Little Box of Crochet June 2016 – Spike Island

The mail man was my best friend again last week; he delivered my second Little Box of Crochet. I notice that I was really looking forward to my second box. What would be in this box….?

With a feeling very similar to what it felt like to unwrap my Christmas gifts as a young girl I opened the package. Oooeehh, a blue box this time! Tissue paper…. the sticker keeping it together is not cooperating….. then just tare the tissue paper…. my excitement goes up, what is in the box this month?

Just like last time the box is packed with care and detail. In the June box there is the pattern booklet with the description for making a crochet hook roll designed by the lovely Amanda Bloom herself, plus everything you need to make the design: 4 colors of Three Bears Yarn Affection which is a 100% Cotton yarn, a button by Scheepjes, a needle and a 3.5mm crochet hook. Extra goodies are a very useful booklet with a pen to keep track of all things crochet related (or anything else for that matter) and again a very cute stitch marker by Beth Chapman from Korutumi.

I studied the pattern and decided that I am not going to make a crochet hook roll. Knowing myself I know I would not use it, and that is a shame, so I decided to make a washcloth to go with the washcloth that was in the May box. I followed the general pattern but changed the order of the spike stitches to get them symmetrical on my washcloth with respect to the edges. I changed the order of the repeat from (sp1, sp2, sp1, 2sc) to (sc, sp1, sp2, sp1, sc). I am usually very good at following a pattern but for some reason this time I changed a few small details. I also changed the border part slightly.

When I got to the border I decided to use the green yarn for my first round because I wanted to end with the ginger like in the original pattern. I first added a series of slip stitches to the edges to get a nice base for the border. This base with the actual border stitches meant I needed a bit more yarn than in the box which lead to a very tense game of yarn chicken, and actually I lost but after cheating just a little bit in the corners I won in the end. Who says cheats don’t win? The second round I used the white according to the pattern and the last ginger round I had to change again because I did not have enough yarn. I made every second stitch a ch1 and skipped the underlying stitch to get a linen stitch border and I added a ch20 loop in one corner.

Tadah! One very nice washcloth, and amazingly it is exactly the same size as the one I made last month. Now if that isn’t fate I don’t know what it.

The Three Bears yarn in this box is vibrant in color but rather coarse and feels tough on my hands when working with it. Especially the blue shade Mermaid Cove was tough on the edge of being unpleasant to work with. I think this yarn is very suitable for household items like potholders and washcloths, but I would not suggest using it for something delicate like a baby blanket or clothing.

I have really come to like this little surprise every month, and I have only had two boxes. How fast you get used to nice things 🙂  What will be in my next box? So curious, can hardly wait!

With love,

Esther

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9 thoughts on “Little Box of Crochet June 2016 – Spike Island

  1. I am in such awe of you! I love your videos; your voice is beautiful, and you crochet with such accuracy. I have crocheted for sixty years and cannot match your artistry.

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  2. First, I echo Liv Hudson’s comments. You teach me so much–which is why I love to visit your site–even though I will never be as good as you are. 🙂 As for the newest Little Box, Amanda or her designers certainly have an eye for color. I would not have put these colors together but they work beautifully. I wish Amanda would offer a less expensive alternative to her lovely little boxes–without the crochet hook, for example–to keep the cost down so more people could get such a nice surprise each month. In the meantime, I am very happy that you share yours.

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    • I’m sure Amanda has had requests for cheaper boxes. Yes, they are expensive. With postage for me they are on the high end also. I understand your feeling. Hope that by showing you the photos you get a little happy too ❤

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  3. This is my second month of receiving my little box! At first I was unsure, as both months have not been something I would normally chose to make. Now I think that this is a good thing, as they have pushed me out of my comfort zone. I do like your idea of making this month’s project into a washcloth as I would not need a hook roll either. They are expensive, but as they are my only vice I see them as a well needed treat!

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  4. Hello Esther I hope my email finds you. Firstly thanks so much for all the stunning tutorials and interesting posts. I have a bit of an unusual request and your help please. I live in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, here we have difficultly finding good yarn sometimes.However I stumbled accross a yarn wholesale shop in Dubai (a 1 1/2hr drive from here) I have met the owner of this shop and had a meeting with him last night about yarn. I showed him your projects made with Scheepjes yarn and he is fery interested in bring this yarn to the UAE. Could you possibly give me the contact persons details at the factory so that I can give it to him? I am sure he will most definately visit the factory to and hopefully I can go with. I really would appreciate your help. Have a good evening and be blessed!! Kind regards Sharon Laubscher

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  5. Esther,
    Were you able to wait till your box arrived this time without peeking online to see what was coming! I love your videos and like Liv and others I am so envious that you have such beautiful consistency in your stitches. I admire your creativity and the beautiful work you do. Thank you for all you provide other crocheters everywhere (in your videos it does sound like you have a busy life yet still have time to do the videos for your viewers)!!! Thanks for all you do!!

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    • Hi Lori,
      Yes, I was able to wait for my box. Simply don’t look at Instagram for a few days all all is well 🙂
      And yes, my life is very full with my job, family and my YouTube channel/blog. I enjoy doing the videos for you all because I know that I can help many people that way.
      Esther

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