WIPs in May

It seems that having WIP reports are useful to keep myself motivated to complete my projects and not to start new ones. I have decided, that I will finish at least two before I start a new one. One project at one time just doesn't work for me, because I lose my interest very easily.
So I showed you four WIPs a week ago.

1. My granny square bag is almost halway ready. I need 16 squares plus handles, now I have 8 squares.
Oh so yummie colors! At first I wasn't sure about my yarn choice because I don't like the purple shades there, but I started to like it!

2. My improvised summer sweater now looks like a sweater! Yay!

3. I have nothing to tell about the knitted blankie, I made no new stitches there... too much WIPs at one time... huhh...

4. I have great news about my owl project! Now I am showing just a peak, because there is an upcoming post in my schedule to uncover my first fabric painting. It was an interesting experience in painting! 

Wish you happy creating!

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Too much WIPs

It seems that my craft projects get over with my organizing skills. I have already bet that I wouldn't have that much projects at one time, but I just couldn't be not me. On the other side these days I learnt a lot about my crafts. 
Do you remember to my big crochet circle? I started to unravel it, because after eating 600 yards of DK weight yarn it hasn't reached the desired measurements. The other thing why I wasn't satisfied with it, that I didn't like batik yarn crocheted on this way. Anyway I have to tell, that it wasn't an easy decision to stop, but who likes unravelling that much work... Now I started a very simple crochet bag using granny squares. My idea of turning a big circle into a bag is still live in my mind, but I have to find a thicker yarn to make it.
batik granny squares

batik granny squares

On Sunday I started something wearable for me. It will me a little sweater for the hot summer days. I don't follow any pattern. I hope that I won't regret my yarn choice. I am using Catania, which I haven't used before for wearables nor knitting. Have you ever knitted something wearable with mercerized cotton? Do you think is it good for clothes?
Catania sweater

The third fiber work I am on is a little blanket /or a big pillowcase/ to use up a few skeins from my stash. I don't know how many squares I can knit with these skeins, I hope they will be enough for a small blanket. If not, it will be perfect for a pillowcase.

I am still working on those handpainted pillows. I designed an owl stencil. Finally I made a very simple pattern, that seems enough easy to brush along, but still cute. I can't wait to show you the finished owl pillow!
Here are some peaks:
owl stencil

owl stencil
Yes, it will be a huge owl! It measures 20".

Wish you happy creating!

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Crochet Frog Applique {pattern}

Crochet Frog Applique free pattern
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A few months ago my cousin sent me a picture from a pair of baby shoes with frog applique, that she wanted for Lili. I made a quick google search for a pattern, but didn't find any. So I tried to figure out how to crochet the applique.
I must confess, that the shoes are still not ready, because the first try turned out too small for Lili's feet. And now as she is learning to walk, she needs for professional shoes. So I will use these frogs later for another project. If you have any tip what should I make with them, share with me!

- a few yards of DK weight yarn (or any weight by your choice) in green, white and red

Tools & notions:
- G / 4.00 mm hook
- safety eyes
- needles


The Head
Chain 4.
R1 Ch2, make 1hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. Hdc 1 in next 3 sts. In last (corner) st make 4 hdc's. On the back side of the beginning ch-4 make 1 hdc in next 3 sts, make 2 sts in last st. Join to the top of the beg ch2 with a sl st.
R2 Ch2, make 1 hdc in same place. 1hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next 3 sts, 1hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next 2 sts. Join to the top of the beg ch2 with a sl st.
R3 Ch1. In next st make: 1sc, 2hdc, 1sc. Sl st in next 2 sts. Next st make: 1sc, 2hdc, 1sc. Sl st around to the first st.

Magic ring. Ch3 and make 11 dc's in the ring. Join with a sl st to the top of the beg ch-3.

Emroider the mouth with red yarn. Sew on the eyes placing the safety eyes into the middle of the white circles.

Happy crocheting!

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