"I need more boobies in my life!", he exclaimed.
So I hooked him some...

Note colour-coordinated project bag ;)

The soft supple curves
rise and fall over my heart.
Comfort resides here.


I'm quite happy with the result, but the best boobie project so far is still the ball I made for another friend:




My projects on Weavolution

Two and a half years ago, when I sat down to answer the survey in this meme, I tried to list all the crafts I ever dabbled with. I'm sure I did much more than that together with my mum or at school.
Earlier this month, when chatting with a knitting club member whose mother is Swiss, it turned out that she too felt like there was much more crafting going on in Alpine homes than in these flatlands of Flanders.

One craft I don't remember learning however (though there were definitely hand-woven mini-rugs around the house), is weaving. But did I catch up fast this month! A little bit of research on Pinterest led to an overall idea and a first project.

Out of curiousity, rebellion, limited income and the desire to maximise my creativity, I decided that
I would either upcycle materials I already had at home or, should I really need something I didn't have at hand, I would repurpose suitable items from the thrift store (Kringloopwinkel).

And so it came to pass that I wove
  • a little purse for my crochet hooks on a cardboard box (an idea I had picked up from Ruth)
  • the 1st of four wall hangings, combining crochet, macramé and weaving
  • my first band on my brand-new upcycloom for tablet weaving: The Magicycle Loom made from
      •  12 old magic cards
      •  2 trouser hangers
      •  2 crochet hooks
      •  4 foam mats to reduce "wiggle"
      •  1 great tutorial
  • a brooch I started working on after receiving this message from my knitterly friend H:
    Oooooh, look, beautiful weaving in the round - think brooches and buttons! There’s a video tutorial, definitely one for you!
    So I had a look, a think, rummaged a bit in my box of upcyclables and crafted this little piece, woven directly on a specialty coffee pad.


Frautbe Collective

Acrylic paint on tyvek "fabric".
Next step: more shrinking
FO: Hopefully a dress worthy of a dryad


Plant craft

I'll be the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb. When I was small, I used to collect cacti, and that's about it. Helping mum in the garden was not a chore I looked forward to.

Here in my new apartment, I started out with 2 fake plants, to brighten up my kitchen cabinets. Then, a sempervivum caught my eyes. As it did well for several months, I became adventurous and asked around for a plant that would have a positive influence on room climate and not be toxic to cats - as Akuma has a bad munching habit. The mother of a friend of mine provided me with three baby spider plants (apparently they're common as muck around here and virtually indestructible). Akuma ignored them for three days and had a bite on the fourth. So I needed to find a way to keep them in the warmest room with the most light and out of her reach.
They're doing fine since that first attack. With the latest addition, Pogonatherum Monica (funny name, as I had just cast on for a Pogona shawl by WestKnits) I didn't want to take any risks and provided protection from kitty teeth the moment this plant entered my life:
A big vase and huge marble found at 2nd hand, 2 green plastic pots I had gotten for the Ikea Fejka, some ribbon I used in a previous project, a plaster star fish that was part of an art display here at the beach, artificial green sand and a cheap necklace I had initially bought for some window art.

Why do my plants wear jewellry, you might ask?
A) To celebrate their arrival in my life
B) To draw my attention to them (Ooh, shiny!) so I keep checking their water supply and general health.


Swants on the beach

A large portion of my creative energy and time went into making Swants in January and February.
Ines describes the whole enterprise much better:
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As I am a vampire *), the photographers at the event had a hard time taking pictures of me in my swants, so here they are in a "selfie":

Do you know why vampires live forever? Because they cannot see themelves in mirrors.


Quiet time

pattern: Pogona by Westknits
yarn: Botany Lace by Araucania bought at Stoffenhuys Paulette
needles: Kollage Square 4mm

pattern: improvisation for Elio Di Rupo
yarn: Special DK by Stylecraft
needles: 3mm

pattern: improvisation for DJ Bravo!
pattern: improv number for flag
yarn: 4 strands left-overs held together
needles: 12mm
pattern: improv loosely based on Maria Behm's hitchhiker
yarn: Scheepjes Sicilia purchased at Stoffenhuys Paulette
needles: 8mm (?)

pattern: Delfts tile, crossstitch text generator

Naaldzang December 14th, 2013
© Ameria
pattern: Swedish Dala horse meets Geo's fursuit - a comission

Naaldzang December 14th, 2013
© Ameria
pattern: Frenchie embroidery improv 


X-Balls Tree

Not being a very Xmas-minded person, I have only set-up a Christmas tree twice in all those years I live in Belgium.

Last year's was only done in the afternoon of Christmas Eve and taken down that same night, because little Moku the cat couldn't be trusted with it.

That's how it looked like:

This year, I started preparing for the tree in November, finished it yesterday night and decorated it this morning.


Needle felting lesson

Since finishing Lalupe (who's now happily sharing a windowsill with her older brother Dagobert), not a lot has happened on the dry felting frontier.
Until, two weeks ago, my friend from Brussels asked me for an introduction. I showed her some techniques (round, flat and long thin shapes, face shaping, basic eyes) and invented a new one for tiny rattie paws.



Somewhere on the intarwebs... a picture from an etsy shop got reposted.
As a knitter, my first thought was, "I can do this!". But I know myself, and at the moment, starting a project is easy, finishing is not. So I decided to knit four mittens at once, one pair for a friend, one pair for myself.

This is how it started out:
shot by Ameria for Naaldzang

This was almost finished (I had switched to my pointiest circs for ease of cabling):
shot by Ameria for Naaldzang

And this is the result:
shot by Ameria for ravelry
shot by Ameria for ravelry

shot by Ameria for ravelry

So glad I was able to finish them, so happy to have them off the needles. So green.