Ready for December

Well I’ve finished that blanket that I shared a few squares of last time, so pleased with it, the contrast of the grey with the bright coloured centres is just lovely, and yet again another Scheepjes new yarn turns out to be a great choice to crochet with, Scheepjes Spirit is the name of this one – each cloud is named after a spirit animal:) its similar to Scheepjes stone washed but a fingering weight made from 56% cotton and 44 % acrylic. it is sooo super soft and tactile and I think will end up up being one of my top favourites! here are a few photos of the blanket I have completed, the pattern is by Dedri Uys of lookatwhatimade which appears in the the third Scheepjes Yarn bookazine.

I have also managed to finish some hats and a cowl for the chilly weather one in Bernat Chunky and one in Scheepjes wanderlust, definitely a good make now the temperatures have dropped slightly. I shall now be getting on with more items for Christmas as the countdown begins as usual, I have also included a photo of one of my embroidered decorations below- a partridge in a pear tree from the 12 days of Christmas theme, a few more of those to complete too:)

 

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And onto the Autumn

Well unfortunately another long gap before writing again due to so much going on, wondering what I would have done if I had not retired 🙂 so many things happening, including moving house and unfortunately my husband lost his mother at the beginning of July after caring for her duing her illness. However we are now more settled in our new home now after moving 10 miles down the road to the outskirts of Wareham in Dorset and hopefully I shall be able to get down to some serious crafting again includling reopening my Etsy shop.

I have managed to complete some projects in between though despite all the upheaval – however I hope to get back to creating some designs of my own now life is more settled.

I managed to try out a few of the many new scheepjes yarns that have come out- though still a few more to try ! I already showed you my Scheepjes secret garden shawl last time, this time I tried the new wanderlust line ( which I have to confess to buying more than one shade of)- but so far I have only tried one of the three the gorgeous Rio de janerio shade to make a virus shawl, such vibrant colours and lovely smooth silky yarn to work with:

I also sucumbed to the purchase of one of the new Scheepjes whirls, I will just have to try the other colour combinations – they are all so gorgeous, I made the the lovely textured stormy day shawl pattern by Scheejes blogger haakmaarraak.nl   Kirsten Ballering.IMG_3448

I did manage to turn out a couple of amigurumi animals as presents too, another little elephant cutie made with Scheepjes cotton catona  and Lisa the mouse from another Scheepjes blogger pattern by lillabjorncrochet.com and made with Scheepjes soft fun denim yarn which is so lovely to work with.

Well hopefully this time I will be back sooner- I will just leave you with a little taster of my next project on the go whilst trying to create some ideas of my own, a nice relaxing granny  square style blanket from the Midnight Garden edition of the Scheepjes Yarn bookazine using yet another new yarn from them – Scheepjes spirit which has elements of scheepjes stonewashed and scheepjes colour crafter I would say, the Lapghan as it is described has a very rustic feel but includes some gorgeous colours. These are the red squares:

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Springtime update

Has been so busy for me and no time to post, partially because I have been busy crafting to sell, but also because I am busy making items for my daughters wedding this summer as well, the wedding invitations have taken a lot of time and now I’m onto the soap making for the individual wedding favours. However I have managed to finish my melting snowflakes shawl kit from Scheepjes which was one of my Christmas presents, I am really pleased with it, especially as this item is for me to keep for myself 🙂 , it’s gorgeous to wear- beautifully soft with the Scheepjes merino soft yarn and it feels very luxurious, I just love the beading decoration, I would recommend this kit as a present for any crochet lover!

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Scheepjes melting snowflakes shawl kit in “Crystal”

I did fit in time for a weeks holiday in Scotland, Loch Long in Argyll, Bute, next door to Loch Lomond over the Easter holidays, which was beautiful (and lots of time for crochet) and the scenery was really inspiring, we were lucky to have warm and mainly dry weather for the week- which must be quite an achievement for a Scottish holiday at this time of the year. Our cabin was right on the shores of Loch Long and this was the view:

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We travelled to a few places including the stunning Glencoe which was not far away and to this lovely place called Eilean Donan Castle which was a few hours drive away:

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Nearby to us at Loch Long was the very pretty village of Luss, which definitely boasted some great places to go and eat as well, including the local pub/ hotel and  The Village Rest bistro.

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Back refreshed and full of ideas now ….. always though i would have enough time to do all these things once retired but there still aren’t quite enough hours in the day !

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Finishing last year and onto 2017

I haven’t been on my blog for a while- December was very busy craft wise as this year I made all my own cards and Christmas presents as I had a lot more time than previous years now I’m retired from midwifery, and then its been the usual post Christmas rush catching up with all sorts of projects, however hopefully now things are back to a more steady pace and I can share my projects during the year which will include a few for my eldest daughters wedding . She got engaged at the end of the summer and will be getting married on August 18th this year in Christchurch Dorset. Currently i am making some hopefully very nice “rustic” themed wedding invitation cards which hopefully I can share with you soon including the details of how I made them. A couple of photos below of some of the crochet Christmas  presents made for my daughter and son in law to be and my youngest son.

I made a a lovely chunky mermaid tail for my daughter at her request – using 12 balls of Sirdar “Chunky” yarn

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mermaid tail in Sirdar chunky

I made some warm bobble hats for my sons and son in law to be, scarves and mittens, the basket weave stitch hat and scarf were made with Scheepjes stonewashed yarn in the lovely shades of blue apatite and smokey quartz which go very well together, another hat in some left over schweppes merino soft from my last dance under the stars blanket, and some bright blue creations for my youngest son in the Pokemon team mystic colours using the new love crochet Paintbox aran yarn, which I must say is a nice budget acrylic yarn to work with with- practically no splittings  and a nice soft finish

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Blue, white and grey team mystic set with Paintbox yarn aran and Scheepjes stonewashed basketweave hat and scarf.

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New projects for this year include one of my favourite things to crochets – shawls, the first I have started is the Scheepjes melting snowflakes shawl which I have chosen to make in the “crystal” colour way, this uses Scheepjes gorgeous merino soft yarn again with crystal bead decoration in the flowers and for the tassels at each end- this is my work so far and when I finish it I will share some photos and review the kit provided by scheepjes.

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Scheepjes melting snowflake shawl in merino soft

Just finished on the shawl front is Joanne Scrace’s Northmoor lock shawl, I would class this as a shawl type scarf, from the The Crochet Project– The Shawl project Book 1, I previously made her Acer  shawl (Love Crochet CAL Acer Shawl) which you can see below also, Joanne is definitely the Queen of shawls as far as I can see and I will be treating my self to the Shawl project book 2 in the future. For the Northmoor lock I used the new Scheepjes secret garden cotton and silk mix yarn, I chose the shade lily pond as the shawl/ scarf was for myself and the pattern used 3 50gram balls, the pattern is suitable for any silk mix yarn, the scheepjes secret garden works up beautifully and makes a lovely draped fabric. I used a 3.5mm clover hook with the yarn, I blocked the the shawl afterwards as Joanne suggests and washed it in my favourite jasmine Eucalan for blocking 🙂 This an ideal project for a crochet beginner I would say.

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Northmoor Lock pattern by Joanne Scrace The Shawl project book 1

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Acer Shawl pattern by Joanne Scrace – Love Crochet CAL

I plan on completing some more of Joannes shawl patterns this year which i will share and also i am going to to do the new Scheepjes  CAL the “Hygge” wrap, I will review the kit provided by Scheepjes when I receive it and share my Cal journey – this CAL is slightly unique in that it includes decorating the crochet with cross stitch and lining the wrap, the project has been designed by Kirsten Ballering. So hopefully see you during the year for ongoing projects- what do you have planned for 2017?

Happy hooking and crafting 🙂
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Last dance on the beach 2016 CAL – Sea blanket now finished

This will be my last post regarding the the Scheepjes last dance on the beach CAL 2016 in memory of Wink as i have now finshed my last dance in the sea blanket which i used the Scheepjes Colour Crafter option for, I have to say I have been quite impressed with this fab acrylic yarn and to be able to make such a gorgeous blanket for a budget price is definitely a bonus! With of course the added convenience that this acrylic blanket can be popped in the washing machine very easily – which is why I chose the acrylic version for my sones blanket.

I didn’t use the invisible zipper method for joining this blanket from the CAL pattern  like I did with the stars blanket as with these colours I felt the border colour actually added  something to the look of the blanket and it suited a division between the squares this time.

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I loved making both these blankets and enjoyed the CAL group on Facebook from where I have also made some new instagram friends 🙂 With both these blankets to remind me of Wink’s beautiful colour rich designs its been a very special project to be involved in with crocheters from all over the world.

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Last dance on the beach 2016 CAL finished stars blanket

So finally finished my last dance under the stars blanket for the Scheepjes 2016 CAL in memory of Wink, the the joining and border completed in the dark brown Rembrandt (609) merino soft. can’t describe just how soft and snuggly this yarn makes a blanket, with a lovely heavy quality feel and drape. This will be our new winter snuggly blanket for those chilly evenings without a doubt.

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Having seen this finished blanket my son is now chomping at the bit for me to finish his last dance in the sea  blanket in the acylic Colourcrafter yarn from Scheepjes, I had better get a move on as I have lots of Christmas makes to get on with, however this year i should be able to get more done as being retired makes such a difference for the time availble for crafting !

I will be back with some photos of the sea blanket soon I hope 🙂
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Last Dance on the Beach- week 12 and joining up the squares

So I have finally  finished my last squares for my merino soft last dance under the stars blanket, I have just 2 more to finish for my last dance in the sea Colourcrafter blanket. The last square is a lovely wavy design  with depth using back loop stitches, simple once you get going but I did find the the first  couple of rows a little challenging at times 🙂 The Colourcrafter square is in the very deep green Emmen (1116), some people foud this colour not to their liking in the facebook CAL group but when you see it with the other squares and colours you can see how it perfectly compliments the other colours. The merino soft square is in the beautiful deep red Rothkow (623). I found I needed to go up a hook size with this square, even with my fairly average tension the design works up quite tightly size wise, I used a 5.00mm clover hook for the merino and a 4.5mm clover hook for the Colourcrafter.

 

Now its the task of joining the 48 squares for each blanket- I do enjoy this bit as its nice to see all your work coming together, the method of joining in this CAL pattern also is helpful as it doesn’t create so many ends, it uses the flat zipper (slipstitch) method which gives a perfectly flat seam. Your wool and slipstitches are on on the back of the blanket using the inner loops of the edging stitch on each square to join the blanket, you first join all the squares vertically and then finish the process horizontally.

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Vertical join only at the back of the blanket, horizontal join not yet made

The dance under the stars blanket uses the deep brown Rembrandt (609) for the joing and border, and the Colourcrafter dance in the sea blanket uses the pale wheaten Ermelo (1710). Hopefully in my next blanket post I will be able to show you a finished blanket.