Finishing loose ends. When you’ve already started with something new, your focus is usually with the new stuff, but if you want to end a previous project with a good feeling, you will have to finish these last ends. This is true for crafting projects, but also when you make video’s. And this was also the case for the video I released today 🙂 . You may have seen I’m busy with preparing a CAL, and that is so fun to do! An amazing lot of work, it really is, but so fun to do! But I told I would also do a video aboutRead More →

Well, to be honest, I’m back home again. About 3 weeks ago I was on vacation at the south of France for 2 weeks at a beautiful resort: Chateau Cazalères at Daumazan sur Arize. So that’s why it has been a bit quiet here. And I don’t want to give it a loud shout out on the internet when leaving my home for some time, so I didn’t announce it beforehand. Hope you didn’t miss me too much 🙂 . I took ‘some’ crafting stuff along with me as you can see. Well, you should have seen our car, totally filled up 🙂 🙂 🙂Read More →

The lower border Almost finished! I want to share some last things with you. You can see in this picture that I ended at a certain length.  I had enough yarn left to continue for a couple of rows, but I thought it as ok actually. The bag had a nice depth for what I want to use it for, so time to end it. To get a straight lower border, you must first get all knots in a straight line.  With the colored block this is done by knotting half blocks. At the yellow parts you can see I did a row of 4Read More →

Oh dear…. Well, not really 🙂 . I ran into a ‘problem’, like I already mentioned in a previous post. As you can see in the picture here, I used a lot more of the purple yarns than I used for the other colors. At this point I had approximately 50 cm (20 inch) left of the purple threads, and about 70 cm (28 inch) of the other colors. Well, this is not exactly my very first design, so I could have foreseen this. I know that making a knot uses more length of your thread, than when you make a knot around this threadRead More →

The design: a short review As you can read and see in my previous blogs, I made a design for a knotted bag. And now the sequel: the actual knotting of it! The ones that follow my facebook page already saw a preview in a vlog of the start, and how to knot the threads around the upper border threads. If you don’t follow my facebook page yet, you can see a direct link to my page in the menu! I can tell you secretly that I am a lot further already, and it turns out so nice!!!  A special twist on the design happened,Read More →

Playing with the upper border I went to draw again, working on what I had previously thought of for the upper border. I took the upper 2 rows of the big design (see my previous post) and put that on my design paper (see for downloads here), and started to try out some things. At the left part, with the blue, orange, licht and dark pink, you can see I added 2 extra rows on top of the original top rows. On the right I did only do 1 extra row.  I decided that 2 extra rows would be too much, so I started lookingRead More →

The chosen turn As you can read in my previous blog, I figured out that if I could have the blocks move over, I would get a more random look of colored blocks. For this I needed to make a turn to let the yarns change direction. I also thought that if I wanted to keep this random look all over the design, I would have to make several turns. So I already drew it on both sides, mirrored, as you can see in this partial design. I wanted to have all the colors I chose to be part of it, next or under each other,Read More →

Continuing with my design Okay, as you can read in my previous blogs in this series, I ran into some things while designing. It doesn’t matter, I gained understanding and as a bonus I got an idea for a twist on the design I have in mind. But now I will continue with the next step in working this out. If I wante to avoid having three blocks in a row, than the only thing I can do is make certain colors go from left to right, or from right to left, Ok, fine, but it means I have to introduce an extra color, or dropRead More →

Happy colors, I really needed that! Happy colors, that was what I wanted! A bag, purse, pouch, whatever, it should have happy colors. So I grabbed my bag of yarn that I keep for knotting projects and turned it upside down, and quite randomly took balls of yarns in happy colors. I ended up with 9 colors that went together very well, to my humble opinion. My idea was to do ‘something with blocks’. Okay, quite vague, not really thought through, but that’s what was in my head and I really was in a kind of mood like ‘just grab something, don’t think it over tooRead More →

A new idea Hi you all! Today I want to share something about the design-process I’m in. I would like to make a small pouch or bag, and I’m thinking of putting a zipper in it to be able to close it. I’ve never used it in my knotting projects, but that’s okay. I’m just going to try it. Because that’s what it’s all about when making a design: just do it and look where it leads you. Taking a different road Okay, first retrospecting a bit on what I did earlier. At a certain moment I took the technique for making friendship bracelets, andRead More →