About the Green Dragonfly

Janette

Hi, Im Janette…

The purpose of this blog is to journal THREE things; crafts, creativity and my kids.

We live in Hamilton, New Zealand.

When I tried to think about how I could best explain myself I couldn’t settle on the description, so (among many other things) I’m a…

Mama. Maker of stuff. Crocheter. Closet Hippie. Creative. Hugger. Artist. Musician. Cook. Greenie. Painter. Drawer. Driver. Chief kisser of booboos. Photographer. Writer. Inventor of boredom busting games. Gardener. Poet. Dreamer.

If you would like to get in touch please email me at: janettewise (at) me (dot) com

All words and images are Copyright Janette Williams 2011. Patterns are for personal use only, please don’t reproduce or distribute them, thank you! If you make something from one of my patterns and write about it please acknowledge the source.

112 thoughts on “About the Green Dragonfly

  1. Hi Janette,
    Cheryl from NUMBER FIVE invited me to link up on a post… 10 things you didn’t want to know about me… In the interests of general blog nosiness, I was happy to oblige!
    And now I’m passing the torch to you, no pressure – just a bit of fun!
    Have a lovely day!

    Sandra x

    Chaos, Kids, Crochet & Cake

  2. I love reading your blog. I live in Austin Texas and thought the flower ring would be a great idea to give as gifts. I’m having a hard time finding the ring. Could you share the link to purchase some?

  3. Dear Janette

    I’m looking for crochet designers who would like to sell some of their patterns, but don’t want to sell it themselves. It would work like this: when you have a new doll or pattern, I would have a look if it is suitable for selling. If so you would get a lump sum payment or you could get a share of the sales. I would take care of selling the pattern. This is suitable for designers who publish free patterns and would like to sell sometimes too, but without the work with comes with selling patterns yourself. Well let me know if you are interested.

    Have a nice day
    Rob

    • HI Rob, Sorry its taken me so long to reply- I meant to do so before Christmas and it slipped my mind. Thanks for the offer but I don’t really have anything in mind right now that would be suitable to sell, Ill keep you in mind if I do come up with something. Cheers Janette

      • Hi Janette

        Thank you for the reply. As you already wrote: if anything comes up, let me know. Perhaps it can sell very well. I like to take these things easy & as it goes myself as well. I like your designs. Especially the colors. Your photos are also very good.

        Have a nice day
        Rob

  4. well do you have crochet patterns that you can watch you crocheting so i can see i dont understand reading the patterns i have a learning disability i catch on by looking at some one crocheting.

  5. Hello Janette, just found your blog. I think it was through Pinterest, and it was the Crocheted Little Fishies which immediately caught my eye. Thank you for your free patterns.
    Elaine

  6. http://photographyofnia.com/2012/01/17/the-little-girl-and-the-green-dragonfly/

    First of all Thank you dear Janette for your visit to my blog, and I am so glad for this because I have met with you and with your beautiful blog. You are such a nice artist, with your colours and compositions you fascinated me. I have added your blog to my favurite blog list… Good Luck and Happy New Year with your family and with your amazing works and blog… Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  7. Hi Jeanette!

    My name is Maurizio de Strobel, I’m an italian journalist and I would like to write an article about jou and your crochet’s works.

    Do you think that is possible to receive some (about 20) high-res pictures about your works? And a text talking about you anche the crochet?

    I’m waiting for your answer, thanks a lot!

    Maurizio

  8. Hi Janette – thanks so much, I just spotted your lovely comment about my Granny Envelope Bag….and went ‘oh no!’ I had seen yours – which I love – and the name must have stuck!!! If you want me to change the name of mine, particularly on Ravelry, happy to do so – please let me know.

    It was a bit of an experiment, pretty successful – really good way to use up some excess squares and have a bit of firmness added through the lining. Well, I have used it a couple of times and it hasn’t fallen apart, so I count that as a success!

    Well, lots of crochet happening here as a retreat from the hot weather, so back to it. Lavender sachets today.

    Thanks again,

    Lynda

  9. Hi,
    A friend sent me something of yours and wondering where the directions to make it might be. There were 2 cute sheep made circular, maybe to use as pot holders with a sheep head in center and sheep feet. Very cute and I collect fun patterns to knit that I might not have time to do in several life times, but have started a knitting group that I share some of these internet directions
    Laurelk in S. CA

    • Hi Laurel, that does sound cute but unfortunately its not my pattern sorry. Have you tried a google search for something like sheep potholder? Cheers Janette

  10. Janette, found your blog yesterday and am really enjoying reading it. Thankyou!
    One question…was going to have a go at the hearts bunting, I am in Australia and new to crochet…are NZ crochet terms the same as Australian. Been caught with a few American patterns, just wanted to check.
    Thanks again
    Karen

  11. I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I am now asked to pass it on fifteen other people. I want to pass it on to you because I think your blog is really worth reading! You can see your entry here: http://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com. If you feel you can please pass it on to others (see the entry for more details) but in any case regards it as a sign of appreciation of your blog.

  12. Hi thanks for your comment about the granny square dress I made for my granddaughter. She has worn the dress now and looks gorgeous in it. I will look out for some more fab fabric and do another one for next summer.
    Great blog you have here ….. I will be making some of your crochet hair ties for Lulu.
    X Janet

  13. hi, I’ve come across this blog a few times from links on Ravelry:) i love your colorful patterns. but i really love the way you present them. such great and cute photography. I’m curious what kind of camera model do you use?? I’m on the market for a new dslr

  14. hi Janette !
    i totally loved your work ! you are a fabulously creative :) the beautiful color patterns are an absolute delight to watch. The photography is too nice.

  15. hello, I am new to crochet and the blogworld for crocheter’s…I enjoy all of them, yours included!
    In a previous life (before poor eyesite), I did cross stitch/needlework and have a bag full of dmc/anchor embroidery thread sitting in the bottom of a closet..next time the kids feel like making bracelets, I’ll gladly send it to them..
    Mary (nauget bluff)

  16. Hi there! I love your blog. I am a new blogger and wanted to let you know I did a couple posts about your great belt. I finally finished mine! I was wondering how on earth I could finish it , and then I came across your post about the D ring.YAY!
    Have a Happy Day!
    Steph

  17. I really enjoy seeing all the creative stuff you do. It’s great to see that crocheting is not getting lost. . I happily stumbled on your blog somehow and enjoy it enormously. Your photographs are just lovely especially the hydrangeas from last spring. Keep creating! I’m 65 and still making stuff.

  18. Nice to meet you Janette. I don’t do a lot of crochet but am seriously enjoying making this shrug for my daughter. It is only simple granny squares but none the less enjoyable.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  19. Janette, it was great to see you liked my post on the weather here in Edmonton; sorry it’s taken me so long to visit you back; I love your site, especially the crocheted flowers. I think we have a lot in common; I’ve been a hippie (but not the fashion sort) all my life. I’ve done handwork of all sorts since I was 8 or 9. It’s so good to see that handwork is coming back again. I’ll be back, for sure.

  20. Hi Janette from rainy England!

    Thank you for stopping by fitfootblog, as you can see I’m still on ‘baby steps’ level with my crochet. Having looked at your wonderful creations I feel a) jealous and b) inspired!

    Next steps are to finish the blanket, master the granny square and learn to follow a pattern!

    Janice

  21. Congratulations I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! if you feel like you can accept, head over to my site to have a look at what you have to do and remember to copy and paste the award onto your own blog.

  22. Hi there Janette!
    Thanks so much for your follow – glad it lead me here to this vibrant, wonderful blog of yours! So nice to see so many snuggles and smiling faces – not to mention amazing craft ideas! I will be sure to return repeatedly – especially once I learn to crochet.

    Keep up the fun!
    tph

  23. Here I go again…
    Hola / Hello Janette… My name is Isabel and I write to you from Barcelona, Spain.
    We lived in NZ for a year, and following your blog takes me back to your beautiful country.
    Our four kids become barefoot-kiwi kids for an unforgettable year. Gracias / Thank you

  24. thanks for dropping by my site, janette! i absolutely love yours – 3 topics that we share – crafts, creativity and kids! and we never ran out of the first 2 with kids around! :-)

  25. Just an old greatgranny from near Seattle USA. I have 7 kids 7 grandk and a greatgdd. I just want to tell you how much I admire you! Love your patterns and blog. Kiss that cute girl for me. Have been a greenie and closet hippie all my life. Blessings!

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  27. Hi there! Love your blog and looking forward to making the bunnies. I’m the founder of an animal welfare org (www.petsaliveindiana.org) & we’re always looking for creative ways to raise funds to help cats and dogs. I crochet dog beds for this (i’ll promise to send pictures when I get new computer hooked up), but would love to make the crocheted cats. We usually put them in the clinic and ask for donations for purchase. People are generous with their donations. Does this violate your copyright restrictions? We can attach a tag that cites the source for the pattern, plus we would link it on our website. Is this ok with you? Take care, Karla

    • HI Karla, thanks for you kind words and for checking, I would be absolutely thrilled if you made the bunnies for a charitable cause. Have a wonderful day! Janette xxx

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  29. Oh my!!! This is better than breakfast:) Wow-can’t wait to try some of the patterns and feast on the lovely pictures. You truly seem a creative soul! Thanks and cheer for a great day!
    Laura

  30. HOLA, COMO STAS… INTERESANTE TU BLOG, ME ENCANTO..¡ TE FELICITO.
    AHORA TE SIGO, TE INVITO A QUE ME VISITES Y VEAS LO QUE YO HAGO, SERAS BIENVENIDA SIEMPRE..
    BESOS, ABRAZOS Y BENDICIONES.
    ZHOBEYDA.

  31. Hello Janette! I really love your blog! I’m a young crocheter, 12 years old and I love crocheting. Thanks a lot for sharing such cool ideas! I may be too young for crocheting but i still like it. i seem to have just about enough time to do some in weekends :-) I love your hearty hair ties and owl mittens! And I couldn’t help but say this: your daughter Maia is so cuuuuutteeee! Please do tell her I said hi!

    Thanks again,
    Karuna from Bangladesh

  32. Morning – I have just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blog award. I love your blog, your photos and your creations. I come when I need a bit of cheering up and it never fails. Thank you.

  33. Hi Jenette, I’m Karima from oxford, I would like to thank you for this beautiful blogs. Good ideas, love the crochet work. Thanks

  34. I have nominated your blog for the “Super Sweet Blogger Award.” I hope you will accept because it is given in recognition for your
    excellent work. Please visit my post to view the rules and responsibilities for accepting. Keep up your excellent blogging!

  35. First of all, I love your patterns! Secondly, I know there is a difference between English and American crochet stitches (single crochet vs. double crochet). I started making “Not your Grandma’s doily” when I realized I might be using the wrong stitch. Please advise. Thanks so much. Best wishes, Mary

  36. Hi there! Greetings from Sweden!
    Just discovered your blog this evening and must say I think it is a very inspiring and beautiful place! It is obvious that you have a passion and skill for photography that brings your yarn creations and artwork to life. I have also clicked a “like” to your FB page through Garnharmoni to keep connected.
    Best wishes, Christina

  37. Hi Janette, you are so multi-talented!! You are a great role model. Sometimes I think I should sleep less and crochet more.

    Best wishes from New York!

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  39. Hi Janette. I really love a lot of your crochet patterns, but I especially enamored with the multi-yarn infinity scarf.. I just don’t know how to pull up the directions for making it on your website….. do I have to register, then log in??? Thanks E Peters Pennsylvania

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  41. Hi Janette! Congratulations! It’s my firts time here and I think your blog is wonderfull! I love the ideas! I have 3 lovely kinds and I’m a ”wants to make everything mummy”! :-) I was at NZ in 2010 in a campervan North to South trip with my dear husband and my first baby… We Love NZ!! Everyday we talk about it here at home. Happy 2014, hope you continue to share ideas with us! Rita from Portugal

  42. Hi Janette! Congratulations! It’s my firts time here and I think your blog is wonderfull! I love the ideas! I have 3 lovely kids and I’m a ”wants to make everything mummy”! :-) I was at NZ in 2010 in a campervan North to South trip with my dear husband and my first baby… We Love NZ!! Everyday we talk about it here at home. Happy 2014, hope you continue to share ideas with us! Rita from Portugal

  43. Hi Janette! I found your blog from Crochet in color. I like many of your crochet patterns!. I’m Niki and I am from Greece! I added your blog in my blog list on my own blog!
    hookalltime.blogspot.gr

  44. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

    Happy New Year !!!!!!! and best wishes for you in 2014 :)

  45. Hi Janette. I am going to do your pattern with a cotton yarn;however I do not want to use a 6mm hook. Going down a hook would it work better if I follow your paragraph were you said you increase too much would I still start with a 68 count??? Thank you for your time and help in advance

  46. Hi ~ I just love your patterns! just amazing!! I belong to a senior stitchers club. Would you mind if I post your bunny pattern on our classroom bulletin board? I think our members would really love to make this!!

    Thanks Kathryn

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