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Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

You'll find lots of crochet on my blog, as well as my crochet and sewing projects for Ideas Magazine, since September 2011.

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Entries in crochet (230)


the 9 crochet books i have to have

1. Uncommon Crochet: Twenty-Five Projects Made from Natural Yarns and Alternative Fibers

2. Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims

3. Nicky Epstein's Crocheted Flowers

4. Amazing Crochet Lace: New Fashions Inspired by Old-Fashioned Lace

5. Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles*Ruffles*Flora*Fringes*Points & Scallops

6. Everyday Crochet: Wearable Designs Just for You

7. Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes

8. Wrapped in Crochet: Scarves, Wraps, & Shawls

9. Vogue Knitting on the Go! Crocheted Hats

What a pity my birthday is only at the end of April! C


what are the odds?

I'm not a gambler, although I won a game of poker playing against my husband and his friends once (yes, I took all there money), so I can't work out what the odds are that this beauty, with a wingspan of three and a half inches, would choose to sit so beautifully exactly where it did!

Here's another one:

I'm sure you can imagine how those wings "flapped" once it got airborne. I could not leave the room quick enough! C 


the 9 crochet stitch motifs i like most (so far)

Read more about my hansel and gretel-project over here and here!


crafty thursdays

I have very recently discovered the allure of the potholder ...


this is the book, 

I found a hook and a whole lot of tangled yarn (thanks to my precious Cat). I’m doing one crochet stitch motif a day to serve as a reminder of my metaphor (sitting in a tree, looking down and the rest of it). This task will seem especially corny if you’ve seen this movie. If you haven’t, GO SEE IT! It’s deliciously good! And might explain to some extent why I’m blogging. I’m thinking of something else. Do you remember this story, in particular this line: “for each time (Hansel) turned around he dropped a white pebble on the road to mark the way which they were taking”? I’m going to call my crocheting-one-stitch-motif-every-day my Hansel&Gretel-project, trusting that I’d be able to find my way back to feeling relaxed, not in a rush, full of ideas, optimistic and hopeful (should I get caught up in 2010).


wishing you a meaningful christmas and a love-filled 2010

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It's in UK crochet terms, with the US terms on page 2 of the pattern.

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Lots of love,




these two

are off to Surrey tomorrow, to warm the hearts of Joseph and Emma. They are the adorable children of a long lost (we met in 1983) and recently found again (via Facebook) friend, who emmigrated to the UK last year.

I'd like to introduce you to Hello Kitty and Ibubhesi (which means lion). May you bring lots of smiles and comfort!



A meeting with a friend… led to a long chat at my dining table … led to inspiration, in abundance … led to a weekend of crocheting, which I like anyway … led to a week-and-a-half of waiting, because we both had deadlines … and here it is:

I am over the moon with the result of my first shoe. A huge “Thank you!” to Manon, who is a very talented and kind shoemaker. I know our collaboration will be fruitful, beautiful and joyful!

PS Join us at Full Cream Café (89 Pony Street, Tygervallei Office Park, Hazeldean, Silverlakes, Pretoria) on the 12th of November from 15:00 ‘till late. Manon will be launching messageshoes. Dress: cocktail. Hope to see you there, C x



Not only will this scatter cushion go in between the other stuff (soft puppies, cats, bears and more) on my daughter's bed, but it is perfect in-between

  • breakfast and going to my studio to start work
  • the quote for RG and invoicing AM
  • tea and discussing the slip-cover design with The Ladies (that's what I call the 4 wonderful woman who sew in my workshop)
  • picking up Sebastian and then Christi at school
  • a half finished (flower-carpet) pull-over and quilting (more about that later) 

No, this is not a flower carpet!

But I don't know any more if I could wear it either!

Have you also had a brilliant idea or a clear vision, and a day (or two) later the idea doesn't shine so bright any more, or the vision becomes... blurred? Is this where my stubbornness should kick in, so that my vision can be realised?

This crisis might be at the root of creativity, otherwise more of us would be seen in the strangest of creations...

I think I'll go and buy more wool.



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