Monday, 17 April 2017

Create - a new yarncraft mag on the block!

What is great?

Welcoming a new yarncraft magazine, that is great!




Create Magazine is a new digital offering, fantastic in a time where beloved magazines close down one after the other, where print magazines are often so frustrating (try to decipher the index?  I dare you.  If I have to page through the whole bloody magazine because I cannot determine from the index what is knit/crochet/mosaic/clay/paint/rubbish...then I just don't even buy it).

Available online at www.createmag.co.za , Create Mag is a collaboration between some of the most talented ladies on the South African scene and is edited by Lauren Redman.

Issue 1 (76 pp) contains ...

- a review of 8 local and international yarns, dye and a Scheepjes pattern bookazine.
- an interview with Carlé Dehning, creative mind behind Nurturing Fibres
- an overview on recent and future yarn related retreats

and

- a whole TEN patterns: knitting, crochet and Tunisian with really wearable/usuable projects.

Get it now!   It really is worth your R100.

(R100 = €7= £6 = $7.5 = AUS$ 10 at This Moment's exchange rate)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

What I'm working on in March

...NOTHING!!

Oh my soul, this is horrid.  

Well, almost nothing.

Just when I thought that all busyness would come to a stop, that knitting is good for the trigger finger and I could knit away at speed, I woke to the fact that March is the month of all kinds of orals and assessments at school for the little one, a public holiday and long weekend with no knitting, countdown for the husband's Ironman this weekend and Test Cycle for the eldest..and some more in between. And suddenly my myasthenia eyes kicked in after years of no symptoms, so I've been cross-eyed with double vision for a week now.  Back to meds, realised I'm actually over-medicating and it's happily slowly returning to normal.  

I worked up to Section 7 of the Find My Fade.  

Had to balance on the couch to get this photot!  It will be enormous, I'm just past halfway. 


You know, this pattern...isn't a difficult pattern, but it could have been written better.  Very simple issues makes it very frustrating at times and more experienced knitters have thrown it down.  I do love how the colour melting is developing and think I should have added the greyish colour I discarded, but all is working out fine.  There might be a small yarn stash growing in similar colours, for myself...and there might even be another pile being assembled...for myself :-D  I saved Malabrigo sock for almost three years now, waiting for the perfect pattern!


Fearlessly frogging.  Weekly.  


There was some simple sewing.  That familiar story of buying the fabric, taking the old cushion covers off...waiting three years to take the next step and then completing the job in half a morning!


The back of a curtain panel for the landing window - No other photos :-(  So marvel at my neat folding and ironing, and behold: no pins ;-)


And this year we happily subcontracted our Ironman supporter's t-shirts to a friend whose business is branding...I might have driven them slightly mad with changing font size and spacing until I was happy!I love the pow they added and we'll be some very visible supporters on race day Sunday.


The lime green ones - that's us :-D

I have no hope that April might be better...my sis is coming to visit for three weeks! We WILL get to visit Linda's Treehouse, a lovely local dyer, during which more yarn might be acquired...we WILL find time to sit down ;-)