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

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: 

(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 


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!