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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 ideas magazine (22)


one scarf, two ways


One scarf and 2 ways to wear it.

After more than 3 months of creating, crocheting and writing paterns for 20 unique items,



I'm done.

Keep a lookout for Crochet Ideas (and the Afrikaans version, Hekel Idees) on sale from 4 August.

C x

PS The pattern for my "fly home scarf" will be in the book.


crochet bunting free pattern

My latest pattern for Ideas Magazine is available free online HERE.

It is written in English crochet terms.

The mini bunting, using the same pattern, but no 30 crochet cotton and a 1,75mm hook, can be seen HERE.


Die Afrikaanse weergawe van my gehekelde vlagversiering vir Idees Tydskrif is HIER beskikbaar.

Daar het ook 'n mini weergawe van die vlaggies verskyn in die Februarie uitgawe van Idees.

Al verskil is dat jy no 30 hekelgaring met 'n 1,75mm hekelpen moet gebruik!

Ek hou dit HIER vas, net voor ek die vlaggies vir Dala Watts by Idees in Kaapstad gestuur het.

C x


crocheted cake topper

My best weekends are the ones where I get to do what I want, at least on the Sunday (does that sound selfish or like the ultimate luxury?) And what I wanted this weekend was to play around with the look-and-feel of my blog and to crochet. That's why, on Sunday, I worked on my next project for Ideas Magazine's March 2013 issue: crocheted bunting of about 2 meters (6,5 feet) long in cream and white 100% cotton yarn. I really enjoyed designing the 3 motifs to make up the bunting and just for fun tried a mini-me version of the same motifs for the adorable little cake topper in the photo above. This is such a great way to 'dress up' a yummy cake or desert. I might just do one with little white crocheted snowflakes for Christmas lunch. C x

PS For those of you who regularly receive my blog as an email in your mail's inbox, PLEASE subscribe again (in the sidebar on the right). With all the changes I made to the blog, I lost all my lovely subscribers ...


ideas magazine october 2013

I am over the moon with my crocheted handbag in Ideas Magazine. This is such a nice gift to give to anyone you really care about. And if you take the little extra time to double-line the bag (I know!!!) you'll be SO glad, because it makes such a difference. If you try this bag, please send me a picture to cstrydom@mweb.co.za. I would love to see it, especially the colors you use. Cornel x


crocheted handbag for ideas magazine

Die vreugde (en partykeer verligting)
as mens iets kreatiefs doen of maak
en jy's regtig egtig tevrede daarmee.
Dis hoe ek voel oor hierdie gehekelde handsak
vir Idees Tydskrif se Oktober uitgawe.
Die patroon sal in Afrikaans en Engels beskikbaar wees.
Christi, my 17 jaar oud dogter, het klaar een bestel.
Sy moet net besluit in watter kleur.
Enetjie vir myself sal ook welkom wees.
Ek dink aan pampoenkleur met swart 'linte'
indigo met donker grys detail...
Watter kleure sal JY hom in hekel?
C x


crochet bunny finger puppet

This little bunny dreams of being famous...

She has to wait 'till September.

Pattern available in the September issue of

Ideas Magazine.

C x

PS Elsbeth crocheted her first.

Have a look here.


granny square jersey ideas magazine july 2012

This is the Granny Square Jersey and pattern
I designed and crocheted
for Ideas Magazine July 2012.
And yes, the pattern instructs you to crochet
4 more squares than you need.
Let's just say its for LUCK.
And believe me, your head
WILL go through the one square opening.
If only we were as flexible as our crochet work...
Please feel free to ask questions here.
C x


ideas magazine november '12

Ek is seker jy sal dit ook geniet

om hierdie gehekelde

fotoraampies te maak...


Of 'n toiletsakkie

vir 'n spesiale seuntjie in jou lewe.

Ek het!

Cornel x



Just delivered to Ideas Magazine...

for their December issue.

Can't wait to see how Dala and the girls will style this mobile.

C x


sneak peak

Finishing up some exciting new projects for Ideas Magazine...

C x