That’s quite the title, right? I mean, what does it even mean?
A couple of weeks ago I was watching the Dingo Dyeworks video podcast on Youtube (it’s one of my faves, by the way. Petah creates the most unbelievable colourways!) when I saw Petah showing off Meg Gadsbey’s new shawl design – Tank Stream – my eyes almost popped out of my head!
I immediately bought Meg’s design on Ravelry and then the mission began to find the right yarn. Dingo Dyeworks have put together gorgeous packs that I really wanted, but I didn’t want to wait for the postage, and I didn’t want to be hit with customs charges at the door, so I went to Love Knitting and ordered some sweet georgia superwash DK in Mist.
As soon as the yarn arrived I couldn’t wait to start. It was one of those days when I was counting the seconds until I could finish work so I could wind the yarn and cast on.
I just noticed that my needles match my yarn! Those sorts of coincidences give me the warm fuzzies. I do love my zings, especially the colours. They’re all bright and colourful.
So now I’m busy listening to the S-Town podcast while knitting Tank Stream. Life is good!
Tanks Stream is available on Ravelry
Get the sweet georgia yarns from Love Knitting/Love Crochet
And check the Dingo Dyeworks 20% off sale to get some glorious hand dyed Australian yarns.
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I’m back with some progress pics of my Wanderlust project that I shared with you last week.
Aren’t those colours just amazing? I am gushing over here, I couldn’t be happier with the blend.
I’m making a very simple shawl design, using a construction method you may not be familiar with, and will be wondering where it’s been all your life once you learn it.
The yarn is out now, so be sure to grab three balls from Wool Warehouse* globally and Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux so you’re all ready to go when the pattern is released in a couple of weeks!
Edit: See the finished shawl HERE.
I have wanted to share photos of this hat for ages and ages, but I finally have it for you!
This is Raina with her Opa having the best time ever! Seriously, don’t you miss being small enough to ride on shoulders?
I managed to bribe her to sit still long enough to take one photo on her own, but she was way too busy searching for chestnuts, acorns and toadstools to pay much attention to me.
In the end I decided: If you can’t beat them, join them and went foraging too.
Now, the pattern is ready for this, and I’m going to post it in a few days. I’ll also have more pictures, this time in the adult size!
To get prepared and have the yarn ready, here’s where you can get hold of the yarn:
Globally: Wool Warehouse*
South Africa: Be Inspired
You’ll need a ball of Hilversum and either Eelde or Zwolle (or both if you want to make two hats like I have).
My daughter is mad about Halloween. She’s been talking about this year’s costume since last Halloween. She’s been planning this longer than her birthday party!
We’re away on holidays in the lead up to this year, so I won’t have the time to replicate last year’s epic La Muerte costume so instead this year I’ve channelled my energies into making a Halloween wreath.
I used a foam circle which I picked up at my local craft store, and a ball of the new Scheepjes Panda Sparkle and went for it!
I first wrapped the foam in the sparkle yarn (using about half of it) and then I made some cute little amigurumi Halloween critters for decoration.
I’m especially happy with the spider web and little redback spider in the middle.
Raina insisted on there being a vampire and a witch, and would have been happy if it had been completely covered in pumpkins, but one has to draw the line somewhere!
To make the amigurumis I picked up some Scheepjes Catona 25g balls in Halloween colours and rifled through my Catona stash for anything that I had missed (It’s quite the stash!). I only used small amounts, so this is where the 25g balls are just the best.
The Panda Sparkle is a great decoration or amigurumi yarn. It’s loads of fun and the wee one is already making more plans for the leftovers. A spooky spider garland, perhaps….
The Panda and Catona yarns are available from Wool Warehouse* globally, and great Scheepjes retailers in the Benelux I’ve seen it at Ria’s Style here in Almere actually!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m busy plugging away on my Aquarel blanket (progress report on that this week), but today I’m taking some time out to investigate a new project.
A new fortnightly pattern booklet from Scheepjes has just landed on my doorstep. It’s called Yarn: The After Party, and complements the twice yearly bookazine – Yarn* – that was launched earlier this year.
The concept behind The After Party is to keep the creative juices flowing between Yarn editions, and each booklet will include a single pattern and a colour chart with all the available yarns. The styling is amazing, it makes me excited for the next instalment!
The booklet is in English and Dutch (which is great for me to practice my Dutch pattern reading), and for all us Ravelry nerds, it’s also available as a digital download for a euro. If you buy the yarn for the design from one of the retailers, the booklet is free.
The Linen and Lace Cardigan in this edition was designed by Annelies Baes. Annelies is such a talented garment designer, she is fully dedicated to figuring out how to create the best fit!
I’m sure it’ll be an enjoyable project, the linen soft is so easy to work with, it was such a pleasure while I was making my Rustic Lace Blanket over the winter.
Right, so the important info: You can get The After Party at your favourite Benelux Scheepjes stockist, and Deramores* will ship them worldwide.
Still don’t have a copy of Yarn? Get it here*.
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.
*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.
6y week is over already, I can’t believe it zoomed by so quickly. It was a wonderful week, with so many beautiful squares and such a positive response. It has made me so proud and happy, thank you to all of you.
This week we meet Carmen.
Carmen is the wonderful designer behind Crafty Queens and probably one of the loveliest people I’ve met. She makes the cutest amigurumis, they’re so squishy and cuddly. They usually have to be pried out of my hands, no kidding! Be sure to check them out, I think you’ll love them too.
This week Carmen has designed a corner to corner square, which is a stitch that I’ve never tried before, so I’m excited to learn!
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.
I was supposed to share this with you last week, but I had family visiting from Australia so I didn’t have the time (or inclination to be honest) to be writing blog posts. When you only see family every 18 months or so, you make the most of it, right?
Here’s my chevron cushion, finished!
For the design I used Scheepjes Aquarel. The design uses almost one ball of each colour (8 balls including the border) and the front is textured, while the back is flat.
In the next week or so I’ll release the pattern for you, and in the meantime if you’d like to get the yarn to be ready to go, head to Wool Warehouse* internationally or Caro’s Atelier in the Netherlands and grab yourself a ball each of your favourite colour combo.