Monday 28 November 2016

Ta-dah! My First African Flower Kitty!

I absolutely love the African Flower animals, and expanding my repertoire - and this week I got to make my first African Flower Kitty!

There was no HeidiBears cat pattern available (sadly), but Jo's Crocheteria helped me out with Luna the African Flower Cat

My talented mother dyed this stunning purple yarn - it almost glows! I am happy with the way it came out, although there are always things to do better next time :P 

The pattern was quite challenging to decipher, especially without any photos of what the body looked like without the hind legs attached. So, if you want to make this kitty for yourself, here's a legless picture to help you out! 

I ended up having to talk through the instructions with my mum who is much more spatially talented than me, but we got there in the end!

I made a few little changes - I added a mini African Flower triangle nose, some whiskers (just black cotton knotted on each side of the nose) and did something different for the eyes. Rather than the closed eyelashes specified in the pattern, I used Repeat Crafter Me's Black Cat Hat eye pattern! I do like an awake kitty better than a sleeping one ;)

It's now off to its new home, and I already have another order lined up! The rest of this week is going to be sanding down the WIP list - and next weekend we are off to Yass for a baby shower. I'm so excited!!! 

To finish, this is the most common cat angle we get to see around our house... :P

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Ta-Dah! Carousel CAL!

Ta-dah! Our Carousels come to an end! 

You can download the final Part Six of the Carousel Crochet-Along, designed by Sue Pinner and hosted by Stylecraft Yarns from the Stylecraft website NOW, in English (US and UK), German and Dutch.

Only one tip this week - you'll need about 40g/110m of yarn for the last row, so consider starting a new ball if you have less than that available in the ball you've already started. Enjoy finishing your masterpieces! 

I took lots of photos of my Batik DK and Special DK Carousels - I am so happy with the end product!


For the Special DK Carousel, I finished with a round of crab stitch (or reverse sc) instead of the edging pattern. 

And then I had some fun with my HeidiBears animals - it's Circus Time!

Thank you all so much for coming with us on this journey :) We hope we've helped smooth the way on your Carousel, and you enjoyed it as much as we did! 

Saturday 12 November 2016

Villigst Ghost on Tour

Hello Hello!

In May I made a amigurumi ghost as a prize in a raffle. The ghost was a huge hit and since then I have been asked to make many more! In return for a ghost I ask for a donation for the Ev. Studienwerk. You can read more about it in this blog post.

The ghost has its own hashtag: #geistreichmitvilligst and man, the little ghost has seen lots of the world already! To show you where the little one (in different crocheted bodies ;)) has traveled so far, I have collected the pictures and they will be shown below. Note: The pictures aren't mine - they were taken by the people who traveled with the ghost.

Villigster Geist on Tour - Stops

Stop 1: North Pole

 Picture by Martin H.

Stop 2: Norway

Picture by Martin H.

Stop 3: South Korea

Picture by Martin H.

Stop 4: Barcelona/Spain

Picture by Annika H.

Stop 5: Yale University/USA

Picture by Anca M.

Stop 6: Tummelhaus/Germany

Picture by Sofie M.

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Carousel CAL - Part 5

Nearly there! Our Carousel blankets are getting huge now :D Good for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but here in Australia summer is getting started, and working these gorgeous blankets is a bit hot!

Part Five of the Carousel Crochet-Along, designed by Sue Pinner and hosted by Stylecraft Yarns has just been posted, and is available to download NOW from the Stylecraft website, in English (US and UK), German and Dutch.

If you haven't set up a Ravelry project yet, the pattern page can be found here:  

We are working the CAL along with you all, and will post our tips and tricks for each part at the same time as the pattern is published over at the Stylecraft website. 

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments or on our Facebook page ( - we are here to help you. Anne is doing the German translations for the CAL again, so ask away in German too!

Part Five, the Ripple Border:

Our top tips for the Ripple Border are:

1. Colour charts! I've created them again for the Ripple Border to make the colour lists easier to read and follow. Download your required colour chart from these links:

NOTE: For each row, you follow the column down; so the first colour of row 1 is in the top left corner, the second colour is below, etc. 

2. Standing dc at the start of each round! 

3. Yes, it looks like a big gap when you skip stitches in round 1! But count and you'll see that you're only skipping two dc :) 

4. I did a different colour change method for each blanket - in the Batik I followed Sue's instructions to the letter, and in the Special DK I completed the last dc, and then changed colour. They sit slightly differently to each other; maybe do a test and see which you like better? 

We hope these tips help you! 

Check back here in two weeks on Tuesday 15 November for Part 6 - the Edging :D