catania in taupe

because of a fennel gratin

Because of a fennel gratin I’m now crocheting monochrome.

While grocery shopping on Saturday I was surprised to find no veggies besides fennel. Seems like I was there on a totally wrong time and the only things left was a bag of moist and old green beans and fennel. So I bought fennel and tomatoes, I guessed fennel and tomatoes would go nicely with each other. Turned out they did. Baked with cheese and potatoes we had a yummy Sunday lunch. So two things learned: a) stick to grocery shopping in the morning and b) fennel is good.

and then a new year started

Hello my lovelies,

long time no see, right?
well to make a long story short, last summer I was bored of the internet, then I was busy applying for new position within my company, and whohhoooo I got the job! 🙂
In January I started the new job, better money, better evening times, but completely different schedule. I was working as a med rep and now I’m working from desk again, so completely different, but I love it!
And the real big bonus, I have free evenings again. As a med rep your day is quite nice when out and about and visiting your clients, but when you come home there’s still a lot of work waiting at your “home office”. I loved the fee spirit of my former position but OMG I so enjoy my evenings and sundays now. Nothing to do than cooking, family, friends and knitting.

Framed July 2014

Holy Moly! This month was fun!


so in June I challenged myself to only take pictures related to yarn or amigurumi in July. And for the most part I did it ^__^
sometimes it was a real challenge on other days it was a blast. And I got to get to know some of you a little bit better too! How awesome is this? I want to thank you all for joining and commenting and sending hearts, it was so cool in July with you all on my instagram feed !!


and August? well I plan to mix from now on, I do like the diary thing that this challenge comes with, how at the end of a month I can look back and see my life in pictures again, and I also liked the fun I had with you and my yarny pictures. So I think I will just mix both as good as I can. It’s another

How-To: Granny Square

I’ve learned how to make granny squares from the gazillion tutorials that are already out there on blogland and youtube and obviously they are great as I managed to finish a whole blanket not so long ago.
But while working on my “classic” squares I found I made a few changes to the classic granny tutorials that are out there. So instead of making a complete “DIY granny square tutorial” I want to keep notes on what I did, what alterations I made to make my squares look more even and maybe you will find some of the hints useful too ^__^



1 – start by chaining 4 and closing them to a ring


2 – start the first dc-cluster by chaining 2 and follow with 2 dc
note: in most tutorials I found people make three chain stitches to mimic a dc, but I always find that’s too much and makes the chain stand out and look a bit wonky, so I only chain 2


3 – now chain 3, as now there’s a corner, then do 3 dc, repeat this 3 more times
note: now whether to make 3 or just 1 chain stitch in a corner really seems to vary amongst fellow crocheters. I liked the 3-ch-spaces for corners and the 1-ch-spaces inbetween dc-clusters along the sides of a square


4 – to finish off the first round, chain 3 and close round with a slst into the top of the 1st dc you made in this round
note: I’ve marked the spot to slst in picture 3 above with a blue dot


5 – chain 3 and work 3 dc into the next space
note: the beginning chain3 equals a chain2 to mimic the last dc in this round plus a chain1 to space between dc-clusters


6 – now always chain3 between two dc-clusters in each corner and chain1 between two dc-clusters along the sides of a square


7 – to finish a round that started with a chain3, make 1 normal dc and 1 “fat” dc
note: fat-dc: I always found my dc+chain-clusters to be a bit wonky, a little off compared to the other dc-clusters. Therefore I “fattened” the dc between the bordering dc and the chain stitch that mimics a dc. To “fatten” a dc I started a classic dc and pulled the yarn through a second time at the base of the slst of the row below to pull up a fourth loop. To finish this “fat-dc” yo and pull through first three loops on your hook, yo again and pull through remaining two loops (basically treat the two base loops as one and pretend to work a normal dc. You can see the two base loops in the picture below.


to finish this round close with a slst into 3rd chain from base


8 – now let’s make a round that starts with a cluster right away: chain 2, make 2 dc
note: again fatten one dc here to make this cluster look more like all the others. I like to fatten the second dc of the two dc I work here.


9 – continue this round like before: chain3 between dc-clusters in corners, chain1 between dc-clusters at sides and make 3 dc to form a dc-cluster
to finish a round that started with a cluster right away just chain1 and slst into the top of the next dc / equals the 3rd chain (remember the blue dot on pic 3)


10 – repeat the last two rounds as often as required to make a square of your desired size – either start with a chain3 plus a dc-cluster in the next space OR a (chain 2, dc, fat-dc)-cluster


I hope you will find this helpful in some way .. crochet hugs, Diana

finished .. granny blanket

so I finally finished my first ever granny square blanket. I do admit I’m proud. My first ever granny square turned into a whole blanket. And the granny bug bit me. I can’t stop and I won’t. These squares are so perfect little in-between projects. Small, easy, fit every pocket, satisfying! just perfect.


granny blanket finished


now let my share some details on this one. It’s now 1,30 x 1,56 meter and therefore a little smaller than I calculated first hand, but nevertheless a handsome size.
I started on January 1st this year and finished September 1st (according to my ravelry, beacause when I took the little heavy thing outside this morning to take a few pictures I found two more yarn ends to sew in, but I won’t count them, would you? I like to say that I made this whole babe in just eight month).


I used catania yarn all over. The colorways I used are: 249 (gold yellow), 254 (greyish brown) and 262 (minty green). Each ball is 50gramm and I used 41 balls in total. So this makes a little over two kilograms for the whole afghan. Exactly 30 of them were minty green, eight were yellow and of course three were brown. I needed to re-order about 12 balls to finish and only because of the border I used up the first brown ball plus two more. Borders eat yarn! Who knew…


granny blanket finished

The patterns:
the big dahlia square and my notes
my smaller version
a tutorial on how I made my “classic” granny squares will follow (I’ve learned from the lot of tutorials that can be found already on the interwebs but I made a few changes on the way and want to keep these notes somewhere, what a perfect little place my own blog might be and maybe you will find them interesting as well
and last but not least the border


oh even one more, how I joined all my squares will follow in a separate post as well. you can see a close up below or here


granny blanket finished

granny blanket finished

granny blanket finished

♥ Diana