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.



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.


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 .



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.




Crochet Bucket List – number 4

This is what 70 plus crochet squares look like.


It could make a beautiful blanket.  But with all the different sizes in there, I think it will be a nightmare trying to join the lot!

This all started way back in April this year.  Facebook Crochet Groups started showing us this CAL from Elle Yarns.

You will find the free patterns for all these squares on Elle Yarns’ webpage.  You just need to register (for free), then you can download them.

I had some blue yarn in my stash and joined in and crocheted the first square.  We went for cake and coffee in Paternoster where I then took photos of the squares. After that Elle released two squares a week.  And I then felt obliged to photograph all the other squares somewhere along our West Coast with views of the ocean.


Chocolate Cheesecake at Mondvol Coffee Shop


Langstrand Paternoster


After the first square I was hooked!  And of course every time I visited my LYS, 50 Something Yarn Shop, different shades of blue yarn screamed at me to come home with me.


This was square number 2 of the Elle CAL. Paradise Beach, Langebaan



Having fun at Paradise Beach. Three more weeks then this is where we are going to live! Yay!


Squares 4 and 5



Square 8


I just love the insides of some of the squares. The possibilities of what you can do with them are endless!


The beginning of Square 10. With chocolate cake and cappuccino at Lekka-by-die-See at Mykonos, Langebaan.


Square 10


And that is the Elle CAL in a bucket for now. Anya wanted to be in the photo too! She wants to be in all the photos. LOL!

I can really recommend beginners to take part in a CAL (Crochet-Along).  You learn so many stitches and tricks.

These went into a bucket for now.  I am still deciding on what to do with them.

The rest of the squares in my “blanket photo” were from other CAL’s and some of them were my own squares.  Hopefully I can show them to you tomorrow.