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Snefnug Ornament & Highland Blanket, plus two big discounts!

Hi everyone!

I imagine you are all as busy this time of the year as I am. The weeks are sweeping by and in just over two weeks we'll be celebrating Christmas already! I am going to spend the holidays with my family in the Netherlands. Can't wait to jump on the plane and see them all again. It has been five years since we spent a Christmas together.

So I keep it really short today. I just want to tell you about my new patterns. Two patterns. Not because I am releasing two at the same time, but because I could not find the time to let you know when I released the Highland Afghan last month. So especially for you guys, because you signed up for my blog updates, I created a promo on the Afghan.
If you like this pattern, you are welcome to use promocode 'Highup!' to it with a 25% discount (and yes, that is 10% more than the discount I created upon its release). Don't hesitate too long though, it is valid until next Tuesday.

On an even more festive note... I just releas…
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Finding Your Way, a Mosaic Cowl and Mittens!

I know, it was only last week I published the SuperStardust shawl and thank you all for all the love you gave it on Ravelry and Instagram. Really amazing, although I have to admit, I wouldn't resist my lovely superstar model either, such a great girl and model.

And there I am again. This time, I am not releasing one, but actually two patterns at the same time. No wonder though, they are meant to go together ;-). Meet my Finding Your Way Cowl and Mittens, inspired by labyrinth gardens. As a child I loved to get lost in those gardens, trying to find my way to the centre. Usually, a lookout tower nestled in there, made it all worth it. Breathtaking views over the hedges and another chance to puzzle my route back out.

I am currently enjoying a lot of makes with the mosaic crochet technique, a technique you can work in several ways. Because both these patterns are worked in the round, I used the front loop/back loop way of working it. Very simple, but as with all mosaic work, you n…

SuperStardust, a little girl's dream 🌠

Summer is slowly coming to an end and I have to admit I am ready for it. It was a long hot summer here in France and as summers are: hectic, buzzing, full of joy and holiday visitors. But it was also a time of personal changes and unexpected troubles. We had to adjust and find new ways to move forward. It took time and effort but I think we have a new balance now, so let's move on!

The little girl who inspired me to design this wrap showed me how to be a stardust sparkling superstar. Big dreams, unicorns and a pink sparkly shawl... what else does a girl need in life?

SuperStardust has a slightly unusual shape, with the neck standing up a bit. It ensures a nice fit when worn around the back of the neck but does not bother when worn in the front. With its variety of stitches, it tries to convey the joy, confidence and sparkles of that wonderful time in life: childhood.

This crescent wrap is 112 cm wide (about 44 ½") and 55 cm deep (about 22 ½"), measured in the centre. I…

Lotus Bud Stitch: A new stitch, Spa Set pattern, and video tutorial

I've been holding on for a little while to tell you about this new pattern release because I asked my lovely friend Tasha, over at Startdust Gold Crochet, if she would feel like making a video tutorial for my newly invented crochet stitch. My what?! Yes yes, I believe I invented a crochet stitch! 💝

How often does one get the chance to invent a stitch? For me, probably once in a lifetime. Here she is: the Lotus Bud Stitch (Lbs), so named because its texture is reminiscent of a lotus bud.

The stitch is really simple, check out Tasha's blog about it here and her video tutorial on YouTube as well. And while you're there, Tasha is releasing stitch tutorials every week, maybe you'd like to sign up for her channel?



So after inventing the stitch, I wondered how I could show what this stitch has to offer. Depending on how you use it, you can make a wide variety of textures and I wanted to show you the different effects of working in the round or in rows. The Lotus Bud Spa Set

Samurtasuna

March already! The sun has surprised us early this year and here on the homestead, that means getting out, seeding the veggies, turning the ground, building a poly tunnel and taking care of the terrain. Lots and lots to do in the coming months but that doesn't keep me from crocheting! I am full of colourful inspiration and you will hear a bit more from me this month because there are some exciting things going on here.

This time, I worked something new: a rectangular wrap, which you can customize to either a shawl, an infinity scarf or a ruana, as you like. And on top of writing up the pattern, I charted the stitch pattern for the very first time! Many hours went into getting to know the crochetchart software but it was all worth it. Because really, once you have your project started, repeating rows becomes so much easier when glancing at a chart than reading lines and lines of abbreviations, don't you think?

If you are not familiar with crochet charts... this is your chance t…

Bubbly Cushion

The year has started really well for me with lots of new designs on my hooks and lots of new techniques I'm exploring. Now all I have to do is write up all those patterns! ;-)

I also received a request from Lammy Yarns to work with their new Highland 12 yarn. I have to admit, this was a challenge. I'm not used to working with yarn that bulky. But when they send me their colour range, I was absolutely in love with it. Plus the yarn is ultra soft to the touch.

Now what to make... I tried a cowl... too bulky, no drape. A blanket then? Too heavy (100 grams on 40 meters, you can imagine...). How about a carpet? Too boring. Haha! I've been frogging a lot before creating something I liked.

But finally, Bubbly cushion bubbled up. And I knew this had to be it. Bubbly cushion is inspired by the retro colour hues of the 60s and 70s combined with this modern feel of super soft and super bulky yarn. Easy to use and fast to work up!

The pattern is quite versatile, you can easily us…

Crochet and Colours a little introduction (CAL 2019)

We are about to start with the CAL for the Collar Cowl Capelet! I am really excited, looking forward to all the beautiful makes 💕.

Many of you have the pattern now and might be wondering about the colours to choose. Working with colours is one of the things I love best in designing crochet. I used to wear mostly black and dark blue, but since I design, my bold side has come out and now, I try to wear splashes of colour. This particular pattern is one of my most colourful ones and every time I wear the cowl, I feel a little shy ;-).

So let me tell you a bit about basic colour theory. A colour wheel, based on primary colours, is traditional in the field of art. Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colours in 1666. This is what a basic colour wheel can look like:


Primary Colours: Red, yellow and blue It all starts with primary colours: the 3 pigment colours that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colours. All other colours are derived from these 3…