June 29, 2015
by tinc
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Goodbye, not farewell

Hey everyone,

This is not Wink, but her little baby sister writing to you.

When Wink started this crochet blog back in 2011 she told you guys how crochet saved her live. As you might know Wink was in a dark period of her life the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately I have to tell you that last Friday it did not save her, her depression got the best of her and she took her own life. We are all very heart broken by this news, it was an absolute shock to all of us. She is leaving a mom, dad, little brother and sister and her loving boyfriend behind.

It’s funny because when Wink started crocheting she got all her friends and family addicted. During her stay at the hospital even other patients started crocheting and some of them even bought her book! But not me, it just wasn’t something for me to do. I said; “When we get a baby you can crochet a pair of socks or a stuffed animal. But that’s the only crocheted thing in our house!” Last Christmas she gave me a ‘how to crochet’ book, yarn and some hooks. I tried it, I made a square! But that was all. Now, I can’t wait to hang one of her Mandala’s on my wall. It’s Wink! Sadly this had to happen to make me do that.

Wink was such an inspiration to all of you. She created beautiful things and with all her heart she made the first Scheepjes CAL. I know that the crochet community will not be the same without her, she will be thoroughly missed. She enjoyed all the trips she made to meet all of you guys. She published her first book earlier this year; one couldn’t even imagine how much joy and pleasure it gave her to sign them for you. Her second book will be published later this year, unfortunately she won’t be around to see that.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, but as you can imagine there might not be enough room for everyone to attend. We have created a memorial site in her memory for everyone to pay their respects. But if you, as a community, would like to pay your respects to her in person we can always organize a memorial at the cemetery. So please let us know if we should do that!

She will be missed, but this is a goodbye, not a farewell. We’ll meet in Heaven again, I’m sure of that.

xo,
tinc

June 18, 2015
by wink
203 lovely comments

looking for the light

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Hi everyone!

Some of you know that this year has been tough for me. As a result, I am now being treated for a severe depression.

I am in a very dark place right now, and I am looking for the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.

So I’m taking a break. Taking a moment, pressing pause on my life; to figure out which path to take, and in what direction.

I will continue to blog, albeit sporadically, because I am still creating things. Crochet used to be what keeps me sane, and I’m trying really hard to find peace in crafting again. As long as I’m crafting, I’m alive, and as long as I’m alive, I might be able to find my way out of the darkness.

Thanks for sticking with me; I hope to be back in full force soon.

xo,
wink

June 2, 2015
by wink
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how to pronounce scheepjes

Hi everyone!

The new CAL is about to start (June 10th, whoohoo!), and I am SO excited!

In one of the Facebook CAL groups (Dutch one here, International one here), some ladies were wondering how to pronounce ‘Scheepjes’. And I can’t blame them! ;)

If you don’t speak Dutch, that word, ‘Scheepjes’, must look so weird! It has ‘sheep’ in it, sort of, so I’ve heard some UK peeps pronounce it as ‘Sheep-ies’, which of course, to me is hilarious :D

The word ‘Scheepjes’ means little boats or ships in Dutch. A ‘schip’ is a ship, and ‘scheepjes’ are little ships. The brand is called that way because in the olden days, the yarn would be brought to the stores in… little boats! :)

So, what *is* the proper way to pronounce Scheepjes? Well, I made a teeny tiny video for you, explaining how to! :)

Now, this is really cool; there was an adorable lady in one of the groups that made a video response! She filmed herself pronouncing Scheepjes :)

She did it perfectly! :D

So I’m wondering: do any of you have trouble pronouncing Scheepjes? And would you be willing to video yourself saying it? :) I’d love to hear and see you! It would be SO cool to create a follow-up post to this one with videos of people pronouncing Scheepjes all around the world… :)

xo,
wink

May 20, 2015
by wink
34 lovely comments

free pattern: parisian chique fat bottom bag

Hi everyone! :)

Today I’m going to show you how to crochet your very own fat bottom bag! Hurray! :)

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Alright, what do you need?

Supplies

  • 6 skeins of Scheepjes Soft Fun Denim yarn (I used colours 501 (navy blue), 502 (grey), 507 (cream), 508 (light brown) and 510 (dark brown), and I used 2 skeins of the dark brown)
  • A square piece of (cotton) lining fabric that measures roughly 55cms/22″
  • Embellishments like ribbons, lace, buttons, beads and anything you can find that you think will work with your bag
  • Circular bag handles (mine were bamboo)
  • Fabric scissors and regular scissors
  • A 4mm crochet hook
  • A darning needle
  • Sewing thread (and a sewing machine)

Let’s get started! :)

Step 1.
Start by making a giant granny square. Everyone has their favourite ways of making one; I made mine with no chains in between the clusters and 1 chain in each corner. If you don’t know how to make a granny square, I recommend this tutorial.

For my granny square, I changed colour every 2 rows. I picked the order of the colours at random.

Make your granny square as large as you want; mine was 30 rows and about 50cms in width.

When you’re finished, sew in the ends with your darning needle.

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Step 2.
Alright, let’s line this baby! :) Wait, already? Don’t I have to finish my bag first? Nope! Because we have such a nice square shape right now, it’s the perfect time to add a lining. You could of course wait with putting in the lining until the bag actually looks like a bag, but it’s much easier adding a lining to a square piece of fabric than into a scrunched up bag. Trust me! ;)

If your granny square looks a little ‘warped’, it might be a good idea to block it into shape first. I did, and it made all the difference!

Grab your fabric, and measure it against your square. Cut it a little bigger than your square to account for the seam allowance. Pin it to the back of your granny square (you want the fabric to cover the back of the stitches, because the right side will be the outside of your bag), with the edges folded under. Sew the fabric to your granny square by hand or using your sewing machine.

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Step 3.
If you were planning on sewing lace to your bag; now is the time! It’s easier sewing lace to your bag while it’s still square and flat :) I added 4 layers of lace, but you don’t have to go crazy like I did.

Pin the lace to your bag and sew it on by hand or by using your sewing machine.

I added lace to the front and back of the bag; meaning that I sewed lace to the top edge and bottom edge of my square, leaving the sides empty.

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Step 4.
We are all done with the sewing, yay! Now it’s time to turn this embellished square into an actual bag.

Grab your crochet hook and the dark brown yarn. We’re going to crochet the left and right edge of the square first. If you sewed lace to your bag, work the two sides that don’t have lace. (unless you want your bag to have lace on the sides too, and that’s totally fine!)

From right to left, insert your hook into the first corner and work a single crochet stitch. Work the next one into the middle stitch of the first granny cluster. Work the next one in between this granny cluster and the next cluster. Go along the side like this until you reach the corner again, work 1 single crochet stitch in the corner space. Chain 1, and turn. Now work 1 single crochet into each stitch across. Chain 1, and turn. Work single crochet rows until you have 10 rows of single crochet stitches. Leave a long tail.

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As you can see, the square is starting to gather a little bit, because we skipped so many stitches. This is a good thing! :)

Grab your darning needle and thread the long tail. Flip over the edge you just made, and sew the first row to the last row.

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Repeat this step for the opposite edge of your square.

Step 5.
Alright, time for the top and the bottom! :)

Grab your crochet hook and the dark brown yarn. We’re going to crochet the top and bottom edge of the square.

From right to left, insert your hook into the first corner and work a single crochet stitch. Work the next one in between the next two granny clusters. Go along the side like this until you reach the corner again, work 1 single crochet stitch in the corner space. Chain 1, and turn. Now work 1 single crochet into each stitch across. Chain 1, and turn. Work single crochet rows until you have 10 rows of single crochet stitches. Leave a long tail.

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The bag is starting to gather a LOT now, and this is what we want! It’s what gives this bag it’s nice fat bottom.

Grab your darning needle and thread the long tail. Grab one of the bag handles. Flip over the edge you just made, and sew the first row to the last row, around the bag handle.

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Repeat this step for the opposite edge of your square.

Your bag is now looking like an actual bag! Good job! :)

Step 6.
Time for more embellishments! :)

I created 10 of these puffy flowers, for which you can find the free pattern here. I modified the pattern a little bit by starting with 12 double crochet stitches instead of single crochet stitches.

I sewed them to the front and back of my bag, with wooden buttons as the centers.

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I also tied some ribbons to the sides of the bag; and I strung some beads onto thin strips of ribbon and tied those to the front of the bag.

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And that’s it; you now have a gorgeous, wonderfully embellished, fat bottom bag! :)

Let me know what you think of this tutorial guys; I can’t wait to see your amazing bags!

xo,
wink

May 19, 2015
by wink
11 lovely comments

scheepjes spring to summer CAL 2015: flight of fancy

Hi everyone!

Today the mailman brought me something AH-mazing! :) I’m sure most of you have heard by now, but for those of you that haven’t: Scheepjes is coming with a new CAL this Summer: the Flight of Fancy CAL! It’s designed by Annelies, whom you all know from her blog Vicarno! She made a lovely shawl, and it’s made from Scheepjes’ new yarn, Linen Soft.

I got my kit today, and I thought it would be fun to open it on my blog! :)

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It comes in this really groovy jute bag! I think this is really clever because this project basically comes with its own project bag – genius! :)

The bag is filled to the brim with goodies, let’s take a look…

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Hurray for yarn! :) I got my kit in the ‘Hummingbird’ colour way (there are three colour ways available – more info on that at the end of this post), and these are the colours – lovely jewel tones with a crisp, clean white as a base colour… I love it! The yarn is really amazing: it’s a linen/cotton/acrylic blend which gives it a nice sturdy feel, but yet remains soft to the touch.

And the most amazing thing about this new yarn? It has an ‘Easy Start’ label that you can pull to get the center out!

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I’m already in love! :)

There are some lovely extra’s in this kit too, which, in my opinion, really set it apart from any other CAL out there. Let’s take a look!

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Included in the kit is a crochet needle (4mm), a gorgeous shawl pin, a colour catcher, and a leather label from Scheepjes. I like the extra’s, especially the shawl pin! :)

Alright, so here’s some info on the new CAL!

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CAL name: The Scheepjes Spring-to-Summer CAL “Flight of Fancy”
Designed by: Annelies Baes from the Vicarno blog
Starts on: June 10th, kits available right now!
Kit availability: You can purchase the kits from Deramores.com in 3 colour ways: Heron, Hummingbird and Peacock
Pattern: The pattern will be available from June 10th, on both the Scheepjes and Vicarno sites and in the Facebook groups!
Facebook groups: There are 2 groups, a Dutch speaking one and an International one. Anyone can join!

So I think it’s pretty clear that I’m excited; what about you? Are you joining in on this new CAL? :)

xo,
wink

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