Hello, Crochet workshop in Bloemfontein!

Happy and exciting times are ahead as our book is about to hit the shelves!

!!!WHOOP- WHOOP!!!

We were invited to the Vrystaat Kunstefees, in Bloemfontein, to give a crochet workshop as part of the Literature Festival.

We have something VERY special planned.

Together, the three of us, will show you all the tips and tricks involved in reading the shawl crochet pattern and chart from our book….and even sign your book if you want to.

The shawl pattern was interpreted in 4 different ways in our book, contemporary, artistic, romantic and bohemian…

The same pattern , but look how different just because different yarns and inspiration were used!

 

 

 

 

Its an easy/medium crochet pattern, and extremely satisfying to make!

You will receive an amazing yarn goodie bag with the pattern and a crochet hook, all for just R20 per person!

 

You can go here to book your place, as space is limited.

Hope to see you there!

love from Elsbeth

 

my special moments in the karoo- elsbeth

Those of you who has followed our blog for a while, will be familiar with our yearly crochet-getaway. If you have missed out on our previous getaways, you can go here and here to see what we were up to.

 

I spent my Karoo days knitting and crocheting.

 

 Sitting in Colesberg at a quaint coffe shop, knitting a beany for myself with cowgirlblues aran. I didnt follow a pattern and loved the result! I will share a final photo on my instagram sometime. ( It was done, pom pom and all, but my dog got hold of the beany when I got home and played with the pom-pom, and im sure you get the picture…. need to add another pom pom….)

 

At Richmond Rooms and Cafe, I had the cutest little stoep in front of my room, and fell in love with the embroidered tablecloth!

Every room had so many beautiful little corners and this was one of my favourites!

I also crocheted  hot water bottles covers and embroidered a little something on them to make them extra special.

Its a perfect project for beginners- just make a ch that is the same length as the bottom of the hot water bottle. You will then work  trs in all the chs until you get to the first ch made, turn your work and then tr in the other side of all the chs- this way the cover is all ready closed at the bottom.  Ss into the first tr you made, and then continue working in the round. When the cover is long enough you can bind off. Add a cute border and make a string to close the cover around the spout.

 

I also started knitting the marled magic shawl from Stephen West.

Thank goodness Anisa was there to guide me through this pattern- she made one a few months ago- otherwise I would not be smiling on this photo and the horns would be really sprouting from my head!

 

…dear Liesl just being her cute self.

 

This lovely Karoo break was amazing and spending time with my dearest friends just made it unforgettable, and we are all ready dreaming about where our next adventure will take us!

 

 

Have a lovely week making pretty things with yarn, plants and people,

love from Elsbeth

the Karoo and us



….and this year we did it again, but a little bit different.

Our 2017 crochet getaway* took place in the beautiful Karoo, specifically in Richmond, and to pin point our exact location…the lovely charming Richmond Cafe and Rooms

I cannot describe in words how absolutely beautiful and special the experience was.

Our hosts, Klaradyn, Nicol and their whole team, made us feel so welcome and the saying ”being spoiled” is an understatement.

We will be sharing some of our favourite moments over the next few weeks with you,

like where we sat on this couch a lot……

 

 

Cornel worked on her gorgeous African flower blanket,

 

Anisa started knitting a fun shawl pattern from Hedgehogfibers and…

 

…and I started Stephen West’s Marled magic shawl.

 

…and Liesel (who doesn’t crochet, but cheer us on from the sidelines), sitting here with her needlepoint project.

 In the coming weeks we will share what we made over the glorious 5 days and all the links to the patterns.

Wishing you a lovely day

love from Elsbeth

 

PS: Visit our instagram accounts for more of the Karoo and us

Richmond Cafe and Rooms

Cornel, Anisa, Elsbeth and Liesel

PSS: *we did a lot of knitting too!

it was the year 1886

Writing a crochet book is not for the fainthearted let me tell you.

Cornel told Anisa and myself that writing a crochet book is A LOT OF WORK, but I must confess I didn’t really believe her…..crochet, work? How is that even possible.

*Cornel has written a crochet book for Ideas Magazine a while ago (so she knows what she is talking about and we have all loved making some of the special patterns in it.) By the way….. if you subscribe for the electronic Ideas Magazine/ Idees Tydskrif  you can get the crochet book for free!!!! )

So, after a few months of working on the book I agree…. it is A LOT OF WORK!

It is also such an interesting experience…I am loving the creative side of looking at the amazing yarn our sponsors donated, thinking of lovely things to crochet, letting my imagination go wild, starting 20 times, frogging 21 times to get something right while writing everything down too!!!!

I really admire all the knitting and crochet designers out there for creating wonderful patterns for all of us to make. The small amount of money that we pay for a well written pattern that was tested is really not that much and I applaud the ladies who support designers by buying patterns and not just copying them from friends……

I have been going through many of my old crochet and knitting files and found this adorable book. I only have the scans of these pages and maybe someone knows where it can be found online?

It was edited by Jenny June in 1886 and I want to share the introduction with you. It made me feel so close to these lovely ancient ladies who made things, lovely and practical, with their hands.

(Thanks to my dear daughter Amber, who kindly typed the Introduction so that it can be read easily)

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whole intro

 

 

Have a lovely weekend making lovely things!

love from Elsbeth

on-the-go in handmade style

On a recent vintage shopping spree at Provance Vintage fair, I found this lovely basket….. perfect for my on-the-go crochet and knitting projects.

FullSizeRender (6)I love the wooden beaded handles, but I had some plans for the boring grey lining and knew that I will find something in my fabric stash that I can use to take the inside from boring to fab!.

This floral fabric is also from a secondhand shop and I really like how this very busy floral fabric blends in with the natural  basket colour.

The crochet butterfly pin cushion on the fabric was my first attempt at making a butterfly brooch. I crocheted a bit too loose so the butterfly is really far too big for a brooch, but makes a lovely pin cushion. Here is my butterfly brooch if you are curious.

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The fabric was cut to follow the shape of the basket. After sewing it together I stitched it into the basket and voila….

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A little fabric pocket for scissors and notions make it very practical.

The first project to enjoy this cosy new basket is the Maddermade Cardigan.

I am busy knitting one for my husband in the most glorious Alpaca yarn from Quenti Alpacas. I highly recommend this pattern if you want to knit a cardigan. The best part is that you can decide how long, fitted or straight the cardigan should be, so you design the pattern with the help of Carrie’s clear instructions. I am not an experienced knitter by the way, so trust me on this!

 

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I am so please with this little project.

Wishing you a creative weekend full of possibilities

love from Elsbeth

 

my butterfly brooch

 

I had so much fun making this! A cute little butterfly brooch…..

It has two sides. The fun speckled yarn side……..

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….and another side with flowers

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the collection yarns

I used an arty speckled yarn from one of a kind yarns, black vinnis nikkim to crochet the two sides together and to crochet the middle of the butterfly’s body and to embroider 2 small flowers.

The other side of the butterfly was crocheted with some delicious natural merino dk yarn, and cowgirlblues merino lace was used for the little french knots and flowers.

If you would like to see it in action on my jersey you can pop over to my instagram account. Winter is here and its time for jerseys, sweaters, scarves, beanies and mittens…and of course, my cute little butterfly brooch!

Have a lovely weekend

love from Elsbeth

ps: this is the pattern that I used.

our workshops at Tierlantynkies

In 19 days, Cornel and myself will embark on a crazy amazing adventure….

Hosting crochet workshops for a whole week at Tierlantynkies here in Pretoria, our home town.

This annual market celebrates all things home-made, hand-made and love-made, and is highly recommended if you are looking for something special and unique.

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Since starting our ‘Gentle Art of Making‘  classes mid  last year, we have seen the magic that happens in our get-togethers. Ladies of all ages come to learn how to crochet, and in the process discover not only the joy of learning a new skill, but also the joy of making things with their hands and being creative.

If you are in need to connect with your creative self and see how amazing it is to create with your hands, I highly recommend coming to our workshops. The best thing about learning to crochet now is that winter is coming and that means you can make…. mittens, scarves and blankets!

Join our beginners crochet class where we will introduce you to the basics- even left handed ladies are welcome.

Our crochet motive class will be prefect for those who can hold a hook and yarn. You will get 3 lovely crochet motive diagrams to choose from, and we will go step-by-step in guiding you to master the art of reading crochet diagrams.

All your class material, yarn and hook will be included.

Here is the schedule, specially made for our local Afrikaans ladies. Our classes are bi-lingual, so everyone is welcome!

empty nest workshop schedule for tierlantynkies

…and for those in need of a bit of paper and fabric fun, our paper doll class is for you!

I specially designed cute paper dolls and you have the opportunity to make a paper doll version of yourself, or a loved one.

Everything is included and you don’t need to be an artist!

I will give some inside arty tips to make you comfortable with a brush and paint, and guide you through the whole process.  Add a magnetic strip to her back, and your movable paper doll can live happily on any metal surface, like a fridge.

Please contact us for more info and to book your spot. We like our classes small so space is limited.

Have a lovely weekend,

love from Elsbeth

Be bright

Things that brightened up my day….

  • Receiving the most funky and sweet place mats ever from Cornel this morning while working on our crochet book.
  • This neon yellow African fabric I used to dress my paper doll version of myself.  These paper dolls are part of our Empty Nest workshops at Tierlantynkies . Please see the workshop schedule if you live in Gauteng,-  our workshops will brighten up your day and no previous art experience needed to make and paint yourself and your family!

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Hope you have a bright, shiny weekend full of love

love from Elsbeth

 

Sophie Digard 

If you are on Pinterest and you love crochet, you would have drooled over the amazing work of textile and fiber artist Sophie Digard.

I saw these beautiful brooches and it was love at first sight!

A little bit of velvet, some crochet and other bits of fiber and voila!!! ….a bit of beauty to carry with you.


  
  
Hope your weekend is full of wool!

love from Elsbeth

PS For some more lovely things click HERE