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Planned Pooling Dengan Benang Sembur


Tiba2 semua orang membicarakannya termasuk saya. Jari-jemari masih terasa sakit tapi tidak tahan untuk tidak ikut mencoba aplikasi gratis ini. adalah aplikasi yang diciptakan oleh seorang ahli ilmu statistik bernama Karla Stuebing  yang punya hobby merajut (pantas) hehe… Kisahnya bisa dibaca disini. 

Setelah berhasil mencoba memahami aplikasi ini Anda tidak lagi akan memandang benang sembur dengan cara pandang yang sama dengan sebelum2nya. Setiap kali lihat benang jenis ini, maka yang terbayang adalah kotak2, wajik, zigzag, gelombang dan berbagai kemungkinan yang bisa dihasilkan yang diatur oleh warna2 sembur yang ada pada sehelai benang. Berikut test motif yang saya coba.Untuk melihat karya2 keren dari aplikasi ini, silahkan ke Pinterest, ketik PlannedPooling. Anda akan terkesima dan berkata “selama ini kok saya gak tahu ya?” Sayapun berkata hal yang sama…

Bagaimana cara menggunakan aplikasi ini. Saya coba rekam apa yang saya lakukan dilayar dan bisa dilihat di Youtube channel saya. Pertama2 tentunya Anda harus pergi dulu ke situs kemudian ikuti petunjuk tertulis dibawah video.

Ingin gabung dengan teman2 di group Planned Pooling Indonesia? Apply disini

Mohon sabar untuk diapprove sebab admins di group ini hanyalah volunteer.

Selamat mencoba dan Happy Crocheting…








Dyeing Kit and Some Works on Cotton

Berat 100 grams X 2 Panjang 360 m X 2 Demonstration only

Soft Cotton Lace 100 grams each
Length 360 m 
Demonstration only to show the texture of the yarns

Hand Dyed Acrylic Yarns

I started dyeing my yarns as a hobby when we were living in Lagos. It may sounds impossible but actually it wasn’t that difficult getting the supplies into Africa from outside especially from the UK. It’s quite strange that when I now live in my own country getting items shipped into my place from the usual online shop I purchased my materials is no longer possible. We are a rich country, we have fast land and ocean and that ocean has lots and lots of fishes, the land has lots of plants which can be bartered with those dyes and the plants we have, that can turn to dyes… Don’t worry, I was just complaining to myself.

The difficulties in getting my dyed especially for the hardest material to dye like acrylic had forced me into an exciting exploration. have been using anything to get yarn samples dyed even if the manufacturer said it won’t work, I tried it anyway.

Among the brands sold in the market here, these are the names which are common at my place, Wantex and Dylon. There is only one type of Dylon available here which is the multi purpose powdered dye (is there any other type?). Anyway, so I tried both, it did paint the yarns but they both runs. Even with the fixer. The acrylic yarns just won’t marry to the dye…

I was frustrated although decided not to give up hope. I kept on working and mixing  the paste… add more water, reduce water, apply heat, use microwave, use steamer, sun dyed… soften the hue, apply heat again and wash the skein in the sink only to see all the deep color being striped off revealing the naked color of the threads… (sighed and wiped sweat on my forehead).

I have some left over Jacquard iDye Poly from Dharma Trading (the only one which is working so far), I tried also an imported Japanese brand which was  intentionally made for acrylic painting on canvas but the label did mention garments in it so I guess that is safe to use. It was funny when I told the guy who sold it what I was going to use it for, he laughed at me with a worry kind of laugh, you know, he was afraid that I was just going to waste my time and money. Well then, is that mean I can’t dye acrylic yarns forever since there is no way I can import Jacquard into here? I can’t take no for an answer to that (the grumpy child in me talking).

I think I will have to live with what I can get locally for now, not too much colors  to play with but it will be good enough till I can get to buy Jacquard iDye Poly again… #feeling-hopeful



I small sample I dyed earlier. I like how this color turns out. I would call it Baby Cashmillon. See the knitting sample below.


Above yarns after washing with liquid soap and sun dried. You see how much color had faded in the washing? It’s still a nice blend however and I am happy with the result.

Knitting sample of the Baby Cashmillon above.

Dyed with iDye for natural fiber, it was very deep purple and dark green before. The above is the result after washing and dried and if I wash it again it may runs again. I know it was silly me not to trust the label.


Yes, no more color runs… The water is clear.

Dyed with iDyePoly and hank to dry. Rewarding myself with a cup of tea while waiting  while reading the book titled “Hand Dyieng…” LOL

I have a patience friend who waited if he will be allowed to touch the ball…

I learned dying technique from book, Youtube and I did my own research and experiments. I have been reading a book by Gail Callahan “Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece” and subscribed to several hand dying channels on Youtube. My favorite channel is Nicole of Hue Loco. I also follow her Instagram. She has done so much wonderful works.

Note on iDye Poly, must wash garment dyed with this separately.

Rectly dyed (uploaded on May 1st, 2016


Tangle Free Yarn

How many times have you wound the yarns and ended up spending countless hours untangling it? Well if you are like me who wind your yarns a lot before  crocheting or knitting, here are some tips for you. This technique is especially useful when you work with a slippery yarns such as nylon or a certain type of silk.  I would call this method making yarn donut casing. With this method you are encasing each ball and pull one end while the ball stay inside the case. It will make your yarn ball hair and dust free too.

You need a plastic pocket in the size to fit the volume of your yarn ball, not too loose and not to tight. Umbrella yarn winder and a ball winder is needed but it is not a  must. If you are manually winding your yarns, just make sure to put something hollow to temporarily hold your yarns such as a bathroom tissue paper holder.

First method: Cut the base of the plastic pocket, slide it into the ball winder then tighten it with a rubber band. Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder then pull out one end of the plastic pocket gently and fold it around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.

Second method: Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder, slide in the precut plastic pocket through the hole then pull out one end gently. Fold the plastic around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.

Green Method: I have not tried  this but maybe a a crumpled old magazine paper might work as well as a wrapper.

Don’t forget to reuse and recycle the plastic containers.


Custom Made Crochet Frame Purse

As soon as this yarns came I thought I must immediately make something with it or otherwise I will be buried in other WIPs which never seems to finish again for a long time and the idea soon will evaporate and I will forget about it. I know, I am making excuse again for not finishing my works on time (sigh)… But I promise myself  making this purse doesn’t take much of my time .

To do this you need:

  1. 1 ball of  yarn, 100 gr/DK size, a crochet hook (I used smaller hook because I crochet very loose). 4 mm hook is the usual one for this type of yarns.
  2. A metal frame, mine is an oval 10 cm in diameter.
  3. A sewing needle.
  4. A thin nylon thread to sew the purse to the frame which can be purchased from a bead store. Something like a nymo will work.
  5. A piece of fabric for the lining (optional) depends on the type of stitching you will choose. If you are going to do single crochet motif only all the way you may not need  to line your purse.
  6. A sharp scissor.

The Math Thingy

  1. Measure the circle of your frame. With the frame wide open and using a measuring tape, measure the inside circle. Let say the inner circle is 30 cm. Let’s divide this number with 2 so 30:2 = 15 cm. this is the width of the bottom of your purse.

Using the stitch pattern of your choice (mine is inspired by Wheat Stitch Baby Blanket on Ravelry) and it is a free pattern (thanks to DankFiber), make a purse taking into account the width of the base  as measured above. You can make it as tall as you like but at least the height must be the same length as the base to give enough room for the pocket when the frame is sewn later.


The finish pocket and the frame.


Cut and hand sew the lining. Pinch the two corners and sew.


Flip the purse inside out and slide into the lining.


Pin and baste the lining to the purse.


Arrange the opening around the frame, tuck in the fabric and lining and spread evenly.


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Sew the purse into the frame starting from the corner, from outside into the inside, insert needle just about 1 mm below the edge  into both fabric and lining and sew back into the same hole in the frame. Pull tight each time so the stitches are hidden inside the slot in the frame. 

Sew several times into the fabric, cut off  thread and burn the nylon careful not to burn your hand or the purse. Just be save with all you do.

You are done!




NOTE: You can make the bottom of your purse as wide as you like but the opening has to match the size of the frame unless your fabric is thin enough to fold inside the opening when the frame is shut, then it doesn’t matter.




Crochet Creations With Mineral Bottle Rings

PresilliaIn November last year our local crochet group decided to run a competition to boost our creativities using mineral bottle  rings. The feedback were amazing with 15 people joining and submitting the best of their creations. We then asked a group of crochet designers on Facebook who has no connections whatsoever to our group to be the judges. Below are the pictures of the items made by the participants for the contest.

This page is created for our local “KeciK”: group. Thanks to all and a special thanks to all friends who submitted their works in such a short notice: Dewi Mintoro , Grazia ,  Halida Rahmie, Yo Ika Kartika, Ilma Erisa, Luthfi, Presillia,  Rina, Sinthia,  Sistri, Tety, Ukke Wartanti, Yanti Griyaloha, Yus Hafni, and Vetta.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out who the winners are.

20160120235858Keychain  Holder and Coin Purse by Sinthia

20160122024006Dolie by Yus Hafni

dewi mintoroDolie by Dewi Mintoro
graz3Necklace by Grazia

grazia1Red Shoes by Grazia

grazia2Flower Shoes by Grazia
IID2Baby Toys by Halida Rahmie

Iid3Baby Toys by Halida Rahmie

ilma erisaBrooch by Ilma Erisa

ilma erisa2Brooch by Ilma Erisa

ilma erisa3Keychain holder  by Ilma Erisa

presilia2Keychain holder by Presillia

PresilliaName Tags by Presillia

Rina Jogja















Cookie Jar Cover by  Rina


Coasters by Sistri


Kitchen Towel by Sistri
speranza craftRing by Presillia
Tety1Table Runner by Tety

Ukke WartantiNecklace by Ukke Wahyu Wartanti

vetta 2Dolie by Vetta

vetta1Necklace by Vetta

YantigriyalohaBrown Bag by Yanti Griyaloha
yo ika kartika 5Earings by Yo Ika Kartika

Yo Ika Kartika1Earings by Yo Ika Kartika
yo ika kartika3Chrysanthemum Shawl by Yo Ika Kartika
yo ika kartika4

Chrysanthemum Shawl by Yo Ika Kartika

yo ika kartika6

Earings  by Yo Ika Kartika

yus hafni2

Dolie by Yus Hafni

yushafni3Same dolie by Yus Hafni

luthfi tanpa watermark

Green Vest by Luthfi


1st Prize Winner  went to  Yanti Griyaloha, the brown bag, total points 10

2nd Prize, Sistri, Coasters, total points 8

3rd Prize, Yo Ika Kartika, Chrysanthemum Shawl, total points 6

Runner up 1 Grazia, Red Shoes, total points 5

Runner up 2 Rina, Cookie Jar, total points 4

Runner up 3 Halida, Baby Toy Ring, total points 3

Grand Prize Winner is Sistri, totap points 11 from both of her designs entered.

The prizes were: Mulberry Silk , Australian Merino Wool +/- 800 m, Supersmooth Tunisian hooks (2 pcs), crochet motivational mugs, Cashmillon yarns and a set of Tulip Classic Hooks.

Admins of the group and competition organizer were: Novi Ummu Zufra and myself, Iin.

Big congrats to all participants and winners. InsyaAllah we will do it again…

A White Hat

I made this hat based on the Minimalist Cabled Mandala by Lilla Björn Crochet Designs. I follow the pattern till I reach the diameter of the hat I am making then stop increasing. I let the motif flowing to the side and only close it when it reach near the edge then finish it with a round of double crochet and a round of single crochet stitches.
The step by step photos made the pattern easy to follow.
Here I am using bamboo yarns, I guess this will be fav not only by adult but baby too… what do you think?
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