Month: October 2017

Scheepjes YARN 04 – Dutch Masters

Looking for something new to crochet? Scheepjes Yarns has released their latest issue of YARN bookazine, and it is so lush. Find this issue here at > WoolWarehouse < for speedy delivery. Dutch Masters is this issue’s theme, so the strong, deep colors - beautiful reds, purple, blue - are cozy, warm, and inviting. In fact, my coze factor has just dramatically increased.. I think I need a cup of coffee and a blanket; give me a sec.. Okay I’m back. So my contribution to YARN 04 is on the cover in the upper right corner. It’s a blanket named “New Horizons.” I did loads of research on the works of Piet Mondrian for my piece, and did you know he did so much more than the mod red blue and yellow squares that he’s known for? Yep, when I think of Piet Mondrian, I picture the primary color squares and rectangles shown in the image above, and I’ll bet you do too. But did you know Mondrian’s earlier works include broody landscapes with muddy, emotional color? …

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Amazon Blanket gets a chic pastel palette

When I was asked to make another Amazon Blanket in a new color palette, I agreed on the spot.  When I found out the colors would come to be an airy pastel array, anchored to the ground with a seriously cobalt blue, I started to get giddy.  And when I cut into the first granny square of fifty-five, my heart melted and I fell in love instantly. [Related: Amazon Blanket blog post] Just look at this Scheepjes | Softfun* and Softfun Denim* chic pastel palette…  How did this color spread come about? Well the recipient wanted a blanket for her daughter that would provoke happiness instantly just by looking at it. (Yes, this is a custom order! No I don’t do custom orders anymore! Slowly backing away now..) So after three palette proposals, and a few color swaps, we came up with the above spread. Actually when I look at it, it reminds me of a top secret project that I worked on with my good friend Carol Janik – The Hoosier Crocheter – Tester …

Scheepjes Linen Soft Yarn

Tired of the same-old, same-old? Yeah, me too! No more smooth acrylic yarn! We want to feel the hearty texture of the yarn between our fingers as we crochet! Long live linen!  Okay, well, maybe not. Certainly there’s a place for the powerhouse soft acrylics out there. For the Colour Crafters in life that we need for everyday pieces. Yeah we need those.  But! Variety is the spice of life, and the spicy yarn I want to show off today is Scheepjes | Linen Soft*. It really does have an amazing texture to it. Perfect for a throw pillow or a couch blanket.  Check out this expertly crafted fiber content. It’s like the Negroni of yarn – an indulgent 3-ingredient cocktail (equal parts gin, Campari, sweet vermouth – errr.. linen, cotton, acrylic).  My personal favorite color of Linen Soft! Hummingbird ❤️ – although that mustard pictured in the first photo is wonderful. I love how all of the colors in this range would work well together. And here is a snapshot of the full palette …

VVCAL blanket in green palette – A very green post :)

Sometimes I look at my WIP and think, “Why are you like this?” Lol – but this method is faster, or at least in my mind.  Besides, this pic from January 2015 has over a hundred thousand pins or something, so it can’t be that crazy..  But what IS crazy is how many joins I tried for these squares… eventually I just invented a Join for them – the Row by Row JAYG, and I didn’t even end up using it!! Honestly…  What I did end up using was a version of the Flat Braid Join with only one chain instead of three or five. I made a YouTube video for it!  Along the way I also tried my go-to PLT Join, but I didn’t think it had enough oomph to echo the Lacy squares.  I also tried out making the PLT move on only certain stitches so it would have a pretty Celtic effect. I didn’t end up liking that one either… but it was kinda pretty!  Gratuitous granny square pic… these are the …

Paid -> Free = FUN!

Hi, y’all! Today in the spirit of the Autumn Refresh, I wanted to tell you about three of my older patterns that I browsed through and decided to convert to freebies. Yay! Ravelry pattern links Gumball Four Square Wildflower Autumn Refresh is all about pressing pause on new content and going through your existing body of work to see what needs a freshening or if anything can be “reused, reduced, or recycled.” I find that I am constantly dreaming up new content and just having a “set it and forget it” mentality for my previous works. Along the way I’m finding it important to make a habit of cultivating existing content for the folks who are just stumbling upon CypressTextiles.net for the first time. Okay, so let’s jump right into it, shall we? The three patterns I’ve converted to freebies are: Gumball {Click image to see original blog post} Gumball holds a special place in my heart as the first pattern I ever wrote. I always tell the story, but after I made my first …

Autumn Refresh

Hi everyone, and welcome to Theme of the Month! Click the TOTM in the menu to see previous themes. Each month’s calendar is chock full of fun free hooky stuff that I’ll link as it goes live, so check back often! Riding into October on the coat tails of my Goal Setting Sesh post last week, I decided to make October’s Theme of the Month the “Autumn Refresh.” I’ll be updating old patterns, making tutorial videos for established designs, and just generally sprucing up the place. Calendar Note: Links will become live as they are published. Most recent photo of projects will be included as they become available. Oct 5 – YouTube Tutorial Video I’ll be using my Autumn Refresh to make YouTube videos for all of the components in my Island Wildflower pattern. Yarn: Scheepjes | Stone Washed* called for – in deep earthy tones, but I’ll be pairing it with a barely there, baby-pink Catona*. You’ll see! ❤️ Island Wildflower Pt. 1 – motifs YouTube video Ravelry pattern Blog post Oct 9 – Paid to Free …