Blogger interviews

Matt Farci will be joining us in person to introduce a series of pre-recorded interviews with three fabulous Scheepjes bloggers who will talk about their work.

After each of the recordings, Matt will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

Saturday & Sunday

  • 10:30 – 11:30 |Martin Up North
  • 12:00 – 13:00| Carmen Jorissen
  • 15.30 – 16.30 | Dedri Uys

Matt Farci

Hi there! I’m Matt from I have a passion for vibrant colours and fun makes. I love to work on crochet patterns that teach me new techniques and challenge me to think outside of the box. Alongside working on my projects, I have a real passion for photographing my work.

What started as a hobby has turned into a great big adventure, and I’m proud (and lucky) to say that I get to spend my days talking with designers and planning lots of exciting projects within my full-time role at Scheepjes. Once again, I’m super excited to be interviewing some fascinating designers for this year’s Yarndale!

Martin Up North

Hej! My name is Martin and I live with my family in Sweden, up north, in the woods. I am born and raised in the beautiful city of Vienna. My crafting journey started when I moved to Sweden in 2010.

Since then I crochet to keep my nervous hands busy. When I am not working on my crafting projects you will find me outside to capture the beauty of nature with my camera.

The contrast between the freedom of wilderness and the wish to control my hook and stitches as good as possible gives me inner peace.

Carmen Jorissen

Hi there! My name is Carmen Jorissen, and I’m the designer behind New Leaf Designs. I live in the Netherlands with my boyfriend and our cat in a quaint little house, with a sun-filled craft studio where I spend my days creating new designs, surrounded by yarn.

Knitting and crocheting are two things that fill my life with so much joy. I started both as a hobby in 2011 and in 2019 I achieved one of my dreams: becoming a full-time knitwear and crochet designer!

Dedri Uys

Hi, my name is Dedri, and I am the designer behind “Look At What I Made”.

By day I am a radiotherapist, a mum to 3 gorgeous young boys and one playful puppy, not to mention a wife to a very handsome and kind-hearted husband.

I love to crochet and I love to teach other people to crochet and to love it as much as I do. My granny taught me to crochet when I was a small girl, but it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second son that I picked up my hook again.

Since then, I’ve designed many patterns, from puzzle balls to my Sophie’s Universe blanket. I’m currently working alongside a large community of crafters on my latest blanket design, Charlotte.

Meet the Exhibitors


14:00 – 15:00 | Graeme Bethune

Graeme Bethune

Join Graeme, wool farmer writer from The Knitter, as he talks about Farming for Wool: Better quality yarns from a farm which places its sheep within a diverse, sustainable, low carbon and species rich environment. Happier Healthier sheepies, economics and farm ecology.


14:00 – 15:00| Alyson Chu

Alyson Chu

Making Moorit Magazine: the crocheter’s indie mag. Join creator and editor of Moorit Magazine, Alyson Chu, as she talks about what it takes to create a new magazine and her own journey from crowdfunding to launch.

Alyson is a crochet professional on a mission to elevate crochet. She is the crochet half of the Keep Calm and Yarn podcast alongside her knitting mom Vivian. She is also the Web Development Director and founding team member of BIPOC in Fiber, a project promoting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour working in the fibre industry.

To get a sneak preview of these interviews please see below

Teaser | Matt & Martin

Teaser | Matt & Dedri

Teaser | Matt & Carmen