Discover the Seasons CAL – WIP

It has been a few weeks since I announced that I would be participating in the Tunisian crochet along Discover the Seasons designed by Marjolein Kooiman. The CAL started beginning of December and I thought to show you my progress.

Stardust tunisian swatch

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Yarn used so far

I am using Scheepjes Stardust in 4 subtle shades for this project, a mix fiber yarn containing mohair, wool, premium acrylic and a splash of metallic polyester which gives the yarn a subtle glitter. Stardust is available from Deramores, Wool Warehouse or your Scheepjes Stockist.

stardust yarn

I am using the Stardust with a 5mm and at this point I have used about half a ball of each color. I must admit that my yarn usage is higher than needed because I have cut out a few squares a few times. The yarn contains mohair and frogging is just about impossible.

How is it going so far?

We are at week 7 of the CAL now and so far so good, the pace is high but I am managing to keep up. We have made 24 squares with various sizes, colors and patterns. There are two prominent squares that immediately catch your eye, one with a tulip and one with a butterfly. Making these patterns is not so much hard, but it is fiddly and you need to follow the chart carefully.

discover the seasons part 7

The written patterns are available in English and Dutch and are released each week in the Discover the Seasons Facebook group. There have been some bugs in the patterns, but the designer has been quick to make corrections and make an updated pattern available.

I have made a few beginner mistakes, and I notice as the CAL proceeds that my stitches and joins are becoming more even. I think that after this is finished I will have the hang of Tunisian Crochet!

I will show you another update when the project is a bit further along again.

With love,

Esther

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Argyle Color Pooling Blanket WIP

I have been working steadily on my argyle color pooling blanket over the past few months and I would like to show you where I am at the moment. Remember were I was last time? I had only done a few rows and used just over 1 ball of Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn.

yarn-pooling-with-matterhorn-sock-yarn

I have come quite a bit further since that last photo. At this point I have worked just over 5 balls of Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn, a sock yarn that I am using with a 3mm hook. I am also going to add a border using a solid color of the Scheepjes Invicta Extra range.

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After about 4 balls the argyle pattern started to become very visible. Because of the long color change in the yarn, it is a subtle pattern and not as busy as you might have seen with other argyle patterns.

I have come to the conclusion that I am not a robot; I can’t keep my tension 100% constant all the time. This means that my argyle pattern is a little wobbly at times and sometimes shifts over more and sometimes less. As such a slight variation in tension is not a problem, but it accumulates over many stitches meaning that with the long color change of the yarn I have noticed that sometimes my shift is 1 stitch and sometimes 5 stitches. This variation in the argyle shift is what causes my wobbly pattern. Personally I don’t think it’s a problem because it makes my blanket all the more personal and unique. No person on the planet will be able to match my pattern EXACTLY. Isn’t that cool, you can make something completely unique simply by being yourself!

argyle color pooling blanket


Color pooling, or yarn pooling, is popular at the moment and I thought to myself “how hard can it be?” Famous last words right? No, actually it’s not as hard as it looks. I have a detailed description taking you every step of the way. If you prefer, I also have a video showing you how to do argyle color pooling should you want to try your hand at it.


argyle color pooling blanket

Are you doing color pooling? Feel free to share your photo’s on my Facebook page or tag me in your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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Coloring with Color Crafter continues….

Many lazy summer days are coming and going; one flowing into the other without any clear distinction. Losing track of which day of the week it is, but that is normal for a summer holiday. I have been making good progress on my Scheepjes Color Crafter blanket I told you about last time. All 18 balls of yarny goodness are flowing into a warm blanket for when it’s not so warm anymore.

scheepjes color crafter

I am playing with color and letting one color flow into the next; just like my days are flowing into one another at the moment. I am going for a natural look, like when a painter mixes colors and they fade and overlap.

It’s summer holiday which means I don’t want a project that requires me to think a lot, just go with the flow and crochet without thinking. Corner-to-Corner crochet is your (and my) friend if you are looking for an easy stitch. And best of all, it works up fast. Just look at how far I am already!

C2C WIP

I am using 18 colors of Color Crafter to make a warm winter blanket. If you are are looking for this yarn which is available in over 90 colors, you can buy Scheepjes Color Crafter from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Paradise Fibers (US/CA) or your local Scheepjes stockist.

yarn tails

Hmm… still need to work away a lot of yarn tails. Memo to me: don’t leave it till the end. It’s going really fast and I hope to have my blanket done soon. See you next week when I hope to show you my end result.

With love,

Esther

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