I am hooked, line and sinker, in LOVE with October’s crochet crush.
It’s just, right up my street and by one of my favourite designers. Can you guess who it is?
I’m sure you guessed it right, Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir.
I adore all her patterns, and to top it off she is such a lovely lady.
Not only are her patterns amazing, her promotion videos are second to none.
Tinna has just released a crochet along called
The FIESTA Crochet Along, is a stash busting FIESTA of flowers and colors and the blanket is all worked in the wonderfully fun MOSAIC CROCHET TECHNIQUE!
The CAL comes in 6 parts, 1 per week, and there are free video tutorials available for each part on her YouTube channel.
This is a paid CAL and it will be available for purchase here in Tinna’s Ravelry Store for half price only $5 during the CAL.
It will change to the full price of $10 on December 1st 2019.
NOTE: it’s $5 for The complete pattern, all 6 parts.
A new part will be added weekly, but just as update to the pattern.
So if you already bought it, all you have to do is download the latest version. It’s really simple, especially as you will get an email to say there is an update, just click on the link and it will take you directly to the update link page.
The Crochet Along is hosted in Tinna’s Facebook group, Tinna’s Crochet Club, where you can get all the help and support you need and be mesmerised by all the beautiful coloursways people are making.
As an Introduction to the Fiesta Cal, Tinna wrote,
For years, I’ve been fantasizing about someday owning a home where I can lay a mismatching floor of tiles that are just all different kinds. This dream may be inspired, once more, by Cuba, where necessity makes this a common practice.
There, they also tend to just use leftovers of all kinds of tiles, broken ones and what have you, and line them up together to make beautiful mosaic tiling. It’s just glorious!
I have also wanted to do an octagon mixed with squares crochet design for years, so in my FIESTA afghan I have combined those two dreams. The actual tiled floor will have to wait a bit, but in the mean time I have my lovely FIESTA to cozy under … while saving up for that dream house!
So, the idea here is that we have 3 different big octagon flower tiles and 3 different small square tiles, and then you line them up as you see fit, to make your mis matching tiled dream floor … or in this case blanket. Mine has a purposely random look to it, but for you OCD lovelies out there, there’s no prob in lining them up in an orderly fashion! Or even simplifying it and not using all the designs, just picking the ones you like the best!
Last but not least, the flower inspiration for my FIESTA came from the gorgeous Marguerite Motif blanket by the brilliant Sandra Eng, which is worked with the intarsia technique. If you haven’t seen it, please do go and check it out! Believe it or not, I’ve never really been big on flowers in my designs. I mean, who doesn’t love flowers! Well, I do, but I find they tend to get a bit tacky sometimes in crochet. So, I’d never even thought about doing flower design before. But when I saw Sandra’s design I was blown away. Now, I don’t tend to work by other people’s pattern, I can hardly manage working my own patterns without changing them each time! Therefore, I decided to do some flowers on my own, for the first time! So, a huge thanks to Sandra for her flowery inspiration. Turns out flowers CAN be cool!
And now, for some practical stuff, I wanted the blanket to have this mis matching sort of artisanal tiles look to it, but at the same time I know that you don’t want to be starting at zero with each new type of octagon when working a big blanket. I want it to look complex, but also be able to easily learn the pattern by heart and just crochet happily along while working on it. I designed Fiesta with this in mind. So, you ALWAYS have the same start, whether making the octagons or the two flowery squares. And all the flowers have the same petal design, so they all end the same way as well. All of which just gives a happy simple feel to the making process.
We want to be having fun and not with the nose in the pattern the whole time! They are all different though and then there are soooo many possibilities to make them look even more different, just by the way you arrange your colors.
My dear friend Lily, who made the absolute breathtaking Indiana Afghan, pattern by Tinna Which I wrote about a while ago (You can read about it here and here) has had the honour of being one of the testers for “The Fiesta Cal.”
Once again, she’s pulled the cat out the bag and is working her magic.
Isn’t it just gorgeous.
I’ve been working away on mine also, unfortunately I have taken on more than I can chew and am a little behind, not that, that matters because the journey is your own adventure and not a race.
At the end of the day, it’s all about being creative and enjoying every stitch you make.
I’ve been struggling with this over the last few weeks, while I desperately tried to stay on top of two Cals, my other wips and of course the rat race of life.
I was getting really stressed and the love for crochet was starting to be replaced with frustration.
I gave myself a good old talking to and made the decision to put one cal on the side lines and work on only my fiesta, at my own pace and not beat myself up, that I’m not as fast as other people, that I don’t have countless hours to crochet and that when my body tells me to down hooks, that’s what I have to do, because mistakes happen when you’re not feeling 100%.
Crochet after all, is my calming place, my therapy and when it stops being that, something has to give/change.
So please heed my advice and take things at your own pace, enjoy the process and keep the love alive.
Tinna wants us all to enjoy her creation while we let our own creative juices flow.
If you make only one more blanket this year, I highly recommend, The Fiesta Cal, it really is so much fun to make, I really can’t praise it enough.
Tinna’s patterns are all very well written with so much detail and information. If you are new to reading patterns Fiesta is a great place to start learning, as you can follow along with the videos.
Before I sign off and get back to my fiesta, here are a few links so you can find everything you need to make any of Tinna’s creations.
Tinna’s website can be found here.
You can find all Tinna’s delicious pattern here on Ravelry.
You can find her on YouTube.
Lastly, a huge thank you to Tinna and Lily for allowing me to share their photos with you.
Too-da-loo for now.