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Zebras

Gorgeous Girl loves zebras.

She has a stuffed sock monkey zebra (he’s black and white) who lives in her cot. I tell her he’s sleeping when I put her down for a nap.

There are zebra’s on her curtains, along with half a dozen other animals.

She has a zebra bath toy that gets dragged around the house leaking water…

Zebra is one of the words she actually says very clearly. She had her first M*cDonalds H@ppy Meal last week (she had the fruit juice, steamed corn and burger option, so don’t judge me too harshly) and the toy was a zebra, much to her delight.

So when I saw zebra fabric in Joannes while I was in the USA in October I knew I had to get it.

This weekend I finally had time to do something with it…

A new blanket. Please excuse the wrinkles, it’s been snuggled and loved already…

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Gorgeous Man, Gorgeous Girl and I spent a quiet day at home. I got some time to play with my new toy.

I’ve wanted a wheel for ages, but it’s always been an expense I couldn’t justify. I had the chance to buy this one for an exceptionally good price and jumped at it! It’s an Ashford Traveller, single treadle.

First Bobbin of yarn I’ve ever spun on a wheel:

Second:

The first bobbin is going to be plied with this:

and the second bobbin will be plied with itself.

I’m hoping to learn how to dye fibre next year, so hopefully there will be lots of pretty yarn to come, I know that this is a bit rough.

There has been a Finished Object. Since the intended giftee is a blog reader (but is not on Ravelry) you can see it here.

I think it turned out cute. It is now ‘safely’ (ahem) in the hands of South African Post…

My lace continues to progress, but it’s very much a case of three rows forward one row back, but I can see the pattern working and that’s a good thing 🙂

Gorgeous Man cooked salt encrusted lamb for Christmas – that was very cool and photos will follow of the process in a different post.

As for now, I’m off to surf the blogs to see what you all have been up to.

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Actually, Kerin asked for it. She wanted to see the scrapbook pages that I did for Gorgeous Girl. Since Kerin is the reason I started scrapbooking in the first place (she tempted enabled me by mailing me scrapping supplies), I thought I should oblige.

Knitting content at the bottom of the post – feel free to scroll down.

So Kerin,  this is for you:

I turned this into a double page spread.

And of course the birthday pages:

OK Kerin, now fair’s fair, and I want to see some of the pages you’ve done using the photos of Gorgeous Girl that I sent you.

There is a finished object, but since the recipient is a blog reader no picture here. Once I get more organised, I’ll link to my project page in Ravelry since I know they aren’t a knitter 🙂

I am down to two knitted projects on the needles. A scarf for my Scarves for Africa project (up to three scarves from bloggers and bloggers mum’s). That’s my take along project for car knitting and waiting etc.  Then I decided to try my hand at lace.

I have been searching for the perfect pattern for this silk that Gorgeous Man brought back from the USA in 2006. Finally think I’ve found it in Knitty’s Juno Regina.

I hope the colour isn’t too ‘busy’ for the pattern.

First attempt at knittng from a chart. It’s going better than I thought it would. Only had to pull back once and I was very impressed with myself to be able to TINK back to a usable/identifiable row.

I got an early Christmas present (from myself), but it’s so exciting it deserves a post all of it’s own.

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Most of the time when we drive into Cape Town, I lament the fact that I didn’t remember my camera as there are some stunning views to be had.

Cape  Town is a spectacularly beautiful city, and I feel very blessed to live here. Last week was my work’s Christmas Party at the Round House Restaurant in Camp’s Bay.

On the way, I managed to snap a shot of the clouds coming over Table Mountain. I love the way they kind of  ‘spill’ over the edge.

Once at the restaurant, we sat on comfy chairs under umbrellas and watched the sun set over the water.

Then we went and ate yummy food under sails.

When it got dark, and the moon was full, Gorgeous Man and I wandered past the main restaurant for the drive home.

Well Gorgeous Girl is fussing, so I’d better go and rustle up some dinner.

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There has been another finish here at Ruth’s Place. This little knitted dress was a pattern from Tiny Happy.

It’s a bit long for her, so she looks a little monk-like in her cassock 🙂 But it’s sweet, and by the time it’s cool enough to need an overtunic, it will fit nicely. Yes, she needs a hair-cut. The scrape on her nose is from a tumble she had.

Our care for Gorgeous Girl (while I work) has fallen through – the girl we were employing has gone back to Johannesburg for the semester break, this means that Gorgeous Girl is amusing herself while Mummy works on the computer, hence the disaster of a living room you can see in the pictures.

I’ve begun knitting on a scarf for my Scarves for Africa project. I’ve had plenty of car knitting time over the last few days and I needed something simple. We had our company end of year function in Cape Town (will blog about that in a different post) so knitted then, and Gorgeous Man, Gorgeous Girl and I went away for the weekend (will also blog about that in a different post as well).

Anyway, stash diving revealed this beautiful yarn, it’s a wool silk blend and was sent to me a while ago by Applehead

for charity knitting. In hindsight I should have doubled the yarn…3mm needles is going to take me a long time, but it’s a joy to knit with.

I would be remiss in mentioning the Scarves for Africa project without letting you know that the first scarf of the project has been finished. You can go and see Rebecca’s blog here for a picture. It’s her own design too. Very nice!!

I’m officially on holiday for the rest of today and tomorrow. So hopefully I’ll get caught up on my blog reading, and posting, and some knitting and sewing. Hmm, how much can I cram into the next 48 hours…?

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