Travel Theme : Pastel

Pastels  are usually described as “soothing”, “soft”, “near neutral”, “milky”, “washed out”, “desaturated”, and lacking strong chromatic content. Pink, mauve, and baby blue are typical pastel colors.IMG_4224 (2)IMG_5165DSC_0013DSC_0023

Travel Theme

Travel theme: Square

The granny square is the classic crochet motif, and it is often one of the first things that a person masters when first learning how to crochet. The classic crochet granny square is made up of double crochet stitches that are crocheted in clusters of 3 and each cluster is separated by a chain of 2. The crochet granny square is worked in the round.

IMG_6400IMG_3255IMG00140-20121021-1310Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge


Virtual Blog Tour

Iris from Wandering Iris invited me recently to be part of a Virtual Blog Tour. If you don’t know her, you should really check out her work.  

Iris is a wandering day tripper. She loves road trips and finding off the beaten path places and unusual things to photograph.  She decided to start a blog to share the places she go.  Her blogs are daily postings of one or more photographs with a small amount of text explaining why she thought the location or object was interesting and worth driving to see.

Daily Photo 19 July


The Virtual Blog Tour is a relatively new project for bloggers.  The rules are fairly simple:

  • Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)
    1. What am I working on? 
    2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
    4. How does your writing/creating process work?  
  • Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.
  • Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post.

                                                                                                               Here are my responses to the four questions.

    What am I working on?

  • I’m always working on various projects. (That keeps life interesting!) My blog reflects the many interests I have.
  • My latest crotchet project:        IMG_3255
  •  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  • It differs from most  blogs because it is not only about travel, but also about my crafts and recipes that I would like to share.  The one thing that I did not expect to be doing when I started my blog is my participation in some of the many Challenges that are hosted by other bloggers.                              DSC06456
  • Why do I write/create what I do? 
  • I have always loved taking photo’s.  I love to use my creativity where ever I can, being in scrapbooking, cardmaking, painting or photography. I love telling people about interesting places that I have seen. IMG_1926
  • How does your writing/creating process work?  
  • That is a difficult question.  It just happens….. I don’t write very much.  Most of what I post are photos.

 I have chosen to pass on the Virtual Blog Tour to:


She was born in the Netherlands and migrated with her parents to South Africa. She lived in South Africa for 57 years and is now living in New Zealand. She studied to become a teacher and have  more than 36 years teaching experience.

She will post her virtual  tour on August 4th.  Make sure you mark your calendars and go see what she is up to.

My latest crochet project

I always have a few projects on the go (who doesn’t?) This is the one I have finished recently.

IMG_3255The  idea was to create a blanket alternating the traditional granny squares in beige, cream and grey, with blocks crotcheted in shades of blue and grey in a more modern geometric way.


There are lots of ways to join granny squares (just google it and you’ll get more hits than you have time to look at) . I liked the way this turned out.


I used the Simple Shell Edging to finish this blanket.


My nephew the happy recipient!

A word a week photograph challenge : violet

Violet is a bright bluish purple color that takes its name from the violet flower. On the traditional color wheel used by painters, it is located between blue and purple.

Bouquet of flowers
Bouquet of flowers
Window display
Window display

For more photo’s in this challenge go to:

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Violet

Making a Babette

When I finished my Granny square blanket last year I still had a lot of experimental squares of different sizes and colours and was not even sure what to do with it. I posted a photo on Facebook to ask for ideas and they suggested a Babette blanket.

Goodwood-20131108-00209I have never heard of a babette blanket!  I searched on the internet and found a lot of interesting facts and stories. They’re crocheted blankets based on granny squares in different sizes and colour combinations, which create a unique pattern and a very beautiful “mosaic effect”.

I love them because they remind me of Klimt paintings.

It was also inspired by the work of designers Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy This blanket offers a journey in color for the crocheter. The modules are all based on the same motif pattern; they vary only in the number of rounds worked.

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the last sentence was meant for me. “But … if you have a basket of scraps that look kind of nice together and you’re willing to experiment a bit, then read on!”

My babette does not have the the same motif blocks! I used all the blocks with all the different patterns to make up this blanket.

Back to the drawing board! I did not  have enough blocks! After I have drawn the pattern and calculated the number of blocks needed, I had   to crotchet even more blocks.

Diagrams to help with the  layout of the blanket
Diagrams to help with the
layout of the blanket
Every day the pile of blocks grew bigger!

It was a big relief when I eventually finished the last block.

Putting it together was quite a job!

babette1 Now that it is finished, I am very happy with the end product!

My Babette!

My Babette
My Babette