Welcome to Oombawka Design!

My name is Rhondda.

Rhondda Photo


I live in a small community just outside Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


I am currently a stay-at-home Mommy to two little monkeys – Darla and Drew –



I have always loved crafts and my other passion is genealogy – I love to research family history.

When I was 8, or 9-years old I was visiting my Great Aunt Catharine for a weekend and she showed me how to crochet a chain and also how to cast on and knit/purl.  No one else in my family can crochet or knit – so this hobby was never encouraged.

When I was in my twenties I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and I struggled with finding a skill/hobby to occupy my time between bouts of illness.   I picked up a crochet hook and a book and taught myself how to crochet an afghan…and then another…this was before the time of  “Youtube”.

I find crochet to be very relaxing and very rewarding.  To start with a piece of yarn and to make something beautiful – something useful – it is just so inspiring to me.  It seems almost magical.

I expanded my crochet skills last year when I tried my hand at amigurumi.  My first pattern (unpublished) is my Brown Bear.  My sister asked me if I could make her a cat, like the ones that she breeds/shows, so I tried – and I was able to…I think I was the most surprised out of all my family.   She sends one with each kitten/cat she sells (she named them Mini ME-ows).

I loved working in rounds/spirals so the next logical step for me was to make hats for my children and nieces and nephews…then I was asked to make mittens, scarves…slippers…and it just sort of happened from there.   I found myself searching for patterns online and not finding what I wanted and then devising my own pattern to fill a need (i.e. like mittens worked in rounds/spirals and not sewn together afterward, or my children’s easy-on mittens because regular mittens are super hard to put on my son’s wiggling hands).

I love to crochet. I love to design. I love to inspire.

I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog – and encourage you to look me up on any of these other Social Media sites (although my most active presence is Facebook – I am there daily and posting links to free crochet patterns I find on the world-wide-web).

Happy Crocheting! Rhondda

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oombawkadesign

Ravelry name: RhonddaM

Twitter: @oombawkadesign

Google+: +oombawkadesign

Blog: http://www.oombawka.blogspot.ca

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/oombawkadesign/

Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/user/580202/pattern-store

Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/OombawkaDesign

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OombawkaDesign


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