This lovely box has been with me since my last birthday (thank you Maryam!) but somehow I couldn’t find enough time to start working on it. Finally, two weeks ago enough was enough! On a Saturday afternoon, equipped with a cup of tea, I lift the lid carefully…
Despite a small size, the tin contains a lot of treasures: colourful sequins and beads, wavy yellow wool and even needles. Not to mention the doll itself and her ready to make mermaid outfit. Everything you need to finish this small project is there!
The instructions, with a photo for every step, are easy to follow so you don’t need to have any experience in crafts.
Possibly the only thing you need to add from yourself is a bit of patience. Sawing on the sequins takes some time because you need to put them on both sides. But it is up to you how many you go for so if you are very impatient, you can always cut some corners.
And if you want to go more creative, you can decorate her even further because the box contains more sequins and beads than you need!
My beautiful mermaid is now ready and, as you can see in the photo, she is quite happy. If I were still a child I think I would really love to play with her!
To develop my crochet skills, I decide to make a stuffed toy. It was a bit challenging because of working in rounds most of time, but the final effect is very rewarding. Have a look yourself!
Bare in mind it is the very first toy I have ever made. And as far as I know single crochet stitch, I have never used it this way.
If you want to make a similar one, the pattern comes from amigurumitogo.com blog. You will need yarn, safety eyes, snap closures, a needle and a hook.
Last year, feeling a need for creativity, I started learning crochet. I still remembered some basic stuff which my grandma taught me more than 20 years ago but it was so rudimentary that you couldn’t make much out of it. And, unfortunately, the very first project I picked up, discouraged me for quite some time.
So remember my words – if you want to learn crochet, avoid making square table mats which are 25 cm by 25 cm. It is boring, takes a lot of time for a beginner and is frustrating because it is easy to skip stitches (which means undoing some rows and making them again).
Anyway, this year I decided to get back to crafts and make something more challenging but also useful – a pair of woolly gloves! And finally here is the very first one:
It is not perfect but I am quite proud of it and it was so much interesting to work on it. Even undoing some bits and pieces was digestible because I wasn’t working on a square! And I learned definitely more than the last time. Simply can’t wait to start the other one!
I used a pattern from Crochet Basics by Nicki Trench as my base.