Thursday, January 30, 2014

free form crochet







Μου έχει κολήσει, εδώ και καιρό, το λεγόμενο free form crochet, που πλέκεις όπως θέλεις, χωρίς πατρόν. Τις προάλλες λοιπόν, (αφού, μεταξύ μας, είχα πιεί ένα-δυό ποτηράκια) σκέφτηκα: "ααα να μια ωραία ιδέα, θα πλέξω, να χαλαρώσω." και, εκεί που έχω κάνει 3-4 σειρές, λέω (από μέσα μου): "ααα μα έλεος, γιατί να μην δοκιμάσω επιτέλους το free form crochet;".  Χωρίς πολύ σκέψη γύρισα το γαντάκι, που είχα ξεκινήσει, ανάποδα, και ξεκίνησα να πλέκω όπου ήθελα.

Δεν σκεφτόμουν τι θα το κάνω σαν τελειώσει, απλά έπλεκα με ότι χρώμα μου άρεσε! Στο τέλος αφού το περιεργάστηκα, για να δω τι μπορώ να το κάνω, "ω ναι!" μπορούσε άνετα ο μωβ/κόκκινος κυκλάκος να χρησιμεύσει σαν άνοιγμα για τον αντίχειρα! Και να γίνει το τέλειο γάντι χωρίς δάχτυλα λοιπόν!






I've been thinking of free form crochet a lot, and the other day after a few drinks and while I was starting a fingerless glove (a well known pattern that I've made about a million times) I said to myself "hey why don't try something new?" and so it happened! Without much thinking I turned my glove and started crocheting spontaneously on every possible way.
I wasn't thinking about what it will be , I was just crocheting whatever I liked, however it was fun. In the end, I decided that it would actually make an excellent fingerless glove! yay! 







Την επόμενη προσπάθησα να πλέξω άλλο ένα, για να τα κάνω ζευγάρι, και προσπάθησα βλακωδώς να αντιγράψω τα αυθόρμητα πράγματα που έκανα την προηγούμενη. Μιεχ φυσικα και δεν βγήκε τόσο καλό όσο το πρώτο! Μα τι περίμενα;
Θα το ξαναδοκιμάσω πάντως, κάποια άλλη όμορφη, χαλαρή στιγμή!


The next day, I tried to make one more, to pair it with my quirky fingerless glove, and in a way I tried to follow the same spontaneous paths... there is a reason why they are called spontaneous! Guess what, it didn't work... I'll try it again, in a day like that, that my mind will feel free and awesome! ;)

i'll keep you posted.
marietta

Monday, January 27, 2014

a girl, a plaid thermos and a pair of fingerless gloves


     Buy those fingerless gloves here!                                                      Αγοράστε τα γαντάκια εδώ!





  To λοιπόν, αυτή η κοπέλα είναι η Τόνια! Ήρθε στην Χαλκίδα τις προάλλες, και παρόλο που θέλαμε να οργανώσουμε μια φωτογράφιση, καταφέραμε να τραβήξουμε μόνο αυτές τις γρήγορες φωτογραφίες. Βέβαια τις λάτρεψα και γι'αυτό τις βλέπετε εδώ στο blog.

 Φοράει αυτά τα γαντάκια χωρίς δάχτυλα που έπλεξα και της τα έκανε δώρο το αγόρι της. ( <3) Εσείς φοράτε τέτοιου είδους γάντια;! θα τα κάνατε δώρο σε κάποιον;
Πατήστε εδώ για να διαλέξετε και να αγοράσετε μερικά από τα σχέδια που ανέβασα στο Esty shop! και πείτε μου τη γνώμη σας.

So this is Tonia! She came visiting Chalkida the other day, and though we wanted to do a photo shoot, we only managed to shoot some really quick snapshots with her wearing her new Double Crochets' fingerless gloves, her boyfriend gifted her! I love them, so that's why I'm sharing them with you...!
Do you wear this kind of gloves?!  Would you gave them as a gift? You can find and buy some of designs on my Etsy shop! I would love to hear your opinion.


#Marietta

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

pop up origami- seminar


Όπως σας είχα πει και εδώ παρακολούθησα ένα ακόμη σεμινάριο που είχε σχέση με το χαρτί! Αυτή τη φορά αφορούσε τις pop up τεχνικές.
As I've already mentioned here, I've relatively recently attended on more paper art/paper folding seminar, that was focused on pop up card techniques!


Φυσικά και ήταν φανταστικό,
και παρακάτω είναι και ένα βίντεο από το σεμινάριο. που μπορείτε να με δείτε να ξεπροβάλω κάπου...
It was pretty awesome, again!
 and here's a video,
you will be seeing me there picking somewhere!



Καλά δεν θα σας πω ποια είναι η τελική μου κάρτα, νομίζω είναι αυτονόητο... :P
can you guess which is my pop up card?  hehehe
Marietta

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Year's resolution: 2014

Happy New Year to everyone that reads Double Crochets' blog, and well... everybody else around the blog-o-sphere! Today I'll be sharing my New Year's Resolution for the 2014 and I'll be reviewing the last year's one.


  1. Blog more frequently, well this is over and over on my New Year's resolutions, but I truly love blogging, and I wish I could let myself free and just blog as I've dreamt of.
  2. Find my Voice, on both writing and sharing my creative content (with my own original way).
  3. Engage more in other social media. I've been in Facebook and in Pinterest a lot, but not that much in Twitter, and this year I've dumped Tumblr which I used to love. I am a visual type, and I spend a copious amount of time in media like Pinterest and Tumblr and I've gathered some really awesome images, I totally think I should get back to this hobby and share my finds here weekly! 
  4. To set up some weekly features at last! I love this feature in oh-so-may blogs, and I've tried in the past (1,2), but now I think I shall do it weekly. (maybe with some internet finds from #3 goal?)
  5. Keep up with the Etsy shop, and update it with products that really reflect my aesthetic and my style, regularly!
  6. Take more photos.
  7. Read more books.
  8. Watch even more videos of inspirational talks and try to also help people in everyday life. 
  9. Crochet more things for me and my home!
  10. Stop procrastinating!!!


^_^ I am really happy with this year's resolution! I think it's a realistic plan that I can follow through.





And here is my review from last year's resolution:  
  1. CHECK Be a better blogger (will need: planning ahead, read more blogs, document more,shoot more photos, writing down, or sketching (why not), a journal for keeping track of the blog posts)  I'm far from being a good blogger, but I am definitely a better blogger than last year, I've planned, wrote, posted more posts than ever and I've been reading a lot of old and new blogs I follow. 
  2. CHECK Keep collaborating and connecting with people who share the same passions!  I've connected with oh so much more bloggers and crocheters/crafters than last year, I'm also proud of myself for collaborated in 6 giveaways, and got a liebster award!
  3. CHECK Set up an online shop (yes I'm putting this again!)  did it!!
  4. CHECK Never stop crafting and learning new things!  Definitely crossing this over! I've got my diploma in Fashion design and pattern making in 2013 and attended two paper folding seminars, while I've started taking classes at Eric Robbert-Chalkis jewellery School! Oh, I believe the countless webminars and inspirational talk videos I've watched online count also, right?
  5. CHECK Be thankful to people who support us (thank you people who support us!!!) There is not enough "thank you"s I could say to everybody that supports me and Double Crochets!! THANK YOU!
  6. CHECK Stay united, no matter how far we may be next year!  Panagiota+Marietta=DCs for ever!
  7. Manage to develop both and each of us, her own unique style on Double Crochets' products. Needs work!
  8. Organise our studio, our craft supplies and our stash.Will never happen! hahaha our stash and stuff are all over 3 different cities..
    1. CHECK Do a blog makeover, develop new packaging and bring new, fresh air on Double Crochets online. Yeap did a blog makeover, but would love one more!
    2. CHECK Stay happy ,free and creative!!! Oh-ho yes!!! but need more, bring it on! ❤。◕‿ ◕。✎


    One thing I've learnt and embedded this year is to take nothing for granted! Every situation can change, and all we can do, apart from just watching is documenting and building solid memories and being thankful to God for them. Life's moving fast, that's why keeping a diary and taking more photos is on my personal resolution list!

    so what's on your Resolution list this year?! Please share!
    Happy New Year!
    Marietta

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