Category Archives: Yarn

An Ever Evolving Love Affair with Stone Washed

Last week I shared the beautiful Scheepjes Stone Washed that arrived in time to start my next project and today I’m showing you how beautiful it is as a garment.

But first, look at the texture.  The colour is just beautiful and the way the stone washed effect works is just ingenious.  The colour is wound around a white core and it really needs to be used in a project where texture is the hero.

The texture, I love it! #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashed #missneriss #crochet

Originally, it was my goal to make a hoodie for myself, then to write down and share the pattern with you, for free. As the top has evolved, it became very clear to me that a hoodie is not the way to go this time.  I definitely think that it’s worth exploring in th future, but the Scheepjes was just telling me that it needs to become a classy v-neck, not a summer hoodie.

I made the top all in one piece, starting at the bottom of the front, then working up, over the shoulders, and then down the back.  It makes for a great, almost seamless effect and I’m really happy with it.

Having said that, it wasn’t all roses – there was also a lot of frogging involved trying to get everything just right!  The Stone Washed isn’t the best for frogging either.  Luckily it’s nice and strong, so bears up nicely, but because it’s nice and fluffy sometimes the yarn gets stuck.  But that’s a common problem, not anything particular to the Stone Washed.

Soaking in Eucalan, waiting to be blocked #scheepjes #stonewashed #missneriss #crochet

I think I’ve finally finished the bulk of the work; the edging looks great.  Here it is, soaking in Eucalan and smelling wonderful – I’m on the home stretch!

Right now the top is all pinned out on the blocking board.  I managed to score a set of Knit Pro Blocking Wires last week when I visited the Scheepjeswol HQ so I’ve used them for the first time on this project.  They could not have arrived at a better time to be honest.  I could just thread the wire through the edges of the top and lock it in place with the blocking pins instead of using about ten thousand pins around the outside.On the blocking board, using my new Knit Pro blocking wires - what a cool idea! #scheepjes #stonewashed #missneriss #crochet #scheepjeswol

Making sure the V sits just right... #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashed #missneriss #crochetAnd the beautiful V-neck, which has become my favourite feature of the top.Wasn't this supposed to be a hoodie? Not any more! #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashed #missneriss #crochet #freepatternNow I expect this to take a couple of days to dry properly, considering the weather outside is dark, grey and wet (welcome to summer in the Netherlands) so stay tuned for the big reveal next week (if it’s dry)!

Yarn Love: Scheepjes Stone Washed

When I first saw photos and posts of this yarn hitting the internet a couple of months ago I knew I had to get my hands on some.  The colours and texture are just so beautiful.

Scheepjes Stone Washed on Pinterest

Image courtesy of Sheepjeswol on Pinterest

So you can imagine just how excited I was when this landed on my doorstep:

Scheepjes Stone Washed in Red Jasper #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashedIt’s all for a big project that I’m working on and can’t wait to get started.

How does it feel? I hear you asking me.  Well, it’s gorgeous.  The yarn is slightly “woolly”, but also has the strength and look of cotton.  The colour is worked around the yarn and is slightly fluffy, and is really effective in its design.  Kudos Scheepjes!

Scheepjes Stone Washed in Red Jasper #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashed

This year I’ve moved away from amigurumi a bit and am really into making wearables, and this is no exception!  Having said that, I think this will make great fluffy amis.

Scheepjes Stone Washed in Red Jasper #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashed

So what am I going to make?  Well, something completely different – a hoodie!  Ages ago a family member gave me (Dutch) pattern book that is as old as I am and out of the entire book there was one design that I liked and knew I could update.  Problem was, the pattern is jibberish.  Not just because it’s in Dutch – because my Dutch is pretty good – but because the way it’s written makes zero sense.

Vintage hoodie designAt first I tried to translate it, but it just wasn’t working out for me, and the sizing was way out, so it was time to design my own, which called for some (P)inspiration!

It should be great for summer, and will probably be my most daunting project to date.  Not only is it one of the first items of clothing I’ve designed, but it will also be in bigger sizes as I’m making it to fit myself to start with.  All of the ratios are scary when upsizing and downsizing, so we’ll have to see how it goes.

Scheepjes Stone Washed in Red Jasper #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #stonewashed

But for now, I’m off to make swatches.  After I’ve finished fondling my new stash…

This colour is Red Jasper (847).

A Productive Weekend

Hello production line!

Well, not really a production line, but a productive couple of days.  It started on Friday when I decided to tidy the huge cabinet that houses our TV, recipe books, some glasses, and just a plethora of crap.  I emptied two drawers of rubbish, tidied Raina’s books and put loads aside to pass on to other kids and then started on my “miscellaneous crochet stuff” draw.  This drawer housed all my printed patterns and old half finished projects from before Raina was even born!

I managed to chuck the projects – they had all been made using the wrong hook – and sorted out all the patterns.  On that mission I came across the pattern I’d bought ages ago from Etsy for a cute little teddy bear:  crochet teddy bear pattern from Magic with Hook and Needles

Now, because Friday saw the beginning of the Dutch campaign to takeover the world win the World Cup I had an entire evening to crochet to my heart’s content. and here was the result:

I only just noticed right now that I used almost the same backdrop as the original designer, how strange!

I used Drops Paris with a 3.5mm hook, and 6mm safety eyes.  I also made the scarf, but my daughter immediately ripped it off.  What is it with toddlers and their need to rip all and any clothes of dolls and stuffed toys?

So while I was feeling productive, and considering there was even more football on TV, I whipped up one of these Zpagetti hanging baskets that I’ve been seeing for the last few weeks on my Facebook feed.

It’s not quite the same as the original as the yarn I used was slightly lighter in weight than the Hoooked Zpagetti that the pattern calls for, so I made it a bit taller and not as much of a ball in shape.  I think it might well be a great way to store my winter accessories in the hall cupboard, and was an easy project that can be done in an evening on the couch while pretending that the World Cup isn’t happening.

FYI: Holland flogged Spain in their opening match, and Robin van Persie scored what is probably the Goal of the Series.  Check this cool re-creation:

 

Project Pile | Is that another Candace Scarf?

Why, yes it is!

Candace Scarf in Lettuce - Malabrigo Worsted

This is a scarf I made for a family friend, and it flew off to Australia with my brother when he went home last week.

This time I used Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce that I picked up from wolwereld.nl and I also decided to add a border which worked very well too.

Candace Scarf borderInstead of using a particular stitch count, what I did was line my stitches up with the middle of the bows and the mid-point of the space between.

5DC in the same stitch, SC in the mid-stitch between the bows, then 5DC in the middle stitch of the bow.  This ensured that I didn’t have any left over stitches from mis-counting (which can easily happen when you have a long project to border) and it looks great.

I also used the wonderful hack that I found on Mamachee, so I saved a lot of yarn by not having to do a SC round first.  More on that hack in a post coming soon!

Want the pattern? Grab it here:  The Candace Scarf.

Yarn Love – Wol Cafe

I’m on a self-imposed yarn buying freeze, but I’ve been lusting after this beautiful Limited By yarn from Wol Cafe ever since I saw it at Breidag in March.

I couldn’t make up mind on the day which colour combination I wanted, plus it’s quite pricey, but life’s too short for bad yarn, right?  Plus, ever since I saw Wink’s Shawl Wars posts about the colours she has, it has been niggling and niggling at me.  That little voice telling me to just get it.

I really need a project in mind so I can justify it.  Help me!

life's too short for bad yarn

 

Project pile: Summer Dress

I always tend to have at least three projects on the go. Right now I’m finishing up a couple of Elephant Snuggles, plus an exciting design that is just about ready to share with you, along with the Convergence top, another Spring Shawl, and a vintage Dutch pattern that I’m translating and altering!

Not one to just let that be enough, now I’ve added this one to the list:

And the yarn I’m going to use is the absolutely gorgeous Softfun yarn from Scheepjeswol.

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As soon as the elephants are done, I’ll get started. Can’t wait!

Oh wait, I forgot. I’m also working on a Candace Scarf too!

Spring Shawl – It’s Huge!

Finished.  After a month of picking it up and putting it down, it’s finally done.  And much more beautiful, and bigger, than I could have anticipated.

Spring Shawl made with Malabrigo Silky Merino on missneriss.com #crochet #yarn

It took a good day to block and dry, and was too big for my blocking board, so I had to break out the yoga mat so it would fit!

I’m just in love with it.  The colour, the texture, how soft it is, it’s a complete package.

Spring Shawl in Malabrigo Silky Merino on missneriss.com #crochet #yarn

Spring Shawl in Malabrigo Silky Merino on missneriss.com #crochet #yarn

And here’s the cutest little photo bomber ever:

Photo bombing

I used Malabrigo Silky Merino in Madre Perla (four skeins) that I picked up from houseofyarn.nl.  This shade is sold out, but there are lots of other beautiful ones to choose from.

I used the Spring Shawl pattern that I posted here and added a row of double crochets and picots for the edging because I found the original pattern finally!!!!

Yarn Love

Look what arrived for me this week!  The postman is already one of my good friends, but this may well have elevated him to BFF status.

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 #cotton8 #scheepjes #ombre

It went straight into my project bag, and to the top of the project queue.

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 in my favourite project bag #cotton8 #scheepjes

This last Saturday was King’s Day here in the Netherlands.  The first King’s Day ever I think.  We haven’t had a king here since the end of the 1800s, but for the longest time we’ve always celebrated Queen’s Day with fabulous national holiday and one of the biggest parties on the entire planet.

King's Day in Amsterdam, photo by Caitlyn from olympicwanderings.com

King’s Day in Amsterdam, photo by Caitlyn from olympicwanderings.com

My favourite part of King’s Day is the free market.  Everybody pours out onto the streets and sets up their own little stall, selling all their old stuff.  It usually starts the night before, with the really serious sellers and buyers camping out over night to get the best bargains and make the biggest profits.  Most of it is junk though.  We come across the same woman selling the same Disney videos (that’s right, videos) every year, so she’s obviously not in it for the money!

Speaking of junk, one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure, as they say.  We bought loads of cool things, including a brand new rain coat for our daughter, lots of picture books and I even found a loom!  However, this was my number one score for the weekend:

Originally this case housed massage machine from an era long past, but was only interested in the packaging.  A quick spray with some paint and gingham lining and I have myself the cutest little project case in the world!

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 in my new pimped project case#cotton8 #scheepjes

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 is a yarn that I haven’t had the chance to work with yet, but I know for sure that it will be a perfect fit for me.  Its vibrant colours are perfect for summer and it’s so, so soft.  It will be brilliant for amigurumi.

But that’s not the destiny of this batch.  Instead I have another project in mind.  Something beautiful for warm summer days.

Stay tuned and there’ll be a pattern in it for you….

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Yarn Porn

 

Remember when I visited Breidag a few weeks ago? My yarn order from Textielwerk Wol en zo arrived, and it is just extraordinarily beautiful. It’s a gorgeous hand dyed (at their workshop) merino yarn and I can’t wait to play with it.

superwash merino DK on missneriss.com #yarn

But what am I going to make? Well, initially I was going to make the Convergence top that I haven’t shut up about, but now I’m not so sure. I definitely want to make some sort of garment, but am wondering what.

Any suggestions? There’s about 1200 metres to play with…

Wink’s Summer Hearts Mandala

If you only follow one new blog this year, you must make sure it is A Creative Being.  Everything about Wink’s blog is beautiful.  The projects, the colours, the photography, everything.  It’s just one amazing package of crochet goodness. I have a few of her patterns, including the Design Wars shortlisted entry Dancing Hearts Wrap and most recently, the Summer Hearts Mandala which is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I wanted to create the mandala in line with the Crochet Collective’s Mandala Crochet Along, but I’m just useless at sticking with timelines, my life is just too busy, plus I really wanted to make this mandala as my first, and it wasn’t on their schedule (but there are some extraordinary ones, so check it out). So, I decided to sit down one night and smash it out.  And smash it out I did.  It’s a seriously fast pattern to work up, and it looks amazing.  I had the yarn and colours that Wink used (or close enough to) on hand and I couldn’t imagine using anything else. The finished mandala with the tension being too tight But I had a problem.  It’s difficult to see above, but instead of lying flat, the mandala has curled edges.  See what I mean? Mandala, tension too tight on missneriss.comSo I decided to leave it for the night as it was late and I was tired, and I wanted to fix it in the morning when I was feeling fresh again. The problem I have is that although I was using the exact same yarn, and the exact same hook as the pattern, my tension is far tighter than Winks, so the edges curled up on me.  This is a result of all the amigurumi projects I’ve been focusing on – you have to crochet tight so as to keep the stitches close together (I usually use at least one hook size down than what the yarn calls for). Here’s how I hold my yarn, how do you hold yours?  See how tightly wrapped around my little finger it is? Here's how I hold my yarn, super tight tension after so many amigurumi projects.But instead of frogging the entire project, I decided to just rip out the last couple of rows, to where it started to curl. The offending rowThis is the row that was causing the problem, before that I was progressing beautifully. I decided that because it’s difficult for me to loosen my tension (old habits die hard, right?), I would go up half a hook size and try my best. Changing from a 4mm to a 4.5mm hook to complete the projectI love my Clover hooks, they are the single best crochet related purchase I’ve made so far. And here we go!  The finished mandala! Summer Hearts Mandala by A Creative Being on missneriss.comSee how beautifully flat it lies now? It has a slight curve, a bit like a saucer, but I think that’s the intention, and I love it. See how it lies flat?  Perfect Summer Hearts Mandala on missneriss.comThe Summer Hearts Mandala was a beautiful project to make, I’m definitely going to be making more, and will experiment with different colours. Would you like me to make you one? By all means feel free to get in contact, I’d be honoured. Have you made any mandalas?  Which pattern is your favourite? There are so many to choose from and they’re all beautiful.