NatCroMo Blog Tour

NatCroMo Blog Tour

Crochetville  Is having their yearly March Blog Tour.  Each day of March they feature Yarn Shops and Crochet Designers on their blog.  Where you will find awesome inspiration and pattern specials.  Do take some time and browse their blog to feast on all the yarnie goodness. I am honoured to be part of the Blog Tour.

 

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For the Glamping Theme I have this Hanging Basket Idea for you.  A neat and compact way to store goodies in your tent or caravan.  You can use my Merry Go Round Crochet Basket  free pattern.  Crochet three baskets with t-shirt yarn; or any bulky cotton; or use two or three strings of any dk yarn in your stash.  Crochet a long string of chains and attach/join the baskets.

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In today’s blog post I want to show you a few projects I made since December.  And then right at the end of this post you will find my NatCroMo Special.

First some news on where we live.  Last year we moved from Paternoster to Langebaan to be closer to the school.  We first rented a house and in December we moved into our own newly built house in Paradise Beach. Here you can see the sunset from our house.  We had lovely sunny days which we spent on the beach.  In January the teenagers went back to school and the little one started Grade One.  And now she is practicing her writing in the sand on the beach.

 

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A highlight in January was having my Snowflake Crochet Pattern featured in Ideas Magazine.  If you want the pattern, you can buy the magazine online from Zinio .

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Early in January I finished this HUGE floor cushion for my middle child.  It ended up 120 cm in diameter and 50 cm high. I used about 13 kg of t-shirt yarn and my 15 mm hook.  We filled it with foam chips.

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And in progress now, is a slightly smaller version for the six year old.

In February I was commissioned by Carle from Nurturing Fibres to design patterns for Creative Hobbies Magazine. Look out for these awesome home decor patterns in their June issue.

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I put a piece of calico fabric on Anya’s plastic ABC puzzle and then block my crochet piece with KnitPro T-Pins.IMG_2766

In February I made this beautiful basket.  You can find the free pattern and other home decor patterns via the Facebook page Yarn in a Barn CAL.

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And in between all my projects I play around with designs of my own.  I need to write up all these patterns, but find that very time consuming.

I also completed quite a few t-shirt yarn rug orders.  Let me show you  some of them.

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Then my eldest ordered a rug too.  I am using Patricia Kristoffersen’s famous Splendid Doily Pattern.  We are about 75% in to the pattern, but do not have enough of the t-shirt yarn to finish.  Argh.  Plan B is to bring in another colour.  Hope to finish this one soon.

And I’ve kept the best for last.  My Quandala Rug Pattern!

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For the next week you can download it for free.  Use the code “NatCroMo Blog Tour”.

This is the dates and times for the special:

Start date March 18, 2017 at 00:00
End date March 25, 2017 at 23:59

I’ve recently crocheted three rugs with this pattern.  My client wanted bright and colourful.

And I love this version by a crochet friend.  She used Tori (a bulky cotton/bamboo blend) by Vinnis Colours.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern if you do download it.  Do like (give it a pink heart) on Ravelry and tag us on Instagram if you upload your photo there. #quandalarug.

Quandala stands for Quick and Easy Mandala.  This is an easy pattern for first time rug makers.  And other than normal rug patterns out there, this one has a fabulous soft texture and feel.

Thank you for visiting.

Enjoy the rest of the March Crochet fun with NatCroMo.

 

 

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Worldwide Artist Blog Hop and four questions

Let us just imagine I am posting from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia where it is still Monday, 14 August 2014!

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/france/papeete

Thanks for your invite Andrea!

http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/2014/08/worldwide-artist-blog-hop-and-four.html

https://www.facebook.com/kokopellidesign2

I met Andrea on a Facebook Crochet Group I belong to. I love her crochet doilies with fine yarn. She also creates other works of art in different mediums.

Before I answer the four questions I thought this would also be the ideal opportunity to show you a few of my completed rugs. It is also interesting to see where in the world they hopped to!

 

This one was a gift to my mother-in-law who lives in Pretoria, South Africa. I got the pattern from here.

http://makemydaycreative.com/2014/05/23/passion-flower-doily/

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This pink one is residing at a local self catering accommodation

http://www.mysandals.co.za/

https://www.facebook.com/SandalsSelfCateringInPaternoster

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The blue granny square rug you will find at our local Pizzeria. Best Pizzas here on the West Coast!

http://www.blikkie.co.za/restaurant.html

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This cream doily rug will end up in Ireland!

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This purple and grey doily is very special

I packed 2 x 1 kg balls of t-shirt yarn in my suitcase when we travelled to Italy two years ago. Then crocheted the rug whilst there and gave it to our landlady’s three year old daughter.

This is where we stayed.

http://amalfi-coast-accommodation.com/casa-bianca

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Question 1. Why do I do what I do?

As we were driving to Paternoster from Vredenburg the other day, it was drizzling a bit. We are nearing the end of our winter. The road is picturesque with flowers starting to bloom and sheep and cows in the green fields next to the road. I was looking in my rear view mirror and saw a little rainbow forming in the slipstream at the back of the car. The words “a rainbow in my slipstream” came to mind, and got me thinking. I wonder if there is maybe a song with that words? Also, how wonderful it would be if we all leave a rainbow in our slipstream? In interacting with people: whether it is a kind word; gesture or a crocheted gift?

 

Why do I crochet? I like all the giving there is in crochet.

 

It gives you joy and relaxation

 

You can crochet a present and give it to someone

 

You can sell your crochet work and someone gives you money!

 

Crochet gives you a thrill when you do yarn bombing!

 

And when friends know you very well, they give you beautiful yarn when it’s your birthday! Yay!

 

Question 2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t think my work differs from others. I do like to take special photographs of my work. And I am very lucky to live in the beautiful Paternoster where there is plenty awesome scenery for that perfect photo.

Question 3. How does my creative process work?

Haphazardly and disorganised and random!

That is all I can say about my creative process! Hahaha!

Sometimes I would/should be working on a rug order. Then we run out of cat food. That means a visit to my LYS. (pet shop is right next to the yarn shop!)

Then there would be new yarn screaming at me from the shelves. And back home, the ordered rug would be forgotten and the new yarn just have to be tried out!

Question 4. What am I working on now?

Ok! I will not put down the whole list! It would be toooooo long!

Two half circle rugs

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A sort of free form heart shaped rug

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A t-shirt yarn basket for a client

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A dainty white doily t-shirt yarn rug that I started many many months ago

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A crazy colourful summer top. Just because I love crocheting with Elle Premier 4 ply and the colours are so nice

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I started this basket last year. Also Elle Premier Cotton 4 ply. Mixing all the colours with twine. I’m still wondering whether it will end up as a basket or maybe a handbag?

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Etc. Etc. Etc.

Etc. – can also stand for Eat, Travel, Crochet! What a lovely combination of things to enjoy!

All these WIP’s are going to have to wait a bit this week. We are starting preparations for Anya’s Birthday Party on Sunday. She will be four years on Monday! She wants another Tom and Jerry cake. She does not want to order one. She insists we bake it ourselves!

 

And now I would like to invite two other creative friends to join us in this World Blog Hop. They will post on Monday, 25 August 2014

Christelle is the founder of the South African Facebook Crochet group “Ons Hekel”. She always has a few interesting crochet projects in the making.

http://www.haak-en-stekie.blogspot.com/

Liezl whom I’ve also met through “Ons Hekel”. She dabbles in lots of different arty things besides crochet.

http://myheartdreaming.blogspot.com/