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Hi Guys!

I have SO MANY things to share this week!  I have been a very busy girl!  And so have all of you, by the look of my Inbox!!

Before I show you the many things I have been up to this week, I want to share this beautiful photo Loma Groenewald shared in Playing Hooky/Haak Uit on Facebook.  She is making my Lydia Blanket with Vinnis Serina, and I LOVE IT!!

Doesn't that just make your heart sing?

Righto!  Now I am going to show you EVERYTHING I did this week!

The first thing I shared was this Simple Shells Dishcloth pattern.  It was inspired by the thunderstorms of my youth (and the rainbows, of course).  I might have gone a tad overboard with the sentiment in the post, but hey... I am homesick and I am certain that my posts will only get more nostalgic as my South African Tour with Be Inspired gets closer.  If you have any problems with the pattern for the Simple Shells Dishcloth, you can find a step-by-step tutorial for the stitch HERE on Craftsy.

So that's what I did on Thursday, which, by the way, was my middle son's 6th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Jaco!

On Friday, I shared about LillaBjorn's 'Birthday In Malmö' blanket.  She used my Summer in Swanage pattern to create this gorgeous, tranquil winter-time blanket.  I adore her colourway (and the tender story behind it), and I am so pleased to tell you that you can now buy colour packs for Birthday in Malmö AND Summer in Swanage in my Wool Warehouse Store.  You can read more about that HERE.

Don't fall asleep!  I just have 2 more things to share :)

Next on our list is Part 3 of Charlotte.  In this week's installment, we finish our Large Crochet Square off with a delicate lacy border.  I have seen many completed Charlottes (courtesy of 67 Blankets for Mandela Day), and they all look so very pretty!  I hope you share your completed Charlottes with me on Ravelry so that I can Oooh! and Aaaah!  You can also share them on Instagram using #simplycharlotte.

The last thing on my list is this Simple Railway Mandala I made for the Crochetville Blog Tour 2016.  I wish I could call it a pattern, but it is just a basic circle with solid parts and lacy parts.  It is meant to represent railways and journeys...

At the bottom of that post, you will find a code that entitles you to receive one of my 4 paid Amamani Puzzle Animal patterns for free.  I hope you like whichever one you choose!!

Have a blessed week!


Colouring-in Competiton

If you would like the chance to win a colour pack for your version of Summer in Swanage/Birthday in Malmö, please complete the following steps:
  1. Download and Print THIS TEMPLATE.
  2. Colour in to your heart's content, using pencils, pens, watercolours...whatever you desire!
  3. Share photos of your progress and/or completed template with me on Instagram or on my Facebook Page, using #colourmyownbeach and  If you really do not like using social media, you may send me a picture at  
  4. Please submit all entries before Monday the 4th of April 2016.  
What Happens Next?

I will sit down with my prestigious panel of judges (Christiaan, the 3 boys, and Jenny), and we will then choose our favourite colourway.  The winning entry will be translated into a Scheepjes ColourCrafter yarn pack, to be sent to the winner (revealed on the 11th of April 2016) upon confirmation of address.

Terms of Use:  By submitting your entry, you agree to let me use the photos and/or colourway for any future promotions or colourways.

I do hope you indulge me by entering in this competition!!!


The link for the Lace and Bobbles pattern wasn't working last week.  I have corrected it below.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell me!

Choose Your CAL for 2016

I want to tell you about 3 exciting new CAL's starting soon (a CAL is a crochet-along).  Two of them will be made out of squares, and one will be a large continuous mandala.

If you want to see more CAL's, have a look at this wonderful CAL Calendar, which features all the CAL's from 2015 onwards.  If you want a project you can start on immediately, this Lace and Bobbles pattern is a wonderful way to keep your hands busy without being boring.  It is on my wish-list, and has been for a while.  I have the pattern, I just need to find the time!

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