First of all, I want to say sorry that I was gone for such a long time! At the same time, I am very happy to be back and continue my crochet journey. I started crocheting about 2 years ago, and back then I didn’t think that it’ll become one of my favorite hobbies. I am very grateful for being able to share my works with you, but especially I want to thank you for not leaving me when I was gone and for new followers, who would come and start waiting for me coming back.

Today, is a special day for me. I was thinking about it for a very long time, but I never had enough courage to do it. And today, I finally stepped up and opened my etsy shop. Last year, I created my etsy account with an idea of my own shop, but was too afraid to do it. I wasn’t sure if it’d work and so on. After hesitating and waiting for the unknown sign, I did it. I don’t know if it’ll work, but I do hope for the best! 

My shop has a different, or should I say, a new name. It is called GRAM’S KRAM. My dear husband came up with the name and I loved it. I am also thinking of renaming my blog and facebook page, so it is easier for everyone to remember. So now, I am working on a new page design, can’t wait to show it to you, guys! 

Be patient! Until then, visit my new shop! Just press on the picture below.

Willow Blanket

One day The Patchwork Heart has posted her willow blanket project and I fell in love with the willow block. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t just sit and stare at it, I had to make my own blanket. I worked hard to find a free pattern for a willow block and I was lucky. If you have the book 200 Crochet Blocks you will definitely find this block in it. As you understand, I didn’t have the book so I searched further until I found a free PDF file with 7 different patterns for crochet bags and one of the bags was made using the willow block pattern. Lucky me! You can find the book right here: Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns

For my willow blanket I used 6 different colors + the border color. I made 30 willow blocks, and believe me or not but it took me less than a week to make it (in total, I mostly used my weekends to crochet the blanket). I am so proud of myself! 🙂 It was my first block blanket and it turned out great. 

For connecting my blocks I was following this tutorial: The Sunroom. Thank you for sharing it!

After I was done and started hiding the yarn tails, I realized that I could’ve done it while crocheting because it does take lots of time before you are happy with your finished work. I learned my lesson!

Here it is, my pride, my beautiful willow blanket in its glory:

Newborn Hat

The one person I’m always being inspired by is SARAH from Repeat Crafter Me. She has tons of great ideas and she shares her patterns for free which is even more amazing. Her patterns are colorful, easy to make and original. If you love cooking and children crafts, you will also be able to find something just for you.

My latest project by Sarah was a cute newborn hat with a heart on. I made two of them just in two evenings. I love them. I wish I could wear then, sadly my head is way too big. You can find the pattern her: Crochet Newborn Knot Hat Pattern.

Here is my cute result:

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I chose not to make a heart and keep it even more simple. Also, instead of a slip stitch around I made crab stitch edging.

I think that the pink hat needs an additional explanation. I do not know how I made the bottom to look like it does but I do have a guess. I think, I accidentally started to crochet from the other side. It gave it a very nice look. Sometimes, mistakes do have a very good finale and give you a chance to discover new things.


Soft Fish Toy

Yesterday, I have found a wonderful idea on Pinterest but sadly could not save it as it was blocked. So I was sitting and being afraid of leaving it out there because I can forget it and, unfortunately, I could not even save a picture on my iPad. Therefore, I decided to sew one straight away. Oh my, it took me a few hours to be done with such a small project (I am not good at sewing, you know)! When I was done and bragged to my husband about it (he thought it was very cute), went on searching for new ideas. And what do you think? I found not broken link to the original tutorial. Lucky me, huh. I will share my tiny tutorial with you and the link to the better one which inspired me to make a lovely soft fish toy for a baby. Here you can find a tutorial: The Latest from Lauri. Thank you!

As I did not have a pattern so I drew one myself. You can do it too, then our fishes will be different and original. I bet that everyone can draw a fish, if not – follow the link above. 

For this project you will need:

  • fabric (I used linen and some fabric samples I got on sale, sadly it does not say what fabric it is)
  • sewing machine
  • thread (any color, you choose it)
  • scissors
  • pencil (I do not have a special fabric pen, if you do, definitely use that one)
  • stuffing for toys
  • pins
  • 2 buttons for the eyes

When you gather everything start with drawing your fish. Then cut out the details and trace them on to the fabric. Remember to leave some space around (1/2 cm) for sewing it. I left a bit more because I was afraid that I will not manage to sew it. Cut everything out. Now, start sewing.

I began from scales. I cut them out and had 24 pieces in total. In the link, she makes scales only on one side of the fish, I chose to make on both. 

Then, you should sew them together and end up with 12 scales. Mine are very skew, I managed to sew right on my line just on the last scale. I need to practice more if I want to sew.

Then, you can follow the directions for sewing all the parts together on the link I gave in the very beginning. Here how it should look before sewing the fish together.

When sewing it together remember the fins! I stuffed them a bit. 

Join everything with the help of pins and sew. I left the open space at the end of the tale and I was sorry because it was quite difficult to turn it out (all the fins and scales). Then, stuff it and finish up. I did it with a sewing machine right on top after folding the ends inside. Do not forget to sew the eyes on. I wanted them to be blue but did not have two identical blue buttons, hence they became pink-red.Here is my not perfect but cute result:

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It is also possible to make a fish that can make sound, just put in kinder-surprise egg with beans inside and you have a rattle fish. You can also use some special fabric that makes noise while folding and put it in  scales, or any other interesting stuff for making babies curious about your toy. 

If you make one, remember to share it in the comments.

Headband with Buttons

This headband should’ve been a slouchy hat which pattern I found on M.I.L.C.H. Schaum blog. The pattern is written in two languages: Swedish and English. One day I will make a hat too, that’s how easy and beautiful it is. 

This time I ended up with a headband because I was in a hurry to make my last Christmas present and send it to the future owner. Actually, when I finally heard from them about it, they said that she was looking for one to buy. Yay! It’s mind blowing, how you can guess things like that. I was very happy about it. I especially was happy about the sizing: it fit! If you are a beginner at crocheting you know what I mean. You are always worried about the clothing size, and it’s a great relief when you finally manage to do it right. I’m dancing a little winner’s dance right now 😀

If you decide to make it be sure to measure your head. I just made a chain and put it on my head to see if it ‘s long enough. Sad we don’t have a person by our side every time we make something like that, but it helps if they tell you their head’s measurements. As you can guess, I made it just before Christmas, therefore, I can’t really remember how many times I’ve chained. I know I’ve written it somewhere but couldn’t find my little note anywhere (believe me, I have tons of notes). Also, keep in mind that it depends on your yarn and hook size as well. Nevertheless, I don’t think you will fail, it’s just too easy. I also chose to follow only the first part of her pattern. I did it 8 times. When I was done with my headband I chose big blue buttons and sewed them on the side. Doesn’t it look cute?

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It should be warm and nice to wear, and very stylish as well.