November 20, 2010

hats for rinjani

finally i decided to gave these hats for Rinjani Sasikirana, a baby girl of good friends of mine. at first, i doubted that the hats would fit her. but, voila, it fit perfectly on her. perfect colors too! ain't she look adorable?? :)

i definitely will make more of these hats!

thanks to Dewi, Rinjani's mom for the photos!

October 18, 2010

baby's hats

never tired to make 'em! made from japanese cotton yarns in earth colors. they are so sweet. the pattern is from here. love them so much! i think i'm gonna make more. :)

mad about mats

when i started to crochet 15 years ago, i made this ugly uneven blue square mat for my bookshelf. it was very very ugly. i made it without any pattern, i just went along with those long boring over tight double crochet stitches. but i was quite proud of it. i felt like a champion. too bad i didn't keep it.

i made my second table mat about three years ago. i got the Jameson pattern from Berroco. i finished it in a day and and i gave it to my fabulous friend, Ayu Utami, for inviting me and my boyfriend for lunch. i will take a picture of it when i visit her again. promise.

then last month, i looked over my vintage crochet book. oh yes, you should see this treasure of mine.

i found the book a year ago when i'm accompanying my boyfriend to a mall to buy shoes (again). then apparently there's a second book store just right beside the shoes store. and this book instantly attracted me, of course, with that giant CROCHET title on it. it was published in 1974 by Marshall Cavendish Ltd. ISBN 0-85685-273-2.

and then i was stunned with this beautiful...beautiful table mat.

table mats to make for everybody... *sigh* aren't they lovely?

so i decided to make some of them with my rami yarns. it didn't look quite what i expected, but i'm happy to see my new table mats!

there's one more!

last month, i bought this new japanese crochet book. yes, i bought it from japan! it's cheaper than those in Kinokuniya, Jakarta. a wonderful friend of mind bought it for me there and brought it with her to Jakarta. thank you, Yumiko!

yes, i know, right? look at that BAG! *sob*

that bag and other lovely things inside are made from flower appliques like this

Yes, i know! they are wonderful! i don't know the title (of course), but the ISBN is 978-4-579-11113-8. i read about this book in Amazon. maybe you should check it there?

Then i tried one pattern of those wonderful appliques and i got this cute fuchsia table mat. It's perfect! i will make more!

closer look...


lovely lovely lovely!

October 14, 2010

where was i, again?

work kills. that's all i can share about right now. but i've been crocheting a lot within these couple of weeks and i'm looking forward to share it with you. just wait, okay? patience is golden.... :)

June 05, 2010

love this book!

i browsed through the internet to get some ideas for my weekend project. one day, i found this book, read the review and bought it. gosh! i love it instantly! it has so many projects for adorning my old boring clothes. but first, i have to finish those mesh scarf first. hehehe... by the way, you can reach Linda Permann's website here.

thank you Linda.

May 20, 2010

a gift for my model

after fighting against the heat of Jakarta, i decided to give Dita, my beloved model, a very slouchy hat. For the foundation i used pattern from Chez Crochet, but i modified a little bit to make it a bit bulky. i use the same yarn i used for this scarf from Tobucil. I think it's the perfect type of yarn to make rasta hat like this due to its softness yet worsted type. somehow i felt a bit dissapointed with my modification. Hehehe... But, the most important things are Dita loved it and i learned.

I like the Princess Amidala look. Hehehe... Thank you, Dita!

May 12, 2010

a gift

i haven't met her yet, but i've known her sister for a long time and it feels like i've known her for the same length of time. moreover, we share the same passion: needle crafts. she knits, i crochet. and thank God for the internet (and her sister, too) that could connect us crafters. one day i gave her a big pile of yarns. and then as a unexpeected return, she gave me this beautiful knitted grey scarf. even my beloved model wanted to kidnap it. i think i saw the crochet pattern of this yarn in Lion Brand website. i should try it someday.

OK. Photo session done. Take it off, young lady! *smirk*

Many thanks for Lia La Gosse. We should do craft together.

May 11, 2010

diagonal block stitch scarf

the first time i found this october diagonal block stitch scarf, i was so in love. i have made several scarves using this pattern. i gave two scarves for my friends as birthday gifts and they all loved it! and i made this red scarf for myself using mixed color soft rayon yarns from Tobucil. though i never used any plain color yarns, the scarves look so beautiful. i promise i will make it with plain colored soft yarns like Suzzeta did it. Thank you, Suzie!

May 09, 2010

army flap hat and scarf

Yes, it is an old hat and scarf i made couple years ago. I gave it to my boyfriend and he always wear them whenever he goes to someplace cooler. He loves it and I do too! But I asked Dita to wear them again. I just want some decent photos of my favourite things. ^_^

You can check the flap hat pattern in Garn Studio. Since i used rami yarn, so the hat is smaller than it was supposed to be.

This is just a simple double crochet scarf from the same rami yarn. The colors mix are very manly. But girls can use it just fine! Don't forget to match it with a pair of boots, ladies!

A Very Long V-Stitch Scarf

I love v-stitch. It's very easy and you can make a lot of beautiful stuffs with it: scarves, hats, even a dress. it's my number one favorite stitch before shell-stitch. One day, three years ago, I bought these pretty suede yarns in two colors: khaki and terracota from my favorite on-line store Tobucil. I browsed a lot of free patterns available on the websites, but i haven't found the right pattern to make due to the yarn textures. So, 6 months ago, I decided to make a v-stitch scarf. I had 2 balls of terracota yarns and 2 balls of khaki yarns. So, what should i do? Usually I can make a scarf out of 2 balls of yarns. But I didn't feel to make two scarves at that time. So I kept crocheting, those yarns and.... tada! This is the longest v-stitch scarf i ever made and I love it!


Look how long this scarf is! These colors make this scarf looks like caramel waffel. Yum! And actually I can use it for so many things. Here are some examples.

I love "Penelope" movie. The scarf used by Penelope (starring Christina Ricci) did take my breath away. It is surely a beautiful scarf to hide the piggy nose. I can use this scarf to hide my small nose too! He he! Kidding. I often go to the deep forest for my daily job. This scarf can warm my nose from freezing air at night in the forest. Besides, the v-stitch makes it very breezy and i can breath in it.




OR... you can play Coco Chanel with it! Driving convertible cars with your sunglasses on... You can't drive a convertible car in Jakarta, by the way. Or you'll get all burned! :D



Classy, huh? OR... you can go all 'Yo Mama' with this scarf! Zap! Zap! V-stitch scarf becomes a TURBAN! Ohh yea... you Bag Lady! *singing Erykah Badu's song*


Well... you don't need any pattern to do it. Just do the v-stitch forever until you reach desired length. :) Enjoy!

*many thanks to Dita, my lovely friend, who volunteered and sacrificed herself to be photographed in the extreme heat of Jakarta... BIG HUGS for you, girl*

April 14, 2010

i dare me

well...maybe it's just me. it's been really hard for me to move my fingers lately. they're becoming lazier and lazier... and lazier....

and that has to stop!

so i asked my friends to pick their favorite hat patterns. i got them free from ravelry. and i will make the hats for them. i promise. now, i'm still on my way finishing a rasta hat.

wish me luck!

April 07, 2010

new beginning


it's been almost 2 years since my last post. gosh! but that doesn't mean i stop crocheting. well, pretty much. i've been crocheting slowly and produced some scarves and other learning projects. nowadays, i'm so obsessed with granny squares. yes, squares. you can do a lot with squares. couple months ago, i bought Eckman's Beyond Squares book in Kinokuniya, Jakarta. it is a great book indeed. very inspiring i can say! i learn to make those granny circles, granny triangles, granny everything. not all of them are easy, but they are so lovely. i'll show you later what i can make with them.

Although granny squares is my new obsession, i still stick with my old passion: hat. i always love making them. they are quick projects. very suitable with my little spare time. couple years ago, i browsed through ravelry and i found this beautiful hat pattern that using granny square technique. too bad i don't remember who make this wonderful pattern but hopefully by refering it to ravelry is quite enough for now. if one of you is the pattern creator, please let me know.

i made this hat for two little girls. they are my friends' daughters. i'm sure that this hat won't fit with their heads now as they're growing so fast.

This is Azwa. if i'm not mistaken, she was 3 years old by the time she wore this beanie. actually, i felt it was a bit tight for her, but her mom said that it fit her very well. and look how happy she is with her beanie! my heart was melting.....