Little Box of Crochet July 2016 – Peacock Feathers

The July 2016 box of Little Box of Crochet is already my third box and still I enjoy the anticipation of what will be in the box. This time I knew that the designer is Christa Veenstra, and knowing her I had a suspicion what yarn would be in the box and I was right.

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The box was jam packed with Scheepjes yarn and one of my favorite yarns to boot. I love cotton yarn because of the awesome stitch definition, it’s durability and in the case of Scheepjes Catona, it’s sheen. Catona comes in cute little 25g balls (like the 5 balls included in the box) and larger 50g balls. The small balls are just perfect for smaller projects where you just need a bit of yarn of a particular color; projects like amigurumi animals and peacock feathers.

little box of crochet july 2016

The box this month was so full that there wasn’t even room for tissue paper! The box contains no less than 5 balls of yarn (those cute little 25g balls of Catona), a booklet containing the pattern by Christa Veenstra from The Curio Craftsroom and fellow Scheepjes Blogger, a needle, a 2.5mm crochet hook, colorful pins, a Korutumi stitch marker and 5 labels for marking your empty LBC-boxes so that you know what is inside them. Very thoughtful of Amanda to send us these labels, I have already attached them to my boxes.

Gremlins in the pattern….

I was working on the pattern and noticed that there are a few gremlins in there. Just to help you out, here a few small tips and errata’s.

There are 5 balls of 25g Scheepjes Catona yarn in the box. According to the pattern one of the balls should be 400 Petrol Blue. I suspect that that color was all out, because I had 261 Capri Blue in my box. So my Color C is a different color to the pattern. But that’s ok, because the two shades are very close together.

We first make 5 small peacock feathers. These are just too cute for words, but the words got a little mixed up. If everything went right you got an email from Amanda about that.

The pattern didn’t say which color to use for the long stitches in round 5, I used color B and then everything works out wonderfully and you have 5 lovely feathers. The feather fob also had no color listed, so I used Color A for that.

little box of crochet peacock feathers

Peacock Pincushion

The pincushion is worked by closing each round with a slip stitch. I am too lazy for that so I worked my pincushion and fob amigurumi-style; so in a spiral. I closed the end with a very tight invisible join and then you really can’t tell that I cheated. Stuff both the pincushion and the fob like crazy for best results.

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For the fob I changed the color for the join to Color E and the cord I changed to Color D because I thought that gave more definition.

No more looking for keys!

I am ALWAYS looking for my keys, at least once a day. I never seem to leave them in the same place twice. To make life a little easier for me and also more beautiful at the same time, I have decided to connect the fob to my keys. This way, at least in theory, I can find them more easily.

little box of crochet feather fob

There is a lot of yarn in this month’s box. If you want to you could make more than one pincushion or fob.

little box of crochet peacock pincushion

I am getting used to this little surprise every month. I am already looking forward to the August box, but I know that I will not be home when the mail man comes to bring it. I’m sure my neighbor will have it waiting for me when I return.

With love,

Esther

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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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Little Box of Crochet May 2016 – Floating Blossom Washcloth

I was so happy when the mail man was at my door last week because he had my first Little Box of Crochet with him. I was on the waiting list for some time and when new subscriptions were opened up they contacted me if I wanted a subscription. Unfortunately my first box got lost in the mail, but the service was great and they send me a new one.

I first saw these boxes a few months ago on Instagram and I thought it was such a great idea. A small project every month and the opportunity to try new yarns. Looks like a winning combination to me! I must be honest, the box is not cheap for me. Postage to The Netherlands makes the boxes relatively expensive, but at the same time I love it so much that I decided to do it anyway.

little box of crochet may 2016

It was with great anticipation that I opened my first box. What would be inside? I had purposefully totally ignored Instagram for about two weeks so that I would not know what was in the box. And I was not disappointed. What an eye for detail! It struck me immediately with how much care the beautifully crisp box is packed; it is even lined with tissue paper. There are many goodies inside which give the box just that little bit of extra glamour.

So what is in the box you ask? Well, there is the pattern booklet which has the design for a tapestry crochet washcloth using Scaapi hand dyed yarn from South Africa; a country close to my heart. The Floating Blossom Washcloth design is by Julie Harrison from LittleWoollie in Australia; she is a bit of a tapestry crochet guru. The yarn in the box is 4 balls of Vinni’s Nikkim 100% cotton yarn by Scaapi. Then the additional goodies that make the box extra special is a stitch marker by Beth Chapman from Korutumi, a bar of hand made soap by Jane Maddern, a 3.5mm crochet hook, a needle for working away ends and a set of postcards.

little box of crochet content may 2016

Everything has just that little bit of extra attention; the needle is on a small piece of fabric that is cut with a crinkle scissor, the soap is packed in a small jute bag, the post cards have a ribbon around them…. That’s what I appreciate the most. It’s not just a bunch of things in a box. No, it is packed with love and care. And it shows!

But now I have to make a washcloth using tapestry crochet. I have never actually done tapestry crochet before. But hey, how hard can it be, right? 😀 The first few rows were the hardest but once you get the hang of it, it goes fast. I accidentally worked my wash cloth in a mirror image to the pattern. I always mix up left and right, but that does not matter, right? Or is that left? 😀

dish cloth

I am actually really happy with how it turned out. I spend about 3 evenings working on the cloth to complete it. I worked single crochet stitches when I had the right side of my fabric facing and reverse single crochet stitches when I had the wrong side facing. I don’t know if this is how you are supposed to work it, but it kept my carrying treads nicely hidden, and that was most important to me. I think I have the hang of this now. Maybe I’ll make a video for you all somewhere in the future to show you how to do tapestry crochet, or at least my version of it 🙂

I am so looking forward to my next box!

With love,

Esther

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