WIP’s and New Books

Last weekend was the first pretty relaxing and quiet weekend I had in a long time, and I truly went all out to get up to working on my buddy’s swap socks.  Knitting on these socks are for daylight hours, and I made the most of it.  I am ready to start the gusset.  I am happy with the progress and the pattern so far.

Other knitting is taking shape, specially my little scarf, in these stunning autumn colours.  It is a project I find hard to put down, as with each row I want to see the colours as they unfold.  It very much reminds me of a forest with the leaves changing colour.

And what is better than being surprised with new craft books.  My daughter and son-in-law gifted me with these two stunning new books.

Knitting 24/7.  My son-in-law says he could not resist it, as it reminded him of me immediately.

And they know I love a bit of vintage, and love vintage crochet, so this Simple Crochet with stunning vintage like patterns and ideas was a must.

New on my Needles


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It is time for the next socks on my needles.  I have started a pair of really dark deep purple socks for a swap.  These are a bit very dark, and I must admit I mostly knit them during daylight.

And to make up for when I cannot work on the socks, I have started a scarf in these stunning Autumn Colours, either to wear when its a bit cool and rainy here, or ready for wear next year in the colder winter months.

Looking forward to seeing how this yarn is going to knit up.  I am loving the colours it is producing already.

Springtime in Johannesburg


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It is Springtime in Johannesburg!  We are having the most amazing weather, and on my way to work this morning, I was siting in the usual morning traffic, I notices that the temperature was already 17 degrees C at 07h30. A promise for a great day.

Some colour is blooming around my home, my lavender plants are having a beautiful time and are looking pretty already.  My colleagues at the office spoiled me with the prettiest potted Gerbera, which brightens up every day.

I (Finally) finished the second sock of the pair of Pixel Socks I was knitting for my daughter.  It is about time.  She might wear them next winter.  :-)  Although we could have a cold day here and there during the summer that they will be handy for.  This was a first for me, and I learned a lot about knitting with two different colour yarns.  I will be making some more of these socks, and I hope they go faster.

I decided to add a zipper to the small green bag I knitted for a swap buddy.  I think it works better and you can keep your goodies safely stored.

And of course, my LYS is also feeling the great Spring days, and spoiled us with a lot of new goodies in the store.  I was really impressed with these new sewing and darning needle holders, and after a few minutes of serious contemplation, bought a whole handful.  Not to mention the new pincushion that I simply had to have.  Way to cute!

A Little bit of Everything


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I have been busy with a little bit of this, that, and everything inbetween.

The Pixel Socks for my daughter is coming along very nicely now, and I only have a few more inches to go before the cuff and cast off.

Then I had a very quick swap, with included a little something handmade and knitting notions.  This was loads of fun, as I visited my LYS on the day they were unpacking new goodies.  So my swap buddy got the latest in needles and needle cases, and a row counter.  I also got her some stitch markers, and other local goodies, like one of my favourite magazines, and of course, sweeties.  I made some goodies that presents the upcoming seasons, Teatowel with Fall colours, and potholders for the Winter Festive Season.

We had a chilly weekend, and it was the perfect excuse to relax again with some embroidery.

And as usual, what would a knitter be without more socks in the future.  I have a buddy to knit for, and she really loves dark or bright colours.  I found this really nice, very deep dark purple, for socks, of course.  And I knitted her a little bag in the meantime, I think it needs a little zipper to close it.



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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.


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