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Spring Crafts: Crochet Flower & Ladybug

April 7, 2014
In: Crochet
Spring Crafts: Crochet Flower & Lady Bug | Oomanoot #free #tutorial #crochet #flower #ladybug

Suddenly, spring has sprung all around us. Butterflies and ladybugs and an occasional mosquito(yes! already!) and beautiful flowers are everywhere. Last week we took a walk and I was taking photos of everything and I just felt so inspired to create… I got home and started crocheting pretty much immedietly. My daughter took one look at the result and said: “Hey! that’s the flower and ladybug we saw at the park!”. And she was exactly right, as you can see.

Spring Crafts: Crochet Flower & Lady Bug | Oomanoot #free #tutorial #crochet #flower #ladybug

This is a quick and easy project, just right for spring! It can be used on a hair clip or as an applique or I dunno, just to look at and be happy. So let’s get started…

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Crochet Ripple Hat & Blanket Baby Gift

February 20, 2014
In: Crochet

Crochet Ripple Hat & Blanket Baby Gift | Oomanoot #hat #blanket #crochet #tutorial #free #baby

Oooooh, aren’t babies the best? Not only are they the sweetest cutest things on earth, they are the best excuse for making hand made gifts. In this case, my new born niece got a strawberry-banana-marshmallow colored hat and matching blanket. Well, technically she only got the hat because the blanket is not quite done, but she’ll get it soon, I promise.

The hat is a pattern I used before for my winter hats this year, but I finally got around to writing it up and posting it, so here goes!

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Listen to Your Heart – Crochet Tutorial

January 22, 2014
In: Crochet

Listen to Your Heart – Crochet Tutorial | Oomanoot #crochet #free #tutorial #valentines

It’s that time of the year and everywhere I look there are Valentine’s Day hearts. Pink and red and all the romantic colors of the rainbow. I must confess that I’m not excited about Valentine’s Day, but I do love pink. Yes, I have grown up from a black-wearing-rock-music-loving teenager to a pink wearing Alicia Keys enthusiast. Not that I don’t still wear an awful lot of black or stopped rocking, but I certainly have opened up to other colors and musical options.

So while all these hearts are popping up all over, “Listen to Your Heart” by Alicia Keys kept playing in my head. I decided to listen and be true to myself: Pink – OK. Heart – let’s go for it. But I gotta keep my street cred (ha! what street cred?) so I chose black and neon green for complementary colors.

I added the heart to a simple ear warmer, placing hearts over my ears (because, listen…), but the pattern can be added onto any crochet piece. In fact, after making the ear warmer, I decided to give in and make a softer toned coaster. I wouldn’t mind being served a nice cup of coffee on one of those. Especially if someone else made it for me.

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Ombre Crochet Ear Warmer Tutorial

December 31, 2013
In: Crochet

Ombre Crochet Ear Warmer Tutorial | Oomanoot Every year I make everyone winter hats. This year I made a giant load of hats for charity. But no hat for me… This year’s been exceptionally cold, and my ears are freezing off! My hair is finally long enough to wear up, but that’s not really convenient for a hat. So instead, I decided to make an ear warmer.

I wanted it to be fast (as always) and warm, which I would normally do with bulky yarn, but my stash is severly depleted (yey! an excuse to go buy more yarn!) and I did not want to go out in the pouring cold rain to buy more. Instead, I decided to make it with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn crocheted together, and get a nice wintery ombre effect while I was at it.

So lets get our hooks crocheting and our ears warm!

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Winter Hats 2013

December 2, 2013
In: Crochet
Winter Hats 2013

Every year around September I realize that it’s almost winter and my kids’ winter hats will not make themselves. I rush ahead and make hats, and then winter doesn’t actually come. It’s December and we’re still having sandstorms and hardly any rain.

Before this year I would ask my son which hat he wanted, and choose what I ever I felt like for my daughter. This year, she suddenly developed a strong 3 year old opinion and wouldn’t listen to any of my suggestions. He chose a spiderman hat, so she must have a spiderman hat.

Spiderman Crochet Hats

I used a variation from Little Things Blogged on Spiderweb Beanie Pattern by It’s Just Jennifer.

While I was waiting for winter to arrive and put the hats I made to use, I came across a charitable project to crochet hats for cancer patients. I had recently seen a campaign requesting hair donations to make wigs. My hair is not long enough to be useful, but crocheting hats would be perfect. It’s nice doing something I like for a good cause.

The hats needed to be done by the end of November, so I decided to make them all with bulky yet soft yarn, so I could get as many done as quickly as possible. These would work well if you need to make some last minute gifts as well.

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Buckinghamigurumi: Palace Guard Pattern

October 13, 2013
In: Crochet

Buckinghamigurumi: Buckingham Palace Guard Crochet Pattern

I am way to pleased with myself for naming the pattern Buckinghamigurumi (try saying that 10 times fast). Aaaaaaaand, I’m over it. Let’s get on with the post.

My friend Racheli is celebrating 10 years of blogging (10 years! wow!), and in honor of this occasion, she asked 10 bloggers to write a post inspired by her (or her blog).

10 years of blogging, 10 days of inspiration

I met Racheli online, I’m sure it was through facebook somehow, but my memory is terrible, I’m not exactly sure of the details. She was nice enough to invite me to a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Although we live in Israel, Racheli loves everything and anything British, and the party was incredible. If you follow this link, you’ll see the amazing decorations and excellent food (the text is in Hebrew, but the pictures speak for themselves).

When she asked me to contribute to her “10 years of blogging, 10 days of inspiration” project, I started in another direction (I was thinking a Hagrid costume, because of the geeky aspect of her blog), but when this idea hit me – I just knew it was the right thing!

By the way, all the pictures of London in this post were taken in 2004, before I even had a digital camera. The quality is so-so, but I figured since I have the pictures it would be a crime not to use them. Right?

So, let’s get started.

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The Perfect Crochet Color Change

September 30, 2013
In: Crochet
The PERFECT Crochet Color Change

I don’t know about you, but I dislike color changes in crochet-in-the-round intensely. I just hate (a strong word, I know, but still) the way the new color “bites” into the old color making a jagged and obvious border. I just HAD to find a solution to the problem.

So I huffed, and I puffed and I… No, wait. There was no actual huffing or puffing, I set my mind and crochet hook to the task, and figured it out.

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Crochet Ice Angry Bird Tutorial

May 12, 2013
In: Crochet

Oomanoot | Crochet Ice Angry Bird Tutorial

Somehow we’ve managed to dodge the bullet until now. But when we acquired a tablet, my kids discovered Angry Birds, and now they can often be found with their heads stuck in a small (that’s my phone) or medium (that’s the tablet) screen, playing until I’ve had enough-and-go-do-something-constructive-now-please.

We’ve got all the free and paid versions, and my son fell in love with the Ice Angry Bird in Angry Birds Space. So, being the drive for much of my craftiness, he asked for me to make him one. And, of course, I agreed.

Wahoooooo! Here we go!

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Jump the Shark Hat Tutorial (Winter Hats 2012)

March 10, 2013
In: Crochet

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Yes, I realize that it’s 2013. However, this hat was made for my boy in September, I was just busy with the blog redesign and didn’t have time to post about it. I was sure I would be finished by November, but, well, that didn’t happen. So even though it’s 2013 now it wasn’t back then, and 2013 will have it’s own winter hats post (or, more likely, posts).

My little girl is still young enough that I get to decide which hat to make (it was the rainbow hat this year), but my son decides for himself what he wants, and it’s up to me to make it happen.

So, shark it is. I call it “Jump the Shark” because my geeky side thinks it’s funny. But I think it’s cute even if you don’t get the reference. What do you think?

I used a mix of techniques I used in previous tutorials, but for your ease I’m copy-pasting all the instructions.

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Rainbow Slipper Socks Tutorial (Giveaway #3)

February 27, 2013
In: Crochet
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The third and last tutorial in my rainbow giveaway series is my take on a short row crochet slipper sock. Personally, I don’t knit or crochet socks for daily wear (inside shoes), it seems like a lot of work for something no one is going to see and will probably not be as comfortable as a simple store bought socks… So, I make slipper socks for hanging around the house instead.

But first, drum roll please:

And the winners are…

Maayanf gets the yarn.

Lilyrose gets the hat.

Sarit gets the scarf.

Last, but not least – Susan gets the socks.

[If you want to see how the winners were chosen, click here. Sarit got two results from the random number generator, so I chose the next result as the 4th winner. The winners will be contacted by email soon to get their mailing address. If for some reason, they do not respond within a week, their prize will go to the next in the sequence.]

Now, back to the sock making business.

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