All posts filed under: Inspiration

Featured Artist: Bernadette Ambergen

Bernaette Ambergen is a textile artist who designs and creates some absolutely beautiful wearable art. Find her as “Berniolie” on Facebook (profile pictured above) and Instagram, and shop her stunning patterns on Etsy and Ravelry. I just have to start this feature with a snapshot of my favorite WIP project of hers: a scrappy hexagon piece that caught my eye on Instagram. She is using Scheepjes Invicta Colour yarn, and I love how the color changes are shown off in the pattern. Of course a colorful scrappy hexagon would easily draw my attention! It speaks my language! Color + Geometry = LOVE Then, when I started to follow Bernadette on Instagram, I quickly noticed that she seems to churn our these breathtaking shawls and other wearables, with beautiful lace patterns, each one so unique. Lace has never been my strong suit, and I think that’s what really makes me admire her work. Just check out her Ravelry page. I had to take a screenshot of her designs… What a brilliant collection of shawls! So many patterns to …

Hygge-Chaka: “Hooked” on a feeling!

(Featured photo by Simy Somer) Sing it with me now! Hygge chaka, hygge-hygge-hygge chaka! The #ScheepjesCAL2017 has begun! February 15 marked the day everyone dove hooks first into their BEAUTIFUL Scheepjes Hygge Kits*. It’s also my wedding anniversary, but I am completely disctracted looking through the Hygge Instagram posts… The abundance of showoff photos that I have for you today will really let the Hygge Kits and WIPs shine. Information So this is basically a Hygge photo drool-fest, but first: some info! Browse lush Hygge Kits internationally at WoolWarehouse.com*. (I’ve been told these are the most complete CAL Kits ever released!) Hygge CAL creator, Haak Maar Raak, has a blog post with all the important CAL info – including the answer to “what does Hygge mean???” It’s All in a Nutshell – CAL videos! Yessssssssss ❤ Hygge comes in 3 main color packs (see photo at top of post) and a special edition pack, “Danish Mermaid” – swoooooooon! Kit Palettes Full color palettes – yarns are Stone Washed* and Catona* Kit Pics There are some beautiful …

3 Ways to Crochet-A-Long in 2017

It’s a new year, in case you hadn’t noticed. I myself am still finishing 2016’s work, so I hardly have that “fresh start,” “new year, new me” feeling.. it’s the same ol’ 2016 me until I finish these projects and move on to the Next Big Thing. About this time last year, that big thing was my Vibrant Vintage CAL. With so many participants and a new square each week, I had a lot of fun keeping busy! CALs are a beautiful way to make the coming of the new year count. An easy-breezy commitment with a support group net of crafters that paves a surefire road to accomplishment. But this year I don’t have time to run a CAL. I do miss it though, so 2018 here I come 🙂 For now, check out these CALs from some seriously talented crafters that are sure to draw a crowd. 1. Hygge Wrap Make the gorgeous and elegant Hygge wrap by Kirsten of HaakMaarRaak – available in three color-ways. This is the Scheepjes CAL for 2017 – …

Holiday Cheer: A snapshot of my 2016 year end 🎄🎄

Playing With New Yarn I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test out a new Scheepjes* yarn: Secret Garden!* This yarn is just whoa…. it’s one of my absolute favorites. Completely swooning over the color changes, tweedy bits, and thick and thin parts. Absolutely can’t wait to work a piece up with it, and in fact I have something planned! Here’s a shot of the three color-ways I chose: My full review of Secret Garden is coming next year alongside a new pattern reveal. Woohoo! Fun Gifties! Find these festive mug*, Yarn Bowl*, and  blank cards* at WoolWarehouse.com and other Scheepjes retailers. Perfect crafter gifts! (Under-tree feline gift guard not included) ❤️🎄 WoolWarehouse also now stocks the gorgeous yarn swift* that I showed off in one of my previous posts! I’ve purchased a swift online before and it was terrible quality – very rickety… this one is sturdy and well made. Yay! Vacation This year for Thanksgiving, my wonderful mom planned a huge eleven-day family vacation. We went exploring through the Disney World parks in …

New Feature: Social Media Post Links!

If I had a nickel for every comment on my Instagram or Facebook asking me about a yarn or pattern in the photo… I’d have a really big bag of nickels… And in all honesty, with such awesome opportunity to have access to affiliate links that allow my followers to make yarny purchases and support my work without paying a dime more, then I should definitely make good use of it.  Unfortunately, IG and FB provide little in the way of in-depth linkage.. So I tested out a company called LinkInProfile.com, which allows me to add any link in the caption of an IG post, and automatically puts together a streamline mini-blog of clickable IG posts leading to that linked site. I used this for about four months; you may have noticed. They do offer a month free, but the monthly subscription price wasn’t worth it, when I considered I could only add one link.  Do any research into making your IG page work for you, and you’ll find Like2Buy.. Check it out by clicking …