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Finally… I received email with pictures of a crochet matric dress that I made for Mrs. R’s daughter!!!

Wow, wow, wow!!! She looks SO beautiful and happy…see for yourself.

Yay! I did it! My first crochet dress and definitely not last.

Love, Yuli xxx


‘Love’ crochet necklaces


In about a month time summer officially will be here…I can’t wait for hot days,  ice cold lemonade, sandy toes and colourful dresses…

Summer dreaming inspired my latest work  …’Love’ necklaces – crochet with cotton & beads in a variety of colours.

Woudn’t you like one?! I hope you do

For more info and to order… please email me (yuliya@yuli.co.za) or visit my FB page for more info

Make your own crochet hook handles

Its almost a month and a bit since I started working on Matric crochet dress and its looking good!!! I feel like a kid with new puzzle, can’t wait to see final picture.
New project new challenges: I’m not a big fan of fine hooks, because I hold my hook like a “knife” and after a while my fingers become sore and I have to put plaster on my ring finger:(. Yes, I know there is very nice hooks with comfy handles out there, but unfortunatly not in my area:( and I don’t have time to wait for few week for delivery. But there is always a plan!
After few weeks into my fine work and sore fingers I couldn’t “handle” it anymore… so I bought baking clay, got my pasta machine out, hooks, and camera.  And in an hour I had made my own crochet hook handles.
Here’s how I did it:
You will need:  Oven Bake Clay and crochet hooks.

Clay is very stiff in the beginning, so use pasta machine or rolling pin to make long & flat piece.

Trim clay piece to right  size… place your hook on one side of your rectangle.

Roll  your hook tightly …just like sushi roll;)

To smooth out handle – roll it gently in your palms. It should look like this.

Trim edges and finished it off with your fingers.

Please don’t forget to mark size of your hook on the handle!!! I did mine with little screwdriver or use stamp if you have one.

For extra fun and cuteness – I couldn’t resist using rubber stamps from my boys art stash.
Fold paper plate and place hooks into the grooves. Set your oven to 130C and bake for 30-40 min.

Let them cool… Ready Ta da!!

Easy and inexpensive way to make your crochet work comfortable. I have been using them for couple of weeks and no more sore fingers and plasters…Yay!
So now you know how to make your own hook handles and I really hope my instructions &pictures were helpful.
Love, Yuli xxx
P.S. – please visit my FB page for Matric dress updates;)










Fun with Food

Hello, hello…

I have been meaning to show you pictures of my recent project, but with school holidays and few orders in between there were not enough hours in my day.

So while boys playing Lego and waiting for weather to cool down that we can all go to the beach… I’m not going to miss this opportunity to write a quick post;)

I love crochet toys and softies … and one of my favorite things that I wanted to make for a long time is crochet food. Its just looks so pretty and realistic…yum yum and I can imagine how much fun & hours of play it would bring to kids.

I gathered all my DK colours; got some soft stuffing, needles … I began crochet farming!

 What a great project…easy and my Fruit and Vegetable basket filled up in very short time. My boys loved to guess what I was going to make next…they were so excited!

 My crochet harvest… its looks very healthy, don’t you think?

 Great toys for kids, but  I’m also wouldn’t mind to have it in my kitchen;)

Enjoy your weekend.

Love, Yuli xxx



New beanies & gloves and lots of tea

  Today is very cold day +8C … hehehe … I come from Ukraine and its gets WAY colder… I’m South African for sure now ;), but I do miss central heating. So this morning – gas heater and lots of tea for me. I love TEA!!!    

I been planning to post pictures of new beanies and fingerless gloves for a long while…there is certainly too little hours in my day sometime. Here there are

I make them in variety of colours. If you wish to order – just email me and I’ll send you colour samples in PDF.   

Love and keep warm,

Yuli xxx

Oh boy…

 Hello hello…

 I’m following  creative blog Made. This months Dana and few other craft blogs celebrating The Boy 2011. They have lots of ideas and tutorial for boy stuff …. Go and check it out! And I must admit I do too much of girly thing – they so easy…pink, ruffles, flowers and fairies. Thanks to Made I decide to create some boy’s things here my latest:

Other day my dearest friend Deoni gave me Elna over lock !!!!!!Woo hoo….. Easy sewing here I come…. Planning to make cool things for my boys in nearest future! Watch this space ;)  

Love, Yuli xxx


I had few orders for my crochet slippers…they are such a hit!

My summer flowers in the garden gave me some inspiration… And I promise myself that this year I’ll make my self pair of slippers too…its about time :) 

Have a beautiful day!

Love, Yuli xxx 


I been making little things…

Here is few little things that I done recently:


Crochet hearts (broaches) – made with courtelle and  felt.  Great accessorie for your scarf, bag, top…and more. I’m planning to make them with merino wool and felt them. Watch this space for more pics.

Fingerless gloves for my boys. Its been really cold here, brrr… Max loved his ones so much, he even had them on all night:), and  they have to be red (he is in Power Ranger stage). Very quick and easy project.

T-shirt “appliques” (I’m not sure if its a right word, but you know what I mean…he he)  – for my friends kids.


Yuli xxx

Knitted boots

Few months ago I looked  through UGG boots site, and I completely fell in love with knitted versions of UGGs. So I decided that I really really have to make myself a pair (original a bit expensive) and nothing bets new knitting challenge(:

I been googling, ravelring and stumbling in for a while… some I didn’t like, some didn’t have pattern, but I didn’t give up. Then on ravelry I found this beautiful slippers, exactly like I want, but pattern was in Japanese (even bigger challenge)… With help from lady from  ravelry forum and few hours staring at the pattern… I did it! They still need some improvement, but so far I’m happy with result. I manage to figure out how to attach proper sole, that I can wear them as a boots, not just a slippers.

So here is few photos….    


Yuli xxx


Beanies, scarfs and neck warmer – “tree hugger” were made for this winter. I think sometime I just miss snow): White and cream brought back fun memories….

Beanies (crochet) and scarfs (knitted) with good quality acrylic wool; White neck warmer – crochet and comes with crochet heart broach.

Size – adult

Price: scarf / neck warmer-R120, beanie – R100.