Hello Spring!

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Being a child of Spring, to celebrate this beautiful season here on this blog is a must… and such a pleasure! Sooooo…. here’s a few things that filled my heart with joy the past few days… Enjoy! 🙂

 


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 Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins 

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
 When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
 Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
 Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
 The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
 The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
 The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
 With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
 A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
 In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
 Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
 Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
 Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

(Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose)

 
 

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Have a beautiful Spring, dear friends!

With lots of love,

Petra xoxo

 

Livin’ La Vida Boho

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Hi friends. How are you doing?

Over here, in my world, I am living ‘la vida boho’ (haha).

I am not really sure why and how it happened to me, but for some reason I realized that the so called bohemian style is what i want to dive into these days. So I went in, head first.

As I realized, the ocean of boho style is incredibly deep and beautiful… and mesmerizing… and soul-nourishing… and energy recharging. Oh the colors, the warmth, the cheerfulness, the richness of the textures, the comfort it brings… everything about it appeals to me IMMENSELY. Right now I am in the state where I just want to ‘bohemian-ize’ everything around me… (in case you come near, you’ve been warned)… . To outline the vision, I might as well call this year THE YEAR OF BOHO, building colorful happy shields whenever and wherever possible.

Anyways, learning how to channel this style, I have a few projects in works these days. I cannot wait to show them to you once they are fully finished (they even involve pictures I made… I know… what?). Until then, I thought I could just introduce to you a few parts of my fast growing boho collection…

 
 

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These are just a few of my favorites. Seeing this, my heart is singing happy songs!

 
 

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Somewhere along the way I got this idea of placing crocheted items on the pictures I make. And that idea has put me in a state of complete and utter THRILL :).

Well, yes, I realized that I had been searching for a different way to display my crocheted pieces for such a long time but did not really know how… and now I found the way. Yippee! The possibilities are endless and I see this as a very long and amazing journey for me. Will you join me? 🙂

 
 

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To display my crocheted items, I’ve made a few backgrounds – painted and decoupaged. The background above is a decoupage (paper cutouts glued onto paper). This was my first try at this craft and I loved it!!! So amazing and relaxing!

 
 

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Then the crocheted pieces and some charms join the game and the picture will soon be ready for you to see (stay tuned).

 
 

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Speaking of charms… Hello my darling ones!! 🙂 You complete my life!

 
 

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This is a sneak peek of my other project. There are feathers and some really powerful words involved – this picture has a mission. Soon all will be revealed in more detail.

 
 

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Here’s a detail of the corner, I am still playing with different ideas and placements before it’s really finished. I was thinking – can you ever go over the top in the bohemian style? 🙂

Well, all in all, this is just the game that I need now. Gimme those embellishments!!! 🙂

 
 

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I hope you enjoyed this little boho extravaganza. Will be back with more soon!

Take care!

With lots of love,
Petra xoxo

 

Crochet Guardian Archangels

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Hi dear friends!

I hope you are doing fine and that life is treating you well.

Today I have some sweet news for you – my crochet angels have been finished and are ready to meet you…

The long story short, I have been making crochet guardian angels recently. And not just any angels – they are archangels. The archangels of four directions – Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. And they are here to protect.

 
 

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These four wonderful beings are believed to send help and protection if imagined or placed in four corners surrounding the space you wish to protect.

Uriel is the Guardian of North, Raphael of East, Gabriel of West and Michael of South.

 
 

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The angels are believed to prevent our Light from being depleted or diminished and protect us from all harm and lower vibrational forces and energies.

 
 

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They are now protecting my home and I made some more to fly to those of you who wish to welcome them in their homes too.

 
 

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Love these so much.

 
 

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I could not resist and embellished them with some glitter. Yay!

 
 

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I created three different packages, depending on the colors of the angels.

The first package includes a pink, green, violet and blue angel. You can find it here.

 
 

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The second package has a pink, yellow, violet and blue angel. You can find it here.

 
 

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And the third package has four white angels. You can find it here.

 
 

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Sending love ♡♡♡

Petra

(P.S.: I am planning to put together a pattern and tutorial on how to make these angels – stay tuned.)

 

The Easiest Knit Pullover (Made In One Piece)

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Hi friends!

Today I am so happy to present to you my newest creation which I so moderately called ‘The Easiest Knit Pullover’. Ha!

But, you know, making this pullover is really just… EASY! For all of you who are a little hesitant to start a knit pullover because of all the sewing involved and all the parts that need to be made and assembled somehow, I would suggest this project as a perfect way to start.

 
 

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Because… all you need to do to produce a pretty decent piece of garment is to just basically knit a cross. A cross with a head opening in the center. All made in one piece.

Easy, right?

 
 

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Then you just fold it in half and sew it together. And yes, there’s so very little sewing required… there are in fact just two seams – the left side of the pullover plus the bottom part of the left sleeve and then the right side of the pullover along with the bottom part of the right sleeve.

 
 

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In addition, the patterns you can use are absolutely up to you, starting with the basic garter stitch in which every row is knit … going whichever knit-stitch way you choose, anything you fancy really.

 
 

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Such a rewarding project indeed.

 

Tutorial:

If you’d like to try to make something similar, then you are welcome to use the following steps as a guide.

The pullover described below is a baby size one, I made it for my 22 months old son.

The chest part is 13 3/4 inches (35 cm) wide, the sleeve is 9 3/4 inches (25 cm) long (unfolded) and the whole length of the pullover 14 inches (36 cm).

To knit it, I used bulky weight yarn (# 5) and 8 mm knitting needles (for larger pullovers I recommend using circular needles).

Gauge: 14 stitches x 27 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm).

 

The pattern is very easily adjustable to any size you need.

 

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Step 1: Cast on the desired number of stitches (I cast on 50 stitches).

Knit up to where you want the sleeve to start (I knitted 60 rows).

 
 

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Step 2: Cut off the yarn (I leave the tails quite long and use them to sew the seams in the end).

 
 

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Step 3: With new yarn, start the right sleeve – with all your stitches on your left-hand needle, cast on a sufficient number of stitches on your right-hand needle (I cast on 35, the sleeve was then long enough to be folded even).

 
 

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Step 4: Then continue to knit the stitches from your left-hand needle.

 
 

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Step 5: Until they have all been knitted.

 
 

minimal number of seams, only two actually - left side and bottom part of an arm and then the right side along with the bottom side of the arm

Step 6: Then continue to cast on stitches on your right-hand needle to start the left sleeve. Cast on the same number of stitches as you have cast for the right sleeve.

 
 

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Step 7: Continue to make enough rows to make the front part of the sleeves (I knitted 40 rows).

 
 

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Step 8: Choose a sufficient number of stitches to form the head opening, then bind of this number of stitches in the central part of your work, while knitting your row (I bound off 22 stitches).

 
 

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Step 9: After binding off the stitches, continue to knit all stitches from your left-hand needle.

 
 

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Step 10: In following row, cast on the same number of stitches as you’ve bound of in the previous row. This way you will ‘close’ the head opening.

 
 

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Step 11: Then knit all the remaining stitches on your left-hand needle.

 
 

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Step 12: Continue knitting, making enough rows to make the back part of the sleeves (40 in my case).

 
 

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Step 13: With all your stitches on the left-hand needle, bind off the number of stitches that make the right arm.

 
 

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Step 14: Then knit all stitches that form the main part of your pullover (the number of stitches you’ve started your pullover with; 50 in my case).

 
 

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Step 15: Then bind off all the remaining stitches on your left-hand needle (which is the same number of stitches that form the left arm; 35 in my case).

Cut off the yarn.

 
 

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Step 16: With new yarn, knit the main back part of your pullover.

 
 

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Step 17: Bind off.

 
 

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Step 18: And finally, to finish your pullover, fold it in half with the head opening placed at the top, and sew together the sides of the pullover and the bottom parts of the sleeves.

 

And that’s it!

Wasn’t it easy?

What do you think?

 
 

And here’s a little roundup for you, all steps in one place:

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Happy knitting!

With love,

Petra xoxo

 

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