About Me

Hi!

My name is Dedri and I would like to welcome you to Lookatwhatimade.

Before we talk about me, let’s talk about you quickly.

You are probably on this page because you are as passionate about crochet as I am (or as passionate about baking as I used to be).  Whether your joy is yarn or cakes, I would love for you to walk away from this site having accomplished something;  or to feel like a little child, running up to their mom or dad, squealing “Look at what I made!”

I do not think there is anything better for the soul than a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small the “victory”, that’s why almost everything on this site is presented as a step-by-step guide (with a few of my own “Look at what I made!” moments thrown in for good measure).

What started out as an ‘anything-I-can-make-or-bake-or-fake’ blog 5 years ago has turned into a full-on crochet fest.  Things have changed drastically!  The most notable change is probably the fact that I have acquired a side-kick to help me run this site;  her name is Jenny and you can read all about her HERE.

Nowadays, the website focusses mainly on crochet tutorials and designs – which are, in the main, free for your enjoyment.  The main reason I offer my designs, tips and advice to you is that I am passionate about (and obsessed with) crochet.  I believe it is not only a craft, but a life-saving panacea.  It is my therapy and has kept me medication-free for 5 years, and I firmly believe that it can help others too.

Kathryn Vercillo has written a wonderful book, ‘Crochet Saved my Life’ (available to buy on Amazon HERE), which contains a number of testimonials from people who have found crochet to be so much more than just a hobby.  You can read more about this book HERE.

My most recent project, Sophie’s Universe, is a case in point.  I wanted people to feel amazing about their ability to create something so complex so easily, regardless of their skill level.  I have had such wonderful, inspiring feedback about the project, and have been encouraging people to share their experiences using #alongcamesophie.  It is well worth taking a look at the pictures and testimonials; I am so proud of all who participated in this project.

And now…a little bit of history…

I am the proud mother of three gorgeous, whacky boys:  Pieter, Jaco, and Xander.  I am married to Christiaan, who is as handsome as he is funny – yes, really!  This funny, handsome man has recently learned to crochet.  You can read all about that HERE.

Lookatwhatimade Uys Family 2012

Expecting Xander March 2012

I work as a radiotherapist 4 days a week at Charing Cross hospital.  On Wednesdays I get to stay home with the boys.  I am now 33 years old, and often find myself wondering where they time has gone!

Sophie's Universe CAL 2015 Lookatwhatimade

Uys Boys 2015 and Sophie’s Universe

I spend every possible moment surrounded by, and immersed in, crochet patterns and colourful yarn.

I wrote my first crochet book last year:  Amamani Puzzle Animals.  You can buy the book HERE, or read more about the Puzzle Animals HERE.

Amamani Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Balls

I am now an Official Scheepjeswol Blogger, which you can read more about HERE.

If you would like a non-invasive way to stay up to date with my site, consider subscribing to my Weekly Newsletter.

Alternatively you can find me here:

Depending on where you choose to follow me, my interaction will differ slightly.  My most “intimate” shares are probably on Instagram.  My most frequent shares are on Facebook.

Happy Hooking and God bless!

Dedri

Comments

  1. Deb Leyshon says

    Hello Dedi,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying and learning from doing Sophie’s universe. I only started my Sophie 3 weeks ago and currently working on part 7. I had neck surgery 2 weeks ago and the concentration needed for this pattern has kept my mind off the pain and stopped me from being bored at home during my recovery. Thank you for a beautiful pattern it’s amazing.

    Kind Regards from Australia

    Deb Leyshon

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Deb.

      Thank you :)

      I hope your neck gets better in record time! In the meantime, happy crocheting!!

  2. Tiffany says

    Have you ever thought about publishing Sophie’s Universe in a book? I work at a library and several of our library patrons who don’t have access to computers would like to do it. I could just copy each section off for them, but if there would be a published book, It would be amazing. People would buy it!

    • Dedri Uys says

      Tiffany, I am looking at my options. I plan to release it as a full pattern pdf before the end of the year. At the moment I haven’t found a publisher who is willing to publish it if the tutorial remains on my website and I do not want to remove the free version of the pattern. Fingers crossed.

      Dedri

      • Kim says

        Such a shame! I am so in love with this Sophie project, just finished part 5. I would certainly buy a book with beautiful pictures of others sophie’s even without a written pattern. I love looking through all the online galleries, especially the finished sophie’s people are using as bed spreads. Thanks so much for this amazing project and your website and your great attitude all around. On dark days my hooks and yarn always help to brighten things up!

  3. Viki S says

    Just wanted to say that Sophie is gorgeous!! I’ve been looking at the pics all along, but didn’t have the nerve to even try! I show my hubs your pics & he always says, and when are you starting yours?” Such a clever guy…

    Also, when do you find crochet time with 3 boys? I have one in HS, & I feel like I don’t have time!! ;)

    Do you do any other crafts? Do you knit? I know I can’t. I finally accepted it after several failed attempts! Crochet is better anyway! We only need ONE “stick” to make something pretty!!

    Take care!

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Viki. I do knit, but my skills are basic to say the least. My life is hectic, but you only live once, so might as well shove as much as I can into this one lifetime :)

  4. Lorraine says

    HI Dedri

    Ek en my Suster volg jou SU nou al tot by deel 20. Alhoewel ek dit nog nie self gemaak het nie ( my sus het wel) is dit een van my projekte wat ek wil aanpak sodra ek klaar is met al my projekte wat so op ‘n ry staan en wag. Ek is tans besig met een. Ek maak gewoonli eers klaar voor ek met ‘n volgende begin. Jy SU lyk stunning noudat dit klaar is.

    Ek en my sus is albei opsoek na ‘n mooi badkamer stel maar kry niks op die Net nie. Nou het ons gewonder of ons dit vir jou ‘n nuwe uitdaging kan maak vir ‘n projek wat ons ook so kan volg. Dit moet insluit die badkamer matjie, toilet matjie en die deksel oortreksel. Ek is 100% oortuig dat jy vir ons iets moois sal kan uitwerk.

    Ek ek so bly om te sien dat iemand van SA sulke stunning goed vir die wêreld kan maak en almal daarin kan deel.

    Trots op jou

    Geniet die projekte wat jy vir ons so uitwerk.

    Lekker dag daar vir jou.

    Groete

    Lorraine en Estelle.

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Lorraine.

      Baie dankie vir jou lieflike lang boodskap. Ek wens ek kon julle help met die badkamer stelle, maar ek is bevrees ek het gladnie tyd om so iets te ontwerp nie. Ek wens ek het ‘n duisend ure in elke dag gehad, maar tussen werk en kinders en projekte is daar net nie ‘n oomblik daarvoor nie. Het julle al ‘n bietjie op Google gekyk? Ek sien die hele tyd badkamer stelle.

      Mooi bly,

      Dedri

  5. Sherie Rodrigues says

    Hello Dedri. My name is Sherie. If I have said this to you before, sorry, but I am going to say it again, you are not only a very attractive young lady, but a very beautiful lady. Your sharing spirit is beyond words, your art is beyond compare, and yes your husband is right, unfortunately there is only one of you. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to wannabie-be crocheters like myself. I try and I try but until a few moments ago, couldn’t go beyond the first or second row. That was until your little tip of placing the thread “in” the first stitch has meant that I now can proceed further. Your craft is stunning. Thank you and lots of hugs and kisses, Sherie

    • Dedri Uys says

      Sherie, thank you so much for your lovely, kind words. I am so pleased that I have managed to help you, although I am a bit confused what I have helped you with. If you struggle, feel free to send me a photo and I can better guide you.

      Have a wonderful week!

      Dedri

  6. Elmarie says

    Hi Dedri

    Jong, jy het die wereld aan die brand met Sophie. Dit is regtig die mooiste iets en lekkerste uitdaging wat ek in ‘n baie lang tyd aangevat het. Ek is besig met twee, maar as ek so al die mense s’n sien, gaan ek nog baie moet maak om van my Sophie-lus ontslae te raak. Die slegte ding is nou-net dat daar niks is vir my wat my enigsins eers 2 keer laat kyk om te maak nie. Jy het my gespoil vir enige ande projekte tensy…… Jy met iets anders vorendag kan kom. Jy het regtig iets wonderlik ontwerp en verskaf mense soveel vreugde met Sophie. Asseblief laat jou gedagtes gaan om iets soortgelyks in die toekoms die lig te laat sien.
    Ek het vandag gesien dat jou ma van Calitsdorp afkomstig is en se dit toe vir my man. Hy se toe ja en haar van is seker Strydom. Ek vra toe hoekom – waarop hy my toe antwoord dat daar baie Strydoms daar rond bly en dat ‘n tannie wat baie goed met my skoonma bevriend is se oorlede man ook van daar gekom het. Dink sy naam was Hannes Strydom. Haar naam is Kowa. Altans dit is hoe ek haar ken.
    Anyway Dit is regtig vir my so ‘n plesier om Sophie te doen en dan die feit dat jy van SA af kom……… Die landjie van ons het vele talente. Net jammer dit gaan nou nie so goed hier nie.
    In elk geval. Jy is regtig ‘n inspirasie met jou mooi dinge wat jy aanpak.
    Groete
    Elmarie

    • Dedri Uys says

      Baie dankie, Elmarie.

      Ons is van die Kruisrivier Strydoms. My familie bly al 9 generasies op die plaas daar. My ouma en (oorlede) oupa is Ance en Jan Strydom. Die feit dat soveel Suid-Afrikaners Sophie doen maak my ongelooflik gelukkig. Dit laat my voel asof ek tuis is al is ek hier in snaakse-weer Engeland.

      He ‘n wonderlike dag!

      Dedri

  7. Sue Ames says

    Hello, I am from Western NY in the US and have been following this new afghan blog since it started although I haven’t begun yet (doing another crochet along with The Crochet Crowd and even behind on that one). I love your pattern and plan to get the yarn and start soon.

  8. Rebecca Carpenter says

    Greetings from Not so Sunny Somerset… Its so nice to see people who love crochet from our little isle :)

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Rebecca from Somerset. Was the wind horrible there today? In Hammersmith (where I work) it was positively wicked. When we got home our gate to the back garden had blown open. And the last time we had stormy wind like this someone tried to jimmy both our front and back doors, probably because they thought the wind would hide the noise. Better put kids toys in front of both so that they trip over them if they try it again tonight.

      • Jana says

        Where exactly do you live? I am from California, near Yosemite Ntl Park. Are you in the UK or in South Africa? I haven’t started a Sophie yet (scared) but I think I will. I decided it would be a great blanket for my daughter who is 28. She is an outdoorsy woman, so I will be using more earthy colors- maybe. I just found out her favorite color is burgundy. What a surprise that was.

        I started a Moroccan Moorish Mosaic Blanket for her and wasn’t happy with the directions, so I am hoping Sophie will be easier. Wish me luck and color combos!
        But seriously, thank you for sharing this stunningly gorgeous pattern with us. Very, very beautiful.

        • Dedri Uys says

          Hi Jana.

          I live in London (UK), but was born in South Africa. I hope you enjoy making a Sophie for your daughter.

  9. says

    hi dedri, just when I thought I would hang up my hooks from boredom of so-so crochet afghans,i found your SOPHIES GARDEN-UNIVERSE pattern and almost cried that it was actually FREE. YOU are my HERO! I’ve been looking for something like this since I started crocheting 15 yrs. ago. You’re a genius in my eyes and I can’t thankyou enough for this project and the most comprehensive, well written directions and pics I’ve ever used. you are absolutely amazing and so is this afghan. I’m your fan for life! rita

  10. Laurie says

    Hi Dedri, found your site and have fallen in love with your sophie’s garden blanket. I am in Australia and have tried to purchase the pack of wool from Deramores but see they are out of stock for the 2 larger ones. I can’t seem to find a contact us link or an email address so I can contact them to see if they are going to put any more packs together. Do you have any contact details for them so I can ask them. I don’t think we get scheepjeswol here. You are one very clever girl and I love all of your patterns.

  11. Rory says

    Hi Dedri, I love your blog and the whole ‘Look-at-what-I-made” perspective. I get that. :) I went back to my love for crochet last year and enjoying it. I am going to try my first ever CAL with you and hopefully be able to keep up. A big hello all the way from Southeast Asia :)

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Rory. It is so lovely to meet you. I am pleased that you will be joining us and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Dedri

  12. Maryke Etsebeth says

    Hi, Dedri!

    Het by jou blog uitgekom op soek na maniere om blokke te las. Die “zipper”-metode maak die netjiesste hoekies, baie dankie! Ek verstom my aan jou pragtige hekelwerk.

    Ek het ook my hele lewe lank al naaldwerk gedoen, gebrei, en gehekel, maar het 5 jaar gelede amper heeltemal opgehou om te spes in – Radioterapie! Noudat my studies uiteindelik klaar is, het ek weer begin hekel. Die meisies in ons departement is ook almal aan die hekel – dis aansteeklik!

    Is daar ‘n Block a Week CAL vir 2015?

    Ek sal jou blad met valkoë dophou, van nou af!
    Groete uit Pretoria
    Maryke

    • Dedri Uys says

      Maryke, wat ‘n klein wereld. Ek wonder of jy saam met iemand werk wat ek sal ken. Sal seker nooit weet nie!

      Ek beny jou al jou hekel maatjies. Ek het net 2 “real life” hekel maters en dis maar lonely. My skoonsus het radiografie gewot en is nou ‘n MRI tegnikus. Ons het saam geswot, dis hoe sy my broer ontmoed het.

      Daar gaan nie ‘n block a week 2015 wees nie, maar daar is wel ‘n groot continuous blanket CAL, sou jy belangstel. Dit gaan begin met my Sophie’s Garden patroon en dan sit ons elke week ‘n paar rondtes by om ‘n kombers te kry.

      Mooi bly en baie dankie vir jou comment.

      Dedri

  13. Christa says

    Hi,
    Just wanted te say i totally love sophies garden, might make a blanket with only sophies ;-)
    Ohh and youre toy puzzles to!! awesome!!
    Christa

  14. says

    Ek is so bly ek het jou blad otdek. Jou werk is pragtig pragtig pragtig…en met 2 seuns (nou al groot) verstaan ek van pienk en valletjies wat nie pas nie! Maar ek stem – dit hoef ‘n mens nie te laat ophou speel nie!

  15. Lieka says

    Hi, I love your work, I am a old hand-art gal, used to old ways,( Grandmother trained)…so I have a question….I am used to yarns being described as 2ply , 4ply sport, etc.. so I’m going to gather materials for your Sophie’s Garden. Is a 4 ply yard ok to use? Sometimes is hard to retrain the brain….

    Thank you,
    Lieka

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Lieka. I am so sorry that I am only getting back to you now. I have only just seen this comment. 4 ply (sports) will work, but your finished garden will be small and you will need to go down to a 4 mm hook.

  16. veronica says

    HI Ifound you whilst looking for a way to translate american crochet instruction into something understandable and there you are!! I recently taught my self to crochet after knitting all my life, and I am hooked! Your site is perfect for me thank you for taking the time and trouble to do it
    veronica

    • Dedri Uys says

      :) Veronica, you have made me smile. Yippee that you like crochet. I know some knitters who struggle to get their head around crochet after knitting for years. But I just live and love crochet! Have fun with my patterns and if you need any help, just holler.

      Dedri

  17. says

    I amnew to crochet and knitting and stumbled upon your website through pinterest. Let me start off by saying your qebsite is amazing but beyond that your instructions are just fabulous! I feel I may be pushing it by trying the crichet amish ball; however I have to give it a shot I am a new mother to a little boy and I am in love with the amish ball and can’t wait to see how I do with it! I just want to say thank you for such an amazing site!

    • Dedri Uys says

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It means a lot to me to hear that people enjoy what I do, so thank you for taking the time to brighten up my day. If you do get around to making something with one of my patterns, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you get stuck.

      Merry Christmas!

      Dedri

  18. Malathie says

    Hi Dedri,

    I like your writing style. It’s funny, easy to read and very creative. Your crochet instructions are very clear and simple. Thank you. Wish you all the best!

  19. Edith says

    You are my newest favorite super-hero. When I grow up (or lose a few years…), I want to be just like you. I LOVE your site and I can’t wait to go through the whole thing. I found it looking for Elmo cookies and I feel like I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    Thank you for your approachable, fun, and creative writing and the excellent way you describe your crafts. I look forward to more.

    Oh, and if you ever feel the urge to make something super girly – my 2 year old is a TOTAL girly girl!

  20. Verona Cocksedge says

    My dogter is amper jou ouderdom Dedri, sy woon in Durban,SA. Dit is wonderlik om te sien jongmense wat nog craft werk wil doen. Maak my ou hart warm klop. jou blog is pragtig. liefde groete tannie V x x x

  21. Esmari says

    Koowee! Trots Afrikaans, jayyyyyy! Ek volg jou blog toe al die tyd en lief dit sonder om te weet van jou wortels in die Afrika son. My jongste is ook ‘n seun en ook ‘n Zander (net Z nie X nie) en my broer is ook ‘n Pieter. Ha ha, geniet ek dit nou. Bly jy is ook nou op Ons Hekel in FB land.

  22. Jan Harrison says

    Hi Dedri,
    I stumbled across your blog looking for an elephant lovey for my 2 year old daughter… First I want to say I absolutely fell in love :) I have 4 daughters of my own, then 1 adopted daughter that is older and had my first grand-daughter (yes lots of girls for me lol) Second I want to say thank you for sharing your patterns, it is greatly appreciated!!! I am in the process of starting my own blog & hope to have it up and running soon!!! Again from one crochet mom to another THANK YOU for sharing!

  23. samie says

    Hey! I have a question for you. I crochet chemo hats, little cars and dolls for a childrens cancer hospital. Some kids aren’t so into the dolls and cars stuffies. I was wondering if I could use your basic design for the regular Amish puzzle ball? Your instructions are just more clear than the other patterns. Thanks Samie

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi :) I would be honoured if you made some for the kids. And I would love to see what they turn out like!

  24. JudyW says

    I love the puzzle animals. How do I go about getting the patterns for them? I don’t see any place to order.
    Thanks!

    • Dedri Uys says

      Judy, the buy now link for the patterns can be found on my Amamani page. Just be sure to read the materials list and other suggestions on the individual posts first.

  25. says

    Hello Dedri,

    Can’t find a proper email address, so I just try to get in touch with you through this comment. I adore the puzzle ball animals and I would very much like to buy the patterns of all four of them. Through Ravelry I can only purchase via PayPal or creditcard and I have neither. Is it possible to purchase the patterns paying you through an ordinary “old fashioned” internetpayment? I hope so, because seeing this quartet makes you want to start on them right away.
    Thanks for responding to [email protected]

  26. Kendra Montante says

  27. blw says

    Please assist!!!…working on a crochet puzzle ball for the first time. I’ve downloaded the pattern several times…….it doesn’t explain how to “work” the 3 crochet circles together to complete the ball??? Please assist…….didn’t think the pattern would not tell one how to assemble the ball. I have the 3 rings of crocheted pieces together but have never made a ball like this before. The pattern simply ends with………..Assembly…here’s a hint and then nothing after that????

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi, thank you for your query. The third of Elizzza’s youtube videos shows you how to assemble the segments to form a ball.

  28. Lisa says

    I just found your pattern for the Crochet Duffle Purse and I was wondering about how much yarn does this bag take? Thank you.

  29. says

    hi dedri.
    i just wanted to say hi, if only because we seem to have a lot in common and having just found your blog, i’m really excited about it.
    i too am a mother of boys, though i only have two.
    and i too have been making things since i can remember.
    my blog is very new still but i’m trying to use it just to illustrate what passes through my head, the things we get up to and what i make. i hope you like it.
    i’ve added you to my reading list, so i’m looking forward to seeing more posts from you.
    its been lovely to ‘meet’ you.
    cat xxx

  30. Amelia Felix says

    Hi Dedri – just found your site and glad to see that we share two things in common – both South Africans and both love making cakes. Your tip for making black royal icing is great am going to try it then will let you know. Thanks for your help.

    Regards and Totsiens
    Amelia Felix

    • Dedri Uys says

      Hi Amelia. So pleased to hear from you. I hope you find this method as useful as I have done. Let me know how it goes
      x dedri

  31. says

    Hi Dedri!

    I am an editor of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns and we are updating our system. I would love to feature your patterns on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would just love it and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It’s really that simple.

    I see you have lots of great patterns on your site and I would be interested in featuring even more! If you are interested in featuring more projects with links to your site, I can create a nice bio page for you as well as one of my Featured Crochet Designers. This page will include your bio and links to your site as well as any social media you would like to promote.

    My site is part of Prime Publishing and we publish 19 cooking and crafting web sites. We have over 3.5 million active e-mail subscribers and about 10 million page views per week. You can learn more about us at http://www.primecp.com.

    Please let me know if you would like to get started. Just a reply to this e-mail is all it takes.

    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Nicola Trumbull, Editor
    [email protected]
    Prime Publishing LLC
    3400 Dundee Road
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    847-205-9375 Main | 847-513-6099 Fax

  32. says

    Dear Dedri,

    when I stumbled upon your crochet Amish Puzzle, I could not resist making a video tutorial for my little lambs.
    Of course I referred to your original instruction throughout the websites and in the description of the videos.

    You are very welcome to use those videos wherever you like and I want to thank you cordially for that wonderful idea.

    //Links to my websites and Facebook group//

    Kind regards from Austria, sincerely yours,
    eliZZZa

    P.S.: There is another message with links included…

  33. says

    Dear Dedri,

    when I stumbled upon your crochet Amish Puzzle, I could not resist making a video tutorial for my little lambs.
    Of course I referred to your original instruction throughout the websites and in the description of the videos.

    You are very welcome to use those videos wherever you like and I want to thank you cordially for that wonderful idea.

    Here you can find the Videos
    German
    http://www.nadelspiel.com/2012/03/17/marz-mystery-bonus-mitgliedschaft-gewinnen/16412/
    English
    http://www.knitaholics.com/march-crochet-mystery-part-1-win-a-bonus-membership/

    And here you find our Facebook group, you are welcome to write in English if you like, most of the girls understand it.
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/nadelspiel/

    Kind regards from Austria, sincerely yours,
    eliZZZa

    P.S.: I will send this message without links too, as there may be a spam-problem with WordPress if there are more than 2 links in this message…

    • admin says

      Elizza, I cannot tell you how honoured you have made me feel :) You have done an amazing job with the videos and I am grateful to you for going to all that trouble. I will def put a link to your videos on my blog, if that’s okay with you ;)

      Happy crocheting!!

      Dedri

  34. lilly-lu says

    Hi just found your site and thought I would let you know that I think it is lovely. Also I don’t know if you have ever heard of PINTEREST, anyway I have a few boards on there and have pinned your crochet slippers and your crochet shrug there. I hope you don’t mind. But you might like to think about joining us there.
    Here’s a link for you…http://pinterest.com/popular/.
    Best Wishes
    Lilly-lu.

    • admin says

      Thank you for this lovely link, Lilly-Lu. I am quite excited to join and start pinning some stuff of my own :)

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