Crochet-a-long Spirits of Life

Hello! It's been awhile since I've been blogging. My son got sick this fall and has been requiring a lot of attention. Being active on social media has not been a priority, but I did do a lot of crocheting. 
To distract myself a little from all the caring and worrying, I worked on a crochet-a-long designed by Tatsiana from Lilla Bjorn Crochet. Tatsiana designed this wrap based on Native American fiber and textile arts. She called it Spirits of Life and created three colorways, Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid. Have a look at her website and read all about it. 

Even though I loved the design, I did not quite warm up to the colors that were chosen, so I decided to create my own palette. Blue is my color and I renamed my wrap Spirit of the Sky ;-).

As it turns out, a lot of my followers of Instagram loved my choice of color too and were asking me to share what yarn I used. So I'll list it below and hope it inspires you to make your own version of this beautiful wrap.

Spirit of the Sky

Scheepjes Catona: 248 (4), 164 (3), 130 (2) and 528 (2)
Scheepjes Stonewashed: 814 (3), 805 (2), 813 (3) and 821 (3)

I used needle 3,5 mm for the Catona and 3 mm for the Stonewashed.

Color scheme:
Yarn A: 814
Yarn B: 248
Yarn C: 805
Yarn D: 164
Yarn E: 130
Yarn F: 813
Yarn G: 528
Yarn H: 821

Hope this is helpful. Thanks for showing so much interest. It means a lot.

Till next time,


Weekly update: Apple picking

Yesterday we went apple picking at the Olmenhorst. Two teenagers, one naughty dog, an irritated husband and a tired me. A recipe for disaster, right? It's true the drive there didn't go very well. We got stuck in traffic (on a Sunday!) and made a huge detour. Once there it was very crowded, and muddy, we forgot our rain boots, husband got frustrated with his phone trying to get some work done (on a Sunday!), the dog ran away and one of the teenagers felt dizzy. 

But then we started walking and looking for apples on the trees. We did bring three baskets to collect apples this year. That's right we do this every year. Last year we arrived too late and husband and son grabbed what they could find... from the ground. We ended up with 5 kilos of bruised and half eaten apples.

So this time we were only allowed to 'pick' apples from the tree and we agreed we would only choose the prettiest ones. Like this one. It's either a Santana or an Elstar, can't really tell them a part. We were tasting them right there in the orchard. Both equally delicious. 

Since our oldest one was a little girl we've been picking apples here every year. A year without picking is not a good one, say my now teenagers, they are just as eager to keep up the tradition as I am, which pleases me a lot. I used to take pictures of the kids, but now my girl was taking a picture of me. How about that?

We went home each with a basket full of apples. We came home happy and refreshed and I even had energy to make this little swatch with Phildar Partner 3,5 for the cardigan that I found in Draad en Praat's new magazine Handmade Living. It's the first time I am working with this yarn and I absolutely love it. It's so soft and easy to work with, and the color is just lovely. Can't wait to start working on the cardigan.
Last week I promised you I would write about what I made on the way back from summer holiday, but I didn't, so no new promises this week. No idea about what I am going to write about next time. You'll just have to wait and see ;-)xInez


Weekly update: Crocheting on holiday, custom order and Etsy shop

 Last summer we spent a week in Spain. We rented this gypsy wagon on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. It was warm and we were lazy, and I spent the bigger part of the day crocheting either at our dwelling or near the pool.

 Through Etsy I had received a request to make a poncho with pink pompoms for a 9-year old girl. So I brought all my Stylecraft yarn - needed an extra suitcase for it! - and started crocheting in the car on our way down south. I crocheted in Paris, in Uz├Ęs and finally in Spain. I crocheted in the car, on the couch, by pool and river and on the beach.

And before I knew it, I had two (!) poncho's. I had made a mistake in the first one - too small for a 9-year old - and by the time I found out I was too far and decided to make a second one.

So here they are, two - almost - identical crochet poncho's with pompoms. The big one is sold, but the small one can still be found in my Etsy shop. I hope it'll soon find its way to a 5/7 year old.

Next week I'll blog about what I made on the way back home.