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.




Flower t-shirt rug photo tutorial Part 2 / Blom t-shirt mat foto-patroon Deel 2

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Die hopie blomme het toe vir dae lank hier op ‘n stoel gelê. Ek het geen idee gehad hoe ek die spul aanmekaar gaan kry nie! Die paar patrone waarna ek gekyk het, was almal met die blom se laaste rondte aanmekaar gehekel. En hier sit ek toe met 7 reuse klaargehekelde blomme!

Toe het ek sommer net een aand losgetrek en die spul aanmekaar gehekel. En omdat ek in die aand gehekel het, het ek nie baie foto’s geneem van die proses nie. Ek gaan wel met die paar foto’s wat ek het, vir julle probeer wys wat ek gedoen het. Lessie geleer? As ek weer so ‘n mat aanpak, sal ek die blomme reg van die begin af aanmekaar hekel!!!

The seven flowers you saw in ( ) were stacked / stuck on a chair for days because I had absolutely no idea how to crochet them together! I’ve had a look at other patterns and tutorials and they were all JAYG’s.

And then one evening I’ve had enough of the flowers eyeing me and just jumped in and started crocheting them together. I can’t take nice photo’s with the iPad in the evening. So with the little photo’s that I have, I will try and show you what I’ve done. Lesson learned? If I ever wanted to crochet a flower rug again, I will most definitely use the JAYG method!!!

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Reg! Nou is jou blomme vas aanmekaar. Dit was die maklike deel! Hahaha!  Alle voorspoed vir jou as jy ook ‘n rand buite om die blomme wil hekel! Ek stel voor jy lees die hele langdradige prentjie storie ‘n paar keer deur en besluit of jy kans sien daarvoor.

Ok! You should have one beautiful huge flower by now. That was the easy part. You will need some time and patience if you want go for the border around your flowers. I suggest you read through the border tutorial a few times to make sure you understand what I did there. Good luck!

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Ons was almal baie bly toe die mat uiteindelik klaar is en het dit sommer gaan vier by Mondvol Padstal. Lekker suur suurlemoentert en yskoffie vir my, ‘n tjoklit cupcake vir Anya en red velvet cupcakes vir die twee tieners.

We celebrated the finished rug at our favourite farmstall, Mondvol Padstal, with lemon tart and iced coffee for me, a chocolate cupcake for Anya, and the two teenagers had red velvet cupcakes.

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(oeps amper vergeet ek!  ek het so 2 balle van 1kg elk van die grys gebruik en so een bal lilac, en ‘n 12 mm hekelpen)

Daar is nog so baie wat ek hier met julle wil deel. Vir starters wil ek foto’s opsit van al die matte wat ek al gehekel het. Dan is daar daai hartmat waarmee ek so gesukkel het. En van harte gepraat! Anya, ons ou laatlam prinsessie is mos die week speelskooltjie toe. Ek dink Mamma was baie meer hartseer as sy.

Mooi bly tot volgende keer!

(oops! Almost forgot! I used a 12mm crochet hook and about 2 kg of grey t-shirt yarn and more or less 1 kg of lilac)  

Do come back soon as I still have lots of rug photos to show you.