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Huge hug and a hundred smiles… here comes 2014!

Hugs and smiles, that’s how I was saluted when I finally got back to the weekly meeting my husband takes part in, as his post doctoral research up here in Canada I had being away for over 2 months, too much huh?

We’ve been here for a period of 2 years and 4 months now. My daughter couldn’t be happpier as she now has friends who seem more like relatives, they are so bond together, fight and play almost daily, just like friends and sort of like family tends to be.

I am doing well at my job, I started off as a sales associate, and moved on to another position that gives me a little bit more of flexibility. I liked the idea of having a place to go, making some money to help with the bills, and still be able to take care of my daughter. That was the plan. I got acquainted with some people that I like to call “friends” it is good for my heart.

My life has turned around from being a busy ESL instructor in Companies (back home in São Paulo), who made a significant amount of money weekly for over 20 years and did not work so hard, to this.

Along with that I still volunteer, which allows me to get in touch with what I really like that is teaching, I read with the kids, we do some work, it is fun.So I also take part of the teachers on their weekly meetings to stay tuned and speak the same language, one can never learn enough of what it is this passion that is being a teacher. It is a breath of fresh air to me.

There we go my dear friends, one more year here unfolding at our very own feet, right here, right this minute, what will become of it depends on many factors, such as decisions we make, resolutions, our fate, our faith, the steps we actually take. Above all and yet within us I strongly believe there is God.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF US!

                                    Be happy my friends,

                                           Be crafty!

Drikka Glaser.

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Crochet Capcake

Hello,

Two nights ago my husband said that, sleep talking I asked if he was going to eat the capcake, he didn’t really know what I meant by that ’cause he actually didn’t, couldn’t know “our” little secret.
There is the thing, she-by that I mean my inventive daughter- had asked me a crochet cup cake hat. Of course there are several enchanting ones in the web, but I tryed to creat my own, I am really pleased with its final reult, and already have some thing else up my sleeve, hope you all like my Capcake

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take care, happy crocheting!

Drikka.

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Shh, shh, baby’s sleeping -crochet doll bed-bag -free pattern

Hi,

I finally made it! After a few months -in fact I let it aside for 2 for the holidays, then my second-hand sewing machine left me by myself, then I had a few orders (as you may know those baby caps), and this project that started as a crochet baby crib, then a bed, then she needed a bag for it, she got a little over the edge, until I finally settled it as a bed-beg. She liked, and accoerding to her friends “she is so lucky”.

What I used:

Handicrafter, 1 of those super saver sizes, in this girly pink colors, and a hook in a size that would give it a sort of “stern” look, 4,5 mm.

My steps:

So initially it consisted of a big oval flat crochet base started with 45 stitches 3 to turn continued on the opposite side, across 3 to join. Up to a size that she would be comfortable to carry  her doll in. To which I attached the sides,  made is single crochet rows, after I added handles, which need to be shortened by the way I just realized yesterday. I made 90 chains for the heading and feet area. Inside I created, now I was lazy, because I had to hand sew, a sort of “mattress, and some side cushions to make it cozy, I mean a Comfy Crochet. All those can be detached as she asked me to use card board in order to make the sides and base firmer and let’s face it the bag will have to be washed at times. When you do detach the sides and bottom matterss out it turns into a big bag, for her to put her toys into and go play outside with her other friends. It came in handy, and avoids them coming in and out all the time.

It still needs some inside pockets to carry the diapers, baby food, and her water bottle…

Here follows the pictures I took:

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Why crochet over knitting

I just love to crochet, it hasn’t always been this way though.

Back when I was in college, and worked as a teacher assistant, I had little time for hobbies (once I had to stay up 2 nights in a row in order to  get ready for some finals).

Whenever I had the chance to go home visit my family, Mom and I liked to sit back, chat and keep our hands busy. At that time I liked knitting much better than crochet ’cause it seemed so much faster, in fact I believe it is, once you get  the hang of it, and have an expert by your side -such as my Mom- to fix those stupid mistakes you may make as you go.

I also had the  feeling that when you are knitting it is as if you are creating an exquisite  piece of fabric. I left crochet for my granny doilies and baby outfits.

Never knew that years later I would be so in to crochet. I adore it, it really became my passion. It all started when I was getting too stressed at work-teaching is enchanting but tiresome – and I wanted to pick up a hobby I could perform while I was with my, then, baby daughter.

I tried to get back to oil painting, too smelly it didn’t work out, then learn how to sew, had no talent, knitting again -ops the needles are too long, pointy and I was not that fast anymore, besides I just couldn’t stop in the middle of the row when the baby needed me.

Then crochet crossed my mind. I thought about making a crochet toy Tasha the hippo in Backyardigans cartoon for my daughter. I followed this pattern I found on Lion Brand site, and for the red dress I followed a Brazilian pattern .  She loved it so much, unfortunately I never took its picture, and it was passed on.

I have learned to like crochet ever since. I tend to think that when you learn to love something it gets into you, becomes part of who you are, I can’t resist the colors and so many possibilities that are being unwound by crochet and these  great designer minds full of creativity and unlimited new arrangement for the same old stitches.

That is amazing!

I am recently revisiting my Vogue Knitting CROCHET magazine issue for the 100th time.

If you haven’t gotten yours yet, I would reconsider. It certainly is a splash of color and inspiration to say the least.

Gotta go now,

Take care,

Drikka.

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Crochet leaf -free pattern

Hi there,

I do hope you are doing fine, as I am, today was my day off and I took it to organize a few things I have here, some of them are a few  crochet projects that haven’t been finished yet.

I also took some time to read my posts backwards, I found a request of a reader, I hope she can see it as now I found the time to answer to it properly. she liked the crochet Rose  pattern and asked me how to make a leaf and the spiral too.

 

 

I decided just for the matter of filing later, to split the instructions in 2, being the first the instructions on how I make the leaves.

I must let you know hat in case you are just a beginner you might  find Annie’s Attic  instructions really handy

Crochet Leaf:

material
any kind of yarn
a crochet hook compatible to the yarn you are using

Abbreviations
chain stitch= ch
slip stitch= sl
single crochet=sc
half double crochet= hdc
double crochet=dc
treble or triple crochet=tc

Directions
Start with 13 chains.
Row 1 – turn your work, make 1 more chain an in the second ch from hook make a sc,*1 hdc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 chains, 1 tc in the next ch -which will be your 7th chain- 1dc in each of the next 2 chs, 1 hdc in each of your 2 next chains, 1 sc 1ch *and turn your work, do the same stitches you did in the previous row.
Row 2– 1sc in each of the next 2 ch and repeat from *to* . In case you want a “firmer” leaf, do one sl in each chain at the back of the initial chain, in its center,  it will make the leaf looks even more realistic.  I particularly like it.
Fasten off. Make a few and sew the cork/spiral adornment. This pattern is coming soon.

Hope you liked it,

Take care,

Drikka.