Spirits of Life CAL – by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I have no words.  None.

Well, of course, that’s not true – I have plenty to say today.  And most of it begins with the phrase “OH MY GOD…”

Tatsiana (Lilla Bjorn Crochet) has launched her latest CAL, called the Spirits of Life, and it’s going to blow your freaking mind!

Spirit of Life CAL by Lilla Bjorn. Photography by Oleg Ignatovich

Photo credit: Oleg Ignatovich

Tatsiana is a truly amazing designer.  You’ve seen her previous CALs of course.  There’s the Circles of the Sun and the Peacock Tail Bag, and she designed squares for both the LDOTB and the Nuts About Squares CALs.

She specialises in overlay crochet and there are some pretty impressive examples in this CAL, along with mosaic crochet and some other techniques which are guaranteed to make you a better crocheter!

There are three colourways, including Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid.  The yarns used are a mixture of Scheepjes Catona and Scheepjes Spirit.

The Spirit of the Volcano is my favourite.  It’s calling me.  Making me want to break into song, even!  I’m seeing Tatsiana in a couple of weeks, I do hope she brings this with her so I can steal it snuggle it.

spirit of the Volcano colourway for the Spirit of Life CAL by Lilla Bjorn. Photography by Oleg Ignatovich

Photo credit: Oleg Ignatovich

The CAL is being hosted by the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook and it will run for nine weeks.  Each week Tatsiana will post a new section on her blog: Lillabjorn’s Crochet World and there will be loads of support within the group, so make sure you join the 60+ thousand others!

You’ll also be able to join the fun on Ravelry, so add the project to your queue, and join Tatsiana’s group here.

The CAL will begin on 18 October, so you’ll have plenty of time to order your colours from your favourite spot, including:

Wool Warehouse (global shipping)
Knotty House (Canada)
Love Knitting (US)
Benelux Retailers like Sticks And Cups

The kits go on sale at the end of September, and are going to sell fast.  If you can, I recommend pre-ordering so you don’t miss out.

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which, if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit, will earn myself, and Tatsiana, a small commission.  This helps keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thanks so much! ♥

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Fade Out Shawl in Simply Crochet!

It’s so exciting to be able to come back from holidays and to immediately be able to share with you exciting news that my Fade Out shawl has been featured in the latest issue of Simply Crochet!

Well, I’m a bit late sharing the news, like I am with everything it seems!

In Issue 60 of Simply Crochet there is a gorgeous shawl supplement with designs by some of my fabulous blogger friends  and the yarn is all supplied by Scheepjes.  Take a look at the designs in the video slideshow below:

My shawl is called Fade Out and is designed to use a single ball of Scheepjes Whirl.  For this issue I used Popin Candy, but you can use any shade you want.  I’d love to make another in Lemon Cassis Cream or Fruity O’Tutty.

Fade Out shawl by Nerissa Muijs in issue 60 of Simply Crochet

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

Fade Out shawl by Nerissa Muijs in issue 60 of Simply Crochet

Image courtesy of Simply Crochet on Ravelry

Here are peeks at the other designs:

Coastal Garden shawl by Rachele Carmona. Read more on missneriss.com

This is the Coastal Garden by Rachele Carmona.  Can you believe this is her first shawl design?

Petals Aplenty by Carmen Jorissen. Read more on missneriss.com

Petals Aplenty by Carmen Jorissen.  Can you imagine joining all those flowers?

Over the Moon by Esther Dijkstra. Read more on missneriss.com

Over the Moon by Esther Dijkstra.  This even has a lovely little collar.

Work of Art by Esther de Beer. Read more on missneriss.com

Work of Art by Esther de Beer. Those colours!

Simply Crochet Issue 60 is out now available online (also globally) or at your favourite UK retailer.

If you live in the UK, there is an absolutely bananas special offer on where you can get 6 issues for under 10 quid!

For us Dutchies, I’m not sure if it will be translated into Dutch, but if it is you’ll hear it from me!

I’d love to see your shawls, please tag me on Instagram or share your projects on Ravelry.

Enjoy!!

Here’s where you can pick up all the yarns to make the shawls in this special:
Wool Warehouse (UK and global shipping)
Knotty House (Canada and North America)
Sticks and Cups (Benelux)

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which, if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit, will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thanks so much!

My Five Faves – Crochet Books

Today I want to talk to you about crochet books.  Books that are in my library, and I think should be in yours, in fact.

So, in no particular order, here are some books I love.

Five Favourite Crochet books including: Ultimate Crochet Bible, Sophie's Universe, Puur Haken, Colorful Crochet, and Zoomigurumi. See more at missneriss.com

Ultimate Crochet Bible

by Jane Crowfoot

The Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, available on the Book Depository with free global shipping: http://bit.ly/crochetbible

If you have no other books in your library, then this is the book you must have.  You’ll learn about the history of crochet, how to choose hooks and tools, fibres, yarn substitutions and how to read a pattern.  And this is all before you’ve seen a single stitch.

With sections on basics, motifs, lace, colour work, borders and much, much more, this is my single favourite resource when it comes to crochet.  You can see how much I’ve used it by all the pages I’ve marked!

The Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, available on the Book Depository with free global shipping: http://bit.ly/crochetbible

I bought my copy from The Book Depository (in paperback here) which ships worldwide for free.

In The Netherlands it’s on bol.com and on sale right now!  It’s only in English though, but with extensive charts the language isn’t really very important.

Puur Haken

by Maaike van Koert

Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert available in Dutch from bol.com http://bit.ly/puurhaken

This was the first crochet book I bought that was written by a friend, and it’s still one of my most thumbed books, three years later.

It was Maaike’s mission to create a gorgeous book filled with patterns only using natural yarns and to suit all crochet skill levels.  The Bloemdeken (flower blanket) is designed with future generations in mind; to become a real heirloom.  And it’s beautiful.

My favourite project is the Zomersjaal (summer shawl), and judging by the instagram photos I’ve seen, I’m not the only one who loves it!  I’ve made a couple, one of which is a regular in my shawl rotation.  The other was a gift to my great aunt on her eightieth birthday.

Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert available in Dutch from bol.com http://bit.ly/puurhaken

Puur Haken is only available in Dutch, but for those of you who don’t speak or read Dutch it’s ok; there are extensive charts.  It’s available on bol.com  in the Netherlands.  Maaike has since published a couple of other books, one of which is in English – 9 Months to Crochet: Count down to the big day with crochet – which is full of fun baby projects.

Zoomigurumi

from amigurumipatterns.net

Zoomigurumi - 15 cute amigurumi designs, from Amigurumipatterns.net. Book available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/zoomigurumi

Zoomigurumi is the first in a series of amigurumi animal patterns (get it – zoo-migurumi?) compiled by Belgian publisher Joke Vermeiren, in collaboration with 12 renowned amigurumi designers, including my all time favourite, Josephine Wu.

I’ve made at least half of the projects in this book.  Usually I would make two or three designs from a book, but this one is filled with so many great designs, I had to keep making!  I love Roary the Tiger the most.  I also have books 2 and 3 in my collection.  I just keep forgetting to order the others!

Zoomigurumi - 15 cute amigurumi designs, from Amigurumipatterns.net. Book available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/zoomigurumi

Zoomigurumi (and its five follow-ups) can be found on The Book Depository with global shipping. In the Netherlands you can pick it up in Dutch and English (and French!) on bol.com.

Sophie’s Universe

by Dedri Uys

Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys, available at Wool Warehouse http://shrsl.com/ionz

It was only recently that I raved about the Sophie book, and for good reason. Everything about this book is beautiful.  From the photography, to the colour choices, to the notes pages, to the look into the community which surrounds Sophie.

The book will also work as a stitch bible, because there are so many new techniques and stitches, you will be a construction expert by the end.

Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys, available at Wool Warehouse http://shrsl.com/ionz

had planned on buying my copy from Wool Warehouse, until Dedri gifted it to me!  So now it’s even more special, I just love it.  In the Netherlands it’s also on bol.com (in English).

Colorful Crochet/Eindeloos Haken

by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Colorful Crochet, with more than 20 crochet projects, by Marianne Dekkers Roos. Available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/colorfulcrochet

This is another recent addition to my collection, and as Darryl Kerrigan would say: That’s going straight to the pool room.

What I think I love the most about this book is the use of colour. (It’s not called Colorful Crochet for nothing!)  Only Marianne – and my aunty Sally – could take fifteen different colours and make them all work together.  And I’m not talking pastels, or shades of one colour, I’m talking brown, orange lime green, blue, yellow, pink, red, purple, the list goes on!

Colorful Crochet, with more than 20 crochet projects, by Marianne Dekkers Roos. Available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/colorfulcrochet

I’ve already made the Ribbed Tartan Cushion, and next on my list is the Geometric Triangle Blanket. I already have the yarn ready…

Again, The Book Depository and bol.com have you covered globally and in the Netherlands, and if you would rather the Dutch version Eindeloos Haken, it’s available at Echtstudio.nl.

So tell me, do you think I might have helped you discover some new gems?  I’d love you to tell me about your favourite books too – add them to the comments so I can go take a look for myself!

Five Favourite Crochet books including: Ultimate Crochet Bible, Sophie's Universe, Puur Haken, Colorful Crochet, and Zoomigurumi. See more at missneriss.com

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which, if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit, will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thanks so much!

Woodland Friends Bunny – Crochet Pattern

I have another new design that I want to share with you this week!

It’s this adorable bunny I’ve made, as part of a Woodland Friends series for Scheepjes YARN the After Party.

Pattern available for download on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodland-friends-bunny and yarn available at Wool Warehousehttp://shrsl.com/?ifu2

What you’ll need to make this bunny:

The pattern is suitable for beginners and includes written pattern instructions.  It’s a great project for a first amigurumi project, and is a wonderful baby gift.

And something really cool; the pattern is available on Ravelry in Dutch, English (US and UK), Swedish, Spanish and German. The pattern is also available as a booklet through Scheepjes retailers (UK and Dutch version).  Isn’t that awesome?!

Pattern available for download on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodland-friends-bunny and yarn available at Wool Warehousehttp://shrsl.com/?ifu2

I have a few different projects coming up over the next few months.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on projects I haven’t been able to share, so it’s great to finally be able to say: Look at what I made!

So to recap:

Download the pattern from Ravelry here: buy now

Or for physical copies, head to any Scheepjes stockist.

Get the yarn here:

http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=842729&u=1168367&m=63378&urllink=&afftrack=

 

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

Spring Motif – Photo Tutorial

It feels as though Spring has raced on by, and we’re hurtling headlong into an Australian style summer!  Although, that’s pretty optimistic, summer will likely only last this week, but I can never help myself.  I always get excited when the temperatures crack 20 degrees…

As promised, I’ve put together a little set of instructions to make the Spring Motif.  I decided to make this one a photo tutorial for you.

What You’ll Need

4 mini 25g skeins of Scheepjes Catona in colours:

  • 226 Light Orchid
  • 114 Shocking Pink
  • 385 Chrystalline
  • 280 Lemon

3mm hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Blocking mat(s) and pins

Note: I’m using US terms for this tutorial and the pattern is worked in rounds, slip stitching to join each round, and changing colours almost every round as well.  Try to weave in ends as you go, to save work at the end.

Round 1:

12 DC (double crochet) stitches into a MR (magic ring). SS (slip stitch) to join.

12 DC (double crochet) stitches into a MR (magic ring).  SS (slip stitch) to join.

Round 2:

Begin the round with a standing DC, DC into the same stitch, then work 2 DC into each stitch around, ending with 24 stitches.

Begin the round with a standing DC, DC into the same stitch, then work 2 DC into each stitch around, ending with 24 stitches.

Round 3:

Add the next colour with a standing DC, ch (chain) 1, DC in the same stitch. Miss 1 st, then V-stitch (DC, CH1, DC in the same stitch) in the next. Repeat the V-stitch around, with one stitch between each.

Add the next colour with a standing DC, ch (chain) 1, DC in the same stitch.  Miss 1 st, then V-stitch (DC, CH1, DC in the same stitch) in the next.  Repeat the V-stitch around, with one stitch between each.

Round 4:

Join the next colour with into the chain space of the V-stitch and work 2 DC clusters (YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through all loops) into each V-Stitch with ch3 between each one.

Join the next colour with into the chain space of the V-stitch with half of a standing DC (ie. do not pull through all loops to complete the stitch, keep two loops on the hook.  Alternatively, chain 2) and work 2 DC clusters (YO [yarn over], pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through all loops) into each V-Stitch with ch3 between each one.

Round 5:

Join next colour to the middle loop of the cluster with a HDC (half double crochet). in the ch space, work a DC, Htr (half treble - YO twice, insert hook, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, YO, pull through all loops), a Tr (treble crochet), Htr and a DC. HDC into the top loop of the next cluster. Repeat this around in each ch space, slip stitch to join.

Join next colour to the middle loop of the cluster with a HDC (half double crochet). in the ch space, work a DC, Htr (half treble – YO twice, insert hook, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, YO, pull through all loops), a Tr (treble crochet), Htr and a DC.  HDC into the top loop of the next cluster.  Repeat this around in each ch space, slip stitch to join.

Round 6:

Join next colour to the top of any HDC with an SC (single crochet). CH3, sc into the Tr from the previous round. CH3, sc into the next HDC. Repeat this around, SS to join.

Join next colour to the top of any HDC with an SC (single crochet).  CH3, sc into the Tr from the previous round.  CH3, sc into the next HDC.  Repeat this around, SS to join.

From here we can go a few different ways. To make the coaster, don’t cut the yarn from finishing round 6.  Instead, change to a 3.5mm hook and continue by working 3 sc into each ch space, and an SC into the top of each SC from the previous round.  Instead of joining, make 2 continuous rounds of slip stitches, into the back loops only.  After the two rounds of slip stitches, join, cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

Another option is to create the doily that I shared pics of last week:

spring motif doily

I’ll share instructions with you later in the week on how to make that.

The last option is to go even further and join all the motifs to make a table runner or a throw, or even a shawl.  More on that coming soon too.  But for now I’ll leave you with the motif instructions,

Scheepjes has a huge list of suppliers throughout the Benelux, otherwise worldwide you can order from Wool Warehouse* and for North Americans don’t forget: Knotty House* in Canada is also now stocking Catona!

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

Book Review: Colorful Crochet by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

I’m just thrilled to be able to talk to you about this book by my friend Marianne! I’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the book to be released so that I could get my hands on a copy and finally I have!

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Marianne is a friend whom I met via Instagram.  I’m sure you already know her yourself, she’s insta famous with about 66K followers!  I can’t exactly remember how we “met”, but she’s one of those lovely people who’s actually become part of my offline.  We only live about 30 minutes apart, but of course we don’t see each other anywhere near as often as we should.

But, the book!  I love all of the projects in here.  They’re all exactly as advertised: colourful.  I’ve had a hard time choosing which to make first, but have settled on the Ribbed Tartan Cushion.

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

I love that this is fast (you know I love fast projects) and simple and so beautiful. The surface crochet is so effective and this cushion will look great on my couch in a few days when it’s finished.

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

This is my favourite picture in the book, everything about it is so Marianne.  This is in her little house on the canal in Amsterdam, it’s just so beautiful and that wallpaper!

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Well, this is actually my favourite picture.  What’s not to love about that smile.  You just know there’s a lot of mischief going on there, right?

The book is filled with lovely projects for all skill levels.  If you’re a beginner, then this is definitely a great book for you.  There are projects to help you build your confidence, and then even more to challenge yourself to go to the next level and there are also more advanced projects for those of us who really want to have to concentrate.

There is also a Dutch and Turkish version of the book, so you can get hold of the language that suits you best.

Plus, at the back you’ll find a very useful section on some techniques that Marianne uses. Some really great instructions for ways to join motifs, make standing stitches, magic ring and more.

Overall, this book is a great all-rounder that you should add to your collection of crochet books.

If you’re in the Netherlands, you can order a copy from bol.com in English, or Echtstudio stocks it in Dutch (Eindeloos Haken).  Internationally the Book Depository has it available for pre-order, so get amongst it!

Incidentally, I’ll be giving away a copy of Colorful Crochet on my Instagram this week.  The giveaway will be open worldwide, and easy to enter.  So pop on over to take a look.

I wish Marianne all the success in the world with this book, I’m already anticipating the follow-up!

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

Spring Motif – Show and Tell

Spring is in full swing!  The tulips are done, and so is my peony (it was short but sweet), but thankfully my irises are still going mental.  The next one is the roses and the poppies and lillies.  I do have one lone tulip still holding on, it survived the garden being replaced and is growing up through the new lawn that’s slowly growing in.

But onto what we’re here to see, the motif!

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

It’s a super simple tulip motif using Scheepjes Catona.  It can be used on its own with a slipstitch edging like above, or it can grow into a doily like below:

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

The motifs can even be used to make a larger project like a shawl or a blanket, but I haven’t had time to do that yet!  Instead I made a set of coasters to add some glorious colour to my outdoor table:

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

Here I was, having a cheeky glass of wine last night:

Spring crochet motif by @missneriss using Scheepjes Catona, available from Wool Warehouse http://bit.ly/wwcatona

And then my morning coffee:

I used 4 mini skeins of Catona, and at just over a euro for each 25g ball, if you make a doily and 6 coasters, you can be done for under 6 euros.  When was the last time you made a project that cost so little?!  With my yarn problem, I can’t even remember!

Next week I’ll have directions to make the motif, and also instructions on how to grow it to a doily, and also come up with a join as you go method to make a blanket or shawl.

The colours I used are:

  • 226 Light Orchid
  • 114 Shocking Pink
  • 385 Chrystalline
  • 280 Lemon

Scheepjes has a huge list of suppliers throughout the Benelux, otherwise worldwide you can order from Wool Warehouse* and for North Americans, Knotty House* in Canada is also now stocking Catona!

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

Spring Crochet Project: WIP

This time last week I snapped a pic of my garden and my irises which were about to bloom, and this week, after some almost balmy weather, they’re not disappointing!

Irises blooming in the garden

After our fence blew down in the winter I wasn’t sure our garden would ever be the same again, and I’m liking it even more!

The spring feeling is keeping me motivated, and it’s also changing my mind.  My latest design is on about its fourth iteration, so goodness knows what you’ll get next week…

Spring crochet WIPSpring crochet WIPSpring crochet WIP

I do love it though.  I enjoy playing with the mini Catona balls.  They’re just so easy to carry around with me in a little bag and they’re so cheap it’s not a burden to have a bunch in stash just waiting for the perfect moment.

So, back next week with a reveal, I hope!!!

PS. If you are in North America, did you know that LoveKnitting.com and LoveCrochet.com are stocking Scheepjes yarns now?  Check them out here.

Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!

 

Pineapple Garland – Winner!

This time last week I shared with you that three of my designs are in the latest issue of YARN from Scheepjes, and that I was also giving away a copy and the yarn to make my pineapple garland design.

I’ve randomly chosen a winner, Kay Ann on Pinterest:

Congratulations Kay Ann, I’ve sent you a PM on Pinterest, please get in contact so I can send  you your goodies!

Do you have your copy of YARN, yet? You can get it from Wool Warehouse*, or any great Scheepjes stockist.

Thank you so much to everyone who pinned their favourite of my designs from YARN, it is so great to see the pins all over Pinterest.

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Explore Sophie’s Universe

The first time I met Dedri, the Sophie’s Universe CAL was almost finished.  She brought the completed blanket and I was able to see it before the rest of the world!  The first, and only thing I could keep saying to Dedri was: Game Changer.  This creation is a total game changer.  The crochet universe was never going to be the same again, and it’s only a matter of time before we see a Sophie draped over a couch in an American sitcom.

Sophie's Universe by Dedri of Look What I Made

Sophie has become so ingrained in the crochet vernacular now that nobody needs to even bother with the the “Universe” part; like Madonna, Sophie is enough. It’s already at the point where she’s referenced in a bodice ripper!

So it was totally fitting that Dedri should turn Sophie into a book, right?

Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys. Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnh

All of the installments are laid out in sections, the same way that the weekly pattern releases were and there is so much information, with recommended yarn and colour choices and tips and tricks.

Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys.  Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnh

But do you know what my favourite part of the Sophie book is?  It’s the window into Dedri’s universe, with anecdotes of her family and pictures from the CAL community, it’s just so inclusive, and so… Dedri.

Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys. Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnhSophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys. Available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?gxnh

And then I closed the book with a smile on my face, only to see my own face smiling back at me from the back cover!

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I am so grateful to have received my copy as a birthday gift from Dedri.  I had asked to buy a copy from her (first rule of publishing a book: friends and family pay full price) and after a bit of discussion she agreed.  Only to wrap the bloody thing up and give it to me for my birthday with a smug little “I win” grin on her face.

So I can only say: get this book.  It’s like a beautiful stitch bible – you’ll learn so many new techniques.  I challenge you to make a Sophie and not learn something new.  I promise you’ll be a better crocheter for this book.

Get your copy from Wool Warehouse (with global shipping) where you can also order yarn packs in colours and yarns for every budget.  In the Netherlands Caro’s Atelier stocks it, in South Africa it’s at Be Inspired (of course).

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