All posts filed under: Inspiration

Dutch Rose Blanket CAL Round-up!

Huge hugs to everyone joining me in the Dutch Rose Blanket CAL! As you know from my previous crochet-a-long, “Vibrant Vintage CAL“, I don’t mind if you keep up or not. Just relaxingly crochet, and keep posting progress pics in my Facebook Group along the way. Advertisements

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We were ON a BREAK!: The one where Rachele purges her current crochet inspiration, then takes a break.

Yes, folks! I will be taking a two-week design break. No thinking, plotting, planning, sketching, imagining, calculating, graphing, or otherwise noodling around in any effort to convert a whim of an idea into a blanket. Two! Weeks! So before I begin, of course I want to show you all how hard this is going to be by letting you in on some stuff that currently in my design idea book. (Side note: my design idea book is in the app AwesomeNote. Any actual designing takes place in my graph paper planner. More on this in a post coming soon!) First up: I have an epic series of tessellation-based blankets coming. Here are a couple samples of the shapes and the color schemes… y’all I want to show you so much more of this, but I must keep it all to myself! ❤️ Next up: A pair of mixed-motif blankets.. You can see the rough blanket sketch, and then its inspiration screen-shot, with the respective IG names showing! I highly recommend you run and follow those …

CypressTextiles: 2017 reflections and a peek at what’s to come

Well, y’all, the year is rapidly closing, and I’m feeling another urge to look back at what I accomplished this year, just to reassure myself that in all the forward motion, I didn’t lose track of my big picture goals. Nerd alert, I know… If you stay with me for this entire post, you can give yourself a pat on the back, as I’d like to take some time to go through each month and share highlights, discuss lessons learned, and celebrate special moments. So settle in, as it’s going to be a lengthy one. 🙂 Click each photo to read more about the event! Yay! January January is always an awkward month for me. I still have my old, filled up Moleskine to reference my to do lists from the previous year and keep checking things off that weren’t completed. Let’s face it, in January, I practically have one foot in the previous year. Moon Landing was a piece that I took with me to Disney World over Thanksgiving break 2016, and I was …

Introducing: Our Tribe

Well, guys, what can I say? I’m a part of the neatest thing since sliced bread – grabbing the baton from Miss Neriss on this Scheepjes Blogger blog hop – (Thank you, Nerissa!!), and it’s now my turn to introduce Our Tribe yarn. [Related Link: Browse this yarn*!] Look at that pile of loveliness and tell me you don’t want to just reach out and squeeze a skein. A few months ago, Scheepjes reached out to me and asked me for six colors that I thought faded well with one another. I was quite puzzled but I replied with a set of colors which have always been in my heart and often make an appearance in my projects (Trellis and Chevron, Desert Bloom, Moon Landing, and many more). These salient shades included a nice turquoise, a mint green, and an olive green, among others. The navy blue, coral, and deeper teal colors I chose are all hinted at in my yarn skein, but the real superstar is the mint and olive combo. I was actually …

Can I re-learn how to knit?? Plus my new WIP..

Before I jump into this fun story, go take a look at my new Yarn Shop page! That’s right, I’m working to open up my own yarn shop stocking Scheepjes Yarns for US customers. For now, you can get your hands on exclusive yarn&pattern kits – go check it out – I’ll wait here. ——————————— You back? Okay let’s settle in, where was I? Ah yes… once upon a time, I was a knitter. Surprised?? I actually started out my fiber arts journey as a knitter when I was in college. It wasn’t a whole lot different from now, as I was knitting every day with no end in sight, even sometimes cutting class to knit (sorry mom!). Knit and crochet were in the beginnings of making their comeback and us gals would meet at a cafe on campus and stitch the afternoon away. I made a ton of camis, sweaters, and cardigans, and I even made a blanket! Well, the beginnings of a blanket lol… These mitered squares were found at the bottom of …

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 …

Goal Setting Sesh!

Okay it’s only the end of September, but let’s face it, Father Time has one foot in 2018 already at this point, and we all know it. At this time of year, I always get this itchy feeling to evaluate the 3 Big Goals I set for 2017 and start laying out new ones for next year. {Cotton 8 yarn} 2017 Goals Update 1 “old” paid pattern per month, beginning with oldest patterns first. Yikes! I only updated 2 patterns this year.. (Desert Bloom and Wildflower) But the year isn’t over and I have plans to update 1 more.. 3/12 is a terrible grade! Launch “Shade Tree” – a new artist collaboration mini-zine, to release twice yearly It’s been in the works for almost 2 years! Determined to release the ShadeTree pattern collection this year 🙂 Begin page on Patreon.com filled with goodies for followers, including much requested video tutorials Done! Patreon page up and running – become a patron to support my crafty endeavor and get in on the inside scoop. Yummy sneak peek posts …