WIP’s

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I took a break on Sunday, and decided to relax and watch the Airshow planes pass my house.  Annually there is a lovely Airshow at the local (very small) airport just up the road from my home.  They literally fly by my home, and I can watch them from the windows, and of course, hear the noise of the Fighter Jets as they come swooping by.

I took out a little embroidery I bought recently, to make a small cushion for the house.  It was a great break.  I did not get as far as I had hoped, but it was really a pleasant break. I had to stop when the sun was starting to set, as the light was no longer good enough, and the electric lights are just not the same when it comes to doing some fine work.

My daughters second sock is progressing so much faster that the first one.  I think I am now getting the hang of the two yarns.  I would think that by the weekend I would have turned the heel even.

In2Crafts Expo

Last month I had the really fun opportunity to attend the In2Crafts Expo at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.

Even though yarn suppliers were few at the Expo, I met the awesome Dana Biddle from Colourspun (www.colourspun.com)

I loved having a nice long chat with her about her yarns and colours, and bought yarns that I would not normally have bought.  I bought yarns in Cotton, whereas I normally buy wool, silk, alpaca, etc.  I am excited to knit with the cottons in summer, as I believe they will be great and comfy without being to warm.

I got the cutest buttons and goodies as well.  I simply could not resist the giraffes and snowmen.  Not to mention this stunning paper, at the most reasonable prices.  They are perfect for those special notes you want to write to a friend or swap buddy when you prepare a package with gifts and goodies.

And since I have been tempted and wanting to do sewing and embroidery, which is on my list for summer crafting, I bought the supplies for a cute little cushion to make.

And like most crafters, I could not resist a book or two.  These are unusual, and will go a long way towards expanding my “need to be busy”

Winter in Johannesburg

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Today my post is a bit non craft related.

It has been winter here, and since our winters are not as severe in Johannesburg as many other places, we still had the time to go out and enjoy the countryside every now and again.

Everything seems a bit brown and gray, but the days were lovely and cosy with lots of sunshine.

These are pictures from our June (Mid winter just about) trip to one of my favourite places around here, Hartbeespoort Dam. It was a lovely day, stunning weather, hardly a breeze, and very peaceful and quiet.

And in August we had a family breakfast at a little place about 15 minutes drive from my home, called Gillooly’s Farm.  The restaurant is called Mrs. Sippy.  It is situated right next to the water’s edge, and you can walk your dog there and even feed the ducks and geese.

Soon it will be summer again, and then everything will be warm and sunny, and so very green.

Socks update……

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After knitting the sock according to the pattern, with a very pretty heel flap, it turned out the sock was way to big in the heel and also to long for my daughters very small thin heels.

It did not fit snug and comfy at all.  So I had to undo the heel and pick up the stitches again, as it fitted with the knitted gusset.

I modified the pattern and changed to a short row heels pattern.  :-)  It know fits better and I will be knitting an inch or so into the leg part to see how it fits.

Keeping my fingers crossed.  This is my first Pixel Stitch sock, and I am very much learning as I go along.  :-)

Some finished projects, and of course, must have socks!

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After a rather slow start, and a restart, as I found a little error on my Pimpeliese shawl, I finished it .  It is a super great pattern, and knitted very quickly once I got the hang of it.  The weather was not to warm, and I had to wait for a bit of sunnier days before I could block it and make sure it dried.  But it is done!  And turned out pretty neat.

I also finished the Travelling Cable Hat beanie I was working on.  Super pattern, specially since I really love knitting cables.

I had given this old basket of mine a make-over some time ago, but could not find the right handles I was looking for.  But being persistent, I found these handles, and they seem pretty okay on the basket.  Now I can use it again, and carry my WIP’s around in it.

And of course, what is knitting without having a pair of socks on the needles.  This is my first “big” colourwork knit, and I am enjoying it tremendously.  I am knitting the socks inside out, which is pretty funny, but it is the only way I could figure out how to ensure the floats are even and not to tight.  They are for my daughter and she has tried them on a few times now to ensure the fit is still good.

On my Needles

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I love the colder winter months here.  Winter has settled in.  So that means a little more knitting than normally as well, or at least, I think so.

My Pimpelliese Shawl is going pretty good now, and no more little mistakes, so no frogging.

Also on my needles are goodies not for me.  The one is the Travelling Cable Hat beanie for my son in law.  This is knitting up so fast and lovely.  I adore knitting cables, and this pattern is pure pleasure.  I hope to even finish it on the weekend for him.

And once you knit socks, you always seem to have a sock or a pair of socks on the needles somewhere.  This time its for my daughter.  She saw the pattern on my work table, and immediately asked for pairs in various colours.  I started on a blue pair first. The pattern is Pixel Stitch Socks from Purl Soho.

Swap package to Canada

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I could not share these with you before, as I was working on a swap package for a buddy in Canada, and since she knew I was her buddy, I needed to keep the goodies under wraps until the package winged its way across the big blue ocean all the way to Canada.

I kept the package kind of South African, in order to give her a taste of things here and what we do and love.

The washcloths and potholders are all 100% pure / raw cotton.  The washmitten is Raw Cotton, and I use it at home as well.  It is just lovely.

Canada swap package

I could not resist some beaded items, and when I came across the little beaded sheep, I just knew it was meant for her.  We all know how much we love our sheepy friends, thanks to their lovely woolies they share with us.

The yarn is our local produced African Expressions, that I love to use just as much.  And I just had to share some of my favourite chocolates with her.

New projects and WiP’s

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After a busy morning, I settled down and started to unpack some of my stash.  It is winter here, and colder, which means I “need” to be creative.  I am working on some goodies for a swap buddy, but can only show those in a little bit, once the package has safely reached its far away destination.

So I started to look at the yarns I am thinking about using, and unpacked them.  It seems I am in the mood for “Fall” or “Winter”.  The colours are definitely reminding me of  Fall and turning leaves.

I decided on the Manos Maxima (the really dark Caravan) and the Arequipa, which very much reminds me of the turning of leaves in Autumn.  I will be looking out for patterns soon, am thinking of a Beanie in the Maxima and a scarf in the Arequipa.

I am working on a very nice shawl, Pimpelliese,  that I learned about from a young knitter in Germany, via Instagram. (she is on Ravelry as well).

I started the shawl, and after a few pattern repeats noticed a small mistake.  :-)  You guessed it, I ripped it out and restarted.  It is going much better and I am remembering the pattern easier as I make progress.

New Yarn Stash

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Despite telling myself that I have more than enough yarn in my stash already, I could not resist myself when Gina at Natural Yarns had her Birthday and spoiled us with discounts!

I decided on Manos Maxima and Manos Serena.  Can one ever really have enough Manos, so very soft and lovely.

And at the same time, I simply indulged myself in some new yarns that I have not used before.  I got a stunning Rust coloured yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns – Milburn – in 4 ply.  ( I should probably have ordered more than just one, it is so lovely.)  And a cute new project bag from Eden Cottage Yarns, to keep my goodies in.

Another new yarn that I got was pure fingering Alpaca from Linda’s creations.  The colour is Topaz, and I cannot wait to knit these up into a project.  The colours are so stunning, I am already having visions of the colours in a pretty scarf or small shawl.

And I happened upon this cute little bag while visiting the Natural Yarns online store.  What a cute little Bunny.

Both project bags are now already in use.  :-)

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