Saturday, March 7, 2015

Crochet Pear Tutorial :)

I hadn't come around to hanging my Pirum Parum-poster by Fine Little Day in my new home yet, so when my new - PINK! :) - sofa arrived and I finally got around to it, I realized the two looked perfect together :) 

And suddenly I felt the strong urge... to crochet a pear!! 

Aren't they cute together? :) I used patterns I found online so this 'tutorial' will simply be a quick walkthrough of how I made the pear, linking to the patterns I've used. Give credit where credit is due, right?! ;)

Pear Pattern
I used this free pattern by June Gilbank on Planet June, which makes for a great pear-shaped plushie! :) Beware of round 5 though: for some reason I kept ending up with a few stitches too many, even on a retry. No idea if it was me or the pattern… but I eventually fixed it with an invisible decrease to end up with 18 stitches for rounds 6-9! Problem solved ;)

Yarn & hook size
By using a chunky grey yarn I had lying around (hook size 8) my pear ended up much bigger than the one in the tutorial - just the way I had planned :) So basically you can use any yarn and matching hook size you'd like to create a bigger or smaller pear. Note that if you decide to go for a bigger pear, you'll need to start stuffing your plushie a few rounds before the patterns tells you to, otherwise the hole will be too small to get the stuffing in properly!

Eyes & nose
For the eyes I used 8mm plastic safety eyes and for the nose a 15 mm plastic safety nose. Please note that the links refer to a random Etsy-shop to give you an example - I bought mine at a local shop ages ago so please search online or in your area where to find them in your country.

With a smaller yarn and hook size (I used a 3,5 mm hook with matching yarn):

Start with a Magic Circle
Round 1: Single crochet 6 times into the Magic Circle and join with a slip stitch to the first sc (6 st)
Round 2: 2 sc into every stitch from round 1 (12 st)
Join with a slip stitch to first stitch from round to and fasten off

Leave a long end of yarn to stitch the cheeks unto your pear. 

And last but not least… adding a Leaf
For the leaf I used this free pattern by Crochet with Raymond, and the same yarn and hook size (3,5mm) I used for the cheeks.


And there you have it!! Quite a simple little project really… with a very cute result :)

Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Corners

I am still so incredibly happy about my new home and the town that came with it! :) I keep discovering new streets, shops and restaurants - it's so much fun to explore a new city! I never expected to feel so at home here, but I do, and I'm very aware of how happy and thankful I am for that. These pictures I took the other day when I went for a stroll with a friend, on a beautiful sunny day with Spring in the air. I genuinely felt I was on some sort of city trip, looking at historical buildings and not knowing what would be around the next corner… then realized it was just a friday and I was 15 minutes away from home. Like I said: I'm loving it ;)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A January Walk (The 2015 Edition)

January flew by - as she always does. And despite the cold I still enjoy exploring my new hometown. This little stretch of woodland lies near my home, and I can cross it on my way to the supermarket. Not a bad way to get around, I can tell you ;) Last year, when I had my January Walk at the same place I had it the year before and the year before that, I would have never ever guessed to be where I am today. But I cannot begin to tell you how good it feels to break free of old habits, and be inspired by so many new things!

Now it's off to February we go - my least favorite month of the year… Even though it's short in days, it always feels so long, and I already crave for Spring. But I guess we should make the most of Winter while it lasts… So bring on the warm socks, hot tea and coziness, and we'll make it to March :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekend Snapshots

Just some snapshots I took over the last couple of weekends. Admiring a pretty leaf, finishing a little embroidery project I rediscovered during my move, visiting biodiversity center Naturalis in Leiden and saying hello to curious deer. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Exploring January

One of the coldest bike-rides of my life… but so glad I went exploring the woodlands near my new hometown last weekend! If it's this pretty in winter, I can't wait until spring :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Flow Diary

A new year means starting a new diary!! :) Just like last year I couldn't resist Flow Magazine's weekly notebook. This year's edition is illustrated by Rebecca Green and it's filled with lovely colors, patterns and drawings throughout.

You can get your own copy here.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

My Word of the Year 2015

Hey guys! Remember how I explained last year how I prefer choosing a Word of the Year over New Year's resolutions? I love the thought of a word bringing some kind of guidance throughout the year, helping me to set goals and make decisions in a certain spirit.

So my Word of the Year for 2013 was freedom, and last year I chose adventure. And boy, did I get more adventures than I bargained for in 2014… I basically saw my whole life fall apart, had to sell my home, switched jobs and moved to another town - all within 8 months time! It was a lot to deal with in one year, I can tell you that…

So 2014 left me in pieces - bummer. But there's nothing I can do about that anymore. Now I'm counting on 2015 to give me a chance to rediscover what makes me truly happy and pursue new paths. I'm in desperate need to retake control over my life, reset my goals and redefine who I am. And I would like to be as creative as I possibly can in the process.

So my word for 2015 is re-create, and I hope it will bring me inspiration and guidance.

Now let's go find out what 2015 has in store for us, shall we? :)