Crochet Halter Top

My handmade activity is always affected by each season. This is normal, I think. When it’s cold and windy I want to curl up with a cup of hot coffee and knit knit knit with a lovely wool yarn. When it’s sunny and warm I want to knit/crochet with delicate cotton or bamboo or linen in muted or vibrant colors. Whatever! When it’s pouring rain, well rain weather is always knit/crochet weather! Haha!

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So, last summer after the crochet boho top, I made a halter top to continue my crochet flow. My hands decided on their own on what to make!

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The pattern I followed is called the Enchanted Halter and can be found here. I made some alterations in order to fit me better and ta-dah! Ready to wear and enjoy! It was a fun project and a lovely summer top that can be worn at the beach, on a bicycle ride, during an afternoon with ice cream or well at the balcony sunbasking!

 

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Aaahh.. SO eager to enjoy my week off and visit an island this year, wander around, explore, eat, swim, sleep, just ramble! And always in my happy, handmade and simple outfits! Yay!

 

Happy Day friends**

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Crochet Boho Top

 

June is on its way and the lighter fabrics are already out of the closet

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I always feel motivated and renewed after moving the winter outfits into the closet and grabbing the summery ones out. Breezy fabrics, colorful palettes, a carefree comfortable style is all I ask for during the hot months of summer!

So, last summer I started crocheting a boho festival top using a delicious cotton yarn in a cotton candy colorway! Never really wore it last summer but the time has come now! I need to wait a little longer though, just until the weather gets hotter. But still!

The pattern I followed is this and I really like the result! Easy, breezy, colorful and on top of it all handmade! Check out my ravelry page for more info!

It’s a nice triangle with a shell pattern on the waist and a beautiful decorative stitch around the triangle. Of course you can add fringe but I skipped it because I prefer it more that way!  A flattering, cute and summery ‘ole top!

Already dreaming of packing my summer bag and leaving the town to go camp by the seaside. Breakfast on a hammock, sun basking for hours at the beach, listening to the birds and the sea, coffee at dusk, candlelight around the tent at night and always comfortable clothing for the body. Aaahh, such bliss..!

Okay, so hurry up! Grab your hooks and go make it!

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Cozy Knit Throw

Hi friends!

Well, it’s been a winter full of cute, cozy and warm knitting/crochet projects!

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After I finished my crochet blanket, I started knitting a cozy throw. I wanted to make a special gift and what could have been better than a cozy handmade throw? Nothing! Haha!

So, I found this pattern scrolling down Pinterest. The cables immediately caught my eye. I really love them, they can give a beautiful texture and make the garment cozy instantly. Very delicate..

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The pattern is easy and fun! It’s an alternation between knit and purl stitches with beautiful cables longwise.

I used a lovely 100% merino wool, so soft that it was a delight to knit with! And in this subtle colour it feels like you are hugging a cloud, it’s like a dream! 😊 I also made some alterations in the pattern making the throw a bit bigger and wider. It ended up being 65×105 cm long.

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It’s great for a movie night or when working on the laptop, used as a wrap around the shoulders or even to decorate the couch and create a cozy corner! So sad I had to give it away, but really happy with the result!

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Happy Weekend!

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Crochet Blanket

Hello friends!

The weather here is warm and sunny and so so beautiful! Looks like spring is here, all the trees are getting greener, small cute buds everywhere, birds here and there singing about the spring arrival.. So magical.

Despite that, at night it’s still breezy and you definitely need a blanket to cuddle under and have a snack!

Last winter I started crocheting a biiiiig project. Actually, my BIGGEST crochet project so far!

 

A double bed blanket!! Eeeeeeeep!!

And it got finished this winter, aka the best time to start enjoying it!! We had a really cold winter this year, it actually snowed for many days causing problems in my whole country. But personally I enjoyed it very much, I went out for a walk, played with the snow, visited the forest which was a real winter wonderland and then back home under my blanket and with a warm cup of coffee to soothe the cold fingers! It was perfect!

Ok, enough with the rambling! Below I am sharing photos of the biggest crochet yummy thing I made with my two bare hands! And I love it so. And I am so excited!

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It didn’t really took me much time; a couple of months altogether. It’s a double bed blanket 100% wool and it took much more yarn than I had predicted! Probably around 13 balls of yarn in each color. But I don’t really care. It was a lot of work and I love the result. It’s a pure handmade item, made with a lot of care, love and excitement, it’s very very warm and truly special. I use it every night or for an afternoon nap and it’s oh so cozy!! Plus it gives my space a cheerful and warm autumnal vibe with this color palette, which by the way took me quite some time until I finally came to a decision, but was totally worth it!

 

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The struggle of night time.

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I used to be so in love with night time. I used to find it magical. I could spend hours listening to music, watching a film, reading, writing, dreaming, staying awake during night time. It was the time of the day I enjoyed the most.

The past few years though, I find it terribly difficult to make my nights at least bearable. The moment it starts getting dark here and that is around 5pm, I find myself feeling helpless, miserable, struggling to get it through. Such a strange transition, right? Not that I was a night owl and now suddenly I became an early bird. I am not an early bird either. I like my day to start around 9am. But lately, nights.. are so tough. I just try to get through the goddamn night.

So these days, I am looking for ways to make my nights easier until bed time. Looking for activities to calm my anxiety and loneliness, try to make friends with books, maybe listen to audiobooks, put some fairy lights in the room to create a cozy and welcome atmosphere, essential oils burning, knitting podcasts, maybe a film streaming, or a cinema visit or even a visit to the gym!

If I have to stay inside, I try to make it as easy as it gets. Spending time doing favorite activities, listening to records or podcasts and find courage in other human beings. When I have to be outside it’s certainly easier on its own. Interaction, late evening coffee, visits to friends or even alone city walks. It doesn’t matter. It’s easier outside nevertheless.

So, how do you deal with night time?

I bet that for many people it’s the perfect time to sit down, breathe and relax after a day full of errands and life tasks. The perfect time to do things for ourselves; a relaxing shower, a nice dinner, knitting on the couch, reading a book or something..

But, are there any soulmates out there, feeling the same about night time as me? Struggling when it’s getting dark? Dealing with personal “monsters”?

Well,

if so, please share!

To live simple and to interact.

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Sometimes, there is this urgent need to sit down and write about something personal.

And share it.

But I really don’t know if there is anyone out there reading or even scrolling down this personal digital space of mine..  It feels as if I am totally alone in my own sea.

However, this urgent need to share is there alive and kicking, you know? Sharing and interacting. So much in need of this lately.

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Anyway, the reason behind this post was a song, like the ones I hear suddenly on the radio and make me remember who I am and what I love. What makes my heart sing.

It’s a complicated feeling, not very clear in my head right now.

Briefly, I can say that I am a person who looooves nature, gets inspired by the simplicity in life and firmly dreams of an impossible world where people exist in the way they were born to. Happily, peacefully, embracing nature, embracing each other, respecting, feeling happy when the sun is shining, when it’s raining and the ground smells so amazingly great, creating, producing, loving. The simple things. You know?

I might sound silly.. But this is what I dream of.

I dream of a small place to call home in an island. I need to wake up and look at the sea each day. The grey sea before a storm or a blue calm sea and the sun rays flickering. Living simple, enjoying the simplicity in the little precious moments of life. When making some coffee, when cooking dinner, when reading a book, knitting a warm blanket, watching a film, staring out of the window, spending time with loved-ones, having a walk in the mountains, collecting flowers. Whatever.

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The essence is in the little things. In the simplicity of life.

 

This is what I stand for and what I need in my life. And I try to make it visible here, or on any social media network I use in order to interact with people. This is me and to be honest, this is what I need.

So, I try to make my life like this everyday, to communicate it with others, to share, to search for people who also adore this and try to get inspired by the simplicity and in my turn, I try to get inspired by them or even better, talk with them!

 

It’s all about interacting, sharing and living simple.

What do you think?

I would love to hear from you and share ideas.

Love, Pandora-Lotte ~

 

Basketweave Project Bag

It’s been a lot of months since I started crocheting this beauty.

I was wandering around town, visiting yarn shops when I reached a small one and saw many yummy colors in an “offer stand”. So I grabbed about 8 skeins, 50gr each, in different colors! And then I had to decide what to do with them. So one evening I thought it might be a good idea to try the basketweave stitch out. And here it is! The basketweave project bag (or pouch! whatever you like)!

It was a really enjoyable summer project. Mornings with crochet, coffee and all these bright colors and the bag was slowly taking shape! I finally added a lining, a zipper and voila! A new, cute, handmade, rainbow project bag!

It can fit a tablet, a book, my notes, keys and other necessary personal stuff or even my knitting project! And I can take them everywhere, neat and safely with me! It’s 15cm x 25cm, all made with cotton yarn and a linen lining in a dark blue shade!

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I love it! ❤  Can’t stop staring at it and touching it! It’s so soft and squishy, great for fragile things or devices you want to take outside safely!

What do you think?

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Bisous friends ~ Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

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Moralzarzal – Madrid – Spain

Hola friends!

How are you?

I just came back home from a trip to Spain where I had a lovely lovely time!

In fact, I was going to fly back on the 19th of November, but decided to change my ticket and stay there for 4 more days!

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I was staying at Moralzarzal, a really beautiful village in the mountains and almost every morning I was visiting Madrid! I loved the city. The streets, the Malasana district, the museums, the coffee shops with the delicious cakes, the record stores, the bookshops, the nature and the parks, the monuments, the everyday life.

If you are visiting Madrid, I would totally recommend going to the Malasana district and explore the beautiful bars and restaurants there, the cloth stores and almost every corner! Fuencarral and De la Palma streets.. They are all so beautiful, the small streets, the buildings, the mural art, the small balconies. You are going to take a lot of pictures there, I assure you.

I also visited the Prado museum and the Reina Sofia. These two should not be missed. The most amazing art displays and paintings are there. Picasso, Miro and Dali in Reina Sofia and Velasquez, Goya and El Bosco in Prado, among others. I was stunned by looking at those paintings from that close. A part of the world’s art history. So so beautiful **

The nature and the parks there are really stunning too. El Retiro park is like a place where you can just sit on a bench or get lost among the huge trees and the amazing scenery and forget you are actually in a large city like Madrid. It’s like a break from the busy world!

I also devoured all the traditional plates, paella, tapas, their Mahou beer and many many more yummy things! Could not resist..

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Soooo… I am sharing photos below from my trip. Hope you like them!

You ‘ve got to visit Spain if you haven’t already! 😉

Enjoy!

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a great record store in Malasana district!

beer with tapas!

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a beautiful bookstore! I spent 2hours inside, searching for books and poetry and then -finally- I left with some spanish poetry, a fanzine and two beautiful cards with small stories on them ❤

a nice record store on Gran Via street!

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a treasure I found after spending 2hrs in a record store in Madrid. I adore this record!

inside Reina Sofia museum

rainy mornings

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beautiful nature..

and of course a yarn shop, where yarn is sold by weight!

green murals and autumnal floors ❤

yummy hot chocolate with churros!

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That’s all!

Wishing you a lovely Sunday friends*

Bisous~

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November

Hello friends!

Long time no see!

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But it’s been a busy summer. Mostly spent in the city working with some daily excursions to the sea side.

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November found me knitting, filling the room with dried flowers, pebbles, driftwood and lavender, listening to records and reading poetry again. Being in love.

I don’t know what this month and generally winter has to offer. I am hoping that is going to be gentle on me. Calm, peaceful, with lots of grey skies and cold crisp air. With lots of productivity, peace of mind, creativity, optimism, good vibes and coziness. Help me reboot and go on.

It was an intense summer I must say. But a beautiful one. Now, off to new adventures with the world and myself. Hope for the best for everyone.

Well, I hope you are all fine, spending your days happily and productively!

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Sharing below some photos from the months that passed! Hope you ‘ll enjoy ****

The Sea

beautiful leaves

and flowers

and autumn

and knitting projects with coffee and lavender

and rice puddings with dark chocolate and cinnamon!

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grey skies

and bright skies

film festivals

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cat naps

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and knitting again

Wishing you a lovely November and an even lovelier winter time!

Bisous bisous *******

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Food around here / pt. 4

Hello friends!  How are you doing?

Life here is okay. It’s mostly about dealing with personal issues, meeting some friends, working, a little crocheting and a looooot of dreaming. The weather is getting warmer here and I am getting really excited! I am already dreaming of sandy beaches, afternoon cocktails, sun basking, barefoot dancing, having joy with friends, eating lots of ice cream, living simple you know? This summer though, I’ll be in the city working, so my few days-off will be much needed and probably spent road tripping to the sea side. So for the time being, I ‘ll be mostly dreaming of all those beach moments!

Anyway, lately I realized that food, coffee dates and crochet moments are the most favorite daily things to photograph. So, there you go! Enjoy!

Breakfast with oats, hippophae, shredded coconut, spirulina and dried fruits! You know, an effort to reduce my daily sugar intake and eat healthier 😉

 

Quinoa with avocado, peppers, lemon juice and sweet potatoes. Salad with lettuce, cucumber and strawberries. A-m-a-z-i-n-g combination. Great blending flavors and the quinoa is so so so yummy.. You guys, I am droooooling..

 

Fava (yellow split peas puree) with caramelized onions and capers

 

simple boiled potatoes with olive oils, capers and cheese

 

really yummy risotto with sweet potatoes and feta cheese

 

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We visited a Syrian restaurant the other day. Look at this plate!

 

top: beef with boiled rice and wheat | bottom: green salad with pomegranate Yum Yum Yum

 

left: dessert! fruits, panna cotta and kunefe | right: turkish coffee with cardamom

 

pink spring!

 

Easter table

 

my crochet blanket. not finished yet, but already deeply in love with it!!

 

breakfast with oats, dark chocolate, dried pineapple, flax seed and coconut cubes ❤

 

a delicious banana cake I bought from a lovely cafe – shoe shop with beautiful decoration 🙂

 

❤ popsicle dates with popsicles especially made for me! ❤

 

summer prints!

 

I ordered a pair of shoes last week from a company that supports fair trade. The pattern is so beautiful, the colors so bright and they are handmade in Peru by local artisans. The package was really beautiful too!! Support fair trade! 🙂

 

crocheting in my little spare time!

 

Did I tell you how obsessed I am with dried pineapple and coconut? I can eat a handful of these every day. No. I can eat a handful every 30 minutes. No no. I can empty a 500gr vase of these in 30 minutes.. *coconut obsession*

 

Wishing you a nice week friends! With lots of walks, smiles, sunshine and coconut!!

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~Bisous~

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