Yarn Adventures – New to the New Year

Welcome 2018! I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, I know.. I know I want you… I want you 🙂

I wanted to start the new year off with new yarn adventures.. and my 1st adventure is (drum roll please)… Hand Dyed Yarn! Okay so this may seem like a old adventure to you but to me its a new one..

1. I have never brought yarn in a hank (shocking I know)
2. I have never used Merino Yarn (please forgive me yarn gods)
3. I have never used hand dyed yarn (I’ve lived a dull life)

So 3 new adventures for me… I was so excited to receive my little bundle of joy, it was like the yarn fairies had sprinkled magic upon my doorstep.


I unwrapped my precious with care. My first thought was “wow merino is sooooo soft” its like a soft, cuddly spring cloud. The colors were prefect and true to the description.

“If its the Beaches – Sand that lightens towards the middle to cream then a soft turquoise that darkens”

Then it dawned on me… its a hank.. were do I start.. wheres the beginning and end..

I dashed of to YouTube and searched – How to unwind a hank.. and watched the 1st video that came up.

I released the breath I didn’t realized I was holding and relaxed.. Doesn’t look that hard!

So here goes..

I did as instructed in the video ..

Layed out hank
I decide to cake my bundle of joy so I would have access to both ends… I dont have a swift so I had to make do..

On the winder Hank
Now skip past the part where I got myself in a terrible tangle ….

and ta dah I had my cake….

caked hank
Phew.. I was ready to start, but what.. This was a bit of a dilemma for me, I refused to cut the yarn to control the color change. (which is very hard for me).  I had 230 yard to play with, the most common project would be a scarf so I tried that and frogged.. Then I thought I would showcase the colors with a mandala.. then I forgged that too.. Then I put it away for another day… thats when the light bulb went off….

Whalla… my iPad Cozy

As you can see the gradient yarn color worked up beautifully. The full pattern for my iPad & iPad Mini Cozy can be found here. <iPad Cozy>

If your wondering about the yarn here are the details. Check her other colorways.. now swoon 🙂

Yarn MErino
Wendy’s Wonders 127 (South Carolina)
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/WendysWonders127


Hope you enjoyed my yarn adventure.. what will be my February’s advanture… stay tuned

Love Pippin xoxoxo



iPad Cozy Pattern


Yarn: Any DK  – 230 Yards/210 Meters (less for an iPad Mini)
Hook: 4mm
Pattern written in US terms
Size: iPad & iPad Mini (but pattern is easily convertible for Laptops
Stitches use:
ch – Chain
dc – Double Crochet
hhdc – Herringbone Half Double
Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and pull through stitch and 1st loop on hook.
Yarn over, pull through last 2 loops on hook.
rsc – Reverse Single Crochet (aka Crab Stitch )
Work a single crochet opposite direction (left to right)

Chain 64 iPad – 48 (iPad Mini), Join to 1st chain to create a loop

Round One
Ch3 counts as 1st dc, dc in each chain to end, join to 1st dc
= 64 dc (48 dc)

Round Two
Ch3 counts as 1st dc, dc in each stitch to end, join to 1st dc
= 64 dc (48 dc)

Cozy BlackRound 3 – 34 / (3 – 27 iPad mini)
Work in continuous rounds, placing a stitch maker to mark the beginning stitch
hhdc in each stitch around. until you have 34 (27) rounds.

Round 35 (28)
Make a rsc (crab st) in each stitch around.
fasten off, sew in ends

Cozy Button

Sew along bottom edge
Sew button to upper center. To make fastening loop, Attach yarn to center back panel and chain about 25 chains, loop around button to make sure your length is okay, then make a slip st to the stitch next to where you attached the beginning chain.



Cozy 4Pocket
Row One
Ch 13, sc in the 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain to end, turn
= 12 sc

Row 2 – 14
ch1, sc in each st to end, turn

Repeat row 2 until you have 14 rows. Fasten leaving a long tail for sewing. Place pocket on cozy and sew around the 3 edges.

Cozy Hearts

Make a magic loop, Ch3
Into the loop make the following
3 tr, ch1,
3dc, ch1
1 tr, ch1
3dc, ch1
3 tr, slip st to magic loop
Sew onto you cozy



Color Theory 103 – Color Harmony

So we touched upon the basic of how a color wheel is made in lesson 101 and how to make a a gradient and blend in lesson 102.. This week we will look at how to use the wheel to pick complimentary colors.

Here we have the basic 12 hues of the color wheel.

Lets start with the easiest. The color wheel has 2 sides Warm colors and Cold colors.

Warm colors mix
Warm Colors
Cool Colors mix
Cold Colors

colors in theory are those which are directly opposite each other on the wheel. Designers when using (2) complimentary colors tend to use one dominant color for the background and the other to highlight the most important elements.

Complimentary Colors
Here are a few possible combinations

Complimentary Colors Mixed

Complimentary Colors Mixed 2

Colors are those colors which lie on either side of any given color. These usually match well and create a serene and comfortable design

Amalogous Colors
Here are a few possible combinations

Amalogous Colors Mix.JPG

Amalogous Colors Mix 2

colors uses the power of three colors which are situated 120 degrees from each other. Triadic colors are considered to some of the best color combinations.


Here are few examples

Triadic Mix

Triadic Mix 2

Colors are colors that are evenly spaced apart on the wheel.


Here are a few examples

Square Mix

Squate Mix 2

Remember there are many more colors to a color wheel, We only used the basics here.  I used hues for the examples above, which we discovered in lesson 101 are the brightest colors in a wheel, we also have tones, tints and shades to factor in.


Here are a few mood boards that uses one of the theories above. Can you guess which ones? and that Pippinettes is your homework this week, to find an image that uses one of the color theories above. Post it in the club and enter this weeks giveaway..

Next weeks lesson we will take a look at Color Theory 104 – Exploring Colors, this lesson will be less technical and possibly break some of the color theory rules.. tools for selecting colors for your next project, how to catch colors in a image..


My little crochet library – Book Review

Crochet has become an addiction of all sorts from hooks to yarn to patterns… and now books. My little library of crochet books is a little light but I promised myself that in 2018 I would build on what I already have and to bring you my views and opinions.

So I’m going to kick of this months book review with a must have for all level of crocheters.

200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton



200 Crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afgahns by Jan Eaton is a book of crochet squares to mix and match. This book is full of useful information for any crochet levels.

One thing to note if your purchasing this book make sure you buy the right one, The blue/green cover is US terms and the pink/purple is UK terms

The books starts of with a introduction, Chapter One covers how to Mix and Match the blocks. Chapter Two covers 200 square blocks and alternative colors., Chapter Three covers techniques.

So lets explore them a little more

Chapter One  – Mix and Matching
This Chapter shows you how to choose blocks from the directory and includes a selection of colorful designs ideas for making them in various sizes from a large throw to a pillow cover, plus tips on how to plan your own design and how to go about choosing your colors

Chapter Two – Block Directory
The Block Directory contains photographs and patterns for over 200 crochet blocks. Each block is graded by degree of difficulty so that you can choose the ones which suit your own skill level. In the last section, each main pattern is shown in the original colors with three different colorways to illustrate the variety of effects you can achieve.

Note: there are not actually 200 different blocks patterns, there are 128. Blocks 101 – 200 are variations of colorways that can be achieved

Center page
Chapter Three – Techniques
In this chapter, you will find a refresher course to help you make and join the blocks shown in the directory, including tips on joining yarns and working a colored pattern from a chart. There are also patterns for making a variety of pretty edging and details of the actual yarns used to work the blocks.


I love that Jan Eaton took the time to explain the yarn in this section. She shows you how different thickness in yarn results in different size blocks.

All the stitches and techniques are clearly explained with step by step illustrations.

Jan Eatons 200 Blocks gets the Pippin approval.

Love Pippin


Color Theory 102 – Blends Gradients and Ombre

Monochromatic Scheme is the technical term for blends, Gradients and ombre’s

In lesson 101 “The basics” we touched up on Tones, Tints and Shades. These elements of color theory are the basis to creating blends, Gradients and Ombre effects.

Think of Blends Gradients and Ombre as cake recipe, you start of with your dry ingredients and slowly add you wet ingredients, the more wet ingredients added the thinner/lighter the mixture becomes the more dry ingredients added the thicker/heavy the mixture becomes

As we learned in lesson 101, a tint is made by taking a hue and added white to it giving us a tint of color. To create a gradient we simply keep add increasing amounts of white.
Here is an example by taking Red and adding increasing amounts white to create a gradient effect
Tint Blend
The same goes for Tones by adding increasing amounts of Grey

Tones Blend
and the same for Shades by adding increasing amounts of Black

Shades Blend

Understanding the value of hues is key! Values are the degree of lightness or darkness of a hue. We will looking to this element later on in Exploring Colors.

So do they work.. lets see .. Here I have made up some samples using the theory above.

But what happens when you favorite yarn does not have that prefect color to create a seamless gradient…. Well a neat trick is to blend in the nearest match but gradually adding in the color to your work..

Blends… When working with colors that you want to blend into one another a neat trick is to gradually add them to your project. Here I have gradually added new colors by introducing the new color by one, then two rows at a time

This also work great with non-gradient colors

blends 2
I hope you have found this lesson useful, next weeks lesson we will go over Color Harmony.. What colors in theory compliment each other!

This weeks homework, I want you to play with you scarp ends (I know you yarn addicts have some). By wrapping them around a pencil, ruler or piece of card I want you to come up with a gradient or blend. Snap a pic and head on over to the Pippin Crochet club to enter in this weeks giveaway.

Next in the series…..
Color Theory 103 – Color Harmony
Color Theory 104 – Exploring Colors
Color Theory 105 – Presentation is key


Color Theory – Basics 101

Color Theory – Basics 101

I will try my best to keep this as simple as possible and not bog you down with technical information.

In this lesson we will look at the  basics of mixing colors and how the color wheel works. We will take a gander at the Primary, Second and intermediate colors, also touch up  on Hues, Tones, Tints and Shades. Once you have a better understanding of these elements you can start to see how colors work with one another.

So what is a color wheel …. A color wheel or color circle is the organization of color hues around a circle, which shows the relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors  Understanding the basic of a color wheel is the foundation to picking complimentary colors.

There are 12 basic hues to a color wheel.

Primary Colors
There are three primary colors, Yellow, Blue and Red. These three colors are the hues that in theory can be mixed to make all the other colors.


Secondary Colors
By mixing two of the primary colors together you create a secondary color. There are three secondary colors, Purple, Green and Orange.
Example: Red + Blue = Violet


Tertiary Colors
By combining  primary and secondary colors together you create a tertiary (intermediate ) color. There are six tertiary colors.
Example: Yellow (Primary) + Orange (Secondary) = Warm Yellow (Tertiary)


So no we have the 12 Hues of a color wheel, the very basics!

There are four Elements to a color wheel, Hues, Tints, Tones and Shades. Theses are created by taking the basic 12 Hues and blending them with one of the Achromatic colors.

Achromatic Colors
Black,  White, Grey

A hue is the purest or brightest form of a color. Hues are colors that have not been mixed with white, grey or black.

A tint is a hue that has been mixed with white.

A tone is a hue that has been mixed with grey.

A shade is a hue that has been mixed with black

4 blends

So does it work! In theory yes! in practice lets see…

Here I have taken 7 bright Hues, as you can see they work well together.. Bright, cheerful and warm. Great for children’s color schemes


Here I worked up 7 Tints, as you can see they take a pastel effect, soft, mellow and calming..  great for babies and spring color schemes


Here I worked up 7 Shades, they have taken on a dark, rich,  jewel like effect. Great for masculine, sensual color schemes

Sorry  I didn’t have time to work up a sample in the tone shades. But they would take on a muted, vintage feel.

I hope you have found the basics useful, understanding the theory behind the colors will help make those important color choices for your next project. But dont rush off to the yarn store yet!

Here is a useful Color Wheel Printable for your crochet folders

Homework 🙂
Going back to the 12 colors of the wheel.. I want you to look around your surrounding and see if you can find 12 objects/items that match the 12 hues. Arrange them in a wheel and snap a photo and head over to the Pippin Crochet Club to enter this weeks giveaway (giveaway will end January 9th 2018)  …

Next in the series…..
Color Theory 102 – Blends, Gradients and Ombre
Color Theory 103 – Color Harmony
Color Theory 104 – Exploring Colors
Color Theory 105 – Presentation is key


Arizona Cal – The Inspiration

The ancestors of modern Native Americans arrived in what is now known as the United States 15,000 years ago.  Native American art is a major category in the worlds art collections, which include Pottery, Paintings, Jewelry, Weavings, Sculptures and Carvings.

Two Grey Hills
Two Grey Hills

Textile weaving – cotton dyed with pigments was a dominant craft among pre-contact  tribes of the American southwest. The first Spaniards to visit the region wrote about seeing Navajo blankets. With the introduction of Navajo-Churro sheep, the resulting woolen products have become very well known around the world. By the 18th century the Navajo had begun to import yarn with their favorite colors, Bayeta Red. Using a upright loom, the Navajos wove blankets worn as garments and then rugs after the 1800s for trade.


The Navajo traded for commercial wool. Under the influence if European-Americans settlers at trading posts, The  Navajos created new and distinct styles including

“Two Grey Hills” (predominantly black and white, with traditional patterns)
“Teec Nos Pos” (colorful, with very extensive patterns)
“Ganado” (red dominated patterns with black and white)
“Wide Ruins” & “Chinlee” (banded geometric patterns)
“Klagetoh” (Diamond Patterns)
“Red Mesa” (bold diamond Patterns)
Many of these patterns exhibit a fourfold symmetry, which is thought to embody traditional ideas about harmony.

Red Mesa
Red Mesa

Native Americans decorated most of their crafts to make them more beautiful. They added color and designs with paint, beads, quill embroidery. Sometimes a design or color was a symbol that stood for an idea or told a story. The meaning of colors was important to Native American Indians as each color held a special sacred symbolism. The meanings changed according to the purpose they were put to.

Teec Nos Pos
Teec Nos Pos

For Arizona I wanted to use colors that can be found in a traditional Native American blanket plus to symbolize what I wish to impart on my Son as Arizona was designed for him.

Colors 2Colors 1

Black –  Power, Strength & Success
Red – Faith , Energy and Happiness
White – Sharing, Purity & Light
Greys – Representing the Howlite Gemstone for Concentration & Stress Relief

Arizona is a relaxing design as it was intended to be. Suited for any crochet level.

Prelude - Arizona
For more information about the CAL  Arizona – Introduction 

Love Pippin xoxox

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