April 8, 2015
by wink
13 lovely comments

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…

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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…

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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:

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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!

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

xo,
wink

April 1, 2015
by wink
6 lovely comments

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!

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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!

xo,
wink

March 25, 2015
by wink
7 lovely comments

design wars: the forget me nots cowl!

Hi everyone! :)

I’m so happy I get to share my new Design Wars design with you all today! I designed a cowl that you can make in two ways; one that’s snug around your neck, and one that you can wrap around twice. It uses the knit-stitch and the cable stitch, which gives amazing texture, feel, and drape to this cowl!

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I love the versatility of this cowl. I actually wear the lighter coloured one all the time; it’s the perfect accessory for this time of year, when it’s not that warm outside yet but still a little bit chilly around your neck!

And can I get a shout out to my lovely models? They did an amazing job don’t you think? :) I took the photos myself, and I’m really pleased with them. Of course, having such great models makes my job a lot easier!

I designed this with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn, which I wrote about earlier this week. This yarn is really, really groovy, and I was thinking it would also be perfect for my previous Design Wars design; the Dancing Hearts Wrap! :) So I made a little sale for all you blog readers; you can get it at 50% off until Sunday! :) Just use this link to go to the promotion and the discount will automatically be applied: Dancing Hearts Wrap on Ravelry

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Anyway, I’d love for you to vote for my design this week! :) You have until Thursday to vote. In the meantime, you can add this pattern to your queue on Ravelry!

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xo,
wink

March 24, 2015
by wink
14 lovely comments

trend spotting: crochet that looks like knitting

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Hi everyone!

I am delighted to be one of six bloggers asked to predict a key trend for 2015 as part of the Deramores Blog Competition 2015. Use any of the six trends as a starting point for your own blog post and submit it to Deramores for a chance to win a year’s supply of yarn!!! Entry details can be found here and you can see the full list of bloggers and trends here.

I’m predicting a big trend for this year, and it’s crochet that looks like knitting! Are you familiar with the concept?

Last year, when my beach bag pattern came out for Deramores.com, I got a lot of messages from people saying: ‘You’re cheating! That’s not crochet; that’s knitting!’ Well, I guess the joke’s on them; it totally was crochet! ;)

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I used the half double crochet stitch, through the infamous third loop, to make the v’s that normally lie on top of the stitch come forward, to create that often sought after knit look!

I think the reason this stitch is gaining popularity is that it’s fairly easy to do, yet it looks complicated. And we all want to brag about our hand made items, am I right? :)

This stitch is so versatile; I use it a lot in things like cowls and scarves and bags, but I think you can really use this stitch for, well, everything! It works easiest when making something that’s constructed in the round, since this stitch doesn’t really ‘work’ when going back and forth. The third loop lies behind the stitch, so you need to keep coming from the same side with your hook to be able to work into it; that way, the v’s will move to the front instead of to the back (where you can’t see them!). So items that are worked in the round, like cowls, bags, and other tubular items are perfect to use this stitch for!

Have you used this stitch in your previous work? I’d love to see! :)

xo,
wink

March 23, 2015
by wink
5 lovely comments

new design wars challenge!

Hi everyone! :)

I will be participating in this week’s new Design Wars challenge! Exiting stuff! :) Last time I entered was in 2013 (my, time flies!) with my Dancing Hearts Wrap shawl design, using Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby yarn.

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This year, I’ve made something else entirely. I can’t quite tell you what it is yet though; the release is scheduled for this Thursday, March 26th! :) But I can show you the yarn I used; it’s Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable!

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I used this yarn in the following colour ways, from left to right: Polo, Cappuccino, Echo, and Meadow. Gorgeous, right?

I’ve actually wanted to play with this yarn for a while now, but just never really got the chance. Whenever I saw it on Ravelry, the colours just really caught my eye, and I kept thinking: ‘Oh the things I can create with this!’ Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks things like that when she sees yarn? ;)

It was a dream to work with though, and totally worth the wait. It’s soft, it’s lush, it has a very subtle sheen to it, and the colours change ever so slightly – it’s mesmerising to look at while you’re working with it!
You can get it right here from Deramores.com and it comes in a range of amazing colours.

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My design for Design Wars is for women (although you could totally make it for your guy too!), and it comes in two different versions. You will need 2 skeins for this design. The PDF (which will be available on Thursday in my Ravelry shop) has written instructions, a photo tutorial for the stitches used, and a chart with crochet symbols. Oh, and it’s suited for crocheters of all skill levels! :)

I can’t wait to show you my design you guys… Only a few more sleeps till Thursday! I will announce the design on my blog right here, and you can also stay in the loop by subscribing to the Design Wars blog!

xo,
wink

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