39! Wow! That is how many of you joined with a WIP on the first edition of Tackle that WIP. Can’t believe so many of you set a goal for yourself and started finishing project. Some projects were started recently, but also some projects have been laying around for years. It is just so inspiring to see your progress on our #tacklethatwip hastag on Instagram.

Only a few more days left in October. How did you do? Did you finish your WIP? Or did you reach your goal for the project you chose?

I am going to use the weekend to finish my WIP. I’m still working on the details on the Sugaridoo Sampler. I already did the birds, sewing machines, snails and penguins. But I still need to finish the bunny, doggy, kitten, toucan and fishes.

And I decided that I wanted to finish Charlie the Cat in grey and orange. Yesterday I nearly finished all the parts during a lovely crochet get together #hakenindekas. So now I ‘only’ have to sew all the parts together. Should be manageable in one weekend I think :)

Now for your progress! Did you finish or reach your goal? If so, pop an picture of your project in the tool below and maybe you will win this months price of your choice!


Thank you so much for joining me this month in our very first TTW. Want to join again? Just make sure to check out the blog on the first of november to see who won and to enter a project for November.

xo Irene

It is today!! The first of October. The day that we are starting our WIP movement together. There were soo many positive comments after mentioning that I wanted to start something to finish our WIPs together. Awesome! I’m super excited that you are with me.

#TackleThatWIP

Since so many of us have multiple WIPs, and since it feels so good to finish a WIP every now and then I wanted to start something so motivate each other. So, every month I’m going to host #TackleThatWIP here on Sugaridoo. (Thanks Liesbeth for this awesome hashtag suggestion!) This will hopefully give us some accountability and support for the projects that we really want to finish.

It doesn’t matter if you only need to finish the binding of a quilt, if you need to sew together an amigurumi or if you want to set a milestone for your own project such a finishing a quilt top or adding 10 rows to your crochet blanket. It all helps tackling your WIP right?

What’s the plan?

Here’s the plan.

  • I will put a blog post online on the 1st of the month (that’s this post).
  • You can pick a WIP goal that you want to finish this month
  • Enter a picture of your WIP with your goal during the first 4 days of the this month.
  • In the last week of the month I’ll post a new blog post where you can enter a picture of your WIP when it’s finished.
  • You have until the last day of the month to enter your results of the month when you reached your goal.
  • Every finished WIP goal (that was announced in the beginning of the month) will give you one entry into that months give away.

Are you excited? I know am!

Did you say something about a giveaway?

Yess, there will be a price each month. A finished WIP makes room for a new one, right? This month I’ll be the sponsor of the give away. For the following months different shops will sponsor the price for #TackleThatWIP.

This month’s winner can choose between a rainbow fabric bundle with Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman or a rainbow yarn collection with Musthave 100% cotton yarn by Yarn&Colors.

Enter your WIP


How to link a project

You can link to a picture of a project. You can do so from your blog, your instagram or flickr. If you have questions about posting, let me know in the comments below so I can help you out.

Some things to keep in mind when participating:

  • Post a picture of the WIP you want to finish this month. Enter again at the end of the month to have a change to win this months price.
  • Upload your own pictures only, don’t enter with a WIP that’s not yours
  • Please do check out some of the other WIPs and let’s encourage each other!
  • By entering a picture you give Sugaridoo permission to feature your project on the Sugaridoo social media channels
  • Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways or other linky parties.

My project for this month

This month I would love to work on the Sugaridoo Samper. I still need to add details to the figures in the quilt, eyes on the animals, air bubbles for the fishes, a needle for the sewing machine, etc. I’d be so happy if I could finish that this month!

And the winner is…

Next month, on the 1st of November, I’ll announce the winner of the give away. (Which will be picked randomly with help ot random.org) And also I will put some of your beautiful projects in the spotlights.

 

Good luck with picking your project for this month. Can’t wait to see what you will be working on!

Love,
Irene

Whooohooo! Finally the pattern for Polly the Chicken is finished. Let the chicken crochet party begin! (Scroll down for the discount code)

First off, I need to say THANK YOU to all my amazing pattern testers.

Angelique
Esther
Mirjam
Caroline

This was the first crochet pattern I designed with my new mom brain. No need to say that a thorough inspection of the test crocheters was very much needed. So the pattern is tested through and through and ready to be added to the Sugaridoo Webshop: Polly the Chicken
(The Dutch pattern is instantly downloadable after payment, the English translation will be send out on the 5th of October.)

Now Polly would loove to introduce herself a bit:

“My name is Polly. Polly the chicken. I’m the newest edition to the Sugaridoo amigurumi collection.⠀

I love to go for a swim in the sea in the morning, I bake the most delicious Danish pastries and I wear hand knitted socks to bed. Oh, and I’m always searching for my keys. Why is it that keys like to play hide and seek when you want to leave the house?”

Let’s celebrate

To celebrate this new pattern, use the discount code POLLYPOLLY to get 15% off this whole week!

Let’s grab a hook, some yarn and make all the chickens! :D

Love,
Irene

Ok. Well. I thought it would be nice to get a bit organized and finally get an overview of everything that was laying around in my studio as Work In Progress (WIPs). Wow. I suspected that there would be quite a few, but I didn’t know that I was working on SO many project.

I’ll talk you through everything that is going in on in the Sugaridoo Studio:

And for my own record.. Here’s the list:

My WIP’s

Quilts

  • Orange triangle quilt
  • Penguin quilt for baby Jules
  • Round robin for our quilt bee
  • Bunny mini Quilt
  • Finish binding on music quilt
  • And, believe it or not, the Sugaridoo Sampler
  • Tree Tree House
  • Music Potholders
  • Improv quilt

Crochet projects

  • Huge Polly the chicken
  • Bunny Bo
  • Crochet blanket
  • Charlie the Cat

New Patterns

  • Release Polly the Chicken pattern
  • Release Owly mini quilt pattern

Events

  • Crochet party 22nd of Sept
  • Brei en Haakdagen in Zwolle
  • Kreadoe
  • Crochet party 24th of Nov

 

Looking for a quick little crochet project to brighten up your Easter breakfast table? Then this little bunny is definitely something for you! You’ll only need a few pastel colors of your favorite yarn, and you’re good to go! I used Yarn and Color Mini’s, you can make one little bunny from 10gr (25m) of this yarn, when you use a 2.5mm crochet hook.

Pattern

Body

R1: 6sc in a ring         (6)
In this pattern we will start in a ring. You can use a magic ring, or crochet 5 chain stitches and combine those to a ring in which you’ll crochet the first 6 single crochet.
R2: 6 x inc. (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6  (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (24)
R5: {3sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (30)
R6: {9sc, 1 x inc.} x 3 (33)
R7: {10sc, 1 x inc.} x 3 (36)
R8: 36 sc
T9: {11sc, 1 x inc.} x 3 (39)
R10-14: 39sc
Fste off and work awaty the end in the inside of the body.

Ear

R1: 6sc in a ring         (6)
R2: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 3 (9)
R3: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 3  (12)
R4-6: 12sc
T7: 10sc, 1 x dec. (11)
R8: 9sc, 1 x dec. (10)
R9: 8sc, 1 x dec. (9)
R10-11: 9sc
Faste off. Fold and sew the first part of the ear together, sew the ear to the top of the body. Make two ears like this.

Tail

Make a small pompom. You could use a fork to do so. Attach it to the back side of the body.

Finishing touches

Cut a tiny pink nose out of felt en glue this to the body. Embroider a face to the body with black yarn.

And there you have your little bunny! Will you make him a friend in a different color as well?

Hoppy Easter!

Love,
Irene

Een feestje in een doosje

Heb je de leuke doosjes met Yarn and Colors minis al gezien? Klik klik klik 😉Heerlijke snoepjes, per 20 in een doosje.

Ze zijn al super leuk om gewoon zo neer te zetten en naar te kijken. Maar er een mooi project mee maken is natuurkijk nog veel leuker.

Wat dacht je van deze toffe hartjes slinger? Met elk bolletje Yarn and Colors mini haak je 1 hartje.

Angelique haakte deze leuke slinger voor mij om mee te nemen naar de handwerkbeurs in Zwolle, super bedankt!

Hieronder lees je hoe je deze leuke hartjes kunt maken.

Afkortingen

l = losse
v = vaste
R = ronde (toer)
{ … } x 3 = herhaal wat tussen de {} staat zo vaak als aangegeven
(..) = het aantal steken dat je hebt na de ronde
meer. = meerderen (haak 2v in de volgende v)
min. = minderen (haak de volgende 2v samen)

Aan de slag!

Het hart maken we door twee halve bollen te haken en deze haken we aan elkaar.

R1: 6v in een ring (6)
R2: 6 x meer. (12)
R3: {1v, 1 x meer.} x 6 (18)
R4: {2v, 1 x meer.} x 6 (24)
R5-7: 24

Hecht af en haak nog zo’n halve bol. Hecht de tweede bol niet af, ga verder met R8

R8: haak 18v op de tweede bol, spring over naar de eerste bol en haak 18v over de eerste bol.

Hartje_schema

R9: Spring terug naar de 2e bol, sla 6v over en haak 36v over beide bollen. Je slaat op beide bollen dus 6 steekjes over.
R10: 36v
R11: {4v, 1 x min.} x 6 (30)
R12: 30v
R13: {3v, 1 x min.} x 6 (24)
R14: 24v
R15: {2v, 1 x min.} x 6 (18)
R16: 18v
R17: {1v, 1 x min.} x 6 (12)
R18: 12v
R19: 6 x min (6)
Hecht af, vul het hart op en naai de opening aan de bovenkant dicht.

Zo maak je in van elk mini bolletje een hartje. Rijg de hartjes aan een stevige draad, het liefst een draad die niet rekt. En hang je slinger ergens op waar je er heel vaak naar kunt kijken!

Veel plezier met haken!

Liefs,

Irene

During a craft fair earlier this year I got a question about adding details to your amigurumi. What is the best way to do that? How do you secure your thread nicely? There are multiple way to add details. In the video below I will show you how I embroider faces to these cute little cacti.

What do you need

  • Crocheted amigurumi
  • Thread in the right color
  • Scissors
  • Needle with a blund end

In this tutorial I use a thread that is a little bit thinner than the yarn I used to crochet the cacti with. These cacti are crocheted with Yarn and Colors Super and the faces are stitched with Yarn and Colors Must Have. The thinner you thread, the more precise you can work. Just try different threads and see what works best for you.

The pattern for the little cacti can be found over here: Cactus Cloe, Cactus Casper, Cactus Cooper

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments.

Love,
Irene

 

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A year ago I quit my job. A really nice job with fun colleagues. A job as an engineer for which I studied quite long. A field of work that I still really like. But yet, I quit my job to start doing something else. For my parents, and many colleagues and friends this wasn’t a logical decision at the time. But for me it has been one of the best choices I made over the last years.

“Choosing happiness has to do with following your passions and prioritizing the things that just make you very happy.”

I believe you can create you own happiness. That has to do with making choices, with following your passion and prioritizing the things that just make you very happy.

A year ago we celebrated that I quit my job. Cheers!

What my biggest passion is, I discovered when I first had a stand at a craft fair in February last year. During a day at the office I made a spur of the moment decision to ask the organization of a large craft fair if there was a tiny stand available for me. And a few months later I was standing behind some tables with my freshly printed crochet patterns, yarn from my own stash and quilting fabrics that I bought during an online black Friday sale from the US.

“Working with all those pretty materials and sharing that passion with others, that makes me so very happy!”

During that fair I talked to so many lovely people. Of course it’s nice to hear that people like your designs and patterns. But at the same time I discovered how much I liked to explain to a newbie sewer what she would need to get started with quilting. Or to help someone find the perfect yarn colors for her next project. Working with those pretty materials and sharing that passion with others made me so very happy. I was bouncing all day long behind my stand.

The first craft fair I attended with Sugaridoo

That craft fair made me think. If my hobbies made me so happy, shouldn’t I do something with that? It wasn’t that I was unhappy with my job. (I still get super excited by a nicely coded simulation in Matlab.) But the idea that I could build something for myself. A business where I can decide what I work on, what I do each day and how much time I take for friends and family is really something special.

So that is what I did. I started working full-time on Sugaridoo, on July the first 2017 I changed from being employed to being a entrepreneur. Now a year has passed, and in that year so many things happened. I attended a lot of craft fairs, published my first book the Sugaridoo Sampler, launched the Sugaridoo Webshop and started working from my own studio in March this year. Crazy to take a look back in time and see how Sugaridoo grew over a year. Maybe it’s my pregnancy hormones, but I’m having happy tears right now realizing that I can do all of this. Every day.

Art quote by Miekinvorm.nl

Your own business is something that is always changing and growing I think. Sugaridoo didn’t became as it is now over night. On March the 25th 2013 I soled my very first crochet pattern. That is already 4.5 years ago. By giving it time and attention it grew slowly to what it is today. And there is still so much room for change and improvement. But that’s totally okey. I took the first step to ‘Make it Happen’. Awesome to work on that everyday!

Thank you so much for being a part of my Sugaridoo journey.

Love,
Irene