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.  :-)

A little interlude from my usual crafting.

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For all those out there that might have noticed that I have been working on smaller projects and were not as busy with crafting as usual, there was a really good reason.

My daughter decided to get married, and they did not want to wait for months and plan for months on end.  They have been engaged for nearly two years now, and decided to get the wedding done now.

So it came down to planning the wedding within a matter of weeks.  But we did!  I had stunning help from family and friends.

They both are very artistic, and wanted a venue that was artistic, funky and with an industrial feel.  Everything just came together wonderfully and we even got the perfect venue.  Elzabe Zietsman (the very talented singer, actress and chef) was our hostess and we hosted the wedding in her stunning place.  It even featured a baby grand piano and a really cozy fireplace.

I don’t have the “official” photos just yet, but thought I would share some with you.

And now I can get back to crafting and knitting again.  :-)  Winter is here, it turned chilly and cold and wet after the weekend.  Perfect timing.

A bit of crochet

I have been in the mood for a bit of crochet lately.  It was a good break from knitting, and I enjoyed it so much.

I had this little vintage porcelain doll that I wanted to display, but it needed new clothes, and I decided a little crochet something would be just perfect.

Also on the “make-over” trend, this old but still very useful basket needed some attention, and a frilly edge and flowers did the trick.  I bought the shiny green bead / buttons, but changed my mind once the flowers were done.  Now I just need to add some pretty handles, and it is ready to carry some of my goodies or projects again.

While I was at it, my kitchen got a cloth to absorb the water on the sink and my I Pad got a sleeve as well.

New on my needles – Abyssal Shawl

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With the colder weather, I am tempted to knit more than usual, and when I “rediscovered” this pretty pure wool in my stash, I could not resist petting it a bit.

And so the need was born for a shawl.  Something cosy, soft and easy to wear.  A simple pattern that does the softness of the yarn justice.

I found Abyssal on Ravelry, and loved it immediately.

I might make the border a bit wider, since I have a bit of extra yarn.

Vintage Crochet

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I am happy to say that I finally completed this Vintage Crochet piece I have been working on.  I seemed like I was working really slow on this one, and I should not have been so slow.  It is a very easy crochet piece, and goes at an even and relaxed pace.  I just kept putting it down in order to knit or do other crafting projects.

But once I had the centre piece done, the edge did not take long at all, and now I am able to use it wish pride.

Embroidery time

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Fall is settling in beautifully around here, and I am planning to enjoy the last comfortable days before the winter arrives.

I am planning to get some crafting done before the really colder days, and this is one of the projects I am planning to work on before its to cold for the fingers to work nicely, and only want to knit or crochet. :-) Or even less, like just sitting with a cup of tea and a book or magazine.

(got the pretty kit and floss as a give-away) floss all rolled and ready to start.  Need to be able to work during the day when the light is good, as it is getting darker earlier now and needlework (for me) is limited to daylight.  :-)

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