Crazy Rabbits - Upgrade!

During this holiday, Easter, everybody talks about chocolate eggs and where to find them. I, like other people, think what’s with bunnies and eggs? They don’t lay eggs!
Ok, that’s a bit cliché, isn’t it? And I know it’s al about legends and traditions. Well, not for me. I wanted to go the opposite direction, to the most realistic path and give the rabbit a carrot. What’s up doc?!

The idea came up when I watching the newest Star Wars trailer when I glanced at the rabbits on the shelf right in front of me. Hmmm… the coolest rabbit needs to eat, so I should make a belt where he can hang his carrots.

I got excited about this little detail, so much that I’m thinking on adding some more accessories made in crochet or other materials. If I get some bright ideas, I’ll make sure to post it on my Instagram stories.
Keep your eyes peeled!

The Project: Crazy Rabbits

What’s up Doc?

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Rabbits, who does not find them cute? Well, I think they can be more than that, they can be crazy, playful and simply adorable.

Crazy Rabbits were created thinking on a designer who a few years ago had the idea of re-creating their UglyDolls from printed designs into real stuffed toys. I knew of it during my college days, David Horvath is part of a range of artists who create collectible items, linked to design of course. One of these famous items are the vinyl dolls whose market I researched about for a while, even though I knew the price of collectibles was unsustainable for my fragile college pocket. Anyway, I still have a tiny collection of similar dolls (not so expensive), which have served as inspiration for some projects that I have been preparing.


The technical side of things!

The pattern for the Crazy Rabbits was created from scratch, the first of many that I will be doing in the future. However, it was done based on the basic teachings of crochet for amigurumi, where the whole work spiraled just using a stitch with regular increases and decreases, keeping a minimal, clean and well rounded look combined with soft colors of cotton yarn, Paris Drops.

As I read that making balls is the base of amigurumi crochet, the element used in crochet to start in amigurumi is the same. It’s advised to make several balls of different sizes to learn and practice the decreases and increases, and understand that mastering the balls well, is half way to understand the logic of increases and decreases, and do so practically with eyes closed.

For the rabbit’s ears I’ve tried tutorials on how to make cones from different wideness, which allows us to learn not only to make cones but also Chinese hats and water droplets (a garland I intend to decorate the shelf of my sheds).
As you can see, learning two or three basic elements of crochet gives us enough knowledge to start crocheting.


Color choice!

I have found myself working a lot with Drops yarns, especially the Paris for being a very soft cotton and light (not for a quilt though). Since I’m passionate about pastel colors, they have been a trend that has lasted for some years, and I wanted to choose three colors that contrast each other but at the same time create a chromatic connection between them. This three: mint green, pastel pink, mustard yellow; and two other limited edition: brown and petrol-blue.

To be honest, if I had to choose one I would be very hesitant, so I'd rather leave that little puzzle with you when you choose yours in the online store opening soon!


Customize yours!

If you have any specific color you would like to customize yours with, just send me a message through the form on the Contact page.

I hope you like the Crazy rabbits because they came to stay!

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Crocheter’s notes

Yarn: Drops Paris Uni Colour 50g - 100% cotton
Drops Cotton Light 50g - 50% cotton 50% polyester
Hook: 3.5mm Clover Soft Touch

Drifting back & my new plants

I found myself in that spot again. That spot where I'm drained of inspiration and motivation to do things I like. It's some kind of a feeling of emptiness I have; like when we’re staring at a path that gets lost in the fog ahead of you and I just don't know which way to go. I know I have paths in front of me going in different directions, but since the fog is so thick it won't let me see anything, and I’m stuck there and can’t move forward.

So, to break through this, I decided to use this waiting time to reflect, to think thoroughly about what I like, the things I actually enjoy doing or making. No more trying! It’s about doing and seeing how the experience goes. If I appreciate it and want to repeat, that could mean that I found something I might dig deep into. Like I've been doing with crochet. I wanted to quit so many times, and instead I fought back and came back to it, and now I just want to spend my days making my rabbits and finally see my blanket all done (this last one is going to take more time than I thought).
I want to be able to make my own patterns, but I know myself and it will take a while until I feel comfortable making more complex designs, but I'll get there even if it takes years. I'm not giving up!

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This said, there's an adventure I'm embracing again, and this time with more focus and dedication: plants! I'm taking advantage of the fact that I have a humid house with high ceilings and I want to decorate the house with plants. No more photo frames, statues, jars and so on. I'm tired of having to take them all out of the shelf, clean each one, clean the shelf and put all the stuff back up. Besides, it gives me this weird sense of clutter, of visual pollution. Too many colors, too many objects, there isn't a connection with each object. And since I'm a very visual person, here it is, the perfect solution: plants! plants everywhere! even the bedroom. Let's cleanse the air at home.

I started by searching for videos on Youtube about the basics of plants by firstly prioritizing the plant's level of maintenance, and then the right plants according to the amount of sunlight or lack of it around the house and humidity of the house so they can feed on it too. Last but not least, I looked into the fact that i have 2 dogs and they tend to chew greens when we go out for our daily walks, so i needed to know with which plants i should be extra careful and keep them away from them. This said, I came up with a list of great plants to get and started by getting a couple of them and mark on the calendar the days I water them. Let's see how it goes!

I had the experience of over watering cacti and sadly they looked soggy and drowned. I also had a spider plant I gave away when I came back to Portugal, and that little one was so beautiful, but it's in good hands now. I also had a lavender, and though it gave flowers and gifted us with a very relaxing scent throughout the house, it eventually died in a cold winter. Needless to say that I felt defeated and here's when I decided to stop getting plants, since I didn't the conditions and the focus to take care of them.

Here are the new babies I got! - fotos com captions

I got the first two on Ikea, they weren't the ones on my list but as far I could research in that moment they looked like plants that will survive in my hands. The other three on a supermarket while grocery shopping. I honestly don't know what got into me when i bought the strawberry plant, but I'm confident that she'll survive too. One other acquisition is going to be jasmin. I haven't researched to see if I have the conditions to have one, but I'm hoping for the best. I can't wait to have that amazing natural perfume floating around the house. And because i'm following a few Instagrammers on this subject I found a great book that @houseplantclub - ran by Morgan Doane & Erin Harding - launched, and it's called How to Raise a Plant.
So this is my next step: get a good book to guide me and give tips on how to raise my new babies successfully!

Once it arrives I’ll tell you more about it and my opinion on the book’s contents. In the meantine, I suggest follow their Instagram accounts as they’re so inspirational for me.

Crochet books: #2 Simple Crochet

I wasn’t particularly looking for anything in specific, but I was curious to see if Fnac had any interesting craft books and that's when I found this one, Erika Knight's "Simple Crochet".

I picked it up, sat on the floor of the isle flipping through the pages and it was love at first sight. I already choosen a few ideias I wan’t to tackle but it’ll have to wait until everything is set for the online shop. The shop comes first right now!

About the book ... as the title itself indicates, Erika shows the simple and basic side of crochet because there is nothing better than having good knowledge bases about the craft to know how to master and then create our own pieces from scratch. I already have the knowledge, but if we read carefuly there always something new to learn with it. In this case, I was fascinated how she “catalogued“ a few great crochet stitches in square samples and at the same time I found out that there are more stitches to learn. Isn’t it cool?

Each of the projects on the book iare identified with a level of difficulty explained in the first couples of pages, and as we go through it we are taught to choose yarn and colors, to understand how each one is classified by weight and also to which ends are most used. Further on it talks about the supplies and utensils used, especially the hooks and the various materials that can be used. - I only have aluminum needles with plastic or rubber handles. But I intend to try the bamboo ones.

A few pages further, one learns to make a knot used to start a chain and how to hold a needle, and so on.

And yes, an important point I neglected during my early stages of crochet, the yarn tension controlling the way the stitches flow through our fingers as we work. A few pages down the book and Erika teaches us so many important techniques that are worth being read and tested before venturing further on.

Ah! And let's not forget one fantastic thing about this book, the stitch glossary, as I mentioned above. For those who already do researches on Pinterest may already familiar with this process, but for those who have not yet seen, the stitich glossary is nothing more than stitch samples on a 10cm x 10cm square. It’s a wonderful way of learning everything about a specific stitch, from the elasticity of the it, the texture.

Finally, all the elements mentioned above are applied to the various projects in the book, where we learn to do various things for various purposes:

. Dish cloths

. cushions

. device cases

. blankets and scarves

. mittens and slippers ... among many more.

I can’t wait to make the slippers, but I haven’t had the opportunity to shop the recommended yarn, but it's well worth a try. Also, recently I've been reorganizing all the yarn I've got at home and I found two red heart-blended skeins and maybe I’ll adventure myself with the mittens for next winter!

If I do, I’ll make sure share some pics on Instagram and who knows it’s worth a post here in the blog.
Stay tuned to find out!

Crochet books: #1 Molla Mills

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I don’t have as many books in crochet but I have enough for my adventures, and each one I choose, I do it with the purpose of learning more and more until I’m comfortable with making my own patterns.
Although I learned to crochet with my grandmother when I was around 10 years old, I didn’t always practice the craft and with time I lost interest until a few years ago. At this point I was already researching videos on Youtube and trying to interpret patterns on my own uncertain that I was interpreting correctly, but I wouldn’t give up!
This said, the other reason for purchasing theses books was to understand patterns and how can they be interpreted from language to language, because in Portuguese or Spanish we distinguish the basic stitches differently.

Today I have three books that are the ones that I go to whenever I need, either to learn to create my own pieces or to recreate those of the authors. There is one thing that most people do, that is, skip pages with text and go directly to the patterns. Wrong!
Since I stopped being lazy and started reading the introductory texts I discovered a series of tips that are essential and many of them basic, and I ended up thinking: "I was here killing myself making decreases as invisible as possible and after all everything is here! ". And who says decreases also says close the work, change the color of the yarn in the most subtle way or know how to sew the various parts of an amigurumi without messing it up. Anyway, I have a list of so many other books I want to buy, but I’ll only buy them once I've finished exploring the ones I already have .

Modern Crochet - Molla Mills

This book was one of the happiest discoveries I made on this admirable crochet world. Molla is a spectacular Finnish woman with incredible talent who has brought a more modern, geometric, minimalist and colorful side to the craft. It is impossible not to like the work of this 50’s stylish woman.

Molla has traveled the world combining leisure with creative workshops to begrudge anyone (in a good way of course!).

Site: mollamills.com

Site: mollamills.com

Instagram: @molla.mills

Instagram: @molla.mills

The Book

The book begins by introducing us to the various types of material used for each project. From types of yarn, cotton rope and rags, through hooks to punches and other supplies and utensils needed to do all the work that’s in the book. It has patterns for all tastes starting with bags, cases, covers and cushion covers.
You can fill the house with beautiful things without seeming an exaggeration. I already made three bags in two colors, I just need to sew the clasps and the handles. Soon you will be able to see them in my portfolio here.

For those interested in buying the book, I got mine at the Book Depository.