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It is 2016! A New Year! How quickly the holidays have gone. Thankfully I had a good break and a typical warm and sunny Festive Season here in South Africa. The most exciting thing that happened was probably Miekie having to have some of her teeth out on New Years Eve. She recovered super fine, and is enjoying all the attention and great food and treats.
I intended to just rest and do as little as possible, but that will never happen. 🙂 I can not sit idly and let my hands do “nothing”.
So I did do a bit of this and that. I decided I need a little splash of soft colour for my home, and worked on these three canvases. I did the basics and some background, but I am not done yet. They still need a bit of finishing off. I have some pretty bronze paint to still add to them.
Thanks to AndreSueKnits and her lovely podcasts, I got totally inspired to also dye “Speckled Yarn”. She made it look so easy and I could not wait. These are done using food colouring, and I had lots of fun, despite having “speckles” all over myself as well in the end. 🙂
I did knit and crochet during the holidays, but only on small projects that I could take with me while on vacation. I had been wanting to make colourful and summery coasters for glasses or mugs, and decided on these. I also knitted the Baable Hat (Pattern by Donna Smith) This is a super pattern that I knitted up so fast. My daughter promptly asked for one as well, so I knitted another.
Currently I am still working on my winter blanket, but since we have been having a pretty warm summer with heatwave warnings, the knitting had been few. I am working on a pair of socks in Silverspun yarn from the Feel Good Yarn Company. This yarn has the perfect name, and I know they will be perfect gifts. (for my daughter again)
And I am knitting with super soft Mohair from Istanbul, that my LYS had stock off, making myself a Smocked Lace Scarf. The pattern is by Veronik Avery and is featured in the book “Knitting 24/7” that I was gifted.
And that is how my year ended and the new one started.
I wish you all a Wonderful and Fantastic 2016! May it be an Awesome Year for us all.
Happy and creative 2016 to you and yours as well! ☺
Thank you very much. 🙂
Andrea @ This Knitted Life said:
And you paint too!?!?!? It is just too much! Lovely knitting.
lol. 🙂 I don’t think its quite “painting” more like splashing paint on canvases. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment.
Dartmoor Yarns said:
Love your Baa-ble hats! Also love that speckled yarn. Will look up the tutorial and have a go.
Thank you so much. I will be making more of them, they are just so quick and easy. 🙂 The speckled yarn was fun, most definitely worth having a go. I enjoyed it a lot. 🙂
You are one seriously talented woman. Absolutely love all your work!! Oh, and your dog. Equally. ❤
Thank you so much for your compliment, that means a lot. 🙂 Indeed the dog is much loved. She gets attention wherever we go. She loves it as well. She is (just slightly) spoiled. 🙂
I love a big canvas – or three, and I didn’t know you had this talent as well? Loving all your yarny projects and those hats are the best. Is that real silver in the other yarn where it states ‘11% silver’? Looks lovely. I’m going to hop over and look at the yarn dying with food colouring now, sounds exciting!
Thank you. I dont consider it a real talent, I just dabble a bit and have fun at it. 🙂 I have a son in law that is the real talented artist and I should show some of his work here sometime.
I believe the sock yarn contains actual silver, as per the website, and its good for socks, as silver inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria. This is probably one of the best swap gifts I have ever been gifted. So very special. 🙂
Have fun with the food colouring, its probably something that even your young students may like to try sometime, it would probably work just as well on a natural cloth. 😉
Missy's Crafty Mess said:
Cute hats and coasters. I love how that scarf is working up.
Thank you so much. Its slow going, but will be done by winter. 🙂
Ginny @ Mytimestitching.wordpress.com said:
You have been busy! Love all of your projects. Looking forward to seeing how you finish your canvas paintings. LOVE the pink and gray 🙂 That speckled yarn looks awesome! It should look fun knitted up. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. The red scarf with the mohair yarn looks heavenly and warm! I am so cold right now I am imagining it’s warmth wrapped around me. What a beauty it is already.
Thank you for all your kind words and comments. Its always nice to hear from you. Have not decided on the speckled yarn, although we have a two year old baby in the family, and I have been leaning towards a cute little blanket for her for winter maybe.
🙂 The red scarf is currently making excellent progress.
I hope you are able to keep warm and remain cozy and healthy. Hibernate if you can. 🙂 Look after yourself and take care.
Ginny @ Mytimestitching.wordpress.com said:
I think the speckled yarn will be perfect for a baby blanket. All those wonderful colors and specks will knit up beautifully, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see 🙂 Trying to stay warm. Some days are better than others. Looking forward to Spring 😉
Thank you, I think so too. Glad you are staying warm as well. 🙂 Spring for you will mean Fall for me, and more time to knit and hibernate. 🙂