i had a few hours to spare at the office, and instead of sitting with idle hand or looking for something to do (wasting time rather), I decided to give my stationery holders a quick make-over.
This was what they looked like:
And now they look like this:
I was a real little busy bee this Winter vacation, and finished a few things, even a Lace Shawl that I started nearly 6 months ago.
This is a Glam Shells Lace shawl that I had been working on for a while, and had put it down and now finally finished it. When I got going again, it was much better. I even added beads to the edge of the shawl. It should inspire me to do more very detailed lace in future.
I completed the shawl I was knitting from Handspun, it knitted to beautifully, and is so very warm and cozy. This is a pattern that I modified and adjusted as I progressed.
And the mini crescent shawl that I knitted for a buddy is also done. It is blocked and ready to be mailed to her. I hope she will like it. I am going to be making more of this shawl, and am thinking about adding beads to the lace edge, the patter lends itself to it very well.
When I was not knitting, I worked on the Mini Bear Anscheri that I was sewing. She turn out pretty cute! I think now she needs a friend, so I will be making another one pretty soon.
And of course, who can resist such a stunning Custom Dye. Pointe Shoes from Hartlam, here in South Africa. I have been very good with my stash, but I could not resist and placed an order for these pretties. I love the colour and want to knit it pretty soon.
I just love the Winter here in SA. It is not so very cold, and still sunny. We have rather pleasant days still.
But we also have the colder days, which is my perfect excuse to stay home, and KNIT! We had a few of those so far, and I made very good use of each and every moment to find a warm spot and knit to my heart’s content.
Some of my WIP’s are now finished, and I am working on new projects.
The two scarves I was working in, are both done. Blocking a bit on the slow side, due to colder weather.
I have been working on this shawl for myself. A very good friend of mine sent me a link on Youtube to a beautiful song. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsCdlX-5UjE) Watching the video and listening to the song inspired me to make this shawl. The yarn is Lelana Handspun in colourway chrysanthemum. It is knitting absolutely beautifully, I am creating the design and pattern and size as I go. I have loads of notes and drawings to keep me on track.
This is the small crescent shawl that I am knitting for a swap buddy of mine, from Germany. I was gifted the pattern from a friend in the USA. It is: Alby by Bonne Marie Burns I am considering starting one for myself as soon as I have finished my buddy’s shawl.
And finally, I did actually get around to cutting the fabric and mohair pieces to start working on the miniature Bunny I had been planning to make. So far I have sewn the head pieces together. I will be working on my Bunny during my upcoming Winter Vacation.
It has finally come to say Goodbye to my lovely lady Venus.
She came into my life more than twenty years ago, as a tiny little black ball of fluff. (smaller than a ball of yarn). She had kept me and my daughter company over many years, including many late nights of study for my daughter as she finished high-school and a four year degree at University.
Venus just always seemed to be there, around when you needed her. A stunning lady with a soft voice, and even softer fur to cuddle. Always ready to sit on your lap when you are feeling sad, but never in the mood to share my lap with knitting. I guess she new she was much softer to the touch than any yarn could ever be, and never felt the need to compete.
As she got older, she was a very peaceful and quiet lady, sleeping in front of the stove, where the heat from baking and cooking made her feel very comfortable. It so reminded me of older farm-houses, with the cats or dogs in front of the stove or fireplace.
But this winter, she decided to go to the “happy hunting grounds” where all good Kitties go.
She will be missed in our home, and her place will never be filled.
Now that two of my scarves are done and off the needles, I did a few other projects, that I had been planning and wanting to finish for a while.
In my Molly Makes Magazine was a free little sewing project, a cute sausage dog, that I made and am now using as a pin cushion for when I am blocking my knitting.
I also made some earrings, it was about time, I needed a few new pairs to update my collection.
And this Celtic inspired chain-maile piece, that I attached to a large silver pin, that works wonders as a scarf or shawl pin.
I have started a long pendant / lariat as well, I am working on this one still. I did a few pieces that will become a beaded tassle, but am still a bit undecided about the upper piece. The design calls for chain, but I might change it a bit and use more beads, etc.
Kamers vol Geskenke basically translates to Rooms full of Gifts.
My daughter and I recently attended this event, as we had friends exhibiting as well.
These events are one of my favourites to go to and spend loads of time there, walking, chatting, browsing, touching, and buying. It is just so amazing.
These are only just a few of the stunning goodies I saw and got.
Here is a link to the Kamers Blog and Website should you wish to know more.