Today we have this precious Graff-Diamond Mosaic pattern named after the rare and expensive pink Graff diamonds. Our featured designer is Annamaria Joubert-Esterhuizen, an extremely talented designer whose work truly reflects works of art. Here is her bio in her own words.
“Although people think that crochet is just crochet, I believe that it is an art. Insofar as crochet is concerned, you can experience the art form that is inherent in the crochet work and designs, particularly when seen against the backdrop of all the colors that are used in the process.
To design a throw, for example, it is a journey for me that I enjoy immensely. Having said this, I hope that if someone decides to crochet together with me, they will experience the very same journey that I experience with each throw I designed. It is extremely therapeutic and probably the best therapist that you are likely to ever own – just relax, allow the process to envelop you and ENJOY!!!”
“I am a South African from birth living in Boksburg, Gauteng. It is one of 9 provinces in SA. I am 60 years of age and have been crocheting since I was 10 years old. Always busy with something since then. I am not going to bore you with my life story because there is not really something. I am married and between me and hubby we have 6 children and 10 grandchildren. A very normal family.
Where did my designing begin? I lost my job about 10 years ago. My profession is a Project Accountant. Yes, you can believe it. Because of the unemployment factor I had to help put food on the table. About 5 years ago I discovered that I have the urge to be more creative than crocheting other designers’ designs. When I was in the middle of a deep depression, I took up my crochet and some yarn and started to crochet. And there and then my very first design began, the well-known Queen Mandala throw. I decided to offer it as a CAL (Crochet Along) and created a Facebook group, Mandala Queen Crochet Throws. Well, the rest is history. I am still overwhelmed by the worldwide response and had to make up yarn kits for my very first design and exported it globally.
For most of my designs I use a South African natural yarn, MoYa. I confess that I am a yarn snob and use only natural fiber for designing. And what do I do with all my finished designs? Well, most of them I still do have. Sometimes I will gift a throw. And oh, my passion is to design throws.
To date I designed 49 throws since Jan 2016. My inspiration? Sometimes I will look at other designers’ work or artwork. While I am busy with a design, I already get my inspiration from what I am busy to design. I design using Traditional, Tunisian, Mosaic and Tapestry crochet methods. I also design in free form crochet but find that people do not like to be “free”. They like to have a written pattern with exact stitch counts and instructions.
The other passion in my life is my French Poodles. I used to have 4 babies but lost one baby the end of July 2021 due to cancer. They are my life and go wherever I go.
I would like to thank all my followers, customers, and supporters for the past few years. You are all amazing and I like to see what you do with my designs. I always say that my pattern is only a guideline, and you can use it to be creative but respect the copyright of it.
If it was not for you, I would not be inspired to design. My testers, you are of so much value to make my designs a success.
I love you all!”
Her patterns can be found in all of these places: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/sa-yarnies
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/890549544691314
I am happy to say that over five years ago I did finish the Queen Mandala and really enjoyed the whole process. Every row is gorgeous and it is full of texture. What a beautiful pattern it is. I did not make it as a blanket, I made it in a lightweight cotton and now use it as a table cover. One of these days I will get a bigger table for it. Of course there are so many other magnificent patterns and a lot more devoted followers.
Back to the stunning Graff-Diamond, it is in Overlay Mosaic and uses 2 colors. Here is what our Makers have come up with. All have a certain sparkle about them, don’t you agree? Regarding this pattern, please be sure to read everything carefully. In addition to the stitches you are used to, there is an extended front loop double crochet (US terminology). This one is worked in the front loop THREE rows down, NOT two, and is worked on a stitch of the other color, not the same color. Also, it is worked differently than a regular double crochet, and is explained in the the pattern. Read carefully and avoid frogging. This stitch really defines the diamond shape.
You can find this pattern on Ravelry at:
f you are not a member of the Facebook Group CAL – Crochet A Long, you can request to join here and then join the event. You will be able to get to the Event if you are a member. Do continue to share your photos.
Link to the Event if you are already a member of CAL – Crochet A Long.
So far with this theme we have:
Have a great and productive week. See you on Thursday!