A Little of This and That


Meet Lou, he’s the most recent member of our family, he is adorable, incredibly mischievous and such a character. I need to make sure I pack away my knitting or I find it wrapped around my diningroom chairs, he really enjoys doing this!!


We’ve had FREEZING weather here this week, rain and even a tornado!! We aren’t supposed to have rain in winter here but it rained and hailed too. I’m so ready for Summer but it’s still a few months away.


There’s a small window box outside my kitchen window and the lavender seems to flower all year round, it makes my heart happy!

Blocking my shawl

My Arcadian Shawl is finished, such a beautiful pattern! It’s been knitted with with Manos yarn for the main body of the pattern and Karoo Moon handspun yarn for the edging. I’m blocking it at the moment. There’s no knitting project on the go at the moment so I suppose I need a new one, any suggestions for beautiful shawls? It’s so exciting when a pattern unfolds, I love learning new techniques, it’s as if the yarn as well as the knitter are taken on a journey of self-discovery. Don’t you also feel that way when you knit?


I’ve also started walking again recently, we have a beautiful bird sanctuary down the road from where we live and I try to walk around it two or three times a week.

If you pop by here in this space, please say hi, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!





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21 Responses to A Little of This and That

  1. Julie Romero July 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    I have just finished an Emilina shawl. Beautiful pattern using the mosaic technique. I love the shawl you just finished.

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Julie, thanks so much! I’m going to pop over to Ravelry and have a look at the Emilina shawl, that mosaic technique sounds interesting.

  2. Sharon Jones July 31, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    Hello Lou, you are one handsome lad.

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      Thanks for popping by Sharon!

  3. Nancy Hoxworth July 31, 2016 at 5:10 am #

    Always a joy to read your posts and see the beauty!

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Thanks so much for your kind words Nancy 🙂

  4. Ariella Fellner July 31, 2016 at 5:36 am #

    Hi !
    In Israel we have 32 degrees Celsius and 83% humidity
    .We are waiting to winter. upside-down world .
    I like the pictures.

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Ariella! That sounds very warm, I’m sure you can’t wait for winter to arrive. When we go down to the coast it’s very humid there and it take us a few days to adjust.
      Thanks so much about the photos 🙂

  5. Regula July 31, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    We are in the middle of summer, so I’m sending you warm winds and sunshine. Regula

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      Thanks Regula, it’s freezing here today with an icy wind, your warm weather sounds wonderful!!

  6. Linda July 31, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Sweet post. I just finished Starlit (lace shawl on Ravelry) and am working on Jujuy (shawl – also on Ravelry.) Both are very nice.

    Your kitty is gorgeous and love your lavender. We don’t have anything that blooms all year. Up here in Wisconsin’s winter we can get to -15-20° F (below zero) and often have a foot or more of snow. Lavender at your window is so awesome.

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your shawl recommendations, I will have a look on Ravelry.Oh my goodness, your winters sound incredibly cold and with a foot of snow! Wow!! We have had snow here in South Africa 3 times since 2007:) Thanks for popping in to say hi!

    • Lisa July 31, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

      I remember Christmas, 1982, -25 degrees. Brrrr. I live in Arizona now. 106 degrees this last week.

  7. Barbara Szatkiewicz July 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Here in Wisconsin, US we are enjoy hot humid weather. My flowers and plants are loving it. Before you know it our fall will start and your spring will begin. Hard to think knitting when you want to play outside, Hugs!

    • Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi Barbara! Lovely to hear from you 🙂
      Yes, Spring is just around the corner for us and Fall for you, I cannot wait for our weather to warm up. Take care 🙂

  8. Helen July 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    So nice to see email from you!! such a cute new family member. Your shawl is lovely. Here in US, OH we are having temps in the 90’s, humidity is horrible. Good part is our vegetable garden is growing nicely this year.

  9. Linda July 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    That’s very sweet of you Helen, thanks for reading our blog 🙂 I must admit, I don’t take very well to humidity but love warm weather! Your veggies sound like they are doing well, we will be planting our summer crop in a few weeks:)

  10. Lisa July 31, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

    Awesome kitty. I like the pattern, Beauty in the Ashes. I am working on the shawl using yarn that is pink, orange, yellow, and all the colors in between. I feel it is my Phoenix shawl.
    I went through a stressful, horrible time a few years ago and started this shawl to remind myself that I will rise from the ashes > stronger, happy, etc. Plus, living well makes people mad when they want you to be down and out.
    I also like Shadow Knitting Sock Yarn Shawl.

    • Linda August 1, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your pattern suggestions, I will have a look on Ravelry. Knitting is such a therapeutic process, it seems to calm the mind and helps us to work through some of the most difficult times that we face in our lives xxx

  11. Barbara Abler August 1, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    I just got a book titled “The Main Coon’s Haiku” that is a collection of poems about various breeds of cats and is wonderfully illustrated. The poem about the Birman reminds me of your kitty Lou.

    The Birman is shown with a slightly battered ball of yarn that it is hitting with it’s paw. The accompanying Haiku is

    up to bat again
    white-mitted kitten hits! runs!
    fields! slides into home!

    Perhaps Lou is playing baseball with your knitting as well.

    • Linda August 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you so much!! That book sounds amazing and the poem does remind me of Lou too!!
      We love cats here, we have four of them, Charlie, Olive, Delilah and Lou 🙂

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