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.

 

 

Crochet Bucket List – numbers 5 and 6

Crochet Bucket List – numbers 5 and 6

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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.

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Umzumbe, Square 1

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Umtentweni Square

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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!

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 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.

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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!

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

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The Southern Most Tip of Africa

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Doily rugs with t-shirt yarn

I post many of my t-shirt yarn rug photos on my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, but thought it was about time to load them here as well.  For some of them I have free pattern links that I can share with you.  And then some of them are without  a pattern.  I will start with the doily rugs and then move on to Mandalas and Granny Squares.

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The first one is my own  doily pattern (just in case you haven’t seen it yet!)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-doily-t-shirt-yarn-rug

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The second one was my first t-shirt yarn doily rug from a pattern.

 You can read all about it and find the pattern on Sara Rivka’s blog.

Her blog is full of creative craft and crochet ideas.

http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2013/04/crocheted-t-shirt-yarn-doily-rug-a-readers-version.html

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Anne-Marie made a larger version of the above pattern by adding more rounds.

She is a very creative crocheter, and like me,  addicted to t-shirt yarn!  lol!

Her white rug is 125 cm in diameter.

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For this beautiful cream doily rug I used a bulky cotton and Esther Chandler’s Passion Flower Doily Pattern

Do browse her blog for some lovely basket patterns as well.

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

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Here is Anne-Marie’s pink version of the same pattern

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I love this classic doily pattern.  I worked from a pattern in a Crochet Magazine.

You will find a similar pattern here:

http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/diamond-daisy-rug.html?utm_source=Lookbook&utm_medium=Lookbook&utm_campaign=Lookbook-2014

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I made quite a few of these rugs.   I always refer beginner rug makers to this pattern by Susan Potter,

because it is very easy and you can make it as big or small as you want.

http://thosedandeliondays.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-fabulous-hoooked-zpagetti-rug-pattern.html

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The following  rugs were orders from clients.  I did not follow any pattern.  If you have worked with t-shirt yarn a lot, you will know that every ball/skein of yarn differs from the other in texture and elasticity.  Which means, no two balls of t-shirt yarn will have the same result with the same pattern.  Sometimes the yarn just tells you which pattern or stitch will work best for it.

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And when an order has to be a specific size, you also need to adapt the number of rounds in the pattern to get to the requested size.  For this one I started with my own Pink Doily Rug Pattern, and made a few changes.

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This pink and grey one was also an order.  I took photos of each round and will do a photo tutorial one of these days.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at Anne-Marie’s and my rugs!  We really love making them.

We buy all our t-shirt yarn from 50 Something Yarn Shop

https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel

If you struggle to find the ready cut t-shirt yarn where you live, you can always make your own from old t-shirts.

Here is a link to a post on Craftsy where Kathryn Vercillo explains how you do that.

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/05/how-to-create-t-shirt-yarn/

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Do make sure you like our Facebook Page where we show you more of our crochet creations.  Please inbox us there for any orders.  We also share other t-shirt yarn rug patterns and know-how’s and we like showing you our followers’ crochet projects as well.

https://www.facebook.com/crochet.in.paternoster

Hope to see you soon!  I have more rug pattern links to share with you.  And I am also working on a little crochet pouch and a beautiful flower pattern.

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Had lots of fun today playing with various photo editing software.

The first two were done in Pic Collage.  I admit it still needs some editing, but it’s getting very late.

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t-shirt yarn crochet basket – 30cm in diameter and 20cm in height

 

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cotton crochet basket – 25cm in diameter and 15cm in height

 

And then I played around on http://bighugelabs.com/

as suggested by http://www.eskimimimakes.com/2014/04/topics-announced-for-the-5th-annual-knitting-crochet-blog-week-2014.html

 

For the cream doily rug I used this pattern: http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2013/04/giant-crocheted-doily-rug-pattern.html

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before – super thick cotton crochet doily – 110cm

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before – black, white and grey t- shirt yarn crochet doily – my own design – 60cm

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I used my own design for this white t-shirt yarn rug.  Did you know?  When you search for free doily rugs on Ravelry, you will find 58 of them?  Cool!  Here is mine: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-doily-t-shirt-yarn-rug

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before – white t-shirt yarn crochet doily – 60cm – my own design

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I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as I had sooooo much fun playing with them today.

 

 

 

crochet an elegant square t-shirt yarn rug / hekel ‘n elegante blokkie t-shirt jaarn mat

crochet an elegant square t-shirt yarn rug / hekel ‘n elegante blokkie t-shirt jaarn mat

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Net gou ‘n vinnige inskrywing met ‘n skakel na hierdie mooi blok se patroon. Ek het ‘n bestelling gehad vir ‘n “granny square” mat. En dit net nadat ek DRIE blou granny square matte moes hekel vir iemand. Ek was net so klein bietjie keelvol vir ‘n gewone granny square en vir die alewige gesukkel om die 6 blokke so netjies moontlik, as wat die T jou toelaat, aanmekaar en plat te kry. Ek wou iets nuuts, maklik en vinnig doen en het die internet deursoek vir ‘n anderste ouma blok. Wel ‘n paar gevind, maar nie een wat skreeu: “Pick me! Pick me!” nie. Toe gaan ek maar deur my hekelboeke en deur al die gestoorde patrone op my iPad. En toe! Daar praat hierdie patroon met my. Iets heel anders. Mooi kant effek. En die heel belangrikste, jy kan die blokke aanmekaarhekel met jou laaste rondte! Yay! Fanwolletasties! Jy moet weet dit was ‘n hele paar dae se soek!

So hierdie keer hoef ek nie te gaan sit en my eie notas ontsyfer nie! Ek kan net vir julle die patroon skakel gee. Lekker!

Hier is hy:
Dis ‘n PDF ebook wat jy gratis aflaai by Red Heart Yarn se website.
Die elegant square patroon is op bladsy 11.
Daar is sommer ‘n paar ander oulike patrone en idees ook in die boek.

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Just a quick blog entry with a website link to the beautiful square I used in this rectangular rug. I had an order for a doily rug and for a granny square rug. And just before that I finished an order for THREE granny squares rugs. I had absolutely NO motivation to start another one. So I browsed the internet for unusual granny square patterns and preferably one that would work with JAYG as it takes quite a bit of effort to join normal granny squares in a neat and flat way with the T-shirt yarn. I found a few on the internet, but not that one that screams : “Pick me! Pick me!”
Then I went through the crochet books in my bookcase and the patterns stored on my iPad. Found this one in a file screaming for my attention! It had this nice lacy look and its joined with JAYG! Yay! Fanyarntastic!

So this time around I don’t have to sit down and decipher my own notes! I can simply share the website link. Cool!

Here it is:
It is an free PDF ebook you can download from Red Heart Yarn’s website.
The Elegant Square pattern is on page 11.
The ebook has a few other nice patterns an ideas.

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Die blok se hekel was baie maklik. Jy hekel al die blokke tot by rondte 5. Dan hekel jy een blok tot by rondte 6. En dan gaan jy JAYG met die ander blokke se rondte 6. Ek het so bietjie gesukkel met die aanmekaarhekel met rondte 6 en toe maar sommer so op my eie aangevoeter.

As jy nie weet hoe om te JAYG nie gaan Google bietjie en lees op. Ek belowe jou as jy een keer blokke so aanmekaar gehekel het gaan jy nie sommer weer die ou tydrowende manier van vaswerk gebruik nie.

It is an easy square to crochet. You crochet 6 blocks up to round 5. Then you crochet one square up to round 6. Then you JAYG the other 5 in their 6th rounds. I struggled a bit with their instructions for the JAYG and ended up just fudging mine together my own way.

If you are not familiar with JAYG, Google it. I can promise you, once you’ve used this method to join your squares you won’t go back to the arduous time consuming old way of doing it.

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Ek was vreeslik opgewonde toe al 6 blokke mooi aanmekaar gehekel was! So mooi! Maar hy het n nog ietsie gekort. ‘n Randjie dalk? Ja! ‘n Randjie om hom mooi af te rond. Weer ‘n groot soektog. Die rande wat ek altyd om die matte sit wou nie werk nie. Ek het seker 5 verskillende pogings aanghekel waarvan almal te dik/breed was en dan verloor die mat sy lacy look. Na so ‘n dag of twee se dink en kyk het die antwoord gekom! Basies net ‘n herhaling van rondte nommer 6 reg rondom die mat met die charcoal kleur.

I was super excited when I had all the squares joined together. So different from all the granny square rugs I’ve done previously. I loved it! But something was missing. Perhaps a border? So another search and I had a look at all the methods I used for my other rugs. I’ve tried about 5 different versions. Nothing worked. They were all to broad/thick and didn’t look right with the lacy look of the squares. And then, after a day or two of thinking and looking at the rug, the answer came. Simple and easy! Just a sort of a repeat of round 6 right around the squares with the darker charcoal. Perfect. I did not write down what I did their with the border, but I think if you have a close look at it you should be able to figure it out.

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En dan die gewone klaar-met-mat-feesvier met koek en koffie by Mondvol Padstal!

En dan word die matte mooi gewas.

En dan word hulle mooi toegedraai in bubble wrap vir pos.

En dan die afwagting om te hoor of die ontvanger gelukkig is daarmee!

Then the usual rug-completeness-celebration with cake and coffee at Mondvol Farm stall!

Then the rugs go into the washing machine.

Then they get wrapped up in bubble wrap for mailing.

Then the anticipation for feedback from the receiver.

Then, onto the next one!

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oooh! Just received the photo’s from my client

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Ek koop my T-shirt wolle by https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl
I buy my T-shirt yarn from https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=h

See you soon for some more fabulous rug talk and photo’s !

pink doily t-shirt rug / pienk doily t-shirt mat

 

En hiermee uit-frieken-eindelik die doily mat patroon! Ek dink mos altyd ek kan gou in een aand ‘n patroontjie uitskryf. Vergeet partykere dat ek ‘n huis, man en drie kinders het! Hahaha! O! EN ‘n mat besigheid!

Hooray! At last! The doily rug pattern! I always think I can whip up the photo tut in one night! Seem to forget about the house, hubby and three children! Oh! AND a rug business!

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Steke gebruik:

 

ks = kettingsteek

kb = kortbeen

hlb = halwe langbeen

lb = langbeen

gs = glipsteek

V-steek = bestaan uit (1 lb, 2 ks, 1 lb). Let Wel !!! by party rondtes het die V-steke 3 ks tussen die langbene. die eerste V-steek van die rondte is altyd 3 ks wat tel as een langbeen.

rondtes word “toegemaak” met ‘n glipsteek in daai begin “3ks” se 3rde ks. Let Wel party rondtes word toegemaak deur ‘n glipsteek in die begin V.

 

Stitches used:

(US terminology)

 

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

ss = slip stitch

V-stitch = (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc). In some of the rounds, the V-stitches have 3 chains in-between the dc’s. The first V-stitch in a round has 3 chains which counts as a dc. Rounds are closed with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of that beginning 3 ch. NB, some rounds are closed with a slip stitch into the first V.

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Dit is nogal ‘n uitdaging om ‘n patroon te skryf vir ‘n T-mat. In die tyd wat dit opgeneem het kon ek seker 5 sulke matte gehekel het! Elke bal en kleur verskil van tekstuur, rekbaarheid en breedte van die stroke. Dus werk ‘n patroon soms vir een breedte T en nie vir die volgende ene nie. Ek hoop hierdie ene werk vir julle. Ek het hom al met ‘n hele paar verskillende kleure en dikte T gehekel. Geniet dit! En vra maar as jy iets nie verstaan nie!

It is quite a challenge to write a pattern for a t-shirt yarn rug, because the strips in every ball of t-shirt yarn differs in width, elasticity, texture. I do hope this one works for you. I’ve crocheted a few rugs in different colours and fabric thickness with this pattern. Enjoy! Please do ask if anything is unclear to you.

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Brown version where you can see the different hook sizes. The brown T was a bit thicker than the pink T I used in the tut, but worked fabulous! (57 cm)

 

and a grey one!  (62cm)

and a grey one! (62cm)

 

and a red one!

and a red one! (57cm)

 

 

 

Ek stuur gewoonlik my patroon so bladsy vir bladsy vir my suster se dogter, Anne-Marie om dit oor te gaan vir tik, spel of hekelfoute. Baaaaie Baaaaie dankie Anne-Marie. Die arme vrou word soms tot saans laat gebombardeer met eposse en bbm’s. En sy het sommer so saam met die check van die patroonbladsye vinnig haar eie rooi weergawe gehekel!

Whenever I write a new photo tut, I send the pages to my sister’s daughter, Anne-Marie. She checks them for spelling and/or crochet mistakes. The poor woman gets bombarded with late night emails and text messages! Thank you so much for your input and patience Anne-Marie! And whilst checking the pages, she started her own red doily rug.

 

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Volgende patrone op die lys:

Die hart. Bwhahaha! Hy sal seker eers met volgende jaar se Valentyns reg wees!

Die blou mandala. Ek het rondte vir rondte neergeskryf wat ek gedoen het. Sal ek hom gou môre aand opsit? Bwhahaha!

En dan die groot mandjie? Die aand daarna?

Next patterns on the list:

The heart. Bwhahaha! Maybe before Valentine’s next year!

The blue mandala. I wrote the pattern down as I went along. Shall I post that tomorrow night? Bwhahaha!

And after that, the large basket? The next evening?

 

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Ek koop my T-shirt wolle by https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl

I buy my T-shirt yarn from https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl