Living the slow life

Hello!  I have been enjoying living The Slow Movement so much over the past few months that one could almost say that with regard to blogging it temporarily became The Stopped Movement! But fear not, I am baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!  I have been around all the time actually, creating new projects and making draft postings, but never took that final step to add text, to publish; and in academia we all know the phrase "Publish or Perish"!

I already shared the final result of this gorgeous The Garden afghan on my @rawrustic Instagram account, but here are a few more photos that did not make it onto IG. A great number of IG Hookers, were indeed inspired by this vintage looking (and it might very well be an original vintage design) lacy square and you can trace all the beautiful projects under the #rusticlacesquare hashtag.

You might also want to head over to Marianne Dekker's awesome blog maRRose to read more about how this pattern took the IG community by storm. Marianne's version is to die for, her joining simply superb and I want to dig my head in the sand when I compare the clever, neat way she joined her squares with my wonky result.  Mind you, the slip stitches on the back of my afghan looks neat, it just does not translate to the front! The very first #rusticlacesquare project can be traced back to the wonderfully talented Cornel Strydom, one of a trio creative souls who are behind Hello Hart, the best crochet blog in the Southern Hemisphere and perhaps the Northern one too!

I blogged about this project on two separate occasions for those interested in yarn, hook size and pattern details - Flower Power and The Garden

Back to the topic of The Slow Movement in case you are wondering what this is all about! Slow is the opposite of “fast” - fast food, fast money, fast living - and all of the negative consequences “fast” has had for the environment and for the health of people and societies. “Slow” embodies cooperation, respect, sustainability, gratitude, grit and resilience. It is about leaning to savor and fully engage with life.

In another week we are departing for a month of Slow Travelling - destination Croatia. One of the defining elements of Slow Travel is the opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and people. Slow travel is also about connection to culture. We will be connecting with local artists (in Dubrovnik we will spend a week living in a converted art studio) and will indulge with people belonging to slow food movements.  Ah bliss, from Zagreb to Istria to Dalmatia, we are looking forward to an incredible time in what looks like one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

Enjoy your weekend! 


  1. So good to see you back here Magda ! I was scared that you had switched completely to IG, the "fast" version of blogging... So good to read this is not the case !
    Keep on blogging - it fits perfectly in your slow movement style ;-)...
    Ps and I must say it again, that afghan is just utterly gorgeous !!

  2. Hello,Magda!
    Your blanket is gorgeous! You inspired me to make one too...
    I hope you have a lovely holiday...

  3. Great trend to catch up with. We really enjoy our regular Slow holidays in Ireland - you can't but otherwise. Enjoy Croatia, everyone says it's beautiful

  4. Its great news that you will go for a fab holiday.
    I enjoy also slow life but Qatar is too much slow for me and need to go my country for this summer.
    Enjoy your holiday and collect beautiful memories love.

  5. What a gorgeous blanket, Magda! Well done...:) I think you will enjoy your trip to Croatia very much. My daughter and I visited last year and it was stunning, the people are amazing and the food was superb. Enjoy!

  6. Liefste Magda
    Jy is 'n amazing vrou.
    Beautiful kombers.
    Wens jy't nader gebly - ons sou so lekker gekuier het met jou.
    Baie liefde!!!

  7. Hello Magda,
    Really need to write that your blanket is gorgeous and trend setting.
    Beautiful crochet work and your photos are a feast for my eyes!
    Hartelijke groeten,

  8. Hello Magda,
    I enjoyed again this Post and your lovely work of crochet. It's fantastic! The colours are fine and harmoniously.

    Cheers, Heidrun

  9. Hola, recien descubrí tu sitio y me ha gustado mucho. Es muy bonito todo lo que haces :D
    Seguro me tendrás aquí muy a menudo ;)
    Hasta luego y que tengas muy bonita semana ^u^

  10. Magda Hello! I'm happy you come back! and this blanket is really beautiful!
    It is very different from what we are used to seeing! I love it! colors and motifs! it is great!
    I'm also in disconnect of blog ... stress and a host of different problems which have me in artistic crisis ... well, I hope to return soon.
    A warm greeting and a hug from Catalonia!

  11. trop beau !!! bravo

  12. So inspiring and amazing, by all means!

  13. I believe the Dalmatian coast is some of the most scenic you will find anywhere in the world. I have never been there so you will have to tell me whether it is true. I wonder if you will find any 'Bosnian' crochet in that part of the world (aka slip stitch crochet) or perhaps find some specialist Bosnian crochet hooks for sale or in use.
    Safe travels. xx

  14. Oh my goodness .... how utterly, utterly beautiful your Garden Afghan is ..... I absolutely love it, Magda! Huge thanks to you and Cornel for getting this lovely pattern out in the crochet world; no surprise so many people have already fallen in love with the design. And thank you so, so much for your wonderful compliments and sweet words - so very much appreciated (and not noticed until just now .....)! Marianne xx

  15. Hi i have just found your site and i like all the stuff you made do you have any patterns for these wonderful projects

  16. This afghan is awesome ♥
    I have just discovered your blog and I love it, so you have a new follower! ;)
    Have a nice weekend!

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