Good Sunday Morning!
Today I would like to introduce two new patterns; Winter Lodge (on the left) and Lumberjack (on the right). I'm going to tell you a story about how these two blankets came into being.
These two designs have gone through almost a year of metamorphosis into their final states. They both started out as a totally different blanket design. That design was then changed into Winter Lodge because I was submitting it for possible publication. That fell through and I didn't feel like pursuing outside publication anymore, so the Winter Lodge was set aside for a bit.
However, there were more design ideas I wanted to pursue with the pattern. I picked it back up, changed the yarn I used, went with a new color palette, altered stitches in strategic places, and the Lumberjack was born. I guess you could call Winter Lodge and Lumberjack fraternal twins. They share traits, they share "DNA", but they are not identical. The Bizzy Crochet team (myself and Theresa, lol) decided to keep them together for whatever project came up next because they shared so much, yet were so different.
Winter Lodge is a more delicate feminine look, and Lumberjack is a sturdier more masculine look. They are both 50" x 50" finished size and make a nice snugly blanket. I love them both.
Ok, so why am I giving you so much information about the story behind these two new blankets? Because we are having a Crochet-A-Long with them!! If you've never been a part of a crochet-a-long you are not alone. My first ever foray into the world of CAL's was this last January when I joined the Hygge (what's a Hygge?) moderating team with Scheepjes on Facebook (you can check out that group here). Before then I had seen CAL's, but I didn't understand them so I had no interest in them. What I learned, though, was that a CAL is a great little community where everyone works at their own pace on the same pattern, and everyone receives encouragement through sharing their pictures and the process together. Questions can be answered in a timely fashion. It creates a great group of new to experienced crafters.
These are pictures from the CAL group! We had a blast during the CAL itself. It was so fun to see all the variations! The E-book is over 20 pages and is available now, just click the link above.
If you've read my blog before, you know that I have fallen in love with Whirl by Scheepjes. It's a generous 1,000m cake of fingering weight cotton that graduates in colors. I can't even say how many colors are in each skein. It seems like at least 6 or 7. Their gradations are so subtle and natural and smooth they create absolutely gorgeous end products. I created the Sapling Baby Sampler Blanket (free!) from the Lumberjack base using one skein of Whirl in the Melting Macaron colorway.
Theresa really wanted to see what she could do using Whirl with the Winter Lodge and Lumberjack patterns. She used two cakes of the Salted Caramel Matcha. She said it reminds her of her home state of Alaska. I've never been to Alaska, but I've watched a lot of Alaska: The Last Frontier and Alaskan Bush People (lol) so I feel like I'm a bit of an expert 😂😂 and I can totally see the resemblance.
But, seriously, Theresa has created a bonus pattern with elements of both the Lodge and Lumberjack to use up both cakes of Whirl. The bonus information will help you increase your afghan past 50" x 50" organically if you are wanting a larger finish.