Category Archives: yarn

Shawl up to you

Today I’d like your advice, please. I am still sewing in the ends of this shawl, which I had wanted to be ready in time for our next Kirstenbosch market a week tomorrow, BUT I can’t decide whether to add a crochet edging to it or not. The first shawl I did was in reds and pinks and oranges (and I think is still my favourite, but it went to a very good home so I’m okay with not having it to myself any more), and it didn’t have an edging. I detest fringing so that is not an option, but maybe a loose shell or a chunky picot?  All suggestions welcome.

Apologies for lousy photo quality – I was in a hurry! I’ll wait to hear from you. :-)

To be continued…


tassels for Africa

So Anne asked me the other day what I’d done with all my tassels. I went through a huge tassel passion about 8 or 9 years ago, going so far as to run tassel workshops! It seems they had been wrapped in tissue paper and stored in a box in the garage all this time. A bit like bulbs, and hopefully – like bulbs – they will now come back to life.

I’d forgotten how very much I like them, and how very much I liked making them. Seeing the zebra one made from a cotton reel makes me think I could use other waste things in tassels to come.
The others have special wooden shaped heads, which were made by a very handy man called Laurie who used to live next door to my first shop in Rosebank. He had all the right carpentry equipment and used to turn some really beautiful shapes for me.

A woman asked me one day what on earth a tassel was, and when I showed her, she then asked what on earth it would be used for. [No imagination, some people.] Think of them as house jewellery, I said, just for starters.

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what i like

I can’t help it – every now and then while I am at work, some fleeting thought flits by or I get an email alert about someone’s new post and the next thing I know, I am window-shopping on the internet.  Or should I say windows-shopping? Heh. I try and save all the gorgeous, inspiring ideas in one of two folders – KNITTING STUFF and CROCHET STUFF, and go through them every now and then when I am on my own time.  

I just came across this pic, which I think is a brilliant idea because I love knitting as much as I love crocheting and sometimes feel like the former rather than the latter. Depending on mood. Day. Time. Place. Whatever.

I want to knit a zillion hexagons in stocking stitch in different colours. I will not want to sew them altogether when they’re done, but I will. I like the way the rows are at different angles. I like it when things are skew.

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UFOs – this is what Susan calls things you start to make … and then leave to rest for a while because it isn’t turning out as you expected but you can’t quite bring yourself to rip it out, or you aren’t sure what you were making in the first place. These two big granny squares grew one quiet afternoon in Sedgefield 18 months ago, and I found them yesterday stuffed into a bag of odds and ends in the old pine box that used to house Alex’s toys.

Unidentified forgotten objects. Well, I think they’ll grow up into cushions now. Watch this space.

Susan, by the way, is the person behind the blog Crochet and Stuff. She’s very funny, and worth a read :)

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Downton Abbey

The first series of Downton Abbey is currently being screened on DSTv on Sundays at 8.30pm (the rest of the world has probably seen series 1 through 56 already but never mind).  Last night we watched episode 3, and I got this far with the bellflower.  Just 25cm to go, and I’m starting to feel quite pleased with it.  It’s not the best pattern for a self-striping yarn, I know, but now that I’ve got the hang of it I’m definitely going to make a couple more.

And isn’t Maggie Smith just one of the best character actresses in the world?!

To be continued…