Mandala Madness

So ok I just had to start another mandala project. 🙈 And this time I fell for the Mandala Madness CAL from 2016. Yes I know, I’m such a sucker for CAL:s. But they are almost always so much fun, well worked and absolutely stunning. 

Trying to contrast my oh so colorful Atlanticus this will be challenging in the opposite way. I’ve chosen to only use three colors. A raspberry red, a vintage rose and a crispy white.

As gorgeous as it is in its full size I’ll probably settle for making it in a “baby blanket-version”. I already have several large blankets in the making and I would love to finish it sometime this year. 😅


Quick facts

Pattern: 

Free by Crystal and Crochet – Click here

Yarn: 

Drops Belle in the shades White (01), Mauve (16) and Cherry (12).

Hook: 

Clover Amour 3,5mm.

The Midsummer Seven –  Sisters in Stitch

It’s such a great feeling to find that person that you love to work with. Someone to share your dreams and hopes, your love of creating and especially crocheting. Kay is that someone for me, and together we have created Sisters In Stitch – a collaboration and partnership of all the creative things we love.

Our first collaboration is called The Midsummer Seven; the sweetest floral wreath consisting of seven precious flowers. We hope it will make your summerdays and festiveties a little extra magical.

And with no further due – our free pattern: The Midsummer Seven by Sisters in Stitch.

Wishing you happy crocheting and a lovely Midsummer! 💕

Love,

Tess

The Spring Lane CAL – An update

A few more weeks has passed and unfortunately there were only small squares left in the CAL. And even though they are turning out beautiful I really can’t finish my blanket in that way. I don’t find it fun anymore and for that reason I changed my mind. 

Now it’s going to be a mix between the two CALS: Spring Lane and Nuts About Squares! Have done a few squares from the second and they are turning out great, a perfect match. I’m so in love with this blanket again! 😄

Love these colors together! 

Let the mandala madness continue 

Firstly, I’m totally hooked on the Atlanticus with all its challenging and stunning overlays. As I said in my last post; I choosed a yarn I happened to have, in 7 different colors, at home: Drops loves you 7. It’s a cotton yarn that worked perfectly for this mandala. I placed the colors by heart and hoped for the best, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. The next part is released on Monday and I can’t wait! 
My morning beginning by breakfast…


…and a few hours later:

I love it!!! 😍

The next mandala inspired pattern I’m working on is different clues from the Nuts About Squares CAL. It’s gonna be several amazing squares that I will use as a compliment to my blanket from Drops CAL Spring Lane. In the beginning the Drops CAL was filled with the most stunning larger squares. But after some weeks the small, and very tedious, squares came along. They were bulky and unfortunately I did not like them at all. So after making about 60 of them I stopped. And now this is my plan B, to add more squares from different patterns. It could be great. Cross my fingers and hopes for the best!

And here you have three of them. The beginning of the 7th clue of Nuts About Squares, the Atlanticus and my own. 😄

The Atlanticus cal 

I fell head over heals in love with this gorgeous pattern by Hooked on Sunshine called the Atlanticus. It’s a CAL that started this week and is ongoing for the next 14 weeks, a new part is released every Monday. The pattern can be found by following this link


After posting this pic above on both Facebook and my Instagram; I got so much love and questions from so many people regarding my choice of yarn and colors. So therefore I decided to post all info here for anyone to use.

The yarn is simply what I had many of at home: Drops loves you 7. Unfortunately, I’ve tossed the paper ribbons around them but I believe I’ve figured them out anyway, see the list below. 😇

Color scheme

A = White (01)

B = Old pink (13)

C = Light blue (06)

D = Light pink (14)

E = Vanilla (08)

F = Pink (15)

G = Light turquoise (19)

H = Lilac (12)

Enjoy! 😄

A floral mandala

Today I started on a “mom friendly” project. By this I mean something to crochet and experiment with but at the same time let’s me keep my eyes on little E as she runs around outside exploring everything in her way. Right now the fascinations are ants, bugs, sand and water.. For E I mean, not me. I take learning new stitches over ants any day of the week. 😘


Yarn: Drops love you 7

Hook: Clover Amour 3.5 mm

This week so far.. 

..has been packed! 😅 A lot of errands, a cozy crochetdate with a dear friend and trying to re-think some projects. So there has not been so much crocheting at all so far. Hope to change that tonight by working on some ufo:s, but I’ve been too tiered lately. I might blame it on the greyish weather. It has been such windy and cold days. When will the sun come back again?! I need some light to be my usual energetic self. 

Until then I just have to settle for warm knits, freshly baked bread and my beloved yarn.

My Spicy Ripple – CAL

A while back I got the questions if I would like to test the pattern for Favoritgarners latest CAL, and of course I said yes! The designer is none the less than the colorful and creative My from @mydiy.se who has created a gorgeous blanket for us to crochet. 


It comes in two sizes: a larger afghan (115x150cm) and a smaller blanket (70x100cm). You can choose between 14 (!) amazingly spicy yarn-packages from Scheepjes, or compose one with your own favorite colors. Nina at Favoritgarner can definitely help you out. Just send her a message at their support. They ship worldwide!

I’m doing the smaller version as a bead spread for my daughter. I choosed the gorgeous combinations of grey and pink, called the Spicy Marbel. The colors are so soft and subtle, works perfect with my favorite northern color scheme. 

The CAL started yesterday but it’s definitely  not to late to join in! As it’s a mystery CAL a new part is released once a week, and the pattern will also be available after it has ended. Just follow this link to their facebook for more info. You can get the pattern and support in both English and Swedish. I hope you will check it out! You won’t regret it. 😘