My husband has been telling me recently that I've been remiss in not blogging, so I must apologize for this. Life has been busy (isn't it always). In the past few months, we enjoyed a visit from my Mom for a few weeks. Then our eldest turned 5 and started school. It works that way here in New Zealand; you start school once you've turned 5 (or anytime ...continue reading

Coffee in Ponsonby

I had such a neat experience this past Sunday (Mar 3)! A few days earlier I had received a message from Shelle of CreativityJewellery on Etsy. She asked if I'd like to meet up with some Etsy representatives from New York who were visiting down under. I thought this would be such a neat opportunity and said yes immediately! On Sunday at 1pm I took Holland ...continue reading

Secret Garden Dress

The Design Wars II competition has just ended (Feb 26!). With the reveal and public voting finished, I can now release my new design which has been kept secret for the past few weeks. Here it is...the Secret Garden Dress. Perhaps you can guess why I called it that...since I wasn't allowed to tell anyone about it for such a long time! :) The pattern is ...continue reading

Design Secrets

For the past few weeks I've been involved in a crochet design competition called "Design Wars II", sponsored by Red Heart Yarns. There are 8 designers competing in this round and we are all creating our "best design" using their Red Heart With Wool yarn. This yarn is labeled as a size 4 medium worsted weight yarn, but is really an aran weight, so quite a bit ...continue reading

So Far This Year

2013 is off to a very busy start here at Holland Designs. My crochet "to-do" list has never been quite so long. Sometimes I momentarily reflect that I may be one of those people who cannot say no, but pretty quickly I move on to something more productive than personal attempting to accomplish something! I'm still working faithfully on some ...continue reading