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Patchwork Blanket TAL – Introduction

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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.

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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

 

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?

Lazy Daze - Selfstriping

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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Pattern: Granny Style Boots

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I haven’t been here for quite a while, I know, but it has been a busy few months between classes and workshops, yarn sales, getting patterns in order to get them published for you, and then there’s the girlies and hubby been either overseas or on courses.  Mentioning the latter, I am very proud to announce that hubby got a promotion at work.  I’m so proud of him as he really works hard.

But, between all the “hecticness” of a busy household and keeping a small business going, I managed to get my Granny Style Boot pattern in order!

I make these boots for quite a few years now, and many of my customers asked for the pattern.  My reply?  It’s in my head!!! or scribbled down in my short hand (that only I would understand of course) in one of my many note books lying all over the place.

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These pair of boots was my first hit.  I used Elle Pure Gold – DK back then.  That was before I became a Natural Yarn Snob!!

One of my husband’s colleagues is a photographer, and when her eldest was a newborn, she took this photo for me.

In the mean time, I made many pairs, in mono colours, multi colours, as sets with beanies or ear flap hats…

Granny Style Beanie & Boots

These are one of my latest sets.  Yes, it is my Granny Style Beanie, with a matching set of the Granny Style Boots.

Both will be available in my website shop and on ravelry.

Granny Style Boot

The pattern I wrote for Vinnis Colours Bambi, using 2-strands together with a size 4.5mm/7(US).

I found that I can use the Vinnis Colours Nikkim as well, in the same manner, and the sizing works out the same.

In the above photo, I used Vinnis Colours Nikkim, but the Bambi is just sooo much softer.

The pattern is for the intermediate hooker, so be warned.  To crochet shoes in general is not a good start for beginners.  The stitch count is very important in this pattern, as well as the placement of your joining slip stitch after each round the the sole, sides and top.  The cuffs are worked in rows and you can either end of each colour or carry it along the side until you have to use it in another row.  Easy to do with unequal amount of colours.

Here are some simplified variations I made before.  I didn’t use the granny cluster in the cuff, but just made plain hdc rows.

Granny Style Boot Variation 1 Granny Style Boot Variation 2 Granny Style Boot Variation 3

Hope you enjoy the pattern when you try it!

B

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Colour Combinations: Colours of Grace

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COLOUR!!

I just Love It!

Shades and Tints of all the Hues that God created; it just fascinates me!

As I became a yarn distributor, I wanted a new way of introducing the possibilities of colour to the creative community; especially the crochet gals…

So I started playing around with photos, adding some yarns that compliment the colours of the photos and very soon this became one of the most inspiring methods of putting together colour combinations for that special crochet project we all want to start, but just can’t decide on the colours to use!

These are previously published combinations, so I’m sorry for those who knows these photos already.  New ones will come in the future, but for now, refresh your possibilities!

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Please let me know how these colour combinations helped you in making colour choices!

Hope you enjoyed feasting your eyes 😉

B

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Free Pattern: My Doll Slippers

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Since my little girls were babies, I fell in love with Mary Jane shoes as one as my most favorite items to make, either by sewing or crochet.

So every now and then, when I’m getting the chance, I’m playing around with shoes.

Nevertheless, when my girls got their first dolls, one of the first items in the dolls’ wardrobe was crochet shoes.

Last week for their birthday, we gave them baby dolls as birthday presents.

Yesterday the one girl came to me, asking to make shoes for her “baby” as her feet gets cold (as it is winter this time of year in the Southern Hemisphere).

I grabbed some yarn and started putting something together.

And wha-la!!

I wanted to call them “The 5-minute Doll Slippers” as it is really so quick to make them.

But I decided to stick to a simple “My Doll Slippers”.

 

My Doll Slippers

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Skill Level

02-easy

 

Materials
  •  50g Colours of Grace Magdalene (100% Cotton) 10-ply 4-medium
  • 4.5mm crochet hook

 

Gauge

7sc x 8rows = 5cm x 5cm

 

Approximate Finished Dimensions

Heel to Toe = 5.5cm

 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

beg – beginning

blo – back loop only

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

prev – previous

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

yo – yarn over

 

Special Stitches Used

Dc2tog:

Yo hook, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 3 loops on hook), yo and pull through 1st 2 loops (1st dc done halfway), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 4 loops on hook), yo and pull through 1st 2 loops on hook (2nd dc done halfway). Now you should have THREE loops on hook.  Yo and pull through ALL THREE loops on hook.

Hdc2tog:

Yo hook, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop up through st (you should have 3 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 4 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through all 4 loops on hook.

Sc5tog:

Insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop, (insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop) x4 (you should have 6 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 6 loops.

 

Pattern Notes
  • This pattern in written in American English terminology.
  • Although I used the Colours of Grace 10-ply yarn, this pattern also works perfectly when I use 2 strands of the Vinnis Colours’ Nikkim which is a 7-ply yarn.

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Instructions

Sole

Round 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, hdc 1, dc 5 in last ch, (now you will work in the opposite side of the chain, causing you to work in the round) hdc 1, sc 2, 2sc in last st, join with sl st  in ch-1  – 14sts

Round 2: ch 1, 2sc in same st and next 4, 2sc in next 4 stitches, sc 4, 2sc in next 2 stitches, join with sl st in 1st sc – 22sts

 Sides

Round 3: ch1, sc in blo of each st around, join with sl st in ch-1 – 21sc

 Top

Round 4: ch1, sc 3, hdc2tog, (dc2tog) x2, hdc2tog, sc10, join with sl st in ch-1 – 17sts

Round 5: ch1, sc 2, sc5tog, ch1, sc in next 10, join with sl st in ch-1.

Fasten off.

To download the pattern in PDF format, click here!

 

Blessings!

B

xxx

A 4th Birthday Party

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Wednesday was my girls’ 4th birthday, and when I had to decide on a venue to host the party, the choice was easy;

Shelanti Restaurant & Tea Garden.

This is where I host my Crochet Classes & Workshops.

We had a Princess Birthday Party, and as always, mommy loved the dress-up and decorating part!

Beforehand, I made hand-out invites in the shape of a party dress.  The previous years I did electronic invitations, but decided this year that a princess should hand out proper invitations to her guests.

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I made party dresses for the girls, did cake decorating, princess themed snacks, and my favorite…the crowns I made from felt.

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We had some fun activities…

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And each princess had to decorate her own cupcake!

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And here are my two beautiful little princesses!

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Congratulations on your 4th Birthday, my precious little angels!

I pray God’s blessings over your life and may you always be aware of His Love and Presence in your life!

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