Archive for December, 2015

Crafting time has been thin on the ground lately, but I’ve been sneaking a few minutes here and there.

I pulled out and blocked a few hand knits in preparation for our upcoming trip to the USA.

This shawl had it’s first blocking to open up the ‘lace’. The last time I was somewhere cold enough to wear it I had finished it on that trip and had nowhere to block so just wore it as it was.

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Old lady of poland blocked

Love the nice straight edge my new blocking wires provide. Can’t wait to wear this. The yarn was handspun by me. The dyer has branched into other things and no longer stocks fibre in her etsy store which is a real loss.

Unfortunately a lot of my favourite shawls are staying behind. It would seem that I have knitted a lot of shawls (and there are plenty more in my ravelry queue), but I have to admit that space dictates I only take a select few.

This one is newly  off the needles, but is staying behind. It turned out rather small and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet.



This is a handspun single from superfine South African merino dyed by me.

Finally, I did a little bit on my travel journal. Gorgeous Girl really enjoyed keeping a travel journal while we were in Fiji earlier this year, so I want to make sure that she does that again, and the best way to encourage behaviour is to model it yourself.

I’m planning on picking up some USA themed stickers or paper for the cover page, but I had some lovely October Afternoon paper I bought several years ago when we were living in South Africa (and have been hoarding). This seemed like the perfect project for it.


This page opens out and will be used to describe our accommodation.


I fussy cut some paper


All ready for journalling to happen.

Tomorrow we are flying to Australia. We get to spend time with family and celebrate some milestones which will be lovely. My mum is going to come over and join us in Brisbane for a week. We don’t get to see her as much as we’d like because while Brisbane is only a three hour flight, the trip to Perth is much longer (and much more expensive).

I’m hoping to blog more regularly now that I am on holidays. Hopefully there’ll be a finished mitten to show before too long.


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I finally got around to blocking my bitterroot shawl. I’m thrilled with how it’s turned out. Gorgeous Girl is trying to convince me that it should be hers…

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I’m currently fighting illness. I know I’m sick because I had the afternoon to myself and instead of knitting I fell asleep.

Gorgeous Man goes away for most of next week and once he returns we are flying to Australia very briefly and then on to the United States.

I have been knitting in preparation. mittens1.jpg

These are Vineland Mittens, but the lovely Java Jem who I was lucky enough to meet in person last time I was in the USA. This is a free pattern. They are kind of addictive.



Yarn is deep stash. The berry is from Nurturing Fibres and is the leftovers from a cardigan I knitted. The brown was gifted to me from a friend of Gorgeous Man’s who used to have sheep and had the fleece processed into yarn.

There has been some art journalling still in progress, and I’ve been slowly working on getting my travel journal ready, but photos need to be taken.

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