April has been a very busy month for me, so busy that I haven’t had the time to write to you about the fun things I have done. This is of course in addition to working on all my running crochet projects.
As you might know I am a member of the Scheepjes Bloggers group since September last year. One of the perks of being part of this group of creative ladies is that we get to meet up every once in a while. It was my first time at the bloggers weekend, so I was all excited and nervous at the same time.
The warehouse at Scheepjes HQ: Willy Wonka’s factory
Friday we spend at Scheepjes HQ were we got a guided tour of the warehouse. I have been there before, but it is always such a great place to just wander around in amazement. It’s just like being in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I couldn’t help but notice this absolutely adorable squirrel on one of the books. I have never done amigurumi, maybe one day when I have time I will make this squirrel. By the way, this picture of me was taken by my good friend and fellow blogger Dedri Uys from Look at What I made, sure you know her, right? She designed the world famous Sophie’s Universe.
We also had a great workshop about designing garments. After the workshop I had the feeling that if I wanted to design a cardigan or a shirt, in theory, I actually know how to construct such a piece of clothing and how to deal with size and body shape. But like I said, in theory 😉
Secrets to keep for a while…
Another perk about being part of the bloggers group is that we get to know secrets and can look forward to great things to come that the rest of the crochet community does not know about yet. We got to see the all new book-a-zine “Yarn“. The first issue has been released, so I can share this with you. We were seriously drooling over this! This is going to be a collectors item for sure. Each issue will have a different theme and the first theme is “Sea”. The photographs in this book-a-zine are SO good and you can almost FEEL the breath of the sea on every page. There are a lot of patterns in there designed by my fellow bloggers and an interview with Dedri. I have the first copy in my house and you are seriously going to want this. Read all about the history of Scheepjes and the family that owns the company and immerse yourself in the wonderful collection of patterns. Available now in Dutch from Caro’s Atelier (NL) and English from Wool Warehouse (international).
…and secrets to share
After all the serious stuff we had a fabulous diner which really gave us all the chance to either catch up or get to know one another better. I have come to the realization that on the one hand all of us bloggers are so different but somehow we seem to complement one another. We all have something unique that we bring to the (diner) table. We continued the good company the next day by literally spending all of Saturday crocheting and talking together. Everything was all yarn, knitting and crochet, even the cake we had with our coffee matched the yarn Kirsten was using.
Here you have the whole gang together. Just in case you are wondering who the gentleman in the picture is, that is Mr. Scheepjes himself. You can read all about him and his cute children in “Yarn“.
And we did not leave empty handed. We got a wonderful goody bag with handmade things tailor made for us bloggers like the mug designed by DEEZ and a crochet tea towel by Tillyflop Designs. The knitters in the group obviously got knit-versions of this. Can’t give a crochet towel to a knitter, right? 😉
The goodies are nice, yes, but the company was the best of all. When I got home after two wonderful days I was tired, but happy.
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