Posts tagged [Adele Marais]

  • Bag of Knowledge question 2

    Question to our panelists: Can you have a conversation and crochet/knit at the same time?


    "Ek moet eerlik sê, as dit 'n moeilike of besige patroon is, nee, dan sukkel ek, bloot omdat ek moet konsentreer.  Obviously, met 'n meer mindless patroon, kan ek gesels ja, maar dan wil ek meer gesels as wat ek hekel.... Dit amaze my soms dat mense so kan gesels, en whoops, daar is 'n blokkie klaar, en dan as ek weer kyk, is nog 'n blokkie klaar."

    - Eloise Nel, creative behind MyLove4Crochet


    "Ek kan "mindless" projekte verseker in geselskap doen maar ek kan glad nie 'n ingewikkelde patroon wat baie verander volg in geselskap nie, veral nie as dit met 'n konstante getellery gepaardgaan nie! Ek het dus altyd 'n eenvoudige projek soos bv 'n boomerang serp vir "on the go" in 'n Brilliantmommy craft bag wat ek hou vir sulke geleenthede. 😀"

    - Adele Marais, founder of and creative behind YarnCreations on Facebook and presenter on YouTube


    "Yes, I do it all the time! Except when I'm counting😋"

    - Surene Palvie, founder and owner of Yarn at ZelLé


    "O verseker!  Dis nie noodwendig lang gesprekke nie, nie noodwendig vriendelike gesprekke nie, maar ons kan.  ‘n Gesprek in ons huishouding byvoorbeeld gaan gewoonlik iets soos dit:  Manlief: “Liefie, onthou jy waar die....”  Ek val hom dan maklik in die rede met my ywerige dialoog terwyl my vingers vlytig..: “vyf en en sestig...sewe en sestig...agt en sestig ...” En dan is die gesprek verby. 

    - Beatrix Snyman, author, teacher, indi dyer and creative behind Btrix Yarns - Btrix Dsigns


    "Dit hang af waarmee ek besig is. As dit ‘n eenvoudige patroon is, ja, dan kan ek ‘n hond uit ‘n bos gesels. Sodra ek moet steke tel, nee, want dan raak ek deurmekaar."

    - Lize Kampman, curator of a treasured yarn stash and clever linguist 


    "I can for sure knit and hold a conversation, just not a difficult lace pattern that requires your undivided attention.  I think that it is why knitting and crochet socials are so popular, because us girls can chat away about our love for the craft and the yarns."

    - Juanita Muir, pattern designer and crafter extraordinaire 


    "This is a tricky one, if the pattern does not need counting yes for sure, but with intricate patterns I definitely prefer a quiet place – this saves on lots of frogging, hehe. But I really don’t mind frogging either. At the regular social crochet I am part of, I usually choose a mindless project so that I make some progress and still have the enjoyment of taking part in our giggles and can then still help out when someone needs a little guidance.  My love for teaching the craft or a new trick is then shared and everyone benefits.  I really love sharing this art."

    - Lucy McDermid, part of the Knotty Habit team and creative behind DesignerHook


    Our Bag of Knowledge feature brings you an insightful perspective from interesting people in the craft industry. It is meant to be open-minded although opinionated, off the record yet on the record, and perceptive.  You don’t have to agree with them – just like we don’t always agree with them.  Follow the links to their social media presence and support their endevours.

    - Helène Janse van Rensburg, owner and founder of Brilliantmommy Bags SA

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  • So… in short I decided to knit something

    Oh my goodness, I have to confess…

    I am in love and will you believe… .

    I am in love with knitting!

    Of course, I learned how to knit as a child, but never did I enjoy the old fashioned look and the stitches always falling off the needles. But then I met ChiaoGoo and the amazing Juanita Muir. Plus I discovered the world of Marling through Adele Marais.

    So… in short I decided to knit something, but boy oh boy I was not prepared for this world of knitting.

    I found this amazing picture and pattern and I just have to make it. On top of it all the pattern is fairly simple and I am sure I will manage.


    You can find the pattern here:

    Using this colourful palette as my inspiration, I bought a variety of Merino Lace. I bought 3 x 100g Umbala skeins I just loved, to go with this, I matched it with 5x 50 g Cowgirlblues and I also added 2 x 100g Baah Yarn skeins. I will use 2 threads and this will allow me to do marling, but I can also use 2 threads of the same yarn for more solid lines. Here is my colour scheme:

    colour scheme

    I knitted my gauge block and my knitting with needles 4.5mm is right on par…so I am ready to go and I also love how the colours marry!

    test swatch

    You can follow this project on My Ravelry and I will keep you posted via the Brilliantmommy blog of my progress:


    * Anel Theron-Marx is the owner and founder at Anelke Consulting and Designs, founder and Head Baker at BlueSpoons and manages Wings for Life.

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