Why, yes, I am still here!
I’m sure quite a few of you have been wondering what has happened to me.
Quite a bit, actually!
I apologise for the radio silence but so far this year has been incredibly hectic!
We moved countries!
Yes, I no longer live in South Africa, I now live in Germany, in Lower Saxony in a small place called Hanenklee.
You can walk the whole town in about ten minutes, it’s mainly cool and wet here, even if it’s warm an sunny in other parts in Germany BUT, we have a bike park right outside our front door!
Those of you who have been following me for a while will know that the hubby and I love mountain biking, so we’re kind of in our element here.
I’m not going to go into the details of why we moved in this post, I just want to share a few impressions with you and let you know that I am in fact still here.
So, what have I been up too?
Not too much on the design side, since most of my stash was in boxes heading over to Germany on a ship.
I did bring a bit of stash with me and I did carry on working on two designs in particular.
One being the Whirlpool blanket swatches for the CAL I’ll be hosting in conjunction with Nurturing Fibres‘ Eco Cotton yarn.
The other project, which I’m REALLY excited about is a crocheted knocker for Colourspun. In case you don’t know there’s a kit available for knitted knockers, a 100% organic cotton breast prosthesis for ladies who have had mastectomies.
I loved the idea but at the time was really not all that interested in knitting, and thought that there must be quite a few crocheters out there who would love to make knockers but can’t knit.
So, I sat down and came up with a pattern for a crocheted version, which was rather tricky because normal crochet stitches are actually too bumpy and cause irritation on the scar.
Talking about knitting: I’ve actually done a bit, actually A LOT, of knitting since I’ve arrived in Germany!
It all started with the Winter is Coming shawl, which at the time was a KAL hosted by Pinkhairgirl, who designed the shawl (oh, also, subscribe to her YouTube channel, her podcast is fabulous!).
If you knit and would like to try a really easy and gorgeous lace shawl buy this pattern! I was given the yarn and needles (in a gorgeous handmade project bag) by Sally from the SA Yarmies group I was part of.
I also published three new patterns for Vinnis Colours! All of which can be found in my Ravelry store.
I’ll leave you with a few more photo impressions of what I’ve been up to in the last few months or so and I hope to make this blogging-thing a more regular occurrence again.
One truly tragic thing that happened since our move here was finding out that Marinke, or Wink from a creative being lost her battle with depression. I’m still not quite able to put into words how I feel about this, except that I am incredibly saddened by it. I will write more at a later stage. for now, I’ve made a Mandala for Marinke, which I’m sending to Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence. I used left over yarn from last year’s ScheepjesCAL, which was designed by Marinke.
I’ve also designed a cowl as a tribute to her, but you will have to wait until 10 October for the release, since I’ll be releasing it on Worldwide Mental Health Day.
Until next time.