Monday mish-mash

This post is going to be a bit of a mish-mash, I can feel it.

On Saturday Anne and I went to the Reformed Church in Gardens, where the Christmas market organisers set up their approval day. The xmas market runs for 3 weeks from end November at the Sea Point town hall, and this is their 11th very successful year. So please keep your fingers crossed that they liked our things and think they will be good sellers.

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It’s a relatively informal set-up, we just used half a table and our hat stand, and then you fill out your forms and leave them on the table. You pack up and leave when six judges have reviewed your range and then you wait until the end of June to hear whether you’ve been successful or not. There were lots of cushions from other people – but none that were owls – and no other hand-crocheted items (that we saw, at least). The organisers were extremely efficient and friendly, and had laid on tea and coffee and scones that you could just help yourself to.  That always helps, right?!

Jam Tarts had a message from Simone, our left-handed trainee crocheter, to say she’d found a use for the crocheted bunting that was our encouragement-gift to her after the first lesson:


My guess is that this is in her baby daughter’s bedroom (the teddy bear and pink wall decor is a bit of a give-away), and I think it looks stunning.

It’s always good when something you’ve made for someone else comes back for repairs – it means the recipient really used it! I knitted this hw bottle cover for my mother some years ago, but the bottle itself has leaked and she couldn’t figure out how to get the cover off. I think I did a bit of fancy hand-stitching round the neck so will just rip it out, wash the cover, and find a new hottie for it to live on. The heart was crocheted, I like it more now than I did when I gave it to the mater.


Then I had a mail from a lady who had ordered 3 pairs of slippers from me, to say that the recipients loved them. It’s so nice when people think to do that. She sent this pic:


Nearly five years ago I was lucky enough to meet Rob. The day after our first date, I was so taken with him (!) that I started knitting him a scarf.  He looked like the kind of man who would wear a handmade scarf (just the kind of man I like!) – and he also looked like a man who had never had a scarf handmade for him in his life.

As you can see, the old one has become a bit shabby-looking so I felt he deserved a new one. He has, after all, been obedient and useful over the years. For the most part.

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Old scarf, garter stitch, variegated wool

I’m kidding. Rob is the best man ever: he encourages me in everything I do, helps where he can, looks after all my IT needs, cooks, picks me up when I don’t have a car, picks me up when I do have a car,  won’t let me drive alone at night, takes me out for sushi, looks after my daughter and her friends when they are partying in Camps Bay, has a great (and occasionally black enough) sense of humour (like mine), is an amazingly patient and caring father to his own sons, treats his parents like gold, underestimates his own talents and abilities, and is very generous and loving and considerate in general. I’ve been extremely lucky. And no, sorry, he doesn’t have a brother. He’s OOAK.

JillandRob2  Rob and Jill

Both these pics were taken at other people’s weddings, the first one was on the way to Megan (Anne’s daughter) and Jeremy’s wedding two years ago, and the second one is at Katie (my stepsister) and Peter’s wedding in Johannesburg last year.

So, yes, Rob deserves a new scarf. We went to Roger at Orion to choose the yarn and, after much debate (because I’m allergic to yellow!), he picked the dark navy in the Pure Gold DK, and he’s asked for three narrow rows of slate grey on either end.  I’m knitting it double for a nice chunky look, but he wanted loose and soft as well, so I’m using 7mm needles.

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It’s nice to knit for someone you love, isn’t it?

Back soon x


26 thoughts on “Monday mish-mash

  1. tgonzales

    Hi Jill!

    I love the setup of your booth and I have a feeling that you will have no trouble getting into the Xmas market. :) I love all of Jam Tarts things.

    I’m with you on knowing that people actually love the things that you make and the real bonus is if they send you a photo of how they use it or what it looks like on them. Love your Oma Slippers.

    Oh my gosh I loved hearing all about you and Rob, what a good guy he must be to deserve not just one but two scarves handmade especially for him. He sounds like he is truly a keeper. Oh by the way you make a cute couple and that second photo you remind me of Kate Hudson. Thanks so much for sharing you.

    Love and Hugs, Tamara

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Actually it’s his third scarf, the second one was a Springbok one in green and gold. So he’s done well out of this relationship :-) (He is a good guy, though!)
      Thanks for your sweet comment x

  2. gentlestitches

    OMG! I was just about to ask the big brother question! :) Yes it is a delight to knit or crochet for those we love. I just returned from mending my nieces frock she wants to wear to a formal occasion this Friday. I felt quite loved myself seeing how pleased she was with the gorgeous slip of turquoise tulle!

      1. gentlestitches

        Ah yes. I have a little invisible mending business (the mending is invisible not the business) but I don’t charge my loved ones. It is a pleasure for me. We all like different things and I get a kick out of resurrecting a garment. I reward myself with chocolate far too often. :)

  3. J. G. Burdette

    “It’s nice to knit for someone you love, isn’t it?” Especially when they can use it and WILL use it. :) It’s a nice color.

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      It’s a lovely colour, it matches his new winter jacket :-) I used to knit for Alex when she was little, and she wore that stuff then (but would never now). Maybe she only wore it because she WAS little and didn’t have much say in the matter hahaha

  4. knitnrun4sanity

    How lovely to read this post which focuses on how well loved your gifts have been. It is really good that you have written it down as it is there for all eternity. You things look great and I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. xx

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Do you mean good it’s written down because if/when we have an argument in the future he can turn around and say, Hang on, what happened to sweet and generous???!!! We have seldom argued, really, probably because we don’t live together! Living with someone usually kills it for me.

      1. knitnrun4sanity

        No I meant that should you ever feel lonely or down you can revisit this and see how much your gifts have meant to people. It may also help should you ever loose your mojo! I would never presume to comment on other people’s relationships. You sound as if you have an ideal friendship. Long may it continue. xxx

  5. now at home mom

    you guys make a really cute couple! love your second picture; your hair is beautiful :-) I’m sure he will like his new scarf! & wish you good luck with the X-Mas market! :-) very nice how you setup the table too!

  6. Simone

    I cracked the nod for a post! i must say my Avant Garde lamp looks a lot better now- that was just the first round trial… i have glued on the bunting and it is actually in straight lines! couldnt believe how nicely the colours went together with the rest of the rooms decor. i was so excited that i sent that pic before i was even finished.
    Busy knitting a 3 meter scarf…. will get back to the crocheting soon though- it just takes too much concentration and i can knit without thinking (especially 3 meters).
    Had such a chuckle at Robs scarf- my mum is busy knitting a scarf for my dad- she is so proud!
    Keep the posts coming :)

  7. onoodlesstitchcraft

    A wonderful warm and happy post. If you don’t get picked for the Christmas Fair they need their eyes testing!


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