Thursday, December 24, 2009

Crochet hook case tutorial

Sometimes you just wish things could be easy. Especially just before Christmas things can be hectic. This year handmade goods are the perfect gifts. Even though one might think this is the cheap option, it often actually isn't. First of all it costs time and don't forget the resources. I love making things, however I usually use things I have laying around. This time I was looking to make a simple crochet hook case that would fit a pair of scissors, my wool needles as well as my many crochet hooks. A quick search on the Internet gave some nice tutorials, but they seemed a bit to complicated. Surely this could be done out of one bit of fabric? Or even better, out of one fabric placemat.
This project is perfect for the beginner in sewing, and could possibly be the best little gift for crocheters and knitters. It only takes about 10 to 20 minutes.

A fabric placemat (19 by 13,5 Inches in my case, other sizes can be used as well, and of course you need more for a knitting needle case) or a fat quarter (^_^)

Ok here we go, I took pictures of both sides of the placemats.
The inside, or under side:

The outside, or top side:

Fold the long side 5.5 Inches up, this will fit most crochet hooks, adjust if necessary and for knitting needles. Divide this width in little pockets, by drawing lines. Also make a pocket for scissors and some needles.

First sew the edges together, and than sew all the pockets. If the lines you drew were not straight than sew them straight (which I did).

Now fold the top half over the pockets, so they cover them completely. Draw a line a few inches from the top edge and sew carefully.

Now a little bit of ribbon is attached to the left side, and you are done.



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Threadknit contest entry

Ok, here is my entry to Threadknits, the details and more pictures can be found here

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Piglet and Steak

A couple of weeks ago I found the Manga/Anime Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) and just had to make Steak.
Steak is part of the team, but is also Niche's dinner. She thinks steak will be delicious, and multiple times she has already tried to fry him. Frying steak luckily only leads to him having a perm for a short while. Steak also points out the weak points of Gaishuu and always sits on Niche's head. Steak is basically a one big mouth and white fur ball, so Kawaii!!
I made the pattern myself : D

I also made a wee piglet amigurumi : 3 also my own pattern, but the idea came from Elisabeth Doherty's book.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rubber...uhm crocheted Woolly Duck

It has been a long time again : 3 Most of my crafty explosions actually go straight on DeviantArt, but here is a short update of the crochet projects I have been worked on.
Some of these are for sale on

Cornelia the Giraffe *Sold*

An Axolotl : 3 *Sold*

An Evil Weevil with a cranberry smell *For Sale*

A giant Blue Bottle fly *For Sale*

My most recent project : 3 A gift for my twin brother

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The world of crocheted birds

Since a couple of days I have a wee shop on It is called OokamiArt and you can find it here. Currently I have two items for sale. The first one is a Water Dragon from an anime (Kemono no Souja Erin), this was basically a try out. The other item is a male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). Lately I have been finding it very enjoyable to crochet birds. I love birds, but I was always very frustrated at the fact that I somehow couldn't draw or paint them. However in crochet it is going perfectly. The first one was a little Robin for my mum, the second one a Crow for my fiancee (Yes, Chris and I are now engaged *JOY*). The latest addition to the family was the Cardinal that I am selling. In between I also worked on another winged critter, a dragon (an Epic Amigurumi). Next up I want to make some small White crested laughing thrushes :)

Here are some pictures of my creations, I hope you like them.

This item is FOR SALE

Friday, May 22, 2009

More crafty projects

Hi there,

Lately I have been posting a lot of crafty stuff on DeviantArt, so please check out my Gallery at
Hopefully soon there will be some of my crafty stuff for sale on Etsy. More to come later on that though.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

The official burupya plush ^O^

Finally after a lot of digging on Japanese web pages I found some pictures of the official Burupya plush. I am probably Burupya's biggest fan ^_^
For those of you who do not have a clue what I am talking about, here is a short explenation. Burupya is a small pink dragon from the manga 07-Ghost. Since a couple of weeks there is also a anime out which follows the manga quite closely. Burupya is not the main character of the story but is on virtually every page as he is the reincarnation of a close friend (Mikage) of the main character (Teito). I absolutely adore this little guy and love the story. I am already thinking up how the make the outfit to be able to cosplay from this manga ^o^ which will mean I will have to cross dress. Luckily being a girl I can quite get away with cosplaying a man ^_^
My version of Burupya in chrochet can be found a few posts down.
Anyway, here are the pictures and the link to the page on which I found them.

It is a bit unfortunate that the ears are not as long as in the manga :S but than again long ears have a lot of weight and they won't sit up easily.

These pictures were not taken by me, they came from this page. If you are interested in what it says and you cannot read japanese, but do have Firefox, than try the ad-on Rikai-chan.

Ow btw I have actually finnished a cosplay costume from the movie Azumi. Just click on the link on the right side to go to my deviant-art Gallery ^_^ to see it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spidery laptop sleeve

Ok, yet another crafty thing I did. It had been really long since i embroidered something and this wee project gave me the perfect opportunity to try it again. Since Chris bought a dell mini 9 a couple of weeks back I wanted to make a wee bag for it. I still had some slightly velour curtain fabric laying around in a nice bright olive/spring green. And because it is to protect a laptop I thought of putting some spiders on it, preferably venomous ones :) So a Brown Recluse and a Black Widow represent that group. The third one I let Chris choose himself, so that became a Orb Weaver. The flap closes by use of a big button and in between the two layers of fabric I sewed a plastic bag for water tightness. Although I don't think you can still call it watertight, probably more a water sifter after I finished all the embroidery on it :S

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Onegai, meet Burupya :)
This little guy is a character from the manga (and soon to be anime) 07 Ghost.
He is about 30 cm high including the ears. I did not intend on using two colours of wool, but ran out of one, so had to continue with the other.
The ears and wings are held up by thin wire.

^-^ Pya Pya ^-^

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lulu the baby Touda

And this will be my last post for the day, wow I think this is a record :)
So yeah first scroll down for the other two posts, please.

Since the beginning of January a new anime was brought out. It was of the same writer as Seirei no Moribito, which I absolutely loved, and even cosplayed. Kemono no souja Erin (The Beastmaster Erin) however is different in style and drawing, and at first glance it looks like a kids show. Still I am really starting to like this show, it has very cute dragon type lizards (Touda's) in it and the storyline is gentle, but also very intriguing. Already in the first episode a wee baby Touda is introduced, it is so Kawaii :) In the second episode it is named Lulu.
I didn't have the exact colours to make Lulu, but had some nice shades of purple and decided to go for it. Lulu is perhaps a wee bitty to big for a Amigurumi, but she is so adorable and cuddly :) I love her.


Touch Wood Necklace

OK, we go straight on to the next thing, which is creativity with beads :)
The design started out with a Touch Wood bead, made by Angel. The rest of the beads are a mix of chicken bones, wooden beads and stone beads. Ow and two cat beads.
I like the result a lot, Thank you Angel :)

Birthday cake

A double layer sponge, with the top one being chocolate flavoured. In between the sponge lemon curd and on top Dutch whipped cream and mandarin parts. It unfortunately did not rise, but it tasted great non the less.
Ow and soon my posts will be in Japanese cause Chris got me the Berlitz learning programme :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Some more crochet and Sushi

Ok, I know I already posted yesterday, but I also finished another wee crochet project that I want to show you. I think everyone knows that I went to Wolf Park in the USA some 5 years ago. I absolutely loved it there and there I also met my love Chris. So as I am about to make a laptop sleeve for him, I needed to practice on the art of crocheting colored designs such as logo's. Conveniently I had Yellow and Black laying around and thought the Wolf Park logo would make a nice iPhone sock. So here is the result. It was incredibly difficult as the thickness of the wool only allowed for a chain of 21 stitches, which is equivalent to 21 pixels.

And I also found an older project of mine at making Amigurumi (Japanese crochet). It is a cat cupcake :) just in case you don't recognise it *G* The art of Amigurumi is so cool, for the fact that anything, literally anything can be crocheted and look soooo Kawaii !! I also made two mameshiba, but i forgot to make pictures of them before I gave them away for Christmas.

And here is Sushi again, hihi, she was begging for food :)


Sunday, February 08, 2009

Meet Monsuta chan.....

Hi everyone,

As of late I have been crocheting a lot again. It is one of those things that once you start it becomes addictive, so I think I will need therapy soon *G*

This iPhone beastie turned out rather big, and is inspired by the phone frog that Ranka Lee has in the anime Macross Frontier. I partially filled it with beanies, for nice comfy holding. The iPhone is held in place by overlapping crochet and elastic woven through it.

Ow and another project from a few days ago, a hat made out of crocheted spirals. I got the recipe (pattern) from Woolly Wormhead. These are quick pictures taken with my phone. Hopefully I will be able to make some better pictures soon.

And last but not least two photies of an Iris.



Friday, January 09, 2009

Bolt has arrived.......

And here he is, I proundly present Bolt to you. He is a 38 cm high stuffed toy made by Disney. I have been waiting for it for months and yesterday I got lucky. I went to the Disney store in Glasgow in the hope it was there, but after a good look around I could not find it and eventually had to aske a staffmember. She said they had just gotten them in and gladly went to the back to get one for me, I was so happy :) It is super Kawaii, I love it.
So here are the pictures.