Some Crochet, Some Pics, Some Travels..

lunedì 25 maggio 2015

Summer gift party and garland pattern!

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Hello lovelies! One week ago I found that the lovely Lisa of 'Piccolecose' togheder with Antonella of 'Un blog a cavolo' hosted a fun Summer gift party. The topic of the party is SUMMER and the participants has to realize a garland inspired to this season:::

This was the first time I join a swap, but I thought it would be a funny way to exchange some love with our blogging friends and discover other! So let't thinking about deep sea, sun-drenched beach, unexplored bay, hot sand and..... ice creams!

In the past week I’ve made up a garlad of ice-cream for the swap::: 

For crochet the ice -cream I decide to create a simple pattern using my yarn stash and recycled corrugated paper seems  perfect for the ice -cream cone!

Ice cream pattern:

sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
slp st: slip stitch

make a magic ring with 6 sc
Round 1: 1 sc every sc (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc every sc (12 sc)
Round 3: in the same stich *slp st, make 3dc and then a slp st*
               move to next stitch  *make 3dc and then a slp st*
               move to next stitch * make 3dc and then a slp st*


If you are creative and would like to participate,  there is still a few days to join (you can post your garland until 30th of may) ::: leave a comment on the blog of Lisa or Antonella, create your summer
garland and share on blogs and social with the hashtag #summergiftparty. 

Let's get the party started!!!

venerdì 15 maggio 2015

May is bike month!

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May is Bike Month! Whether you like to go use your bicycle as a primary mode of transportation cause there is something so lovely about travel around knowing you’ve reduced your carbon footprint! Riding a bike around Bologna city amplifies everything magical about it::: with the wind whipping around you and the colorful 'portici' flashing past!

To celebrate Bike Month I decide to take part of the European Cycling Challenge, a urban cyclists team competition that takes place from 1 to 31 May 2015 in different European city::: Bologna is 7th in the leaderboard ! 

Using the app Cycling365 I monitoring kilometers travelling across the city for going work:: it's super funny!

Whatever the reason for your ride, why not celebrate Bike Month with a little bicycle yarn-bombing?

These quick and easy crochet projects are a perfect opportunity to try out new yarns, new stitches or reduce our yarn stash. The best part is, when you’re done, you’ll have a truly customized bike that shows off your creative side!

Crocheted  Basket Bunting by greedy for colour

Crocheted bike seat cover by Carina

Crocheted skirts bike guards La Messer 

Crocheted under-seat bike pack (no pattern)

Images via pinterest 

And you? What is your may inspiration? Have a funny week end everyone!!

venerdì 24 aprile 2015

Crocheting the biggest blanket in the world!

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The association "Mettiamoci una pezza" from Aquila invites you to enter the Guinness World Record by taking part in achieving the biggest crochet blanket in the world!

The idea is to create a large raspberry blanket and assembly it in Trieste on the 20th of June, in 'Piazza Unità D'Italia' for the Guinness Book of Records "the world's biggest blanket "!!!

The association, since 2009 with Yarn bombing and other forms of art, tries to bring attention to the reality of a city (l'Aquila) devastated by the earthquake and ignored by the institutions. This is why this brave women chose to participate in this event through red patches (the entire city center of Aquila is a 'red zone' where time has stood still). 

photo by 'Mettiamoci una pezza' 

To partecipate:

-crochet a red square with yarn or cotton that measure about 50x50cm and sign it with your name and city (this is the facebook page of the event with some example of squares)

send to:

'Associazione Culturale Animammersa'

c/o Patrizia Bernardi

via Strada Statale 17 Bis 87

67100 Paganica (AQ) -ITALY-

NB squares should arrive on 30th of May!!!

My square is almost done::: wanna see yours!

Thanks for reading and happy hooking!


per le amiche italiane:

L'associazione “Mettiamoci una pezza” del'Aquila vi invita entrare nel Guinness World Record partecipando a realizzare la coperta all'uncinetto più grande del mondo!

La'idea è quella di creare una grande coperta, ma grande grande, color lampone e di portarla il 20 Giugno a Trieste, in Piazza Unità d’Italia (quale Piazza migliore) per il Guinnes dei primati “la coperta più grande del mondo”

L'associazione dal 2009 con Yarn bombing e altre forme artistiche cerca di riportare l'attenzione sulla realtà di una città devastata dal terremoto e ignorata dalle istituzioni. 

 Per questo ha scelto di partecipare a questo evento attraverso pezze rosse, per portare la sua denuncia “una zona rossa ovunque si trovi è questione nazionale” .

Vorremmo raccogliere:

–    “pezze” di lana o di cotone di color lampone, rosse quindi, con tutte le sfumature che ne verranno, esclusivamente lavorate all’uncinetto

–     le “pezze” dovranno avere una misura 50x50cm

–     ogni pezza deve essere firmata a punto a croce, punto erba, su stoffa, come volete insomma, purché ci sia il vostro nome e il nome della vostra città

Potete spedire la vostra pezza presso:

Associazione Culturale Animammersa

c/o Patrizia Bernardi

via Strada Statale 17 Bis 87

67100 Paganica (AQ)

Per facilitare l’organizzazione del lavoro di assemblaggio e per predisporre l’installazione, è importante che il vostro materiale arrivi al massimo per il giorno  30 Maggio 2015!

La mia pezza è quasi finita::: aspetto di vedere le vostre copertine!

lunedì 20 aprile 2015

Spring attitude:::

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Happy new week crafty people! Just a short post to say a quick hello and show you a snap picture of upcoming project::: enjoy the little things!

Many thanks for your visit! Happy Hooking !

lunedì 13 aprile 2015

Baby ballerina shoes

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Hello crafty people! Today I'm gonna show you these little shoes I have crocheted for a dear friend for the birth of her daughter::: Anita! 


Crochet baby booties are the perfect handmade gift that everyone will love.  If you are expecting or if you have friends who are expecting, give these beautiful shoes a try! 

They are absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to see little Anita wearing these!

I was so happy to find a free pattern for baby booties here but I prefer to create a ballerina shoes so I follow the pattern till round 10. To attach the trim I follow this cute pattern here. To crochet little buttons I use this lovely tutorial here.  

Hoping you like this mixed pattern and I wish you have a lovely week!

lunedì 30 marzo 2015

Spring projects

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I'm happy that very soon we hit April already! The days are start to become longer,  the bulbs in the pots are pushing through, days become warm and sunny and Spring will bring colors and joy around! Hope you start a super happy easter week and enjoy spring too:::

To celebrate spring arrival I would like to share some small projects I realize exploring the endless possibility to crochet flowers:::

This little flowers are super cute and funny to realize ::: I use it to embroider hairpins and elastic bands (that I become addicted to)::: Luckily there are small projects which are completed in very short time and thus involving a quick feeling of success!

You can found the free pattern I used here and here

Wishing you have a great week ahead!

With this post I partecipate to Maryanne creativity linky party

My Little Inspirations

sabato 28 marzo 2015

mug cozy and a giveaway winner!

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I love cloudy afternoons while drinking tea and crocheting::: Did you remember my post about mug DIY? It had been a while since I wanted to realize a mug cozy and ta dah:::

So I grabbed my hook, a featureless mug and started crocheting away! I used a 5.00mm crochet hook and cotton yarn in light violet:: pattern is super easy and can be adjusted to fit around your favourite cup! What I like very much of this project is the loop around the button that for me is super cute!

It's also time for a winner of my first giveaway! Thank you so much for leaving a comment! 

 And the winner is.... Carla, congratulations!  I'll be in touch to get a postal address and pop your prize in the mail for you. 

So, that's about it for now, happy spring time to everyone!

lunedì 9 marzo 2015

Blogiversary giveaway!

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Hello crafty people! March is already here and I'm a bit absent in these weeks:::  I've had a quite busy month at work and I apply for a new handmade market, so during the day is really tricky to combine all the things I need to do!

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to do a give away as a thank you for all the lovely support you give me in my creative adventures and to mark one year of blogging, so here it is!

Some month ago I'm searching for a Tama mascotte and I realize this little owl:::: I have decided  might be a good thing to use as my give away!

Let me say thank you to each and everyone of you who've read my posts or left me comments
My crafting has definitely increased, and having lots of positive feedback has been amazing! Comments from my readers are a very important part about blogging::: not only because of how lovely the comments are in themselves, it's more the feeling of community and the pleasure of sharing opinions! 

 I've made lots of bloggy friends from all over the world and discover so many creative people, who not only share their knowledge and ideas, but who give their time to read and give a feedback :::

So a big Thank you to each and everyone of you who've read my posts or left me comments!

Giveaway rules:
1. Follow Tama pollo adventures
2. Leave a comment below.
3. Please do make sure to leave your email if in your blog I cant' find your contact details

The closing date is midnight 21st March so Good Luck !!!

lunedì 23 febbraio 2015

Blog update and cute news!

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Hello lovelies! Happy monday to everyone!
Most of you know the lovely Annemarie's Haakblog that make our week end more inspiring by promote a super nice link party 'Link Your Stuff!'. Linkups encourage to create intriguing items, photograph them well and share with others. They also encourage crafters to check out what other people are doing and connect with them::: 

In december my handwarmer are been showed up with my big surprise!

I like very much Annemarie's link party cause every week is full of nice projects and become a big online library! I discover cute and inspiring blog every time!

Last week my pop pochettes are been showed up !! Thanks Annemarie's and thank you all for the lovely comments on this project!


This week end I get around to doing the PROJECT page with all the projects I realize in 2014:: I do a collage with picture and linking back to my previous post:: let's take a look!


Looking at my archive you can see that my first blog birthday is just round the corner so I'm arranging a giveaway ::::stay tuned!

sabato 14 febbraio 2015

DIY your weekend::: Mug cozy

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Good evening lovely people and a Happy Valentine's day to you!  It would be nice to organize a crafty weekend with your valentine! This time the idea came from my larder, cause I'm a mug collector! 

I'm not sure where my 'obsession' with mugs came from:::  I can only say that in every shop I came I want to stop by and admire  (or buy) them! Therefore now that I'm a crafter (!) I want to customize every blank mug I see! I'm happy to share with you few nice ideas, realized exploring a wide range of materials and tecniques. The first DIY is from 'Le idee della Vale' a super cute blog full of nice DIY, whereas the last is a cozy crochet project perfect for S. Valentine so happy hooking!

kawaii small cup:::

nerd mug:::  

tissue paper watercolor mug:::  

crochet S. Valentine mug cozy:::

 Images are from my Mug obsession Pinterest board

PS I found another romantic project for your valentine in the lovely 'le creazioni di Ivy' blog ::: don't miss her video tutorial!

 Happy sunday!

lunedì 9 febbraio 2015

February !

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I'm happy that we've hit February already! The days are slowly start to become longer,  the bulbs in the pots are pushing through, San valentine day will arrive soon and Carnival street party will bring colors and joy around!

This week is full of nice events and lovely moments:::

my new set of hooks::: I have only metal hook but crocheting a lot Christmas stuffs make me recognize that I need to shift to something more confortable... and ta dah the perfect birthday present!

friends dinner party at a fair trade and organic restaurant in the city centre::: I discover bulgur and I fell in love with it! This week I'm planning on filling my body with fresh and in season vegetables to be a little bit more energised!

my new hearb tea berries:::

new project for a baby born, discovering amigurumi:::  I'm excited to explore a whole new range of possibilities from stuffed animals and dolls, to finger  puppets and anime inspired projects! 

Wishing you a healthy and happy week of hooking!!!

lunedì 2 febbraio 2015

Pop Pochettes

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Hello crafty people, happy monday to everyone! Thank you for all your kind comments on my striped handwarmer pattern::: I feel very blessed to have this space to share my crochet adventures! Just popping in to show you my finished pochettes! I crocheted them in september and I could have finished it ages ago but as usual I was doing other crafty things along side it! But now I'm excited to show you the fully realized crafts:::  

Everything to do with thread, fabric and  machine sewing, has been intriguing me but I have no experience in, so my friend Carla help me to end the job! The fabric used for me is perfect cause I like dot blot sooo much and I'm so glad to have found this fabric in grey.

I love the way this pochettes has turned out::: I have change the pattern a little because I used two different yarn and the tension was quite different. I create the pochettes in two different sizes:  the bigger and the smaller one perfect as a cosmetic bag!

Last week I take part in two amazing  link party so big hello to new followers!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week ahead!

Linky Party 2015

martedì 20 gennaio 2015

Bologna the 'fat', an introduction

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Bologna is a city with a strong culinary culture,  well-known  as 'Bologna la grassa' ('Fat Bologna'). You can enjoy innumerable dishes starting from pasta (tortellini and lasagne), going on with meat (prosciutto, salame and mortadella) and cheese. The local region is also well known for Parmesan cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar and of course some great wines. Are you hungry? Well because we are going to the market:::
One of the most traditional food shopping places is called "Mercato delle erbe", downtown in Ugo Bassi Street. Since the beginning of the century, this covered vegetable market was held in city centre and the present building was inaugurated in 1949, after the war devastation. There are about 60 stalls; the core of the market is mostly dedicated to fruit and vegetables but in the outer walls you can find more of the local products: cheeses, pastas, bread, fish and  meat.

The amazing news is that last year it was recovered and renovated creating a modern and animated place where, near the indoor market, you can taste local food at any time in the day. It offer such a rich variety of dishes: you can choose from trying handcraft beers, local wines, fresh fruit shakes, pizza and panini. There is also a restourant with the most famous dishes of our region. 
I like this market so much because there is a modern atmosphere into a vintage context because all the shop sign are original!

So this week end I discover this fabulous market with my friends::: what a perfect place to rest and refresh after shopping!

Have a great Tuesday! 

lunedì 12 gennaio 2015

Striped handwarmer pattern

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Hello crafty people! Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post on my makes, your encouragement does mean a lot to me!  As I tell you before December days were busy days so I have no time to sit down and write the fingerless gloves pattern. But now that the holidays are behind us and we came back to the daily routine It's time to whip up some projects:::

ch = chain
sc = simple crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Ribbed Wrist Cuff:

COLOR A   STEP 1.    Chain 11. SC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn

STEP 2. SC in Back Loop Only of each st across. Ch 1, turn.
STEP 3. Rows 3 – 13: Repeat Step 2
STEP 5. Row 14: Working in BLO and through remaining sts of starting ch, slst both ends together to form a tube. Ch 1 but DO NOT turn.

Left Hand:

ROW 1. INCREASE: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sts*. Repeat from * to *around.
ROW 2. Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in each st across, sl st to first sc to join the round.
ROW 3. Repeat Row 2
ROW 4. Attach color A. Ch 1, sc in each st across.
ROW 5. Repeat Row 4
ROW 6. Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in each st across.
ROW 7. Repeat Row 6
ROW 8. Attach color A. Ch 1, sc in each st across.
ROW 9. Repeat Row 8
ROW 10. Attach color B. Ch1, INCREASE: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sts*. Repeat from * to *around.
ROW 11. Ch 1,SC in each st across.
ROW 12. Attach color A. Ch 1, SC in each st across.
ROW 13. Repeat Row 12


ROW 14. Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in next 4 sc, ch 7, leave next 7  sc unworked, and work sc in each of next sc around, sl st to join round.
ROW 15. Ch1, sc in each st around and sl st to join round.
ROW 16. Attach color A. Ch 1, SC in each st across.
ROW 17. Repeat Row 16

Right Hand:

Work as for left one until row 13.
Round 14: Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in each sc around until last 7 sts, ch7, leave next 7 sc unworked and join with sl st to top of beg.
Work remaining rounds of handwarmer as for the left one.

I'm so happy with how they came out! I think I'm improve a little bit in respect to my first and awkward attemp to design gloves::: The pattern is really easy to make even for beginners and mittens will keep your hands and wrists warm this winter!

I used a 4 mm hook and soft wool (Drops Karisma is the yarn used in the sample). The color choices are endless; don't be afraid to mix things up! 

Hoping you have a fabulous week!

Linky Party 2015