It is very noticeable just how much you start to craft and feel like crafting once the weather turns, and you are cozy and comfy in a spot of sunlight on a chilly Fall day.
That is how is feels to me at least. During summer I did craft, but I think a lot less. Now I am on a roll again.
I have cast on a quick hat, I think I want this one for myself.
And I even stitched this little kit that I had. I had not done embroidery for a while, and loved it. I tried to keep the black lines of the design to give it a little different look. Normally I cover the design lines and wash them out. But I think this works.
The crocket “Woodpecker” blanket is coming along too, I should even be using it this winter when the really colder weather arrives.
Things are getting very crafty around here. I am so very proud to show off my brand new perfect labels.
I finally have personalized labels to show off my crafts and goodies. How stunning are these.
I ordered a whole variety of different labels from The Dutch Label Shop. They have offices in The Netherlands, and in the USA. I took my time and browsed their site for at least two days. There is just such a big variety and options to work with. Deciding what to get was very difficult.
I finally decided on two labels. A soft creamy one to stitch on as is. And a pretty grey one, that would be used folded around the edge of the project to display both sides. Then I also ordered care labels with wash instructions. So perfect, as you get to choose the care instructions you want to have on your label, and you get space to put your Name etc, and space to have some written instructions or comments too. ( 🙂 I may need more with different instructions for different types of yarns, etc.)
Also included in my order was some standard labels, i.e. 100% cotton, which is perfect for the popular 100% cotton that is so lovely to work with and wear here in South Africa. And who can resist a “one size fits all” label. Definitely a must have.
Finally I even included some swing tags. 🙂 They are punched and have a wax cord already attached as well.
What I really love about the labels, is that they are of such good quality. There is no loose ends, or fraying bits. The colours are exactly as I had hoped them to be, even though one is ordering from a website and colours can look differently on screen. Even though one can use your own designed logo for any of the works, I simply opted for one of the hundreds of logos / pictures / drawings that they already have available. The little doggy was just perfect for me. The edges of the labels is soft and does not scratch. And you can order from small quantities too.
If you love my labels, just follow the link to their site and browse around for yourself. There is so much to see and enjoy.
Thank you Dutch Label Shop for making me so very happy with my very own labels.
Knitting is definitely happening.
Finished a quick pair of speckled mittens for my daughter and another beanie for my son in law.
I dropped by my local Yarn Shop, and I just could not resist these. They are nice and soft and a bit on the bulky side.
Of course, they seemed to have already found their way onto my needles. I will probably be knitting more summery goodies soon, as the days here are already getting warmer, but for now I am quickly doing a few last warm winter goodies.
Happy crafting all.
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It has been my annual Winter Break and I have enjoyed the break so much.Getting away from the busy work and office is sometimes just what a person needs.
Miekie and I both enjoyed to lazy cold mornings, and spent the time having lazy, slow breakfasts before we started the day.
I got time to catch up on some reading, specially on some of my loved magazines.
The usual amount of knitting definitely took place. My Alpaca Wrap is now already half way there. I finished a Manos del Uruguay beanie for my son in law, and have another on the needles for him. And my daughter is getting matching mittens to wear with her speckled wrap.
With me being home and able to work during the sunnier parts of the day, I could also work on more delicate projects. One of these were these little fairies in cross stitch. According to the instructions of the kit, you only stitch areas you want to highlight. What a lot of fun they are. Nearly done, and then I will frame them and find a special place for them.
Wilbur the Bear is now no longer a kit sitting on the table. I cut the pattern pieces and am ready to start stitching him together. I want to add a few things, and have gotten cute silk ribbon roses and antique looking buttons as well. I suspect Wilbur will be a girl bear in the end and may need another name.
This wooden box had been around my home for a bit, being used on the odd occasion for this and that. I finally decided to put it to proper use, give it a complete makeover and keep it around. So with rather a lot of layers of paint, I was able to smooth it over, and stop it from showing up a nasty stain through each layer of paint. Finished it off with a bit of pretty lace and a cute ceramic bunny. Now I can keep it around for any little project or storage. Sometimes these little wooden boxes are all you need.
While waiting for a friend the other day to arrive for a cup of coffee and a chat, I ended up browsing in a little shop. I could not resist these cute tiles. I think I will use the smaller ones as memo magnets and the bigger one will be just perfect for a mug cozy.
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Winter has now arrived and settled in good and properly. We have even had a few very cold and eerily foggy misty days. I loved it. This is definitely the most favourite time of the year for me.
These are just a little view of how it looked, the photos of the roads was in the afternoon going home, and the others were taken in the mornings when I arrived at my place of work. And yes, we drive on the “other side” of the road for those who may have wondered. 🙂
It did then also mean lots of knitting and crafting. I finished the dark grey cowl for my daughter. She really got cute yarn, and the speckles in this dark one is even prettier and brighter than the previous one.
Of course, new WIP’s are on the needles as well. I started another beanie for my son in law, in lovely warm Manos del Uruguay. It is knitting up so fast. And I started a wrap for myself. This is Alpaca yarn from Turkey and I am absolutely loving it.
When I dropped in at my LYS during last week, they had Rowan Kidsilk available at a discounted price. How awesome. I simply could not resist getting these dark jewel colours, each with a bit of sparkle of its own. Then I also spoiled myself with some new KnitPro Zing needles, in the smaller sizes, ideal for lace and sock knitting. They were a bit extensive compared to others, however I just know they will be worth the price.
If you are using these needles already, let me know what you thought of them. 🙂
Happy crafting all.
Here I am! Back Again!
I had a little medical emergency that landed me in hospital for a week. And then another week at home resting up. But I am all well and healthy and on the way to recovery. I have DVT (Deep vein trombosis) and could not walk, but I’m back on my feet now and making very good progress. I had a nice window and could see a little bit of garden outside. The weather was cold and some days were cloudy. I was very well looked after and the treats and snacks were just superb.
Of course my little doggie had to go and visit with my daughter and son in law, and she absolutely love being with them, but I did get the impression she was much happier keeping my legs warm when I returned home again.
I got a lot done, I must admit. I knitted my daughter’s light grey speckled cowl, and cast on a dark grey speckled cowl as well. And I started a beanie for my son in law.
I was able to finish the little tapestry I was working on. I am thinking I want to make a project bag maybe, and have the tapestry as part of it. I also blocked my lacy leaf shawl and vintage look doily, and the doily is already in use.
Of course I also had lots and lots of time to read, and I absolutely loved these 2 books that I had time to work through from beginning to end.
These are beautiful, and I intend using some of the new ideas and techniques in them that I found very interesting. One always seem to learn something new somewhere in a day.
Happy crafting to you all.
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.
Just a quick update this morning. I have been pretty busy with smaller projects, and I am happy with my progress so far. It is so satisfying to complete things, and even so fairly quickly.
I finished the Bridger cowl, and cast on for the Barley hat, which is going just as fast.
I did a bit more crochet, and made these cozies for my mugs. I used little wooden buttons to open and close the loop for when I am washing the cups.
The blanket made a little bit of progress, as I completed another pattern on it.
And I even got around to visiting my LYS and was pleasantly surprised with all the new tools and goodies they had in stock. Just in time. I could not resist these new goodies, and got myself some crochet hooks with a light that can be switched on / off. A stunning bamboo crochet hook, a new Tunisian crochet hook, and some really pretty metallic straights.
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.