A “Fresh Face” for Yarn Tails SA
Hellooooo Yarn & Fibre Lovers! Happy Valentine’s Day and welcome back to Yarn Tails SA. And to a fresh look for the website…
Sharing information via the Events, Workshops & Classes and SA Yarns, Fibres & Indie Dyers pages is now the main focus. And the Blog is taking a backseat for the foreseeable future. Not a huge change, I suppose. But I hope you like what you see and will still enjoy popping by for a visit.
Totally unrelated… I just love the valentine’s hearts in the featured image of this post. Not your average knitted heart. They have some added flair that makes them special, and I think they’d be great for Christmas too. If you’re itching to make them as much as I am, head on over to Flax & Twine for their Sweetheart Knit Valentine DIY Tutorial. They also have many other beautiful patterns, tutorials and more, for weaving, crocheting, knitting and crafting. Worth a visit, even if hearts are not your thing.
After an unbelievably hectic few months, filled with much good and more than a fair share of “challenges” (as the end-of-year and start of a new one usually go), I have managed to add a few items to my FO’s. I was knitting (and doing a bit of weaving and spinning) every free moment I had. Which weren’t nearly as many moments as I would have liked. So it warms my heart to see and wear them… A reminder that my sanity has remained (mostly) intact thanks to them (assuming there was a level of sanity to begin with 😁).
In November I finished my second Ginkgo Crescent, in a One of a Kind Yarns Orenda Art Button. I was so unhappy with the giant “bump” after the garter tab cast-on of my first one, that it seems I didn’t even add it as a project or upload a picture on Ravelry. I love this one, but lost the darn thing just before Christmas and only found the prodigal shawl on the morning of Mozart 4 Mandela. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. Best day ever!
About halfway through January I finally finished my RBTL/Read Between The Lines. Made using almost 2km of yarn (two Scheepjes Whirls), this shawl was a serious labour – some days of love and other days of hate. But I am completely in love with it now that it’s done, and am happily considering a second. Really!!
My absolute favourite quick-little-gift facecloth is the Juniper (Einer). I have made so many of these, and yet have somehow not managed to put any of them on Ravelry. Maybe because I keep forgetting to take pictures when they’re done? I made a few in December (out of Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion), as gifts for some wonderful teachers . The last one I made for my sister, out of Elle Bamboo, is the first to make it into my Ravelry projects.
My most recent FO’s are two cowls for the Yarmies Cowl KAL. The first was a Whorl in One of a Kind Yarns Msin Lace, and the second a Let’s Twist (the Barbara Walker Way) in ColourSpun Pure Merino Chunky Superwash. I’m busy with my third… the Travelling Vine Infinity Scarf in Rowan Fine Silk but I’m only going to add pics of the cowls after the KAL has ended.
The KAL ends on the 30th of March, so there’s still enough time if you’re keen and able to join us. Thanks to ColourSpun, Boho Yarns and Accessories, Stitches Yarn & Thread Emporium and Yarn at ZelLé, there are some awesome prizes up for grabs! Take a look at the info and details on the Yarmies Cowl KAL Ravelry thread. If you’re interested, send me a private message on Ravelry. And keep an eye out for the other prizes in future blog posts.
Thanks so much for stopping by. If Valentine’s Day is something you celebrate, I hope you had a great one!
Happy yarn & fibre crafting 💕