Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crochet Rose Ring

Hi there,

I am very happy to share with you my first crochet ring pattern - a rose ring :o)

Rose ring crochet pattern by Pingo - The Pink Penguin

You can wear this lovely ring with casual or elegant clothes adding a colorful touch of originality to any outfit.

Rose ring crochet pattern by Pingo - The Pink Penguin

You can find the crochet rose ring pattern in my patterns stores - Etsy and Ravelry.

Enjoy your rose ring, may it brings you happiness and lovely moments!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baba Marta

Baba Marta (Bulgarian: Баба Марта, Granny March) is the name of a mythical figure, a grumpy old lady whose mood swings very rapidly. Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring (a similar tradition is held in Romania). According to the Bulgarian folklore, March marks the beginning of the springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with the end of the cold winter and the beginning of the spring. On that day we exchange 'Martenitsi' (Bulgarian: Мартеници) and wear them from first of March until around the end of March - until we see a stork, a swallow or a budding tree :o)

'Martenitsi' are red and white coloured bands or figures that symbolise health and happiness, a lucky charm against evil spirits. They are given away to friends and family and are worn around the wrist or on the clothes.

Martenitsi by Pingo - The Pink Penguin

The ritual of taking off the martenitsa is different in different parts of Bulgaria. Most people would tie their martenitsa on a branch of a fruit tree, thus giving the tree health and luck, which the person wearing the martenitsa has enjoyed himself while wearing it. Others would put the martenitsa under a stone and based on the kind of creature (usually insect) they find there on the next morning guess what kind of year this one would be. If the creature is a larva or a worm, the coming year will be healthy and full of success. The same luck is associated with an ant, but that person will have to work very hard to reach success. If it is a spider, than the person may not enjoy luck, health or personal success.

Bracelet free crochet pattern by Pingo - The Pink Penguin

You can find the free crochet pattern for this gorgeous bracelet at Craftsy and Ravelry. No matter if you make it in red and white, or any other color combination, it will be a gentle jewelry for any occasion.

Happy crocheting :o)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Would you... be my Valentine?

Are you ready for St. Valentine’s Day? I am! :o)

Valentine's day is one of those holidays you're never quite prepared for. Crochet hearts are the perfect gift if you want to let someone know you love them and you care about them. Valentine's day isn't just for couples but it's fun to celebrate with your children, nieces and nephews along with your own parents or grandparents. This holiday is really for anyone, you can give presents to anyone you wish. It is always better to make your gifts instead of buying them – a handmade gift brings much more joyful and satisfaction… and also shows our special attitude.

Hope you will like my ‘Heart with a message’ idea :)

crochet heart pattern by Pingo - The Pink Penguin

Wrap nicely a love letter or a thank you note and attached it gently to the heart.

Crochet heart pattern by Pingo - The Pink Penguin

You can find the crochet heart pattern in my patterns stores - Etsy and Ravelry 
Happy crocheting! :o)

crochet heart pattern by Pingo - The Pink Penguin