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"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 23 March 2018

Forget-me-not cross stitch picture

I want to present you my new cross stitch pattern, assembled from a timeworn Berlin woolwork hand painted design, and some very old alphabets.

Often antique  embroidery charts for alphabets don’t contain the letter J or W, so I created my own with the V as the sample. The poem is an American classic, written by Emily Bruce Roelofson in the late 1800’s. I learned this poem as a child, and always thought about it when I see those sweet, small blue forget-me-nots. I actually brought some roots along with me when I moved houses some years ago, and they have well adapted to their new home and spread prettily everywhere. 

Maybe it’s the long winter with constant snow since November that makes me think and yearn for spring, and the all the little surprises that are resting and preparing to bloom for me as soon as the snow melts and the sun touches the earth bringing back life, and colour into the garden.

The inspiration behind the pattern

Original Berlin woolwork pattern signed 'Bruno Boner in Berlin'

The finished pattern is available here:

The pattern file includes an alphabet so you can personalise your embroidery, and a small bonus chart: The flower posie found in the middle of the orignal design.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Super easy crochet Easter eggs - Free pattern

Easy crochet egg cover

This super easy crochet egg pattern is a simplified version of Priscilla Hewitt's Victorian egg ornament.

I whipped up 4 of them this sunday. It was cold ( -11 degrees ) in the morning, the sun was shining and it was a perfect day for doing a little craft project while listening to English traditional folk songs.


DMC cebelia size 20.
1.50 crochet hook
Embroidery needle
Sharp scissor
Ribbon of your choice
Egg ( real egg, or plastic )


- ch 4, join with a sl st to form ring.
- ch 3 ( this counts as your first dc ), then work 11 dc in the ring. Join to first dc with a sl st at the top of the first 3 ch.
- ch 4, attach  to the top of the fist dc, then (ch 3 and attach to next dc -do this x 10 more times). You now have 12 loops.
- ch 5, attach with sc into first loop, then (ch 4 and attach to next dc - do this x 10 more times). You now have 12 loops, and from now on you will stitch in the round so I suggest placing a stitch marker to help you remember when a new round starts.
- ch 5, attach with a sc into next loop, continue in the rounds about 9 times for a regular egg. If you have a larger, small egg this is the time when you can adjust the size by adding or removing rows. 
- ch 4, attach with sc into next loop - do this a total of x 12 times.
- ch 3, attach with sc into next loop - do this a total of x 12 times.
- End your crochet here by cutting a long tail, and passing it through the last crochet sc.
- Gently put your egg into your crochet work, weave the long tail into the top 12 loops, tighten and knot. 
- If you want to add a loop for hanging just make a chain with the extra thread. In the photos you can see the loop I made with with ch 40.
- Weave in all ends, and add a ribbon if you like.

A little stich marker helps to keep track of how many rounds you've made

Testing to see how many rounds I need to cover my little plastic eggs.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Winter wonderland, and a new knitting project - Vanilla scarf

View from above Holmestrand / Norway

This winter has been long, and cold for those of us living in Northern Europe. But oh, so beautiful !

With snow since November, and temperatures below zero for weeks on ends. We eagerly await spring, but also enjoy some stunning winter wonderland scenery.

Here are a couple pictures from a small walk I took near where we live, I was originally following deer tracks but the snow was a little deep and I got distracted by the beautiful view.


New Knitting project


A dear friend from the Uk recently sent me some beautiful sock wool, along with a suggesting for a pretty pair of socks. One skein is reserved for knitting lacy socks, but with the other I wanted to try something different. So I looked online for patterns that required only one skein of wool and found this lovely, and simple design by Annie Baker.

It uses simple stitches, and knits up quickly. The wool I’m using is a German wool/polyamid blend called Opal by Schafpate – colour: Kate

The recommended needle size is 2.5, so for the scarf I’m using a size 3 round knitting needles. I’m very curious to see how far one skein of wool will go, is it really enough for the scarf ?

I’ll keep you updated….

Pattern is available for free here: Vanilla Scarf 

PS: All recommendations are my own preference; I am not sponsored by the designer, websites, manufacturers.