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Crochet for men

Hello!

Here I am again wanting to know about you and sharing with you my new crochet projects. But, first of all, how are you doing? We are doing well, we had an amazing weekend (Saturday in London with friends & Sunday in Oxford with friends too). How was yours?

I have a lot of things to tell this week… On the one hand, I want to recommend this article about men crocheting. I feel that kniting and crocheting are nice hobbies but we always relate them to grandmas or to women. They can also be nice hobbies for men, don’t you think? Read the article, I love Howie Woo and Mathew projects, both have a lot of creativity.

Howie woo  sometimes combines crochet with images… See this video:

On the other hand, I want to tell you that we have already begun “crafternoons” again. Do you know what it is? A group of mums and our children we meet once a week and, while the children play, we do craft projects. We always have great fun, and I like how the children, little by little, begin to understand that it’s more funny to play with other kids than with their mum. We also have a new blog that you can check here and you are also invited to join us.

And last but not least, here you have my two new crochet projects. You all know my bags but this one is different as it has two hooks that allow you to take out the strap and wash the bag in the washing machine. It’s very useful! I’ve also made this new box but in two colours, beige and brown, that match each other a lot. I hope that you all like them!

Beige bag and box, Made by Moni

Here you can see the hook in the strap

Detail beige bag, Made by Moni

Have a sunny end of the week and amazing weekend! And… remember! if you are a man you can also knit or crochet and it can be very sexy, he he 😉

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Christmas week!

Hello everyone!

After one week celebrating Christmas I finally find a moment to share with you how it was.

These days were so special for me, I had plenty of time to be with my family and this is the most precious present, don’t you think?

On the 24th we had a big dinner at my parents’, there were 37 of us! It was gorgeous and the food and presentation were amazing too. We also organised a Secret Santa with my brothers and sisters which is always a very nice moment… Here you can see the table presentation and some food, yummy!

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On the 25th I had another lunch with my husband’s family which was also fantastic and after it we organised a game similar to secret santa. One of the things I liked the most was that everyone had to wrap the present in an original way. Some people used scrapbooking techniques, others nice boxes with bows but the winner was a snowman. It was great fun! 

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And here you can see the winner 😉

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I prepared this Christmas decoration for my secret santa, do you like it?

Christmas decoration

In three days we’ll begin 2014, amazing! These days I’m thinking about all I did in 2013, the new people I met, the projects I had and I’m also projecting next one. What would I like to achieve in 2014? Who is the people I love and whom I want to share my life with? What can I do to make a better world? A lot of questions to think about…

I hope that you had a wonderful week and that you begin 2014 loving yourself and loving the people surrounding you.

Much love for everyone 😉

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My birthday and Indigo shop

Hi!!

This week I didn’t have time to write a new post until today… The thing is that we arrived to Barcelona last Saturday and, as you can imagine, we wanted to see our family, friends, going to the beach plus my birthday party was yesterday. I organised a ‘British Party’ with a British menu and everyone wore something ‘British’ as you can see in the image. It was so nice to see my friends and to realise how lucky I am to start my 30’s surrounded by people who love me 😉

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The menu was… mash potatoes with sausages and gravy sauce, brownie, special 30th-birthday cupcakes, and PIMM’S, he he…

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This post will be the last one until September so I’d like to finish with something special… Indigo shop is my present for you today! Do you know what is it? It’s a fair trade shop in Cowley Road, Oxford. They sell lots of beautiful items such as clothes (kids, women, men), prezzies, shoes… I love everything they sell and the shop owners are very nice too. This is why I’m so happy to say that Made by Moni jewelry and bags are there for you to buy 🙂 Here you can see some pictures…

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And here you can see my products in the shop!

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Enjoy the Summer and the time you spend with your familly and friends! 😉

 

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10 tips to enjoy Oxford life!

Hello everyone!

Today is an important day… last post in Oxford until October, as I’m going for holidays to Spain next Saturday… so I feel like trying to go over some of the things I have learned here in Oxford.

I was wondering what I’d answer if someone asked me about how to enjoy life in this city… Mmm mmm

While I’m thinking about this question I want to tell you about my new project. I have made an electric-blue wool bag… I went to the Oxford Yarn Store to learn how to knit with circular needles and I really had a good time and learned how to knit this new bag. The shop is in North Parade, a beautiful street near my house. They have many kind of materials and the people there are really nice, so I’m sure you’ll have a good time if you take a course there. Here you have some pictures of my last course…

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The final result of the course was this bag. Do you like it?

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And here you have the pattern…

MAIN BODY (stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch):

Cast on 62 st using preferred mehod. Join in the round and place marker. *Knit 4 rounds. Purl 2 rounds. Repeat from * 6 times more. (Add extra repeats here if you want a deeper bag). Knit 4 rounds. Either cast off in traditional way and sew cast off edges together or cast off using 3 needle cast off.

STRAP (moss stitch):

Cast on 99 st. Do 3 rows moss stitch. Cast off.

Sew ends of straps to top of bag as desired (to inside or outside of bag). Sew button to front of bag.

BUTTON LOOP:

Crochet method: using a crochet hook, make a single chain long enough to reach from top of bag to button and back to top of bag plus an extra 5 cm.

Plaited method: measure three pieces of yarn, each long enough to reach from top of bag to button and back to top of bag plus an extra 10 cm. Knot strands of yarn together close to one end. Plait yarn to the end and fasten with a second knot.

Sew both ends of loop to the cast on edge of the back of the bag (inside or outside as desired).

Here you can see a picture of my child and me wearing my new bag.

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So thinking about the question I said in the beginning, I think that I would say…

1. Always think that the weather will be awful, because then if the sun comes you’ll be so happy but if it doesn’t you can be happy too 😉

2. Remember that English people say that “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. So be always prepared! You’ll need an umbrella, a hat, wellington boots, and a good coat.

3. Be as much open as you can. Oxford is a city where lots of new people arrive every year, so you’ll find people in the same situation as you.

4. Try to meet people from other countries, it’s nice to know about other cultures and you’ll also improve your English.

5. If you are a mum or dad, don’t miss the playgroups!! They are the best place to meet new friends for you and your child and to practice your English.

6.Take as many pictures as you can. Oxford has many parks and it’s amazing to see how much they change in every season. Don’t miss it, it’s almost like living in a different place every few months. 

7. If you are a mum or dad, try to organise activities in the afternoons, especially in winter. Some examples could be a snack in someone’s house, a craft group, going to a museum, a cream tea… Winter is cold and dark but if you have something to do and people to share it with, it can be as bright as Summer time.

8. Don’t worry if at the end of the year your friends go back to their countries, because other people will come and you can be so grateful to have spent this amazing year with them. Better one year than nothing, and you will have a house in every country 😉

9. If you don’t have a job, try to find new hobbies such us reading, playing an instrument, doing crafts, learning English,  enjoying Oxford museums, having a blog, taking pictures, cooking…

10. Don’t worry about little things only ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY and LEARN about the others and yourself! Oxford is awesome!

See my new hobby… This is me this Summer! he he

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Oxford, see you again in September!
 
 
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Vanilla shop and Cowley carnival

 Hola a todos!

Qué tal estáis? Nosotros disfrutando del sol, estamos a 28º, algo insólito aquí en Oxford, hasta hemos podido ir a ¡la piscina!

Esta semana os quería anunciar que podéis encontrar mis bolsos en “Vanilla store“, una tienda de Oxford (Summertown) de ropa y complementos muy moderna y original. Si por casualidad venís de visita, os la recomiendo. 

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Bolsos Made by Moni en varios colores entre cinturones, camisas, zapatos y vestidos…

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También quería explicar mi actividad del domingo pasado ¡el carnaval de Cowley!. Resulta que uno de los barrios de Oxford (Cowley) organizaba su carnaval y la verdad es que fue un éxito y nos encantó. Hizo muy buen tiempo y los restaurantes sacaron mesas y la comida a la calle para que la gente pudiese comprarla y comerla mientras caminaba. Había un montón de grupos de música -desde reggae, rock a jazz- y a media tarde ¡la rúa! Muchos colegios de la zona llevaban todo el curso preparando disfraces e instrumentos para el gran día y los alumnos los lucieron con su mejor sonrisa. Me gustó mucho, además, la interculturalidad que se respiraba, había niños africanos, indios, europeos… con sus respectivas familias, disfrutando, comiendo, riendo y compartiendo sentados en las aceras y parques, ¡una imagen idílica! Como dije en otro post me encantan las fiestas de barrio y todavía más si sirven para unir culturas.

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Mientras paseaba descubrí un montón de postes, árboles, rejas decorados con tejidos de punto y ganchillo súper coloridos. Parece que esto  del yarnbombing o guerrilla lanera se está extendiendo a marchas forzadas por Oxford, ¡felicidades guerrilleros! He de decir que el domingo pasado encontrar estos toques de color por las calles daba alegría y un punto hippie a la calle. Aquí podéis ver un collage con fotos de lo que fui encontrando…

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¡Que disfrutéis del veranito!

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St Aldates sale!

Hola a todos!!

Cómo ha ido la verbena de San Juan!? Por aquí no se celebra pero unos amigos finlandeses nos invitaron a su casa a celebrar el solsticio… muy chulo!

Esta semana tengo novedades. Resulta que he conseguido vender algunos de mis productos en St Aldates. Aquí en Oxford existen lo que se llaman “play groups for toddlers”, que vienen a ser espacios donde ir con tus hijos por las mañanas, repletos de juguetes, con desayuno para madres y en los que puedes pasar la mañana mientras tu hij@ se lo pasa genial. Pues resulta que en uno de los “play groups” me han dejado exponer mis productos para darme a conocer un poco.

Aquí os dejo un collage donde veréis mi stan…

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Ha sido interesante desde la preparación hasta el momento de la venta. Me ha servido para ver que la presentación es esencial así como también la simpatía del vendedor y, sobretodo, la propaganda en las redes sociales. Además he tenido la suerte de recibir varios consejos de gente british sobre cómo y dónde vender mis productos, gracias!

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Aprovecho para presentar los dos nuevos colores. Esta vez me decanto por el azulgrana… uno rojo y uno azul pero que conste que el fútbol me importa poco! Espero que os gusten 😉

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El verano ya está aquí, el verano ya llegó…!  (no en Oxford, claro). A disfrutar!

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My new tags and Chipping Norton

Hi!

Last saturday my family and I visited Chipping Norton, a village fourty five minutes from Oxford. We spent the whole day there, walking around the beautiful fields and small shops. It’s such a nice place to visit, I really recommend it to you.

We had a great surprise! We discovered a “yarnbombing action” there. We were walking on the streets and suddenly we realised that several doors had wool hearts, butterflies… all the village was decorated. We entered a wool shop and we saw this announcement that confirmed what we had seen.

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The shop’s owner had  this amazing bike, which I’d  like to have it for me 😉

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Yarn bombing, Chipping Norton

When we got home again I decided to finish what I was working at for the last week… product TAGS! Oh yes, I finally did some tags for my products so now I can begin to sell them in some stores. I hope I have good chance, cross fingers!

Do you like them?

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See these new clutchs. One beige, the other one green… ready to wear them this Spring and almost Summer!

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Have a NICE week all of you 😉

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Yarn Alive

Hi everyone!!

This weekend we had visitors again and it was awesome. I like to share with my family and friends how is my life here in Oxford. I also like to see how much they enjoy being here discovering the colleges, gardens, markets, libraries, and tiny, old streets… I can say that the more time I spend here the more I love it 😉

Here you have my new creations. Two crochet bags, one green clutch and a blag bag. Both have purple buttons. Both can be useful to go to a party, a dinner or a wedding (specially the green one) with a special dress… but you can also were them with casual clothes.

Here you can see my bags lying on the roots of a 17th century tree, amazing…

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View of Magdalen College tower (15th century)

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Walking around the Deer Park at Magdalen College

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Although the weather is not incredible… Spring leaves flowers all over the city

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I also want to talk about Yarn Alive a knitting club in Japan that appeared after the 2011’s tsunami, under the branch of the NGO Japan Alive. Some women (all of them living in temporary housing) meet every tuesday to knit in a small fishing village of Japan that was devastated by the tsunami. I like the inniciative and what the women say about how they feel when they meet to do their projects and to share their lives. An 80-year-old woman said: “It cheers me up so much that I don’t even feel lonely at night, I just feel like knitting some more”.

As you can see, these meetings help them alleviate depression and anxiety. At the beginning, Yarn Alive’s first project was to make small blankets that were donated to a group in Kessenuma who had also suffered during the earthquake and tsunami. They found that although these women were also victims, they found it a blessing to be able to help others. Now they are selling items within Japan and overseas, CONGRATS!!

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I share this video about them! Yarn Alive

You can also follow them on facebook 

Have a nice week 😉

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Moskito blue

Hi everyone!

I hope that your week has been excellent 😉

I know that you want an answer about last week’s picture… Here you go: Moskito blue is a women apparel store in Barcelona where you can find costume jewellery, bags, purses and clothes, everything is gorgeous! What happened is that I went to buy some clothes while I was wearing one of my bags, and they liked it so much that they bought some of my collection to sell it in their store. So… you can find Made by Moni  bags in Moskito Blue (Via Augusta 115, Barcelona)!! yay!!! How lucky I am (or they are ¿? he he).

Here you can see a picture…

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On top of that, I want to introduce a new colour… orange! and to repeat the pink one but with another button…

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You know that these colorful bags are perfect for spring and summertime, don’t you? So, last weekend my friend Maria spent the morning on the beach with her family and she was wearing the orange crochet bag…

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And so did Ana with her electric-blue bag…

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While Ana is walking on the beach and enjoying the views and the sunny day, two monkeys are playing with her bag… 😉

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Have a nice week 😉
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A dragon, a granny and a bag

Hi everyone!!

I’m in Barcelona again for six days, it’s nice to meet the family and friends again 🙂

Today I want to explain you about Sant Jordi’s day (Saint George’s day) which was two days ago. In Catalonia it’s a very special day and you can see people selling roses and books all over the cities and villages. The legend explains that many years ago in a city there was a very wild dragon which wanted to eat the king’s daughter but Saint George murdered it. When the hero killed the dragon, from the beast’s blood grew a nice rose which Saint George offered it to the princess and they fell in love. The legend is beautiful and on the 23th of April we always remember it and we offer a rose or a book to the people we love. It’s nice, isn’t it?

Last tuesday I enjoyed the day with friends and I also went to see my granny to give her a special rose, a felt one!! You can see a picture here.

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I also want to introduce these two new crochet bags. This week I’ve chosen blue colour, I hope that you like it!

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This is the week’s picture! You can see my bags with a positive message from Mr. Wonderful!

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The message says: “happiness lives inside you”

Have a wonderful week 😉

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