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.


Portrait Saturday


It’s still freezing cold here in SA. This fireplace in our study has been burning for a few days now. Our water pipes are frozen solid in the mornings as well as the bird bath and even the water bowls for the chickens! This is the room where I do most of my pattern designing and pattern writing, it’s the warmest room in the house, so the boys, Sandy and all the cats are here with me. It’s been lovely spending time with the boys while the girls have been away hiking. We’ve played many games of UNO, read stories and have been having out tea together outside in the early morning sun. Tonight we are going to play Scrabble!

My test knit for the Moulin Rouge cowl is now full! Thanks so much to all the knitters who signed up. If you’d like to follow the test knit go here and do say ‘hi’.

Remember there’s going to be a Super Moon tonight, I’m going to brave the cold and try and take some photos.

My girls will be back tomorrow and Richard on Tuesday, I can’t wait to see everyone again!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

If you would like to join me for Portrait Saturday, post a link to your post in the comments for this post.



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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Moulin Rouge Cowl







Moulin Rouge Cowl

I’ve just finished designing my Moulin Rouge Cowl! It’s terribly cold here in South Africa at the moment and this snug cowl is perfect for keeping my neck toasty warm. I’ve knitted it up with Nurturing Fibres DK singles yarn, such a beautiful yarn!! I will be test knitting the pattern soon on my Ravelry group. This cowl is lovely and wide and the pattern is knitted in groups of 5, so lengthening or shortening this cowl is really easy Thanks to all the knitters who have offered to test knit for me on the test knitters list, I really appreciate it:)

Richard has been in Spain since Monday and the girls left this morning for a Springbok Scout hike. It’s just myself and the boys until Sunday when the girls return, Rich will be back on Tuesday. I miss them all SO much already, the house is really quiet. I’ve been spinning and watching the Tour de France and knitting. (I’m very grateful for this time I’m having for myself too.)

Happy Thursday!

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