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Ready, Set, KREADOE!

Kreadoe 2017, see the info here: http://bit.ly/kreadoe2017

I’m venturing back to KreaDoe for the first time in five years and I’m excited!

I’m going to be there together with Scheepjes at their fabulous stand, inspired by the Dutch Masters and featuring all the incredible designs from the most recent edition of YARN, including two of my own designs, the Almond Blossom Scarf and the Dutch Masters Vest:

I’ll be at the stand all day on Friday which is at 7.B056 and 7.0B58, right near the cupcake theatre, and you won’t be able to miss us!   Download the map here.

Now, as if you don’t need a reason to stop by and say hello, Scheepjes is running multiple giveaways over the course of the week.  10 times each day – that’s ten times a day – they’ll be giving away limited edition Whirl packs, and to be in it to win it you need to come wearing your favourite garment or accessory made from Scheepjes yarn and join in the fun by having your own professional headshot taken (with a mini makeover and everything).  Then you just have to share your pic on insta or FB to be in with a chance.

And alongside that awesome activity, Scheepjes is also giving away a bike with a basket full of yarn!  Seriously, the coolest omafiets with a basket full of yarn.  It doesn’t get more dutch than that.

So, will I see you there on Friday?  I’ll be the one with the biggest grin on my face, waiting anxiously to meet you!

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Come Say Hi at Brei en Haakdag!

At the weekend I am going to have the enormous pleasure of joining Scheepjes and half of my Blogger Tribe at Brei en Haakdag in Zwolle!

This time round Scheepjes will be hosting a Bloggerplein (Blogger Square) where myself, Annelies, Atty, Carmen, Jellina and Kirsten will be hanging out chatting with visitors and showing off some of our favourite projects.

Meet the Scheepjes Bloggers at Breidag in Zwolle on the 23rd and 24th of October 2015!

We’ll all be there on both days, so you can come along and say hi.  Please come say hi – this event is terrifying!

Here are some of the projects that I’ll be taking with me:

The Egyptian Star Flower Stool

Egyptian Star Flower Stool, free pattern by MissNeriss

The Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

The Rainbow Hearts Tutu

Rainbow Hearts Tutu on missneriss.com - free tutorial available

I can’t wait to go, I hope I’ll see you there.  It’s not too late to get tickets, grab them here: Breidag Tix

That Moment When You Find Your Crafty Blogger Tribe

This last weekend I had The Most Amazing Experience.

Myself, along with a group of absolutely fabulous yarny bloggers was invited to Yarn Paradise; AKA Scheepjes HQ in Tynaarlo.

I was lucky enough to be able to grab a ride with Gorgeous Atty and her mum as they whizzed past on their way from Amsterdam, and upon arrival it was all squeals and hugs and a bit of OTT carry on as we all caught up again or met for the first time in person.

First order of business was a tour of the warehouse.  Now, I’m lucky enough to have done this before, so I knew what a treat the others were in for.  They were all rolling their eyes at my anticipation of the buttons, but when they arrived in the first of the button aisles for themselves, finally they understood!

Buttons buttons and more buttons!  At @scheepjes HQ Buttons buttons and more buttons!  At @scheepjes HQSuddenly it was lunch time, so we all reluctantly dragged ourselves outside into the glorious sunshine.  But Oh Wow we were in for a treat!

Scheepjes Director of Design, Anita, put on the best spread you could imagine. Gluten free brownies that once you’ve eaten, you’ll never eat normal brownies again. Not to mention the Lemon Drizzle Cake.  I won’t lie, I did have one of each!

Lunch - gluten free brownies made by Scheepjes Design Director Anita

In the afternoon, Esther from Happy in Red hosted a terrifically insightful workshop into some of the nuts and bolts of blogging and we all chatted about how we could improve our blogs before we were able to finally talk about the elephant in the room that was all the new yarns!

All the yarn!  I wanted to make Yarn Angels in it! At @Scheepjes HQ

Look at them!!

We could touch and smoosh and rub our faces on the yarn to our heart’s content.  You could feel the room crackling with the energy from the inspiration and ideas zooming around and bouncing off each other.  I came away with no less than three concrete design ideas, so there will be a lot of pretty impressive designs emerging with the new Linen Soft, Catona, Softfun Denim and new Stone Washed colours!

We finally managed to drag ourselves out of HQ where we all went out for dinner at a cute little restaurant in Assen and by the end of the evening I was just exhausted, and my face hurt from laughing so much.  By the end of the weekend my face was pretty much frozen in this position:

Smiles don't get much bigger than this. At the @scheepjes blogger event in Drenthe.

On day two, just when you think that all the highlights have passed, Dedri from Look What I Made cracked out her Sophie and I thought I might faint from the excitement.  Seeing her in the flesh, wow.  She has changed the crochet universe. (See what I did there?)

Sophie's Universe by Dedri of Look What I Made

We spent the day enjoying a high tea while crocheting and chatting, and filming Carmen’s Jean Luc the fox devouring one of her Blue Tits in super slow-mo.  Let’s just say, you probably had to be there…

All in all, I had the most wonderful time, and can’t wait to spend more time in real life with the wonderful group of bloggers that came along.  Thanks so much to Anita and Job at Scheepjes for being the best hosts you could imagine, and be sure to visit all the amazing bloggers.  You won’t regret it.

All the highlights from the @scheepjes blogger weekend in Tynaarlo

Kirsten at Haak Maar Raak
Annelies at Vicarno
Jellina at Jellina’s Creations
Carmen at Crafty Queens
Maria at 50 Shades of 4Ply
Atty at Atty’s
Dedri at Look What I Made
Esther at Happy in Red
Heike at Made With Loops
Sarah at Crafts From the Cwtch

And an honourable mention for Tammy and Wink, who couldn’t make it.  You were missed girls!!

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Breidag – A Yarn Paradise?

This weekend, together with my friend Tammy, I headed off to Breidag in Rijswijk here in the Netherlands.  It’s basically an excuse for yarn freaks like myself to see all the pretties in one place.

I went last year, and that was my first opportunity to be able to get up close and personal with a lot of the beautiful yarns that I had only dreamed about seeing, and this year was more of the same.  This year I had two goals in mind: to finally choose a long colour changing yarn from Wol Cafe, and to get my hands on some roving to finally learn how to make my own yarn.  I also hoped to find someone stocking the Vinnis Bambi which I first saw when Maaike from CreJJtion showed me this beautiful stole.  But overall I just wanted to fondle all the gorgeous yarns.

Upon arriving, Tammy and I decided to first do a lap, then come back to the stalls that we wanted to buy from.  We were really hoping to be dazzled by all the choices and the obvious love of yarn art, as we had been last year.

What we quickly discovered though was, much of the same, everywhere.  The big brands were very well represented.  Lots of Katia, lots of Scheepjes, Phildar and some Catania.  I love all these brands, but was hoping for more diversity.  However, hidden amongst the giants there were some wonderful pockets of loveliness.  Textiel Werk en Zo with their hand dyed and undyed yarns and spinning wheels, Diversan with their natural fibres, and Pink Hazel with their handmade needle cases.

Zeven Katten were there as well, and we had had such a great time with them last year that we wanted to go say hi and see what amazing yarns they had this year, but it was almost impossible to get to the stand!  As with these events (and I don’t know if it’s a Dutch thing or not), elbows were sharp and middle-aged women take no prisoners.  I found myself getting closer to the front of the pack and someone would swoop in and I’d be spat out the side.  In the end it wasn’t worth the hassle, so I moved on.

I had much the same experience at Wol Cafe.  Tammy and I waited a few minutes to get in close enough to look at the yarns we were hoping to buy, and the entire time I was there, a woman just kept reaching over my shoulder to grab at the yarns, then as I was paying, she was already shoving me out the way with her backpack.  This kind of behaviour really spoils an event for me.  Especially right now when I’ve just come back from a month in Australia where I couldn’t imagine a single person not politely waiting their turn!  That’s right, culture shock is hitting me hard.

So, what did I get?

Well, I finally decided on a Limited By Wol Cafe yarn.  It was a tough choice.  Usually I’m totally drawn to the pinks and turquoise colours, but I decided to go with a navy to cream colour.

Limited By Wol Cafe http://www.wolcafe.nl/Limited-by-Wolcafe-donkerblauw/grijs/creme-109

I also couldn’t resist the Bamboo yarn that I found at Diversan. The entire stall was dedicated to natural fibres, which I LOVE!  I’ve found myself really being pulled towards the natural fibres, as the feeling and the colours are just so beautiful.

bamboo yarn from diversan  - http://diversan.nl/index.php?item=bamboe-witgrijs-gemeleerd&action=article&group_id=15&aid=322&lang=NL

And finally I bought a drop spindle and some roving to teach myself how to spin.  Ideally I’d like to get a spinning wheel, but they’re expensive and I’m not sure my husband would support yet another yarn habit, considering I’m starting to knit as well!

I started practicing yesterday because basically I couldn’t wait any longer (than 24 hours!).  So far it’s interesting.  I’m not loving it because having to stop and start to keep the spindle spinning and then to wind the yarn is irritating, but hopefully with practice it will improve.  Suggestions for great tutorials online will be greatly appreciated!

Overall, what did I think of Breidag?  Well, I think MaraMaakt kind of summed it up (aside from her ideas on mulesing).  The venue wasn’t the greatest, there wasn’t a lot of atmosphere and there were a LOT of stalls with mass-produced yarns and the big brands.  I remember last year being all about the love of fibre.  There were not many Wow yarns this year, and I missed the diversity of crafts aside from, well, knitting.  There was quite a bit of crochet represented, but almost no spinning or dyeing (two or three stands) and I had hoped to see more beauty.

So, will I go again?  I’m not sure.  I might consider the handwerkbeurs in October, but it’s in the same location and although Rijswijk is easy for me to get to, the venue is dark and the layout made it crowded.  There was a LOT of space in that room, but all the stalls were really crammed in against one another.

The company, however, was amazing.  Thanks Tammy!