Posts tagged [Juanita Muir]

  • 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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  • What I have learned and achieved

    As you read in Blog 1, I wanted to knit the Jujuba jumper (pattern can be found here: )

    This is what I have learned and achieved in the last weeks

    1. Knitting in the round vs flat

    The day I wanted to cast on, I realized that the pattern asks for the sleeves to be knitted in the round…oh no, I don’t have the right length of needle and was also not able to find the correct length at my LYS (local yarn shop @yarnatzelle). After lots of deliberation, I decided to knit the jumper flat and to not be discouraged by the needle and knitting in the round. I am making the jumper in the largest size and I did a cast on of 56 stitches.

    knit flat

    1. Don’t overthink the colour marling

    I decided up front to not overthink or plan the colours. I am enjoying the journey, I do marling (using 2 strands of complementing colours) for some of the rows and for others I use 2 strands of the same colour. Most of the time, I only plan the next colour change, but not much further than that. I am very pleased with the colours. The colour stripes are also uneven – it varies from 8 rows, 5 rows and in some cases only 3 rows.

    colour marling

    1. Colour changes, threads, and my perfectionism

    Due to the uneven stripes and marling, I am trying to achieve, I must do multiple colour changes and the loose threads on the sides started to drive me crazy. My ever-present mentor Juanita Muir (@Juaknits) assured me that my knitting looks perfect and that we will hide it when we start to join the edges…. phew, so I will just continue and look past them then

    1. Increasing

    The shape of the sleeve and the increase for the front and back sides are really simple and are not determined by the number of rows, but by inches. In my case, I must increase every ½ inch. The reason for this is to work with your own gauge. To keep me motivated and to ensure the sleeve fits my arm, I started to pin the sleeves and fit it on my arm.


    1. My progress so far

    I am done with the left sleeve and shoulder part – I now need to start splitting the stitches for the front and back and the decrease for the neck. I am beyond proud! The pattern is simple, and the increases are easy to follow. If it was maybe in a single colour, I would get bored by now, but the anticipation of the colour changes and overall interest each colour combination bring are keeping me motivated. I will now start with the right side to ensure I have enough yarn to continue the colour effect and then I will complete my front and back neck decreases together as I want to mirror the front and back colour stripes


    The biggest part of the success of this project with 9 balls of different yarn lies in my Brilliantmommy bag! I can carry the complete project with me and pick my balls of yarn easily from the see-through bag!