Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2019

Another crazy Freeform Crochet Coat!!

It's been ages since I last wrote a blog post! One of many good reasons is that my now 2 year old little Gwenda has killed my laptop!! :-) I just found an app for my mobile phone & so it might be possible I can actually get this post done while breastfeeding my 8 week old!! No excuses anymore!! I guess I finished this coat in October, obviously I was still highly pregnant!!

The special thing about this coat is that it contains uncountable projects I started & never finished over the last 10 years or so! :-) I really got fed up with all these WIPs (WIP means 'Works in progress' for those of you who don't understand crochet language) & so I decided to turn them into something wearable. You can never have enough coats & so that's what I added to my neon wardrobe!!

For those of you who are wondering how I get the yarny puzzle pieces in the right shape: I took an old jacket and used hundreds of safety pins to attach all the crochet pieces onto it. Then I simply crocheted the pieces together!!

As you can see there are still some yarn ends to hide but nothing is as boring as perfection so I guess it will just stay this way!! Hard to recognize the ends anyway in all this neon chaos!!

I might just make a little coat for this little miss as well, I've given up on crocheting things for little baby Gwenda as I could just watch her growing out of her crochet clothes. Now that she is a proper toddler she fits in her clothes a bit longer, finally!!

Another photo of the coat, just to show you it's dimensions and all these projects I never managed to finish!! So satisfying I actually 'completed' them!! :-)

And a last picture with my 8 week old little Zelda!! I'm so thankful that she is such a talented sleeper (Mami gets all in all 10 hours of sleep a night!!) & she enjoys sitting on me whilst I can crochet! Nothing better!!

Much love to all my princesses & princes,

DaDa, GwenDa & ZelDa

Freitag, 16. Juni 2017

My new crazy freeform hat!

One of the pleasures of being a Mami
is definitely having a wonderful childhood again!
I can't claim that I've ever grown up
but my little Gwenda is surely the best playfellow
I could imagine!

She just turned 5 months
& she is keeping me busy, haha!
I can get some crocheting done again
after she falls asleep in the evenings, 
so nice sitting next to her in bed
& working on my projects.

Precious time, so it's really getting hard
to publish my finished projects -
I just wanna spend every spare minute
with a hook in my hand 
instead of the laptop on my lap! ;-)

That's how I started my hat,
I had a lot of Noro yarns leftovers.
(I made quite a lot of Noro hats
for friends & family,
love working with this yarn,
it feels like painting
a picture in Monet style!)

I got me a styroform head for 2£,
pretty helpful or such a project.
(You can also pin your pieces
to a hat and crochet them together
but it's nicer to see it growing
on a head while pinning needles in it!)

I crocheted loads of funny tiny "hats"
& trumpets... 

They look like mushroom heads!
I love mushrooms!

I only used one pattern at the centre in this hat,
here you can see a Swirly Heart,
a fab pattern by Marina Hoffstrom (Snovej)!
I thought it could be good to identify
how to wear it!

Another pic of the pinned head...
Then I just crocheted the
puzzle pieces together...

In the end I added an extra round
all around the hat.
(Not only for aesthetic reasons -
my head is just a bit bigger than
the one of my mannequin!)

 Another close up of the Swirly Heart -
this time in the finished hat! 

...the back... side...

...& the other side!

Now I'm dreaming of a Noro coat
with these yarns & this style
but this might take some time! ;-)

Back to the baby
& see you soon:

Your friend Dada

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