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Foxy Loxy Lara

My friend Lara has some sort of special and obviously weird party to attend this week.  She asked me if I could make her a pair of pink mohair fingerless gloves to complete her outfit.  I said No, sorry,  I can’t work with mohair, can’t even look at it, brings me out in the itchies.  But maybe I can come up with something better? And I also told her that I do not wish to know what the rest of her outfit consists of,  because it’s obviously something kinky and I don’t need TMI about the private lives of my friends.

I used Elle Fauxy by Saprotex in raspberry pink and mixed it with an acrylic no-name double knit to give it substance.

I looked for a pattern for fingerless gloves on the internet and found this on a lovely blog called I am what I knit: Handwarmers. I adjusted the pattern for the bulky yarn I was working with and used very fat needles, and so the result is nothing at all like the original!

This is how they turned out:

But Lara loves them! I was out and about in Rondebosch yesterday so I met her outside her office at Middle Campus to drop them off, and she seems genuinely thrilled with her furry fluffy raspberry warmers.

PS. Please note the beautiful blue sky behind her – this is how our winter is currently looking! It’s cold alright, but that clear sharp blue is enough to lift anyone’s spirits.

To be continued…

Still on about stools

Whaddaya know, it’s a two-blog day.

In response to a suggestion that I make a cover for the stool for added comfort    (although my own posterior is plenty well-padded and certainly needs nothing further), I shall show you these: for weeks I have been playing around with variations on crocheted covers for footstools, and, as it happens, the first one (knitted) was unsuccessful. It is, however, PERFECT for the stool.

And here are the crocheted covers. As much as I like the shell edge, I find it’s better to do a border that tightens up because it sits better on the foam.  Can’t show you any actual footstools… they are in the wings awaiting paint.

Incidentally, it was through Tamara that I found a tutorial for a granny rectangle.  Thanks again for that :-)

To be continued…

Tea cosies and toilets

Karen has made a tea cosy and mug-coats for a customer in Johannesburg and brought them round to me earlier so I could pack them in my case, ‘cos we go tonight. I thought they were too pretty to just wrap and pack, so here’s a pic:

Then I decided to make the blog all about Karen, so here are more of her tea cosies and enamel mugs:

This is what her fireplace looks like:

This is the sign she put up on the inside of her toilet door:

And this is the photo of her that I have on my bedroom wall:

I have no siblings and have often wondered what it would be like to have a sister. Then again, maybe it would be just like having Karen.  :-)

To be continued…



Sorry, Anne!

We have just received a new consignment of 40 scarves from our star knitter, Dawn Dove, in East London, just in time for Sunday’s market at Kirstenbosch. Here are two draped over the back of my chair, and I have my own beady eye on the purple/mustard/crimson one, so I hope nobody buys it.

There is also a beautiful white one, which is pictured here modelled by Anne, in her office earlier this morning.  She made me promise to crop her face and head out of the picture, but when I edited it and did that, it just looked silly. So, sorry, Anne, but it’s all in a good cause, right? And besides, you look stunning today :-)

Hope to see you on Sunday at Kirstenbosch, 09h00 to 15h00.

To be continued…

Needlepoint and knangles

I have just put together a little needlepoint kit for an old customer of mine; she saw a photo of the ellie bag and decided it would be a good project to take with on her overseas trip to the states, as a large part of her time will be spent with her mom in a frail care centre.  Always nice to keep one’s hands busy.

When I got back home yesterday from work and the supermarket (all so boring boring boring), I sat myself down to start and finish the idea that was in my head for that circle of foam. Yes, it was foam – Dawn and Janet were both right but in slightly different ways, and Janet gets the box of smarties for wry humour (“a foam rubber circle – you could make one of those cushions you get to sit on after the episiotomy”) !!!


It’s the inner foam ring that gives wool doughnuts their shape.  See above. The wool is Elle Elite double knit and it has a lovely texture but it’s quite a thin double knit so I end up using it with something else for extra substance. Anyhow, I got it into my head that a knitted bangle would be just the latest trendy thing, so I knitted up a storm while watching my soap, and here is the finished product:

I call it the knangle (KN-itted b-ANGLE). I used a chunky Elle Timber in a dark red with light flecks, and 5.5mm needles; c/on 34, worked 22 rows stocking stitch, and bob’s your uncle. It’s really nice and snug and soft, and makes a change from the collection of jangly metal bangles I usually wear and that makes such a clatter and racket when I type. 

Or maybe it could just be a doughnut!?

To be continued…