Samstag, 28. Januar 2017

My African Flower Soccer Ball for Michelangelo!

Gwenda is 16 days old now & we were both pretty surprised 
how big this football has become!
We thought it would be average football size
but wow:
Almost as big as the little princess Gwenda!

Dada Neon Crochet Football soccer ball

I always wanted to make such a ball since 
I discovered the pattern by Crochetbug!
Just so pretty!

Click here to find the pattern!
It's so easy, after some hexagons & pentagons
you don't need the pattern anymore!
Just perfect for a fresh Mami like me
with a lack of sleep & a baby brain!
You still get some pieces done half asleep
in between two breastfeeds!


We were invited to Gwenda's first party today:
Our friend Michelangelo has celebrated his first birthday
& I think I really picked the perfect pattern
for his present.
The kids were throwing it,
squashing it,
used it as a pillow
or were just jumping around on it!
Mami & Daddy will have to make another one
for the first birthday of our little princess!

Crochet Baby Ball Dada Neon Crochet

I used Stylecraft Special DK yarns for this ball.
The actual challenge of this project was to create
the pentagons & hexagons in a way
that the border colours are different
while attaching.
I recommend crocheting them together as you go!
I've used the visible join method,
makes quite a nice contrast! ;-)

Crochet Football

I hope you are all doing fine
& I'm sending much love to all
my princesses & princes!

Your friend Dada!

Donnerstag, 28. April 2016

My sugar skull poncho!

Isn't it an amazingly pretty
sugar skull poncho?!


Even better:
The beautiful poncho this model is wearing
is crocheted & designed
by my friend Petra Perle!





I guess most of you can't read
german patterns
but if you are able to read charts
you can totally crochet this sugar skull poncho!

Here is the -> link <- to the free pattern 
on the website
of the german magazine "Burda style".
If you have further questions
feel free to ask me for help!
[The chart for the skull ends with round 12;
use the chart for the back afterwards.
Rounds 13-23 of the front
are worked as round 16-26 of the back chart.
Rounds 24-29 are made with
round 21-26 of the back chart.
Round 30 = Round 21 of the back chart.
Last round 31 = as round 24 but skipping
3 dc instead of 2 dc]

made by Dada Neon Crochet



Nana Nelly Neon celebrates
the poncho as well!

made by Dada Neon Crochet, pattern by Petra Perle


...and actually:
Alex wears this poncho more often than me, haha!

Dada Neon Crochet




Here you can see the back,
love this pattern!


made by Dada Neon

A close up of the back to see some more details...


Sooo... Dada totally recommends
this pattern!
It never gets boring
because of all the colour changes
& I so loved crocheting the skull!

So, I'm heading back to my current project
& I hope some of you are inspired
to make such a poncho as well!

Petra Perle would love to see
your makings,
send a photo to her
;-)

Sending love & hugs:
Your friend Dada
 

Dienstag, 26. April 2016

My massive crochet Nana!

Last year I already posted a pic of my huge Nana doll
but I still have to show you some more pics
& have to add some details...

Just in case someone else needs such 
a lovely giant Nana!
8 kg of pure joy!

 Crochet doll

What you need is:

A 20 mm hook

Loads of yarn & stuffing

by Nadelspiel by Elizzza!

by Dada Neon

This pretty Nana goddess is quite heavy:
8 kilogram of yarn & stuffing.
Depending on the thickness of the yarns I've used
I crocheted with 6-8 skeins at a time...

Nana by Dada Neon Crochet

Whenever one of the yarns came to it's end 
I just knotted another yarn to it...
A fantastic way to get rid of scrap yarn
or colours you actually don't like.
(Yay, I don't have any brown yarn anymore!)

and Dada Neon

You don't need to go to the gym anymore
while working on such a massive sexy Lady:
I can tell you it makes strong muscles
because the Nana is getting so heavy
after a while!

Dada Neon Crochet

My massive Nana is pretty proud of her curves,
my Nanas are always pretty confused
in general when I tell them that 
many human beings don't wanna have curves at all
& make strange things like strict diets.
When my Nanas see photos of thin supermodels
they are always getting pretty concerned
& they wanna feed these Ladies.
I find my Nanas are pretty clever! ;-)

Nana by Dada Neon Crochet

You are really willing to
crochet such a beautiful Lady as well?!
PLEASE post a pic
to my Facebook page!

Sending massive Nana hugs:

Your friend Dada!

Sonntag, 24. April 2016

My Freeform Crochet Coat!

I haven't posted anything for quite a while
as I've been pretty busy.
Online breaks are important to me
in times when so many things are
happening in the "real life".

The reason why you can see me
presenting my new coat on the beach
is that I've moved to Scotland
a couple of weeks ago!

Edinburgh is just such a beautiful
& open-minded place to live
& I already met many new crafty friends!

made by Dada Neon

With this coat I got rid of loads of unfinished projects
& scrumbles I've made over the last years
- I still have more than 400 left which is pretty good
because I'm also working on a even bigger
secret project! ;-)
It never gets  boring as long as you are a crocheter!

made by Dada Neon Crochet

I could only take one of my Nanas
with me to the ocean
but of course ALL of them have moved
to Scotland as well!

Dada Neon Crochet

I always find new doggie friends here
in Edinburgh to play with
but I'm also pretty sad
that my best doggie friend has recently
left us - Samson.
He has been the best nephew for me
you can imagine & it's just heart-breaking
that he had to leave his loving
grandma Barbara.
My future dog has to be a rottweiler,
hopefully it will be such a great cuddler
as Sam was.
Farewell Samson,
this world is missing you badly.


Some more coat pics...




...and here you can see Alex
wearing my coat!
Looks pretty awesome on him!

Dada Neon Crochet

While I was puzzling together this coat
Alex was so lovely to make some
scrumbles for this coat as well!
Here you can see 2 puzzle pieces he made
for my freeform coat!


Sooo, one last pic...

Dada Neon Crochet

I will try to post more often again
& I wish you a wonderful day with
many beautiful stitches!

Your friend Dada

Donnerstag, 14. Januar 2016

Spooner

Too sad.
The crochet world has lost Spooner.
What a great loss for all of his 
crocheting virtual friends all over the world 
but especially for his family & friends.

May 18, 1946 - January 8, 2016

Spooner David Carter

This world needs more colours badly
& David Carter aka Spooner
did his best to spread colours
all over this planet.

He started his crochet passion in 1952
- only 5 years old
& celebrated the skill
he learned by his grandma all his life.

I just adore his crochet dolls,
I was always joking that he is the only person
I know who crocheted more dolls than me!


(These cuties are available here)
You can read more about his life
in Spooner's own words
& have a look at his unique works
but before you do so
PLEASE read the following words:


Spooner's daughter Mary Wilbur has created
a fundraising page in December.
Actually because he didn't have a health insurance
& couldn't pay the costs for his medical treatment. :-(

Now sadly his family needs the money 
to cover the costs for his funeral.

I don't have much money 
but I've donated some dollars
& if we all do so
we can help Spooner's family
as a last greeting to a man
who won't be forgotten
& will stay in our hearts.

You can make a donation here on gofundme.

Crochet in peace Spooner!
Your friend Dada

Donnerstag, 24. Dezember 2015

Dada totally celebrates: Petra Perle!

Munich is always worth a visit
but for us crocheters & knitters out there
there's another reason to travel to Bavaria's capital:

Petra Perle has her own yarn store in the city center now!
"Die Wolle" ("The Yarn")!
Actually I was on my way to visit my parents
but when my bus arrived in Munich
I thought I have to take the chance
& make a surprise visit to see a dear online friend!

 
Actually Petra Perle isn't just a crocheter
- she is pretty famous in Bavaria:
She is also a singer, writing articles for newspapers,
 writing books, is a natural born comedian
& is also having art exhibitions!
Just an incredible allround artist!

 When I arrived in Müllerstraße 50
I got a heartwarming welcome -
Petra Perle's yarn store 
is just an amazing place!
It's kind of a museum for crochet art  
& filled with all the creations
she has made in the past 3 years!


Lovely friends of Petra Perle
were coming around as well:

his lovely husband Manfred
& Sabine!
(They are all wearing handmade creations
of Petra Perle for this photo!)


Beautiful yarn & amazing crochet fashion!


...and in between:
Petra Perle's Freeform Crochet Art!


...more yarn & fashion...


...and have a look at the ceiling!
EVERYTHING is crocheted -
even the lampshades
& some umbrellas!


But the best thing about this
yarn store is Petra Perle!
She is a wonderful crochet teacher
& always up for giving tips!
(While having a glass of wine!)


I just love this bag!


...and it's overwhelming to see her
freeform crochet face in real life!
It's much bigger than I thought:
It fits perfectly in a big hula hoop!


...and of course the chairs
are all covered in yarn as well!


What a wonderful coat!
Totaqlly my style!


Love the yarn presentation
outside of "Die Wolle"!


...Petra Perle's 3 wheel bike! :-)


And if I ever need a rollator
I will definitely
need such a walker in neon!
(Proudly wearing my new
Petra Perle hat on this pic!)


I got so many of these 
business postcards
from Petra!
Haha, I will just give every crocheter
I will meet one of them!


I'm unpatiently waiting for
Petra Perle's first crochet book -
it will get published in April!

And no worries:
It's written in german
but there are crochet charts included
for all hilarious creations!
So no need to learn german, haha!
(My plan for 2016:
Crocheting all the patterns!)


It was so lovely meeting Petra Perle
& having a beer with her while crocheting!
If you ever come to Munich
don't forget to visit her!
(Opening times to find here!)

Hugs to Helmi of Strickspass mit Helmi,
Manfred & Sabine!
It's been a real pleasure
meeting you!

And of course:
Much love to all my princesses
& princes!

Merry christmas:
Your friend Dada

Mittwoch, 16. Dezember 2015

My Mini Rings Of Change Jacket!

Today I've completed this jacket!


More details how I made it
in this blogpost
but first some other words...

This year is coming to an end
& I guess I won't have the time
to write another blogpost in 2015...

Tomorrow I'm travelling
to Bavaria to visit my parents
& a couple of days later
I'm already sitting on a plane to London!

I will spend Christmas & New Year's Eve
with my prince Alex
& his lovely family!
And I will meet a real special friend again:
Exciting!

It's been another productive year
and I had great fun with a lot of
Finished Objects -
& also with my works in progress
I've been playing around!


On the other hand there were
loads of less bright happenings
in world politics.

Times are changing
& this planet has become more insecure.
Europe can't close it's eyes anymore
because of the wars going on.
Millions of people had to leave their countries
to look for shelter
& to save their lives.

Terrorism has caused
lots of tears & sadness
in Europe & the USA.

I'm living in Germany at the moment
& it's becoming more radical.
The refugee crisis
has split this nation into
2 different positions
& it's causing more & more violence.

Refugee shelters were
set on fire hundreds of times this year,
protests are ending in riots.

I've spent the weekend in Berlin
visiting friends
& someone said to me:
"You are from Leipzig, aren't you?
Do you know what's going on
there at the moment?"

I watched what has happened in my city
straight next to the place I'm working:


It was the worst idea ever
to organize an anti-refugee-protest
walking through a left-wing district of Leipzig...
69 police officers & probably
a much higher number of people got hurt,
destruction all over.

There's nothing I'd wish more for 2016
that there could be a change to a more peaceful world.

Noa, a friend from Berlin, showed me this 
beautiful video last weekend,
so much truth & so much hope.
It's in french with english subtitles
& is presented
by the wonderful strong Lady Keny Arkana.
In the end we are all
brothers & sisters
on a weird planet,
let's stand together
& let's keep our humanity & our hearts
in all this chaos.


If everyone on this planet would
be a crocheter this world could be so much better!
People would have problems like:
"No!!! I'm running out of the yarn 
I need to finish this blanket!"
or
"Damn! I made a mistake 3 rows ago!"

Just a dream...

***

Sooo... But now something about my new jacket!
I always wanted to crochet
Frank O'Randle's
"Rings Of Change" blanket
but actually I have enough blankets!

is a free pattern
& you can make a glorious baby blanket 
- or a circle jacket!


I followed the pattern until round 27.
Round 27 was perfect for making the armholes:

Instead of just scs around
I started this way:

ch 25, skipped 25 stitches,
30 stitches
ch 25, skipped 25 stitches
scs all around
ended with a slipstitch in first chain

(This worked perfectly for my size
if your arms need more space
try it with 30 chains
& skipping 30 stitches...
Try it on!
Not enough?
Increase the chains & skipped stitches
& also the number of stitches
between the arms!)

Then I just worked the pattern till the end!

Sleeves:

a round of 50 stitches all around

*2 dc, 1 ch, skip 2 scs* around
complete first round with slipstitch
in top of first dc

slipstitch in next dc & the following chain
3 chain (= first dc)
dc & ch

work in all 1ch bridges:
2 dc, 1ch

after dcs/chs round number 9
I increased the stitches in round 10 -
in ONE of the 1ch bridges
I worked: 2 dc, 1ch, 2 dc, 1 ch

round 11-15 as usual

round 16: increase like in round 10


round 17-25 as usual 

I ended with a row of shell stitches,
*7dc in a stitch
skip 2 stitches
stitch
skip 2 stitches*

You don't need button holes -
they are already there!


I've put on 5 buttons
but do as you please!


Yay, that's it!

(If it's not big enough for you at this point
get yourself the actual Rings Of Change pattern
for some more rows
OR
just improvise & play around with stitches
for some more rounds!)

Some more pics
(Thank you to my flatmate Fabi
for taking the photos!)





Dada Neon Crochet Rings of change jacket

Sooo...
I will pack my stuff for the next weeks now
(& all the christmas presents!)
& I wish you wonderful
christmas days
with your family!
:-)

So much love:
Your friend Dada