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 – numbers 5 and 6

Crochet Bucket List – numbers 5 and 6


Just showing you the “blanket” again, then you know which squares I am referring to.

Towards the end of the Elle CAL that I mentioned yesterday, a new CAL began.  The Seaside Winter Blanket CAL, by talented local Designer, Zelna Olivier.  The first square was stunning.  And one of those easy addictive squares.  I made quite a few of them, playing with different color combinations.  I am just showing three squares of this CAL.  Do have a look on her blog.  There are lots more.


Umzumbe, Square 1


Umtentweni Square


And my favourite square of them all! Port Shepstone, Square 6

And my Facebook friend Tze Moi, from Tink Crochet in Amsterdam made a t-shirt yarn rug with the Port Shepstone Square.  How awesome is that!


 Then we went away to Arniston and Knysna for school holidays. I just love long drives in the passenger seat. Ample crochet time.  I then crocheted a few of my own squares.  No patterns, No notes, just relaxing crochet, playing with shades of blues and greens.  Again, Christelle, who has an Afrikaans crochet group on Facebook, “Ons Hekel”,  was an influence here.  She was busy with this beautiful tile inspired crochet blanket.


Christelle’s Crochet Tiles.

Everywhere else in the crochet blog and pattern world, tile inspired squares began popping up.  This one was my first try at designing a tile square, but it ended up in a Mandala.  lol!


                                            The rest of my holiday squares.  (No patterns yet)


The Southern Most Tip of Africa



East Head Cafe, Knysna.  Look at my healthy breakfast!  Poached egg on toast AND Lemon Meringue.  Nina is going over the top with fruit.  Hehe!



This one I crocheted when we were back from Knysna. Photograph by Nina Wiese at Paradise Beach, Langebaan

The other large square you saw in yesterday’s post, was the Wishing Well Square from Dedri Uys, which I made bigger with extra rounds of dc and hdc.


Wishing Well

One more square that joined the others was this beautiful and easy one by Polly from Every Trick on the Hook. Another one with endless color combination possibilities.  You must have a look at ALL her other designs.  She has an outstanding collection of crochet squares and her patterns are very well written.



And that was the end of my Granny Square Madness for this year.

In searching for these photos I can also see lots of finished t-shirt yarn rugs as well.  That would be another blog post. BUT … Let me get my ducks in a row and finish with the packing!

Two more buckets filled! And Anya wanted to show you her new watch.  I discovered it in a box this morning.  It was one of the teenager’s from when they were small.  It needs a battery.  In the mean time I manually forward the time by 15 minutes every time she wants to know the time.


I also managed to empty 2 large plastic crates and one box today.  Just old clothes, linen and fleece blankets.  Most of which are going to be given away or donated to Hospice.

Next up?  My cotton yarns.