2.16.2018

Every Bit a Blanket Reveal

Today is the day for a revelation! If you saw last week's post (here) about the new project I've been working on using Scheepjes Cahlista, you know that I've been having an '84 ball blast' with all of my favorite colors! (Guess what, I claim no real favorite colors--just a few that sing to me more quietly.)

Wanna see?

Every Bit a Blanket by Felted Button using Scheepjes Cahlista Colour Pack (free pattern coming soon)

2.09.2018

New Yarn, New Design with Cahlista

Does your yarn talk to you? Sometimes mine does, and sometimes it is very quiet--just resting politely on the shelf awaiting my head and hook to come together with a destiny for it. I've actually got yarn that I've had since I learned to crochet that awaits the proper project. But recently I received every single color of Scheepjes Cahlista in wee 15g balls, and it yelled, "I know what I want to be!" My heart and hook jumped immediately. 

Scheepjes Cahlista yarn -- 100% cotton, 15g and 50 g balls

First thing I needed to do was sort the colors. I let the yarn continue to talk..."Pick me! Pick me!" So many of the 109 colors were talking at the same time, I ended up picking 84 of them. (Hey, I don't like to let anyone feel left out and not get picked for the team.)


Scheepjes Cahlista yarn -- 100% cotton, 15g and 50 g balls

But in the end, I set aside the neutrals. This process not only left me a colorful collection of wee yarn balls, but it also inspired me with an idea for another design involving the neutrals. (Wait for it...)

2.03.2018

Find Your Tribe Scarf {Free Crochet Pattern}

When I thought about designing something with my very own Scheepjes Our Tribe* colorway (Felted Button), I knew that I needed to 1) make something that is authentically ME, and 2) make something that I would actually wear. You can read a bit about my design process here and here, but I'm here today to share with you the free crochet pattern for my Find Your Tribe Scarf.


Find Your Tribe Scarf -- free crochet pattern from Felted Button

I think I did a pretty good job of meeting both requirements! The colors are, of course, very ME, but the whimsical tasseled edges are, as well. And I've worn this baby, a lot! So, if you would like to make one for yourself, let's get to the pattern...

1.27.2018

Find Your Tribe Scarf Reveal

I don't know about you, but the start of a new year often gives me a little burst of creative energy. And I find that I must have lots of color around me. It could be the gray, cold air of my Rocky Mountain winter, but regardless, I've been having a blast playing with lots of rainbow-colored, yarny goodness.

Last week I showed you a peek at a colorful design I made using Scheepjes Our Tribe in my very own colorway (Felted Button--selected by yours truly). 

Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn -- Felted Button color #965 and Scheepjes Sweet Treat

1.26.2018

Trio Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Have you got your three Scheepjes Whirls ready and waiting? If so, I've designed a fabulously simple free crochet pattern for you with a mesmerizing result.

Meet the Trio Blanket...


Trio Blanket made with Scheepjes Whirl -- free crochet pattern from Felted Button (photo courtesy of Sandra Veneman)
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman
If you haven't got your hook into any Whirls yet, I suggest you give this magical yarn a try. You can read my thoughts about it here, here and here. This is my third blanket designed with it and two more coming this year! It's simply, well, magical, like I said. Such varied effects can be achieved depending on your color choices and the order you use the three cakes. 

1.20.2018

My Tribe, Felted Button Style

Since the release of Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn* with my very own colorway, I have been working away on two designs. One of them I gave you a sneak peek of here. It uses all 15 colors of Our Tribe and should be a color riot. Expect the pattern this spring.


Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn -- Find your tribe. Love them hard.

1.19.2018

Trio Blanket Revealed

Last week I popped in to share with you a sneak peek of one of my designs, but now I can show you the Trio Blanket in all of its glory!!


Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I made mine with three Scheepjes Whirls* (Green Tea Tipple, Sea Breeze Tease and Minty Black Velvet) shown above. Isn't it cool how the contrast starts out so sharp fades to a washed color in the middle and back to a sharp contrast? I've said before that this yarn is magic. Yep. Magic on your hook!

1.15.2018

Get Squared with Riverwashed

If you've been following me around for any length of time, you probably know by now that I'm not a huge maker of crocheted garments. I don't really know why--but I'm always drawn to home-decor with color and whimsy. Maybe it's because wearing clothing with too much color and whimsy is over-the-top. Maye it's because I like to look at the color--but don't find myself looking it the mirrow so often so I would rather have it visible on the sofa or wall. Occasionally, I  make accessories like mittens or a scarf to jazz up an otherwise drab outfit with a pop of color, but I'm not inclined to much else in the wearables arena. But today, I'm stopping in to show you a sweater I made--or what's known as a jumper in many parts of the world.

Jenny King Get Squared sweater made with Scheepjes Riverwashed XL


1.12.2018

Working a Trio of Whirls

I'm still here! It may seem that things have been a little quiet from me lately, but don't fret. I've been super busy behind the scenes crocheting my fingers off. Literally, between the holiday decorating/undecorating, the nearly constant handwork and the winter weather, my fingers are cracked and sore. But no worries, I crochet through the ouchies--because crocheting is just too satisying, right? Fortunately, I've received a lot of tips from followers on my Facebook page how to prevent and treat those nasty little fingertip cracks, and they are on the mend. 

I can't wait to share with you what I've been working on. First, the yarn...


Scheepjes Whirl -- Brambleberry, Sherbet Rainbow, Blackberry Mint Chip

See, I've been "whirling"! The above three cakes are Scheepjes Whirl in Brambleberry, Blackberry Mint Chip and Sherbet Rainbow. I loooove these colors together and shipped them off to my friend Sandra in the Netherlands to help me make an additional sample of this new blanket design.

If you are not "whirling" you really need to jump in the action that everyone seems to be doing. If you are not familiar with Scheepjes Whirl*, you need to become familiar with it because I guarantee you'll be as thrilled with it and its lovely result as the rest of the hooky world.

Scheepjes Whirl -- Minty Black Velvet, Sea Breeze Tease and Green Tea Tipple with WIP of Felted Button Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern coming soon)

I mean, seriously, it does magical things! Magical, I tell ya! I think I actually end up crocheting faster with it trying to get to the next color change to see how the colors interact.

Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whir
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman
 I'm so tickled with the way the colors play from both color samples that I'm including both options in the free pattern--and 2 different dimensions for the blanket. Honestly, I think you'll be able to do some magic with almost any three Whirl cakes that suit your fancy. In fact, my post about my Lightfall Blanket has a bunch of 3 Whirl color combos that I think will look beautiful used in this design. Scroll to the bottom of that post to see the few I created, but there are thousands of more possibilities depending on if you pull from the outside of the ball or the inside. And since there are 39 colors of Whirl, 4 colors of Woolly Whirl, and 3 colors of Frosted Whirl, well, let's just say that's plenty of beautiful combinations and permutations!

Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whirl
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman

Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whirl
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman
Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whirl
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman


I'll be sharing a complete reveal of both sample blankets next week so stay tuned! If you are wanting to get your hands on some Scheepjes Whirl you can find it in the following places:

Local Scheepjes stockists can be found here.

The shops below all have international shipping, many times for free with a certain-sized order to the US and other places around the world...

Wool Warehouse (UK)*
Deramores (UK)*
Knotty House (Canada)*

I've got sooo many things to share with you this month, so please pop back by and see what's happening. I've got another free pattern coming this month using Scheepjes Our Tribe* yarn in my very own colorway--Felted Button. (Would you look at that!?)


Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn in colorway Felted Button


Also, watch for a showing off of my Scheepjes Studio Pack*. If you don't know what that is, take a peek at the video from Matt of A Boy & Bunting, here.

With healing hands, and with an excited spirit--I'm off to crochet some more and spend a little time with my son who's wanting me to take him to a local trampoline park! I don't think any back flips are still on my list of stunts--I'm hoping to simply not break a body part! ;) I hope you are finding plenty of time to create and life is peaceful and purposeful.

Take care!! We'll talk soon.

| On the Board | -- You can never cross the ocean unless you are willing to lose sight of the shore.


Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns

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12.08.2017

I Love My Tribe

Welcome!! You might have arrived here from Rachele Carmona's blog, Cypress Textiles. See, I've got a tribe, and it's a very good thing. My tribe is the Scheepjes Blogger tribe. I love these people. They are MY people and it makes me very happy to be a part of their tribe. Let me explain...

It all started a year ago at Blogger Days when it was announced that they were going to produce a new yarn line. It was exciting as all of the new Scheepjes yarns tend to be. But when they proceeded to pull out bundles and bundles of paint chips from across the spectrum, I was intrigued. They told us that we were each going to be able to pick our own colors for our very own yarn--any six we wanted!! This color-crazed crocheter was in heaven! And this is what was produced from that magical day!

Scheepjes Our Tribe Yarn -- Colorway Felted Button (My very own yarn!)


Surprisingly for this gal who hates to leave a color out, the decision seemed to come quite easily. These six colors immediately just felt right. They seemed quite Felted Button-esque, I think.

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