Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My African Valentino!



Before I say anything else, let me just say this...January 2018 has been one of the busiest and most exciting months I have ever had! Other than when my youngest son decided to show up mid-January 1993, while I was at home and the Midwife, 70klm away, stuck in a Friday afternoon traffic jam! Suffice it to say he was delivered by my Husband! It was a sweltering Summer afternoon too. When the Midwife finally arrived, 20 minutes later, we were already celebrating with cold Apple Ciders!

Usually, I have some time to ease into a New Year, re-capping the past year's events and milestones which always seem to determine a whole bunch of New Year Resolutions ( like deadlines, I tend to watch them swishing by ). They ( the resolutions ) are completely reactive eg: I have gained 5k = I must lose 5kg or, I need to walk more often = find a previously loved treadmill. However, not this January! Anyhow...before I go off on a tangent let me focus.

As I mentioned in my previous post, a yarny Fairy Godmother has magicked some yarn all the way over from her yarny palace in a cooler faraway land, over Africa, and soon into my humble and crumbling 117-year-old abode. In Muggle lingo: the amazing Scheepjes Yarns have most generously sent me the best present any Fanatical Yarnie could wish for...YARN...and lots of it too! As soon as the packages arrive I will be eagerly/feverishly sharing the GREAT UNPACKING with you all!

In the meantime, while I wait patiently ( hahahahaa...that is SUCH a lie! I am in knots of anticipation!! ) my hands are keeping busy. There is THE SHAWL ...and it's lovely. My three Testers Of The Shawl, who are also the awesome and competent Admins on our HooksnTales Patterns Workshop Group, have almost completed their versions and as usual, theirs look so much better than mine! Which is why they are my Testers! I will be making this Shawl in Scheepjes Yarn...I chose Colour Crafter Velvet....and I CANNOT wait to get going! Here you can see Augusta ( aka Babsie ) modelling the original version. 😼



IN THE MEANTIME...I made a little stash-buster square. It's 10" x 10"/26cm x 26cm and perfect for all sorts of decorative bits and pieces or even bigger projects. My forte, I think, is components for Afghans, Throws and Cushion Covers. I might add Shawls to that list. Anyhow, before I start talking about Shawls again. This square is to celebrate a few special events in February.

 My first child and eldest Daughter was born February 17.
 My Husband and I were married February 13 ( and yes, it was a Friday! )
 It's Valentine's Day, February 14!

So, Ladies and Gents of the Yarn... welcome to My African Valentino!
To celebrate all these magical moments in February, I am offering this pattern FOR FREE until and including February 14th! So hurry up and grab it while you can! It's such a fun and easy pattern yet the outcome is quite dramatic...full of passion, I think?

When I first began to crochet in earnest in 2014 I imagined that all my projects would be personal little adventures. Yet, little did I know that a few crochet adventures would lead to bigger and better life adventures too. Life, my lovelies, is full of happy surprises...don't forget that!

Wherever you are in Crochetland, I wish you lots of happy adventures and lovely surprises.

Take care
Jen xxx














17 comments:

  1. Thank you, once again Jen Tyler. Lovely pattern.

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  2. Another gorgeous square Jen and just the right size for the blanket I am making. I have extended some of your other squares to 10 inches so this is perfect! 💜

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  3. Thanks Jen for your kindness and generosity.We are all so fortunate to have you in our lives Xx

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! I feel the same way. I don't know how I managed before without you, Cindy, Sabine, Sandra and Maryke! You are all AMAZING!! xxx

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  4. Thank you for this generous offer Jen! Your squares (projects) are always enchanting and I hope I find time to spend time with your Valentino :)
    My Eva is a Valentine girl (born on the 14th,mom and auntie (her twin) were born on the 5th so February is filled with birthdays in our part of the world :)

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    1. Ah, thank you so much, dear Maya! Yes, something magical about February...and February born Girls! Must be dreamy Aquarius. :-) xxx

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  5. Thank you Jen for such a lovely gift; that is a beautiful square and a lovely story about your family thank you for sharing with us. Happy Month of February <3

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen! Happy February to you too! :D xxx

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  6. Beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hi Jen, I notice on Ravelry that there is an errata download for this pattern. Yet the link does not work. Is there anything we need to change in the pattern before we start? If there is, are you able to email it to me please? francoisehurt@gmail.com Many thanks.

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  8. beautiful jen thank you

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  9. This is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing a pattern with everyone!
    <3 Cheers from Brazil!

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