I’ve been truly overwhelmed over the last two weeks since the team at Scheepjes announced this exciting collaboration.
Overwhelmed by the positive response, overwhelmed by the number of people who want to participate, overwhelmed to hear that retailers are already selling out of colour packs!
For those of you who have waited until today to start, I have a few resources to help you on your way.
The home page for all things rainBOOM! is here. It has everything consolidated in one place, so you’ll be able to find everything easily:
The patterns are available in a couple of places. If you want to show me some financial support, you can buy the printable pattern from Ravelry for a small fee, or you can get your hands on it via my blog. There are three versions: US terms, UK terms, and in Dutch. Here are the links:
Once you have the pattern, you need to make sure you take a look at the tips and tricks. There are a few points you need to take care to remember, the most of which is your tension. I sound like a broken record, but if you are a loose crocheter, you will run out of yarn in the diagonal rows!
So, if you know from the outset that you crochet loosely, please try a half or full hook size smaller. I have specifically chosen to use a larger hook size for this design to increase the drape, but there is very little yarn left at the end of each diagonal row, it’s an exercise in yarn chicken – especially if you crochet on the looser side.
This, and more tips, plus a couple of videos are all in the post that I’ve written. Do please bear in mind that I talk and crochet really fast, but thankfully you can change the speed settings in the video by clicking the little cog or the three vertical dots, depending on your device.
Tips, Tricks and a some video help
Don’t forget that to make the most of this MAL, head over to one of the Scheepjes Facebook groups to join the fun. We’re all going to be sharing our progress pics and helping each other with the tricky bits there.
If you’re not a member, you can join the international group (English language) here, or if you’re more comfortable in Dutch, you can join that one here.
All the announcements and support will be via those two groups, and I will be around each day along with the fabulous unsung heroes who make up the admin team to answer any questions and offer advice when needed. You can contact me directly via email, but the fastest response will be in one of those two groups. Feel free to tag me if you would like me to specifically see your post. I’ll be doing my best to keep up, but those groups are so busy that it’ll be a challenge to see even half of the posts!
Still don’t have your yarn?
I know that retailers are selling packs fast! If you haven’t been able to order yours yet, here is a list of recommendations for you:
Scheepjes has a complete list on their website of global retailers for you
Wool Warehouse* ships all over the world
Deramores* also ships globally
Black Sheep Wools* in the UK
Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn shop here in Almere
Be Inspired in South Africa
Knotty House* in North America
Yarn Inspired, BelleMae Yarns and Knit Spin Weave in Australia
You can also shop the yarn via my designer shop on Deramores.com! From there you can also get your hands on kits for more of my patterns with yarn + patterns all in one place.
Every day during the MAL we’ll be sharing our progress pics. I really want to be able to see what you are sharing, so here are some suggestions on how and where to share:
On Instagram, please follow me @miss__neriss and @Scheepjes and use hashtags #rainBOOMMAL, #missneriss, #obsessedwithcrochet and #scheepjes. I’ll be resharing a couple of photos each day, because I find all your shots so far to be really inspiring!
If sharing on Facebook, use the same hashtags, and don’t forget to mention me @madebymissneriss and @scheepjeswol. Don’t forget to share your progress pics in the Facebook groups because people are very eager to share you joy and to help you out if you need it!
Most importantly: don’t forget to share your project on Ravelry! Also use tags #rainBOOMMAL and #rainBOOM
Before I forget, I’m also hosting a giveaway!
I have the most adorable set of rainbow blocking pins from KnitPro to giveaway. These are going to be invaluable when it comes time to block your rainBOOM!
The set contains two blockers of each colour; 12 with 6 pins and 8 with 4 pins. And they’re just gorgeous!
To be in with a chance to win the set, you need to share your rainBOOM! pics on Instagram or Facebook (or both for more chances), use the hashtag #rainBOOMMAL in your post, and follow MissNeriss and Scheepjes on the platform you choose to share. For an extra chance to win, tag your friends!
The retail price of these is €26.95, and in NL you can get them from bol.com* and de Breibar if you don’t want to wait! Internationally, check with your favourite retailer and if they don’t have them; you can always ask them to order them in for you.
The giveaway will run for the duration of the MAL, and I’ll announce a winner on the 28th of Feb.
The fine print: The giveaway is thanks to the lovely team at Scheepjes and is not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram in any way. The giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live in the world.
Special Thank You Discount
Lastly, to show you how thankful I am that you’ve taken the time to spend your hard earned money to join me in this exciting adventure by purchasing a Colour Pack* and maybe even the printable, I want to give you a discount on all of the patterns that are in my Ravelry store.
There is no limit on the amount of patterns you purchase, and the discount is valid from right now through to the end of Feb 2019.
Just use code rainBOOMMAL at checkout for 15% off.
Ok, that’s it. Now let’s get our hooks and crochet!