Friday, 1 August 2014

This was Yarn Indaba 2014!


What a beautiful day!  What a beautiful event.

This was Yarn Indaba, and the yarn bombing of the Voortrekker Monument and today, I'll just share a few pictures of this great event.


Those steps are looking a bit bland and deary, don't they?  


But we're going to fix it!

Bags full of blanket, ready to go


Marléne and Esté were the two driving forces behind the Yarn Indaba and yarn bomb:

"Opening the floor"

Ah, we were a bit teary-eyed.

Joy and relief. 



There were enough willing helpers, and soon some of us were jogging up and down the stairs with the heavy bags (a good workout!), while others were unpacking.


Let's get going then!


Marléne had the dream and the vision for today:

...and she's looking happy!


Smiling for the TV cameras:




Esté had the honours of laying down the last blanket:




And then it was done.

We did it.

We covered all the steps leading to the monument with blankets that will be distributed to various institutions in the coming weeks. 

Your think we were excited?
You should have seen the tourists.  Busload after busload stopped in their tracks and couldn't stop taking pictures of the yarn bomb!


The morning turned into an extended photo sessions for tourists :-D

"Smile, love"


We had great fun looking at the individual squares, finding quirky ones like the tractors that was also posted on Ons Hekel before begin sent off.

Nothing runs like a Deere.  John Deere.


That's my sisi, on holiday here from Ireland. She might have been the attendant who came the furthest! 

Thanks for helping out, my sisi.


We found squares that her MIL sent from Ireland!

Here it is, Ann!


And three of my green squares:

(Tested pattern for the yet-to-be-decided-on Summer Throw...)


It was great to meet up with various friends from Ons Hekel:

...friend and fellow cappo addict Riesl


...an angel, Mara, whose Maak 'n Verskil (Make a Difference) group took on the massive job of joining these squares and will be distributing the blankets.


...Anneke - she of the T-shirt yarn doilie rugs and twisties


...Alet, who sat in great pain and with a shoulder strap and worked to the end, fastening blankets

  All figures to be confirmed, but here's what you can work on...
± 30 000 squares crocheted and knitted.
± 630 blankets assembled.
Two flights of stairs yarn bombed.
Many tired legs.
Thousands of Rands spent of yarn
(I haven't said a word yet about the yarns...)

Hundreds of Happy Hookers.


My feet are busted!


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

But which one shall I make?

I realised I'm living in total denial about the amount of work to be done before my sisi arrives from Ireland next week, that my boy needs to build a tower structure for school, that I have uncountable WIPS, one of which Must Be Finished when said sisi arrives.

Because instead of doing anything, I'd go the avoidance route and gaze at the yarns in my cabinet, 'specially this one...

See how soft and squishy (and bright) this is?

(See how soft and squishy you can edit an out-of-focus photo?)  

So I ignored all calls to responsibility and set about on a Ravelry search for projects in this specific yarn...I opened so many tabs I almost couldn't see them.  

Here's my longlist of 7:

All of them.  I want to make ALL.

I asked the ladies at Ons Hekel what they think I must do...seems nr 3 and 7 are the front-runners!
Mmmm...I  do have plans...since I have more than just the coral...but that's for another day.

What would you do with bight orange malabrigo?

Have you made one of these?

Help a sistah out.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Done! The Snowflake Scarf



And the Snowflake Scarf is finished!




(I promise it is not glow-in-the-dark green...but Blogger insists on uploading my perfectly normal aqua-teal-tiffany blue scarf  with these greenish highlights).





The idea was to make up a scarf with different types of snowflakes, to resemble MG as the "snowflake disease", that is - each and every person would differ in the presentation of their symptoms.  I ended up using  three snowflakes patterns, after realising that I just do not have the patience to figure out how to make all these different motifs fit together in a cowl.  So I hooked three separate strands, one per pattern, where I joined the snowflakes as I went along, and then I threw my hands in the air as I could not decided what to do next.  

(Okay, Blogger is going crazy)

I took it along to our Crochet-in Public event where I hoped to get good advice
(which, of course, I did).





A very good idea was to pre-join all the motifs with stitch markers, and I literally strung it around this cushion to keep everything in its place, with no twisting of the strands.  I positioned the snowflakes so that each loose point of the middle row flakes could join with two joined "arms" of the snowflake below or above.  Then starting from a random point, I literally hooked a chain, linking up and down between the nearest points, trying to balance it as equally as possible. 

(This is the absolute nearest to freefrom that I will ever get)




And then it worked!




I'm thinking of giving this one away at a MG group, and do another one, this time in a brilliant bamboo by One of a Kind yarns, in the same lovely colour.  Might make four or three strands then, but for now, I'm happy :-)

(Isn't it bloody difficult to take a selfie when you need to 'model' something? Eeeek, akward.)




Patterns used:

Lucy Croft's Frosted Flurry - Simply Crochet vol 13
Tuula Maaria's 2-row snowflake
Red Heart's Snowflake Ornament (with a slight change in the 2nd row)

Do you have a medical issue and has crochet helped you in any way?