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!
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…
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.
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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.
This one is taking me ages! Not because I don’t love it, but because I’m also working on a few other designs concurrently – projects I can’t share yet.
I love working on it though. It’s a great project that you can half concentrate on. Not completely mindless, but enough so I can watch some trash tv at the same time, or listen to my favourite podcasts.
I think I have about seven blocks of rows to go, so I’m more than half way. It’ll be ready some time in the next month or so I hope. It already reaches from my toes to my chest and it is soooooo stretchy! It’s going to be the perfect curl up on the couch and tuck all the edges in so you don’t get cold toes blanket ever!
When I asked on Instagram what the fastest anyone had finished a blanket, there were some crazy responses! Like, four days, less than a week, crazy stuff! Check out some of the responses below:
What are you working on this week?
Don’t forget: You can get hold of the Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.
Last week I showed you the yarn that I’m using for my next project series, and this week I’m showing you the progress.
I love the texture of this stitch. It’s a 3D crochet stitch that I’ve adapted and looks absolutely wonderful. The Scheepjes Aquarel is perfect for the stitch pattern, the colours really come to life.
This project will become a cushion, and I love how it’s coming together.
The front of the cushion will have the 3D textured stitch, and the back will be flat.
You can pick this gorgeous yarn up from Wool Warehouse in the UK and internationally. In the Benelux you can find the yarn at any Scheepjes retailer.
Next week: the reveal!
Hello from Amazing Austria!
I’m lucky enough to be on holiday in one of the most beautiful places on earth and because I’m really not a skier, I made sure I brought these beauties along with me!
This is the lovely Scheepjes Vinci, a 60/40% wool/acrylic blend that is just the softest bulky yarn ever. It has the warmth of wool and the softness of acrylic, which I love. Especially as I’m wool-sensitive and a bit of a Merino snob as you know!
The yarn calls for an 8mm hook (or needles), but for this project I’m going up a couple of sizes to a 10mm hook. I’m also using colours 9 and 21 for this project.
So what am I making? Well from the title you already know that it’s crochet brioche, and you know I’m in the Alps and I’ve already made a Brioche Beanie, so because I need to keep warm I’m making a cowl!
I love the knit look and the reversible pattern of the crochet brioche, it’s just so versatile!
It won’t be long and I’ll have more photos of the finished cowl, and not to mention: the tutorial!
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!
Last week I was showing off the beautiful colours that I received in the post from Scheepjes, and today I’m showing you my progress!
It’s growing quickly. The mesh stitch makes for fast crocheting!
The mercerised cotton that is Catona is a really easy yarn to work with. Smooth and not splitty, and perfect on the 4mm hook I’m using here.
I think next week you’ll be able to see the finished product, so stay tuned!
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Crikey, look at the repins on this baby!
In only a few short weeks it’s been pinned more than 1200 times! I’ve had a couple of other images that have been pinned a lot, but they took months and months to get to hit 1000, not a month!
Can you see me doing the happy dance over here?
Meanwhile I’m very busy dreaming up new projects and searching for the right yarns, alongside working on a couple of WIPs, including this gorgeous design which will become a cushion very soon:
I love the changing colours and the pixel effect that the tiny blocks have. I’m using the Alize Bamboo which I LOVE. Bamboo is without a doubt my favourite fibre to work with. It’s so soft and so light, and can fold up to almost nothing. AND best of all, it’s completely sustainable! What’s not to love?
What are you working on?
A super quick post today, I just want to update you on where I’m at with my knitting project.
I’ve used all three colours that I had chosen for this project, and I definitely needed one more colour block. I really wanted to use a yellow shade, which would have been the perfect spring colour, but it’s not (yet) available from Scheepjes so instead I chose purple (10), which is just as lovely.
Don’t you love my little yarn cake? I was attempting a centre pull but had a major Yarn Vomit, so made it into a cake. I love making yarn cakes almost as much as I love working with yarn!
Now I really have the hang of knitting, I’ve managed to work up the purple fairly quickly, and I’ve managed to finish it off and it’s on the blocking board right now. Thankfully there has been some warm weather so it hasn’t taken long to dry.
I can’t wait to show you the finished product, I really can’t. I’m so impressed with my ability to knit when only a few months ago I wouldn’t have even attempted a simple garter stitch scarf. Now I’m lusting after knit patterns on Ravelry like nobody’s business!
Do you have a favourite knitting project you can recommend to slake my thirst?
So here it is. A work in progress. Wooden beads, blue yarn, what will it be?
I love working with this Scheepjes Cotton 8, it really is becoming one of my favourite yarns. Although, for it to be perfect, it would be DK weight. I just like to use a bigger hook and heavier yarn, so projects work up quicker. But that’s just my instant gratification personality shining through!
I’m busy covering the wooden beads with the yarn. In the past I’ve just made balls and stuffed them with filling, but the roundness was just lacking a bit, and by using a wooden bead it just adds the right amount of weight and shape.
And look who I caught trying to run steal one as I was taking pictures. Isn’t that chubby little hand delicious? No wonder she’s always covered in kisses and cuddles!
It’s nearly finished and ready to be shipped to its new home in America, but you’ll have to wait until next week to see the end result!
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