Thursday, April 25, 2013



Well after our winter rain and cold last weekend which had everyone scurrying to find the winter woolies, we're now having an Indian Summer. It was a "balmy" 30 degrees C today with a bit of a berg wind(a hot wind), which had everyone stripping off all those layers you tend to pile on in autumn! 

Every Friday, we go to our public library and get out books! We are a reading family and the youngest gannet now has control of dad's library card as well as her own - which means she takes out 14 books every week!!! While browsing the craft and drawing shelves (something I have to do, JUST in case there's a new book...) I found a book called BIG Knitting. It was wonderful! The smallest needle was a 10mm and the biggest was a 20mm, and the only wool you used was chunky and extra chunky - so everything knits up really fast! 
I found a pattern for a shrug, which I made for the youngest gannet using one strand of double knit and one starnd of chunky.

The shrug!

Youngest gannet posing with her shrug as a scarf!

Scarf again!

I also now have a  Pinterest page! These little amigurumi patterns pooped up one day as the interest of the day and I fell in love! Amigurumi is Japanese crochet done with small hooks and fairly thin yarn. There are some gorgeous patterns and I've done these two!

The purple one is a Monster and the pink one is a baby owl. The monster is only 5cm high!

On to tangles and things...I decided to do a zendala using my new set of French curves! I was half way through the ZIA, when The Diva  posted her latest challenge-Amanda Day or Earth Day as our mere mortals know it! My zendala was already in blues and greens and just fitted right in!

Challenge #115: fingers. nzeppel and twisted rope.

Happy crafting

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Hi all

Well the Easter weekend and our 4 day holiday went by in a blur of sand, sea and sun as we spent 4 days in Durban at the SA NIpper Championships-23 Lifesaving CLubs from around the coast and 650 nippers all converged on the beach. Both gannets did very well with the youngest ending 5th flags, and the eldest coming 10th in the malibu final and 14th in the iron nipper! Very proud parents.

Caitlin in her paddle to the beach in the malibu finals

I didn't manage to do much drawing while we were away as we had to be at the beach at 7:15am and then only left at 5:30pm before heading off to the daily prizegiving and dinner! Last weeks challenge also got the better of me, as it was back to school here in SA and everything started off at a run! I'm particularly annoyed with this because I liked the challenge last week! Sooooo...I sat in the lounge last night (quite something for me at the moment) and tangled this weeks challenge - "You with stars in your eyes" - , AND I finished it!

Challenge 114! Tangles used are inapod, shattuck, indy-rella mixed with joy by Sandy Hunter

Happy creating