Did I tell what it feels like to see your name in print? I hope I will never get used to it. And every time I will be as excited as when I got mail from the Netherlands with freshly printed copy of YARN. Maybe I am totally old-fashioned. But I just love to turn pages of a real printed magazine, and to smell the print. And to turn pages of a new Midnight Garden issue is a true journey to the world of esthetic pleasure.
October 2016 issue is full of mystery, night dreams, foggy and super stylish pictures. With a feel and smell of festive season coming. 15 new patterns (mainly crochet, but also knitting and sewing) are featured. And I am so honored to be a part of this fantastic project again (just to remind you, two my designs were published in 1st Sea Issue of YARN book-a-zine. These are Striped knitted top and Stepping Stones crochet pouf cover. You can read my review of this publication HERE).
This time I created a small and cute baby blanket with butterfly motifs. Scheepjes wanted me to design something for a chapter “Fluttering in the Wind” and I immediately thought of a square with colorful butterfly. I wanted to create a blanket which would remind a print with plain background (I finally chose grey shade) and many butterflies in different colours. Later when I started to play with yarn, I decided to make butterfly’s antennas free standing. So that small hands could explore them, it would give babies a nice motoric experience.
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For this design I combined SoftFun and SoftFun Aquarel yarns by Scheepjes in dusty, washed out shades. Moonlight Butterfly blanket is not bright, and I avoided to use pink to make it unisex. This pattern is ranked as intermediate mostly because of the butterfly’s shape and not regular repeats. But all the stitches used in this pattern are very common. And advanced beginners should handle it without a problem.
I definitely should tell you more about 2nd issue of YARN book-a-zine. When reviewing something, I try to be as objective as possible. And I should say that I absolutely love this edition. Every small detail is well polished, the whole issue has a very clear and nice festive concept, it’s printed on a thick and mat paper, the photography is great! When you hold it in hands, it feels like a lasting for years book rather than a magazine.
Let me show you several of my personal favourites (sorry, I am not free to give away everything, and it would also spoil your own “ohhh” and “ahhh”). Designs you see in the picture below are created by Miss Neriss.
Except of the patterns you will find useful articles, for example about how to choose a crochet hook. And you will get acquainted with fiber and textile artists. YARN is featuring Mr. Finch!!! Do you know him? If not – that’s a huge mistake. I started to follow him on Facebook 2 years ago. It’s the most brilliant and mystery textile artist I know!
Every issue of YARN book-a-zine has a very handy flop in the end, with all abbreviations used in the patterns, punched holes and blank pages which you can use to keep yarns and shades under control and to make notes about your projects. I used mine to plan Lapghan with Spirit yarn*, designed by Dedri from Look At What I Made.
Excited? 2nd issue of YARN book-a-zine is already available for purchase via Wool Warehouse HERE*, Deramores HERE* and in your local Scheepjes shops. It’s published in English and Dutch and the price is £5.95.
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