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!

What a view! This photo was taken on my birthday.

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.

Taking the chairlift to the top of the mountain, only to ride down it again 🙂

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.

 

One of the colour options for the Whirlpool blanket. Once everything is finalised I’ll make a proper CAL announcement.

 

A stack of borders 😉

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!).

The yarn I used was Hartlam Calvinia Sock in the colourway Sashimi.

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’m currently knitting my first pair of socks with ScheepjesWol Invicta Colour.

 

On the subject of ScheepjesWol, I took part in the 2015 Flight of Fancy CAL, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

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.

Here’s a sneak peek though.

Until next time.

01. September 2015 by Stephanie Davies
Categories: My Favourite Things | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Hi there
    So glad you’re back! I was wondering if you still make your elephant strings, or if you think you might ever make a pattern of them to sell? I’ve always loved them; they are one of my absolute favorites, and I’ve never forgotten them!
    Also I am so happy that you did a pattern for knitted knockers..I am a stage 3 b cancer survivor of almost 8 very lucky years. I chose not to have reconstruction for my double mastectomy, as it was just too overwhelming at the time to think about the length of surgeries and didn’t even know if I would live long enough to see the whole process through. I have wanted to find patterns to be able to create them for myself, but have not been successful in finding them.

    I did attempt to try and find them as well as participate in making them for others, and I found a group on Facebook, whose name I won’t mention here,( but you can email me if you want to know more,) and they would not release a pattern to me unless I signed up to be a volunteer to make them. And so I did, and was later told I could only use yarn that was on their approval list, and after that submit samples etc, and to go further, had to incur costs of printing business cards, etc, and then wait for approval of my submissions. Honestly, It was just too many requirements and too much of a business for me to get involved, especially since none of the 100% cotton yarn I already have met their approval list.

    Truthfully, I have gotten used to my body the way it is, but the problems arise when it comes to certain clothes that require a bra and something to put into it!
    If you know of any patterns for crochet and are willing to share them with me I would be so grateful, and if not, that is alright, no judgements at all.

    I hope you have enjoyed relocating to Germany, but I imagine it must be quite a change from S Africa.
    Regards
    Heidi

    • Hi Heidi,

      thank you so much for your comment.

      It’s always such a pity when good causes don’t do so much good. I’m going to chat to Dana to see whether I could possibly post the pattern on Ravelry. If I’m allowed to share the pattern on Ravelry I’ll let you know.

      Kind regards
      Stephanie

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