Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along (TAL) – Part 4

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Welcome to PART 4 of 6 of the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along – TAL!

If you missed the Introduction and Parts 1, 2 & 3 you can find the

The INTRODUCTION covers the following:

  • How the TAL will be approached; that is, what you can expect.
  • What the TAL is all about; that is, what we will make, what you will need, where you will find it..

PART 1 covers the following:

  • Pattern Notes
  • Instructions
  • The recommended Yarn and how to substitute.
  • Recommended Hook and the size in different hook size systems.
  • How to substitute the colours.

PART 2 covers the following:

  • colour change again,
  • how to crochet away the yarn tails,
  • some common mistakes that we make during the return and forward pass and how to correct them when ripping our work.

PART 3 covers the following:

  • get organized,
  • how to make a swatch,
  • how to determine your gauge,
  • how to calculate your yarn quantities when you need to substitute yarn for this Patchwork Blanket or plan your own project.


About PART 4

Here is a PDF for the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 4

There is NO video for PART 4 this week

In this blog for PART 4 you will find:

  • Colour Schematic for PART 4,

Colour Schematic – PART 4
PART 4 – Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4  for Panel 1 PART 4 – Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4 for Panel 2

Colours for 4th Section:

  • Aventurine
  • Charcoal
  • Seashell
  • Vanilla
  • Pear

Colours for 4th Section:

  • Lavender
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Mist
  • Pear
  • Orchid

 

Here is a PDF for PART 4:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 4


PART 5 will be revealed 29 March 2019.  So you will have enough time to either start this TAL with us or catch up if you fell behind.

Enjoy this Tunisian Fun-along!

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along (TAL) – Part 3

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Welcome to PART 3 of 6 of the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along – TAL!

If you missed the Introduction and Parts 1 and 2, you can find the

The INTRODUCTION covers the following:

  • How the TAL will be approached; that is, what you can expect.
  • What the TAL is all about; that is, what we will make, what you will need, where you will find it..

PART 1 covers the following:

  • Pattern Notes
  • Instructions
  • The recommended Yarn and how to substitute.
  • Recommended Hook and the size in different hook size systems.
  • How to substitute the colours.

PART 2 covers the following:

  • colour change again,
  • how to crochet away the yarn tails,
  • some common mistakes that we make during the return and forward pass and how to correct them when ripping our work.


About PART 3

Here you will find the VIDEO to PART 3 of our Tunisian Along!

And also a PDF for the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 3

Make sure you watch the complete video as I give many tips and hints throughout.

In the video for PART 3 we will look at:

  • get organized,
  • how to make a swatch,
  • how to determine your gauge,
  • how to calculate your yarn quantities when you need to substitute yarn for this Patchwork Blanket or plan your own project.

In this blog for PART 3 you will find:

  • Colour Schematic for PART 3,
  • Calculate yarn quantities for yarn substitution on the Patchwork Blanket.

Colour Schematic – PART 3
PART 3 – Sections 1, 2 & 3  for Panel 1 PART 3 – Sections 1, 2 & 3 for Panel 2

Colours for 3rd Section:

  • Olive
  • Denim
  • Willow
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Bordeaux
  • Coco
  • Fawn
  • Orchid

Colours for 3rd Section:

  • Watershed
  • Seashell
  • Willow
  • Vanilla
  • Coco
  • Aventurine
  • Charcoal
  • Fawn

 

Here is a PDF for PART 3:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 3_pdf

And you can watch PART 3:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian-Along PART 3_video


Calculate Yarn Quantities for Yarn Substitution on the Patchwork Blanket

Many of you either could not get hold of the suggested yarns that we use for this TAL or you chose to use yarn from your own stash or buy a different yarn brand.  Some of these yarns you chose are also not the same weight as the yarn we use in the TAL-kit and therefor your yarn quantities will differ.

I decided compile this information to help you with that and hopefully it might even help you with any future projects.

There are different ways to determine your yarn quantities for a project, but I chose this method for various reasons.

  • First of all I had in mind that you do not like to swatch, just like me.  Even though I am a designer, I like to use shortcuts.  This method can help even if you started the project halfway.
  • This method is good to use for simple projects, like this Patchwork Blanket, which are worked up in different blocks, but are all divisible by the stitches and rows of the small block in this pattern.
You will need:
  1. The FREE worksheet for “Calculate Yarn Quantities” that you can add to your “My 2019 Crochet & Knit Planner” (see links below).
  2. A scale that can weigh at least to 0.1g.
  3. A Calculator.
  4. A Pencil.
  5. A Knitting Gauge
  6. 4 T-pins
 
How does it work?
  1. Print the worksheet that is given below and determine the information for the Project.
  2. Make a swatch from the yarn and hook size that you will use, but make sure that it is bigger than 10cm x 10cm.
  3. You can then determine the amount of stitches and rows for 10cm x 10cm and keep the information if you need to add or subtract centimeters or stitches from your project. (NOTE: if you started your blanket, consider the whole panel as a “swatch”)
  4. Count the stitches and rows of your swatch.
  5. Weigh the swatch.
  6. Do the calculations on the worksheet as given and determine:
  • the total amount of stitches of the swatch by multiplying the stitches and rows,
  • the weight per stitch by dividing the weight of the swatch by the total amount of stitches of the swatch,
  • the total amount of stitches for the SMALL SQUARE on the Patchwork Blanket Pattern by multiplying the stitches and rows of the square,
  • the weight of ONE SMALL SQUARE (this is the amount of yarn you will use) by multiplying the total amount of stitches for the SMALL SQUARE by the weight per stitch.

This will give you the total amount of yarn in grams (or ounces if you used in the imperial system) that you will need for ONE SMALL SQUARE of the Patchwork Blanket.

7. Now use the sheet for the Schematic Outlines of the Colours that is also available as a PDF in PART 1 (see the link below) and allocate yarn amounts to each of the SQUARES & RECTANGLES.

ONE LARGE SQUARE will be the same as 4 x SMALL SQUARES and both the RECTANGLES are the same as 2 x SMALL SQUARES.

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along Schematic Oulines_Btrix Dsigns PDF

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along Schematic oulines Btrix Dsigns

To have this calculations in more detail, watch the video on PART 3 of the PATCHWORK BLANKET TUNISIAN-ALONG.


Enjoy this Tunisian Fun-along!

 

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along (TAL) – Part 2

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Welcome to PART 2 of 6 of the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along – TAL!

If you missed the Introduction and Part 1, you can find the INTRODUCTION when you CLICK HERE and PART 1 when you CLICK HERE.

The INTRODUCTION covers the following:

  • How the TAL will be approached; that is, what you can expect.
  • What the TAL is all about; that is, what we will make, what you will need, where you will find it..

PART 1 covers the following:

  • Pattern Notes
  • Instructions
  • The recommended Yarn and how to substitute.
  • Recommended Hook and the size in different hook size systems.
  • How to substitute the colours.


About PART 2

Here you will find the VIDEO to PART 2 of our Tunisian Along!

And also a pdf for the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 2

Make sure you watch the whole video as I give many tips and hints throughout.

In the video for PART 2 we will look at:

  • colour change again,
  • how to crochet away the yarn tails,
  • some common mistakes that we make during the return and forward pass and how to correct them when ripping our work.

In this blog for PART 2 you will find:

  • Colour Schematic for PART 2
  • Dates of the TAL

Colour Schematic – PART 2
PART 2 – Section 1 & 2 for Panel 1 PART 2 – Section 1 & 2 for Panel 2

Colours for 2nd Section:

  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Orchid
  • Aventurine
  • Fawn
  • Charcoal
  • Pear
  • Mist
  • Watershed

Colours for 2nd Section:

  • Orchid
  • Olive
  • Seashell
  • Pear
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Mist
  • Aventurine
  • Bordeaux

Here is a PDF for PART 2:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 2_pdf

And you can watch PART 2:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian-Along PART 2_video


Dates of the TAL

I think some of you also miss the schedule of this TAL under the menu for “Videos & Tunisian Along Schedule”.

So here they are again:

  • Introduction – 22 January 2019

  • Part 1 – 15 February 2019

  • Part 2 – 1 March 2019

  • Part 3 – 8 March 2019

  • Part 4 – 15 March 2019

  • Part 5 – 29 March 2019

  • Part 6 – 12 April 2019


Enjoy this Tunisian Fun-along!

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along (TAL) – Part 1

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Welcome to PART 1 of 6 of the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along – TAL!

If you missed the INTRODUCTION on the TAL, please read all about it HERE.

The INTRODUCTION covers the following:

  • How the TAL will be approached; that is, what you can expect.
  • What the TAL is all about; that is, what we will make, what you will need, where you will find it..

About PART 1

Get ready and GO!

Here is the VIDEO to PART 1 of our Tunisian Along!

And also a pdf Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along PART 1_PDF

Make sure you watch the whole video as I give many tips and hints throughout.

You will master:

These sections of the Colour Schematic under the INSTRUCTIONS for the Patchwork Blanket is what you will be working in this part.

In the BLOG you will find the following:

  • Pattern Notes
  • Instructions
  • The recommended Yarn and how to substitute.
  • Recommended Hook and the size in different hook size systems.
  • How to substitute the colours.

Pattern Notes
  • This pattern is written in American Terminology, where conventional crochet terms are concerned.
  • The pattern is worked in “Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss)”.
  • Colour changes are done to create 4 different block sections, a Large Square, Small Square, Vertical Rectangle and Horizontal Rectangle to give the Patchwork look to the Blanket.
  • The diagram to the suggested colours for each block will be revealed in sections.  One section during each Part of this Tunisian Along.
  • For Colour Changes, watch the video on “Changing Colours on the sides”.  The colour change transitions on the foundation chain and during each row, will be shown in the video for PART 1.
  • Block the finished project.  Wet block for wool and acrylics, spray block for cotton and bamboo.  A video will be shared about blocking at a later stage.
  • This step is omitted in the instructions for the start of the (Forward) and should be considered:

 Skip the vertical bar of the 1st stitch with loop on hook and continue with pattern  instructions.

  • (Return) is worked as follows:

“YO, pull through 1 loop on hook, *YO and pull through  2; rep from * until ONE loop remains”, except where instructions shows differently.


Instructions

For Patchwork Panel 1 and 2

Foundation Row: (These colours are for Patchwork Panel 1, but follow the same method to do foundation chain for Patchwork Panel 2) Ch 17 in Col A, join by YO with Col I and continue to ch 34, join by YO with Col H and continue to ch 34, pull up a loop from back bar of 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, doing colour change at relevant sts. (Return) (see Pattern Notes for omitted instructions). (85 Tss)

Row 1: (Forward) (see Pattern Notes for omitted instructions) Tss each st across, doing colour changes on relevant sts. (Return) (see Pattern Notes for omitted instructions). (85 Tss)

Rep Row 1, following the Patchwork Panel schematics for colour changes and the stitch- and row counts for each shape as shown below:

Stitch and Row counts

Block sizes Stitch and Row count per Block
Vertical Rectangle                                                            17 sts x 30 rows

 

Horizontal Rectangle                                                         34 sts x 15 rows

 

Small Square                                                                   17 sts x 15 rows

 

Large Square                                                                    34 sts x 30 rows

 

Below is the SCHEMATIC for the COLOUR CHANGES.

Use the COLOUR KEY in the YARN INFORMATION CHART below to follow the recommended colour changes.

If you do not use the recommended colours and yarn, see the sections on “Yarn and Substitution” and “Substitute Colours” below.

Colour Schematic – PART 1

PART 1 – Section for Panel 1

PART 1 – Section for Panel 2

Colours:

  • Denim
  • Seashell
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Willow
  • Coco

Colours:

  • Charcoal
  • Denim
  • Willow
  • Fawn
  • Coco

Here is a PDF for PART 1:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along PART 1_PDF

And you can watch PART 1:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian-Along PART 1_video


Recommended Yarn and Substitution

Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion

  • 50% Bamboo / 50% Cotton  
  • 4-ply – wpi 17
  • 50g/125m
  • in each of the following 16 colours:

Colour Key and Yarn Info

Yarn Quantity Colour Colour Key NF Eco-Fusion

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

50g

100g

100g

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Denim

Watershed

Aventurine

Lavender

Bordeaux

Orchid

Seashell

Pickled Ginger

Fawn

Coco

Pear

Willow

Olive

Mist

Charcoal

Vanilla

If you are not able to use the recommended yarn, you can use any yarn with a WPI (wraps per inch) of 17.  This classifies as a:

  • fine #2
  • sport weight (US)
  • 4-ply (UK & SA)
  • 5-ply (NZ & AUS)

If you can’t identify the weight of your yarn, make sure you watch my video on “Wraps Per Inch Method “ to determine the weight of yarn.

Here is a chart that you can use as a guide for Yarn Weights and the recommended Tunisian Hook Sizes.

Yarn Weight Chart and Recommended Tunisian Hook Sizes

Yarn Weight Classification

Yarn Weight

US

Yarn weight

UK, SA   &  Other

WPI (wraps per inch)

Recommended Crochet Hook Size

Recommended Tunisian Hook Size

0 – Lace Lace 2-ply 22> <2.75mm 3-5mm
1 – Superfine Fingering/Sock 3-4ply 19-22 2.25-3.5mm 3.5-6mm
2 – Fine Sport 4-5ply 15-18 3.5-4.5mm 4-6mm
3 – Light Light Worsted 8-ply/DK 12-14 4.5-5.5mm 6-8mm
4 – Medium Worsted 10-ply/ Aran 9-11 5.5-6.5mm 7-10mm
5 – Bulky Bulky 12-ply/ Chunky 7-8 6.5-9mm 9-12mm
6 – Super Bulky Super Bulky 14-ply/ Super Chunky 5-6 9-15mm 12-18mm
7 – Jumbo Jumbo Roving <5 15mm> 18mm>

Recommended Hook

5mm Tunisian Interchangeable hook with

  • 40cm cable if you make ONE panel at a time or
  • 80cm cable if you want to make both panels at the same time.

Here is a chart for the different hook size systems:

Hook Size Systems for Recommended Hook

Metric Range

UK Size

US Size

5mm

6

H/8


Substitute Colours

What if you do not want to use the 16 colours we recommend and wants to use your own colour combinations?

Here is a diagram on how the different blocks are laid together, without any colour suggestions.  Use it to add your own colours randomly or use the Colour Key in the chart above to allocate your own colour to each colour suggested and continue to participate in each week’s Part of the Tunisian Along, as the layout of coloured blocks for each Part will be revealed.

Schematic Outlines for Colours

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Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along Schematic Oulines_Btrix Dsigns PDF


Enjoy this Tunisian Fun-along!

 

 

 

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along (TAL) – Introduction

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Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along TAL Btrix Dsigns front

Welcome to our first Tunisian Along – TAL!

I hope that you will enjoy it together with us!

Just to get you informed of what we will do and how it will happen, here is a break down of everything:

1. How will the TAL be approached?

2. What is the TAL all about?

How will the TAL be approached?

  • This website blog will be the ONLY place (click here) where the info regarding the TAL will be shared.
  • Each PART of the TAL will be posted here with all the relevant information and links.
  • Please make sure that you SIGN UP for the Newsletter (click here), so that you can be informed when a new PART gets released.
  • NO PHOTO TUTORIALS will be available.  We are using a different approach!!  YOUTUBE videos from BEATRIX SNYMAN channel! (Click here)  I have a youtube channel where you please have to SUBSCRIBE to.  All the links to relevant tutorials will be shared with you in each Part of the TAL.   Watch the videos and share with all your crochet-crazy friends.
  • On the blog, the PATTERN will be shared in sections (click here) relevant to the specific Part that gets released.   At the end of the TAL, the pattern will be available as a complete pdf on my Ravelry store.
  • On facebook there is a group for all Tunisian Crochet lovers to join and where you can interact with each other.  We Tunisian Crochet (click here).  Join the group as all the announcements will be shared there as well.  There are rules to this group though.  The important rule is that the administrators of the group and the TAL will not be able to answer obvious questions and complains that are addressed on the blog or the videos.  The group will solely be for the interaction between the TAL participants, for the administrators to share the relevant information and keep you updated.  Please read the rules.

What is the TAL all about?

Our main aim with the TAL’s is to grow the Tunisian Crochet community.  I found that there are so many that want to try this skill, but never get around to actually do it.  We want to motivate you to start if you are one of them.

Here are the basic info of the project:

We will make a blanket that consists of two panels that will be joined together.  The original blanket was made in my own hand dyed merino yarns, but for the purpose of the TAL it will be done in the Nurturing Fibres – Eco-fusion that will give it a soft, luxurious look and feel.

There are 6 Parts and will run from 15 February – 12 April.  Click here to see more about the schedule dates.  During each Part, the colours that are used will be announced as we go along.  This will make the project more of a mystery and a lot of fun.  (See more info on the yarn and yarn amounts below)

We will focus on the following techniques:

  • How to start with the Foundation Chain.
  • How to work the Foundation Row.
  • Learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch.
  • What to do with typical troubleshooting areas.
  • How to change colour on the sides.
  • How to bind-off.
  • Work the double crochet (US).
  • How to join with the reverse single crochet or crab stitch (US).

Difficulty

Beginner

Yarn

18x Nurturing Fibres (Eco-Fusion 50% Bamboo / 50% Cotton   4-ply  50g/125m – wpi 17)

  • 2 x 100g in 2 main colours + 14 x 50g in different colours.

A kit will be available at MandalaQueen’s website_click here to order.

Remember that the colours used in each Part will be announced as we go along.  This makes the TAL more of a mystery and more fun.   So make sure that you order your kit TODAY so that you have all the relevant colours available, otherwise you will have to wait on each Part for the colour announcement or have to select your own colours according to the Yarn info given above.  The photo below gives you an indication of the colours used.

Click on the photo to order your full kit.

Tunisian Crochet Along TAL Patchwork Blanket TAL_Kit_Btrix Dsigns

Kit Available
18 x Nurturing Fibers in 16 different colours (kit options can include hook)
10% discount will be available until 15 February 2019 (valid only on website purchases)
Available at mandalaqueen
 

Hook

5mm Tunisian Interchangeable hook with 40cm cable

Extra Materials

Tapestry Needle

Tension

21 Tss x 18 rows = 10cm x 10cm after blocking

Approximate Dimensions

After completed and blocked:

Width – 87cm / Length – 132cm  

Very Important!

Two very important things that you have to do so that you do not miss out on anything:

  1. Sign up for our newsletter!
  2. Subscribe and click on the “bell” button on my youtube videos!

To start off, here is the first video to get you hooked and prepared on Tunisian Crochet and for the kick-off on our first TAL – the PATCHWORK BLANKET TUNISIAN ALONG!

Enjoy this TAL with us!

Annamarie

&

Beatrix

Time for change

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Just a bit of background…

Our Twinnies

I’ve been doing this crochet thing since 2011.  Full time.  My twins were born 2010 and most of the time I juggled between raising them and building a crochet business.                                                                                                                                                                                           I started by making the cutest little shoes and socks for my premature babies.  Yes, they didn’t last long as they grew at a tremendous speed, weighing 1.8kg and 1.9kg respectively at birth (and lost 100g each right after birth) and grew out of preemie clothes within the first 3 weeks.

The day she was born

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My twinnies at about 2 weeks old

Crochet gifts and props

Except for these two little blessings, my whole life involved around crochet the past, almost decade.  After friends saw all these cute little things I crocheted for my twinnies and for friends that also started getting babies around the same time, I started getting orders for crocheted baby items from all over.  And not long after that I found myself making photography props for my friends, family and also photographers building their baby prop repertoire.

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Btrix Dsigns

Photography props and baby and children items

Teaching Crochet

Just to mention that I’ve been a dressmaker and -designer all my life and taught sewing classes for some time as well and therefor I didn’t just get orders for cute crochet baby stuff, but my friends started asking me to teach them to crochet as well.  As they said: “You teach sewing, why don’t you start teaching crochet too?”.  And that is how my classes and workshops started.  I love being a crochet designer and teacher and that is what I am born to do.

Surene Palvie from YarnatZelle in her early crochet learning days with Btrix Dsigns

Surene Palvie from Yarn@Zelle in her early crochet learning days…

A growing little business

My hubby and I made the decision for me to be full time mommy and eventually take part in the homeschooling journey, whenever we would’ve start with a family.  I am committed to that decision, as it is what I always wanted to do and I believe it is my God-given responsibility.  So that means hubby is the sole breadwinner, taking care of our family financially while I take care of the kids. The thing is, that is not always easy to have one income and having an entrepreneurial streak I knew that I will build a business of some kind so that there could be another stream of income for whatever our needs are.  None the less, I built my little crochet business, while raising my little ones and doing both are not always easy.  There came numerous times that I had to slow down, give up on certain things, scale down as running a one-woman-business takes up a lot of your time.   I could never “build a dream”, but only sustain and maintain what I could manage while being full time mommy.  I think many momtrepreneurs can relate.

Time for change

This year there are many changes going to happen.  And due to these changes, I am making changes in my business.  I came to that famous fork in the road where, once again, I have to make decisions that is good for me and everyone else.  I made crochet baby items, started to design and teach classes, I compiled my own manuals for the latter from which my first published crochet book was born, I had a little home-based yarn shop which I had to “close down” when we moved from city-to-city just to start another one on smaller scale as soon as I settled in my new environment.  I started to dye my own yarn brand which also went through a few ups and downs as well.  I just published my second crochet book that focuses on Tunisian Crochet.  I moved my focus from conventional crochet to Tunisian crochet.

From everything I’ve done and been involved in, in the yarn industry, I am going into a total different direction of what I’ve been doing.  This is something I wanted to do for years now, but the book writing, the move, the kids and so many other things, took up soo much of my time to really explore this avenue.

What is changing…?

If you want know what is happening, then you better hang out here often.  Subcribe to my newsletter, so I can keep you up to date with all the changes and new things happening here.

Until the next time!

Enjoy this new journey with me!

xxx

 

 

 

My 2019 Crochet & Knit Journal and Planner_for projects and small business

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70+ pages of Crochet & Knit planner for your projects and your small business

My 2019 Crochet & Knit Journal and Planner_for projects and small business_Btrix Dsigns

Call me a Homeschooling Momtrepreneur.

Yes, you are right by asking me: “How do you manage all the responsibilities of being full time mom, teacher, domestic, business woman and everything else that goes with the title?”

My answer: “Just do it.”

But my honest answer: “I have no idea, as most days I am loosing it, I forget most of my plans for the day, I don’t get to half of my priorities in a day and some days none, one day we are up to date with our home school planning and the next we just don’t get through it all, today I get some good business planning done and the next day I don’t get to answer any emails, so to be honest, I have no idea what I am doing or how I am doing it.”

Last year, I started to use some planning sheets to help me with our homeschooling.  I like to plan, but I am not very good at sticking to plans. I buy a diary every year and after the first week it starts to collect dust.  My reason…a diary do not provide in my needs.  I want a planning sheet for everything I need to pen down and the daily planning pages in a diary is just not doing it for me.  And…the space for all my writing is not enough.

So I started to use notebooks.  Still not working 100%.  As I need different sections for different things I need to plan.

My answer…DOWNLOADABLE Planner slash Journal.  So I can print as many of the pages I want and arrange them in the sequence I want, when I want, how I want it.

Print it in any size you like.  Stick them into a notebook, a ring binder, a file or any other way that suits you best.

So, here is a list of all the pages that I created for this planner.

Calendars

– This Planner Belongs To:
– Monthly calendars for each month January to December 2019 including South African Public Holidays.
– Year Planner 2019

Monthly Planners

– Monthly Calendar Blank_with important events, priorities, notes and calendar to fill in own dates.
– This Month’s Plans_with checklist, priorities, events and reminders.

Weekly Planners

– This Week’s Plans_for each day, priorities, to-do and notes.
– Weekly Planner_for each day of the week.

Daily Planners

– Today’s Plans_with to-do, notes, priorities, today I want to…, meal tracker, water intake tracker, purchase.
– Daily Planner_without times
– Daily Planner_with times

My 2019 Crochet & Knit Journal and Planner_for projects and small business_Btrix Dsigns

Project Planner

– Crochet Hook Conversion Chart
– Knitting Needle Conversion Chart
– Yarn Weight Chart
– General Crochet Terminology and Abbreviations
– General Kitting Terminology and Abbreviations
– Hook & Needle Inventory_keep track of your hooks & needles.
– Yarn Stash Inventory 1_track all the info regarding the yarns in your stash plus adding a sample of each.
– Yarn Stash Inventory 2_keep these cards close to your stash.
– Pattern Inventory_keep track of your favorite patterns.
– Project Card_Keep track of the pattern, yarn, project and picture of your project.
– Work In Progress Cards_keep a card with each WIP to track the hook size, pattern location, date started and a sample of the yarn.
– Track My Projects_make a list of your projects that you want to start, that you are busy with, finished or canceled.
– Row/Round Tracker_keep track my row or round count.
– CAL/KAL/TAL Tracker_pattern info, yarn info, location, what did you learn and when each part starts and finish.
– Road trip Project_don’t forget to pack that project and keep goal to finish it in time.
– Graph Sheet_draw a new pattern, ideas or just doodle.
– Pattern Notes_you always want to write something down.

My 2019 Crochet & Knit Journal and Planner_for projects and small business_Btrix Dsigns

Business Planners

– Small Business Vocabulary_do you know what these mean?
– Business Plan_helps you plan to start or improve your business.
– I Have an Idea_gives you an idea of the questions you need to ask when you want to start something new.
– Brainstorming _write down ideas, concepts, plans.
– Product Pricing Worksheet_correctly keep track of everything needed to calculate your prices.
– Calculate the Selling Price of Item_keep track of quick calculation of each item.
– Price List_for your shop, at the craft show, make a list…
– Product Inventory_keep track of your products.
– Supplies Inventory_keep track of your supplies.
– Suppliers_where do you buy what?
– Customer Contact List_keep this list close, you need them.
– Join our Newsletter_marketing is important in your business.
– Craft Show To-do List_keep track and check the list.
– Craft Market Sales Log_note down all your sales.
– Order Sheet_you will get orders, keep good track records.
– Monthly Sales Log_track your monthly sales income – as you make a sale track – date, order #, item, price, shipping, and total price
– Monthly Expense Log_track all of your business spending for the month
– Monthly Totals_use this page to pull together all your numbers for the month
– Password Tracker_can’t remember the usernames and logins?

My 2019 Crochet & Knit Journal and Planner_for projects and small business_Btrix Dsigns

Patterns

– Making Hats_formulas to determine custom sizes or use the chart for quick sizing.
– Crochet a Beanie_this pattern will get you on track to make a basic beanie.
– Handmade Cards_personalize your product or gifts.
– Index Tags_quick reference to all these awesome downloadable pages that you can stick to an A4 or A notebook, depending on the size you print these pages.
Terms & Conditions_remember to respect the designer, I will appreciate it!

Find the complete Journal/Planner here.

My 2019 Crochet & Knit Journal and Planner_for projects and small business

Please share with me how you will use it.

Enjoy

 

The story behind the Book

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The story is born out of pages and pages of printed class manuals.

  • How to choose yarn for a project.
  • What are the characteristics of different fibres and how does it influence my final product.
  • What are stitches made up from; it has an anatomy?
  • Are there better ways to do the basic techniques to make my project appear better or make the crochet experience easier, faster, or more interesting?

These are some of the things that I approach during my many, many years of crochet classes.  All this information I compiled into fully illustrated, text heavy manuals.

These manuals found their fame and popularity among crocheters all over the country and even abroad, and the request to get hold of these informative guides streamed in.  I became a primitive printing business and soon it smothered all my crochet-, design and class teaching time.  I stopped it just as fast as it started.  And then the pressure came…

“B, you should publish your manuals!”

“B, why don’t you write a crochet book with your manual content.”

“B, we want a book!”

And like all of us will feel (I know everyone will feel modest and not have an ego boost thinking of your own book appearing on the shelves of book stores and in every home of every single crocheter…wink-wink) I felt doubtful if any publisher would even consider helping me.  I had no idea what it involves to write a book!

I decided to take up the challenge.

What publishers will I approach?  How do I contact them?  What will I tell them?

But I made the move and contacted a few.

A “Specific Publisher” (I will refer to them in this way as I don’t want to mention their name to prevent any “naming and shaming”) was very keen on my proposal, but they preferred a single compiled book for beginners.

“What?”  “Reeeally?”  “That was not my idea!”

I wanted to publish the manuals as separate booklets that can be used as learning material for the crocheter that wants to learn on her own time or for the crocheter that wants to teach classes.  Now they want ONE book!

Oh well, then I give them ONE book, but NO WAY I AM GOING TO GIVE THEM JUST ANOTHER BEGINNERS CROCHET BOOK!!!
I am of the opinion that there are waaay too many beginner books on the market and nothing that can challenge the intermediate and more advance crocheter.  And that is the need I wanted to fill.

Many of my “students” referred to these manuals they received during classes as their “Crochet Bibles”, as that was the one thing they used to refer back to when they needed information.

That was what I wanted to achieve from this book.  Your number one reference guide.

In a few months time I compiled text, took photos, designed projects, write patterns and submit it in time so the publisher could start doing their part.  We were well in the process getting the book ready; me doing proofreading of the publisher’s editing work then I got the NEWS:

“Dear Mrs Snyman,

I don’t know if your are aware that Leisure Books are closing down and we mainly rely on them for our marketing purposes.  For that reason we have to withdraw some of our leisure publications for this year and we regretfully have to inform you that your book is one of them!”

Do you really want to know how I felt???

Can you imagine?

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Devastation in over gear!

Months, days, nights without sleep’s work all for nothing!!!  And it is not only all the time wasted, but expenses were involved in preparation, dearly beloved crochet friends that gave their time and support to help me with this project.  All for nothing!!  I felt totally and utterly devastated!

During the time I received this news, I was in the middle of a big move from city to city that took up all my time.  My husband worked overseas and wasn’t even around to give a hug and say that everything is fine and it will all go away and that it is only a dream and that i will wake up any minute….

I didn’t want to make immediate decisions regarding this book.  I wanted to give it all up.  I thought of the lost time I could’ve spend with my little girls instead of sitting in front of the laptop, thinking up words to write down, taking photos and editing it, making projects and writing the patterns and re-read and re-consider information over and over again.  I could rather spend that time with them!  I could’ve rather have sleep, instead of having nights that I worked right through to get everything done in time for the due date that was set.   This motivated me to try again…

I wrote an email to Tania from LAPA publishers.  Explaining this whole story you just read.

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I got immediate feedback.  You see, when I first approached publishers, LAPA was one of them and knew about me and the book, but unfortunately at that stage they already had their planning done for the year and then the “Specific Publisher” responded with interest instead.

And that is where my relationship with LAPA started.

Today I can announce that my tears of sadness turned into tears of joy!  With the dedicated help and assistance of such skillful people, LAPA have this book available from mid July!!

So keep your eyes open for:

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And you can start ordering yours at LAPA

Because the LAPA is mainly an Afikaans publisher, the book will be published in Afrikaans, but if you prefer English, please send them an email at EMAIL LAPA or phone them, so that they can record the interest in an English version!!

Happy Crochet Fellow Hookies!!

Lots of Love

Beatrix Naam

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Fancy Dye: What’s in the Name?

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I am a very bad blogger.  This is something that I just can’t keep up in doing on a regular base.  There are too many things taking up my time in a day….
Yes I knoooowww!!  Plannnn!!  Do a little bit at a time!
I am one of those people that have to focus on one thing at a time.  The minute I get distracted I just can’t get my focus back and then I move on.  With 2 six year old young ladies, distractions happen every 5 seconds….like just now! “Mamma, I want prestic!”  And that sentence was not even finish then it was: “Mamma, can I have one of your stickers?”  And then, 2 seconds, “Mamma, can I go to my friend next door?”  Sigh…..

And that is what life is all about, isn’t it??  Our families!
The Fancy Dye yarns are exactly what this is all about.  Family and life events.

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The Self striping yarn.  We just started with Grade 1 and we are homeschooling!  I know, crazy!!  But I’m a very determined person and it is something that I decided to do even before I had children.  It is a personal conviction and hey! we survived our first few weeks!!  So, with all the craziness of sounds, words, writing and reading, I thought of bringing some of the fun into my yarns.  The names for the self striping yarns are mainly homophones that I use with the “wrong” meaning like: Lazy Daze instead of Lazy Days and Sow Easy instead of So Easy.
Isn’t that fun?

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The Variegated yarn.  This is all about family and life.  I chose important life events to name these yarns like: Mom’s Birthday….which is obvious!! (wink-wink), Road Trip….which is always a good idea to have as a family, Make Me Proud…for those moments when you feel proud of a child’s accomplishment or your husband’s promotion (don’t we all???) or when you yourself mastered that pattern that was written for the Bachelors Degree student.

 

Click on the photos to see more Fancy Dyed yarns!

 

Variegated_Grandmas Wisdom Variegated_Me Time Variegated_Road Trip Variegated_Her First Word

 

Life is short!  Enjoy it!

But enjoy it with the ones you love!!

B

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Btrix Yarns: Emanating Happiness!

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Oh my!   I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so nervous and excited all at the same time!

I’ve been working under the radar for almost two years now.  I was busy writing the book last year (of which I will post about soon as well), we were moving from city to city, hubby working overseas with a few challenges during the year with that as well, and then….Then something amazing, Inspiring and Delightful came across my path of creativity.

Colour!! And lots and lots of it!!

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I love colour!  I love playing with colour! I love putting colours together!  I love analyzing people’s colour palette (I did that for many years when I was a dress designer), I love the psychology of colour, the symbolism of colour, I purely just love colour!

So, my dear friend, Carlé from Nurturing Fibres introduced me to the art of hand dyeing yarn!

I was hooked immediately!  I considered natural dyeing for a long time now, but I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to play around with this fabulous art as I do now.  Deep inside I admired it and wished for it! Then Carlé partook in making this dream come true!

And today, I can announce the release of my own yarn label, Btrix Yarns!

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Okay, let’s get to the obvious matters.  Btrix Yarns???  Why the name?  Isn’t that just too obvious?

Well, I thought so too when I just started to think about a name for the yarn.  I wanted the name to mean something inspiring, get people excited, joyous, happy, ecstatic!  These are the feelings I want to spread!  I tried a few names, but nothing quite did it for me.  Then, it hit me!  Whether I liked it or not, my own name was the perfect denotation for what I wanted to accomplish.

The name “Beatrix” in Latin, means “she who brings happiness”.  Isn’t that just amazing?!  So, with the variation I use for writing my name for my business, I use the same way to name the yarn.  And with that, I hope to emanate the happiness I want to bring, every time you see, hold, feel, work with Btrix Yarns!

merino_mended-jeans     merino_cosmos

merino_sable-brown     merino_oyster-shell

Peach Basket_100% Alpaca     Tree Moss_100% Alpaca

Ruby Cabernet_100% Alpaca

 

Currently, I play with two animal fibers and blends thereof; alpaca (which is my main focus) and merino. And to extend that feel of inspiration and delight, I respectively call the two fiber ranges INSPIRED by Alpaca and DELIGHTED with Merino.

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The yarn will be available in my online shop, but first, I will have the privilege of showing it to you at the local HobbyX that takes place this coming weekend, 7-9 October 2016 at the Cape Town ICC.  The yarns will be available at Nurturing Fibres’ stand on Saturday and Sunday and if you are around, come and get Inspired and Delighted with all the yarns and colours!

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After this creative event, the yarn will be available in my online shop, for you to indulge yourself in.

I hope to have it in your LYS (local yarn shop) soon as well, so if you are interested in stocking Btrix Yarns, please feel free to contact me.

Do you understand my nervousness and excitement all at the same time, now?  Nervous, because I hope that you will find happiness, inspiration and delight in the product I give to you and excited, because this is the start of a new beginning for me, emanating happiness!!

Keep your eye on this space for much more colour inspirations and yarn delight!!

Blessings

B

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