Month: January 2019

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

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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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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

 

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