Friday, November 16, 2018

Instagram rambles

INSTAGRAM POST SHARED FROM @MYROSEVALLEY
Once upon a time I just shared. Then something happened and I started to think, plan, analyze and I became very analytical and I tried to be more strategic in my use of social media... I got burnt out. I took a step back, a step forward... not knowing what to do or not to do. But I’ve come to understand that when I am overthinking things I loose my authenticity. I miss organic me. Simple and spontaneous me. Saying this, I think I’m just simply gonna stop thinking so darn much and just share whatever I want to share and whenever I want to. It doesn’t have to be once a day or once a week. At 8am or 9pm. Algorithms on Instagram has ruined that effect and joy we had many years ago of sharing morning coffees around the world anyway, so who cares? So, I will post whenever I want to from now on. It might be daily, multiple times a day or with big gaps in between. Just so you know...

I started this crochet project on our trip to France during October break. It is a slow growing project. A very lovable project which requires no major efforts more than choosing color combination every 12 rows or so... very suitable for me right now and perfect for binge watching The Staircase on Netflix. I love the neutral color theme which gives me some kind of creative relaxation for my head. The same effect as if you de-clutter a basket full of stuff. It takes away stress and makes you feel liberated. I find myself going back to neutrals after the last colorful leaves drop to the ground in autumn. Soon after that I’m struck by a phase of red and white for Christmas and then when the new year arrives I’m back into pastels. It is funny how we have these color cycles that we follow. Subconsciously or not. Can you relate?


NOTE: If you follow me on @myrosevalley on Instagram, you might have read this post already. I won't share all my Instagram posts here, but some of them that feel special I will share here on my blog simply because my blog is my original home in Cyber World. And sometimes, when my words come flowing on Instagram, I feel I want to share them here too. I hope you don't mind.


Kärlek
Annette


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Color chart for the Fun With Stripes Blanket


I am popping in here today to share some yarn alternatives for my Fun With Stripes Blanket pattern

A few years ago I opened an online yarn shop selling Tilda yarn, my absolute favorite yarn. It is a Swedish brand, it is colorful, it is super smooth to work with and it is a cotton/acrylic 4ply yarn. It is fantastic for baby blankets and has great stitch definition. But... there is always a but isn't it? Since I closed up shop it isn't that easy to get your hands on this yarn anymore because I was the only international seller of Tilda yarn and as far as I know there is no one else who ships Tilda yarn internationally today. So, as my stash is getting smaller and smaller (I still have some colors left on 50% discount if you are interested, check it out here), I want to find an alternative 4ply cotton yarn to play with. If you have any suggestions I'm all ears. This is what I'm looking for:

• 4 ply, 50g=150m
• 100 % cotton or a cotton/acrylic mix. (Tilda has a mix of 50% cotton/50% acrylic)
• Matt finish. I prefer a matt look and find mercerized cotton to be hard to work with at times.
• Smooth and flexible, again because my hands hurt if it is to rigid or hard. 
• Available in a million colors, preferably.

Ok. So, with all this in mind, I have put together a color chart of alternative yarn brands that you can use for my latest pattern, the Fun With Stripes Blanket. You can see the original Tilda yarn at the far left in the chart followed by two cotton 4ply alternatives, Scheepjes Catona and DMC Natura Just Cotton, and the last column shows a Stylecraft Special DK version as I know many of you love to work with that yarn. I hope this will be helpful.

I have just ordered a set of Scheepjes Catona to replicate the original version of my Fun With Stripes Blanket (I'm gifting the original blanket to my nephew Ellioth) and I'll share it with you after its done together with a little review.

That's all for now and until we meet again - Happy Hooking!




FUN WITH STRIPES BLANKET PATTERN
 • • •
5-page PDF file
UK and US terms
Written pattern
Color & Stitch chart
Step-by-step pictures
Material: approx. 340g of Sports Weight/4ply yarn (cotton or cotton mix and a hook 3 mm
(I used 340g of  Tilda 50% cotton/50% acrylic from Svarta Fåret)
Tips and photos for inspiration

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#myrosevalley




Kärlek
Annette


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Friday, November 9, 2018

CROCHET PATTERN: Fun With Stripes Blanket






Last weekend I became an aunt once again, for the 7th time. My younger brother Johan and his Moa welcomed a baby boy to this world, and my dear mother happily announced that her offspring now has doubled up with a 10th grandchild taking part of our big and wild family tree.

We still don't know the name of this little fellow, but I knew exactly what I wanted to gift him when I first heard the news about the expected baby boy. A blanket of course! And stripes, of course! And so the Fun With Stripes Blanket was made during our summer vacation and it was such a joyful project.

If I had to choose just one segment in crochet I would say it is stripes. In all widths and variations. It gives me the greatest satisfaction to work with stripy projects. And the Fun With Stripes Blanket pattern is that type of pattern you will make over and over again in different color combinations, with different types of yarn and sizes.

The pattern is made up of basic stitches, suitable for all levels of crocheters, with a puff stitch border. Getting the stripy balance I was striving for, showed to be more of a challenge than I expected... I had some frogging sessions... Once I frogged 40 rows because of a big red stripe that kept on bugging me. Ha! The things we put ourselves through sometimes to reach perfection...

To make it easier for you, I wrote down my exact stripe formula, which is included in the pattern as a complete Color & Stitch chart for you to replicate the pattern. I've used Tilda yarn from Svarta Fåret (read about it here), a 4 ply cotton/acrylic mix, and I made it a stroller size as I imagined using this blanket in the car seat, in the stroller and when carrying the little baby around in your arms. You can of course also make this blanket in DK weight yarn and use merino wool or acrylic if you want to. The size of the blanket will be bigger but the stripy happiness will remain. :)

So I welcome baby Number 10 in my family and welcome to the Fun With Stripes Blanket pattern which you can find in my ETSY and RAVELRY shop. Hope you will enjoy!

PS I am writing up  a blog post on alternative yarn brands to use for this blanket as I know Tilda can be hard to find since I closed my shop. Watch this space. :)

UPDATE:  Alternative yarn Color Chart can now be found here




FUN WITH STRIPES BLANKET PATTERN
 • • •
5-page PDF file
UK and US terms
Written pattern
Color & Stitch chart
Step-by-step pictures
Material: approx. 340g of Sports Weight/4ply yarn (cotton or cotton mix and a hook 3 mm
(I used 340g of  Tilda 50% cotton/50% acrylic from Svarta Fåret)
Tips and photos for inspiration

 BUY NOW:

Etsy
Ravelry

Please share your creations on Instagram using hashtag:
#myrosevalley
  • • •

Kärlek
Annette


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