Into the future, and beyond.

I have to say, and I think agreement is unanimous, that 2020 has been a heck of a year. I’m not too keen to assume 2021 will be any better, in case it says “hold my beer!”

For our family this has been a year of tremendous change. A few months ago my hubby and I decided that it was time to relocate our little family to the UK. It was a hard decision to make, but once it was a definite we started putting events in motion that will change our lives permanently. M is already in England (he is a British citizen, so it was very straightforward for him) and I am getting everything concluded that I need for my visa, our cube has been packed and sealed with the contents we will be taking, and the dogs’ documents are also underway. Presently I am so busy with paperwork that I haven’t yet had time to be fully excited, and I am experiencing a sense of loss too. I don’t think you leave this country, or this continent, without experiencing big feelings. Every day is a whirlwind of getting things done. I’m totally focused on that.

I have a few other things happening too. I’ve decided to start officially designing my own patterns. I’m always working on something, so I have tons of ideas. My first official pattern was published in Issue Two of Jaarn Magazine, which is the brainchild of the multitalented Bren Grobler. I was proud of my work being published and well received. The first official pattern was a simple market bag.

Fisherman’s Net Market Bag

Get the pattern in Jaarn Magazine, Issue Two

My next pattern will be a cute amigurumi pattern coming out in the next issue. I’m also working on documenting my patterns so I can sell them on Etsy and Ravelry. Keep any eye out for these coming soon.

Well, admin waits for no woman, so I best get on with it. Chat again soon.

Fruit Garden CAL begins!

For all my South African customers, it’s bittersweet to share with you that the first part of the Fruit Garden CAL is up and ready to get stuck into. I know we don’t yet have our kits, but with the levels of lockdown decreasing I am hopeful that it will be a few more weeks.

I would propose that everyone dip into their stash to practice the motifs. This will prove really useful once the kits arrive, as proper tension is essential and there is almost no wastage. Practice will have us flying through when the kits arrive.

Now for the exciting part.

To access the UK version of the pattern click here:  https://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/pdf/FG_1_Pattern_Pink_Forget-me-not_UK_V4.pdf

To access the US version of the pattern click here:  https://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/pdf/FG_1_Pattern_Pink_Forget-me-not_US_V2.pdf

If you haven’t received any of my previous getting ready emails, please give me a shout.

All the info is available on the Stylecraft Yarns website under “Crochet Along”. Their website is:  https://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/

I will be diving into my stash to crochet with you, and will share as I go along on my Facebook and Instagram pages. If I can help you, or you’d like to share your work as you progress I would love to see it, so please send it through any of my channels.

Happy crocheting!

Meet Toadie

In my office slash crafty room I have packets of yarn for projects I am busy working on or planning. A couple of bags full and two baskets. Luckily everything is kept wrapped because Rosendal is a very dusty place. I noted that this room is decidedly free of spiders, moths, and other insects. At first I thought that maybe it was because I’m always cleaning it, but then I discovered a resident. Meet Toadie.

Toadie is a badass. He looks at me with immense disdain when I discover him in a bag or basket, nestled on top of the yarn. I am clearly bothering him. And we are involved in what seems like a game to him. He is gently released outside each time I find him, to an ever further part of the property. Toadie is having absolutely none of this. Before I wipe out my eyes, he’s back. And more badass than ever!

This morning while taking some Stonewashed out of a bag who do I find? Yep. It’s pretty cold here, and I cannot bring myself to relocate him outside. He has been relegated to a pot plant elsewhere in the house. He is bristling, as he believes he does a rather stellar job of keeping the crafty room insect and arachnid free. He feels this is rather heavy-handed.

I reckon he’ll be back by tonight. And we’ll meet in the passage when he goes for a hop and swim in the dogs’ water. You have to love living in The Mad House in the wilds of the Free State. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Lockdown: time for reflection and creativity

I didn’t think I’d really write anything about the Corona virus, but as it’s spread across the planet, it is front and centre on most of our minds. From midnight tonight the whole of South Africa will be in lockdown. This is already the case for people in other parts of the world. In the shops there is mass panic buying, and the overall mood is one of great stress. While this measure will most certainly cause financial hardship, I firmly believe it is the right thing to do to arrest the upward curve of COVID-19.

Speaking to my brother on the phone yesterday he said something that really resonated: the world will be a very different place after this. I really reflected on that, and believe he is right. We are faced with a huge crisis, and that will no doubt change us all in ways we might not yet realise.

Crafters are in a position where we can keep our hands busy with our beloved craft, whatever crafts those might me. For me it is crochet, and less often it is knitting. I find the meditative nature of crochet (and knitting) soothing, comforting, and it allows me space and time for thought and reflection. While I am very worried about friends and family members I realise I cannot control that which is beyond my control, but I can do what I can to make a difference. I can start with myself, and ensure that I act in a way that respects myself and others.

Being at home for 21 days gives me lots of time to finish up the redoing of my crafty nook slash office. I get to finish my WIPs before the Fruit Garden CAL begins. I can have much needed afternoon naps, and I can read those books I’ve been meaning to. I can cook, I can bake, and I can spend time with my most beloved person, my husband Matt.

To all my blog readers I wish you the strength and fortitude you need to get through this time. Please take good care of yourselves and those you love.