Crochet Hook Review – Tulip Etimo

Pink, glorious pink!

I haven’t had the chance to show you my lovely new set of crochet hooks from Tulip.

I picked these up recently and they’ve immediately become my go to hooks.  I mean, you know that I’m a Clover girl, so it takes a lot for me to switch to another brand.

Ok, so there are a couple of reasons why I love these.  Firstly, well, just look at them! It’s the details really. Ombre pink, the shafts and hooks themselves are even pink.  Then there’s the faux leather case and the little zippered notions pouch with its scissors and needles.  The only thing missing is a set of stitch markers.

Then there’s the form and fit in my hand.  The grip is a little slimmer and more contoured than the Clovers, and the it’s also about 5mm shorter.  I have large hands and the Tulip is the perfect fit in my palm.  I can imagine for smaller hands, the difference in length is probably negligible.

How do the hooks crochet? Well, I’m a pretty speedy crocheter and the adjustment phase is minimal.  I don’t have problems with snagging or with splitting.  In this way they are much the same as the Clover.  The smooth neck is great for working with acrylics – the squeak factor is minimal.

Overall, I’m going to say that I really rate the Tulips.  They’re pricey, which puts them out of reach for a lot of us.  However, they’re worth saving for, or adding to your Christmas or birthday wishlist.  Full disclosure; I was given these hooks.  All opinions are my own, so don’t worry, I’m being totally honest with you.

If you’d like to get your hands on a set of these, in pink or in black, you can go to Wool Warehouse* or lovecrochet.com* internationally, and if you live in the Netherlands there are a bunch of great retailers, like Pera en Pasha and Het Wolhuis.  If you don’t want to splurge on a full set, it’s also possible to buy them separately to give one a try.

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Progress Report – Aquarel Blanket

This one is taking me ages!  Not because I don’t love it, but because I’m also working on a few other designs concurrently – projects I can’t share yet.

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

I love working on it though.  It’s a great project that you can half concentrate on.  Not completely mindless, but enough so I can watch some trash tv at the same time, or listen to my favourite podcasts.

I think I have about seven blocks of rows to go, so I’m more than half way.  It’ll be ready some time in the next month or so I hope.  It already reaches from my toes to my chest and it is soooooo stretchy!  It’s going to be the perfect curl up on the couch and tuck all the edges in so you don’t get cold toes blanket ever!

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

When I asked on Instagram what the fastest anyone had finished a blanket, there were some crazy responses!  Like, four days, less than a week, crazy stuff!   Check out some of the responses below:

What are you working on this week?

Don’t forget: You can get hold of the Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.

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Sidetracked -Yarn, The After Party

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m busy plugging away on my Aquarel blanket (progress report on that this week), but today I’m taking some time out to investigate a new project.

A new fortnightly pattern booklet from Scheepjes has just landed on my doorstep.  It’s called Yarn: The After Party, and complements the twice yearly bookazine – Yarn* – that was launched earlier this year.

The concept behind The After Party is to keep the creative juices flowing between Yarn editions, and each booklet will include a single pattern and a colour chart with all the available yarns.  The styling is amazing, it makes me excited for the next instalment!

The booklet is in English and Dutch (which is great for me to practice my Dutch pattern reading), and for all us Ravelry nerds, it’s also available as a digital download for a euro.  If you buy the yarn for the design from one of the retailers, the booklet is free.

The Linen and Lace Cardigan in this edition was designed by Annelies Baes.  Annelies is such a talented garment designer, she is fully dedicated to figuring out how to create the best fit!

I’m sure it’ll be an enjoyable project, the linen soft is so easy to work with, it was such a pleasure while I was making my Rustic Lace Blanket over the winter.

Right, so the important info:  You can get The After Party at your favourite Benelux Scheepjes stockist, and Deramores* will ship them worldwide.

Still don’t have a copy of Yarn?  Get it here*.

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10 of The Best: Knit and Crochet Projects with Scheepjes Stone Washed

It’s no secret that Scheepjes Stone Washed is one of my favourite yarns to use.  Ask any of my blogger tribe and they’ll say the same.  It is amazing.  The colours are vibrant, the yarn itself is unique in its construction, and the end results: fabulous.

In honour of this beauty, I have a round up for you with 10 of the best knit and crochet projects using Stone Washed.  The patterns are all available by clicking on the images or headings.

Linen Stitch Manghan by Dedri Uys

linen-stitch-manghan-pattern

This is a design that shows just how diverse the Stone Washed yarn is and how wonderfully the colours work together.  You can get the yarn packs for this in Dedri’s shop*.

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. Grab the yarn here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This is a design that I fell in love with at first glance.  I love everything about it, it just makes me feel happy.  Isn’t Christina a talented designer? The yarn for this one is available here*.

Cosy Colour Block Shawl by Sarah Knight

Cosy ColourBlock Shawl by Sarah Knight. Get the yarn here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Sarah’s Colourblock shawl is such a popular garter stitch design, and it’s easy to see why!  Stone Washed makes the best warm shawls, cosy is most definitely the best adjective here!  Pop over and get the yarn here*.

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs

Peekaboo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

This one is by me, it’s my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap, of which I’m enormously proud.  It’s an incredibly simple and flattering design that is easily customisable for your own body.  The yarn is available here*.

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits. Yarn available at http://www.debreiboerderij.nl/brei-haakpakketten/scheepjes-hartjesdeken/scheepjeswol-stone-washed-hartjesdeken.html

This is one of those designs that Pinterest loves to show me – almost every day it’s being saved by people that I follow, and when it’s not being saved, it’s being recommended by Pinterest.  This heart stitch is one that I love, especially in this spectrum colourway from Marieke at The Brei Boederij.  There are yarn packs available in her lovely webshop.

Top by Scheepjes

Stone Washed Top by Scheepjes. Yarn from http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This one is to be found on the Scheepjes website directly.  It’s a lovely knit design and one to add to your WIP list for sure. Click here* to get the yarn.

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Here is proof that Stone Washed isn’t just for cosy blankets, shawls and wraps, it also makes beautiful delicate garments, as showcased here in Annelies’ gorgeous design.  You’ll only need up to 7 balls to complete this one, grab the yarn here*.

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert. Yarn available here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This was one of the very first designs with Stone Washed when it was released a couple of years ago (how the time has flown by!) and it’s an enduring favourite. The instructions for the motif and the poncho construction are on the CreJJtion website and the yarn can be purchased here*

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump. Yarn and pattern to be found on Deramores: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Although Marinke was so well known for her mandalas, this third loop HDC stitch was like her signature in my mind, and this lovely beach bag that she designed for Deramores is no exception. You can get the yarn and pattern from Deramores directly.

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel. Yarn available at http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

It’s just not possible to have a pattern round up for Scheepjes Stone Washed without sharing Atty’s Star Blanket.  Atty’s motifs are all so original and creative, she’s a true innovator!  The yarn is for sale here*.

10 beautiful knit and crochet designs using Scheepjes Stone Washed on missneriss.com #crochet

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Progress Update – Aquarel Crochet Project

I’ve been a busy little bee over the last couple of weeks since I last posted.  I’ve made great progress on my latest Scheepjes project, made with Softfun Aquarel.  It’s going to be a blanket, and so far it’s looking amazing!

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That is a shot I took before I went on holiday two weeks ago, and the blanket has since travelled around Scandinavia and increased dramatically in size!

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

It’s actually grown even more since I took these pics!

The chevron is so fun to do, it’s lovely and soothing creating the zig zags and feeling the yarn come to life in all it’s squishy glory.

It won’t be finished in the next week, but I’ll be sure to post more progress shots as I go – make sure you check out my Instagram feed to keep updated.  As soon as I’m finished I’ll let you know exactly how much of each colour you’ll need to make this (so far it’s looking like about 6 balls of each colour except the purple, which will likely be 8).

You can get hold of the Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.  I can recommend my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier – look local first!

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New Scheepjes Yarn, New Crochet Plan

Today I’m kicking off a new Scheepjes crochet project, and I can’t wait to share it!

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

It’s another Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* project, do you recognise the colours?

That’s right – they’re the same as the colours I used for my Textured Chevron Cushion earlier this year.

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss. Yarn available from Wool Warehouse: Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

That can only mean one thing: companion project!

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

I’m still just as in love with the colours of this yarn as I was when it was first released.  I also just love working with the yarn.  It’s lovely and soft and has amazing stitch definition.  Plus it’s squishy and bouncy; perfect for what I’m making.

So, what am I making?  Well, I’ll leave you to speculate for a while….

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, arn available from Wool Warehouse: Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

Stay tuned for next week when I start posting teaser pics.  I’m sure it won’t take you long to guess what it will be.

You can pick up the gorgeous Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.  In fact, my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier stocks Aquarel, and I love to support a great local business!

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Treasury Tuesday – Project Bags

Project bags and pouches are my new thing.  I have about 10 that I’ve picked up in the last couple of months, mostly from Hema because they’re cute and cheap!  But I do absolutely adore the handmade versions I see on Etsy and Instagram, so I’ve put together a little treasury of some of the most beautiful – most of these are now on my wishlist.


Small Zippered Knitting Proj…

$26

Eiffel Tower Bag, Japanese K…

$28

Cosmetic Bag, Beauty Purse, …

$46

red knitting project bag SKU…

$25.9

Butterfly and Birds Tote Bag…

$29.75

Pink and white small owls zi…

$37

Handmade knitting project ba…

$32

Knitting Project Bag – Large…

$25

Reversible tote bag sewing p…

$4

Knitting Project Bag

$25

Pre-order! Knitting Project …

$11

Knitting Bag, Knitting Proje…

$54

Pastel Purple: Hand Painted …

$22.21

knitting project bag – Tulip…

$35

Knitting Project Bag, Yarn b…

$68

Project Bag, Large Project B…

$15

*clicking on any of the pictures will take you to the listing in Etsy, isn’t that cool?!

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Special mention must go to my Instagram friend Vanessa Kind, who is busy making project bags in anticipation of opening an Etsy store, but at this rate she’s selling them too quickly to get any stock!  Here’s an example of one of my faves:

Enjoy the rest of your week!

PS. I’m sorry if you’re reading this on your mobile and can’t see it very well – the code doesn’t automatically shrink to fit, and I’ve made it as small as possible without it being impossible to see.

Last Dance on the Beach Joining and Border

Here we are, at the very end of the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  14 weeks have flown by, don’t you think?  I’ve absolutely loved following your posts and photos since the beginning, and I especially love the creative colourways and stitch variations.  We crocheters are massively creative, let’s not forget it!

Today I have two main chunks of info; how to join your squares, and how to create the border.

Joining and border, Last Dance on the Beach CAL

The joining is done using the “Zipper” method.  Get the info from the gorgeous new Scheepjes website here.

The border is a moss stitch, or linen stitch, grab the instructions and chart here.

Once you’re done, wash in eucalan (be careful of colour run) and then block the entire blanket.  It’ll look fabulous!

Check out hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach to see all the inspiration and finished blankets, and don’t forget to share yours too!

This has been a wonderful experience, I can’t wait to show you my blanket too.  First I need to finish it!

Last Dance on the Beach – Week 12

Here we are.  It’s the last square in the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  How did you go with Annelies’ square?  I have to confess: I haven’t started it yet!  The week has just fallen through my fingers.

Week 12 brings us to Tammy’s square.  This is one of the most beautiful designs of them all.  It’s a challenging one, but worth the effort. I am also perhaps a little biased as Tammy is one of my dearest friends.  But I know a great design when I see one!

Tammy has made some astonishing projects in the past, and this year released her first knit design, the Mira River Wrap.

Tammy from Canadutch

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 12 by Tammy Canavan Soldaat

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Esther has created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

 

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag#scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 11

It’s almost over!  This week brings us the penultimate square of the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  The weeks have flown by, have you managed to keep up?  I know that I haven’t!

Let me introduce you to Annelies.  Not that she needs any introduction, mind you.  Annelies was the designer behind the Flight of Fancy CAL last year and is world famous for her designs.  You cannot pick up a crochet magazine without falling in love with one of her designs. One of my favourites is the Flower Mosaic Shawl with about a billion tiny flower motifs.  There’s no way I would ever have the patience to make one, but I wish I did!

Annelies Baes of Vicarno

Please do pop over and read Annelies’ post about her inspiration.  She also touches on the deep effects of social media on designers – something I can absolutely relate to; the idea that if you wouldn’t say it to someone directly, please think twice before hitting Send.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL week 11 - by Annelies Baes of Vicarno

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Esther has created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

 

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.