It’s been perfect crochet weather here in the Netherlands. I look out the window and the beautiful trees on my street are all slowly turning a rich copper. I’m making the most of enjoying this time before the less-romantic phase where I spend a my days clearing leaves from my garden!
I’m really enjoying working with this Scheepjes Legacy yarn. It’s easy to crochet, my project is growing quickly and it holds up magnificently to frogging – which I do a LOT of while designing.
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Scheepjes has a full list of stockists on their website, you can search for one close to you.
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!
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Scheepjes has the complete list of stockists available on their website, at scheepjes.com. 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!
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
So I have the final amounts ready, you’ll need three balls of Secret Garden in your favourite colourway.
*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. Thanks so much! ♥
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!
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!
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).
It’s been ages since I made any Amigurumi. There was a long time there where it was all I made. I have a few favourite designers, including A Morning Cup of Jo Creations and Local Legend Dendennis. I’ve also long been a fan of the Zoomigurumi books, with just about all of them in my collection.
But amigurumi and I have been on a break. It was only recently when I posted a photo on Instagram for #ThrowbackThursday that the desire reignited.
So I got online and ordered myself a few of the brand new Scheepjes Catona minis so I could get cracking.
I ordered three, as usually one 50g skein of yarn is not quite enough and two is too many. What a gap Scheepjes has managed to fill here, seriously! I hate having leftovers. I never use them and I always buy too many different types of yarn to be able to make a scrap project, so these mini skeins suit me right down to the ground.
I couldn’t wait to get started on my project, which is going to be a floppy-eared bunny. I’ve already made loads of progress, with only the final touches to be made before I can show you the end result and share the pattern with you!
I’ve really struggled with the ears though. I wanted them to be long and floppy, but not too wide and not too narrow. I think I’ve finally nailed it (on the left).
And the assembly is easy, but sewing all the bits and pieces on takes the time and I have to be extra vigilant not to prick my finger and get blood all over the lovely vintage yellow.
So, wish me luck keeping my fingers prick-free, I’m off to sew him all together and makes sure the pattern makes sense for you in time to share this time next week!
If you want to pick up the Catona mini-skeins for yourselves, you can at your local retailer in NL and BE, or via Deramores.com, who ship worldwide.
In only a few short weeks it’s been pinned more than 1200 times! I’ve had a couple of other images that have been pinned a lot, but they took months and months to get to hit 1000, not a month!
Can you see me doing the happy dance over here?
Meanwhile I’m very busy dreaming up new projects and searching for the right yarns, alongside working on a couple of WIPs, including this gorgeous design which will become a cushion very soon:
I love the changing colours and the pixel effect that the tiny blocks have. I’m using the Alize Bamboo which I LOVE. Bamboo is without a doubt my favourite fibre to work with. It’s so soft and so light, and can fold up to almost nothing. AND best of all, it’s completely sustainable! What’s not to love?