Category Archives: WIP

Works in Progress

Crochet Lovey – WIP

Progress is being made!

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!

close up of crochet koala head in pieces

There are almost as many stitch markers as pieces!

flat lay of pieces of koala lovey ready to be assembled

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!


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*.

Internationally there’s Wool Warehouse* (global shipping) and if in the US check out Dot’s Yarn Den.

Come back in a week for the big reveal!

close up of crochet work, highlighing yarn under double crochet

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A Perfectly Autumn Crochet WIP

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!

close up of hat brim

Just look at that colour! The orange is just glorious. It glows like it’s on fire, I cannot get enough of it.

close up of hat brim

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!


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 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!

See you next week!

WIP – Organicon Crochet Blanket

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!

Get The Yarn

Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at 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!

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A New Winter Crochet Cowl

Happy 2020!

Late last year I told you about this beautiful new yarn from Scheepjes; Whirl – Fine Art, a merino acrylic blend – the glamorous big sister to Merino Soft.

whirl fine art close up

Get the Yarn

Scheepjes has all of their stockists here.

Wool Warehouse* ships to the UK and globally
Caro’s Atelier* ships to the Netherlands and Europe

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!

whirl fine art cowl WIP

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.

whirl fine art cowl WIP

whirl fine art cowl WIPWhirl Fine Art 659 Magenta

Come back next week, I’ll have more photos, and the big reveal!

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WIP – Winter Crochet Project – Your Last Crochet Slippers?

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.

Until now.

chunky monkey

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.


Want to get your hands on Chunky Monkey for yourself?

Scheepjes has a comprehensive list of stockists so you can find one near you.
Netherlands and Europe: Caro’s Atelier*
UK and global shipping: Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*
Australia: Yarn Inspired*


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.


Stay tuned, I’ll prove it to you in a few days!

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WIP – Scheepjes Skies

It’s been a busy week!

I’m well on the way to completing my Scheepjes Skies design.

It’s great fun, and I love working with the soft cotton that is Scheepjes Skies Light.


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!

If you don’t have this yarn yet, Scheepjes has all the stockist listed on their website, so you can find one local to you.

Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* ship all over the world, Knotty House* is in North America, Black Sheep Wools* in the UK, and of course my local store is Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere.

Keep an eye out at the weekend for the big reveal, as I’m almost ready for the blocking mats and be sure to follow my insta for more behind the scenes shots!

WIP Wednesday, and a Sneaky Reveal!

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!

In the meantime, get your hands on the yarn! It’s available at all the usual fabulous Scheepjes retailers, along with my LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and of course Wool Warehouse*.

WIP Wednesday – My Knitting Adventure


I’ve made some progress on my latest knitting project, and it’s really a lot of fun!


The 7mm needles and the Scheepjes River Washed XL really are best friends.  It’s so satisfying to watch it grow, and grow so quickly.


Don’t you love the stripes?


Check out my post from last week for all the info on the yarn, and next week will be the big reveal.  I just need to find myself a model…

To get ready for the pattern, you’ll need to get yourself 7 balls of River Washed XL, 3 in Steenbras and 4 in Yarra.

Scheepjes stockists everywhere have River Washed XL, plus my local LYS Caro’s Atelier* here in Almere, Deramores* and Wool Warehouse*

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Secret Garden Crochet Pattern – WIP

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.

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

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!

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

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?

Scheepjes Secret Garden in in 709 Lily Pond and 704 Lavender Beds

So I have the final amounts ready, you’ll need three balls of Secret Garden in your favourite colourway.

Get the yarn from  Wool Warehouse for £4.39 (€5.39) per ball with global shipping.

In North America, Love Knitting/Crochet stocks it for $5.50 USD per ball.

In the Benelux, go to any one of the great Scheepjes stockists, and if you’re looking for a lovely day out head to Sparkelz-Creatief in Zuidhoorn, just outside Groningen.

Stay tuned for the big reveal next week!

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Spring Crochet Project: WIP

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!

Irises blooming in the garden

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…

Spring crochet WIPSpring crochet WIPSpring crochet WIP

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 and are stocking Scheepjes yarns now?  Check them out here.

Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!