Big Bang Theory Amigurumi Patterns

Für Häkelfreunde, die auch Amigurumi UND The Big Bang Theory lieben, gibt es nun Amigurumi Anleitungen kostenlos. A[mi]dorable crochet hat die Anleitungen hier auf ihrem Blog gepostet. Es gibt sie für alle Hauptcharaktere, häkelt alle oder nur eure Lieblingsfigur.


For people who love crochet, amigurumi AND The Big Bang Theory there are some adorable amigurumi patterns for free available. A[mi]dorable crochet offers them on her blog here. Crochet all the TBBT characters for a fun display.


Crafty Tuesday – Blanket crochet along part 1

Unser Crochetalong wird langsam. Zumindest bei mir, denn Nina mußte erst noch eine Kuscheldecke fertigmachen und hat gerade mit Teil 2 angefangen. Ich habe schon beinahe Teil 2 fertig. Teil 1 seht ihr hier schon mal. Die Farben gefallen mir gut, eine richtige Winterdecke. Übrigens könnt ihr das Projekt auch hier auf Ravelry verfolgen –> Blanket Crochet Along oder bei -> Instagram.


Our crochet along is coming along nicely At least mine is; Nina had to finish a very cuddly blanket first and is starting with part 2 now. I am almost done with part 2. Here you can see part 1 already. I really like the colors, it’s going to be a nice winter blanket. By the way, you can also follow my project here on Ravelry –> Blanket Crochet Along or on -> Instagram.

Crochetalong Teil 1


New crochet project–a crochet along blanket

Nachdem ich Nina von Cherish Each Day ein gemeinsames Häkelprojekt vorgeschlagen hatte, kam sie sofort mit einer Idee. Eine hübsche Babydecke, die man natürlich auch größer machen kann. Der sogenannte crochet along wird von organisiert und fand schon letztes Jahr statt, aber das heißt ja nicht, daß man nicht nachhäkeln kann.

Zuerst hatte ich geplant, Wolle zu verwenden, die ich schon habe, aber Nina ging unmittelbar nach Projektbeschluss einkaufen – etwas übermotoviert, wenn ihr mich fragt -, und da kann ich nicht nachstehen. Jetzt werde ich wohl auch neues Garn kaufen müssen. Ach, welche Mühsal!

Bei dem Tempo wird Nina wahrscheinlich schon zu zwei Dritteln fertig sein, bevor ich überhaupt angefangen habe.


After I suggested a project together Nina from Cherish each day has found a super lovely baby blanket (which can be made bigger and thus turned into a regular one). The crochet along which is hosted by already took place last year, but this is no reason not to play, is it?

At first I was going to use some yarn that I already have in the house, but then Nina has to go along and buy some for herself on the very day we decided to do this project – talk about over enthusiastic! Anyway, now I am forced to come up with some new yarn as well (oh, the hardship) and will go to the creative market tomorrow to have a look around. Probably, by the time I start crocheting, Nina will already have 2 or 3 parts done, haha. We’ll see!


Crafty Tuesday–Guerilla Crocheting


No crafts project from me this week, but a fun thing I saw this morning on the way to work. I was so enthusiastic about it that I had to park my car, walk back to the corner and take a couple of pictures. Isn’t that the cutest thing ever? Decorating a few boring traffic bollards with crochet? I feel some adventurous spirit coming on! There are plenty of those plain bollards around…

Guerilla crocheting

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Crafty Tuesday–crochet scarf


Exactly two years ago, in March 2011, I started crocheting a stole. You can see the progress of it here – that was at a time when I was still optimistic I would EVER finish that thing. However, it was not meant to be, and about a year later I unravelled the little I had. One of my problems was that it started out small and got wider and wider and every row took longer and longer until I saw no end of it – and started something else: a pet project of mine, a scarf.

Everybody knows I love DROPS. I found this great pattern for a crochet scarf at their website and started crocheting. Meanwhile the scarf has reached the impressive length of 20 cm. The photo of the scarf looks much darker than the yarn, but it starts out rather dark (inside of skein) and gets lighter (and more purple). Fun to work with. It is called “Bauerngarten” (Farmer’s garden) and is from the shop 100 Farbspiele.

Crochet scarf "Farmer's Garden"

It is really easy to make and I am determined to finish it this year (I can hear some of you laugh out loud now). Cross your fingers!

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Crafty Tuesday: Spiral Mesh Bag

After reviewing the “Crochet One-Skein Wonders” book I thought I need to put my money where my mouth is and actually create something from that book. As I am a sucker for bags of any kind I decided to go for a so called Spiral Mesh Bag. It is for medium weight yarn and the pattern calls for 113g of it. Our skeins are usually 50g and I had two of the one I wanted to use and in the end I ran out and had to finish the bottom with another one. This might also have to do with the fact that I never much care for the gauge with such projects, I just start crocheting and see where it takes me. Anyway, I ended up with the lower part of the bag in another colour and the whole thing also is a bit smaller than in the pattern, but I am happy with it.

Spiral Mesh Bag

At first I didn’t twig at all what I was doing, but just followed the instructions until I realized I was working from the strap down. This was a really quick project (it took me a few days because I only crocheted a little every evening), and easy on top of that. There are only single and half double crochet stitches involved, and two different stitches, a linen stitch and a mesh stitch. You can see where I ran out of purple yarn and had to finish off with grey, but it looks ok to me. I can always say it was intentional.

Have you done anything crafty lately? Let me know, I am always looking for inspiration.

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Crochet One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

Cover Crochet One-skein Wonders by Judith Durant

Crochet one skein wonders is a great book for projects and ideas for experienced crocheters. Every project uses 100g yarn or less, so none of them is overwhelming or too time consuming.

The projects are sorted by yarn weight starting from thread to heavy weight with everything in between. If you feel like a quick project, just look in your stash what you have got at home and then look up a project for that type of yarn – very convenient. They range from scarves and cowls to doll clothes, baby caps or shoes, jewellery and bags to mittens and gloves. The style varies and I am sure everybody will find something they will like.

At the end there is a list of abbreviations commonly used in stitching instructions  as well as a symbol key in order to understand the charts. A guide to yarn weights and a glossary complete the book. The glossary consists of short instructions on how to crochet the various stitches and comes with a few illustrations.

All instructions are clear and easy to follow. As a bonus for non-American readers all measurements are given in cm as well as inches, which is a great help. I already went through my stash and chose a spiral mesh bag as my first project. I admit I am slow, but but will post my progress here on Crafty Tuesday.

All in all for crocheters this is a really nice book with lots of ideas to choose from, and they are all do-able with what we have at home already without additional expense. All of us have a leftover skein lying around somewhere. Let’s put it to good use!

Product info and buy link :


Title Crochet One-Skein Wonders
Author Judith Durant (editor)
Publisher Storey Publishing
ISBN 9781612120423
I got this book from Storey Punlishing via Netgalley
Buy link Buy Crochet one-skein wonders

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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In my mailbox


This week is exciting because I finally got a book that was recommended to me by a fellow blogger whose taste in mysteries is QUITE different from mine. Plus, I am planning to– hoping for – dreaming about getting back into crochet.

I swapped

Started early, took my dog by Kate Atkinson
Elena will be so pleased (with herself) that I got this. I love the cover and the title, we will see how the rest goes. 

For review

Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World by Judith Durant. One skein is do-able, right?

Cover Started early, took my dog by Kate AtkinsonCover Crochet One-skein Wonders by Judith Durant

What was in YOUR mailbox recently? 


Crafty Tuesday: Beading with crochet flowers

Crafty Tuesday


Finally I finished my second crochet flower necklace. The first one had rather small crochet flowers and this time I wanted to do something slightly bigger. I already made the flowers in November and now finally I finished the necklace.

I still have flowers and matching beads left, but am not sure yet, what to do with them. Any ideas?


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Needlework Tuesday: Crochet flowers

The last weeks’ productivity was extremely low. I only finished making the crochet flowers for my next necklace. I will use grey and light blue and the number of flowers should be enough for quite a long necklace. Maybe next week I will be able to show you the finished piece.

Crochet flowers

Also I got this book from the library:

Zauberhafte Häkelblumen

It looks a bit old fashioned (it is from 1998, but the design looks more like 70s to me) and I am not really interested in creating crochet flowers for home decor. But there are quite a few nice ideas in there for “flat” flowers that I could use in necklaces or even in 100% crochet bracelets. That would be quite cool, I think.

The book also mentions a technique called “Hairpin-Lace” (German: Gabelhäkeln) which I had never heard of before. Has anyone of you used that technique? It looks a bit complicated or rather fiddly. I’d love to get some opinions before I start yet another new project.

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Needlework Tuesday: Crochet flower necklace

I am all into combining crochet and beading at the moment. When the last two weeks it was about crochet with wire this week I am combining crochet flowers with beading. I crocheted the little flowers and then threaded them onto wire with a larger bead in the middle of the flower and smaller beds between the flowers. The instructions said to sew the middle bead onto the flower but I chose not to because I found it easier that way (and I could skip the sewing). For threading the flowers on the wire I had to use a needle since the wire was too  elastic to go through the yarn just so.

My next necklace is already in the making. It will be longer with larger five petal flowers in black, grey and light blue.

Crochet flower necklace

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Needlework Tuesday: Crochet wire necklace

After the red and black necklace from last week I made another one with a slightly different technique. This one consists of three different strands that are twisted together at both ends, whereas the first one was one long strand that was “folded up”. The advantage of the first one: there is no fiddling to twist and get the strands together. The advantage of the second one: you can add beads along the way if you notice you haven’t started out with enough.

Crochet wire necklace

Last week Tami asked for instructions. I found two which are quite helpful:

Basically what you do is you thread the beads and then start stitching chains and always push one bead to the hook and add it to your chain stitch. It sounds and looks more complicated than it is.

    The easy way is to do it like this (sorry for the more than simple looking image):wire_necklace
    All you need to make sure is that you have enough beads threaded to last for the intended length of the necklace. You crochet the whole length in one go and “fold” the strands in the required length and keep them in place with a safety pin on both ends. When you finish you just clasp the ends of all strands and put them on two jump rings and attach a fastener. That’s it!

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Needlework Tuesday: Crochet necklace

This week I tried out a crochet technique to create necklaces. It’s not one of those tight crochet bead necklaces that you need a lot of patience for, but the easy, quick kind. I got this little book from the library that teaches you various techniques and this one here is as easy as one, two, three.

All you need is wire, a crochet hook, small beads and the knowledge how to crochet chain stitches. That is all there is to it!

Crochet necklace

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Needlework Tuesday: Crochet basket

OK, I decided to stop working on the crochet socks. Why? Well, first of all, crocheting socks is dead boring. By the time I got to the heel I was already fed up with it. Second, I was not looking forward to doing ANOTHER sock after the first one. I just hate doing the same thing twice with the same yarn. So, no homemade crochet socks for me.

Instead I looked around and found a super easy pattern for a little notions bowl at Ravelry. You can also find the pattern directly at Barb’s patterns if you are no Ravelry member. I use the bowl for small jewellery items and think it’s pretty cute, especially with that purple-cream yarn.


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Week on the web #1


Another new feature on my blog…. I usually display interesting posts and articles and such (at least interesting to me) in my sidebar under “What others are talking about”. In order to give them a bit more exposure I decided to list them in a weekly post called “week on the web”. Here we go…


The crochet stitch bible by Betty Barnden

crochet_bible Blurb:

Author Betty Barnden shared her knowledge of needlecraft design with embroiderers in The Embroidery Stitch Bible–now she uses her expertise as a hand-knitter to bring readers The Crochet Stitch Bible. This is the book crochet enthusiasts have been waiting for. Hundreds of traditional and contemporary stitches are photographed and accompanied by detailed charts in this essential illustrated reference.



In a nutshell:

I liked it:  x  Yes      No      So so

For people who like: crochet, obviously.

My thoughts: 

This is a must have for every crochet lover who wants to know more stitches than just single crochet row after row after row. It is very clearly structured and easy to use.

In the beginning, there is a short history of crochet (something no crochet books can do without seemingly), an explanation of various stitches and a few instructions on, for example, how to change colors or sew separate pieces together.

I particularly liked that all stitch patterns are shown in small thumbnails on a few pages at first to quickly flick through. Then, on the according page you find the pattern explained in detail accompanied by a symbol chart (which I always prefer).

The pattern categories cover the whole range from basic, filet, lace, trim, puff stitches to Tunisian crochet, and many more. It also offers patterns for various shapes, like clover, triangle, ammonite or Celtic octagon. If you can’t find a stitch pattern in this book, you are a hopeless case.

Product info and buy link :

Title The crochet stitch bible
Author Betty Barnden
Publisher Krause Publications
ISBN 978-0873497176
I got this book from the library
Buy link Buy The Crochet Stitch Bible
More info The buy link to Amazon also lets you look inside


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.


Needlework Tuesday: Socks and necklaces


Two projects are on my agenda for the near future.

1. Crochet socks.

I have never crocheted socks before and am curious. I like the idea of homemade socks, but – as you probably know by now – I hate knitting in general, knitting with five needles is even worse. Crochet is a good alternative, but crocheted socks are not good for wearing outside. However, they might be a nice and cute accessory for lounging at home during winter.

I am using the yarn from my post from two weeks ago, but haven’t got much to show yet.

2. Crochet and beads necklace.

I found those earrings made from ribbon and pearls that are crocheted together. Normally I don’t do any delicate crochet anymore, but I sort of liked that combo of ribbon and beads. I wouldn’t wear earrings, but the piece might also make a nice pendant, don’t you think? Attach it to a not too long ribbon and you’re done!

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Needlework Tuesday: Stitch ‘n bitch Crochet – The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller


Lacy, sexy summer tops. Chic, cozy sweaters. Chunky, funky hats and colorfully crafty afghans—it all starts with the single, simple act of wrapping a hook around a strand of yarn. Then come the stitches, the flourishes, the unlimited creativity. Stylish, cheeky in tone, chock-full of information and inspiration, this is the indispensable guide. Learn the skills. Speak the lingo. Make the stuff. And give old granny square a chance.

In a nutshell:

I liked it:  x  Yes       No

For people who like: crochet, especially beginners

My thoughts: 

If you are a beginning crocheter this is the perfect book for you. It explains all stitches in detail. In fact, it is the only crochet book I have ever come across that explains where exactly to put your needle and which strand(s) to pick up.  It talks about tools, different kinds of yarn and techniques. It shows you how to crochet buttons and button holes, adding tassels, making pompons and how to finish your work with easy to follow instructions and clear illustrations.

The second part is a number of projects and patterns. Scarves, bags, tops, hats and caps, blazers and jackets, it is all there. There is one jacket in particular by Suzanne Kats called FrouFrou which looks absolutely stunning. I’d love to have that (but am probably too impatient to make).

There are patterns for everyone, beginners as well as experienced crocheters. It is such fun browsing through this book or even read it from cover to cover in one go.

Highly recommended!

Product info and buy link :

Title Stitch ‘n bitch crochet: The Happy Hooker
Author Debbie Stoller
Publisher Workman Publishing Company
ISBN 978-0761139850
I got this book from the library because I love crochet
Buy link Buy Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Needlework Tuesday: A busy week

This was a busy week, not in terms of actually *creating* something, but in possibilities.

With my leftover yarn from my various projects in the past I started making small Granny squares for something (haven’t decided what exactly, but that is typical me). Admittedly I haven’t got very far, but I’m optimistic that I will have finished something by the end of the decade.


Then I went to the library and looked around for books on crochet and amigurumi. Heather’s post about the yummy’ gurumi made me curious. Those little animals on the book covers are not something I am particularly interested in. I am more for the foodie stuff or possibly the zombies and ninjas, but those animals will give me a general idea of how to do it.



I got a few other books about home projects, bags and one book that looks very interesting. I particularly like the title “The Happy Hooker”. The German title is not nearly as exciting.

 einfach_haekeln taschen happy_hooker 


And at my local craft shop I found some nice yarn on sale. I love the shades of purple. Not sure what I will use it for (are you surprised? Not really!), but it will keep.



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Needlework Tuesday: Mass production

Since my crocheted netbook cover turned out so well I decided to go into mass production of various pouches.  After I made a small lime pouch for some math flash cards for one of my sons he wanted one for his Yu-Gi-Oh cards (the black one). Then his friend saw it and asked whether he could have one for his Harry Potter cards (the red one, this is NOT pink!).


Then I made a fluffy cream and very light pink cell phone cover, which turned out a bit too big, but my cell will have to put up with it. Can it get more girly than that?cell_cover


Those little projects are such fun, quickly finished and I get the feeling I got something accomplished. Love them!


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Needlework Tuesday: Netbook Cover

It’s been a while since my last Needlework Tuesday post. My wrap is lying in its basket, not even half finished, waiting for me to continue. I’m sure you know how it is.

However, last week I got a new toy to play with. It’s a cute, little netbook and it needed a cover badly. Why not make one myself? First I thought about sewing one and had a look around for instructions. At Tipnut I came across a variety of patterns, among them some for crochet. I changed my mind quickly and decided to crochet instead of sewing one.

I more or less used the pattern for this cover at Roses n Lilies. Just that I added a flap to mine so I could close the cover with a button. And I changed it a tiny bit at the beginning. I added 2 chains after the first row of single crochet on both sides to make the curve a bit rounder.


I already had the yarn at home, it wouldn’t have been my first choice as far as the color combo is concerned, but I wanted to use what I already had. I used two strands (one purple, one lime) at the same time. The yarn originally needed a 3.5 hook and I used a 5 which gave it a very sturdy, firm feel and a very snug fit.


I found another kind of cover, more the envelope type with a more elaborate pattern at On Hooks & Needles. It looks a bit loose in my eyes, but that could easily be adjusted. I might give that one a try, too.

This project is so easy, you can’t go wrong with it. Perfect for beginners and great to try out all sorts of color combos. I can already picture myself creating a number of mobile phone sleeves as well (and use leftover yarn in the process).


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Needlework Tuesday: Stole progress

I can’t really say I have made much progress with my “Farmer’s Garden” stole. But by now at least one can see the gradient in the yarn, so I thought I’d show you a few pictures of that. I can’t wait to see what the finished piece will look like. It’ll be some time, though. I am slow, slow, slow.

It goes from this…


to this…


to this…(so far)


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Needlework Tuesday: Crochet stole “Farmer’s garden”

After my scarf I finally started my new project, a stole. The pattern is from DROPS Design. The yarn is another one from 100Farbspiele. It is called “Bauerngarten” (farmer’s garden). Unfortunately I haven’t got a picture of it, but there is an image of a finished stole on their blog (not the one I am making though).


The yarn is wonderfully hand dyed with a gradient, so the colors change and the best thing is you never have to start a new skein. I love it, since I am lazy and don’t like to sew up all those little threads. I don’t know whether you can see it in the next picture but the color already started to change a bit. It goes from very dark purple to slightly green now with one thread of dark green in it.


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