Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Little Crochet Princess

It is hat and scarf weather here in New Zealand! The other night Holland helped her Daddy pull a carrot out of the garden...a rather large carrot! :)
Holland now has her very own "Sydnee Rose Hat" from my crochet princess collection. My husband loved how well she looked in it and insisted I make one for her too. (The original hat was designed for a friend's daughter.)
I found some lovely rose-coloured yarn to make Holland's in. I am planning to design a coordinating sweater set ("jersey" as Kiwi's say) to go with this hat.
Opa & Oma from the Netherlands will be here to visit us in a couple days. Holland will have to take good care of Oma, as we hear she has twisted her ankle. Poor Oma!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Slipper Swap

I was recently invited to join a slipper swap group on Ravelry. I suppose it's because I have quite a few slipper patterns and they think I like to make slippers! :)
It's quite a neat idea really...I'll be given the name, address, shoe size, favorite color, etc. of a random person from the group to make a pair of crocheted slippers for. My name will be given to another random member of the group...so I'll never know who will be making slippers for me, or when they might arrive on my door step!
I may come up with a new slipper design for this and name them..."The Slipper Swap Slippers" or something. :)
Today I finally made the adult version of my flower petal mary janes. It's gotten a little chilly in NZ and these will keep my toes nice and warm!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Little Mischief

I'm very happy to report that my lost crochet hook has finally been found by my husband--now I need to think of a reward for him. :) Holland has learned recently how to put things in the garbage and although the hook didn't quite make it into the garbage (thankfully!), it was found very close by! It must be a phase. She is having fun taking clothes out of drawers and trying to put them back in. This morning, as I was working on the soles for some custom daisy baby flip flops, she almost put one in my morning coffee cup! Fortunately, I caught it in time before it fell in! Her daddy calls her "Little Mischief!" and the name fits!
Soon her Opa and Oma from the Netherlands will be here to visit us. They haven't seen Holland in 7 months, so we are looking forward to the reunion. I've been requested to make some slippers for Oma before she comes...luckily I have that favorite crochet hook of mine now to make them!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lost: Favorite Crochet Hook! Reward!

I lost my favorite crochet hook last night. It is a blue "Boye" F hook with most of the paint worn off. It was given to me by my sister, Laurie, when I was about 10 years old and I've been using it ever since. I let Holland play with it last night for a few minutes, along with some leftover yarn and now I cannot find it! It is no doubt around the house somewhere, but I haven't discovered its hiding place yet!
Today I began making some of my knit-look fingerless gloves in black for my friend, Ann. I wanted to use my missing F hook for this...but had to use a substitute hook which is unmarked...maybe an F or G hook...and it too has a story behind it! It was given to me by my grandfather! He died when I was 8 years old and I didn't know him very well, but I do have this particular memory. One day when we were visiting, he took a double-ended hook that my grandma had and cut it in half so both my sister and I could have a hook to crochet with. Aren't Grandpas just the best! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

Holland took me out to dinner last night for Mother's day. We went to a local American wild west themed restaurant called Stampede. www.stampede.co.nz We had a lovely time and finished our evening by sharing a chocolate mud cake called the "Western Sweatheart." It's always nice to end the day with chocolate! :)
A friend of mine (you know who you are...Janis!) recently told me I'm old because my ravelry profile says I've been crocheting for 27 years! Nevermind that I was practically born with a crochet hook in my hand! :)
Holland will be doing some modeling for me later today...will post pics and new pattern on Etsy soon thereafter...

Here it is...the Sarah Elizabeth Scarf. One review so far, according to Sarah's mom: "WOW WOW WOW that is stunning, I love it!!!!"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This is our neighbour kitty, Possum. He just loves Holland. In this photo he was begging to come in (or for Holland to come outside and play with him.)
We are teaching our daughter both English and Dutch, and "cat" in both languages sounds very similar...but at the moment, all she knows is this is a "possum."
In these pics, Holland is modeling the "Sarah Elizabeth Hat" which is part of my Crochet Princess Collection. The coordinating "Sarah Elizabeth Scarf" will soon follow...