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Spirits of Life CAL – by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I have no words.  None.

Well, of course, that’s not true – I have plenty to say today.  And most of it begins with the phrase “OH MY GOD…”

Tatsiana (Lilla Bjorn Crochet) has launched her latest CAL, called the Spirits of Life, and it’s going to blow your freaking mind!

Spirit of Life CAL by Lilla Bjorn. Photography by Oleg Ignatovich

Photo credit: Oleg Ignatovich

Tatsiana is a truly amazing designer.  You’ve seen her previous CALs of course.  There’s the Circles of the Sun and the Peacock Tail Bag, and she designed squares for both the LDOTB and the Nuts About Squares CALs.

She specialises in overlay crochet and there are some pretty impressive examples in this CAL, along with mosaic crochet and some other techniques which are guaranteed to make you a better crocheter!

There are three colourways, including Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid.  The yarns used are a mixture of Scheepjes Catona and Scheepjes Spirit.

The Spirit of the Volcano is my favourite.  It’s calling me.  Making me want to break into song, even!  I’m seeing Tatsiana in a couple of weeks, I do hope she brings this with her so I can steal it snuggle it.

spirit of the Volcano colourway for the Spirit of Life CAL by Lilla Bjorn. Photography by Oleg Ignatovich

Photo credit: Oleg Ignatovich

The CAL is being hosted by the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook and it will run for nine weeks.  Each week Tatsiana will post a new section on her blog: Lillabjorn’s Crochet World and there will be loads of support within the group, so make sure you join the 60+ thousand others!

You’ll also be able to join the fun on Ravelry, so add the project to your queue, and join Tatsiana’s group here.

The CAL will begin on 18 October, so you’ll have plenty of time to order your colours from your favourite spot, including:

Wool Warehouse (global shipping)
Knotty House (Canada)
Love Knitting (US)
Benelux Retailers like Sticks And Cups

The kits go on sale at the end of September, and are going to sell fast.  If you can, I recommend pre-ordering so you don’t miss out.

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

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Celtic Tiles Blanket by Lilla Bjorn

I wanted to share this fabulous design by Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World:Celtic Tiles Blanket by Lilla Bjorn: http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2017/02/celtic-tiles-blanket-free-overlay.html

There is no doubt that Tatsiana is The Queen of overlay.  You only need to see her other designs here for proof.

This design takes me back to Cornwall and to Land’s End.  I even signed my marriage certificate in a pen with this crosshatch celtic pattern and it’s my favourite, very precious pen!

Celtic pen

The free pattern is available on Tatsiana’s blog here, or you can purchase a print friendly version on Ravelry here.

And even more exciting, Wool Warehouse has packs in Stonewashed XL for this design available, so you must grab yours here*!

Celtic Tiles Blanket pattern from Lilla Bjorn at Ravelry

Celtic Tiles Blanket pattern from Lilla Bjorn at Ravelry

And for a little refresher, here are some of the spectacular overlay projects that Tatsiana has designed.  My favourite is the Peacock Tail Bag:

Peacock bag CAL http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2016/08/peacock-tail-bag-cal-general-information.html

Macaron pin cushion http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2015/05/macaron-pin-cushion-free-pattern.html

Floral Ear Muffs by Lilla Bjorn http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2016/01/floral-ear-muffs-free-crochet-pattern.html

All photos are courtesy of Tatsiana and Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World.

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Knit and Crochet Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

I don’t usually worry too much about Valentine’s Day.  When I was younger I was chronically single (and liked it that way), and we’ve never really made a big deal about it in the 10 years we’ve been together.  I mean, it’s lovely to celebrate, but it’s not important to me if it’s on the 14th of Feb or the 14th of September, if you know what I mean?  My husband is a total romantic anyway, so he doesn’t need a special day to remind him.

But because I love to celebrate love, I’ve found some gorgeous Valentine’s Day inspired projects and ideas for you – focusing on spoiling yourself!

My Instagram friend Vanessa has made a series of gorgeous project bag and hand dyed yarn kits.  I’m absolutely in love with this one – the hearts even look crocheted.  and the yarn, wow.  It’s gorgeous red with sparkle, and I love me some sparkle! Check out the full range here.

Bigli Migli Amigurumi by Autumn Leaflet http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bigli-migli-amigurumi

This little Bigly Migly is just the sweetest! The pattern is a free Ravelry download by Autumn Leaf, here.

Cup Full of Love Crochet Coffee Cozy by The stitchin Mommy: http://thestitchinmommy.com/2015/01/cup-full-love-crochet-coffee-cozy.html#_a5y_p=3275841

I love mug cozies.  I’m not often out and about drinking coffee, but when I am, I want something this cute to stop my fingers from burning!  It’s a free pattern from The Stitchin Mommy.

Will you be my Valentine? Ombre Heart Coaster – Free Pattern

Aren’t these coasters cute?  Tatsiana at Lillabjorn made these and they look gorgeous.  They’d make a great stash-buster project, don’t you think?

Valentine's Day DIY Yarn Wreath from Love of Family and Home: https://loveoffamilyandhome.net/2013/02/valentines-day-yarn-wreath-felt-rose-tutorial.html

While not knit or crochet, I had to include this tutorial by Tonya at A Love of Family and Home.  Tonya shows us how to make those gorgeous felted roses, I think I’ll have to do it too…

I heart bootcuffs by Felted Buttons: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-3-boot-cuffs

Don’t these look lovely and snuggly?  Susan from Felted Button has designed these and they’re on Ravelry as a free download.  They’re perfect for that romantic Valentine’s Night out in this freezing weather!

crochet flip flops https://missneriss.com/2015/08/07/bloom-flip-flops-free-pattern/

Ok Aussies.  I realise that it’s a massive heatwave there right now, so even though these aren’t Valentine related, they’re hot weather related!  And in all honestly, when I lived in Alice Springs I had thongs (flip flops) for all occasions.  These can totally be “Date Night Thongs,” right?  These are my own design.

Have a great Valentine’s Day, whether you’re married, single, in love or out of it.  Just use it as an excuse to eat great chocolate!

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 3

We’re already into week three, the CAL is flying by!

This week it’s Tatsiana’s turn with her beautiful sunsets in the waves square.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 3 by Tatsiana

Tatsiana is the seriously talented designer of Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World, of which I’m sure you’re very familiar.  Her intricate overlay mandalas are beautiful, and so are the light knitted garments she creates.

Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn's Crochet World

You can download this week’s instructions here.

Again, Amazing Esther of It’s all in a Nutshell has produced English, Dutch and lefthanded videos for this square:

Now, this square has been scaring people a bit.  It looks and sounds complicated, but I promise, the effort is worth it for the result.  Tatsiana has added some very important and useful tips to her blog post this week, so you should definitely visit that before you start.

Don’t forget to work with your gauge swatch again, you may have to go up a hook size for this one if your cabling is tight. Do try to keep your hands relaxed and you’ll be fine!  And remember, there are thousands of crocheters in the FB groups to help you out if you need it.

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.

I’ll be back in a couple of days with info on next week’s square, by Atty!