Category: FOs/Finished Objects

Another trip in my “Yarn Tardis”

…aaaand it’s November, people! Yikes! Time stands still for no man, or even woman, apparently. If only! I have TWO FO’s and some personal triumphs on my “brag wall”. And I’ve particularly been looking forward to sharing with you the absolutely BEST thing my girls did in that October break (possibly ever!). A Kids Crochet Workshop at The Yarn Tree. It now seems so very far in the distant past, that we need to take another trip back in my “Yarn Tardis” (yes, I love Dr Who!)… Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2018 Brenda Olwagen

A retreat – food for the soul!

Hello dear Yarn-lovers. On Monday morning I woke up feeling joyful, remembering that, at that moment just a week before, I was on the I Love Yarn Retreat. And feeling grateful in so many ways, to so many people, for that amazing weekend and experience. A feast for the soul! I was on the Knit & Breathe retreat earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It was such a fabulous weekend. So I was looking forward to this one immensely, and it exceeded all my expectations… Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2018 Brenda Olwagen

Long time no see!

Hellooooo dear yarn lovers. Long time no see! It has been a few too many weeks since I last chatted with you. Almost feels like I’ve lost my blog-voice and need to find it again.

It sure has been an eventful (ie: challenging) few weeks with a sick new kitten that infected one of our older cats, our dog-let (actually a biggish border collie) needing surgery, sick kids and other health issues, broken gate, hacked e-mail, dad unexpectedly at the emergency room and… The list of drama actually goes on. Some of it has been the usual daily mishaps and goings-on, but there have been an unusual number of humdinger disasters in-between. Which made me wonder – how has this past month been for you? Whether or not it’s been a tough one for you too, here’s a virtual hug for you 🤗. Everyone can do with a hug, even when you’re feeling on top of the world!  

Clearly this is not Wonder Woman’s blog. Nope, I don’t get everything magically done (I wish!) in between whatever chaos may be happening around me. Come to think of it, I’m not sure even Wonder Woman actually has time for her own blog. It’s at times like these that I envy people with gazillions of Pounds, Euros, Dollars or even Rands who can pay multitudes of other people to deal with it when the paw-paw flies non-stop at the fan. But I’ll spare you the rest of the drama details, because in between all of that was a lot of good stuff, too…Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2018 Brenda Olwagen

An epic saga of death (nearly) by bind-off…

Hi there yarnlovers. I hope you had a wonderful weekend doing the things you love. Mine was quite good ~ surviving my eldest’s sleepover on Friday night, helping out at the Parktown Girls Small Stalls Market on Saturday (read a bit about that further down), making a gorgeous Mediterranean Lamb lunch on Sunday and getting just a bit of knitting done in-between.

 

On the projects front…

I finally finished my “Stella”! It was such an epic saga to cast it off that I was cursing the knitting gods all of Thursday! 

I got this stunning pattern for my birthday as a Ravelry gift from a dear friend, Maureen, and had to cast on ASAP if I stood a chance of wearing it this winter. I used Rowan Alpaca Soft DK. Not a South African yarn, but the merino they use quite possibly is (I hope!). 

I try my best to keep my number of WIP’s to a minimum. I have about one crochet, one weaving and six (three too many!!) knitting WIPs going at the moment. And there are some in hibernation. Past experience has taught me that it becomes too chaotic if I have to keep track of so many at a time. But, so much stash, too few years to use it in and, surely, the more I cast on at a time, the greater the chance that I get to use it all in this lifetime? I have recently made so many plans for projects (I mentioned some in my last post), that I now find myself getting quite desperate to finish off some of the stuff that’s on my needles and loom. Unfortunately, Murphy was not on my side last week…Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2018 Brenda Olwagen