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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Since I last posted about my crochet work I had been working on another afghan which was the Scheepjes CAL 2020: d’Histoire Naturelle by Christina Hadderingh from the blog A Spoonful of Yarn. When this CAL was run (starting September 2020) I was working on another project so I didn’t participate while it was running but I kept up with what was happening by following the OFFICIAL Scheepjes – International Group on Facebook. Christina was inspired to create this afghan after reading the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr which I listened to the audio book version of a few years ago when it first came out.

All The Light We Cannot See

Christina explains how the book was her inspiration:

“In the story we follow Marie-Laure and her father who is a locksmith at the National Natural History Museum at Paris. Anthony Doerr paints such a vivid picture of the Museum and its contents that I had to design a blanket around it. As you crochet the blanket, Scheepjes and I will take you through all the main Museum gardens and galleries: the Jardin des Plantes, the Galerie d’Entomologie, the Galerie de Botanique, the Galerie de Minéralogie, the Grande Galerie de l’evolution and the Galerie de Paleontologie.”

There were four colorways created for this CAL and two different yarn types to choose from making a total of 8 kits you could choose from if you wanted to use the colors Christina picked out. I chose the Entomology colorway in Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed yarn. In addition to running the CAL Christina also had a read along portion. She also recorded an interview with the author to discuss the sections of the book the group was reading. You can see all the interviews on the Scheepjes YouTube page.

Now I would like to take you through the CAL showing you how the 6 parts came together. I will mostly let Christina’s words explain the work and encourage you to click on the links to each “chapter”, as she calls them, to see some pictures of the actual museum and its collections.

Chapter1: Jardin des Plantes

We begin our journey outside, in the Jardin des Plantes, which is the museum botanical garden…Can you envision the grand hedges that cast their shadow upon the botanical gardens with more than 10,000 named plant species?

In this part you will find floral stitch patterns, inspired by botany, as well as round hedges in the corners, inspired by the grand hedges of the garden.

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Chapter 1: Jardin des Plantes

Chapter 2: Galerie d’Entomologie

In real life, the Galerie d’ Entomologie is sadly no longer open for public. It closed for renovation in 1996, but due to lack of funding it remained closed ever since. However, from 1960 to 1996 it housed more than half of the worlds total biodiversity regarding insects, such as beetles, butterflies and bees. Envision cabinet after cabinet full of drawers with insects from all over the world, their iridescent wings and mind blowing colors

The square of the blanket will be turned into an octagonal shape, using four precious bees. After that the shape will be expanded, using eight gorgeous butterflies, encased in a flower with eight petals, which is created by using front post stitches.

(You can click on the images to see larger views of them)

Chapter 3: Galerie de Botanique

The Galerie de Botanique is situated in the Jardin des Plantes and contains the largest and oldest Herbarium in the world, with eight milion specimens. Envision beautiful scientific drawings of flowers and herbs, humid greenhouses full of exotic plants, of which Marie-Laure thought it smells like humus, wet newspaper and lobelia and rows and rows of cabinets full of ancient seed and plant specimens.

After the big octagonal shape, we will gradually turn it into a circle, which ends in a big border full of gorgeous leaves. The stitches are inspired by orchids and leaves shown on herbarium sheets or scientific drawings of flowers and plants.

(You can click on the images to see larger views of them)

Chapter 4: Galerie de Minéralogie et Géologie

Minerals play a big part in the story of All the Light We Cannot See, as we read about the curse of the infamous Sea of Flames, the gorgeous descriptions of the Galerie and as we follow major Von Rumpel on his hunt for precious gemstones and crystals. The galerie is situated in the Jardin des Plantes and contains a dazzling 770 thousand specimens. Try to keep your eyes from wandering

In part 4 we will start to turn the big circle into a square shape, using four corner shapes. The corner shapes are made with separate motifs, inspired by geodes, agate and quartz, encased in lace. After the corner shapes are attached to the blanket, Sea of Flames diamonds are made in between the corner shapes to finish the part.

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Chapter 5: Grande Galerie l’Evolution

The Grande Galerie is very impressive to wander around in with more than 7000 lifelike species. Although it is only mentioned once in the book, All The Light We Cannot See, I thought it very inspirational and I wanted it to be a part of the blanket. The crochet stitches are inspired by the procession of giant mammals in the main hall, such as elephants, giraffes and rhinos and also inspired by the open space staircases and walkways along the walls of the Galerie.

In part 5 the square shape is finalized by working two elephants on each side of the blanket in between the corner shapes, which are inspired by the great procession displayed at the Galerie. After that a big border is made, inspired by the architecture and balustrades along the Galerie walls.

(You can click on the images to see larger views of them)

One thing I want to note is that in the original pattern it does not include ears on the elephants. This is one thing I picked up from following the Facebook group and decided to add them to my afghan. I also want to note that the designer was happy to have this added to her pattern.

Chapter 6: Galerie de Paleontologie

We will end our journey in the Galerie de Paleontologie. It contains an impressive collection of fossil vertebrates like dinosaurs and other extinct animals, but also invertebrates like shellfish. Shells play quite a big part in Marie-Laure’s story as she loves to touch and collect them.

Part 6, the final part, is made using two borders. One is inspired by the shells Marie-Laure collects and the role the ocean plays in the story. The shells are made using front post stitches and are made in front of the rest of the crochet work. The second and final border is inspired by bones of animal skeletons.

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I really enjoyed working on this blanket and thank Christina and Scheepjes for hosting the CAL. The afghan now resides in our living room next to the Fruit Garden afghan. 

(You can click on the images to see larger views of them)

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly know as Hookin on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Sorry we haven’t been posting much. There hasn’t been much going on around here other than doing some yard work when it wasn’t raining.

Since the last time I posted about the Fruit Garden CAL I finished and blocked the afghan.

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Fruit Garden Afghan in Love is Enough Colorway

I really enjoyed making this afghan with all the different flower blocks. Each block was more complicated than the last one when done in the order the designer laid out for the patterns. The next block I completed since my last update was the Hollyhock. This block completed all the blocks for the center of the afghan. 

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Hollyhock Block – Fruit Garden CAL

Next the center blocks were joined and the inner border was added (I’ll show you details about that later).

The Dianthus was the next block completed in the afghan. This block didn’t have the layers like some of the others but it was more complicated than it looked to create.

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Dianthus Block – Fruit Garden CAL

The final square shaped block was the Chrysanthemum block which had the most 3 dimensional work of all the square blocks.

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Chrysanthemum Block – Fruit Garden CAL

Each of these blocks required me to make 4 of each of them. The final block that I created for this afghan was the Acanthus. This was a rectangle shaped block and I had to make 8 of them. In my previous post I showed you the progress on that block and here is the completed one.

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Acanthus Block – Fruit Garden CAL

The designer spaced out the pattern for this large block which was a good idea however now I’m sure I could tackle it straight through. This block definitely was the most complicated part of this pattern with so many intertwined parts. Once all the blocks were completed the final border was added.

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Border Details – Fruit Garden CAL

The inner and outer borders were not very many rounds of crochet but I think they are the perfect compliment to show off all these gorgeous flower blocks. If you are interested in finding more information on this blanket you can find it on the Janie Crow website.

Along the way while creating this afghan I also created crochet charts for each block. The Acanthus was so complicated it took multiple views to show all the details. I always prefer to work from charts especially when I have to do multiples of the same block. It’s so much easier to look at the chart and see what you need to do than read lots of words to represent the same thing. Here is just a little sample of the flower pattern from the Forget Me Not Block.

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Forget Me Not Flower Chart

The charts will come in handy if I decide to make another version of this afghan or if I want to make one of the cushions that were also designed to go with this afghan.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly know as Hookin on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. I’m thankful that I have crochet to help distract me from scenes like what we saw in our nations capitol yesterday. This was going to be a Hooking on Hump day post but I couldn’t concentrate on writing it yesterday.

I’ve completed three more types of squares since I first showed you this project.

Columbine Square

My previous post showed the beginnings of this flower but not the completed columbine square. Each square has gotten a bit more difficult and requires a lot of work behind the flower part to create leaves and the background.

Clementine Square

The clementine also required you to do some surface crochet to add a little dimension and color to the flower. It doesn’t show very well but it’s there (the burgundy on the outside of the orange circle is one).

Purple Aster Square

I think the purple aster square is my favorite so far and probably because it has plenty of purple in it. Those of you that crochet might notice that almost every round until you get out to the background is a different color. That results in plenty of yarn tails that have to be sewn in! I’ve been doing the sewing after every few rounds because if not they can get tangled in your work.

Hollyhock Flower

I’m currently working on the hollyhock square and have completed the main flower and I’m now working on the outer leaves. I addition to working on the squares the designer has us working on a larger motif in sections. 

Acanthus motif

The acanthus will eventually be a rectangular shape with a few more leaves and some background to it. Except for the clementine we only need to make four of each of the squares but we have to make eight of these acanthus. I’m glad the designer spaced out the work for this one as it’s very a intimidating design. Her instructions are very clear and there are videos included to help you understand the process.

Completed Squares

I’m enjoying working on this project (except maybe for all those ends we have to weave in) and can’t wait to complete it. When I finish the hollyhock squares I can join all the motifs for the inner section and then add the inner border. I expect to show you that next time. If you are interested in finding more information on this blanket you can find it on the Janie Crow website.

Crochet is a wonderful stress relieving hobby and I’m glad I have it to help me on days like yesterday. I also am thankful for the ladies that join me on Zoom meetings weekly to craft together. Since we can’t meet in person like we used to do we now gather on Zoom and I’m thankful to have them join me.

I’m are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. A couple of weeks ago I started a new crochet-a-long (CAL) to make a beautiful afghan designed by Janie Crow called the Fruit Garden Blanket.

Forget Me Not Block

So far I’ve only completed the eight Forget Me Not squares and am on my way with the next four.

Columbine Flower

The next set of blocks are the Columbine. I’ve made the four flowers and will add the background like the previous one next. The petals look a bit curled up right now but eventually they get attached to the background to hold them down so you can see the flower better.

This afghan is made up of 8 different flower motifs that are all so beautiful. It is actually the second time this CAL is being run. The first time it started was during the time I was doing the Kaleidoscope CAL so I didn’t participate then. Also when the Fruit Garden CAL was run the first time some people had difficulties sourcing the yarn due to shortages caused by the pandemic. The designer and her sponsors, Stylecraft Yarn, decided to run it again and also added a third colorway which is the one I’m doing.

I can’t wait to show you my progress as I work through this CAL.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly know as Hookin on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. After I finished the Kaleidoscope Blanket I happened upon a crochet-a-long for the Fade to Light Jacket.

Fade to Light Jacket
(Photo credit Lilla Björn’s Crochet World)

I made a cardigan early in my crochet career and found it difficult to do as the shaping wasn’t very well defined in the pattern. This cardigan is made with two kinds of Scheepjes yarn and is made from the top down so you get to try it on as you make it. I chose to do mine in the black & white version seen above as I felt this would go with more of my wardrobe. That version uses the Minimalism Whirl and Merino Soft in Pollock.

Scheepjes – Whirl Fine Art & Merino Soft

I started with a gauge swatch to make sure I was working to the right size and proceeded to work on the yolk (at the top of the sweater). When I completed that section I decided it was too big so I ripped it all out and started again at the next smaller size. I’m glad I did as it still seems a bit large but I can comfortably wear it with a shirt underneath.

Yolk section of Fade to Light Jacket

The next section we worked on were the sleeves. You start the sleeve by continuing to work the whirl yarn and then switch to the solid color. Here the pattern calls for you to make decreases every few rows. If I make this again I will make the decreases closer together to make the sleeve slim down quicker. I also might like to make the sleeves from more of the gradient whirl so that would require buying an additional one.

Fade to Light Jacket – Sleeve

Then it was on to the lower body where you alternate the gradient colored whirl with the solid color yarn to make the mosaic pattern. Since two rows were worked of each color you didn’t have to cut the yarn and just carried it up the side to the next row when needed. I was using two whirls and the solid color so this called for juggling three skeins of yarn to keep from tangling them. When I finished the whirl I did a few rows of the solid color.

Fade to Light Jacket – Lower Body

The cardigan is finished by working the front band and around the neckline with the solid color. When I was all done I tried the cardigan on and was happy with the fit. The instructions call for the cardigan to be blocked. This helps to even out the stitches for you. Since I’d never blocked a garment I asked some yarny friends and consulted YouTube for advise. I hand washed my cardigan and then used the technique of rolling it in towels and then stepping on it to gently squeeze some of the water out.

Fade to Light Jacket – Pinned to Blocking Boards

I pinned the cardigan in place without stretching it and left it on the boards for a few days to make sure it was dry.

Fade to Light Jacket – unpinned

When I unpinned the cardigan and tried it on I was horrified to find that it had stretched a size or two! Oh no! What to do? Charlie used his material science background and felt if I wet the cardigan again with just a spray bottle and then put it in the dryer on low he was confident it would shrink back to the size it was before the hand washing.

It fits!

Thankfully the cardigan regained the shape it was when I finished it.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.

I decided to leave the front of the cardigan without any buttons since I seem to never button any cardigan I have. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. The instructional images on the website helped with the understanding and there were also videos that helped too. I want to thank the designer Tatsiana of “Lilla Björn’s Crochet World” for a great pattern.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly know as Hookin on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Well, I’ve finally finished the Kaleidoscope Blanket and I love it.

Completed Kaleidoscope Blanket

The last time I showed you this blanket I only had the border left to do.

I love the stripes on the border.

The border was very easy to make with mostly “V” stitches.

The edge is finished with a picot stitch.

I like how the border has a zig zag look.

The back of the afghan, while not as beautiful as the front, still has a nice look.

Back of blanket

All of the joining was done with single crochet from the back using the main grey color.

Closer look at the back

The joins leave small ridges along the back.

The blanket looks great on our sectional.

Without planning it we chose a colorway that perfectly compliments my Big Leaf quilt.

The perfect pairing of the Big Leaf Quilt and Kaleidoscope Blanket.

I’ve never worked so quickly on such a big project but it was fun working along with thousands of other hookers around the world. I’m so happy with how the blanket turned out and I can’t thank the designer Catherine Bligh enough for such a great pattern.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Sorry we’ve been MIA for so long. I will try to do better in the future. Millie & Walter say hello to all their friends too and have been busy helping with all the work in the yard lately.

One of the things that has been keeping me busy is finishing the crocheted Kaleidoscope Blanket I told you about a while ago. I volunteered to create charts of all the patterns and for the last few pieces that was quite a project in itself. The blanket has finally been all pieced together and I’ve just started working on the border so let’s take a look.

Kaleidoscope Blanket on queen sized bed

One of the last pieces we worked on before putting it all together were the 9 octagons.

Kaleidoscope Blanket Octagon

Here is what the chart for that part looks like.

Kaleidoscope Blanket Octagon Chart

I’ve really enjoyed working on this beautiful blanket and will be a little sad when it’s all done. There has been a wonderful Facebook group of people all around the world working on the same project together and it’s been great to be a part of it.

Here is a look at the entire blanket without the border. The pattern was based on a quilt and you can really see how that is when you look down on the whole thing.

Kaleidoscope Blanket – without border

For fun I also converted this to black and white.

Kaleidoscope Blanket – without border – in black & white

I find that I see lines that make up squares when I look at these pictures even though there aren’t any large squares in the design.

This blanket is full of color and texture.

Close up of one corner

Kaleidoscope Blanket view of the surface

Each element in this blanket was made up of multiple colors, multiple popcorn stitches (that’s 5 of the same stitch in one place) and many post stitches.

Kaleidoscope Blanket another view of the surface

Now that all the pieces are together I did a little math to come up with these statistics. The Kaleidoscope Blanket consists of:

9 Octagons

36 squares

188 Triangles

1796 popcorn stitches!

That sure is a lot of stitches.

I can’t wait to get the border done and show you the completed blanket. Even though it’s a couple days past hump day I’m joining the Hookin’ on Hump day blog hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you the progress so far on my Kaleidoscope blanket.

I’ve spent many weeks crocheting a variety of triangle shapes since my first post about this blanket and finally this week we’ve been able to put some of those pieces together.

A large section on left and a small section on the right.

Each large section uses different combinations of colors and is unique.

Two more sections

There are also 4 different combinations of the small sections that we make two of.

Third pair of large and small sections

I still have one large section and one pair of small sections to join. Here is how the pieces will fit together when it’s completed.

Blanket layout with joined pieces so far

You can see that the large section in the lower right of the picture still has to be joined as well as the small section to its right and the same colored small section in the top left.

The grey of the blanket I laid these parts on is a perfect match for the grey that is in the Kaleidoscope blanket (although none of these triangles have any grey in them except for the joining yarn that you can’t see on the back).

I’m enjoying the work on this project as well as the extra work I’m doing to create the stitch charts for the various parts. As you can see there is still a lot of work to be done but I didn’t lay out the 36 squares I’ve already made as they weren’t part of this joining process.

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