Hi!  My name is Dedri and 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!

I am a 4-day-a-week radiographer in the radiotherapy department at Charing Cross hospital and a Wednesday-only stay-at-home-MoM (Mother of more).  Too many hyphens!  I am 31 years old.  How time does fly…

I have been making stuff since I can remember.  I have no memories without being able to sew – my mother had an old hand-crank Singer that I had exclusive user rights to.  So I sewed, and sewed…and went through my own finger a time or two as well, but what can you expect from a little girl :O

I have recently taken up cake-baking and crocheting (again) – very different now from the granny-squares my ouma taught me to make.  And with the arrival of my boys – and the distinct absence of a little girl – I have turned my hand to making my projects more boy-friendly.  Out with the pink booties and little pinafores and in with crochet cars and chunky playmats.

Half the fun of making something, for me, lies in someone appreciating the end product.  At heart, I seek approval like a little child.

“Look at me!  Look at what I made!”  This usually aimed at my mother – and biggest fan.  And she never dissapoints.  “Well done,” she says.  “I’m so proud of you!”  My shoulders go back, my head lifts, and it is everything I need it to be, this praise, this drug I crave.  And so, armed with these sentiments, I tackle my next project, and the next one, and the one after that…

My husband shakes his head and laughs.  The other night, when I was painstakingly plotting out a crochet pattern in Excel, he said:  “There’s only one of you.”  But there’s plenty of me.  Plenty of like-minded people who like making things and sharing what they have made.  He just doesn’t know any of them.  And frankly, in this country, neither do I.

SO:  I have decided to start a blog and hopefully I will find comfort and the much-craved acceptance in the presence of like-minded souls with similar goals (hehe, couldn’t help myself there).

You can find me on Google+ and on Facebook.  If you search, you can find me on twitter, myspace and pinterest as well, but Pieter is calling, so the links to those will have to wait.


xxx dedri


61 Responses to About Me

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Claudia says:

    Very beautiful animal patterns :-) – thank you ! – I will try out myself :-) best regards Claudia

  4. 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!


  5. 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

    • 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.


  6. Christa says:

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

  7. Ek is so bly ek het jou blad ontdek! Dis baie baie pragtig! :-) Ek is so geinspireerd !

  8. 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!

  9. 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,

    • 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.

  10. Greetings from Beautiful Bhutan

  11. Nicoleta says:


    Just found your site,which I instantly love.Very nice work you do.Thank you.

  12. 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

    • 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.


  13. 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!


  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Hallo.. may I translate your Kiwi-pattern for my amigurumi-club?.. with a link?.. Magda (The Netherlands)

  19. Hey.. may I translate your Kiwi crochet puzzle for the members of my club? .. thanks for answering my question! .. :D Magda (Belgium)

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

    • 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.

  23. 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]

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. cat 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. eliZZZa 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,

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

  30. eliZZZa 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

    And here you find our Facebook group, you are welcome to write in English if you like, most of the girls understand it.

    Kind regards from Austria, sincerely yours,

    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!!


  31. 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

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