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!



Week update: My favorite project

You might have guessed that making ponchos for kids is one of my favorite projects. I've already made quite a few baby ponchos in merino wool. This week I used some of my cotton stash to work on a poncho designed by Marianne Roos-Dekker for her book Colorful Crochet/Eindeloos Haken.

The design of Poncho Sem starts with 10 granny squares. Who doesn't love granny's? I forgot to join them as you go, so after I took this picture I had to unweave the ends and frog the third round. I definitely could have done it more efficiently, but I didn't...

As you can see, my way of crocheting involves lots of loose ends. I so often start a project to abandon it half way. In Dutch we say "twee keer lol van dezelfde bol" which means something like twice the fun with one skein. I've used this yarn for at least two previous projects that didn't make it.

But I never give up once I find the right pattern, and this one definitely does the trick for me. I love it!

It is such a happy project! Although I am sure it would work in any color combination.

This one is going straight to my Etsy shop. It's perfect for a 4-6 year old. Let me know if you want me to make you one in a different size or in different colors. It takes me less than a week.

And last but not least, this is my puppy Olive - who is technically not a puppy because she's almost 2 years old, but who still behaves likes she's only 6 months - on one of our many walks in my neighborhood in Amsterdam Old-West.

Next week we're going on holiday for a month so I am not sure if I can write a blog before we leave because I'll have to pack for the whole family. I'll be posting holiday pics on Instagram though, so be sure to follow me there if you don't want to miss out ;-)



Curating Instagram Crochet Favorites | Bright flowers

This week I collected flowers on Instagram. Bright ones, in abundance. As much as I love seeing every single image pop up in my feed, I especially love assembling them in a little collage. They enhance each other and give a real boost to my inspiration.

When I picked up crochet after almost 30 years (gosh that makes me seem old!) I started with flowers. I made lots of hair clips and brooches that I gave away. I even taught how-to-crochet-flowers at my son's school for awhile. I almost forgot. That was actually quite fun to do. Maybe I should dust off that skill...

Anyway, all credits for these four pictures go to (from left to right and top to bottom):
Annemarie from @annemariescrochetblog
Kaisha from @whimsyhen
Mandy from @crochetbyredagape
Marianne from @marretjeroos

Hope you enjoyed my little collection this week!
Happy weekend!