introducing yarn

#yarnbook #scheepjes #madewithloops

Hello friends, how have you been? Well I hope!

With Summer just around the corner, I am beginning to think of Sun, Sea and Sand. Long balmy evenings, sitting outside enjoying a cool drink or two, delicious BBQ’s all in the company of dear friends.

Now is also the time to think about some creative projects to make for summer to be even better. To help us get in the mood and give us some fabulous inspiration, the lovely peeps at Scheepjes have just published the first issue of “Yarn”, their brand new Bookazine.

#madewithloops #scheepjes #yarnmagazine

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Titled ‘The Sea Issue’, it is packed full of beautiful designs. From crochet and knitted items to stylish macrame plant hangers, interspersed with great stories, this bookazine has got something for everyone. The first thing you will notice is the stunning photography and styling captured on pages of high quality paper. The attention to detail is absolutely evident throughout, there is even a flap at the back with punched out holes where you can attach yarn samples for reference.

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All in all a well thought through Magazine, oozing style and sophistication. We are promised two issues per year, available from all Scheepjes Yarn stockists. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for issue two, for now I am off to start a project inspired by the sea using the shades above.

Enjoy! X.

a free crochet pattern

#crochet #free pattern #madewithloops.co.uk

 

Hello friends, how has your week been? Good I hope!

It’s been a very busy and at times emotional week for us. Some of you might already know that last Friday ‘my girl’ was involved in a car crash. She was taken to hospital with suspected neck injuries, all  very scary, but luckily she is ok.

Work has been very busy with me trying to finish all my design commissions before my upcoming trip to Denmark, I am slowly getting there.

Have you all got your yarn ready for today’s free pattern release of the table centre piece? If not you can purchase it here.

This project is a great way to try out Scheepjes new beautiful Catona yarn. All you need to make this eye-catching piece are 7 x 25g balls, and at an amazing 99p per ball, it won’t break the bank either.

So what are you waiting for…start by downloading the free pattern…click here!

Enjoy and have fun, and please share your photos on social media #catonatabledeco so that we can all admire your work.

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introducing scheepjes catona – a new crochet project

#crochet #scheepjes #catona www.madewithloops.co.uk

It’s no big secret that I love many of the Scheepjes yarns available, Stonewashed being one of my all time favourites. This summer however I have added three more Scheepjes yarns to my top ten list of yarns, Catona being one of them.

This 100% Mercerised cotton yarn is perfect for crochet projects as it comes in a breath-taking 69 (yes…69!!) colours. The top bonus of this yarn is that it is in 25g balls, so ideal for projects where you want to use little bits of lots of colours or for Amigurumi projects. The colour range is fantastic with rich jewel tones, soft pastels, bright summer shades and almost every neutral tone you can think of. Another added bonus: It perfectly coordinates with Catona Denim which has a subtle tone on tone dye.

I am also a great fan of design seeds, and together with ‘Pure Colour‘, the style sourcebook by Jane Cumberpatch, these often provide the inspiration for project ideas. I had been thinking of a crochet home project using the photos top & bottom on the right for a while, and when I saw that Scheepjes Catona had the perfect shades there was no stopping me…I put an order in straight away and can’t wait to get started.

#scheepjes #catona #crochet www.madewithloops.co.uk

I wonder if you can guess what I am making?

Stop by next week to find out and see the progress I have made.

I would love to have your company, as I will share the pattern at the end of this journey.

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scheepjeswol diary – day two

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After a lovely evening with yummy food, a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and were soon whisked away to beautiful De Paalkoepel, a lovely cafe by a large lake just outside Groningen.

Cake was sampled, and as it was World Wide Knit in Public Day, we all got our knitting or crochet out and joined in the fun. Even ‘the boss’ tried his hands at crocheting a granny square! Ideas were exchanged, new plans made and projects planned. Sadly, all good things come to an end all too quickly, and before we knew it we had to say good bye.

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It has been a busy week and I am feeling exhausted but elated at the same time. Lots to think about moving forward, it will take a few days to digest it all.

I leave you with a photo I took at Groningen station, multi storey parking of a different kind!

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scheepjeswol diary – day one

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The excitement was becoming almost unbearable as pick up time got nearer! Luckily the drive to Scheepjes HQ was short and soon there was a buzzing sound of about fourteen women chatting. Some of us had met before, but for me it was almost all new faces and new surroundings. We had an exciting first day and I won’t (or can’t) tell you too much. I let the photo’s speak for themselves.

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It may well be hot outside, but I can feel a little stranded knitting slipping from my fingers later!

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