Scheepjes CAL 2020

This was Herbarium in the Stonewashed colorway – so incredibly gorgeous! We have begun.

Watch this gorgeous video from Scheepjes!

Very exciting because it started today! I bought the kit for Herbarium in the cottons because I knew that Esther would be doing the tutorials in youtube. I love Esther’s Youtube channel and actually I feel that she might have taught me to crochet, by watching. But she also has projects and uses Scheepjes exclusively perhaps. It is gorgeous yarn. I had ordered some of their colors and skeins to try them out and to see the colors.

It was exciting to see the box of cotton colors, wow. This is the book we are to be reading along as well.

This is the first youtube Esther has been kind to make.

I bought many skeins of the Color Crafter yarn, not for this kit but to try it. The colors!

So I went off on my own tangent, a little with this design. I have just come from doing Janie Crow’s Fruit Garden CAL and because of the virus. I had much yarn left over, especially in the Batik ranges and so while the cotton will be my most special blanket, these colors that I got! I also got the little box of swatches, their tiny balls so I could see all the colors as an artist. For me they are like paints, and I have loved to crochet with them. This yarn is going to be a keeper for me for many reasons. So the first rounds I made with two of the Scheepjes colors Alphen and Dordrecht – gorgeous. I put them with some Batik and I am calling that the Oceanology version, as I will be choosing the colorway. It’s gorgeous yarn. I am using a hook that was a Loops and Threads kit hook here in US, a 3.75mm. I have already crocheted the lace version with this, you can see that here:

You are seeing the Alphen and Dordrecht from Scheepjes in the large balls above.

Below you see another two favorites of mine, Teal and Indigo, in the stash I have left over from Janie’s — like most artists we want ALL THE COLORS and with paint we mix them? — I am having so much fun. So thanks to these gorgeous yarn companies from overseas and these CALS, because, sigh, beauty can come from all of this having to stay in.

I was trying out some little sea motifs with the gorgeous yarn in the sampler box, above. I also tried some of their Secret Garden, above.

I have so much yarn now, I feel I have something to work with, for all the color I love.

I am going to do a sea and sky colorway I will choose, and follow the designer with her gorgeous Herbarium. Esther is also doing Herbarium in her tutorials, so I will be back with it, as well as talking about the book. I think they have groups in FB doing it, but I am off FB in the moment. I prefer WP and that is just that.

xxoo!

Adrienne

In Ravelry I am Adrienne101, you can see these pictures in there as well.

Scheepjes CAL 2020

I just got a box of beautiful yarn. Two, actually. Three, actually.

I have wanted to participate in a CAL since I became aware of them a few years ago, but didn’t think I was talented enough to do the kind of complexity that is required to crochet one of them. The yarn is gorgeous, a cotton string, but it is the colors that are so fantastic.

One thing that makes this one really special is that a writer is being honored for his book and you can see that here, he won the Pulitzer for the book, which takes place in WW2. I picked up my copy at the SB Writer’s Conference a couple of years ago, but didn’t have the time to look.

Imagine.

Your work as a writer spinning off into such glorious directions. I chose Herbarium for my colorway on this. I had wanted to try the yarns from Scheepjes for some time, and now I am.

I got the little artist’s sampler box as well, for their Stonewashed and Riverwashed colors.

Practiced using it.

This design came from Bianca, of Bianca’s Crochet Palace in Youtube. Her “Say it With Flowers” and you can see that here:

If you aren’t writing, use a crochet hook. That is what all of us know as writers.

We leave a yarn, and we stud it with hooks.

The yarn has been amazing to look at, and to work with. Really looking forward to making this one. It starts in a few days, and there are several colorways you can read about at the Scheepjes website. These yarns come from The Netherlands, and so they have them in Europe, but not here.

It’s always important how the writer chose to open and end a book, on a sentence.

Here is the first sentence, and the last sentence.

“At dusk they pour from the sky.” — Anthony Doerr

“Until all she can hear are the sighs of cars and the rumble of trains and the sounds of everyone hurrying through the cold.” — Anthony Doerr

Imagine the Pulitzer, or the Booker. Or the Nobel.

(file under things writers want)

What lies between those two sentences is about to take crocheters all over the world into his book and a design they can craft.

How lovely that is.

xxoo!

Adrienne