Monday, 16 September 2013

Yarn bombing !

Colourful Tale

Yarn bombing is an amazing way of using colourful displays of knitted and crocheted wool and yarn in many shapes and sizes to decorate and beautify a public area.  A sort of 'fibre graffiti'  if you will.  Initially - around 2004/5 - the practice was used to cheer up cold and unfriendly places, pops of colour here and there, to lift the spirits of the local folk. 

In Dallas, a clever crafter - her name is Meredith, has just hosted her Sheepish Bloom Drop, where her readers all over the world were invited to make up flowers and anything flower related and tie/hang/attach their makes wherever they wished.  Pop over here, see the amazing flower creations ~ on gates and post boxes and door knobs ~ some with little notes attached with a kind word or two.  A little message to bring a smile to a passer-by's face.  

A magnificent tree resplendent in a crochet coat of many colours.

In August 2014, our very own Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria will be the location for a world record attempt for the largest yarn bomb! The aim is to cover the steps in crochet and knitted squares .... wow 

After the event, the squares will be donated to various charity organisations to make many, many blankets.

So, it's time to pick up those needles and hooks and get busy.  Just five or ten squares or however many, every one will make difference.  All names will be noted and entered as part of the attempt. Here is the link to find out more and a Facebook Page called Yarn Indaba also has information. 

Come on
 we CAN do this!!
 Let's place South Africa on the Yarn Bomb map! 
Participate and help to set the record.

A wintery looking Voortrekker Monument ...... 

Can you imagine 22,000 multicoloured squares covering the steps?  What an astounding sight it should be!

Have a brilliant day,

Pat xxx

Friday, 6 September 2013

Spring is here!

“Can words describe the fragrance of the

 very breath of spring?”

Neltje Blanchan

Aren't those just beautiful words?  As the days shorten to the north, we at the tip of the African continent, have our trees bursting forth teeny leaves and spring buds hinting of a glorious display to come. Just love the Azalea blooms and the flowers on the tree in my courtyard.

And in keeping with spring and bursting forth!! 

I have been busy as a bee making Granny Squares in many hues and colours, to send to lovely ladies I have met in a Granny Square Swop around the World.  Can't wait to start receiving my squares .. I will be donating the blanket made from the squares when it's done.

Until next time
Cheers Pat

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Okey dokey ... we're off!

Introducing ........... me!

Hi and thank you for visiting my brand new blog.   I am new to this amazing platform, and hope you will be forgiving ….my IT savvy son is steering me along while I find my way.
I am so looking forward to sharing my projects, chatting about this and that, and making new friends along the way.  I am in awe of some of the wonderfully talented crafters I have encountered in the blogosphere, their blogs have inspired me to step up my game and to tackle projects I would have considered beyond my capabilities.

I have a very special project in progress.  Every year around the 18th July, the citizens of the land are called upon to give up 67 minutes of their time, to be of service and assistance to those less fortunate among us.  It’s all in honour of our dear erstwhile president Mr Nelson Mandela, who dedicated 67 years of his life in service for humanity.  
So my contribution for 2014 is to crochet 67 little prem and newborn beanies which I will take to a hospital in an impoverished area and hand to the new moms in need of a helping hand.  

 And then I took part in a CAL (that’s Crochet-A-Long for the uninitiated!) with the Inner Hooker last year and made my first afghan ….. it was such fun being part of a group of great ladies, checking in every day, and encouraging each other. 

Did you know? The popular crochet African Flower Hexagon was designed by two South African ladies, Lounette Fourie and Anita Roussow and first published in a South African Magazine called Sarie in 2009.  It has been reworked into a couple of different Granny Square patterns, and is wonderful to use in making afghans.

That's my post done ..... phew  My photographs are improving daily (so happy) and hopefully my blogging skills will keep pace!
Thank you for reading, till next time ......
Stay strong, think happy thoughts and keep smiling!
Pat x