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, (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,


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Crochet afghan inspiration

We are slowly but surly moving out of winter and into spring and the start of a new season means the start of new crochet projects. You don’t have to look hard to find a zillion new projects and CALs. I though I would share a few with you.



Do you remember Lydia? She was designed by my good friend Dedri Uys from Look at what I made as a way to extend Sophie’s Universe from a square to a rectangle. Dedri has now made it possible to make a whole afghan from this cute square and has taken the time to make a yarn pack in Scheepjes Cotton 8 to get a lovely spring blanket. The Lydia blanket consists of 48 squares with a central flower and a beautiful rose border. I just so happen to have a video showing you how to make the square 😉

Just look at how lovely Dedri’s blanket looks!

Stylecraft CAL: Frida’s Flowers

This is a project that I will not be participating in, just too many WIPs as it is, but it did catch my eye and I wanted to share it with you. The new Stylecraft CAL is designed by Jane Crowfoot and has many hexagon flowers making an afghan. Also for this project you don’t have to go looking for yarn yourself because there are yarn packs available in Classic Cotton

Friends Around the World CAL

Have you seen the announcement in the announcement in the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group on their anniversary CAL “Friends Around the World”? I will be contributing to this CAL also. Still keeping everything a secret for now, but get your yarn in the ready because it’s going to be fun. You will need worsted weight yarn, I am using Scheepjes Stone Washed XL (available from Deramores or Paradise Fibers), but other worsted weight yarn will also do the trick. We start on March 22, 2016.

Last dance on the beach

And then there is the new Scheepjes CAL in memory of Marinke….. I will post more on this special CAL later.

Hope you have a fun-filled season with lots of crochet adventures.

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Summer crochet fun

It’s summer holiday and we are almost leaving for our holiday destination, a fabulous farm that goes by the name of ‘Koe in de Kost‘. The farmer, ‘Boer Frans’, is so good with kids, my boys love him to bits. This is our fifth visit in five consecutive years, my boys love it there and if my boys are happy, I am happy.

Koe in de kost

But there is one thing that makes me even more happy, taking my crochet things with me. But what to take? You see, since finishing Sophie’s Universe I have bought myself a few skeins of this and a few skeins of that and now I can’t choose! I think I am going just going to take all of them 😀

Knit (or crochet) like a Latvian

When I was in Riga during my sabbatical I bought this yarn kit in a lovely little store. It is for knitting real Latvian mittens, but I am going to adapt the pattern to make a scarf. I think I am going to use back post double crochet stitches, that gives a knit-like result. But then again, that is an awful lot of work… The jury is still out on the stitches.

knit like a latvian

Peek-a-Boo button wrap

A second project that I am definitely taking with me is the peek-a-boo button wrap by MissNerris. I totally fell in love with the design the moment I saw it. I have bought 15 skeins of chocolate colored Scheepjes Bloom. This is a light weight, 100% cotton yarn.

scheepjes bloom chocolate

I have started with it already and now that I have the hang of the pattern I will make an instruction video for this wrap. I have permission from the designer, so that’s cool. But no worries, I will be using a different yarn to make the video because I know that dark colored yarns don’t do well on screen. And after all, the whole point of the video is that you can see what I am doing 😛 Just look at the great texture the stitch pattern gives!

start peek-a-boo button wrap

Mini Sophie’s Universe

I have seen so many lovely Sophie’s worked in only one color that I wanted to make one too. I have bought myself a roll of 420 meters of mercerized Durable cotton, yarn size 10. Most likely not nearly enough for a Sophie.  Off course I forgot to do the math on how much I would need when I bought it. Durable cotton is an ‘old fashioned’ yarn that our grandmothers used to use to make lacy crochet curtains. This reasonably thin yarn is worked with a 2mm hook, I always use Clover Amour hooks and especially when working with such thin yarn it is important to have a hook that you enjoy working with. I have never worked with this kind of yarn before so I am really looking forward to trying it. And obviously my Sophie will be small because of the yarn and hook I will be using. With a bit of luck it will end up being a perfect size for a luxurious cushion. I have not done any calculations on what size it’s most likely to be, so we’ll wait and see!

durable cotton

Flight of Fancy & Circles of the Sun

I just showed you three new projects, but I still have 4 running projects too! I am working on Flight of Fancy, Circles of the Sun, the Dutch CAL AND Around the Bases. Oh, oh, I am having quite a luxury problem over here. Too many things to do, and I love all of them! Will keep you posted 🙂

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Etsy store now open!

Hey everyone,

I have come to the conclusion that I have too much stuff! I have opened a store on Etsy. So if you would like to buy some of the things that I have on my blog, now is your opportunity.

I am still filling my ‘store’, but here a small preview of what’s up for sale:

Maybe there is something you like 🙂