Friday, November 30, 2012

LUCET- CAN'T BELIEVE I NEVER HEARD ABOUT IT!

This is the coolest way to make cords - ever!
Where was this technique when I needed it?!

The best thing is - the cord comes out squared.
This is perfect for my rope-soles. 
I found this ancient manner of making strings, ropes, cords, on Pinrest!
The Lucet, also called Knitting-Fork or Chain-Fork, is an old technique,
maybe as far back as to the Vikings! Produce a strong, non-stretching braid.
All kind of materials can be used, thin and thick!

It's really strange that in my long crafty life, I've never come upon this technique.
The only gear you need, is a kind of  "fork", and the cord is made by lifting one loop over the other,
while turning the "fork" CW. See a public Tutorial here on YouTube.
I grabbed my pin-magnet, the only thing in my studio that looked like a Lucet,
and started right away for a test.
The cord on the image above, I made in 10 minutes!
Very easy to learn, and fun! Works up fast, and is steady,
with lot of "stitch-loops" to insert the hook in!
For assembling slippers to soles, that is!

So my next rope-soles are made with a Lucet! 

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These people make handmade Lucets in all shapes and sizes.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

BEAUTIFUL SILVER SWIRL NECKLACE!

Wouldn't  mind this under the tree!
Handmade silver wire, from WireDesign
On ETSY here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

FREE TUTORIAL FOR CHUNKY MINI-HEARTS!

IT'S THANKS GIVING TIMES!
I would like to thank all of you that have purchased my patterns these last 2-3 years! 
I'm so grateful for every sale, and every kind word and credits you have given me!
It means a lot, and give me encouragement to continue my work as a crochet pattern designer!
I love it!
THANK YOU!!
And for all this, I'll publish my second (of several I hope) TUTORIAL. Free for your personal use!

This is the mini-hearts I applied to my sisters birthday-Espadrilles.
Assembling them double, gives a really nice, little heart,
........to attach to.... anything!
The image is a Jpg.  If you have problems copying or printing it,
go here to download the PDF

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE: THE ONE AND ONLY… ROPE-SOLE! PART 2 .

Tailored Sole-Method, Suitable for any foot-size and shoe-project!

YESS!! They are born!
This sole is my first and original idea, in order to turn
crochet slippers into street shoes!
I’ve been obsessed by this project for months,
and I’m so happy with the simpleness of the final result,
which I’m now shearing with you! 
After the success with The Crochet Tray-Sole
I feel confident that you can handle this challenge too! 
The crochet tray-sole is super, but this one is the best! 
It’s strong, durable, comfortable, and has a cool look! 
And is sooo easy and fast to make! 

This was fun! I hope my sister fits them.
So, I'm actually walking the streets with crochet slippers!  

Here the sole is more visible.

No doubt who's shoes these are!
Like to read more about this project? See my Ravelry store here:

Monday, November 19, 2012

BLACK & WHITE ESPADRILLES/TOMS - PART 1- THE SLIPPERS

This pattern I have made for a very special occasion; 
My sister's birthday!
AND - I needed a basic slipper for the real reason for making them; 
I'm introducing a complacently NEW, Tailored Sole-Method, Suitable for any foot-size and shoe-project.
On this crochet slipper, I'm assembling my new cord-soles, and it looks great!
See last post!
The pattern for the slippers, are here in my Ravelry store for instant download!
Cool sole! It's my sister's name on it, with the date for the special occasion!
Tutorial for inner-soles too, in the Part 2 pattern, see next (last) post.
I'd like to post the shoes on FB too, but there she'll see them for sure!
I have to wait to next week!
Super-cute chunky hearts for the lace-closure.

HEKLEDE LANGSOKKER - NÅ ER MØNSTERET OVERSATT TIL NORSK!

Disse ble jeg fornøyd med! Garantert deilige på bena!
Pattern in English here!
Tykt garn og stor heklekrok, det liker vi. Disse sokkene hekler du fort!
Mønsterhekling  trinn for trinn i oppskriften,
MYE lettere enn mønster-strikking!
Kan droppes, men de blir jo ikke like fine da!
Heklemønsteret finner du i Eplabutikken min, HER:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

PROTECTIVE CROCHET SOLES FOR SOCKS AND SLIPPERS

And while I'm at it (see prev post) I'll show you what a pair of crochet soles can do to any sock or slipper! We all know that, sadly enough, all socks or slippers, knitted or crocheted, do not have a long wearing time before they're worn out. And the critical spot is the heels! If all these beautiful socks I was talking about, really are for WEARING, it's really too bad! All that work! I don't say that every sock would look pretty with a sole, but at least slippers!


Put crochet soles on your slippers and socks, for protection and to extend their life-time! And it looks great! And you know what; with a special treatment you can wear you creations on the STREET! I could walk the streets of Rome with these!  I think.
Go here to see Tutorial for HOW TO!

Monday, November 5, 2012

KNEE-HIGH CROCHET WINTER SOCKS

Time to cuddle up, snuggle in and make it cozy in our more or less freezing place on Earth!
I'm the cold-feet kind of person, I'm addicted to socks. I've long wanted to crochet a pair of real chunky and knee-high socks. And I'm soo envious on these super-clever knitters, that make the most beautiful socks with incredible patterns on, and of course in a fine sock yarn, for me that would be a never ending story! So I desired to do it my way. Inspired by my homeland's knitting traditions, I wanted to make "lice" on my crochet socks. Not done before on a dc-crochet garment, as far as I have discovered on my way around the internet. But I found a nice way to do it, and it came out as I wanted.




The pattern was finished tonight, so you can purchase it and start working them right away. Go here for instant download in my  Ravelry store!