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A Perfectly Autumn Crochet Project

Autumn is all in the colour, right?

I never really appreciated the colours of Autumn growing up. In Australia we have mostly evergreen trees – Eucalyptus, Acacia, Melaleuca and the like. They tend to look (and smell) beautiful all year round.

It wasn’t until I moved to the northern hemisphere that I really learned to appreciate it. Driving through the Devon lanes and wandering the old forests and moors of de Veluwe in October, or dreaming of visiting Canada in the Autumn. It’s something that the average Australian just doesn’t really get to experience at home.

The biggest joy of them all, however, are the toadstools! Nothing quite triggers the “I’m living in a fairy tale” feeling quite like finding one of these beauties while out wandering.

The glorious shades of red and orange inspired me to choose Scheepjes River Washed (XL) in the colour Avon for my autumn/winter hat pattern, which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.

Isn’t that colourway perfectly Autumn?

And when you look at the balls in the sunshine, it’s like they’re on fire, the way the forest looks when hit by the late afternoon sunshine in October. I love it.


Get the Yarn

Scheepjes has a complete list of stockists on their website. Most of their retailers stock Stone Washed and River Washed, but if not, don’t be afraid to ask them to get it in!

Wool Warehouse* stocks both River Washed and River Washed XL and ship all over the world.

Black Sheep Wools* in the UK also stocks River Washed and River Washed XL

Here in the Netherlands, Caro’s Atelier* has River Washed and River Washed XL, plus they’re my LYS (and awesome).

In the US, Jimmy Beans stocks Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL, which you can easily substitute for River Washed.

In Australia Little Woollie also stocks Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL


For my hat project you’ll need two balls of River Washed and one ball of River Washed XL. You can easily substitute Stone Washed, as it’s essentially the same yarn with a different coloured core (white core in SW opposed to a coloured core in RW). The sizing will be for adults, but my daughter is already asking for her own, so let’s see how that goes later on!

Stay tuned for progress in the next week or so, but in the meantime I want to know your favourite Stone Washed or River Washed colourway. Who knows, I’m thinking of gifting some – ’tis the season afterall! Let me know on my Instagram.

And We’re Off! The Noor Shawl

Remember the other day I told you about Berniolie and her Noor shawl?  Well, look!

Scheepjes Sunkissed

My Scheepjes Sunkissed arrived yesterday and I’m very excited to crack on!  So much so that my 3500 other projects are all being shoved to the side while I work on this one!

Scheepjes Sunkissed

You can get the pattern on Ravelry here, or Etsy here and you can get the gorgeous yarn from either Wool Warehouse or any Scheepjes retailer.

 

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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Warm Winter Crochet Beanie

In time for our recent winter holiday, I realised that even though I’ve made, oh, about a million crochet hats, my husband and daughter really needed a new one each.  Well, no.  They didn’t.  But I wanted to make them one!

Ages and ages ago I made myself a beanie using this design by Stephanie from All About Ami, and to be perfectly honest, it’s my all time favourite super warm beanie design.  Coming from Canada, I think Stephanie can be considered something of an authority on cold weather designs, no?

I had a ball each of the Scheepjes Vinci colours I used for my Chunky Crochet Brioche Cowl, both perfect for my loved ones.  A lovely pink/blue blend for Raina, and a steely grey for my Handsome Husband.

Warm Winter Beanie using Scheepjes Vinci on missneriss.com. Free pattern from allaboutami.com

Raina’s not such a fan of being my crochet model, and much more interested in carrying snow “rocks” so I struggled to get a pic of her in it.  Luckily it fit me too!

Warm Winter Beanie using Scheepjes Vinci on missneriss.com. Free pattern from allaboutami.com

And then there’s my husband.  Seriously, I’m not exaggerating when I say he’s handsome.  I can’t get enough of this!

Warm Winter Beanie using Scheepjes Vinci on missneriss.com. Free pattern from allaboutami.com

 

And I’m not a beard fan either.  But he ROCKS it in that hat!

Warm Winter Beanie using Scheepjes Vinci on missneriss.com.  Free pattern from allaboutami.com

The pattern is very simple, I whipped each hat up in a couple of hours, and the Scheepjes Vinci is SO warm! One ball is just the right amount, just make sure you have enough left over for a pom pom.  I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough, so I quickly took the other end of the yarn and wrapped it around my fingers to make a loose pom pom and it worked beautifully. I used an 8mm hook and a tapestry needle to sew the top closed and weave in the ends.  Easiest hat ever!

Don’t forget: You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!

2015 – An Inspired Year of Crochet

The New Year is almost upon us, can you believe it?  One of my dearest friends is due to have a baby – today – so I’m anxiously sitting by the phone for news, although she messaged earlier and nothing, yet.  I can’t wait for this baby to come, because 2016 is going to be amazing.

2015 hasn’t been the best year for me, health wise.  I’ve had some shit going on that I haven’t been able to get on top of.  But when it comes to crochet, life is great!  I’ve found inspiration in a lot of places, I have a lot of ideas flowing through me, and I’ve almost finished making two blankets!  That’s massive for me, usually I can’t get through such big projects, but I’m determined.  One may even be finished today!

So what were my highlights?  Two designs really stand out:

The Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

Egyptian Star Flower Stool

tapestry crochet stool cover | Tapestry haken krukje FREE pattern by missneriss

Such different projects.  I love the Peek-a-Boo because of its simplicity, and I love the Star Flower stool because the colours are beautiful and it looks really difficult, but is really very easy (all my designs are easy!).

Here’s a little gallery of some of the other designs and projects I made during 2015.

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I also started working on a short series of tech tips that I use in my blogging and social media world, including how to fake your own photography backdrop:

My beautiful shabby chic

But 2015 wasn’t all about me! There were so many projects out there that made me go wow! Of course I can’t not mention Sophie.  When I met Dedri in the summer and saw The Original Sophie I insisted that her design has changed crochet forever.  And I was right!  It was the most popular project on Ravelry this year, and people will be making it forever.  It’s only a matter of time before we see a Sophie draped over a couch in a sitcom.

Sophie's Universe by Dedri Uys

I also LOVED the geometric crochet that my friend Marianne is so talented at.  I looked at this cushion cover for aaaaaages.  I love the colours, the design, everything.

Triangle Cushion Covers by Marianne Dekkers

I’ve also been crazy about the Rustic Lace Square.  In fact it’s one of my WIP blankets!  I found so many new people to follow on Instagram because of it.  Check out the hashtag here: #rusticlacesquare and I love this project by Carmen, a shawl! Carmen also figured out how to make a half square for the shawl, it’s amazing.

Rustic Lace Shawl by Carmen Jorissen

But I do think the biggest, best highlight of 2015 was really finding my crochet blogger tribe.  My love for Instagram really kicked into overdrive, and thanks to they guys at Scheepjes, I’ve really fallen down the yarn rabbit hole, meeting some wonderful people and being able to get my hands on some of the best yarns on the market.

Whew!  That was quite the reflection.  I hope you made it to the end.  I can’t wait to roll over into 2016.  It’s the year I’m going to be more organised in my blogging, I’m actually even going to build an editorial calendar.  Can you believe it?!

Have a wonderful New Year celebration, wherever you may be, can’t wait to see you next year!

Crochet Brioche Beanie – Reveal!

Finally I have finished the Brioche Beanie and can show it to you!

crochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.com

Isn’t that just the perfect pom pom?

crochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.com

It fits as a long slouch, or fold the brim for extra snuggle.

crochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.comcrochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.comcrochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.com

The best thing about this beanie?  It fits everyone!  I have more pics to come in the next couple of days, with me wearing the very same hat!

But for now, you’ll just have to be satisfied with cute pictures of my lovely daughter.

crochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.comcrochet brioche beanie in One Size Fits All, free tutorial on missneriss.com

Tutorial coming VERY SOON, so stay tuned!

To get yourself ready, you’ll need two skeins of Scheepjes Colour Crafter, in shades Apeldoorn and Breda.  This will give you enough yarn to probably make two hats.

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!

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Crochet Brioche Beanie – WIP

Last week I shared with you the beginning of a new project, using a crochet Brioche stitch that I’ve figured out.

Brioche Work in Progress, using Scheepjes Colour Crafter

This week I’m showing you some of the work in progress.

I love the stitch pattern, the colour change is so effective.  At first glance it really looks like knit!

Crochet Brioche stitch pattern by MissNeriss. Tutorial on missneriss.com

And then there’s the decrease:IMG_2380

This took a bit of figuring out, but the overall effect is amazing.

Then there’s the trim:IMG_2378

I’m considering making this a bit longer, because it’s going also turn up: I'm considering making this a bit longer, because it's going

And the final touch?  The pom pom!  According to The Guardian, pom pom beanies are right on trend in 2015, and lucky for me I’m all over it!

But aren’t these colours just insane?  The vibrancy of the Scheepjes Colour Crafter is amazing.  I haven’t edited the images to boost the saturation at all.  Quite the opposite, in fact!  Orange and hot pink (or is it really Shocking Pink?) are probably my favourite colour combination.  They’re just such happy shades.  I have a cousin who would rock these colours and my aunt would easily pull off decorating her house using these two.  In fact I think she may have even done it!

Next week, the reveal!  And you know what the best part is, I’ve made this hat to be One Size Fits All!  Well, most…

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and at Paradise Fibers in North America!

Adventures in Brioche – A New Project Series

A few months ago I visited a yarn store in Amsterdam, and while I was there I discovered the knitted brioche stitch and fell head over heels!  But because I’m not a knitter I knew it would be beyond me, so set about coming up with a crochet version.

I spent some time experimenting and I managed to come up with a stitch that I like.  I decided for the initial project I would make a hat for my daughter and I knew which yarn would be perfect.

A couple of months ago, Scheepjes released a brand new “squeak-free” acrylic yarn called Colour Crafter.  There are an amazing 63, that’s right – sixty three – colours, all named for cities in the Netherlands.  Scheepjes Colour Crafter

To make my daughter’s hat, I’m using colours from two cool cities – Breda (orange) and Apeldoorn (hot pink). Scheepjes Colour Crafter on missneriss.com I also have two more colours, to make a more wintry manly version for my husband; Emmen (green) and Kampen (brown).

Scheepjes Colour Crafter on missneriss.com I just love the labels too, but I’m a total sucker for anything rainbow.

I was busy trying to take pics of these yarn to share with you, but I kept being interrupted by my fluffy little picture pooper! Scheepjes Colour Crafter on missneriss.com Scheepjes Colour Crafter on missneriss.com

So because I was laughing so hard I only managed to take a couple of pics (that weren’t blurry) before I got started.  Here’s where I’m at: Brioche Work in Progress, using Scheepjes Colour Crafter Aren’t Apeldoorn and Breda great together?  Seriously bright!

ETA: you can find the pattern for this project HERE.

You can pick up the yarn at Scheepjes retailers all over the Benelux, or internationally from Deramores, Wool Warehouse, and very soon (if not already) at Paradise Fibers in North America!

WiP Wednesday: #rusticlacesquare

It has been slow progress on the Rustic Lace Square blanket this week.  I have a few other projects on the go, and I haven’t really been feeling that excited about crochet this week either, to be honest.  You know those weeks, when you just have a bit of a slump. I’ve also been doing a bit of rearranging in my living room because we have so.much.stuff.  Drives me nuts.  I’m slowly finding a space that I like better though.

Here’s a closer look at the colours I’ve chosen for this project.  I went ahead and made all the inside rounds of the squares for the blanket.  My plan is to make a 5×7 square blanket; then border it in a way yet to be decided.  Still no clue to be honest!

inners of the Rustic Lace Square

I’m storing all the inners on this cool steel ring so they stay together and don’t get lost.

Rustic Lace Square middle sections on their cute hanger

I posted this one on Instagram:

and here’s a closeup:

Rustic Lace Square blanket progress

Looking beautiful.  More to come next week, providing the weather brightens a bit and I can take some photos!

I’m using Scheepjes Linen Soft for this project, together with a 4mm hook.  Perfect match.

How’s your Rustic Lace Square coming along?

Hello Ducky!

I recently joined a lovely Dutch crochet group called “Holland Heeft Haak Talent” and in the week since I joined it has blown up in excitement over the cutest little duckling amigurumi design.  Not wanting to be left out, I had to make one for myself!amigurumi duckling - free design by http://mrsemonessy.de

My daughter actually wanted me to turn him into a Platypus, so the next time I make one I think that’s what I’ll do.  What do you think?  He’ll make a cute Platypus?amigurumi duckling - free design by http://mrsemonessy.de

I used Scheepjes Softfun Denim (505 and 508) that I had leftover from another project, and a 2.5mm hook.  Oh, and I put a little squeaker inside.  So this little guy is the perfect little toy for a newborn who is just learning to explore his fingers and how to hold onto things.  Great bits to chew on and mum or dad can squeak him which always makes babies giggle.amigurumi duckling - free design by http://mrsemonessy.deThe pattern is completely free, and you can pick it up at mrsemonessy.de in English, German, French and Dutch!   There’s also a great (German) Youtube tutorial as well.

Have you made one?  Adorable isn’t it.