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!

*Note: affiliate links.

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.

 

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 10

You’re going to love this week!

Sarah identifies as a knitter, rather than a crocheter, but for the last wee while she’s been moonlighting; indulging in her secondary craft: crochet.

Sarah was also very close friends with Wink; do read her post sharing her love for Wink. Her post this week will inspire you, in ways only Sarah can do.

Sarah from craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk

Sarah has created a beautiful crochet that looks knitted!  Isn’t that just the coolest idea?

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 10, by Sarah Knight from Crafts from the cwtch

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Estherhas 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 #scheepjesCAL2016or#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 9

How did you go with the waffle stitch?  I have to be honest, I haven’t picked up a ball of CAL yarn in more than a week – I’ve had a million other things to think about.  So I’d love to know what you thought of it!

Now we meet Dedri.  Well, I’m sure you already know Dedri, and have quite likely spent the last year or so making Sophie’s Universe, right?  Do pop over and say hi on her site Look at What I Made; Dedri is the undisputed queen of the giant motif!

Dedri Uys, from lookatwhatimade.net

Dedri has designed a beautiful square for this week, I think you’re going to love it.  Be sure to read about her square and the inspiration behind it.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL, week 9 by Dedri Uys from Look at What I Made

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Estherhas 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 #scheepjesCAL2016or#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 8

Isn’t this CAL just flying by?

How did you go last week?  Did you just love the heart square?  I certainly did.  Although, I’ve only made one so far – I need a lot more hours in the day.  Having to work isn’t awesome, I could use those hours to crochet!

This week we meet Jellina from Jellina’s Creations.  I’m sure you’ve already seen (or made) Jellina’s work.  I especially love her Escher style projects; they are mind-bendingly good.  Jellina blogs mostly in Dutch, so google translate is your friend if you don’t know the language.

Jellina from Jellina-Creations

Jellina has designed a waffle stitch square for you.  It’s another technique that I have never tried, so I’m eager to get started!  Make sure you visit her post this week about her inspiration (which is seriously cool, btw) and what this project means to her.

Week_08_square_Jellina

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual,Estherhas 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 #scheepjesCAL2016or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Winterlight

A couple of months or so ago I came across a brand new podcast on youtube by my Insta-friend Vanessa Kind and she introduced me to the wonderful indie dyer Dingo Dyeworks.  I fell head over heels with all the yarns and colourways – you know how much I love a good merino yarn.

When I visited the site I was overwhelmed.  How could I possibly choose between all these amazing yarns?!  But then I saw Winterlight.

Winterlight is a shawl designed by Meg Gadsbey from Atelier Yarn in Sydney, in collaboration with Petah from Dingo Dyeworks in her beautiful Fair Dinkum Dingo Tail gradients.

Dingo Dyeworks Fair Dinkum Dingo Tails

I love the Fair Dinkum range, it carries the NewMerino certification, which is a an Australian initiative promoting 100% traceability, sustainability and ethical treatment.

The hardest decision was then what else should I get?  Because the yarn was coming all the way from Perth, I couldn’t just order one skein – it’d be a waste right?

In the end I settled on some Fair Dinkum ultrafine fingering in Blue Gum.   Blue gums have the most incredible scent.  In the region I grew up in, about 20 years ago graziers started cashing in on the blue gum boom, selling their land for a thousand dollars an acre (insane money) to be replanted with blue gums.  All of a sudden I was living in a forest instead of farmland, it was strange how the landscape changed so rapidly.

Dingo Dyeworks Fair Dinkum fingering in Blue Gum

So the blue gum is something familiar, and a lovely colourway, so it fits.  I have a project in mind, another Meg Gadsbey design called Minnamurra.  Aren’t all these Australian names awesome?  It makes me a bit homesick to be honest.  I think my obsession with merino is something that I use to keep me connected, do you know what I mean?

I absolutely loved making Winterlight.  The pattern is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t class themselves as a “knitter””- although I do now!  It’s also just beautiful, so that’s reason enough!

Winterlight shawl. Made with Dingo Dyeworks Fair Dinkum Dingo Tails and Winterlight pattern by Meg Gadsbey on Ravelry

I can’t wait to make another one.  But I have a to-do list and WIP list that is longer than my arm, so it’ll have to wait a bit.

Winterlight shawl. Made with Dingo Dyeworks Fair Dinkum Dingo Tails and Winterlight pattern by Meg Gadsbey on Ravelry

And finally, do check out Vanessa’s great podcast on Youtube.  Although, lock up your wallet; she’s a bad influence!