Crochet cactus plants and other strange things…

Have you seen the latest edition of YARN magazine!? I got all excited when I saw the photo’s and fabulous projects in Yarn 3, the Tropical edition. It’s bright and happy and summer and everything you need for many fabulous crochet hours. But actually, not only crochet hours, there is plenty for good reading such as interviews with renowned designers as well as stuff about yarn, crochet supplies and other things we all love.

Projects in Yarn 3 Tropical Issue

There are many fun and beautiful knitting, crochet and sewing projects in this book-a-zine. And it’s not just the projects that are beautiful, just look at the graphics!

Want a quick page-through?


Cactus Puzzle Balls

A totally different and unusual project in the Tropical edition is by Dedri Uys from Look at what I made, super cute cactus puzzle balls. They fit in the palm of my hard, just too cute for words.

Assembly of the puzzle balls

I’m sure you will want to make these cute cactus plants, but assembling them can be a bit tricky. Therefore I have a short video on how to assemble them. For making the balls you can find the full pattern in Yarn 3 Tropical book-a-zine. I have the assembly video available in English and Dutch.

Ik heb een kleine video om te laten zien hoe je de super leuke cactus puzzel ballen in elkaar zet. Het kan lastig zijn als je het nog nooit gezien hebt.


Where to buy your Yarn book-a-zine

The Tropical edition book-a-zine is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Bol.com (NL) and many other yarn retailers and bookstores. The previous two editions are also still available, the first book-a-zine was the Sea edition and the second Midnight Garden. It’s never too late to start a collection!

With love,

Esther

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Sophie’s Universe: THE BOOK!

When I heard that Dedri was publishing her fabulous Sophie’s Universe as a book, my mind went to The Lord of the Rings were one purpose brought Elves, Dwarfs, Men and Hobbits together and united them despite their differences. Somehow Sophie’s Universe has done the same. I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a million people have and still are making a Sophie; a million people from ten thousands of families, thousands of nations and hundreds of countries. How wonderful that one blanket can bring us all together.

sophie's universe the book

My journey with Sophie

It has been almost two years to the day that I asked Dedri if I could make video tutorials for her Sophie’s Garden. I asked Dedri for permission for Sophie’s Garden, NOT Sophie’s Universe. At this point I had only done video tutorials for Marinke’s CAL in 2014 and I had little on my Crochet CV. Dedri took an enormous leap of faith when she said “yes” to my request. To this day I think Dedri didn’t quite read my email properly, because she replied saying that she would love for me to make video tutorials for Sophie’s Universe. I thought to myself “ok…, that was more than I bargained for!”

Sophie’s Universe put me on the crochet map, after Sophie I have done more fabulous projects and worked with many talented designers. Dedri blessed me when she gave me permission to make the video tutorials for her, and I believe that my tutorials have blessed her in return. I will always treasure my signed copy with a personal note from Dedri.

sophie's universe book

My Sophie’s

My first Sophie is currently living with her creator; Dedri has the Sophie I made in rainbow colors with Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn.

sophie's universe in rainbow colors

I am currently working on a second Sophie in pure white, my Snow White Sophie. My second Sophie is a summer holiday project because I only work on her during the summer holiday. Inevitably this means that it is going to take me a few years to finish her. She is currently in storage till the next summer holiday, but for somethings as special as Sophie The Book she is allowed out of her winter hibernation.

Sophie and book

Where to get your copy

I know that many of you are wanting to have a copy of Sophie’s Universe The Book. The book is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Bol.com (NL) and many other bookshops and yarn retailers. The first print was sold out in record time, but happily a new print is now available.

Win a copy of Sophie’s Book

I have two copies of Sophie’s Universe The Book to give away to two lucky people. Go to my Facebook page, and below the post about this book share a photo of your Sophie’s Universe or if you don’t have a Sophie of your own then share a Sophie that you love. I will randomly choose two lucky people in the comments and announce the winner on March 30th, 2017.

Sophie's Universe Book

With love,

Esther

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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,

Esther

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Winners 20.000 members give away

There is no other way of putting this, I am BLOWN AWAY by all your comments on my give away, 1250 comments on both my Blog and YouTube channel to be exact. So many kind words and heart felted congratulations. Thank you all so much.

So what was my give away all about? A quick reminder. I am celebrating 20.000 members on my YouTube channel by giving away two sets of Tulip Etimo Rose hooksets, made possible by Scheepjes. The hook set consists of a case with room for all 10 included hooks; sizes in the set are 2.0mm, 2.2mm, 2.5mm, 3.0mm, 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, and 6.0mm. Additionally to the hooks there are also two yarn needles and a small yarn scissor. Tulip Etimo Rose hooks are available from Wool Warehouse and Bol.com (NL).

Tulip Etimo Rose hooks

You are all wanting to know who won, right? Without any further ado, the Tulip Etimo Rose sets are won by

Ingrid “Barra02”. You replied on my blog
Marjolein vb. You replied on my YouTube channel

Could both of you please pop me a message through my blog or Facebook so that I can get your details to send your hooks over to you? I hope you enjoy these lovely hooks.

I want to thank everyone who entered and left a comment. You make all the hard work worth wile.

With love,

Esther

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