Posts tagged [frog]

  • 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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  • Go, go, go... frog (again)

    And while the word 'frog' can easily be substituted by another f-word that I may or may not have said when I discovered my mistake - this question remains unanswered:  to frog or not to frog (funnily enough (and not like funny ha-ha) I was faced with the same question two months ago and you can read about it here).  Will I undo a whole hour's worth of crochet?  Will I convince myself that it's not that bad?  I agonised over this question for a whole night and I've decided to...


    One hour earlier

    While still staring in agony at my project with it's mistake I'm wondering why I'm always so indecisive when faced with this scenario.  I came up with a few reasons:

    • I'm hoping the mistake will go away.
    • I'm hoping the mistake is not that bad.
    • I'm hoping that by stepping one step back and looking at the mistake it will morph into the project and not be visible.
    • I'm hoping that by squinting at my mistake it will be less obvious.
    • I'm hoping that by fixing a pompom there will make the mistake less obvious.
    • I'm hoping my daughter has a matching colour pencil so I can colour in (colour out) my mistake and make it less visible.

    Then, by prolonging my agony with a fancy delaying tactic, I decided to construct a rule for when I need to frog and when not to.  After all, I'm a rule-type person.  I need rules frog-it!  Rules make for an orderly society.  Rules make me feel safe.  Rules have exceptions...

    • When a mistake is spotted in my crochet project I will frog it back and do it over.  Except when:
      • The mistake will go away.
      • The mistake is not that bad.
      • By stepping one step back the mistake morph into the project and is not visible any longer.
      • When squinting at the mistake it is less obvious.
      • By fixing a pompom over it the mistake is less obvious.
      • My daughter has a matching colour pencil and I can colour in (colour out) the mistake.


    Present time

    The mistake didn't go away.  It was that bad - for me.  It was all I could see.  I will forever look at the completed blanket and search for the block with the mistake.  I will not ever be free to take pics of my project without rearranging it so that the mistake doesn't show.  I will feel like a phony brilliant mommy at show-and-tell crochet gatherings.  So, I just did it.

    Wacky Weave Ilona Slow Life Creations CAL

    Now hand me my chocolate and slowly back away...

    Until next time.

    x Helène

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  • Go, go, go... frog

    My mom taught me most of what I know today about sewing.  But there is one thing that her mom taught me that still ring in my ears today:  "Nee, mens knoei nie.  Trek los."  No, don't fudge it.  Unpick it.  It would annoy me greatly!  Now, how many years later, I don't mind to unpick because I've learned the value of having a completed project that you can be proud of.  I also don't mind to frog a crochet project.  And boy, did I frog this project - multiple times!  Here's why.  (insert the Law and Order dun-dun sound here)

    Firstly, it's my first real garment-from-a-pattern on the hook.  I feel uncomfortable with taking my own measurements.  Don't laugh.  I do.  I'd rather go to a store and fit tops from the largest size downwards and see how low I can go until it gets stuck going over the twins or until I have to pull in the tube to a point where I can't breathe normally.  I've now forced myself to look at my measurements - albeit in a scientific manner - and figure out where I fit in.  Get it?  "Figure out" and "fit in"?

    Secondly, I up-sized the garment.  I took my measurements and immediately went to the larger sizing.  Why.  Don't answer me, it's intended as a rhetorical question because of, you know, point number one above.  Once I've crocheted a few rows on both panels I fitted it around my waist (which coincidentally is the exact same measurement as my chest...) and realised the top is way too big.  After much deliberation (a few tears might or might not have been involved) I frogged the project back to the second row and started on the smaller size.  The chainless foundation row will be frogged to the correct size when I feel up to it.  P.S. my standing double crochet stitches look like a perfect Pinterest pin!                          

    Thirdly, kids, kid-friendly activities, mealtimes, laundry, dog and husband (although not so much as the aforementioned).  Interruptions can wreak havoc on your newly started project.  Girlfriend (or boyfriend - this is a no-discrimination zone)!  I should have done a bloopers real.  And as luck would have it you'll only realise you made a silly mistake when you are one or two rows on.  So... you frog!

    Amidst all of the frogging I'm still cautiously optimistic with the outcome of this project.  The yarn is glorious, the pattern is comfortable and my craft bag makes me happy!

    Catch you on the flip side.

    x Helène








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