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It’s Yarn Day!

Look what arrived a few days ago: Scheepjes Catona, the start of a new project

It’s a lovely pile of Scheepjes Catona Denim.

Scheepjes Catona, the start of a new project

I chose a selection of some of my favourite colours with the intention of working on a tapestry crochet project.

Doesn’t it look gorgeous, just as a decoration?

Scheepjes Catona, the start of a new project

The yarn itself is a 100% cotton yarn, in a very similar style to the famous cotton 8, but with a lovely denim effect and ever so slight colour variation.  It’s suited to a 3mm hook and is soft and easy on the hands.

I’m making a stool cover for a little “krukje” that I picked up in Action last week, and I’m hoping that I can even write the pattern for it in Dutch!

Tapestry Crochet project WIP with Scheepjes Catona on missneriss.com

Check back next week, I’ll have the finished project for you.  I’ve been powering through it and there’ll be more photos on Instagram through the week, so please nip over there to keep up to date!  It feels great to be overflowing with Crochet Mojo.

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Bucketful of Sunshine Hat – The Big Reveal!

I’ve been teasing you here, and on Instagram and Facebook with shots of yarn and half-completed projects and today, finally I can show you what I’ve been working on!

This morning I managed to convince my almost two and a half year old to pose for some photos of my new hat design, and she rocked it! So, without further ado, I present to you The Bucketful of Sunshine!

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesThe Bucketful of Sunshine is made using three shades of yellow Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 (508, 551, and 655) working from light to dark, creating a really cool ombre effect.

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesThe sunburst on the side is actually inspired by a free pattern by Petals to Picots and doctored a little to minimise the cutting and joining (because we all know how much I avoid weaving in multiple ends wherever possible).

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesI used the V-Stitch, making it perfect for the summer months to come.  Light, airy and full of sunshine.  I’m working on a tutorial for the V-Stitch for lefties as it happens, so keep an eye out for that too!

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesI’ve just loved working with Scheepjes Cotton 8.  It has become my favourite cotton yarn and will surely be my future go-to.  I love the feel of it, I love the look of it and to get this project just right I frogged and frogged and frogged, and yet it holds up brilliantly.  No splitting, catching, breaking or any other annoying yarn habits.  What also makes it an enormously appealing yarn is that Scheepjeswol a Dutch company, and I’m all about supporting local businesses.

And possibly, what I’m most proud about this project is that it has given me the opportunity to produce a pattern!  And a free one at that!  Stay tuned next week and I’ll have a pattern in a toddler size at the very least, with plans for babies and adults in the works too…

What do you think?  Don’t I have the cutest kid?  She’s sunshine personified, and The Bucketful of Sunshine was wholly inspired by her.

 

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….