Instagram favorites | Blue Yarn

Welcome back to my weekly Instagram favorites!
Today I wanted to share some blue yarns. My favorite color in any variation: ice blue, baby blue, grey blue, royal blue... I could go on forever. I've been loving this color since I was a child. I still feel best when I am completely dressed in blue. Somehow it makes me feel safe, it helps me feel 'me.'

I want to give credit to the makers of these pictures for capturing the eerie blue that I find so soothing.
From left to right and top to bottom:
Asma Binhaider from @uaepanda
Brooklyn Tweed from @brooklyntweed
Heleen from @heleen_nl
Anique from @kleinmaarfijn_anique

Have a lovely weekend!



FREE PATTERN | Bunzlau Castle inspired coaster

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have picked up that I am a big fan of Bunzlau Castle potteries. They make the most amazing collection of teapots, cups, mugs, plates and what not. I've been collecting cups and such for many years now. They're not cheap so I usually treat myself to one or two pieces per year, often when we are on holiday in Twente and have tea at Theehuis Dennenoord. I love how my collection is growing and how each item comes with a special memory.

Every day I am having a coffee at my wooden desk and I noticed a need for a coaster as the surface is looking a little shabby at the moment, so I came up with the crochet coaster below that is inspired by one of my favorite Bunzlau designs. I made a step by step tutorial if you want to give it a try too. Let me know what yours looks like by using the tag #bunzlaucoasterbygoedid.


You need:
byClaire cotton 002 Ivory
byClaire cotton 024 Navy
crochet needle 3 mm
darning needle

With Ivory make a magic ring and chain 3.

Crochet 20 trebles in magic ring.

Close with slip stitch in 3rd chain and pull magic ring tight.
Weave in loose ends.

With Navy attach standing double crochet (dc) to any stitch.

Dc in next stitch, chain 3, in the next 2 stitches dc 2 together, chain 3, repeat.

Join with slip stitch in first dc. Weave in ends.

With Ivory attach in any 3-chain space with standing dc and make a 3-dc cluster, chain 3, 3-dc cluster in same space.

In next space 3-dc cluster, chain 3, 3-dc cluster in same space. Repeat. Close round with slip stitch in first 3-dc cluster. Weave in ends.

With Navy attach standing single crochet to 'space' between clusters (not in the actual 3-chain space).

In 3-chain space, make 7 dc. Single crochet in between shells. Weave in ends.

With Ivory attach standing single crochet in any stitch. 

Make one single crochet in each stitch. Join with slip stitch in first single crochet.
Weave in remaining ends et voilĂ , your Bunzlau inspired coaster is ready for use!

Enjoy your coaster and your coffee (or tea)!



Curating Instagram Crochet Favorites | Natural crochet

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I have been having a big neutral crush. There's something so soothing about it. Is is the calm I crave after 6 months of non stop crazy?

Lately I've been working too much without taking proper breaks. My husband's voice went viral in January and work requests have tripled (I do his management), my youngest kid needed daily tutoring to get through his first year of high school and I sacrificed one entire school break to fixing up the house all by myself. Summer break is starting extremely late this year in Amsterdam, so it is actually no wonder I am seeing dark and light spots of and on. It's just my body's way of telling me it's been enough.

So this is my last blogpost before we head off to the South of France for that well deserved break. I leave you with these four talented makers, from left to right and from top to bottom:
Nicole @naturally_nora_crochet
Susanna Bauer @susanna_bauer
Boho Things Homewares @boho_things
Abigail Rose @abigailrose.crochets

I'll be back with lots of new inspiration at the end of August.
Have a lovely Summer!