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Nuts about Squares CAL – Meet the testers!

Nuts about Squares CAL will start soon, but before we do I would like to take a moment to look back on the road that has brought the project to where it is today. In the past year I have selected squares, yarn, colors, determined yarn amounts, etc. etc. etc. A CAL is a whole process that takes time and needs to be done with care. I have not done it all alone, and today I would like to take a moment to share my appreciation for the lovely ladies that were involved.

Lynn & Laurene

When I first thought of doing my own CAL I ran the idea past Lynn and Laurene. They were enthusiastic and urged me to continue. We selected squares, contacted designers, thought about yarns and colors. Laurene inspired some of the colors for Nuts about the Earth blanket. Lynn inspired the colors for Nuts about the Sky and she also made the sample blanket. The Nuts about the Sky sample blanket will go to live with Lynn when Nuts about Squares CAL is finished.

ChiChi and Betty

ChiChi and Betty helped me to determine and confirm yarn amounts for the different colorways. ChiChi used her own colors of Scheepjes Color Crafter and Betty used Scheepjes Cocktail.

Here are ChiChi’s squares, still a WIP at this point, but it is going to be awesome when done! She used Scheepjes Color Crafter in the following combination for Colors A to F: Weert (1001), Heerenveen (1203), Dokkum (1302), Texel (1019), Wolvega (1099), and Rotterdam (1063).

Foto courtesy of ChiChi

In addition to making crochet squares, Betty is also helping me to check all the Dutch translations that I am making for all you Dutch ladies. I am SO grateful for the help because Dutch is not my native language.

Åza & Minno

Åza and Minno only became involved towards the end of the preparations for Nuts about Squares CAL. They had the almost impossible task of making the Nuts about the Earth sample blanket in only 5 weeks. They worked so hard and they did it! When Nuts about Squares is finished the Nuts about the Earth sample blanket will belong to Åza.

The girls loved the blanket so much that they decided to make a second blanket between the two of them, this time for Minno. Minno selected slightly different colors to the Earth blanket to give it more of an island feeling. She used the following Scheepjes Stone Washed Colors A to F: Brown Agate (822), Boulder Opal (804), Garnet (810), Rose Quartz (820), Corundum Ruby (808), and Moon Stone (801). Just look at how lovely the squares look in pink colors.

Foto courtesy of Minno

I want to thank all these wonderful ladies from the bottom of my heart. Your contributions have been invaluable to me.

With love,


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27 thoughts on “Nuts about Squares CAL – Meet the testers!”

  1. What I love the most of this CAL is that by changing the sequence of the colors on the same pattern, the “look” of the block is changed completely and different aspects of the pattern are enhanced.

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  2. I’m really looking forward to this CAL. I’ve chosen the Sky kit. I’d never have thought from your perfect pronounciation of Scheepjes that you weren’t a native speaker!

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  3. It will be a very fun beautiful project, I think my yarn may be here on time from Wool Warehouse…thank you so much Ester and ladies, you are truly talented. …

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  4. Thank you so much for this CAL Esther. Looking forward to it immensely. Also to the testers thanks for your hard work so that we can do this CAL. I have purchased the Earth kit in Stonewashed – a change from my usual colour choices, but a treat for me nonetheless. It was a hard choice as all the kits are gorgeous. Enjoy everyone!

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  5. It has been an honour and a real pleasure working with you Esther. Your organisation and colour schemes are just so fabulous and your patience too!
    I had such fun & loved it all!
    It’s a great project & you should be very proud of your vision & creativity!
    Thank you, Lynn xx

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  6. Lovely Esther – just that Åza does like the A of her name to be with a little circle on top … just teeny point. Hope I commented on blog ok. U r just fab xx


  7. Lovin the new colour combination! I’m having issues trying to decide on coloure that will go with my bedroom at the moment, so seeing more of the squares has been a great help. Can’t wait to join in with my first ever CAL

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  8. Hi Esther,
    I love Minno’s colors! Could you help me? I am trying to figure out how many feet are in the Scheepjes 50g balls. I can’t order the yarn so I am trying to substitute it. I have emailed WWarehouse, but have not gotten a reply back. Thanks for your help-I can’t wait for the CAL to start!!


  9. Oh my word they did such a great job and the pictures are just Gorgeous love the snow love the colors amazing job ladies.. ❤

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    1. De patronen zullen iedere week in NL beschikbaar zijn, de videos zijn alleen in het Engels. Ik schrijf mijn blog in het Engels, dus extra info zoals de dames dat mij hebben geholpen introduceren doe ik in het Engels.


  10. Wow! Thanks to everyone for their dedication and hard work. All the time and effort each of you put into this makes me, and ordinary crocheter look like a crochet genius! I’m so excited to start this project. Also, a huge shout out to Wool Warehouse! Their service and pricing are excellent. I feel as though I have met my ‘real’ family. ;0) (I’m keeping this from my parents so as not to upset them!) Thanks, Esther – you are amazing!

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  11. Hello, I am looking forward to doing this CAL. I have a question: will there be a translation in French? Thank you in advance and strongly tomorrow.


  12. I would love to attempt to create this Blanket using Chichi and Betty’s color scheme. I’m trying to figure out how many of each color I will need and what size hooks. Has anyone done this yet? I think their colors are just lovely.


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