Crochet Water Grenades

Keep the kiddos cool this this summer with these easy, quick crochet water grenades!

So you’ve most likely seen the new trend – reusable water balloons. Fun .. No mess.. Reusable.. Hours of fun.

So that’s what I set out to do this weekend. Keeping the “i’m bored” and “i’m hot” at bay over the summer holidays is a task for any parent. Lucian my 10 year old said he wanted something with more humph and pow, not the slap and splat that comes with the regular crochet water balloon..

So while walking around my dollar store it came to me 🙂 Water Grenades!
and here’s how you can make them..

Crochet Water Grenades



Shes here!! Nora Antoinette

Meet the newest in my Pride of Gypsies crochet collection

The Nora Antoinette Rag Doll

Let the magic and imagination begin!

Part of a series of adorable crochet doll patterns! she has all the cuddly features that make her the perfect doll. You will love making this crochet doll. She has a clever construction that makes her very fast and fun to make. Make her for yourself or for a special girl!

Full pattern now available including all the extras 🙂 So check it out here

The Nora Antoinette Rag Doll





Book Review: Mandalas to Crochet

Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen
30 Great Patterns


The heart of this book is all about mandala patterns, but you’ll also find so much more.
The book is divided into 5 chapters covering essential information,  crocheting mandalas, borders and projects. All patterns are written in US terms

Chapter One – Before you begin

Important information about the charts and patterns, tips and a crochet refresher course for those essential stitches and techniques. A section on yarns, hook sizes and color gets you started. A detailed section on how to get a seamless circle and how to keep you circles flat.

Chapter Two – Mandala Selector
A large scale photo index of all the mandala pattern in the book. Be inspired and find the mandala that is right for you.

28547706_10214023423726849_1450541723_oChapter 3 – Mandala Patterns
30 beautiful mandala patterns, which are accompanied by large charts, beautiful photography. The patterns are divided into 4  groups “Basic”, “Classic”, “Flowers” and “Something Special”.  Each pattern has written instructions and a chart.

This is a great book for beginners to advanced crocheters. The “Basic” section will get any new crocheter started on their mandala journey, learning the technique of crocheting in the round using basic stitches.  The “Classic” section uses a combination of stitches to create beautiful patterns and  larger mandalas. The “Flowers” section as you guessed is all themed on flowers.

Chapter 4 – Borders
5 mix and match borders  to add that extra touch to your mandalas.

Chapter 5 – Projects

In this chapter you can take a step further by turning your mandalas in to beautiful garments, accessories and homewares, Boho Bag, Hotpads, Tablemats, Scarfs, Blankets and Rugs.

What do I think!
This book is a must for your crochet library. Why! Not only does the designer covers all the steps to making a mandalas, she explains how you can keep going to make it any size. The charts are clear and well illustrated, the written instructions are well written without any fancy flair, the large scale photography helps as a check point that you are on track. I love that she includes projects that can be made using any of the mandalas.  Great for gifts, craft trade shows and designers.

You can use any yarn, any weight and any color! Perfect projects for scrap busting. Modern with a vintage twist. True to the title, the book includes 30 different mandalas to try.


Gypsy Queen is here!

The Gypsy Queen Shawl is the first pattern in my Pride of the Gypsies collection. I wanted something big, something to wrap around in on those warm summer nights while sitting barefoot on the grass staring up at the night sky watching the stars float past.

Gypsy Queen

Full Details, Pattern and Video links.

A Big Thank You to Michelle Messenger, Jeni Ahern & Stephanie Shelton for testing Gypsy Queen Shawl

Arizona Part One

Its ready! Arizona Part one is up and ready for you. Its finally time to get your packs out and start hooking.

Happy Friday Pippinettes

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Yarn Adventures – New to the New Year

Welcome 2018! I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, I know.. I know I want you… I want you 🙂

I wanted to start the new year off with new yarn adventures.. and my 1st adventure is (drum roll please)… Hand Dyed Yarn! Okay so this may seem like a old adventure to you but to me its a new one..

1. I have never brought yarn in a hank (shocking I know)
2. I have never used Merino Yarn (please forgive me yarn gods)
3. I have never used hand dyed yarn (I’ve lived a dull life)

So 3 new adventures for me… I was so excited to receive my little bundle of joy, it was like the yarn fairies had sprinkled magic upon my doorstep.


I unwrapped my precious with care. My first thought was “wow merino is sooooo soft” its like a soft, cuddly spring cloud. The colors were prefect and true to the description.

“If its the Beaches – Sand that lightens towards the middle to cream then a soft turquoise that darkens”

Then it dawned on me… its a hank.. were do I start.. wheres the beginning and end..

I dashed of to YouTube and searched – How to unwind a hank.. and watched the 1st video that came up.

I released the breath I didn’t realized I was holding and relaxed.. Doesn’t look that hard!

So here goes..

I did as instructed in the video ..

Layed out hank
I decide to cake my bundle of joy so I would have access to both ends… I dont have a swift so I had to make do..

On the winder Hank
Now skip past the part where I got myself in a terrible tangle ….

and ta dah I had my cake….

caked hank
Phew.. I was ready to start, but what.. This was a bit of a dilemma for me, I refused to cut the yarn to control the color change. (which is very hard for me).  I had 230 yard to play with, the most common project would be a scarf so I tried that and frogged.. Then I thought I would showcase the colors with a mandala.. then I forgged that too.. Then I put it away for another day… thats when the light bulb went off….

Whalla… my iPad Cozy

As you can see the gradient yarn color worked up beautifully. The full pattern for my iPad & iPad Mini Cozy can be found here. <iPad Cozy>

If your wondering about the yarn here are the details. Check her other colorways.. now swoon 🙂

Yarn MErino
Wendy’s Wonders 127 (South Carolina)
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Hope you enjoyed my yarn adventure.. what will be my February’s advanture… stay tuned

Love Pippin xoxoxo