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Cherry Blossom Shawl – The Big Reveal.

So, what do you think?

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I finished it a few days ago, and I haven’t taken it off since!

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

The shawl is an asymmetrical construction, and the colours really shine.

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

Cherry Blossom shawl, free crochet pattern

I added some tassles with the tiny bit of left-over yarn I had, it was just serendipitous that they happened to match the endpoints perfectly.

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And do you know what the best thing is?  The Scheepjes Wanderlust is 100% acrylic, so aside from being crazy soft, it doesn’t need blocking!

Next week I’ll have the pattern ready for you, so in preparation, pop over to either your favourite Scheepjes Retailer, or Wool Warehouse* and grab yourself 3 balls in your favourite colourway so you’ll be ready to crack on!

Which brings me to the giveaway.  Together with Scheepjes, I’m giving you the chance to win three balls of Wanderlust in your favourite colourway so you can make this shawl!

All you have to do is comment below with the one place in the world that your wanderlust is dying to take you, along with your favourite colourway. 

Thanks everyone for your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

Wanderlust, by Scheepjes.

The fine print: This giveaway is open worldwide.  Please comment using an email address that I can reach you on easily and to make sure you find out that you’ve won, subscribe up on the top right corner.  I’ll announce the winner when I launch the pattern on Monday 13th of feb.

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Crochet Hook Review – Tulip Etimo

Pink, glorious pink!

I haven’t had the chance to show you my lovely new set of crochet hooks from Tulip.

I picked these up recently and they’ve immediately become my go to hooks.  I mean, you know that I’m a Clover girl, so it takes a lot for me to switch to another brand.

Ok, so there are a couple of reasons why I love these.  Firstly, well, just look at them! It’s the details really. Ombre pink, the shafts and hooks themselves are even pink.  Then there’s the faux leather case and the little zippered notions pouch with its scissors and needles.  The only thing missing is a set of stitch markers.

Then there’s the form and fit in my hand.  The grip is a little slimmer and more contoured than the Clovers, and the it’s also about 5mm shorter.  I have large hands and the Tulip is the perfect fit in my palm.  I can imagine for smaller hands, the difference in length is probably negligible.

How do the hooks crochet? Well, I’m a pretty speedy crocheter and the adjustment phase is minimal.  I don’t have problems with snagging or with splitting.  In this way they are much the same as the Clover.  The smooth neck is great for working with acrylics – the squeak factor is minimal.

Overall, I’m going to say that I really rate the Tulips.  They’re pricey, which puts them out of reach for a lot of us.  However, they’re worth saving for, or adding to your Christmas or birthday wishlist.  Full disclosure; I was given these hooks.  All opinions are my own, so don’t worry, I’m being totally honest with you.

If you’d like to get your hands on a set of these, in pink or in black, you can go to Wool Warehouse* or lovecrochet.com* internationally, and if you live in the Netherlands there are a bunch of great retailers, like Pera en Pasha and Het Wolhuis.  If you don’t want to splurge on a full set, it’s also possible to buy them separately to give one a try.

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Progress Report – Aquarel Blanket

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.

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

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!

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

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.

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Progress Update – Aquarel Crochet Project

I’ve been a busy little bee over the last couple of weeks since I last posted.  I’ve made great progress on my latest Scheepjes project, made with Softfun Aquarel.  It’s going to be a blanket, and so far it’s looking amazing!

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That is a shot I took before I went on holiday two weeks ago, and the blanket has since travelled around Scandinavia and increased dramatically in size!

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl3D Chevron Blanket WIP by MissNeriss, using Scheepjes Aquarel: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

It’s actually grown even more since I took these pics!

The chevron is so fun to do, it’s lovely and soothing creating the zig zags and feeling the yarn come to life in all it’s squishy glory.

It won’t be finished in the next week, but I’ll be sure to post more progress shots as I go – make sure you check out my Instagram feed to keep updated.  As soon as I’m finished I’ll let you know exactly how much of each colour you’ll need to make this (so far it’s looking like about 6 balls of each colour except the purple, which will likely be 8).

You can get hold of the Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.  I can recommend my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier – look local first!

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New Scheepjes Yarn, New Crochet Plan

Today I’m kicking off a new Scheepjes crochet project, and I can’t wait to share it!

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

It’s another Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel* project, do you recognise the colours?

That’s right – they’re the same as the colours I used for my Textured Chevron Cushion earlier this year.

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss. Yarn available from Wool Warehouse: Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

That can only mean one thing: companion project!

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

I’m still just as in love with the colours of this yarn as I was when it was first released.  I also just love working with the yarn.  It’s lovely and soft and has amazing stitch definition.  Plus it’s squishy and bouncy; perfect for what I’m making.

So, what am I making?  Well, I’ll leave you to speculate for a while….

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, arn available from Wool Warehouse: Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel, available from Wool Warehouse: http://shrsl.com/?dhnl

Stay tuned for next week when I start posting teaser pics.  I’m sure it won’t take you long to guess what it will be.

You can pick up the gorgeous Scheepjes Aquarel at Wool Warehouse (they ship everywhere)* and Scheepjes retailers throughout the Benelux.  In fact, my local yarn store Caro’s Atelier stocks Aquarel, and I love to support a great local business!

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Last Dance on the Beach Joining and Border

Here we are, at the very end of the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  14 weeks have flown by, don’t you think?  I’ve absolutely loved following your posts and photos since the beginning, and I especially love the creative colourways and stitch variations.  We crocheters are massively creative, let’s not forget it!

Today I have two main chunks of info; how to join your squares, and how to create the border.

Joining and border, Last Dance on the Beach CAL

The joining is done using the “Zipper” method.  Get the info from the gorgeous new Scheepjes website here.

The border is a moss stitch, or linen stitch, grab the instructions and chart here.

Once you’re done, wash in eucalan (be careful of colour run) and then block the entire blanket.  It’ll look fabulous!

Check out hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach to see all the inspiration and finished blankets, and don’t forget to share yours too!

This has been a wonderful experience, I can’t wait to show you my blanket too.  First I need to finish it!

Last Dance on the Beach – Week 12

Here we are.  It’s the last square in the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  How did you go with Annelies’ square?  I have to confess: I haven’t started it yet!  The week has just fallen through my fingers.

Week 12 brings us to Tammy’s square.  This is one of the most beautiful designs of them all.  It’s a challenging one, but worth the effort. I am also perhaps a little biased as Tammy is one of my dearest friends.  But I know a great design when I see one!

Tammy has made some astonishing projects in the past, and this year released her first knit design, the Mira River Wrap.

Tammy from Canadutch

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 12 by Tammy Canavan Soldaat

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Esther has created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

 

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag#scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 11

It’s almost over!  This week brings us the penultimate square of the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  The weeks have flown by, have you managed to keep up?  I know that I haven’t!

Let me introduce you to Annelies.  Not that she needs any introduction, mind you.  Annelies was the designer behind the Flight of Fancy CAL last year and is world famous for her designs.  You cannot pick up a crochet magazine without falling in love with one of her designs. One of my favourites is the Flower Mosaic Shawl with about a billion tiny flower motifs.  There’s no way I would ever have the patience to make one, but I wish I did!

Annelies Baes of Vicarno

Please do pop over and read Annelies’ post about her inspiration.  She also touches on the deep effects of social media on designers – something I can absolutely relate to; the idea that if you wouldn’t say it to someone directly, please think twice before hitting Send.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL week 11 - by Annelies Baes of Vicarno

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Esther has created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

 

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

 

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 10

You’re going to love this week!

Sarah identifies as a knitter, rather than a crocheter, but for the last wee while she’s been moonlighting; indulging in her secondary craft: crochet.

Sarah was also very close friends with Wink; do read her post sharing her love for Wink. Her post this week will inspire you, in ways only Sarah can do.

Sarah from craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk

Sarah has created a beautiful crochet that looks knitted!  Isn’t that just the coolest idea?

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 10, by Sarah Knight from Crafts from the cwtch

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Estherhas created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

 

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 9

How did you go with the waffle stitch?  I have to be honest, I haven’t picked up a ball of CAL yarn in more than a week – I’ve had a million other things to think about.  So I’d love to know what you thought of it!

Now we meet Dedri.  Well, I’m sure you already know Dedri, and have quite likely spent the last year or so making Sophie’s Universe, right?  Do pop over and say hi on her site Look at What I Made; Dedri is the undisputed queen of the giant motif!

Dedri Uys, from lookatwhatimade.net

Dedri has designed a beautiful square for this week, I think you’re going to love it.  Be sure to read about her square and the inspiration behind it.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL, week 9 by Dedri Uys from Look at What I Made

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Estherhas created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

 

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.