craft share on friday 4 march 2016

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:

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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.

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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.

annelize

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.

emsie

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.

ammie

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

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.

adele

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.

elsbeth

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

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.

amelia

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

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

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.

susan

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

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

cornel

PS Im holding a crocheted beach skirt that a friend made. I’m just joining the panels and finishing it off.

sweet remembrance

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Nostalgia is a way of remembering people, places and things. Almost a walk down memory lane. Like a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former person, place or time.

Did you know that nostalgia is in fact a potent mood booster. It makes you more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people in fact use nostalgia to literally feel warmer. In fact thinking of good memories for just 20 minutes a day can make you more cheerful than you were the week before, and happier than if you think of your current circumstances, report researchers from an international university.

Since memories often star important people in our lives, they may give us a comforting sense of belonging. According to studies by psychologists, people who write about a nostalgic event are more cheerful after the exercise, compared with people who write about an everyday experience

Some of my fondest memories are of my granny who taught me to knit at a very young age. After she passed away at the age of 94, I was fortunate to be given two of her treasures. One was a handmade cameo which I wear regularly and the other is a granny square blanket that she lovingly made many years ago. Both are a reflection of who she was, colourful, unique, creative and smart. I will always treasure these two items and will one day pass them on to another family member.

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I asked a number of friends and fabulous yarn icons who and what are they specifically nostalgic about. What each person has shared with me is so special and endearing. My love for yarn started with knitting. I’ve been intrigued and influenced especially by Stephen Wests’ knitting (his quirkiness and playfulness is amazing) .

this is stephen west by Elsbeth

This is what Stephen West feels nostalgic about:

‘The photo below is of construction workers in Reykjavik. I think it’s fantastic that they’re wearing their neon gear with the handknit lopapeysas with the elbows worn out. I love Reykjavik and get so much inspiration from my visits there, so this photo sums up the magic you see while walking the streets everyday.

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The photo below is me riding my bike in Urbana, IL with all my designs from Westknits Book One.

I started designing patterns in that town and found my first local yarn store there. I have so many wonderful memories from riding my bike and knitting in that neighborhood. It was the beginning of Westknits!’

Stephen West

The Hellohart team have bought a couple of his patterns on Ravelry and Elsbeth says she can’t wait to start the dotted rays shawl.

Stephen is a trendsetter in the true sense of the word. As Elsbeth says: if he was a ball of wool he would be a ball of neon yellow! Just watch his youtube channel and you’ll see what I mean.


Michelle du Plessis is a South African living in the Netherlands and owner of the Scaapi webshop.

Scaapi specializes in selling unique quality yarns produced with love in South Africa. Michelle loves handmade goods, textiles, pattern, print, vintage, wool, felt, knitting and anything AFRICA to name but a few.

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Michelle sent us an image of a crochet wine coaster that her grandmother made.  As Michelle says, “I remember these from back home. My mom used them on high days and holidays when she cooked up a storm. I now only have one left and I do treasure it as my parents have passed away. It is delicate and I can now, as a grown up, appreciate the skill it took my granny to make this delicate coaster. I hope to one day replicate it.”

Michelle’s second treasure is a beautiful MaXhosa knitwear jersey and she says that “ In the winter this jersey forms my winter work clothes and I wear ‘proudly SA’ when I visit customers. I always get a lot of compliments for it and it makes me feel truly South African. Why I love this design so much, is because of the colours and the patterns. We are what we grew up with and my inherent colour pallet that really resounds with my soul are the colours of Africa in all their glory. I love mustards, emeralds, rich purples, deep blues, rich jewel colours and lots of ochre. I also love strong graphic patterns and the patterns made by Laduma of Maxhosa knitwear are based on Xhosa tribal beadwork. For me as an Eastern Cape girl, nothing can take me back home more than wearing something traditional from the region I come from. I love powerful images and the combination of black and bright colours. I studied textile print design and since I was a child I have always been drawing repeat patterns. I also love the Maxhosa jersey a lot because it is of excellent quality and made from South African merino and mohair yarn. I was privileged to buy this jersey from it’s designer Laduma Ngxokolo when he was in the Netherlands and this makes it even more special as I admire Laduma as a knitwear designer.”


Brenda Grobler says that her mother was a prolific crochet fanatic. “Some of my earliest memories include seeing her with some form of crochet or knitting on her lap.

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She must have made hundreds of baby outfits, all without a pattern and all in the thinnest yarns imaginable. I think I get my love of clean lines in crochet from her. All her work was slick, clean and without any fiddly stuff or embellishments. I can’t recall seeing her ever work with bright yarns. She also didn’t enjoy doing larger projects such as blankets. Her thing was baby outfits, although she sometimes deviated and would make one of us girls a top or something similar. The top that I included here was made for me when I was in my late teens or early twenties. I’ve been wearing it on and off for just over two decades and it still looks great. It’s something I’ll never get rid of. The baby clothing was made for my children. I keep it safe in the hopes that one of my daughters’ might use it for their babies one day (they’re quite sentimental, both of them, so chances are good!).

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My mom will be turning 84 this year, and sadly has old age dementia. This disease has robbed her of her memories, and also her crochet skills. She can barely remember how to do a treble. It’s terribly sad, but I believe her love of fibre arts will live on in me, as well as both my daughters, as they are turning into quite accomplished crocheters in their own right.”


Stephnie Fogwill  sent me a few photos of nostalgic items all made by her dad’s mom.

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“My mother’s mother passed away recently and shortly before her death I asked her about two blankets that were always at hand and often covering her knees. Turns out it was made for her by my other grandmother. My two sets of grandparents were great friends who often went on holiday together after they had all retired.

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These blankets are very dear to me as it seems like a little something from both of my grandmothers. I also have a collection doilies made by my wonderful grandmother. She was a bit of an earth child who recycled long before it became fashionable and the doily with shells specifically represents who she was.”


Fellow Blogger and great friend Elsbeth Eksteen is truly a creative spirit that inspires me with the magic she does with yarn.  Her granny holds a special place in her heart as she was responsible for the fabulous fashion that adourned Elsbeths dolls…

Ouma Bessie and doll clothes patterns

”My granny, Ouma Bessie, was a beautiful woman.

She always dressed up, even when she just stayed home to cook and clean her home and she was the mother of 6 children!

She introduced me to the joys of knitting.

 My sister and I used to visit over weekends and my granny always knitted clothes for our dolls.

Little knitted outfits for Cindy (we didn’t have Barbies) and baby doll clothes for our babies.

She could knit a pair of booties and sweater for our babies in no time- she was that good!

Whenever I see little doll clothes I remember siting close to her while she knitted little outfits…”


Cornel Strydom is a unique talened individual that I am fortunate to call “friend”.  Cornel has the most amazing ability to create something that is so unique yet at the same time so simple that you ask yourself “now why did I not think of that”.  I love her authenticity and her creative spirit its always such a breath of fresh air just being in her company.  Cornel’s special memory is the beautiful doily…

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“Crocheted doilies make me feel nostalgic about the wonderfully happy times I spent with my grandmother, Ouma Hanna, on their farm near Bethal. I remember being in the farm kitchen with her, the cole stove burning, a kettle on top of it filled with near boiling water and a tray, set and ready for tea.

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Ouma Hanna used rectangular doilies to line her tea tray, finely crocheted doilies with beads around the edge to cover the milk jug and keep the farm flies out, and larger doilies crocheted with cotton twine to set the dinner table with.

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Although I don’t have a single doily that belonged to her, these small ornamental mats is my connection to her.

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She was a fine woman who made do with what she had. She showed me that contentment comes from appreciating the little things in life, like doilies.”


It is strange how we hold onto the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures. I say take the best from the past, the best from our individual experiences and the best lessons we have been taught, and mould a future that is special, personal and allows you to revel in your real self.

Always look back with joy

Yarn Blessings

The very lucky recipient of the 6 balls of MoYa yarn is Madeleine.  Madeleine we will be contacting you shortly!  congratulations!

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….thank you

I’m sure you will agree that if one really looks at life there is so many things to be grateful for.
One of those things are friendships.

I made these two little thank you cards to say thank you to you for following our blog, it is really amazing to see your likes and comments! To meet like minded-crazy-for-wool-addicts is something I’m very grateful for.

These two cards where also inspired by a very creative friend who gave me something truly beautiful last week.

*you know who you are *

 

Dankie by Elsbeth

Thank you by Elsbeth

 you can click here to download your  thank you cards

7b3eb70982d7bff752160868ffb11c9bI found this sweet image about frienship on pintrest

Hope you will have  a great love filled week!

love elsbeth

craft share on friday 26 sept 2014

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It’s been a while since I had friends over on a Friday morning, to celebrate our shared “addiction”.

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Craft Share started in July 2009, with just 1 friend joining me, but quickly grew to 4 of us laughing, baking and crafting.

Over the years (see our albums here) there were times I didn’t even have enough chairs for everyone to sit on.

While busy working on the crochet pattern book for Ideas Magazine (having lots of time for reflection…), I decided to keep Craft Share small and intimate.

That’s what I love most.

To make a meaningful connection with every friend who spends the morning at my house.

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Over the last 5 years I’ve made MANY friends and shared my passion for crochet with many.

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Last Friday was no different.

I invited 5 friends to join me for an indulgent morning of uninterrupted crocheting.

Amelia, Elsbeth, Marissa, Alna and Juta joined me. I loved it!

You can see our individual photos on Craft Share’s Facebook page.

CLICK HERE.

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I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you feel rested.

With love,

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(original post on 28 september 2014)

inspiration thursday: brenda grobler

I got a WhatsApp message two weeks ago from Cornel, who wanted to show me some really gorgeous crochet patterns for tops she wanted to buy.  Up to that point, I’d never heard of Brenda Grobler.  Well, I was amazed and intrigued all at the same time.  It’s always so refreshing to meet individuals that are energised and passionate about what they do.  I remember when I still had my décor store, how exciting it was to meet an artist who put heart and soul into their work.  When an item is made with loving care and you know that many hours have been spent perfecting the final product, there is something magic about it.  As Alan Moore said: “There is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat.”

I hope you enjoy reading my interview with Brenda Grobler, as it illustrates magic in the making…

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What inspires you?

Pictures of beautiful interiors, especially French Country-style, rustic environments, the colours and textures in a Spring garden, women that escape a less than fortunate background and manage to achieve successful and happy lives, muted colours, the texture and feel of natural fibres, my children, positive people.

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some of brenda’s favourite decor pins on pinterest

When did you start crafting and who taught you?

I must have been around 5 when my mother showed me how to do a treble. With that one little stitch, dozens of coat hanger covers were made. A couple of years later, doilies were the must-have item in most homes. I made a lot of extra cash hooking up different ones and selling them to family members. My mother firmly believed that you can only learn if you try something for yourself. I basically taught myself how to read patterns and do all the other stitches.

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brenda’s own designs

Tell me about your crochet work?

I’ve done a lot of pattern design work for Saprotex, a few patterns for African Expressions and I’m currently doing a lot of work for Vinnis Colours. Apart from designing, I also teach crochet. There is nothing more satisfying than helping someone master this beautiful craft. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning I get to spend time with really awesome women, helping them explore their own creativity, while teaching them the do’s and don’ts along the way. I’m so passionate about crochet, it is an absolute thrill to teach newbies and instill a love of crochet in them. That very first time when they master a stitch/pattern/block is priceless. It’s also wonderful to see that the age of my students are dropping. It’s wonderful to know that a whole new generation of crocheters are out there.

How did it all begin?

A friend of mine, Annemie, owns Die Wolnessie in Paarl. Three years ago, she badgered me to start designing and also introduced me to the Head Designer at Saprotex. After Tanya from Saprotex saw what I could do, she asked me to design for them. Up to that point I’ve always only done more décor related items. Garment making was a total new experience, but from the word go, I realised that this was ‘my thing’. I absolutely LOVE doing garments. When Vinni Nielsen from Vinnis Colours approached me at the beginning of the year to do work for her, I literally did back-flips. Her cotton yarn, Nikkim, has long been an absolute favourite of mine, so what could be better than using your fave yarn to design anything?! Vinni gives me carte blanche. I can literally do whatever I want. It’s been a fabulous year, and I’m so looking forward to our new releases around October. Our first patterns were very well received, and I can’t wait to share our new stuff.

 

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What do you think will be the next big thing in the world of craft?

I honestly believe that crocheting will only continue to grow and grow. Examples of crocheted décor items are featured quite prominently in glossy décor magazines. Through teaching I’ve noticed that the ages of women wanting to learn have dropped quite substantially. These women will be the trailblazers of a future generation of crocheters. They will also demand more natural fibres. There is a definite trend of people moving away from the old traditional acrylic yarns. Big yarns will also play a bigger role as it is so very suitable to creating bulkier home décor items.


Who on the international craft scene do you admire most and why?

I absolute adore the work Natalia Kononova does. Her design aesthetic is very similar to mine. I love her use of muted colours and clean lines.

Another favourite is Vendulka Maderska. She brings a stunning, fresh and colourful happiness to crochet. You can’t help but smile when you look at her designs.

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brenda’s own designs for elle yarns

Where can our readers find you?

My Facebook Group, Hekel Girls: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hekelgirls/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/brenda_grobler/

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What is your favourite blog and magazine and why?

Haak & Stekie (www.haak-en-stekie.blogspot.com) I adore Christelle’s writing style and I love following her crochet adventures. Le Monde De Sucrette (http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/) Her personality always shines through in her posts, it actually feel as if you’re having a cup of tea with her. I love conversational blogs, ones where the honesty and sincerity of the person shines through. Favourite mag is definitely Home Magazine. Apart from being a crochet junky, I’m a total décor/DIY ‘uberfan’. I love that they do real homes with real people.


What is your favourite yarn store / craft store and why?

I don’t really have one. I buy a lot of yarn online, so the current favourite would totally depend on what they have available. If I have to choose, it would probably be Skapie.www.skapie.co.za

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Brenda has published a number of patterns and I cannot wait to see them featured in another magazine.  I always love seeing individuals reach their full potential and having a look at Brenda’s work you will see she has achieved so much.  Yet, you also know that there is so much more wonderful crochet concepts and ideas that she has up her sleeve.  I cannot wait to see what she conjures up next.

THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING US, BRENDA!

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(original post on 11 september 2014)

crochet and knit weekend getaway

crochet weekend

Join us for a crochet and knit weekend getaway!

Nothing to interrupt you! Only crocheting, knitting, pampering and fun!

We’ll stay at the Cullinan Diamond Lodge from

FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER 2014

Each person will receive a luxury gift bag put together by

I LOVE YARN and HELLO HART,

as well as a pedicure while you crochet or knit. Included in the price of R1995-00 is accommodation, breakfast and dinner for Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, and an amazing three course meal by Lientjie Denton for Sunday lunch, to end off a perfect weekend!

There are only 34 spots available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The first 34 people to pay in full and send proof of payment, are assured of a place.

Banking details: I Love Yarn, ABSA Bank Cheque account 4080075154. Please send proof of payment to info@iloveyarn.co.za

Conditions:

not included in the price of R1995-00 are lunch and drinks. Please bring snacks along if you wish

2 people will share a room, so if you want to share with someone, please make sure to indicate that to us

cancellation policy – if you cancel too late and we’re not able to find a replacement, your money will unfortunately not be refunded

we cannot keep places without payment

Please bring along your stories, smiles and beautiful projects!

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inspiration friday: natasja king

 You know that feeling you have when you’ve never met someone in person, yet when somebody talks about them or when you read their blog or even visit their Facebook page, you have this feeling of familiarity wash over you?  Well that’s exactly how it felt as I was scouting the social media networks looking for another inspiring person to interview for our blog.  I came upon the blog crochetime.net and realised that the author is a South African, living abroad. And that’s how I got introduced to Natasja King.  What is amazing about Natasja is that it took a move 10 years ago to the UK, to introduce her to the craft of crochet.  Reading Natasja’s blog, its difficult to believe that she only learnt to crochet in 2009.   But when you read our interview, you will see that she has an every growing passion for crochet…
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What inspires you?

Nature and people inspire me. When I walk to and from Waterloo station along the South Bank, I see so many people from all walks of life. The businessmen with dark suits and bright socks on their bicycles, the German tourists who always tend to wear artsy clothes, the fashionable designers who work in the area and young ladies dressed for cocktails in the Oxo Tower. I notice this all and take mental pictures of what they’re wearing and their colour combinations. If it catches my eye, I ask myself why it was that I noticed it, and I save that image in my head. Sometimes I really take a photograph! Last week I took the bus home instead of walking so I had a bird’s eye view over Fleet street. I spotted a lady in a skirt made from an amazingly colourful, diamond design fabric. I pulled out my iPhone and took picutres. I just had to. The photos aren’t very clear, but the act of taking the photo has imprinted that fabric on my brain and I know all the detail and colour will come back to me when I scroll through the photos again. Weekends away with our campervan also provide a lot of inspiration. Coastlines, trees, farmland, wild flowers – they all inspire my colour choices. Mother Nature knows how to use colour!


When did you start crafting and who taught you?

I taught myself how to crochet in August 2009 with YouTube and a book from the library. I think crochet must be in my DNA. I can remember seeing my great- grandmother crocheting when I was about 7 years old and thought it was fascinating. My mom is a knitter and a quilter, but those crafts didn’t appeal to me as much as crochet (although I can knit and I recently knitted a sweater). I think the crochet bug was just biding it’s time, waiting for the right condition to show itself to me…similar to a butterfly revealing itself to the world.. That turned out to be just after my 32nd birthday. I haven’t looked back since.

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How did it all begin?

I had an Afrikaans blog called Livingourdream where I blogged about our new life in the UK. By August 2009 we had been living in the UK for 5 years so there wasn’t much left to say about making a life here. When I discovered crochet, I shared it all on Livingourdream and eventually crochet took over the  Livingourdream blog – no more “John and I went here this weekend”, instead it became “I crocheted this over the weekend”. That’s when I createdekhekel.blogspot.com so that I could transfer all the crochet posts from Livingourdream to that blog and focus solely on crochet. The more I croched, the more I wanted to share what I had been creating. Unfortunatley Afrikaans is not the language to blog in if you want to connect with as many poeple as possible and take your crochet career further, so I startedcrochetime.net. Now I use my blog to not only share my patterns, inspiration and projects but also as the platform for Crochet For Kidneys, a charity project where we make crochet blankets for dialysis patients.


What do you think will be the next big thing in the world of craft?

I can only speak for myself and my taste. I believe that if I like it, there must be other people out there who likes it too and they will gravitate towards me. My taste changes all the time. Lately I’m loving shades of grey with pops of bright colour. I never used to like yellow or pinkish shades, but now I put them next to grey and I love it, which means I’m also starting to use yellow and pinkish shades in other places. I “blame” Pinterest. It’s filled my laptop with colour and imagery that I wouldn’t otherwise have looked at.  In fact if you see something enough times and styled in lots of diffent ways, you start liking those things you thought you never would. So for me, the current trend is grey + pops of colour, but that’s just me (and I may be very late to catch on to this trend – for all I know, it’s old hat by now, but to me it’s a current trend.)

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Where can our readers find you?

Blog: crochetime.net

Instagram: natasjak

Facebook Page for the blog: https://www.facebook.com/crochetime

and the Crochet For Kidneys Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/502457376533856/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/crochetime/

Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/NatKing

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What is your favourite blog and magazine and why?

I like reading Cherry Heart, Wood Wool & Stool, Breath Happiness. They have great photography and I love their creative minds.

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If you had more time on your hands what would you do?

Honestly, I feel okay with the amount of time I have to do the things I love. In May I started working only 3 days a week at the law firm where I’m a legal PA. Now that I have two extra days for crochet and blogging I literally spend more time crocheting than working! I love it and feel very blessed to be able to do this.

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What is your favourite yarn store / craft store and why?

I don’t like paying more for something if I don’t need to, so I compare the yarn prices atderamores.com, loveknitting.com and Wool Warehouse to see which one has what I want at the best price. The one with the biggest Sale or best Discount Code is my favourite.

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I’m sure that, should Natasja return to South Africa, whether it be for a holiday, to visit family or even permanently, she will continue to inspire us with her crochet tales and beautiful pics.

Thank you for inspiring us Natasja!

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(original post on 5 september 2014)

friday i’m in love

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I’m in love with crochet,

with the beautiful things I have created over the past 7 years, while crocheting,

sharing with YOU and

the people I share this “craft” with.


Thanks to

Elaine and Stephni of I LOVE YARN

Magda from PIGTAILS

Christelle from ONS HEKEL / HAAK-EN-STEKIE and

Marlene of ONE-OF-A-KIND YARNS

for sharing their ‘craft’ stories and inspiration with us over the past 4 weeks.


Hope you have a great weekend! Wherever you are – stay warm!

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PS Links to the images I used in my collage for today: trust your soul, cable sweater,rose tattoo, white flower, crocheted dress

(original post on 29 august 2014)

inspiration thursday: marlene scheepers-fourie

When you crochet or knit something using any of the yarn from ONE-OF-A-KIND, you know you are onto something really unique and special.

The colours are glorious and the yarn of the best quality!

I have had the privilege of working with.

In fact, when I recently visited the Yarn Indaba in Pretoria, I was amazed to see how quickly the yarn had sold.

Marlene had to rush back to her studio, simply to ensure the stall was stocked for the next day.

It truly is a wonderful experience having such fabulous yarns on our doorstep.

You might ask what makes it so special, and I’d say to you its because of the colour, the feel, themix and the variety.

I THINK THERE’S A LITTLE MAGIC IN EVERY SKEIN.

Meet the wonderful woman that makes it all happen… Marlene Scheepers-Fourie

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What inspires you?

Colour, how it plays and interacts with each other, and the wonder.  Colour is everywhere, it is all over in our everyday life, from a brick wall, to artwork, clothing and in nature. Design in architecture, in fashion, in art and in nature.

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ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY MARELENE

When did you start crafting and who taught you?

When I was young, my mom used to knit on a knitting machine and I would sit underneath the machine and stare at the knitting pieces as it came out.  The wonderfull bright colours she used was the thing that kept me staring at those knitting piece.  She also taught me how to knit, crochet and sew. At a very young age I would sit alone on the playground and knit or crochet when all my friends were playing games.  You could say I was a true nerd that wasso enchanted by the wonderful world of colour, yarn and creating something with my hands.

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Tell me about your product?

One of a Kind yarns are made from the top 100% natural quality yarns in South Africa and then refined  with the touch of an artist.  Every batch is one of a kind and never to be repeated exactly.  Even the skeins within a batch are not the same and thats what makes it so special. You can truly make an artwork that nobody else will have when using One of a Kind Yarns.

How did it all begin?

One of a Kind Yarns was born about 17 years ago, when a visit to the USA made me realise that I need more beautiful yarns to make my knitting artworks.  When I returned to South Africa I bought a spinningwheel and started making designer yarns and also dyed some of them myself.  When friends and family saw these creations, they also wanted some and that’s how my yarn journey started and my yarn dye addiction began.

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What do you think will be the next big thing in the world of craft especially your area of expertise?

When I give a creative crochet/knitting workshop and people start thinking out of the box I know we can still ecxpect wonderful things to happen on the art and craft scene and especially with younger people showing great potential and interest in the crafts

Who on the international craft scene do you admire most and why?

Difficult question, there are so many in knitting it would be Kaffe Fasset, his colour sense is just amazing.  Then there is Horst Schultz for showing and teaching us modular knitting. In terms of crochet it would be Prudance Mapstone for her wonderful freeform work along with Mizzy Morawez, Sophie Digard for her colour and design, Miroslava for the amazing artwork she achieves with hook and yarn and thats just to name a few…


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What is your favourite blog and magazine and why?

I dont get much time to read or favour blogs or magazines, but I do follow Magda’s blogPIGTAILS, she has a special way of capturing my attention with her stories and wonderful pics and I do buy the Noro knitting magazine, their colour and designs are beautiful.

What is your favourite craft?

Making beautiful yarn (to which I am totally addicted ), and then crochet and knitting side by side.

If you had more time on your hands what would you do

Make more yarn…….?

What is your favourite yarn store / craft store and why?

Well thats a super question……for sure One of a Kind Yarns, because they cater for my crazy yarnie needs and then I love Arthur Bales in Jhb

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YES, YOU GUESSED RIGHT! MARLENE (WITH ESTE BEUKES) WAS THE CREATIVE FORCE AND ORGANIZER OF YARN INDABA. WELL DONE MARLENE! WE’RE PROUD OF YOU.


When it comes to the ONE-OF-A-KIND YARN, you can definately apply the following quote which says

“I will always buy extra yarn. I will not try to tempt fate.”

In fact its as simple as that.  Thanks to Marlene for ensuring we have top quality fabulous yarn… You have inspired my next project, MARLENE!

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(original post on 28 august 2014)