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Moulin Rouge Cowl Test Knit

Kate's Moulin Rouge Cowl Test Knit

Lise's Moulin Rouge Cowl Test Knit


The Moulin Rouge Cowl test knit has been going well and such beautiful cowls are being knitted, I just had to share them here with you today! If you would like to follow along or even sign up as a test knitter, you can visit my group here.

I’ve also just finished spinning up my Wensleydale roving for the Tour de Fleece, it’s such an easy fibre to spin.

Do you use coconut oil? I’ve been reading up about it and it sounds truly wonderful, especially regarding dementia, Alzheimers and as a general healing remedy! I’ve started adding it to my coffee and using it on my skin. I’d love to hear any feedback you have if you use it.

Our temperatures have risen slightly here in SA but I believe we are in for another freezing spell!!

Oh yes, I’ve only just started using an e-reader, this is all so new for me:) Anyway Erin is going to read from it too and I just figured out how to download books! Yay! I still love to hold actual books in my hands but occasionally I can simply download one immediately and read straight away! Technology is amazing at times!

Have a lovely weekend, I can’t wait to see your links!


WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along



Kye and Charlie


I’ve been spinning some Wensleydale fibre for the Tour de Fleece, I love the long draw of Wensleydale, it’s so easy to spin up and fast too! Richard returned from Spain and the UK yesterday, it feels like he was away forever and it’s SO good to have him home again, the kids are thrilled to see their dad!

Kye loves to go out into the sun and jump on his trampoline, he goes out at least  five or six times a day to bounce and as soon as Charlie sees him going out, he races out to join him.

Jen’s camel silk gloves are coming along nicely, I chose the Treads, a Tipless Gloves Pattern, isn’t it gorgeous?? It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and I love it.

My Moulin Rouge Cowl test knit is going well, some beautiful yarns being knitted up into cowls!

Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Joining with Ginny.


Creative Friday

Camel silk4

Camel silk3

Hello friends,

It’s been a lovely week of knitting and spinning for me! I finished off my Moulin Rouge Cowl (previous post) and I’ve spun up a Camel Silk roving above. Jen has requested a pair of fingerless gloves in the yarn and I’m quite looking forward to starting this project.

What have you been busy with this week?

Have a lovely weekend.

Welcome to Creative Friday,

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Spinning and the Tour de France








I’ve been spinning! I haven’t spun for ages and I’d quite forgotten what a wonderful process and meditation it can be. It’s the Tour de France as I’m sure you know and Ravelry always hosts the Tour de Fleece for all us cycling supporters at the same time. On Saturday, I found my spinning wheel, dusted it off, (it was so dusty) and started spinning up this beautiful Merino and silk fibre. I managed to get back into it quite quickly and I’m going to knit Jen a pair of mittens from this yarn. I just need to find a suitable pattern, if you know of any, let me know. Kye has expressed a keen interest in spinning and he’s asked me to teach him how. As I spun, he sat nearby watching how it all came together. He asked many questions and was working it all out in his mind, I loved observing his thirst for knowledge for this ancient art and I hope I can show him how to be a spinner. I think I must begin by reading him a good book like A New Coat for Anna or Pelle’s New Suit and then go on to washing and carding fibre and finally spinning. This is very exciting!

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