Category Archives: Zenzo

raspberry shade

It occurred to me that a smaller paper pendant light (yes, I’m still obsessed) might also work as a fixed lampshade, with a bit of wire adjustment. Zenzo fiddled around with the metal expander and I fiddled around with some of Vinni’s cotton in raspberry – and now I have this:

There is a huge cold front about to hit us here in the western Cape, so I think I’d better stock up on groceries and dvds then get home quick and batten down the hatches. Crochet time!

PS. I’m trying out a new WordPress theme, Origin. I’m not convinced it’s for me but I’m going to play around with it for a bit.

To be continued…

shell we try something different?

I felt that Zenzo’s lampshades deserved a stitch I hadn’t tried before.  I riffled through my trusty old Mon Picot book of stitches and this caught my attention, although I can’t think why.  The photo does the stitch no justice, and the yellow is so disgusting that it offends my aesthetic discernment.   It is also called “shell stitch” but looks nothing like a shell to me – unless they were thinking of  mussel shells?  But I am perverse.  (I think now of Walt  Whitman who said, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large and contain multitudes.”)


I tried the stitch. I got it all wrong. I ripped it out. I tried again.  It worked. I love it. I finished a whole lampshade. One down, nine to go.

I’m going to take it with me just now when I go down the road to return last night’s dvd and show it to Zenzo. It’s fine, he already knows I’m a bit daft (as Rowena would say).

To be continued…