magnificent submit

The whackiness of drivel spam sometimes makes me laugh out loud. This is my favourite so far – “Thanking you for magnificent submit.” You’re welcome, freaky spam bot.

Meet Hattie. She was made for me by Steve, one of the wonderful woodworkers we’ve met through being at Kirstenbosch Market.  She’s as light as a feather and can display 10 hats at a time and, because she’s a table stand, won’t get blown over if there’s wind. Pic out of focus, sorry. My bad. Bad and lazy.


Next up, two wooden boxes that were taking up space without purpose at Rob’s flat: I’m not in the mood for painting right now so I decided to wallpaper them with newsprint. I have to say, I’m not entirely sure that this really is the way to go, but if I don’t try I’ll never know. I’ll do the tops and one bit of the insides and then, if I think it looks stupid, will just have to do something else!


Still working on Tammy’s cushion in aubergine, lilac and willow, but nearly finished. The middle was the flower from the afghan in Issue 3 of Simply Crochet, but I changed things a bit after the row of cream. The purple cotton I’m using isn’t Vinni’s and I’m finding it a bit thinner, so I felt a smaller stitch than a treble was called for. I’m pretty much just making it up as I go along now. I like that about crochet, although it’s not an approach that works with cooking.


Last thing for today, the winner of the Jam Tarts facebook give-away last week for a frog beanie was Mary-Anne from Woolhogs.


She said she was thrilled but felt “undeserving” – not sure why, maybe because we know each other (only through blogging), live in the same city, have the same interests, etc.  I told her she won fair and square.  Life’s random, so things seem  coincidental some times.  That’s how random works.  I wish we could give away a frog beanie to everyone who entered and shared and liked, because you are all lovely people who would all look good in one :-)

Back soon x


12 thoughts on “magnificent submit

  1. tgonzales

    Oh my gosh Jill! I love the hat stand. I would love to have one, it wouldn’t take up as much room in my display as the head mannequins do. Maybe I will have to have John see if he could make one for me? Congratulations to Mary-Anne for winning the frog hat! Thanks for inspiring me.

    Love and Hugs, Tamara

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      I’m sure John could make one for you. I know how clever he is. We already have display things that stand out at the front and sides of our space so this is perfect for us. Some people have tall hat stands that get blown over when a cape wind comes along (quite often), so we won’t have that problem. I think we are enormously clever. :-)

  2. rowena

    I like the newspaper wallpaper idea. It’s like creating instant vintage. It’s not unprecedented – at Dove Cottage in Grssmere where Wordsworth the poet lived, there’s a room wallpapered with newspaper. Wordsworth didn’t think the children deserved to have their room decorated so his wife had to improvise…….

  3. Linne

    I love the spambot reply (you made me laugh!) AND Hattie. My Mum had an old coat stand with branching bits. She used to hang some of her baskets on it; she called it her “basketry” LOL

    I’m with you on crochet; working on a Mystery Shawl right now (along with a few other projects, of course). to some degree, I agree with you on the cooking, but I frequently make things up as I go along there, too. Sometimes it works out; I eat ’em anyway . . . different if you are cooking for others, of course. :-) Still, I can only remember a couple of times when I followed a recipe to a T; and one of those times, I was making something for a sister who made me swear not to deviate! I didn’t, either. ~ Linne

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      I prefer not to cook at all if I can help it. I’ve been lucky with the men in my life – my ex-husband was an excellent cook and cooked every night; I was on my own in the kitchen for a few years so was forced to knock up a few things so my daughter wouldn’t starve (but I stuck to the basics). And now she can cook for herself. Yay. And then Rob came along – he’s also an excellent cook. I am happy for other people to do that stuff, then there’s more time for me to crochet :-)

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Thank, Patricia, they aren’t colours I would have chosen but it is working out quite nicely. And there is a nice flat shine to it, you’re right :-) I also stitched a few beads in the middle, for some glitz. :-)


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