Thursday, September 27, 2012

3 new designs - Le Petit Knit

Remember how I told you that I felt like picking up the crochet hook again? Well, here's what happened... Le Petit Knit shop update is what happened. Thant is what! And while I crocheted, my wonderful business partner knitted, so here they are. All three new designs up in the shop for you to enjoy! Hope you like them! ♥




And there they are... The Caramel Oats poncho, the Sunny Mustard cowl, and the Rain Forest lace-shawl. 

Happy Autumn everyone :)
Love,
Erika

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Tea rose" brooch tutorial- Free crochet pattern


Once fall is here I am so much more motivated to pick up a ball of yarn in one hand, a crochet hook in the other and just chain away...Somehow summer doesn't have that effect on me, unless I stay in London, in which case I would probably be knitting and crocheting all year long, for the rest of my life, if you know what I mean. Brrrr....

Anyway, here is a little something I wanted to share with you. It is an easy project and you only need to be familiar with the very basics of crocheting, such as chaining, single crochet, double crochet and of course beginning and ending the work! :)

So I say we get started!

You will need a small ball of yarn, a crochet hook, sewing needle, scissors and a brooch pin.
1. Start your project with the beginning loop, then chain 57.

2. Turn, skip 5 chains. On the wrong side (the bumpier one, not the neat one) work one double crochet into the 6th chain from the hook, chain 2, then work another double crochet into the same chain. *Chain 2 and skip next 2 chains, work a (dc, ch 2, dc)  into next chain* Repeat from * all the way to the end. You should now have 36 spaces.

3. Turn and chain 3. Work 5 dc in next chain 2 space, work 1 single crochet in the next chain 2 space; {6 dc in next ch 2 space, sc in next ch 2 space} repeat 5 times; {9 dc in next ch 2 space, sc in next ch 2 space} repeat 5 times; {12 dc in next ch 2 space, sc in next ch 2 space} all the way to the end. Then finish off, but leave a good length of yarn for sewing the rose together.

4. Roll your work into a flower, starting from the smaller "petals" (the scallops of 6 dc) and when you are done, flip it and try to tie the starting and finishing yarns tightly together. Then start stitching it all together. I do it by stitching sort of a spider web across the back, but you can just simply do whatever works best for you. I like the back to look really neat even if it doesn't show. Therefore, I added the brooch pin onto the back of the rose by almost fully covering it with yarn.

And there you have it, a stunning little piece for a perfect fall outfit! It goes great with everything really, from dresses to cardigans, jackets and shawls. And it is a fun project for any crocheter. If crocheting is not your favorite craft however, don't you worry, just hop over to Le Petit Knit and stock up, I listed this little brooch just for you, to get yourself an inexpensive yet very stylish present. Take a look!


Hope you enjoyed this easy pattern!
Stay warm!
Love,
Erika

what to wear with the < Silver rosebud > earrings

Shades of fall


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

daydreaming

today was the perfect London day, and by perfect I mean typical.
Cold in the morning, sunshine at noon, a thunderstorm in the early afternoon, then warm sunshine in the later hours and chilly wind for the evening. You know my feelings about this, so I am not going to bore you with listing them again, but I did find myself daydreaming about cozy afghans and crackling fireplaces in mountain (or even better: beach-) lodges. So how's that for a nice thought?



Love,
e.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Queen silhouette earrings - NEW


(News!!! My Cleopatra statement earrings are now available in 6 different color. Check them out here)

It is all great if it ends well. I suppose that is what they say...And perhaps it is true, especially if all that was in between was, in fact, great too. How was your weekend? Mine involved a nice and long Saturday walk in the beautiful fall sunshine, goofing around on Sunday, drinking hot chocolate while watching Friends with Gaspi (because that is how goofy him and I can get), listening to raindrops falling...And me being so happy not having to be outside in this terrible English weather. So I ended the weekend by catching up on some updates to my shop, which I had to postpone because of some silly faults in the internet connection. I even imagined the rain leaking into those millions of cables chasing Mr. Internet around so he'd be held up from reaching me...for 3 days or so. Not such a nice thing when part of your work happens online now, is it? Anyway, as I said, it turned out to be a happy ending, no fireworks though :)

Sleep tight!
Love,
E.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A thoughtless autumn day


                                                                                (just listed these cufflinks in the shop, here)

A thoughtless day, literally...with beautiful sunshine peeking through the curtain, an entire day listening to French classical music channel, way too much work, hot chocolate and forgetting... Myself, the things that bother me, the things I like, the people I spoke to, the sounds I heard. It was as if I had observed myself from a distance. It didn't make me happy. I was present, yet still absent in a very bizarre way...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hello fall...

I don't know about your parts of the world, but over here at my end, London woke to a chili, cloudy morning. Yet suddenly a warm excitement rushed through my body... Christmas is right around the corner.
And so, other than buying my airline ticket home for December, what I also did, was lighting a candle to accompany me in the early grey morning, warming up the air , while I was enjoying my freshly brewed coffee with just a touch of ground cinnamon.

I love autumn for so many reasons. Somehow everything feels more rooted this time of year. The colors and scents are soothing, like it has never been anything else in the world. Putting all contemplating aside for now and making more room for observing and enjoying feels so natural...



On a more practical note, fall also makes me more excited about crocheting again and manages to keep me motivated. So here is what i am working on right now. A new little project for Le Petit Knit. Not a very fast process, I must admit, because of the combined stitch pattern, but all the more beautiful!
And call me crazy, but my mood today made me feel like listing something christmasy in my shop, just as a sign of all the beautiful things that are about to happen...

oh, how I love life...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Book lovers you might want to see this!



I told you I was busy while being home, didn't I? Would I say something like that if it weren't true? Plus those of you who know me, also know that I can be a tad bit obsessive and either move into the workshop or move the workshop to my home, but either way I will try to do more than I can fit into one day... :)

Yet this time around I have been miraculously able to find the balance between keeping my hands busy and my mind clear of it all. Who knew that was even possible? Well, all jokes aside, I decided to first post these new bookmarks, all signed, in my Etsy shop, and then over the following week continue  with jewelry that still needs assembling. So many new creations and so many surprises, I promise.


These bookmarks would surely make the perfect gift for any book lover out there, plus they are a thoughtful and special little piece to be given or kept. They are sturdy, don't you worry, yet delicate on the eye because of the fine lined lace pattern of the ceramics in a combination of fused glass. Check them out here!

Love,
E.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Picnics, home, holiday



Picnics are the best, don't you think?
I still lust over last weekend's special moments. Nice long walks, great food, fresh fruits and pushing limits... Gaspi took 5 days off and came over to Transylvania to spend some days with me and my family before we came back to London. Oh the tiny miracles...

It is funny to observe how one's priority list changes over time. The things that were the most important once slide lower now and the more time passes, the more I realize, how important my family and close friends are to me... I used to think I was born in the wrong place. Now I start to realize that the place in itself is the least important when compared to the people you get to share your life with.

I had an amazing talk with my two amazing friends (whom I have around since kindergarten) right before I left to London. And one of them said something like, "you know, Eri, home will never be defined by the place that surrounds you, but rather by the people you have close to you". She might not even know the power those words had over my heart. But I can tell you one thing, it sure was a kick in the butt and maybe even sort of a wake-up call, to let go of fixed ideas and old pride, they never lead anyplace good...

How were your holidays lovelies?
Enjoy the pretty days of the beginning of fall, even London celebrates with sunshine!
love,
E.