Sunday, 26 August 2018

CBW goes Dutch!

Hello Hello!

Not much crochet happened over the last weeks... Not because I didn't want to but because there was very little time. Big changes are and will happening: My husband and I will move to the Netherlands next month! 

New adventures and I am ridiculously scared and excited at the same time.

 


We both got jobs in Eindhoven and will move to Brandevoort which is a suburb from Helmond (the town next to Eindhoven). Brandevoort is really cute. I am looking forward to living there and explore the whole area by bike. It is 10km to our new workplaces, so hopefully we can bike to work soonish. At the moment I am not fit enough but fingers crossed, it will happen by next year. Eindhoven and the surrounding area is really flat - that will be a nice change to hilly Dortmund. As I grew up in Northern Germany, I like flat areas for biking adventures...


Our new home is just 150 km away from Dortmund but moving across border means a whole new level of moving preparation... New healthcare, new insurances and so on. Fortunately we can skip all kind of visa and work permit issues - I am so happy we live in the European Union! We are currently talking to moving companies and move to make the big move at the end of September. Cross your fingers they are good with moving my huugggee yarn stash. 


(The Captain needs to learn Dutch too!)

My Dutch skills are rather limited at this point. I hope to learn as soon as possible. Of course learning the Dutch crochet terms are on top of my agenda! Does any of you have any suggestions?! Also, does any of you live in the Eindhoven area and would like to meet up sometime?!

Take care
Anne


Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Heartwood Cardi - Winner!

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and support of the Heartwood Cardi - I hope you also took the opportunity to have a squiz at the lovely Stylecraft Cabaret colourways ;) 


I ran the random number generator and the winner of 8 balls of Cabaret in the colour of her choice is...

Michelle West (@mitchymushu on Ravelry)

An email is heading your way asking for your address and which colour you'd like :) 

Thank you to everyone who has bought the pattern already - I can't wait to see your Heartwoods!

Monday, 13 August 2018

PATTERN: Heartwood Cardi

Hi everyone!

Gosh it's been a long time - babies really are time sinks... We are all going really well though :) Just look at this little face!





But to today's news! 

Stylecraft is releasing out two new colours of their gorgeous Cabaret yarn today! The new colours are Forest Glade (a mix of glorious greens with gold sparkles) and Underwater Rainbow, and aren't they mutedly gorgeous!? 



To celebrate, I'm finally getting around to publishing my Heartwood Cardi design! You can buy it from Ravelry here: 

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heartwood-cardi 

(but keep scrolling down for a discount code and a chance to win the yarn to make it!) 

It's modelled here by my lovely friend Samantha in Cabaret Pink Bloom: 



I previously made Lily Chin's Coming Full Circle Vest for myself, but being on the tubby side, for the cardigan to meet around the front it hung down past my knees at the back! As with most of my design inspiration, my questions were - how can I make this work for me? And if I can make it work for me, can I make it work for others as well? 

I started with a similar octagon shape (adapted to make it actually sit flat in the centre) and then rather than continuing to work all the way around the circle after armholes, I just worked shaped rows back and forth on each side. Then, to get the gorgeous collar and length, I worked more rows at the top and bottom. Ta-dah! 



I've made four of these cardigans now - one each for me and three wonderful friends, so I am confident that the measurement and maths works for a few different body sizes. Whilst it was originally designed for chunky me, as you can see it also works for regular sized ladies as well. For the skinny minnies among us, well, you can make the plain circle cardigans short enough not to be swimming in them :P 





!!!!!WIN YARN!!!!!

Because they are wonderful people, Stylecraft are giving 8 balls of the Cabaret colour of your choice to one lucky winner to make the Cardi! 

All you need to do is purchase the Heartwood Cardi pattern by 11:59pm AEST next Monday 20 August 2018, using the code 


CABARET 

and you'll get 50% off and one entry into the draw! It is open to everyone worldwide - all you need to do is have a valid email address and use the discount code CABARET when you buy the pattern, and you'll go into the draw. 

Winner will be drawn on Tuesday 21 August 2018 - go do the thing and win some lovely lovely yarn! 


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Some thoughts on creativity

Hi there!

I have been struggling with my creativity over the last months. Or my creative self worth if that term makes any sense. Nothing I did felt "original" and thus I didn't feel like a creative person. Instead I felt like I was just "copying" other peoples creativity. After "all" I did was follow pattern and that felt so copycat like.

Instagram and Facebook didn't help. Don't get me wrong: I love Instagram - I love how it allows me to connect to people all over the world and I have spent more (!) my fair share drooling of amazing crochet pictures. Still, lately I felt like everyone there was soooo creative - everyone except me. Sometimes I even felt ashamed when someone complimented me on my newest blanket because hey, all I did was take some yarn and work someone else's pattern. 


I am not trying to whine here or am in anyway seeking for sympathy. Actually, it took me quite some time to gather the courage to write this post. In the end I figured if I felt ashamed about this "lack of creativity" or felt intimidated by everyone else wonderful works, I probably aren't the only one. As I recently learnt that shame hates being talked about (I currently reading "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from What Will People Think? to I Am Enough: Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power" from Brené Brown), I am talking about it now.


The more I thought about creativity, the more I realized that it is shouldn't feel like a burden. Also it doesn't depend on doing "original" work, creativity doesn't mean one has to create something which hasn't never been there before (because hey, that would be pretty hard, wouldn't it). Creating something new also mean one crochets a blanket following an exciting pattern - in my understanding that is an act of creativity because one is creating a new thing from something else and while someone else has made it too, doesn't mean ones new creation isn't new or unique. I am rambling here but I hope you get the essence of what I am trying to say. 


So now I am trying to feel "self worthy" again in regard to my crochet works. Yes, I don't create new patterns (actually I hardly ever do) and I follow other people's pattern. But each of my works is still an act of creative creation and the finished item is part of "me".

Take care
Anne

P.S. In case you are wondering... the pics are from the two projects I am currently working on. Both them are made based on other peoples patterns.

The blanket is "Begin the Beguine" from PollyPlum. I did however pic the colors (Dark Brown, Mocha and Black in Special DK from Stylecraft) - and to be honest, I realized that I am no good with dark colors! My next projects will have rainnnbboowws again!

The ghost is made from the hipster ghost pattern from Crafteando.


Saturday, 2 June 2018

Ta-dah! Alexandra!

Hi everyone!

Phew, what a couple of weeks! It's been a bit quiet on the blog because life took on a whole new dimension a few weeks ago - our daughter arrived! 


Alexandra Zoe Westlund was born by c-section on Tuesday 22 May 2018, at 4:30 in the afternoon, weighing 3.3kg and 50cm long. We are all recovering well and getting used to this crazy parenthood thing. 


I know I'm biased, but isn't Allie just ridiculously cute? 


All these crochet blankets are coming in handy now that winter has finally arrived in Sydney! 


I'll post more again soon - our Blogstars project for the nursery is nearly done and ready for its big reveal as well!! 

Hugs,
Michelle

Monday, 7 May 2018

Nesting: Part 2

Hi everyone!

The nursery is set up, the orders are all completed, and so while I try and get some rest in these last two weeks I've been playing with some more crocheted baby things...

Flower Puddles Ripple Blanket

Pattern: Flower Puddles Ripple Blanket

Yarn: Wolltraum My Melodyy 4ply in Forever 



While I don't really need more blankets, I just love this design and maybe it'll be a good photo prop? Once it gets outgrown, I am thinking about mounting it on some self-adhesive board and hanging on the wall <3 


The pattern is really well written and really does look like ripples in a puddle! 



Eloise Sweater

Pattern: Eloise Sweater by Moogly

Yarn: Moda Vera Fayette in Smoke, Stylecraft Special DK in Empire and Paintbox DK in Turquoise


I wasn't planning to crochet any baby clothes. I thought they'd be too hard to wash and dry, and therefore just sit in the cupboard gathering dust rather than getting used! But, we had dinner with some lovely friends on the weekend who said that one of their favourite gifts for their baby was a collection of handknitted jumpers, which were machine washable and got used and loved to death over the wintertime. So, I had a go at one and it came out so cute!!


Fortunately I had exactly the right coloured buttons in my button stash, which is getting sadly depleted - nearly time to go back to the craft op shop around the corner and stock up again!



Because I used DK yarn rather than Worsted, I made the 6-12 month size - hopefully it won't be too small! 


Next projects...

I've almost finished another little jacket, but it really needs the buttons before I can show it off properly ;) 

While I wait for the Stardust Melodies squares to arrive from Anne in Germany and the Blogstars in the UK, I want to make more little cardigans/jumpers! The lovely people at American Yarns are sending me some of the new Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Waves to try out - it's going to make some gorgeous booties and a cardigan or two :D 

Do you have any favourite baby patterns using DK yarn, preferably not too nanna-ish? 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Magazine features!

Hi there!

Long time since the last blog post! Life is rather busy for both of us and somehow blogging always gets pushed towards the end of the to-do-list. We are (or at least try) are regularly on instagram, so hop over there if you want to see what we are currently working on (--> we are actually working on the same blanket at the moment - not just the same pattern but actually the same blanket!). I promise there shall be a blog post about it soon - remind us about it in case we forget. :)

This year has been pretty exciting for our little blog already and we haven't told you about it yet! We have been in two (!) crochet magazines! Man, we would have never thought we make it to one magazine let alone two!


Crochet Now ran a feature on our blog in the Stylecraft Blogstar column and also published a pattern of ours. We worked on the pattern together in true Crochet Between Worlds fashion: Anne came up with the idea, Michelle worked the pattern out and Anne crocheted the little lolly bag up. We hope you like the bag - unfortunately, I took no proper picture before I send it of to the magazine. Opps - there was a bit of a hurry in the end!


Inside Crochet published an interview with us in their issue 98. We haven't managed to get our hands on the issue yet (the "joys" of living on the other side of the world/in an non-English-speaking country) but we have seen the way the page looks like. :)

Has any of you seen us in one of the magazines? That would be so cool! It is still hard to believe we have actually been featured in magazines and that people would like to read about our story! :) 

Captain Poprocks wants me to mention that he was in the pictures as well - that little dive now thinks he is famous. Sighs - young hippos these days. As those you follow us for some time know of course, Captain Poprocks wasn't made by any of our patterns - the pattern for him is from the amazing Heidi Bears! Unfortunately that info didn't make it, so we would like to mention that here again. 

Take care
Anne