May 19, 2015
by wink
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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! :)



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…



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!


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!


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!

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 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? :)


May 13, 2015
by wink
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made: parisian chique fat bottom bag

Hey everyone!

I have to tell you, it feels SO GOOD that I have created something again, finally! Some of you know I have been in a funk lately due to some personal stuff, which has reflected badly on my creativity, amongst other things…
So I am very happy that I am able to show you what I made today! :)

In my last post I told you what I was working on, and this is the finished product: a Parisian chique, fat bottom bag made with Scheepjes Softfun Denim yarn!




I seriously had a LOT of fun making this bag. Right after I picked out the yarn and the colours, I knew which creative direction I had to take with this bag: Parisian chique! Think strutting along bistro’s, wearing your high high heels, a navy blue striped dress, a big hat of course… and this bag!

The best part was searching for ways to embellish it. In the end, I settled on vintage lace (a LOT of it!), some awesome crochet beads I had in my stash, and satin ribbons.

I really went all out with the lace; I ended up sewing 4 different kinds of lace on top of each other!




To complete the look I added a row of puffy flowers, combined with floral buttons. Personally I love these little flower buds, and I think the wooden buttons really give them an amazing look! (and not to worry; I will show you how to make these little flowers in next week’s FREE tutorial!)


To top it off, I fully lined this bag with the perfect fabric I scored at a fabric market a few weeks ago.


I am in love with this bag…



Alright, now for the best news: I will upload a tutorial for this bag next week on my blog, for FREE! :) This will include instructions on how to line your bag, how to add the lace, and how to make the puffy flowers.

To make this bag you will need 6 skeins of Scheepjes Softfun Denim in the following colours: 501 (navy blue), 502 (grey), 507 (cream), 508 (light brown) and 510 (dark brown). I used two skeins of the 510 colour.

For everyone interested in getting this yarn: you can get it at right here! (For Dutch readers: Scheepjes has an extensive list of shops on their website right here, including online shops!)

Because I already own too many bags (and because I have my own Noro version of this fat bottom bag) I am selling this one! :) You can find it on Etsy here. UPDATE: It sold within half an hour! Thank you! :)

Hope to see you all again next week for the tutorial :) Stay creative!


April 22, 2015
by wink
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wip: soft fun denim fat bottom bag

Hi everyone!

Most of you guessed it right from my last blog post: I’m making another bag! :) And not just any bag, no: I’m making another fabulous fat bottom bag, Parisian style!

Remember when I used to make fat bottom bags all the time? Well, my last one (which was made with gorgeous Noro yarn, still one of my favourites!) has been around the block a couple of times, and I though it was time for a new perspective, a new look. When Scheepjes came out with their Soft Fun Denim yarn, I knew I had found *just* the right yarn for my new bag!

This bag is really easy to make, because it’s basically one big granny square!




I’m almost to 30 rounds, which is when I will transform this giant square into a nice fat bottomed bag. Of course I will share the tutorial for making this bag with you all, for free! Which is going to be a real treat this time, because it will include instructions on how to line the bag! Hurray! :)

And I found the PERFECT lining fabric for this bag, too…


Stay tuned for the ‘Tadah’ post for this bag in the next couple of weeks, and of course the FREE pattern and lining instructions! :)

For everyone interested in getting this yarn: you can get it at right here! (For Dutch readers: Scheepjes has an extensive list of shops on their website right here, including online shops!)


April 8, 2015
by wink
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new project with scheepjes soft fun denim!

Hi everyone!

I don’t know if you have seen this new yarn already; the interwebs has exploded over the past couple of weeks because of all the amazing new yarns that have come out by Scheepjes! One of those yarns is a new version of an existing yarn, Soft Fun (which I used to make this blanket), and it has now come out in a Denim variety!

When I saw all the new colours together, I immediately spotted a great palette that would allow me to make something amazing…



How amazing does this look when combined? I’m so stoked about this combination!

The yarn is amazing. It’s slightly variegated, which gives for an amazing depth of colour and it provides a very interesting texture when worked up. It’s a 60% acrylic/40% cotton blend, which is why it is so soft to the touch, yet sturdy enough to make long lasting items with. Let’s take a closer look at the yarn…




See what I mean? It’s variegated, but it’s very subtle and just so… Chique!

I love all of these colours together! :) To me, it inspires feelings of France; think bohemian chique, lace, ribbons, shell buttons, strolling along bistro’s in your favourite pair of strappy sandals…

Which inspired me to collect these items:


Can you feel it? Can you guess what I’m making yet? :) It will be fabulous!

Alright, one more photo… This is what the project looks like so far!


I can’t wait to show you this project as it progresses! :) You can get your hands on some Soft Fun Denim from for international peeps; and for Dutch readers, Scheepjes has an extensive list of stockists on their website!


April 1, 2015
by wink
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new mandala day!

Hi everyone!

I am SO excited to be sharing this news with you: I released a new mandala pattern! :)

Some of you might recognize this design; it was in Simply Crochet magazine issue fourteen. It’s the Lazy Shade of Winter mandala!



Oh I just love the colours in this one, I should really make more mandalas like these…

Anyhoo, this PDF has 11 pages with clear, large photos of each step. The pattern is in written format and in US terms, and there’s a cheat sheet at the back for more experienced crocheters to print out and use! I used Rowan Handknit cotton for this design, but you can use any cotton yarn to create this mandala.

You can find it in my Ravelry store for $2.75, like all my other mandalas.

But because you are all so awesome, and because you read my blog (which makes you even more awesome), I created a special promotion code for you! Use coupon ‘lazywinkmandala‘ upon checkout and you can get this pattern with $1 off! :)

The coupon is valid till Sunday.

I can’t wait to see all your lovely mandalas!