Our Tribe: the story of my creative life…

Recently social media were flooded with the pictures and posts about very special line of yarn released by Scheepjes. This yarn is called Our Tribe and it’s special in many ways. Usually I don’t have major problems to write a yarn review, or just a blog post. But today I am a bit stuck… I have so much to tell, and I am absolutely not sure where to begin from…
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Let’s try and begin with the story of Me and Scheepjes


Back in year 2015 I was making my first and very unsure steps in designing world. I couldn’t even think of calling myself a designer (and I am not comfortable with this till today), or a blogger. Yes, I launched a blog and even posted something, and even proudly received 1000 views in 4 months! But I had no idea what it all was about and where to move. I feel like nothing in my life is occasional. All small happenings, meeting new people, events are putting together in a bigger puzzle. And this is exactly what was happening in my creative world.

I started to follow Dedri Uys and her amazing Sophie’s Universe CAL. Her work looked so magical to me. And I really wanted to get closer, but how? How can you write to a designer like this (very known and popular) and say: hey, I love your work, can we chat a bit? So later, when Dedri was hosting a competition, I thought that was my chance and submitted my Dandelion Border design. And it won the prize, and we got in touch.
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

In late 2015 I was hosting my first solo Circles of the Sun CAL and Dedri (who was already an official Scheepjes blogger) started to follow it. She made my squares, and shared them with her followers. I was totally blown away. And later I received an e-mail from a creative director of Scheepjes with an offer of collaboration. What? Me? Why? These were my first questions… And I even tried to escape saying I don’t sell yarn, I am just a crochet “designer”. “Yes, and this is what we are looking for” – was the answer. So I took all my courage and decided to give it a try. And now looking back I realize this was the most important and RIGHT decision in all my designing life.
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Our Tribe


Our Tribe is a bunch of amazing, talented, very thoughtful and supportive ladies. My real life friends don’t crochet. They like what I am doing and always encourage me and support. But my “Scheepjes friends” are something different. I don’t think I will find the right words to explain… They help me to grow professionally. I have been a Scheepjes blogger for 2 years already, and I learned so much that I can’t even realize myself. Designing, pattern writing, photography, social media, Instagram, newsletters… everything!
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

When I am asked to give an interview (what doesn’t happen often) one of the questions is always about a typical day from my life. And I am always lost… Like what am I doing? Actually… well… I spend all my days at home writing the patterns down and taking the pictures. I don’t even go to the city center, and I don’t meet my friends for a cup of coffee. We meet of course from time to time. But I mainly work at home. And I don’t meet people in general. And for me to have an online Tribe of friends with whom I can discuss literally everything – that means a lot!

My Own Yarn


Every year all Scheepjes bloggers meet in the Netherlands at Bloggers Days. And every time it’s a surprise, learning something new, chatting, laughing… and crochet, of course! Last year before the Bloggers Days we were teased by a “secret task” for several weeks. We were almost dying to finally find out what it was about. And it was about creating a new line of the yarn where each shade was hand-picked by a blogger. We were asked to choose 5-6 colors (from several thousands stripes) and later they were put together into exclusive blogger’s colorway.
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Choosing colors is something I really love to do, but it always takes time. When I come to a yarn store I “freeze” for at least an hour just looking at the yarns and trying to put colors together into different combinations. When my husband sees this he usually says: “Mmm… I will go out for a coffee. Meet you in 2 hours at the entrance”. And when I feel any pressure, I can’t choose any colors at all!





I am not sure how much time it took me to pick these 6 shades. But I thought they were looking ok together. Like dark emerald was me, greys were my living room and brown and cream was my morning coffee… Is this blog post getting a bit long already? Sorry!
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Ok, so we picked the colors and had to wait for more than 1 year before Our Tribe was released. We were not free to say anything about it. And frankly speaking it was easier to just forget than to patiently wait for its release.

But finally it came!!! Gorgeous 15 shades each named after a blogger and special members of “Scheepjes family”. As you can see my colorway turned out to be a bit moody and muted. But this is exactly how I feel about myself.
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Not to take your precious time any more I will just mention that I have already designed something with my yarn and I am making the same project but in different shades right now. It will be revealed very soon! And new pattern will be published here on my blog. So stay tuned!

(The sample below was made with a mix of Canadutch and Cypress Textiles shades.)
Our Tribe - special yarn by Scheepjes. Review by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And just to give you idea about the yarn, it’s 70% Superwash Merino and 30% Poliamide. Our Tribe yarn comes in 100g balls with generous 420m each. Crochet needles/hook 2.5-3mm are recommended, but I used 3.25mm for my new design and I even think this yarn can be worked with 4mm crochet hook.

Our Tribe is already available for purchase in local Scheepjes shops, via Knotty House (Canada)* and  Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping).


***There is a blog hop running right now. Every blogger tells her own story about Our Tribe. Jump to Tammy’s blog Canadutch tomorrow. And if you missed previous entry, it was written by Esther of Happy in Red!*** 

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Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border

YAY! Spirits of Life CAL is almost finished! This week is the last one. You will be making a simple border and then your wrap will be finished! I have mixed feelings about this week. It is a little bit sad that our crochet adventure is almost over. But on the other hand I am somewhat happy as well… This CAL was taking every single day of my life during last 2 months. I could hardly think of something else, and several new designs were put on hold. But now I will have more time to work on them and bring them to you soon.
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

If you missed previous parts of Spirits of Life CAL, please check General Information, Important Notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

Last week was very relaxed I hope. And today’s border is very simple, too. It consists of only rounds with single and double crochet stitches (US terms) and almost no counting is involved. So after you finish first round you can grab a cup of tea and continue with the pattern watching your favourite TV shows.

Why do I mention first round? Because on that round you will work evenly around entire wrap (it should be blocked already). I know many people I scared by “work evenly” instructions. To make it easier for you, I have given exact stitch count for every part of the wrap. So first round is broken into smaller sections, and hopefully it will be easy to be on track.
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

Please, note that my stitch count is perfect for the size and gauge given in the pattern. If your gauge was different, you might need to improvise a bit. The main rule is that your border must not ruffle. And it should not be pulling, too.

In case you don’t have enough yarn to finish the border as per pattern – don’t worry. You can absolutely join a new color in the middle of the round and continue to work with it. I would say different colors of yarn in the same round will make your wrap look very authentic.

 

COPYRIGHT


IMPORTANT: Please, be aware that all my patterns (free or paid) are protected by copyright. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, redistribute (online or off-line), sell and edit them in part or as a whole. You are welcome to sell your finished items made by my patterns, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as the designer of these patterns. You are not allowed to share pdf-files created from my posts with anyone. If you would like more people to join my CAL – please, share a link to my blog with them. You can check Copyright page for more information.

**Errata** in some translations it was written to join Yarn F in the final stitch. It was an error. Please, make first round of the border with Yarn H :)

Part 9 - Afrikaans
Part 9 - Czech
Part 9 - Danish
Part 9 - Dutch
Part 9 - English (UK)
Part 9 - English (US)
Part 9 - Finnish
Part 9 - French
Part 9 - German
Part 9 - Hebrew
Part 9 - Norwegian
Part 9 - Polish
Part 9 - Portuguese
Part 9 - Spanish
Part 9 - Swedish
Part 9 - Russian






And if you have plenty of yarn left, here is my placement of colors for each of three colorways.
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


Here is a short video showing how the rounds begin and finish with a “needle join” (a nice opportunity to practice invisible join, isn’t?)



If you purchased an official Scheepjes kit you might be curious what is the metal ring for. And now I can tell you! It’s for a bonus pattern – a mandala wall hanging – which will be made with leftovers. The mandala design is created already and will be put to test this week. But since many of you are behind with the CAL and Christmas is almost here, I thought I would release bonus pattern early in January. When everyone will be back from holidays, fresh and ready for the new challenges!

Are you making this wrap for yourself or as a gift? :) I would love to hear from you in comments!!

Spirits of Life CAL: Part 9. Border! Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


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In-Between Crochet Hook Organizer: FREE pattern by Hilde Tindlund

When I started to design four years ago I could not even imagine how many new friends I will have very soon. I feel so lucky and happy at the same time. Almost all my new friends are virtual. And one of them is Hilde Tindlund (aka RoadRash), a lovely lady from Norway who is helping me a lot with pattern testing. Hilde has designed a cute and very handy crochet hook organizer. And she kindly gave me permission to publish it on my blog. And I am proud and happy to share it with you today. It can make a lovely last minute gift for Christmas, don’t you agree?
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

 *Purchase an ad-free and ready-to-print PDF of this pattern (including complete Stitch Guide with pictures, Important Notes, material list, complete written instructions and photo tutorials) HERE on Ravelry - in English and Norwegian. Hilde has another lovely Christmas pattern in her Ravelry shop, at a very reasonable price. So make sure to check it out as well as her website RoadRash with lots of beautiful crochet mandala bags!!

 

You will need


  • Scheepjes Soft Fun (DK yarn: 60% Cotton/40% Acrylic, 50g (1.76 ounces)/140m (153 yards) in shades: 2604 (2 skeins), 2515 (1 skein or ca 10 g scrap), 2519 (1 skein or ca 10 g scrap), 2516 (1 skein or ca 10 g scrap), or any colors of your choice!
SoftFun yarn is available via Wool Warehouse* HERE (UK with international shipping)  and via Knotty House* HERE (Canada)

Gauge

22 sc x 10 rows/rnds = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 in

Measurments


Width: 19cm / 7.5in
Height: 24cm / 9.5in
The width of the crochet hook cover can easily be adjusted by adding more or less stitches in 3-stitch increments.

Abbreviations and Stitch Guide (US terms)

 

ch chain stitch
ss slip stitch
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
st/sts stitch/stitches
rnd round
yo yarn over
lp/lps loop/loops
* ... * repeat between * and *as many times as indicated
sc2tog single crochet 2 together (insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, insert hook in next indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, pull through 3 lps on hook)
BLO back loop only
FLO front loop only
3rdLP third loop
FPdc front post double crochet (yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch, yo,draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* twice see pictures for rnd 7)
 In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

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Color key: MC- 2604 • A - 2515 • B - 2519 • C - 2516

*COPYRIGHT* Hilde Tindlund (www.RoadRash.no). 2017. All rights reserved! This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, shared, republished (on-line and off-line), redistributed and translated without permission, or edited in any way - in part or a whole. 

*Purchase an ad-free and ready-to-print PDF of this pattern (including complete Stitch Guide with pictures, all Important Notes, material list, complete written instructions and photo tutorials) HERE on Ravelry - in English and Norwegian.


INSTRUCTIONS


NB! Crochet through both loops unless other is stated in the pattern

First pocket 

NB! Leave 100 cm yarn tail. You need it for crochet together the bottom of the pocket.

Ch84 with MC. Join with ss in first ch. Make sure not to twist the ch row!

Rnd 1: ch1, 1sc in each st (first sc in same st as ch1 - see first pic for rnd 7), join with ss in first sc (see two last pics for rnd 7) (84 sc)
Rnd 2-6: as rnd 1
Rnd 7: Change to color A in first ch1. NB! There are always 2 sts skipped on rnd 4 between 2 FPdc.

Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc), *2sc (first sc in same st as ch1), 1FPdc around st of rnd 4 directly below, skip 1 st on rnd 6* repeat around, join with ss in first sc after ch1 (28 FPdc + 56 sc)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Rnd 8: Continue with color A. As rnd 1
Rnd 9: Change to MC in first ch1. As rnd 1
Rnd 10: As rnd 1
Rnd 11: Change to color A in first ch1.

Ch4, *1FPdc around st of rnd 8 directly above next FPdc of rnd 7, ch3* repeat around, 1FPdc around st of Rnd 8 directly above last FPdc of Rnd 7, join with ss in ch4-sp (28 FPdc + 28 ch3-sp)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Rnd 12: Change to MC. Cut color A. NB! Some sc on this rnd are attached in rnd 10 and some in rnd 11. All sc attached in rnd 10 are made in front of ch3-sp.

Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc), *1sc in next 2 sts of rnd 10 visible under ch3-sp,1sc in next FPdc of rnd 11* repeat around, join with ss in first sc after ch1 (84 sc)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

 Rnd 13-14: as rnd 1

Space between first and second pocket

Row 15: ch1, 42sc (first sc in same st as ch1), turn (42 sc)
Row 16: ch1, 42 sc in BLO (first sc in same st as ch1), turn (42 sc)
Row 17-20: as row 15






Second pocket

Rnd 21: ch1, 42sc in FLO (first sc in same st as ch1), turn with yarn in front of work, 42 sc in the available loops on the other side, join with ss in first sc (84 sc)
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Rnd 22-26: as rnd 1
Rnd 27-32: as rnds 7-12 - replace color A with color B
Rnd 33-34: as rnd 1


Space between second and third pocket

Row 35: as row 15
Row 36: as row 16
Row 37-44: as row 15 - don’t fasten off

Third pocket

Rnd 45: as rnd 21
Rnd 46-50: as rnd 1
Rnd 51-56: as rnds 7-12 - replace color A with color C
Rnd 57-58: as rnd 1- don’t fasten off

Flap for third pocket

Row 59: ss in next st, ch1, 42sc in 3rdLP (first sc in same st as ch1), turn (42 sc)
Row 60-61: as row 15
Row 62: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 36sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, turn (40 sts)
Row 63: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 34sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, turn (38 sts)
Row 64: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 32sc, sc2tog, 1 sc, turn (36 sts)
Row 65: ch1, 1 sc (in same st as ch1), sc2tog, 30sc sc2tog, 1 sc,
change to color C in last sc. Cut MC. (34 sts)
Row 66: ch1, 5 sc (first sc in same st as ch1), 2 hdc, ch3, skip 1 st, 2 hdc, 14 sc, 2 hdc, ch3,
2 hdc, 5 sc, turn (24 sc + 4 hdc + 2 ch3-sp)
Row 67: ss to first ch3-sp, 5 sc in ch3-sp, ss to next ch3-sp, 5 sc in ch3-sp,
ss to the end of the row. Fasten off.
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Flaps for first and second pocket

Attach the first row in the available loops right above the pockets (row 16 and row 36).

Row 1: Keep the bottom of the cover against you and attach the yarn in the first available loop, from bottom to top.

Ch1, 42 sc (first sc in same st as ch1), turn
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Row 2: Ch1, 42 sc (first sc in same st as ch1), turn
Row 3-8: as row 62-67, but replace color C with color A/B.

Ties

Ch80, ss around a st in center of the row where the second pocket flap was attached, ch80.
Make ss through one lp in each chain st, turn, ch1, make ss down the other side of the chain sts.
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

Finishing

• Close the bottom of the first pocket with ss through both layers using the 100 cm yarn tail.
• Weave in all tails.
• Attach buttons.
In-Between crochet hook organizer. FREE crochet pattern by www.roadrash.no

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I hope you will enjoy the pattern and I have started to make one organizer for myself!

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Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Final Edge!

Welcome to Part 8 of Spirits of Life CAL. This week is the final one before a simple border will be added. And I also hope it will bring you lots of relaxation after endless counting on previous parts. And… very soon your wrap will be finished, yay!
Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

If you missed previous parts of Spirits of Life CAL, please check General Information, Important Notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7.

This week’s instructions are short. You know so much already and I am not sure what else I can add.

Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

The only important thing I would like to draw your attention to is yardages! I know that many of you were very careful and precise, and you checked yardages after each new part of the CAL was finished. But some of you preferred to live dangerously. :)

If you are not very much on track with yardages and you feel like you are running out of some colors, don’t worry! We can fix it this week and hopefully you will not need to order additional skeins of yarn.






Part 8 is more or less the same as very first week of the CAL. We will be making colorful stripes again with a tiny touch of overlay crochet. I used a certain order of colors for my wraps, but it’s not really necessary to follow it exactly. If you run out of some shades, please, feel free to replace the colors according to your taste. It will not have a great impact on the final look of your wrap.

COPYRIGHT


IMPORTANT: Please, be aware that all my patterns (free or paid) are protected by copyright. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, redistribute (online or off-line), sell and edit them in part or as a whole. You are welcome to sell your finished items made by my patterns, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as the designer of these patterns. You are not allowed to share pdf-files created from my posts with anyone. If you would like more people to join my CAL – please, share a link to my blog with them. You can check Copyright page for more information.

Part 8 - Afrikaans
Part 8 - Czech
Part 8 - Danish
Part 8 - Dutch
Part 8 - English (UK)
Part 8 - English (US)
Part 8 - Finnish
Part 8 - French
Part 8 - German
Part 8 - Hebrew
Part 8 - Norwegian
Part 8 - Polish
Part 8 - Portuguese
Part 8 - Spanish
Part 8 - Swedish
Part 8 - Russian

Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

And if you were very careful with yarn amounts on previous parts, then you should have enough yarn to finish Part 8 and border as it’s written down.

**IMPORTANT** Don't forget to block the entire wrap ;-)

Here is a short video to help you with placement of overlay stitches. Please, make ch1 in the beginning of every row (not shown int he video...)


Spirits of Life CAL: Part 8. Free crochet pattern. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

    Looking forward to see pictures of your wraps! And see you next week.

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    Creative Gift Guide

    Holiday season is here! I don’t know how it is in your part of the world but here (where I live) we have long queues in the stores already: people are looking for gifts for their relatives and friends. It might be not so easy to choose gifts for crafters (who create stuff themselves) and simply creative people. Of course you can always buy yarn for crocheters and knitters… But there are many other wonderful options, except of yarn. I am not a blogger who creates gift guides often. Actually it is my fist post of this kind. I just thought I would share my treasuries with you, because I think all these items are wonderful gifts for crafters. Some of them were given to me as gifts. And some of them I bought myself.
    Looking for a Christmas gift to a creative friend? A gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com


    Exclusivity by Cohana


    Not long ago I was gifted a set of Cohana accessories. Cohana is a Japanese brand creating high quality hand-made items for crafters. Each and every of them is beautifully packed in bright gray stiff paper boxes with cute ribbons and leather labels. The items are hand made by local artisans from different parts of Japan. The whole story of a brand is filled with a special spirit.

    “The brand name 'Cohana' is derived from the goddess Konohanasakuya-hime from Japanese mythology. Konohanasakuya-hime is beautiful like the blooming of cherry tree blossoms, and worshipped as a goddess of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan, and symbolises prosperity.” This is written on Cohana’s website.






    Cohana uses traditional Japanese colors that reflect the changing of the seasons: bright yellow color of daffodils, color of roses, blue color with a hint of green, color of Asiatic dayflowers, bright grey with a hint of blue (sky gray). Altogether they have a very calm and gentle impression.

    Cohana (Japan) creates high-quality craft items for creative people. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    I am not a kind of crochet designer who exclusively uses brandy and expensive tools. But when I look at Cohana products and use them I get a very special feeling of “one of a kind”. The exclusivity of these tools adds a certain exclusivity to my own finished projects, if it does make any sense.

    Only high quality materials are selected for Cohana products. This canvas project bag, for example, is made of very stiff and nice to touch fabric.
    Cohana (Japan) creates high-quality craft items for creative people. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Marking pins are decorated with handmade glass beads and pincushion is made of Cypress and Banshu Textile and is filled with special material preventing metal pins from rusting. Shozaburo Thread Clips are super sharp and they are wrapped with Iga braid, a material made primarily for use in armor making since long ago. Carefully dyed silk threads are very gentle to hands. Can you imagine the pleasure of using these clips?

    You can order all these beautiful items directly from Japan, or if you are in Europe you can purchase them via Black Sheep Wools – one of the very few retailers stocking exclusive Cohana products.

    Goodies by Scheepjes


    It’s not a secret that I am an official Scheepjes blogger, and as a member of bloggers’ team I have early access not only to new yarns, but also to other products produced and sold by Scheepjes (yes-yes, they produce not only yarn!).

    Have you already spotted cute canvas totes with yarn related prints? I have a granny square bag at home. Love it! And also dreaming about the one with a bicycle.
    Canvas Tote by Scheepjes with granny square print. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Another yarn related accessory I use a lot (and if not used it is proudly displayed on a shelve together with other goodies) is wooden bowl. Great tool for those who think a lot about saving yarn from dust, or hiding it from pets. Very elegant and useful item, in my opinion. If you are stuck with a present idea for a crafty friend – think of a yarn bowl.
    Yarn Bowl by Scheepjes. Greative gift guide from www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    Or what about a colorful mug with a design print? Every year Scheepjes releases a new mug. There are two mugs in Scheepjes limited collection and both will become wonderful gifts to a friend who is obsessed with yarn, crochet or other crafts.
    Scheepjes mugs. Creative gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    All items shown in this blog post are available in your local Scheepjes shop and via Wool Warehouse (with international shipping): canvas totes*, yarn bowls*, mugs*.

    Capture by Lucy


    And here is something else I would like to show you. I made an early Christmas gift for myself and ordered four new photo backdrops from Lucy, the owner of Capture by Lucy brand. They arrived a week ago and when I opened the packaged my heart jumped up to the ceiling.

    Lucy creates vinyl backdrops with different textures and patterns which can be used in photography. I have been using them for a year already and will probably purchase more samples in the future (all pictures in this blog post are also made with them). Lucy’s backdrops are high-quality and very handy to use and storage. I just roll mine into a tube and hide in the closet.
    High-quality vinyl photo backdrops from Capture by Lucy. Gift guide by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

    The prints come in several collections representing natural textures of wood, metal, stone, fabric… Backdrops are printed with real pictures Lucy is taking with her camera: old wooden doors and floors in her house, watercolor paper, linen canvas… Well, what to add. I use them a lot! And they work excellent for blog pictures, and Instagram. So if you would like to make a present for someone who is much into object photography – you might think about Lucy’s photo backdrops.

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    Spirits of Life CAL: Part 7. Mosaic Pyramids

    Welcome to Part 7 of Spirits of Life CAL! We are slowly moving to the end. Only 3 weeks are left and your wrap will be finished. This week you will be “passing exam” in Mosaic crochet. But you have made so much of mosaic crochet already, so that’s should not be a problem, right?

    Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: Part 7. Mosaic crochet Pyramids. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

    If you missed previous parts of Spirits of Life CAL, please check General Information, Important Notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

    This week’s pattern again consists of written instructions, a chart and video tutorial. All means for you not be lost.

    Part 7 begins with a divider which is added on top of the squares - same as in Part 4. And then Mosaic panel is made with 2 colors only. So not many tails to weave in. I hope it’s a good news for you.
    Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: Part 7. Mosaic crochet Pyramids. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

    COPYRIGHT


    IMPORTANT: Please, be aware that all my patterns (free or paid) are protected by copyright. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, redistribute (online or off-line), sell and edit them in part or as a whole. You are welcome to sell your finished items made by my patterns, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as the designer of these patterns. You are not allowed to share pdf-files created from my posts with anyone. If you would like more people to join my CAL – please, share a link to my blog with them. You can check Copyright page for more information.






    IMPORTANT: there was an error in yardages. For ORCHID: Yarn B=4g

    Part 7 - Afrikaans
    Part 7 - Czech
    Part 7 - Danish
    Part 7 - Dutch
    Part 7 - English (UK)
    Part 7 - English (US)
    Part 7 - Finnish
    Part 7 - French
    Part 7 - German
    Part 7 - Hebrew
    Part 7 - Norwegian
    Part 7 - Polish
    Part 7 - Portuguese
    Part 7 - Spanish
    Part 7 - Swedish
    Part 7 - Russian

    I don’t have much to tell you. Instructions for Part 7 don’t include any Important notes. They are the same as for Part 2, so please check them once again in case you have any doubts.

    Here is order of colors for Part 7 in all three “spirits”.
    Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: Part 7. Mosaic crochet Pyramids. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes

     And here is the video.



    I hope you will not have any problems with following this part.
    Spirits of Life Wrap CAL: Part 7. Mosaic crochet Pyramids. Designed by www.lillabjorncrochet.com in collaboration with Scheepjes


    See you next week again! The final week before the border.

    UPDATE: Part 8 is live and can be found HERE.

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    P.s. And... these last few days were very tough... I've heard a very sad news that Dmitri Chvorostovski passed away... He will always stay in hearts of millions people.... More than thousands words...

    4th Annual MEGA Sales event. And GIVEAWAY(s)!

    This is my favourite time of the year. Holidays are almost here, and there is something special in the air. The Holiday spirit. Every year I team up with amazing designers from all over the world to bring you the most exciting event. We call it Annual MEGA event. With lots of fun, games, giveaway, prizes… and best year’s prices, of course!
    This collaboration event is fourth already. And this year there are 20 brilliant crochet and knitting participating designers. Some of them are my friends in real life, some of them have become my virtual friends, and I follow the rest, as all of them are very inspiring.

    I know that you loved coupon code ENABLER last year, so this time you can again use this magic word in all 20 Ravelry stores for best ever discounts on patterns. Click the links below, and they will bring you directly to Ravelry. A great chance to explore new designers and get favourite patterns from your favourite brands, too.

    Coupon code ENABLER also works in my Ravelry store HERE. Try to put 2-3-4-6 or more patterns to your cart and see your savings growing! The code will be valid through Monday, November 27, 2017. And then it will expire. So hurry up not to miss this chance:)

    ACCROchet
    A Crocheted Simplicity
    Ana D
    Blackstone Designs
    CrocheTrend
    Crystalized Designs
    Divine Debris
    ELK Studio
    Felted Button
    HaakMaarRaak
    Just Be Happy
    KMT Creations
    KT and the Squid
    Lilla Bjorn Crochet
    Made by Mary
    Melody’s Makings
    One & Two Company
    Pattern Paradise
    Sincerely, Pam
    TheCurioCraftsRoom





    As already mentioned, except of mega sale there are several giveaways running right now – both on Facebook.

    1. To get a chance and win 1 pattern of choice from all 20 designers, watch THIS video, comment on it with an answer to my question and move forward to the next designer’s clue. You should visit all 20 Facebook pages and answer 20 questions (don’t worry, they are very simple and also it’s so fun to see the faces behind each crochet brand. This is my first ever video, so please, be kind to me…). Please, note that only comments on original posts on designers’ FB pages will count (not on shares).

    There will be three winners in this fun giveaway. The winners will be announced on Friday, November 24, 2017 by noon (PST).

    UPDATE: video giveaway was closed already and here are the lucky winners!!! Congratulations :)
      
    2. And we will also play a modified version of the classic game, Simon Says! I have never played it myself, but don’t worry! It’s very easy. Everyone can join! From Thursday till Monday me and other participating designers will be sharing collages on our Facebook pages with very simple instructions on how to enter the giveaway.

    You can enter daily by commenting on these posts. There will be 4 collages on each designer’s page every day, so 400 chances to win! You can enter once by posting a link of your favourite design from a featured designer. Aaaand you can enter once again – but posting a picture of your finished project made with the pattern of this designer!

    IMPORTANT: you should only comment on original designer's post, not on shares.

    Let’s have a look at this example below.

    Super easy, isn’t it?

    All entries will be gathered on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, then the winners will be picked randomly and announced the same day by noon in this blog post!

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    And here is the list of prizes waiting for you:

    • (3) winners will each receive 8 balls of yarn - U.S. & Canada only.
    • (4) winners will each win (1) $25 Etsy Gift Card
    • Set of Clover Amour Hooks - open worldwide
    • $50 Amazon gift card - open worldwide
    • Stitch Markers - open worldwide
    • Monthly Subscription Box - open worldwide
    • 2 hanks of hand dyed yarn - open worldwide
    • One more prize… - open worldwide
    UPDATE: and here are the names of lucky winners of our BIg Giveaway!!! (if you see your name here, please, contact Jennifer of A Crocheted Simplicity about how to claim your prize): 

    Caroline Lennek, Alecia Rivers Goodman, Kyla Mahoney, Andrea Stoessal, Louise Dorais, Deidre M, Andrea Muskett, Brandi Stevenson, Carol Sturman, Amanda Hart, Steph Gilbert, Morgan Bryant Schrodt, Amanda Dancy.


    I am so VERY excited about this event. And I hope you will also have lots of fun. Not to miss everything follow me on Facebook. My page is HERE.

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