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It has been a very good and progressive couple of weeks. The cooler weather has finally arrived, and it meant more time for crafting and relaxing.
Plus we have had some lovely long weekends to enjoy, and I made very good use of all the extra days.
I took a long road trip to visit the Nan Hua Temple. It is an absolutely beautiful place to visit, and I spent the day there and enjoyed a beautiful vegetarian lunch. I find it very peaceful and tranquil.
I crocheted a new bag that I could use the funky cheeky piece of fabric I had. This time the fit was perfect, and I even inserted a zipper.
Off my needles is my first pair of socks for the winter. I tried a little something new / different on the heels, but I may need to practice a bit more.
The left over sock yarn became a cowl and bandanna for Miekie. She seems happy with the new goodies.
Do you remember this yarn I got from my daughter? 🙂 I decided to make a crocheted blanket. The colourway is called Woodpecker, and I am calling this my “woodpecker” blanket. The colours does remind me very much of a little woodpecker bird.
Happy crafting all.
We are finally getting some much needed rain. This was my commute into work.
But it was a good time to finish my mini crescent shawl. It turned out to pretty for words. The yarn is a cotton yarn, and the drape is stunning. It is lovely and soft and so easy to wear.
And with the rainy days and a finished project, I had the perfect time to cast on some new projects.
On my needles is a carry all, knitted, with a fabric lining. I got the fabric some time back, and it is just so cheerful. I think it is just what my bag would need.
And also socks for the Fall that is now settling in. I dyed this yarn a long while ago, from Kool Aid. I have four different colours, and am planning to knit socks for myself for winter with all the colours.
Happy crafting to all. 🙂
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.
Wishing each and everyone a most wonderful 2018. May it be a wonderful year, with lots of good times, friends, family and happy crafty days.
Thank you to everyone that made my 2017 such a lovely year, I look forward to spending the new year again with you all.
(the photo has taken during my recent trip to Tshukudu Game Lodge during the holidays. The Cheetahs are 2 males, fairly friendly, will come to the lodge to enjoy the shade and cool off at the pool, but not tame, nor to be petted, as they hunt for themselves and are not fed at the Lodge. This specific morning they had just hunted and taken down a Zebra, so they had eaten their fill, hence the big tummies and peaceful attitude.)
The Game Ranger was there with us too. 🙂
My package to my swap buddy in the #SAFestiveswap2017 is heading out and on its way to its new home.
Since it is a surprise and only I know whom it is for, here is a little preview of the goodies I packed.
Happy Holidays to you all.
Summer here has gone into the low 30 degrees C already, and it is only November. It is going to be a very hot summer.
This is my daughter’s orchid, happily growing at my house. It is blooming beautifully.
Summer also means less knitting, and more time doing something else. I have started working on my mini bears, and have begun to work on Old Blu. When I saw the little Bat Bear, I was lost and loved the little critter. I decided to get him, as I know once the kits have been sold, many are not redone for sale again. So better to get the kit, even if I only get around to sewing him later.
When I visited the lovely Michelle at Honeydew Bears, she also had these pretty darlings. Old Ned, which is beautiful, in green and red. He is a cousin on Old Blu, and came to visit for the Holidays. And no festive season is complete without a Christmas Elf. 🙂 The little Hope Angel, with the cutest little wings, is a limited edition for Breast cancer awareness.
Transferring the pattern onto the fabric for the little bit of old school Candlewicking did not take long at all. Now for a bit of french knots and colonial knots, with a bit of stitching here and there.
I am still working on my grey lambswool sweater. All the knitting has been done, and it is off my needles. Now to sew it together and add the neck details, which I think will be uncomplicated. Keeping my fingers crossed to have something to show soon.
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October is coming to a close already. How very quickly this Spring season has passed. It is warm and sunny here in Johannesburg, and we had good rain on the weekend.
We were really fortunately to have stunning weather during the annual International Festival at work. Each year we host a festival for all the students from outside South Africa that study here. They then cook a meal from their country and share with us. The food is amazing. Each flag represents the students from that country.
With the warmer weather, I have been knitting a bit less on my grey sweater. I did still get the sleeves long enough and am now ready to get to joining them all together. Still not being able to just not be busy, I have knitted a few dishcloths, decided to try my hand at making a small needle book, (it needed to have the corners starched to stay flat), and sorted my mini skeins into large jars. Each jar got a crocheted doily for its lid.
And since I am still in the mood to stitch, I cut out the next mini bear. Old Blu is already cut and ready for stitching.
Something I have not done for a very long time, is “candlewicking” It is a type of embroidery. I have opted to use a bit of colour, in shades if blue, and not stick to the traditional unbleached creamy colours.
And of course, despite all the busy crafty hustle and bustle Miekie is just relaxing and enjoying the sunny mornings in my bed. That look simply says it all.
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I have been wanting to try out Schoppel Wolle for some time. Whenever I saw these beauties being knitted, I could not keep away from the beautiful shades and colours they had.
I choose very carefully. I would have chosen way to many if I could. I got a selection of stunning colours, in Laceball, Edition6 and various Zauberball.
But I wanted some of Birgit’s fine lace yarns too. I spoiled myself with a very pretty sage silvery green lace yarn. And a kit for a lace stole / scarf / shawl that is in the most beautiful colours. I was gifted the pattern for the shawl, and it is so well written and easy to understand.
Thank you Martin and Birgit, for making shopping with you (even from very far away) such a lovely and warmhearted experience.
When Spring is here, it is just so amazing. I got to visit the Orchid Flower Show held at the Flora Farm in Boksburg.
These orchids are truly stunning. The colours range from pure snowy white to a nearly black purple. I am stunned by the natural brown flowers, and such masses of them too.
Here are just some of the flowers and award winners at the show.
And of course, no show visit is complete without bringing some pretty ones home too.