Long to Wander Through a Dreamy Midnight Garden? YARN 2 Craft Book-a-Zine Will Take You There

crochet coaster pattern by thecuriocraftsroom


I'm so excited writing this blog post because Scheepjes has just released issue 2 of their fabulous Craft Book-a-Zine YARN. In it you'll find crochet, knitting and sewing patterns accompanied by the most wonderful photos. It is really something different and I'm not just saying that because one of my designs is in it ;-) As some of you may know, I've been collaborating with Scheepjes as a blogger and designer for over a year now and I'm so proud that together with a fabulous group of other bloggers and designers, we have put together a wonderful collection of designs.

You may have seen the first issue of YARN that had many light and breezy patterns all linked to the overall theme of the SEA. This time the theme is Midnight Garden and it has many romantic, bohemian-style projects in blues, greens, mustard gold and pastels. But it's not only the projects that stand out, the photography and graphic design of YARN are also very special, creating a dream-like atmosphere that really sparks inspiration and creativity.

The photo below shows my contribution: The Firework Coasters. The yellow in them is really going to stand out when you use them as coasters for tea lights.

crochet coaster pattern by thecuriocraftsroom

Other projects below are a gorgeous lapghan and several stunning shawls. These are just a few sneak peeks; you'll have to see the book-a-zine yourself to get that 100% dream-like feel.

crochet coaster pattern by thecuriocraftsroom shawl blanket

Let me just give you a bit more information about YARN in general. It's a bi-annual publication (April/October but this is not set in stone) published by Dutch yarn manufacturer Scheepjes. Each issue has one specific theme and caters to crafters in general, not just the yarn lovers amongst us. Original sewing designs are also part of it as are interviews with artists who create very special work.
Scheepjes has really thought things through and at the back of the book has provided pages where you can write down notes, stick your swatches and loop yarn through specially punched out holes!

YARN is available in both Dutch and English and it shouldn't be difficult to get your hands on a copy because there are many outlets that sell it. Below I'll provide some links, also the the first issue in case you'd like to have a look at that one too.


YARN 2 available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores (both international shipping)*


YARN 1 available at Deramores and WoolWarehouse (both international shipping)*
*The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing the book-a-zine or any yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

How do you like your Popcorns? Squishy for me please


Here it is, the squishy result of the heap of popcorns I showed you in the previous post. I made a super soft cushion cover with 4 large squares on each side. It's so soft because I used Merino Soft Brush, a new yarn in Scheepjes' Merino Soft line*, a yarn you may already be familiar with because it was used in The Last Dance on the Beach CAL. But now there is a lovely new addition with little flecks both dark and light brushed through the main colour. It's 50% merino wool, 25% microfibre and 25% acrylic and comes in 50gr/105m balls and it's suitable for 4 to 5mm hooks.

The cushion measures 45 x 45cm / 18 x 18inch and as you can see in the pic below, I alternated the colours. I think I like the colour order in the pic on the right best but I always like to make two different sides when making a cushion cover.


I'm going to use it as a meditation cushion because I can't get used to the hard round ones that seem to be standard yoga and meditation equipment. It's nice and soft (did I mention that already?) and firm enough to sit on. Next week I'll share the pattern with you. Hope you're in the mood for popcorns and Merino Soft Brush. It's available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores (international shipping).*


Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to try out. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 






WIPping Up Popcorns


crochet popcorn stitch free patterns
Who's up for some TV detectives and a whole lot of popcorn?

I've been "watching" DCI Banks while working on quite a few rounds of relaxing popcorn stitches. You know what I mean with the inverted commas, right......I mainly heard him and missed some of the plot but that doesn't matter. Somehow, it's extremely relaxing to have a great British series playing in the background while working numerous trc 5 (US) and turning them into popcorns.

I really wanted a project with long rounds and not a lot of counting. Any idea what I'm working on? Well, obviously I'm making squares, but what are they for? I can tell you that they're really really soft because I'm using a new yarn in the Scheepjes Merino Soft line called Brush*. It has lovely flecks of tweed but for the rest, it's exactly the same as the regular Merino. It glides through your fingers and I for one couldn't stop crocheting.
crochet popcorn stitch free pattern

So far, I've only these two pics to show you. The design is very versatile because you can make squares of either 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 rounds. No, it's not confusing at all; it's just a question of what you prefer. For my project, I'm making 8-round squares. I'll show you the end result next week and of course I'll share the pattern here as well.

If you'd like to try this super soft yarn yourself, it's available at WoolWarehouse and Deramores will stock it soon too*.

Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarn for me to try out. As always, any opinions expressed are my own. The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 
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