Merino Shawl-kit GIVE AWAY

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Vandaag vieren we feest  ! Ik werk namelijk aan een nieuw patroon, een mooie merino-shawl. En dat patroon is bijna klaar ! Ik release het volgende week.

Verder is 30 november een speciale dag : de dag waarop mijn man en ik elkaar het ja-woord gaven, 8 jaar geleden. Onze trouwdag, dus dat vieren we graag elk jaar.

Dit jaar vier ik het ook met jullie!

Today we are celebrating, we are having a party ! I am working on a new pattern, a lovely merino-shawl. The design itself is already finished, and I am almost ready with the pattern writing and the testing. This lovely shawl design will be released next week.

And November 30th is a special day in our family : it is our wedding day 🙂 We like to celebrate this special day every year, and this time, I am also celebrating with you ! 

Ik vertelde Scheepjes dat ik een shawl-ontwerp gemaakt had met hun heerlijke MerinoSoft garen. En toen ze hoorden dat ik een dubbel feestje te vieren had, de release van een nieuw patroon en een huwelijksverjaardag : kreeg ik een volledig pakket garen om deze shawl te maken, om weg te geven !

Een prachtig geschenk. Ik besloot om er gelijk een volledige kit van te maken.

Dus, wat kan je winnen, wat geef ik weg ? Een merino-shawl kit , bestaande uit : 8 bollen Scheepjes MerinoSoft, 6 bolletjes in kleur Lautrec (salie) en 2 in Michelangelo (lichtgrijs), een Knitpro haaknaald 5 mm en het patroon.

Met deze volledige kit maak je zelf de shawl, zoals ik hem heb gemaakt.

I told Scheepjes about my new shawl design made with their great MerinoSoft yarn. And when they found out I did not have 1, but 2 reasons to celebrate : the release of this new pattern AND my wedding anniversary, they offered a full yarn kit to make this shawl ! 

An incredible present. So, what can you win ? The shawl kit contains : 8 balls of Scheepjes MerinoSoft, 6 balls shade Lautrec and 2 balls shade Michelangelo, a Knitpro crochet hook 5 mm and the pattern of course. 

With this complete kit you can make yourself a shawl like shown on the pictures.

De shawl is heerlijk zacht en warm, dankzij het merino garen. Merinowol is gekend voor zijn zachtheid, en zijn mooie vezel met natuurlijke stretch erin. Scheepjes MerinoSoft garen is verkrijgbaar in een heel groot kleurenpalet, zodat je eindeloos kan combineren.

Deze shawl is topdown gehaakt, dwz vanuit het midden naar de zijkanten toe, zodat je zelf kan bepalen hoe groot je hem wilt hebben. Je ziet je ontwerp rij naar rij groeien en vorm krijgen, een heerlijk proces. Door het leuke stekenpatroon krijg je een natuurlijk reliëf in je shawl, dit zorgt voor een extra verfijnd accent. Het patroon is volledig uitgeschreven, met haakschema’s, en zoals altijd getest door mijn trouwe testpanel.

Vanaf volgende maandag 7 december zal het patroon ook verkrijgbaar zijn !

The shawl I made is very soft, and warm, great for those colder autumn and winter days. Merinowool is known for this softness, and the high quality of the natural wool fibre, and it has some natural stretch in it as well. Scheepjes MerinoSoft is available in a large colour palette, so  this means you can make so much lovely colour combinations !

This shawl is a topdown design, this means you start at the center, and by making increases both at the sides and in the middle, your shawl will grow and get bigger row after row. This is a wonderful experience, and the advantage is you can choose your own size shawl. You can make it as large as you want ! The refined stitch pattern has a great natural relief in it as well, adding an extra accent to this design.

The pattern is fully written, and charts are added as well, and my testing panel has done a great job by testing the design.

The pattern will be available for individual sale next week, on Monday December 7th.

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Hoe kan je meedoen om deze prachtige kit te winnen ?

What you should do to win this generous kit ?

Het is heel makkelijk : 1/ je doet mee via onderstaande Rafflecopter link. (zorg ervoor dat ik je kan bereiken, dus voeg je mailadres toe als dat niet in je account staat) en

                                      2/ je volgt mijn facebook ontwerperspagina :  FACEBOOK  OF instagram-account : annelies_baes  (beiden mag uiteraard ook)

Deze give-away loopt tot zondag 6 december 20 u. Op maandag 7 december maak ik de winnaar bekend.

It is actually very simple :  1/ you can enter this give-away through the Rafflecopter link. (make sure I can find your email address, if it is not in your account, add it in your comments) AND 

                                          2/ you follow either my facebook designer page : FACEBOOK or Instagram account : annelies_baes   (or both 🙂 ) 

The give-away ends on Sunday, December 6th, at 20h (CET). I will announce the winner on Monday.

 

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(de kleine lettertjes : meedoen kan alleen via Rafflecopter. Give-away loopt  van maandag 30/11 tot en met zondag 6/12 te 20h. )

(the rules : you can only participate through Rafflecopter. This give-away starts on Monday, 30/11 and will finish on Sunday, 6/12 20 h CET. I ship worldwide ! ) 

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A mohair mission and an amour-brooch

Today I have decided that we all need a mohair mission !

Myself, I am a big mohair fan : mainly because mohair is incredibly soft, very comfortable,warm, and light as a cloud.

Scheepjes have just released a brand new yarn :  Mohair Rhythm yarn. It is available in 20 lovely shades, eachnamed after a dance, absolutely original !

I was truly lucky to have received some sample balls, and I just needed to start making some nice little projects, IMMEDIATELY !

But, I discovered lots of people seem to have a huge resistance to using mohair. It seems to me that they are a little afraid of this amazing yarn 🙂  And when I ask people why, I get answers like : it makes you sweat, it itches, it’s hairy, you can’t frog it when you make a mistake, it’s expensive, ….

To be honest, I personally do not share these opinions.

Therefore, I have decided to start a mohair-mission. I think it is of major importance that people learn what an amazing yarn mohair truly is, so the mohair-fear can disappear, and it will be used much more often to make nice projects and designs !

I would love to see  people appreciating, and being enthusiastic about mohair.

So I will start with giving you some info concerning the contra-arguments people have been telling me :

  • mohair is sweaty : that is possible, yes. But not all mohair yarns are sweaty. I know a lot of mohair yarns that mainly consist of synthetic materials, and just a tiny percentage of REAL mohair. The higher the percentage of synthetic materials in a yarn, the more chance it will be sweaty, because it breathes less. So now for the good part  : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm has 70 % true mohair in it. This actually means : no sweating, no itching, because the yarn is very natural and pure.
  • mohair is itchy : Again, the same news : yes, some mohair yarns are itchy : mainly when they have a high percentage of synthetic fibres in it. Scheepjes mohair is VERY pure , so there is no itching, no irritation, no other nasty annoying things. It is actually very soft, tender and fluffy.
  • mohair sheds : After you wash your handmade item for the first time, a good mohair yarn will no longer shed. (I am sharing a bit of a little secret here : of course I have tested this with the Scheepjes mohair. I crocheted a cardigan very quickly and franticly, washed it, and have been wearing it for days now, and it has NOT shed at all).
  • it is impossible to frog mohair : this is a hard one, I admit. Of course, I can only say it is best NOT to make too many mistakes 🙂  But sometimes it goes wrong. The good news is : yes, you can frog Scheepjes mohair. It is not always very simple or easy, but with a few little handy tricks and some patience, it can be done. I promise to make a video very soon , on how to frog mohair ! (yep, indeed, I am committing myself to make my very first crochet video ever 🙂 )
  • mohair is expensive : what can I say ? What is expensive for one person, is not expensive for someone else. So this is a hard question. A lovely ball of Scheepjes Mohair costs € 5,50. You will get a royal ball of 200 m of yarn. That is A LOT of yarn in 1 ball. You actually buy a ball of pure quality, pure pureness, a ball of happiness and pleasure. Those things are priceless no ? So for me, these little generous balls of fluffiness are not expensive at all !

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I will as well share some more mohair advantages with you  :

  • Scheepjes Mohair is light, actually light as a feather, or a cloud ! That is one big advantage, if you like making larger projects (like I do) : sweaters, cardigans, large shawls. No more heavy garments, but really light cardigans or sweaters.
  • It is soft and warm : it will keep you comfortable and warm, mainly because it has such a high percentage of true wool in it. Wool regulates the human body temperature. This means actually it adapts itself to the person wearing it : if you need some extra warmth, it will provide you that little extra. If you are a ‘warm person’, it will allow you to keep your own warmth and provide you comfort. Wool has such amazing advantages and powers, that even the medical world will not deny it : people suffering from muscle problems, arthritis, … often get the advise from doctors to wear woollen clothes. Because it is so good for all of us.
  • Wool does not require frequent washing : wool itself is self-cleaing, which means you do not have to wash it very often. As mohair is wool, so that makes laundry easy 🙂  Maybe you noticed yourself already, that your woolen cardigans and scarfs do not need frequent washing, like other garments. This is truly nature at its best.
  • The colours : Let’s admit it, let’s be honest. Mohair always had a kind of ‘old-fashioned’ image. It was available in those basic colours, like beige, grey, or sometimes the very dark colours. But if you like the fancy vivid and rich colours, like I do, it was almost impossible to use mohair. Now, fantastic news : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm is available in 20 rich, vivid and bright colours, and also has some pastels and neutral tones as well. Simply said : there is colour of a Mohair Rhythm for all of us.
  • the easy-start label : all Mohair Rhythm balls have this wonderful amazing label. No more fussy situations : no more frustration when crocheting (and having to almost ‘throw’ your ball in the air not to loose too much time and having to get some extra yarn to use). No, just easy-going and relaxing crocheting straight from the center of the ball.
  • The strength of mohair : although mohair has a tender and fragile appearance, it is STRONG ! And it holds its shape very well.
  • Mohair is a wonderful yarn to combine : it is so multi-functional : use it ‘single threaded’ to make delicate designs, or take 2, 3 or even more strands together for a more fluffy and warm effect. Why not combine it with other yarns, to achieve special fashionable effects ? Play with your crochet hook size as well : use a rather small hook size for a dense look, or if you prefer a more openworked effect, go up several hook sizes.

You see, mohair is absolutely worth trying it 🙂

Hopefully I already convinced you with my mission-text.

And let’s not forget I designed some lovely brooches : a small, easy and original little project, that makes a great Christmas gift, or a special treat for yourself.

With only 1 ball of Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm you can make one of these brooches. So no excuse not to try it, isn’t it ? Probably you will become a huge mohair-fan, just like me, once your brooch is ready !

I have made 2 brooches : 1 vintage inspired brooch (the one I already showed you last week), and one ‘Amour-brooch’, in shades of pink and orange. (yep, I have decided to call it ‘Amour-brooch’, since my dear husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary soon, and I will wear this brooch, together with a lovely dress, I bought especially for  this occasion).

I am writing down the FREE pattern as we speak, and I will post it next week.

And… there is more to come soon :

  • some helpful examples of mohair samples crocheted with small and larger hook sizes.
  • an informative video on how to easily frog mohair
  • some interesting examples of mohair yarns combined with other yarns
  • information on how you can use mohair to make lovely garments
  • …..

If you already want to be prepared for next week’s free pattern, I am happy to tell you what you will need :

  • 1 ball Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm (if you want to make a multi-coloured brooch, you will of course need different colours)
  • a crochet hook 5 mm (yes, the yarn label says 2,5 mm, but for this project we will be using a 5mm hook size)
  • a tapestry needle to weave in all ends
  • a pair of scissors
  • some small seed beads
  • a brooch pin
  • optional : a small round or square piece of felt

You can buy this amazing yarn at Deramores, they ship worldwide with excellent service. You can take a look at all the available shades here : Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm

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Design Wars : I participate !

I’ve got some very exciting news : from Monday on, I am participating in the Design Wars, a very exciting crochet contest. For me, it is the first time !

The design I have created is a secret until the beginning of next week 🙂 but I can tell you what yarn I have used.

RedHeart Boutique Unforgettable. Wonderfull yarn, with colours that change so slightly, and it is available in lots of different shades. I decide to go for the shade Candied.

A generous skein of 100 gram and lots of yardage : 225m/279yd. Super if you want to make large projects, like garments, shawls or blankets. It is not heavy at all, and supersoft. It works up great, it has a wonderfull ‘monther-of-pearlish’ shine, and it is very to wash. I wanted to use if for a long time, and I was really happy I could start working with this yarn.

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I think my  Vermillion cardigan and my Blue Notes Col are great designs that would look wonderfull with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.

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Are you all very curious now about my design ? Just a few day more days until the release date 🙂

You can also go to The Design Wars blog  to stay tuned!

 

A new project : with Bloom yarn

Bloom : the new yarn from Scheepjeswol : I just could not resist it.

I can already feel spring in the air, bird whistles at my bedroom in the morning, so I just needed some colourfull spring-and summer yarn.

The Bloom colours are wonderfull, very vivid, there is a lot of yardage per skein (so your project will not be heavy at all), the yarn is pure and soft cotton (yes, that is possible indeed, a pure cotton SOFT yarn), and I am a big fan of the ‘natural stretch’ it has as well.

So, quite obvious, I just needed this yarn to try it out.

I picked 6 happy colours for a happy summer design!

Are you all curious what I am making with this yarn ? Just come back next week for a WIP-update 🙂

 

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Spoiled with yarn / Verwend met garen

Ik ben zooooooo verwend,

met prachtig garen….

ik kan haast niet wachten om ermee aan de slag te gaan :

I am sooooo spoiled,

with lovely yarn….

I can hardly start to start crocheting with it : 

Malabrigo silky merino Azules en Celeste

Malabrigo silky merino Azules and Celeste

Malabrigo Finito Bronce en Silkpaca Periwinkle
Malabrigo Finito Bronce and Silkpaca Periwinkle

Malabrigo Silkpaca Simply Taube

Wish you all a happy day full of lovely woollies 🙂

Inspiratie gezocht – Inspiration wanted

Kleurtjes… kleurtjes….(ik heb er al 9, er komen er nog 3)

heerlijke zachte luxe-wol…

van mijn jaarabonnement bij The Natural Dye Studio (Rainbow Club)

dazzle bfl dk garen

wat zouden jullie ermee maken?

– een deken
– een trui
– heel veel verschillende projectjes?

INSPIRATIE GEZOCHT…….

Prettig creatief en kleurrijk weekend gewenst allemaal!

Colours …. beautiful colours…. (I already have 9, 3 more to come soon)

supersoft luxurous yarn…

my year subscription at The Natural Dye Studio (Rainbow Club)

dazzle dk yarn

what would you make with it?

– a blanket
– a sweater
– lots of different small projects?

INSPIRATION WANTED…

Wish you all a creative and colourfull weekend!