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Great gifts from great friends

Sometimes I feel so blessed by all the great friends and family I have! I felt that it was time to count just a few of the many blessings that I have received these last few months.

A nutty yarn-squirrel…

I have a friend, her name will remain unsaid but if you know her you will recognize her, who is known as a squirrel-nut because she almost lost a finger while trying to rescue a baby squirrel hit by a car. The frightened and somewhat ungrateful squirrel bit her so hard in her finger that it almost got amputated. Luckily she still has her finger and can still crochet so no harm done to her. Unfortunately the squirrel did not make it.

squirl on a bad sorting yarnI am sure you are wondering where I am going with this. You see, she send me a postcard with a squirrel on it that is busy organizing his yarn. Now if I did not already have a logo for my blog this would have been my instant new logo. I like squirrels and I like yarn and I am an organized person. This image catches me perfectly.

Amamani Puzzle Balls

I am sure that you know Dedri Uys from Look at what I made. Although we have not met in person, I consider her a close friend. We’ve just connected on so many levels it’s amazing. As a token of her appreciation for my videos of Sophie’s Universe she send me a copy of her Amamani Puzzle Balls book containing 6 designs and clear step-by-step instructions. You can get this great book from many online stores such as Amazon, Deramores or (NL). I have never made any crochet animals, but I have always wanted to. Dedri even gave me an easy start by giving me some yarn. Maybe in the Christmas holiday I will get round to making one of these balls. The wonderful thing about these puzzle balls is that children playing with them learn how to assemble objects, great for developing 3D thinking skills!



homeDuring the summer holiday I ensured that there was a holiday program for the children at my church so that the parents could be in the service and not have to worry about their children. Usually I took the children out to play and when it was rainy I had a DVD at hand. But maybe most important for the kids, I always had a treat for them. Our children ministry leader gave me a HUGE bouquet of sunflowers and a book by Sophie Hudson to say thank you for my efforts during the holiday break.

“Home is where my people are” (Amazon, (NL)) is a book about the crazy things that happen in our lives and how the people around us help us to become the best we can be. It is a book about belonging, something that is a fundamental human need. We all want and need to belong.

Grandma’s old carriage wheel

I know what you are thinking! You are thinking ‘Huh?’ But you read that right. We inherited a very old carriage wheel from grandma after she passed away. This wheel was up in the attic for some time and I once told my mother-in-law that if it ever needed to go, I would love to have it. My MIL remembered and when the house was cleared, the wheel came to us.


This wheel is BIG and HEAVY but oh so nostalgic. My husband has turned it into a table for our outside lounge area. He found a piece of tree trunk in the small patch of woods behind our house and brought it home to use as a base for the table. After a lot of work he managed to get the wheel connected to the base and now it sits beautifully in our garden. It is not completely done yet as it still needs a glass table top, but this we will have to have custom made. I still need to find someone that can make a donut-shaped glass table top for me.

My mother’s old crochet hook holder

This gift I am really sentimental about. My mother gave me her box that she kept her crochet hooks in when she used to crochet many years ago. She has stopped crocheting but always kept her hooks and the wooden box. I really love that this box, which is just about as old as I am, is now mine. I will not be using the hooks as I prefer my own hooks more, but I will be keeping them for sentimental reasons.


When was the last time you counted your blessings? They can be very small sometimes but mean so much. In a world surrounded by pain and suffering remembering the beautiful things in our lives helps us to remain hopeful of the future.

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9 thoughts on “Great gifts from great friends”

  1. What a sweet woman you are! I have so much enjoyed your videos as I make my way thru Sophie’s universe and Lila Bjorne circles of the sun cal. I wish I could participate in more of the cals. you are helping so many people to learn how to make much more than they dreamed possible. There should have been a flamie award for your special talent. But even more impressive to me is your giving to the children in your church. And that you wrote about it. God Bless you,

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  2. I so enjoyed your videos while I was doing Sophie’s Universe and they helped me tremendously!!
    I have just seen your T&J CAL Blanket and would love to do it for my daughter
    I tried to get on the Facebook Page but could not get to the pattern!
    I understand the pattern is in Dutch but if there are diagrams, I could follow them
    I just could not find the link to the pattern!


      1. Thank you so much for replying so promptly!!
        I am presently doing Circles in the Sun CAL and your videos are just awesome!!
        I am going to start the T&J CAL today!
        So excited!
        Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do!
        I have been crocheting for over 40 years and your patterns have set me on fire once again!!

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