newborn ballerina a couple of weeks ago for the baby lady to be born in July...and now I just finished a bunny amigurumi in matching colors.

For the pattern, I used the free pattern from All About Ami, which you can find here. The pattern is really amazing, as she explains step by step how to make your bunny and it's easy to follow.

As for the colors and yarns, I just used the same rowan cotton I used for the ballerina.

Here is my finished bunny!!

I really hope you like it!

And here is the full set for the baby girl including the ballerina!

Hope I gave you a nice idea for newborn sets / combinations!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!


March 30, 2014

Spring Newborn Crochet Baby Ballerina

Happy Sunday!!!

This weekend I've started working on newborn projects....we are going to have 2 new members of the family from my husband side and, as we'll go to the States to visit them this July, I thought I should start working on something handmade to bring along!!

For the lady to be born in July, I have in mind to prepare a small box with a pair of crochet baby ballerina and an amigurumi in matching colors!!

I am using Rowan cotton glace' in beige and yellow (as they told me that yellow is the main decorating color of her room to be)!!

For the baby ballerina pattern...I started with my flower ballerina baby booties one and I have hopefully made some improvements, as well as enjoyed myself using a combination of 2 colors!!

They look quite summer-ish, and probably it's the yellow that helps!!!

Hope you like them!!!!

The amigurumi in matching colors is work in progress...and I will hopefully be able to share it with you soon!!

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday and looking forward to your comments!

March 23, 2014

Cozy Cowl

I know that spring is almost on its way...but London on some days it still feels like it's proper winter and you wish you were wearing a pretty warm coat and a cozy scarf or cowl..So never too late for it!!

On raverly I found this amazing free pattern by Suzana Davidovic, very easy to realize, with a lovely design and I thought I had to try it out!!!

I used a brown yarn, which can suit several occasions and goes pretty much with everything, and I am quite happy with the results!!!

I'd suggest you guys to have a look at it and give it a shoot!

Wishing you a lovely sunday!!


March 16, 2014

Bike Crochet - Saddle & Bell Covers!

Last Christmas my hubby and I got bikes from Santa...and I couldn't be more in love with my bike!!

"She" is a Pashley...really gorgeous and so pleasant to ride!!!

Unfortunately, not even a week since I had it, my bike saddle got stolen... and you can imagine how pleasant the ride back home with no saddle must have been... 10pm in the evening and about 20mins ride away from home :(

In order to avoid having to ride back in the evening with no saddle again, I decided to replace it with a pretty cheap and ugly one, so that nobody would bother thinking about stealing it again...and I think I was quite successful in the picking!

Pretty good idea....but when I was looking at my Pashley I was feeling really sad that "she" wasn't as pretty as before... so I needed something to make her cute again but easy to take off when I was leaving Pashley alone outside!

Guess what? Crochet of course!!!

And I thought that this time I had to make my own pattern, in order to fit nicely with my bike saddle size!!

It took me a while but I can say that I am finally satisfied with the outcome!! What do you think?

And while I was woking on it I thought...well why just crocheting the saddle....

.....if I can make a matching set with the bell cover as well?


I also thought I should share my first attempt though... as the grey version is the second set I made... I had made my first attempt with some green and pink yarn leftovers test and see if I was able to create a pattern....


I am really looking forward to hear your feedback, comments or suggestions!!

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday!!


March 04, 2014

Warm Cozy Cowl

It was my first adventure with a pretty thick yarn!!!

My girlfriends had given me a present with a few yarns in september, saying that this specific one would have been perfect for a cowl...
... I guess I just wasn't too sure about the thickness...

But then I wanted to give it a go.... it was a lovely present and hopefully I would make something nice out of it. The yarn had to be worked with a 15mm I looked online for a free pattern using that same hook, but I couldn't find it. What to do? I decided to make my own in a very easy way.... with just three rows of dc...

And here it first cozy cowl!!

For the buttons, I ordered them online on Ligamentum , an etsy shop which I found incredibly amazing....several handmade wooden buttons to be used for any kind of craft projects!  

I would love to hear if you like the cowl and I would be pleased to listen to different suggestions and ideas of what you would have made out of such a thick yarn!! 

In the meanwhile, I guess I will wear my warm cowl soon to thank my girlfriends!

Wishing you a lovely day 

February 26, 2014

Cacti Amigurumi....for some good luck!

Finally back!!! I can't believe my last post was so long ago....but here I am sharing with you my latest project!

I've started working on cacti amigurumi... I've first ordered online some mini terracotta pots and then started working on the crochet part with a 3mm hook, two different green yarns and a few bright color leftovers for flowers or pom-pom for a final decorating touch.

I've made three so far, and I was surprised by how little time it actually takes to make them and you can decorate them the way you prefer!!!

My original plan was to make ten different cacti, and give them as presents to my closest girlfriends.... and then I heard a story that convinced me even more that that was a good idea!!!

I was at dinner with friends, sharing with them the first cactus I had made and my plan to give them as gifts, when my friend told me that according to some popular traditions, cacti are believed to bring good luck and can be considered as amulets as they keep enemies away and protect you!!

I didn't need a better excuse!!! This is gonna be the perfect gift for my girls!! I just need to work on it and make a few more ;)

Hope you like them!!

Wishing you a lovely day!