Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thinking of you

What a week! 

We had so much rain over the weekend, Monday and Tuesday that our pool almost overflowed! The funniest thing, however, was Kalk Bay Main road....we've had roadworks on this stretch of road for over 3 years - they've been replacing ALL the pipes under the road. The problem is that it's one of 3 roads in and out of our little part of the peninsula and bears a lot of traffic. So, while they were replacing all the pipes, we are all wondering whether they duffed up the drainage somehow at the same time, because yesterday this was the main road...!
To the right of the picture is the railway line and then the beach!

My hubby and my brother would have LOVED doing this!

Have a look at the skimmer box!

I fell in love with Margaret Bremner's - aka The Enthusiastic Artist's -  ZIA take on Schway, that I had to "tangle-lift" it. Thanks for the inspiration!

I tried getting one direction black/white/tangled and the other coloured and got it right most of the time!

On Sunday, my hubby's mom had a mild heart attack and was hospitalised. She came home today (Wednesday) and is having a triple bypass on Monday! Hubby is away on a business trip till Friday, so he's a little stressed. The Diva's Challenge this week came at a good time, or should I say the topic for the challenge. With Andrew's mom recovering in hospital, floods and our beloved Madiba in a critical condition in hospital, my tangle is for all of you going through something beyond your control.

Challenge #124: Dugwud, Buttercup, sort of Huggins, Shattuck

Keeping everyone in my prayers this week


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Is it a tangle?

I did it! I managed to finish the challenge this week! The task was to create a tile with anything other than an official or unofficial tangle. Not so easy, since there are so many tangles out there! I prefer to do tangles that are based on blocks or grids of some sort, so I thought plants and creeping vines would be good for this challenge...and this is what I came up with:

Challenge #123

Happy creating


Saturday, June 22, 2013


And so, it's the winter school holidays! Hopefully we'll have mostly winter sun and not driving rain for 2 weeks solid like last year.... I've been somewhat slow in getting my challenges posted onto the Diva's page lately, and when I did manage to get the tangle done, I couldn't post it! Ho hum....

We celebrated Youth Day and Father's Day last weekend with a long weekend and spent some good FQT together - Family Quality Time. On Father's Day, Andrew went paddling with the eldest gannet in the morning, then played mashy golf with the youngest gannet in the afternoon and we spent the evening with his dad and family. On Monday, dad nad both gannets went surfing while I went for a run and then had a huge "spoil us" lunch.

The eldest gannet and I watching the youngest tee off!

Although the sun was shining, the winter wind was blowing and I was COLD!

Playing with the camera taking photos of my shadow.

 I've been quite bust knitting lately as well, I found this AWESOME scarf pattern this blog
 and have now made two! The pattern calls for 4ply wool, but since I only have DK, I's really easy and very addictive! I have subsequently bought myself 11 balls of 4ply and am knitting the Ridiculously Epic version!

The 2nd scarf....450 stitches=about 4ft long!
A close-up of the weave in the pattern!

The Winter Solstice has been and gone ans we are now on our way towards summer! I loved this picture and am going to have to copy it...

 Till next week


Saturday, June 1, 2013


The Mother of all storms is hitting The Mother City - aka Cape Town - this weekend! It started raining last night (Friday) and hasn't stopped yet, and the wind has now come out to play as well. (As I type this, it's 4:15 on Saturday afternoon)

Check out Windguru's prediction...especially the waves for Monday....that's higher than our house!!

 I found this stunning scarf pattern while perusing Pinterest two weeks ago, and decided I HAD to try it out! Besides the fact that the pattern and blurb about it is written with tongue in cheek and lots of humour, it's really easy. I did mine with DK wool as it's the wool I use the most, and I'm soooo chuffed at how it turned out! I would really like to try a 4ply one, just to see the difference. Have a look at the pattern here for those of you who are looking for something to make using up all those bits of wool. I can highly recommend this pattern - it's fun and easy to pick and put down whenever!
Just in case I didn't like it much, I only cast on 300 time 500!

The woven look that you get. The top half is the knit side, and the bottom half is the purl side.

I was really eager to tangle this last week, but fortunately (from a finance point of view and unfortunately from a crafty point of view), I was asked to temp for a staff member who has gone off to Durban to run the annual Comrades Marathon. I did eventually finish challenge #119 though, and I thought it worked quite well. SO onto challenge #120 and I finished it and in time!.
Challenge #119

Challenge #120
We're having soup, bread and table tennis for supper at a friends house tonight - perfect for a winters day! Stay warm everyone - especially those in the southern hemisphere!