Season’s Greeting from the Land of Down Under…

Hi everyone, as another year nears its end, & I reflect back, I realise the many goals I had set for myself have gone by-the-way… One being updating my blog with new helpful crochet information & another, completing new crochet patterns…All are in the pipeline, just waiting for me to get on with it…

2018 will be remembered by me as the year of technical malfunctions… from personal household stuff to Government introduced NBN… Everything is now purring away as it should & I’m hopeful it will stay that way for a long time to come so I can get back to the things I enjoy: creating, inspiring, learning & not to mention, my over-grown, neglected garden.

Firstly, I’d like to thank all the lovely ladies who have participated in Crochet Classes this year; your support & friendship has been wonderful & most appreciated… I’d also like to send a special mention & Congratulations to the new beginners who have been coming along to class… it’s very gratifying for me to see you gaining confidence as your skills grow… I look forward to another year with you all.

I’d also like to thank everyone who has contacted me throughout the year. I really value your lovely compliments & feedback &, the requests for advise with those tricky stitches that we come across from time to time, I hope I’ve been helpful…

Another gracious, ‘Thank You’ must go to all my Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy & Zibbet customers, most of which are international &, I really appreciate your trust & taking the time to leave great feedback.

2018 ~ Alice Springs Beanie Festival comp was fun. I received a ‘Special Mention’ for my ‘Blue Planet T-Cosy,’ which the judges mistook as a beanie, Whaaa! Ha! What a hoot! Goes to show how freeform can confuse the best of us.

~ Maleny Knitfest seems to be growing bigger each year, much to the delight of the organisers. Thanks again to Robyn Bailey who looked after my trade stall & helped customers after while I workshopped. Competition entries were very low this year, nevertheless, the standard was high. I won the Best Scarf award & 2nd prize for Best Beanie. 

~ The Landsborough Tea Cosy/Beanie Challenge’ had a large increase in entries & I was lucky to win the Best Tea Cosy…

~ &, for the computer nerds, I’m now on Instagram… bit of self promotion doesn’t hurt… or, so I’m told.

Here’s hoping 2019 brings new inspirations & more interesting crochet challenges. I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & all the very best for the New Year ahead… cheers, Renate

Maleny Knitfest 2016… June 10th & 12th… Hope to see you there…

KnitfestHi everyone… by now many of you will have heard about the Maleny Knitfest to be held 10th to 12th June 2016  so, just letting you all know that I will be there conducting a couple of workshops…

(1) Saturday 11th (10am to 1pm) ~ Freeform Scrumples ~ this is a shared workshop where I’ll be covering the crochet elements & the lovely Lynn Hall with be covering the knitting bits… should be a lot of fun!

(2) Sunday 12th (10am to 1pm) The ever popular 10 Stitch Sampler – which covers many of those tricky stitches I use in my freeform work… you’re sure to learn something new here.

There will be 16 workshops overall, so have a look, I’m sure you’ll find one to interest you & don’t forget to book as workshops are filling fast.

For those of you with  competitive spirits why not have a go in one of the competitions, check out the categories here ~  only $5 per entry & you can enter as many time as you like…

The Maleny Knitfest promises to be a fabulous weekend of gorgeous fibre fun, with workshops, exhibits, stalls, competitions & much more… so there’ll be something for everyone…

Check out the Maleny Knitfest Facebook page & for more information go to the Maleny Knitfest website

Hope to see you there!

CORRECTION: Textured Crochet Lace

Textured Crochet LaceCORRECTION: I have discovered  a major error in my book Textured Crochet Lace… the instructions for Edging Individual Squares  was omitted when published…

My sincere apologies  to everyone who has purchased the book & therefore been confused about the edging & may even have abandoned their project…

I’m mortified! How do these things happen, but they do… even after intense proof-reading & editors checking… goes to show that nothing is perfect….

Hopefully, this post will rectify this major mistake to some degree…

The instructions for edging individual squares are as follows:

Round 1: with right side facing & continuing with working colour, 1 ch, work 3 dc (US: sc) in same st [place marker in middle st, corner made], * work 29 dc (US: sc) evenly spaced to next corner st, dc (US: sc) in corner st, repeat around square, join with ss in first dc (US: sc), do not finish off – 128dc (US: sc)

Round 2: continuing with working colour, 1 ch, dc (US: sc) in same st and in each st across to next corner st, * dc (US: sc) in corner st, dc (US: sc) in each st across to next corner st, repeat from * around, join with ss in first dc (US: sc) , finish off – 136 dc (US: sc)

Please contact me if you have any questions… Renate

Greetings from DownUnder

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Hello Everyone, … another year is almost at an end…I hope it’s been a productive & fulfilling year for you & I’d like to wish you all a joyous, peaceful festive season surrounded by your loved ones… &, that 2016 is full of creativity, love & kindness…

Let me also take this opportunity to send out a HUGE THANK YOU for the ongoing support I’ve received throughout the year;… to all my lovely crochet class ladies… you’ve made it such fun & a pleasure to teach… to all who have sent complimentary emails & posted comments on my website/blog… always welcomed & appreciated… to those of you who, from time to time, have posed some challenging questions  & prevented me from becoming complacent…. &, for the many sales that encourage me to keep going…

Let’s make 2016 the best year yet… Renate

A Great way to start 2015 & A Big Thank You…

Another big Thank You to all the ladies who came along to the ‘Welcome Back Afternoon’ yesterday (11th Jan 2015)… we had a lovely time even though we sweltered in the heat &, despite the determined ants who almost ate us out of house & home… Welcome to the new ladies who came to check things out &, of course, welcome back to all you gorgeous regular folk… 2015 is going to be great!! Here are some pics of finished projects & works in progress… What a clever bunch!!

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Barbara

Doreen

Margaret

Wendy M

Wendy N