23 Feb 2017

Tassel Scarf Reveal

Ok it's not exactly the most original of names...but it's a scarf and it has tassels! Lots of tassels lol
So here it is....

If you remember from THIS post I chose a rather luxurious yarn for this project. A Scheepjes white label yarn. The white label yarns are the premium range. Not for everyday projects, but definitely worth it for a special make!
Alpaca Rhythm is a lace weight yarn that has 80% Alpaca/20% Extra fine wool content.
It's so very, very skin soft! Which is why I chose it for a scarf.

The sun even managed to make an appearance while I was taking a photo of the finished tassel laden scarf.

I did go a little crazy with the tassels!

But I love how it turned out and it's had lots of wear already. I have a bright green coat that it looks wonderful with!

I added tassels to each end and also at the ends of each colour stripes to give the impression that the colour stripes had been woven into the scarf.

It's a very easy pattern to follow, a perfect TV project! Not much concentration required!!!
I'll be sharing how to make it very soon.

Til next time x

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20 Feb 2017

Squeee.....have you seen what is coming???!!!!

Ok it's not very often I get this excited about a new yarn....but this time it's with due cause!
I'm sure you've heard me say this a million times...but I just LOVE colour change yarns. 
It's like some kind of magic enfolding in front of your eyes....
I'm waffling. I'll shut up and show you what I'm drooling over...

 I give you Whirl by Scheepjes
Isn't that just bloody gorgeous???!!!
And it gets better....have you seen all of the colours it will come in?

So what's so special about this yarn I hear you ask? There are gradient yarns already out there!
Ok well yes that's true. But do they come in 1000m cakes? Yup...1km of yarn!!!
Easily enough to make a shawl/scarf/wrap/other random project
Oh and the other pretty unique thing about this yarn is that it's NOT SPLITTY!!!!
Some gradient yarns are very splitty to work with. Splitty enough to make me swear and give up. 

Ok let me give you facts about this yarn....
It's a bend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic so it will be lightweight and have lovely drape.
As I've said before it's got a generous twist to stop the spiltty factor occurring (YAY!)
Each cake weighs 215-225g and I would say it's a fingering weight. 
The recommended hook size is 3.5-4mm but you can alter that according to the finish you're after.
It will be available to buy from 6th March 😊

I was lucky enough to be sent a sample to play with....I KNOW!!!! 
*happy dances*

Lavenderlicious! I love it! It changes from grey through to deep deep purple 💜
If you look closely you can see how the oh so gentle colour changes happen....it's all in the ply 😉

And this is what the colours look like hooked up. 
I couldn't wait to get hooking and then couldn't put it down!
I can honestly say it's a complete dream to work with 💕💕💕

I chose this free Chevron Lace Wrap pattern by Tamara Kelly and used a 4.5mm hook to give a nice open finish. 

This is where I'm up to. It's finished but yet to be blocked. Even without blocking the drape is lovely so I'm expecting it to get softer again. 
I think this photo shows the colour gradient really well 💕
I'll get it blocked this week and, light permitting, take some photos to share very soon. 

Til next time x
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19 Feb 2017

The Not Yet Named Blanket Reveal

Hi Folks! Ok so today I'm sharing (eventually) the reveal of my blanket with no name (formerly known as the Dotty Blanket lol)

Made from Scheepjes Colour Crafter, it's a snuggly and practical blanket. It needs to be in my house as my kitties like nothing more than a blanket to pad on....oh and occasionally puke on 😂
Because it's 100% premium acrylic I can throw it in the washing machine (40 degree wash)!

Anyways....enough waffle.....here it is!

I have to confess that I'm a little bit in love with this blanket 💙💚💙

I think you can even see the squishy, snuggly loveliness in this photo!

I added a very simple linen stitch border as I felt that was all it needed.

The reverse is quite neat and tidy too so no worries about the wrong side showing!

Amazingly, I managed to get kitty free photos! Although Ziggy was on the blanket as soon as my back was turned lol

Doesn't it look pretty with the sun shining through it? All stained glass window like!
I actually just took this photo as I couldn't quite believe that the sun was shining....it's been dark and grey here of late!

Ok so I hope you like the new blanket....any ideas on a name???!!!
I'm almost finished putting together a step by step tutorial for this blankie and of course a free pattern.
Taking photos at this time of year is VERY challenging!

Til next time x

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1 Feb 2017

Some Alpaca Rhythm.....

Ah...I got me some Alpaca yarn!
Yup....I decided that I deserved a little luxury for my next project so selected the gorgeous Scheepjes Alpaca Rhythm for a cute scarf project. 

Have you seen this yarn?
Utterly scrumptious!
The colours are named after dances....soooo cool!

It's a lace weight yarn. 25g = 200m
80% Alpaca and 20% Extra Fine Wool and is available in 20 colours.

I decided to go with Hip Hop for the main colour of the scarf....I figured it's a warm neutral colour that will work well with my outdoor coats that are both a vibrant green colour (I just love green!!!)

And just because I love colour I chose some contrasting colours to make it POP!

Very "Cath Kidston" on reflection.....

From left to right we have Cha Cha, Merengue, Charleston, Disco and finally Boogie.
The tassels are a clue....this is one funky scarf!

Next time I'll share my progress.
Til then x

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