Curating Instagram crochet favorites | Pastels

I love Instagram. I go there several times a day to see what my favorite crochet ladies have been making. Today I want to show you four pictures with a calm and peaceful look and feel. I love the quiet white background, the repetition of objects or the addition of flowers. The work that went into the crochet is matched by the care that went into composing the photo. There is so much attention to detail for me to enjoy. It's very inspiring.

From left to right and above to below: Magda de Lange from @rawrustic, Fleur Lyon from @thepeacefulposy, Maaike van Koert from @crejjtion and Sandra Juto from @wristworms.

Another thing that's so wonderful from Instagram is that we're from all over the world. The pictures above were made in Qatar, Australia, The Netherlands and Germany. Yet we all manage to like the same things in life.

Who are you admiring and want to share? I am always looking for new inspiration.


Things I crochet for people I love

These are a few of the many creations I've made over time for my loved ones. I always hope they like their gift just as much as when I was making it.

There's something special about making something for someone you know and love. Every stitch is a thought for that person and without any doubt it's a loving thought. While I crochet I think about what they look like, what they're doing now, and when I'll see them again. Out of these four pictures, three of them were taken on another continent. Working on these gifts made me feel closer to them.

Crochet - like knitting - is very meditative. In these cases it was a meditation on love. No wonder I enjoyed it so much.

What do you do to stay connected with loved ones that are far away?


An overview of my crochet projects in 2015

Last year I re-discovered the amazing Instagram. It's been my go to happy place and source of inspiration. An unexpected bonus is the friendship and encouragement I have found there among fellow crocheters. Thank you ladies!

Like so many others I was kind of curious what my 2015 best nine on Instagram would be, so I entered my name on www.2015bestnine.com and this is what came out. I enjoyed each and every project.

Giving in to this lifelong passion - I've been crocheting from age 6, suppressing the urge since adolescence, until crochet finally became hip again - has made me realize that working with my hands and creating beautiful things is part of who I am and is making me a more relaxed and happy person.

My goal for 2016 is to convert my hobby into my work and to create a series of crocheted items that carry my signature and that I can sell - if only to finance my yarn addiction!

Some of you may know that I am also a needlefelter and photographer. I keep another blog on my website www.inezdegoede.com. Come and have a look, and let me know about your projects.