It’s been perfect crochet weather here in the Netherlands. I look out the window and the beautiful trees on my street are all slowly turning a rich copper. I’m making the most of enjoying this time before the less-romantic phase where I spend a my days clearing leaves from my garden!
I’m really enjoying working with this Scheepjes Legacy yarn. It’s easy to crochet, my project is growing quickly and it holds up magnificently to frogging – which I do a LOT of while designing.
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Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.
Last week I told you about the baby project that I’m working on and I’m making great progress!
My little Koala Lovey is really starting to take shape!
There are almost as many stitch markers as pieces!
Right now it’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, everything is there, it all just needs to find the perfect placement so it all fits together, just so.
If you don’t know what a lovey is, I think it’s a very technical term for a stuffed animal head attached to a little square of fabric that babi’s absolutely love to snuggle with and munch on. I remember how much my daughter enjoyed hers, it was adorable! I made a bunch in the past, it was like a mini production line there for a while as babies seemed to be popping out all over the place!
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Scheepjes Cahlista is an aran weight yarn, made with 100% cotton. I’m using two balls of colour 074 Mercury, and you will also need a single ball of the complementary colour. Have a look at the Scheepjes Website for colour inspiration and stockists, there are more than 100 colours to choose from!
You can order the yarn online from my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier*.
It’s WIP Wednesday! I don’t know about you, but every day is WIP Wednesday around here. I literally don’t remember the last time I didn’t have a crochet project on the go, even if it was shoved in the naughty corner.
A project that’s nowhere NEAR the naughty corner however, is my new Autumn hat project!
Just look at that colour! The orange is just glorious. It glows like it’s on fire, I cannot get enough of it.
What you see growing here is the brim of the hat. I’m working it in an opposite way to how you would usually crochet a hat, from the bottom up!
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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!
In the US we have a new stockist! You can check out DotsYarnDen who also stocks River Washed, plus a bunch of other Scheepjes yarns.
In Australia Little Woollie also stocks Stone Washed and Stone Washed XL
Now for a little video! To make the brim, we’re working back and forth in rows, in the third loop. This creates that gorgeous knitted rib look that adds snuggle and stretch. I filmed it once, then flipped it so we have a left handed and a right handed version. Aren’t I clever?
Keep an eye on my insta for more WIP photos and videos as I seem to have gone a bit video mad 😀
Next week I’ll have some reveal photos. I need to recruit my resident photographer (my daughter) to take photos of me. She has a great eye, considering she’s 8!
It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been working on my Scheepjes Organicon squares in the background, but I also shared about the launch of the latest issue of Yarn – The Colour Issue; did you see it yet? If not, all the info is here. The designs are incredible, it’s a must have.
Because it’s so huge and the hook is so small, this blanket is taking me longer than usual to complete. Having said that, the effort is so worth the results already. The colours are just the best, I’m excited about all of this!
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Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at scheepjes.com. If your favourite retailer doesn’t have Organicon, you can always ask them to get it in – don’t be shy!
Wool Warehouse* is shipping globally again (with some small delays due to C-19), so you can pick it up there.
As I’ve said many times, Caro’s Atelier* is my local yarn store, so I would also love you to support them. They ship all over Europe.
Black Sheep Wools* is one of the best bricks and mortar stores in the UK, and they’ll also ship to you.
(If you own a yarn store and stock Organicon, please feel free to add direct links to your product page in the comments of this post.)
Isn’t this colour mash beautiful? This photo was at about 60-ish blocks in, with a LOT to go. I’ll need at least double this amount to achieve my blanket goal.
One thing that I am doing, although it doesn’t really look like it here is, I’m working my ends away as I go and will only need to snip them when I’m done. Each block has 6 ends, so if I multiply that by 150-odd blocks, my brain explodes, so I have to weave them in as I go otherwise I’ll throw it all in a corner and never look at it again!
Are you a person who weaves ends in as you go, or do you wait until the end? How do you feel about ends? Personally I find them to be the necessary evil in creating things of beauty, so I tolerate them and do everything I can to minimise the effort.
Stay tuned, I’ll be joining soon. I plan to use that really fast slip stitch invisible zipper join so it will all come together very quickly, I think you’re going to love it.
Keep an eye on the socials for more photos, the reveal will be here before you know it!
I’ve started working on a cowl using colourway 659 Modernism, and I think you’re going to love it. The gradient is so beautiful I’ve barely paused to snap progress pics – the desire to see the colour evolve makes this a fast project!
Because it’s so rewarding, you’ll be able to take a moment to breathe after the rush of the holidays, and make something just for yourself. I have another big project in the works, and this is a great buffer of pure enjoyment before putting my head down to work on that for the next few months.
Come back next week, I’ll have more photos, and the big reveal!
It’s so cold, I swear! I’ve lost some weight this year and an unexpected side effect is that I’m cold ALL the time! I bought a new winter coat, and had to buy a down jacket to go under it, and it hasn’t even frozen here yet!
So to that end, I’m making slippers. I’m too cold and I need them.
Plus, they’re slippers I’ve been thinking about making as long as I’ve been crocheting. That might seem strange; why haven’t I made them before, you ask. Well, I’ve tried. But the truth of the matter is, I haven’t had the right yarn to do it.
This Scheepjes Chunky Monkey is the perfect yarn for the last pair of slippers you’ll ever need. I raved about the yarn already, go take a look if you missed it.
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Want to get your hands on Chunky Monkey for yourself?
My neighbour whom I loved as a grandmother knitted me slippers when I was a kid. They were made with scrap yarn that was truly hideous, but I LOVED those slippers. They lasted me years and years, until I eventually wore through them and I think my mum threw them away while I wasn’t paying attention.
But I’ve been looking for a replacement pair for literally twenty years!
And now I’ve cracked it. The slippers are being made and they’re going to fit everyone. Raina will have a pair, Maarten will have a pair, and we’ll be a family of matchy matchy dutchies.
I’m using three full hanks of the Skies light for my design, but that will be the equivalent of a full set of minis, so if you’ve been waiting for the right project to make with your minis, this could be it!
It was the golden hour when I took pics to show you this latest WIP; that moment when you just want to bask in the glow.
Recently I showed you the yarn I’m using for a new free pattern project, using Scheepjes Namaste, and this is how it’s working up.
It’s going to be an oversized, chunky, open stitched cardigan which will envelop you and feel like a warm hug. It will be one size, but I’ll also add information to make it smaller if you desire.
But in the meantime, I also have a sneaky reveal for you! I made matching hats for my daughter and myself, each using one skein of Namaste!
It is so deliciously warm and soft. Not so warm that you start to feel the prickles of sweat, it’s just perfect for when it’s a bit too chilly to go out uncovered, and the open shell stitches keep it breathable. Plus, as Namaste is a wool/acrylic blend, it’s always going to be lovely and soft!
I’ve written two sets of instructions for this (kid and adult sizes), and I’ll share those in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that, AND for the cardigan reveal!
Last week I told you about this gorgeous new yarn that had landed on my doorstep, and now I want to share a progress report with you.
I’m making a new stool cover to be able to interchange with my Egyptian Star Flower Stool cover and it’s really coming to life in just the way that I imagined. The katran inspiration was right on the money!
So, do learn from a mistake that I made here: the stool was almost finished when I realised that I made it way too big, so had to frog it. So, no matter how much I love the yarn, it’s not made for frogging. It’s definitely not a yarn you can just rip out, you have to be careful and take it slow, otherwise you’ll destroy it.
Having said that, the effort is worth it. Doesn’t it make a beautiful ball?
So I have the final amounts ready, you’ll need three balls of Secret Garden in your favourite colourway.
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