21 Dec 2013
Hello! We are enjoying a great holiday at the moment and I decided to post a picture story for you today in order to showcase The Mohair Scarf. For more details about the pattern and yarn, see my posting Something a little different. Below are typically the items I would choose from my own wardrobe in order to create an interesting outfit.
16 Dec 2013
Vintage Fan Ripple
Vinnis Nikkim Cotton Yarn hand dyed in Peach
Two more Christmas tree decorations in
Strawberries and Cream, Kismet Yarns colours 08 and 0050
I am crawling back into my corner now to enjoy the Bill Bryson book A Short History of Nearly Everything as well as Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan.
11 Dec 2013
Crochet frames/Hanging ornaments
Hello! Aren't we lucky?! We've spent the past 5 Christmases in 5 different places namely Dubai, Kathmandu, Penang, Bangkok and South Africa. Perhaps this year we should drive over to Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique or Botswana to keep up with this trend! (We've actually spend another 5 Christmases also in the Middle East) We have learned so much from other expats and societies about the way they celebrate this time of the year, but the biggest surprise to me remains the interest, involvement and respect we experienced from people belonging to other major religions - here I do not refer to the commercial sense, but the blessings and celebrations.
This is the Teen showcasing a minimalist garland for the tree
These are drawings the Teen made of the family on wooden discs she spray painted in black
Christmas in South Africa is vastly different to Christmas in the Northern parts of the world due to the differing seasons, school years and the fact that this time of the year is spent on the beach and behind the barbecue. Few of those who can afford it, stay at home. It is sun, sea and surf time!
Meantime, I grabbed the blackboard and jotted down a few patterns for you. To hook the first round take a look at the tutorial by LolaNova. I used wooden curtain rings as well as oval cardboard discs to create my frames. The patterns below do not include that first round as demonstrated by LolaNova:
This is the bobble border by Vicki
Uhm, pardon the wet blackboard in the above photo.
In fact, pardon the bad photo editing, it is dinner time and the jerk chicken is calling. Cheers!
9 Dec 2013
Hello! I won a few skeins of this soft, misty, almost magical brushed mohair in the October Monthly Challenge hosted by the gregarious Maryanne from Woolhogs fame and WOW! At first I was speechless - what is a cotton lover to do with mohair yarns?! It is so delicate and raw simultaneously that I was completely in awe.
Inspiration struck after I touched the strands, played with the yarn between my fingers and put mood boards together. I started dreaming up endless ideas, possibilities and patterns so utterly suitable to the raw look of the yarn, but finally settled on a mesh pattern.
Mood-boards put together from my Raw Rustic Pinterest
Yarn: African Expressions Love Brushed Mohair
Hook Size: 7mm
Pattern: liveinternet.ru nr 10 as found on Pinterest
In order to prevent total chaos, I imported the pattern into the Doceri app on the Ipad and colour coded the rows as seen in the below image.