Monday, November 24, 2014

Art in simple things...

Because, I can't do complicated for now...
Here are the simple things I'd like to share for those looking for simple but refreshing stuff ;)

Sweet Potato Flower
I got a surprise one day when I cut up a sweet potato and it revealed a small flower design! I don't know if this is a rare occurrence, but this is the first time I saw one...even if I was only intending to cut up the sweet potato into pieces, I at once realized that there was a flower print on the inside. It is so distinct and so pretty. I had to take a picture...

sweet potato flower print
sweet potato flower print

No-Twinkle Denim Star

While most christmas stars would have a twinkle or light on it, this one made from used denim fabric - doesn't twinkle but it has a charm of its own.

and here's where the stars were hung to brighten up the place.

Post by The Breakfast Table.

Apple keychain ornaments

I recently bought an artificial Christmas Tree - because it was affordable and looked good. I wanted to keep the decoration simple...and picked red as the main color. I already have some of the apple keychains I made a long time ago, and thought I needed to make some more.

Apple Keychain ornaments
Crocheted Mini Apples
Free pattern is published here.

Here's my little christmas need of more mini apples ;)

Little Christmas Tree
Little Christmas Tree

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crafty stuff update

Denim projects

Recyclable denims

Aside from crochet, I also enjoy sewing projects, especially when using recyclable materials such as used denims. There's a good supply of this material from thrift shops nearby. However, not all are cheap. To maximize the cost and minimize waste, recycled denim projects are up on my crafting list...and fortunately I got another custom order to make use of denims.
This time around I'm using what is left from the jeans after I have cut off the legs for the placemats. The placemats are the main products ordered from me for a small restaurant which opened a year ago here in Quezon City (see previous post). They were quite successful in their venture, now they need more placemats! They're also ordering Christmas ornaments in the form of denim stars ;)

Denim Star

This looks simple to make, but if you're making a hundred pieces with just one pair of hands, it takes more than patience to finish. With a deadline to meet...I should be working on it double-time now. But wait! Halloween is near and I just got the urge to crochet a spider!

Spider charm

Crochet Spider Charm

Occasionally, I'd crochet small projects using cotton thread...I try to make it detailed as much as my hands and eyes can manage. This is the first spider that I made, and I quite liked it though it needs some improvement...maybe I'll post a pattern soon... :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a blessed All Soul's Day celebration.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello Kitty Crochet

Hello Kitty Crochet Book
Hello Kitty Crochet

My order is on its way! I can't wait to tell you about this cute little amigurumi crochet book, which I pre-ordered from The Book Depository several weeks ago. Its now available and my copy will soon arrive in the mail. Remember, the price on The Book Depository site already includes shipping worldwide, so I guess its the best place to order books.
Hello Kitty Crochet is all about Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends depicted in the art of amigurumi (Japanese for crocheted dolls). Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or just a beginner, you’ll find helpful tips and how-tos for creating the dolls and its accessoriesIf you're into amigurumi and love Hello Kitty characters, you'll love this book. It was released in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Japan’s most famous kitty.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Random Crochet Stuff

Catching up post on some recent crochet stuff...

Here's a little teddy souvenir item I made for my nephew's 1st birthday last July. It is made from a Ravelry designer's pattern (details here)
I made up the number 1 figure and the scarf. This is only 2 inches tall ;)

Tiny Teddy
Little Teddy Souvenir

Some simple bracelets made to use up leftover yarns and materials. The first one using coins with holes...the pattern is free and can be found on my FB page.

The next one is just a simple ch and sl st bangle - using a garter cord...project details on Ravelry

Since halloween is near...and if you're looking for a simple halloween accessory, there's a free pattern I made a few years ago - Just Got Stitched-up Choker, pattern here. I'll be making a few more of these to sell on my Etsy shop

Lastly, I've just picked up my order from Bergere de France yesterday, though the package was marked received at the P.O. on Aug 26 (12 days after they shipped it), I only got the Postal notice this week...and as if they purposely delayed it - since the Postal/Customs fee is now P100., which is a 100% increase effective this week :p. Hello Postmaster General :/

Bergere order
Bergere de France

The yarn is Bigarelle - very nice!! I love the natural texture of cotton and linen combined...and it has a fresh outdoor scent ;) The items are reasonably priced...though the shipping for this cost me around $25., flat rate for international I should have ordered more yarns :p Then again it was so hard to choose which yarns I would actually end up making a project. These two skeins are enough to knit the top on the cover of the magazine. Hope to be able to make it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pinwheel flower - free crochet pattern

I got the inspiration for this flower from a pattern in an old Japanese book. It is quick and easy to make, and a bit unusual ;) Hope you enjoy making these like I did! (Photos edited on PicMonkey.)

Crochet and Other Stuff free pattern
Pinwheel Flowers

Pinwheel Flower
original pattern and photos copyright  by Mimi Alelis, 2014

Make several of these for fashion accessories or to decorate your home.  

Cotton thread, size 10 (for the small sample)
Lightweight yarn (for the medium sample)
Worsted weight yarn (for the large sample)
Crochet hook size 1.5 for small, 3mm for medium, 3.5mm for large
Note: Finished size will vary with yarn and hook used. Most any yarn can be used for this pattern.

Crochet and Other Stuff free pattern
Pinwheel flower in progress

Flower pattern
Ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), (dc, ch 3 on next sc) repeat around, sl st on top of beg ch 3 to join. (10 dc, 10 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 3: [Work the next sts on the post of dc of previous rnd - (sc, ch 3, 5 dc), then sc on the ch-3 space] repeat around, join. (10 petals)

Fasten off and weave in ends. For a better pinwheel effect, take the tip of each petal with your thumb and forefinger and twist petal to the left.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Free crochet patterns previously published in the crochet calendars...

I'm finally doing something about the crochet patterns that got published in the crochet calendars of not so long ago. I'll be putting it here on my blog for those who'd like to make these projects :)

Meanwhile, these patterns are now available as pdf downloads on Ravelry:

Radiant Coaster

Spiral-ruffled Scrunchie

These are the patterns that will be published in subsequent posts:

Diagonal-striped coin purse

Multicolor Sling Purse

Oval Basket

Going around in circles bracelet