Swap Package for my buddy

My shawl for my buddy is all done and wrapped up.  I got her some small goodies and gifts, and two pretty blue mini skeins.

It is all ready to wings it’s way across the ocean.  She wanted a little something for spring, so this package and its goodies will be right on time.

Making progress

I absolutely adore the way the Nurmilintu Shawl knits and progresses.  I have done the first lace section.  It is a really stunning, and quick, knit.

And progress on my daughters wrap is extra fast.  The weather here has turned cooler already, Fall is coming early.  She will really put this little wrap to good use soon.

Finally – Hobby X Time!!

Finally!!  Hobby X Time!!

Or at least, that is how it felt, for me at least.  I love to attend all art, craft and hobby expo’s and fairs.  The more the better.  One of the really nice and big ones I love to go to is the Hobby X Expo held in Johannesburg.  It is held in Midrand (Pretoria) as well, for which I normally take the train and a bus.  But the Johannesburg expo is close enough for me to drive to.

So I eagerly awaited this years Expo to arrive, getting ready for some serious shopping, and meeting new friends, and catching up with old friends.

And I was NOT disappointed at all.  It was amazing.  I had an awesome time.  The stalls were stocked to the roof, the variety and selections were huge, I could not get enough.  The exhibitors were super and friendly and helpful where-ever I dropped in.

These are some of the spoils I came home with…..

Loads of Magazines, both from overseas and local  (I adore Molly Makes, as you can tell)

Must have some extra yarns for my stash, and I got Malabrigo and Yarn Stash  (Malabrigo imported and Yarn Stash is a local yarn)

Beautiful Becky, a fully jointed Bear to make (from Honeydew Bears) and some pretty ribbons and wooden buttons to add to my selection

Thanks to Molly Makes, I got all these fabulous free goodies with the magazines I bought.  (little kits of pretty goodies to make, stickers, 2 booklets with patterns and ideas, a calender for 2015, and limited edition Prints, that I will either block on canvas or frame to hang in the craft room)

And I could not go home without these:

Glass paint and canvasses for my daughter and son-in-law

Book Review – Alles oor Hekel

I have a family that knows me so very well.  They know just how much I love books still, despite the modern days and times.  I am keeping up with times, and reading on my tablet, posting to my blog and Instagram, loving Pinterest, and all the modern things.

But every now and again there is a book that crosses ones path, and still amazes you.  This was exactly the case with the book “Alles oor Hekel” by Karen Adendorff.  I have been able to crochet since I can remember, being fortunate to have a very dear grandmother that patiently taught me.

I was given this beautiful book by Karen as a gift.  It is a superbly well written book and very easy to follow.  It is in Afrikaans, which makes it very special to me.  It is clear, cheerful and colourful.  What I most love is the easy instructions and perfect pattern photographs.

Even for someone that can already crochet, this book was a great gift, as it gives you that little bit of extra information on how to finish off your stitches a little more perfect, in a simply easy way.

Karen and her team did a perfect job with this book, and it will be one of my favourites for a long time.

Happy days!

It is indeed Happy Days.  My Package from Whatimuptotoday arrived!!  Yay.

I adore these pattern booklets, and am very much looking forward to making some of these pretty goodies.  I must admit, I am totally loving the Bears and the Victorian Ornaments.

To top it all, Sarah included a little kit for me, to really put me in the mood.  Just look at these pretty delicate flowers and gorgeous colours.

Thank you so very much for all the patterns, and most of all, the stunning kit.

Stash additions

Santa had been very nice to me, I guess I was a good girl.  I was the lucky girl to receive these stunning additions to my stash recently.

Yarns from The Painted Tiger and Manos Handspun.  These were from Swap Buddies in the United States, and I look forward to knitting them this year still.

Hartlam Wander the Moors and Distant Hills.  Hartlam Yarns is South African.  The Distant Hills contains silk and wool.  I have already chosen a pattern for the Wander the Moors.

On my Needles

I started my Nurmilintu Shawl.  It is such a stunning shawl pattern, I am loving it.

 

My daughter found this really cute yarn, she asked for a wrap to keep at the office, as they have open plan offices and the AC can be a bit chilly at times.  The yarn colour is so aptly named “Budgie”.  It looks just like a cute little bird.  I have started on it, and the progress is fast.  It will be finished in no-time.

 

And here is the progress on my Filet Crochet.  I must admit that I have not crocheted on it a lot.  It is very fine work, and not something I can do at night, nor while watching television series or a movie.  Even though it is very easy, it had been sitting in the basket for long periods of time.

Swap Goodies from JAPAN!!

Japanese Love!!  That is how I feel today.  I collected my swap package yesterday, all the way from JAPAN!!

I absolutely love all the stunning gifts and goodies.  Yarn (and Kool-Aid, to dye with), chocolates, tea drinks, postcards, washi tape, toho beads, a tiny little crochet pincushion, notelets in a little tin and a stunning towel with a typical Japanese design.

The circle shapes on the towel means Harmony, and it regarded as a very lucky pattern in Japan.  The cloth is called “Sippo” with means Seven Treasures.  This sure is a treasure to me as well.

I immediately put the little tin and notelets on my desk at home.  They are so cute and will be very handy.

Nurmilintu

I follow “My Sister’s Knitter” and am always inspired by her stunning knitting and gorgeous projects.

One of the recent items I noticed on her Flickr page was the Nurmilintu Shawl by Heidi Alander.  I immediately, totally and utterly loved it.  I got the pattern on Ravelry, and did some stash diving on the weekend.

I could not wait to get started, and have already caked my yarn, it is Coral by Nurturing Fibres.

 

Crochet Modifications

Since I started doing more crochet work, I have done little bits here and there.

After making a lampshade cover during the holidays for one of the lamps at home, I modified another lampshade with crochet lace and beads as well.

And this top needed modification.  I bought it, and after the first wash, it shrunk.  I loved it to much to put if away, and after some research, I decided that a small lace panel on both sides and the bottom would be sufficient.  I found the perfect cotton, and crocheted some lace panels.  Now the top is perfect again.  And I still have a few months of summer to wear it and show it off.

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