I would like to introduce you to Anja Thys from Ophelia Talks!!! I found her YouTube channel while trying to find something to watch/listen to as I made a shawl….my new favorite thing to crochet! ***Here*** is the video that caught my attention. You’ll definitely want to watch it because not only is there a beautiful Afghan featured in the video, it’s also a CAL that you’ll just HAVE to make with a very endearing story to go along with it AND, if that wasn’t enough, Anja is wearing a beautiful shawl that I just couldn’t stop thinking about. More on that later…..
Each week Anja releases 2 brand new videos and a live chat on Sunday evening (UK time). The live chat is such great company as you are crocheting and I’ve never watched live yet…..I’m setting an alarm for this Sunday though! She’s got a cup of tea, sometimes some yummy food and usually some crochet project she’s working on. You sit and chat and crochet together. Plus you get to learn more about her, find out what she’s been up to during the week and what’s on her hook! Bonus….she’s got a beautiful kitty that loves to make an appearance and sits on her lap for a little cat nap. She’s just purrrfect 🐱! She’s fun and funny and has such a nice way about her. You are sure to enjoy her chats as much as I do!
AUTUMN WALK CAL
The Afghan featured in the above picture is called Autumn Walk and it’s dedicated to her grandfather and the walks they used to take together in the woods. The colors of the Afghan will fit right into the fall decor at your house because they are so warm and inviting. She’s selected the colors very carefully so as to recreate, in crochet and colors, the walks she’d take with Grandpa Frans, representing all the treasures she’d find in the woods along the way.
FRIDAY BONUS PATTERNS:
SUNDAY LIVE CHATS:
- Survival Guide to YouTube and CAL’s
- Sunday, Oct 11th
- Sunday, Oct 18th
- Sunday, Oct 25th
- Sunday, Nov 1st
- Sunday, Nov 8th
- Sunday, Nov 15th
******Part 1 – Pine Trees
Ohhhhh!!!! I am so excited to be starting this CAL!!! Part 1 has been released. Be sure to pop over to Ophelia TALKS blog and have a look at the story behind the blanket, and then of course the reason for Part 1 – Pine Trees. And don’t forget that there is also a VIDEO!!!! You can find the YouTube video tutorial by Anja for Part 1 HERE.
And do be sure to share your color selections and progress photos to our Facebook Group which you can find HERE. We absolutely love to see our newsfeed filled with colorful photos of your projects!!!!
Hooray!!! Part 2 is finally here! I can’t wait to get started! I’m a tad behind as my yarn arrived Friday while I was away for the weekend. I’m halfway through part 1 and I haven’t spotted the fox just yet. I think he’s behind one of the next trees!
Below, please find the links for the autumn leaves pattern as well as a very helpful guide to YouTube and CAL’s on Anja’s Sunday live chat AND the bonus pattern from last week!
So much to do! I hope you are enjoying the journey as much as I am! ❤️
Finding the Fungi and Toadstools is the 3rd section of this CAL. Walks in the woods, after the rain, seeing chantrels to carry along and knowing how amazing they would taste…. now I’m in need of a fabulous “mushroom/fungii” dinner. Perhaps an amazing Mushroom Risotto???? What inspiring and touching stories to go along with this CAL! I just can’t wait for the next section so I can read all about it, and watch along with the video!!!
Week 4 is here!!! Are you ready to find some acorns in the woods??? have you found brown or green acorns? Are the caps on or did the squirrels get to them first? We’ll find out once we begin crocheting this weeks section.
I hope you are stopping by Ophelia Talks YouTube channel each Friday to get the bonus patterns. And don’t forget to go to her channel on Sunday afternoons for a live chat and a sneak peek of what’s to come in the following week. Links to the Friday patterns and the live chats are down below.
Week 5 is here! And oh my, but I had no idea that a chestnut came in a prickly green skin!!! What an interesting piece of information. This week the colors of the CAL are to represent the rich browns of the chestnuts and the greens of the trees.
Be sure to stop in and check out all of the amazing features of this CAL…. so much wrapped into one project. Have you stayed on task and finished your weekly sections? We would love to see them in our newsfeed!!!!
Every good thing must come to an end just as every book has its cover. Today we are able to put the “cover” on the beautiful Autumn Walk “book” that we have created! Week 6 brings us 11 rounds of border, but you’ll be able to manage just fine. Sit back with a cup of coffee or tea and your favorite show or some good music and you’ll be done lickety split!
I sure hope you’ve enjoyed this CAL and stories as much as I have! Please be sure to post your pictures in CAL – Crochet A Long and in our Photo Album.
INTRODUCTION and INFORMATION
The Autumn Walk CAL will start on Wednesday, October 14th, which was her Grandpa’s birthday. I’m happy to announce that CAL – Crochet A Long is lucky enough to be co-hosting it!!!! The written pattern can be found on her blog and an accompanying video, which can be found here, will be on her YouTube channel, Ophelia Talks. The weekly pattern and video release will be at 6pm UK time each Wednesday, for a total of 6 weeks. And there will be an ADDITIONAL video on Friday’s that you WON’T want to miss!!! She’s told me all about it, but…..I’ve been sworn to secrecy…..😉 I’d love to tell you, but a promise is a promise❤️…..just watch for the Friday videos, trust me. 😉
Anja is also selling yarn packs for the CAL on her blog here. If you are interested, head over there and purchase a pack. There’s still plenty of time to receive it by mail. I know mine is on the way and I can’t wait to see and feel the wonderful, squishy autumnal colored yarn!
OPHELIA TALKS SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
I hope you have as much fun as I have getting to know Anja. And while you may not be as fortunate as I was to speak with her at length on the phone, you will definitely make a new friend while watching her videos and partaking in her Sunday live chats. I will be posting the live link in our group tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it!! See you tomorrow! And don’t forget your tea, chocolate and crochet!
The picture above is a dress that Anja has made…..BY HAND, sewing it together with needle and thread, for a Mediaeval Reenactment Society she belonged to. Interestingly enough she joined the society to keep up her archery skills!!! In having watched a number of her Sunday live videos I learned that she pieced together the outfit especially for the photo shoot for the Autumn Walk CAL pictures! She even made the button holes by hand…..she shows close up pictures, a very interesting and tedious process, I’m sure. And now the best part, the shawl she’s wearing….. here is the “must watch video” and “must make” wearable! She designed and crocheted the shawl in a day!! Started it one evening and finished the rest of it the next day. No house cleaning or cooking was done during the making of this shawl, but that’s ok. She was on a very tight time table. 😉 But now she has a beautiful shawl to wear in the woods on her next walk. And we have a pattern and video to follow to make one of our own. I can’t wait to make mine!
She learned to crochet in school. She did learn, and usually did her “crochet homework” right after school on Friday’s so she would get it out of the way and not have to think about it again till Monday, but she really didn’t enjoy it much. LOL! She might have even gotten some help with the homework from a family member too……. shhhh, I’ll never tell. 😉 But after she learned, she put her hooks away for long while. Thankfully she rediscovered crochet as an adult and now loves it!!! And we are able to enjoy her designs!