Since 11 September 2009 I’ve had the privilege to crochet with friends on Fridays. I call these gatherings “Craft Share”, because we make things (crafting) while we share a table, treats, coffee or tea (sometimes champagne), funny stories, sometimes heartache, just being mothers and wives, but most of all a love of making. I’ve met so many incredible woman over the years. To say that our circle of friends (who all love making and in particular crochet) have grown is an understatement. I remember one particular Friday when we met at a restaurant in Pretoria, because I didn’t have enough chairs for everyone to sit on! We were about 25 ladies crocheting, knitting, embroidering and having a good time. After about a 2 year period where I focused more on my family, home and travelling often, Adele Marais and Anneke van Heerden contacted me and asked if I could invite some of the “regulars” so we could all get in touch again. Let me introduce you to my guests:
On Friday 22 January 2010 Sonja joined Craft Share for the first time. She loves working in soothing and earthy colours. Sonja just finished a blanket for a friend’s baby. Sonja made sure we were hydrated on Friday.
Anneke fell in love with the Rustic Lace Square recently. She is methodical when it comes to colour combinations and will be joining her squares as she goes (JAYG). I met Anneke on Friday 16 July 2010.
I’ve never known a person who cares more for others than Annelize. She is always helping someone or making a contribution somewhere. I met her on Friday 11 March 2011.
I met Emsie at the primary school our children attends. She came to Craft Share for the first time on Friday 6 May 2011. She is making a cuddle blanket for a friend.
Annemarie (or Ammie as I know her) blesses her children and grand children with generously sized blankets. She loves to use soothing colours together. I’ve known Ammie about 12 years and the first time she came to Craft Share was on Friday 29 July 2011.
Jackie came to Craft Share for the first time on Friday 9 September 2011. She’s an avid knitter and is making a classic top for herself.
On Friday 9 September 2011 I met Adele Marais for the first time. Adele is a true artist when it comes to crochet. She is always busy with a beautiful blanket in the most gorgeous yarns. Click HERE for her Instagram feed.
Craft Share is where I met Elsbeth! On Friday the 13th of April 2012. It was a most auspicious day and I am so proud to call this incredible human being, talented artist and extraordinary introvert my friend.
Marietjie is a crochet connoisseur and always takes the utmost care when she chooses yarn, patterns and crochet hooks for projects. She loves challenging items like this beautiful shawl in Buttons from One-of-a-kind Yarns. I met her on Friday 1 June 2012.
On Friday 15 June 2012 I met Amelia, who LOVES colour, especially purple. She is busy making a scatter cushion cover for her daughter’s room.
Debbie home schools her children and should get a medal for how well she does it. I met her on Friday 15 June 2012.
Marissa enjoys crocheting in strong bright colours. She is working on the Rustic Lace Square for a blanket. I met her on Friday 15 June 2012.
I met Susan on Friday 10 August 2012. She was busy crocheting a blanket for her holiday home. The blanket she’s holding is her way of getting rid of all her short ends. She bought the grey to tie it all together. How clever!
Zelda is always busy working on blankets. She is almost done with this one (inspired by the American flag) for her son’s bedroom. I met her on Friday 8 November 2013.
I always feel SOOOO inspired after seeing what everyone is working on and also feel extremely proud of what my friends have made and achieved through crochet.
Crochet has so many benefits for the person who’s doing it, but also for the one that is blessed by receiving a handmade item.
If you’d like to explore a little more…….
Just have a look here on my first blog i love pom-poms
and then there were all these photo albums on Facebook ….
Have a wonderful weekend!
from me, x
PS Im holding a crocheted beach skirt that a friend made. I’m just joining the panels and finishing it off.