Welcome everyone! Whether this is your first CAL with us, or you have been making the others, we are happy to have you here, Put on your fancy attire, top hat, bow tie, heels or anything you consider your stepping out clothes. We are going to a Garden Party for this next FATW6 CAL and we are going in style. As you may recall, in July we have initiated our Adventures in Mosaic. Many designers from all over the world have donated so many beautiful patterns, for this endeavor, that our 6th Anniversary CAL actually consists of 3 CALs. We have already finished the Ocean Theme CAL and the Geometric Theme CAL – now we are going to work on the Garden Theme CAL. We invite you on a trip through a colorful garden with lovely flowers, beautiful butterflies, eager bees and many more. There is a total of 14 strips, and the border that will tie it all together is yet again, the amazing Zig Zag Border by Moira Douglas of daisyknots that has gone so well with the other 2 blankets. No ends to worry about. It is an envelope border that hides them all. Remember, the size of your blanket is determined by how many repeats you start your first strip with, and how many strips you use.
Come in and have fun with our first strip “Flamboyance” by Lana Ignjatovic who has already designed two wonderful patterns for our Ocean Theme blanket, the nautical anchors and lovely sailboats. Lana comes to us from South Africa and we have included her bio here in case you missed it in Ocean theme. She is a wonderful and gracious lady and we are lucky to include her creations this year too.
Biography – Lana Ignjatović & Loving Stitches Designs
“I am privileged to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, South Africa. I learned to crochet in September 2013. I tried to make a granny square, by following a YouTube video, but it just did not come out right. (I still have it) My Aunt, who is also my Godmother, Helen Spence, then taught me over the telephone to read a crochet pattern and to make a 3D square….and that’s when I got hooked. I’ve never looked back from there.
I really love making blankets and have made and gifted blankets to just about all my immediate and extended family members. My other passion is to teach others to crochet. I started teaching in September 2015 and I’ve taught more than 150 ladies to crochet since then.
In 2017 I started writing the patterns for my designs and on 12th September 2019 (my darling Dads birthday – sadly he got his Angel Wings on 23rd January 2021 and heaven gained a very special Angel) I was announced as the 1st Prize Winner in a local Shopping Bag Competition, I won a whopping R5000 cash and my pattern is published on their website: https://elleyarns.com/product/lil-wendy-flower-bag/
This bag is named for my Mum, Wendy. An interlocking crochet blanket has been named for my darling Dad, Rocky’s Block-in-a-Block. I have designed and made a number of items over the past year and named them for special people in my life. The latest are for my dearest Father-in-law, Dragorad’s Regatta, which is a section of the FATW6 CAL; and Ljubica’s Lapghan is for my lovely Mum-in-law, this is still in the design stage.
I have designed patterns for various items of clothing, but still need to finalize the written patterns, have them tested and then loaded onto my Facebook Group, Loving Stitches Designs. www.facebook.com/groups/562157171310304/
I have compiled a crochet teaching syllabus for Loving Stitches Academy, which is the main focus of my business. https://www.facebook.com/Loving-Stitches-Academy-112912490292097
On the 2nd of December 2020, I founded and launched the Crochet Guild of South Africa. This is still a work in progress and I have many ideas and plans for the Guild.
My other hobbies include sewing, embroidery, reading and cycling. The latter two I don’t get to enjoy as often as I’d like to, because it’s not that easy to cycle and crochet at the same time. ☺ “
One of our Makers, Mary is working two blankets, with 7 strips on each one. Here is what the first one is looking like so far. It will look great no matter what colors you end up using. Mary has worked the patterns twice (once and then one more repeat). Her next blanket will be of the next 7, so as you can see, anything goes.
Stunning, right? Stay tuned for more blankets as we move along. For now, these are the test strips or beginnings of blankets from the rest of our Makers.
As we are hosting the pattern on our blog, you will not find it anywhere else but here:
If 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 share your photos.
Link to the Event if you are already a member of CAL – Crochet A Long.