Episode 49: What’s your Heritage

We discuss heritage and knitting today

I got a wonderful box from CNA for their Made by Me competition. The competition is to inspire people to make a heritage themed craft that tells something about who you are.
Rachel and I talked about heritage and the definition

Part of who I am that people may not like to talk about is white South African that grew up in Apartheid, I mentioned 2 blog posts that I have previously done I benefited from Apartheid – did you? and I hate that I fear

The morning show was Good Morning South Africa and the cartoon was Grootbek en Katvis
I am thiking of making a shark or another African animal from the grey yarn that I got in my box. Mamma4Earth from South Africa does some wonderful patterns

The Phoenix Hat has been released to raise money for the Red Cross Childrens Hospital burns unit and we did a special episode about that last week. Thank you to all who have bought the pattern.

We did our first Periscope and it was a bit of a disaster my username is PinkHairGirl if you want to find me

My contribution to #sockblanketmadness was disastrous, I will try to do better next month.

Rachel got her Leaping Wold Cub badge. Thank you to all who sent her postcards and helped with coins and stamps.

Fininshed Objects

I made the Almost lost washcloth for Titus’s teacher

Finished my August socks are from Electric Carnation and are for Women’s Day in South Africa 3 rainbows for women being multi cultrural, multi talented and multi faceted. Such a genius idea from Wooldiaries.

I tried to make a Japanese Knot bag, the 2nd attempt was better than the first. I followed Martha Steward Instructions

Works in Progress

Mama Vertebrae in Elle Elite 50% wool 50% cotton in peach with yellow stripe

I did the rib from Anne’s sweater

Rachel’s kiddy Vertebrae is out of Noro Kureyon Sock

Rachel is doing the Liquorice hat for the #knitsharelove KAL by Clare Devine in Cascade Pastaza 50% Llama and 50% wool

I am doing the Pwani shawl

I also cast on the Cornice hat from the Painted Wooly Toppers collect that I reviewed a few weeks ago

If you listen to Shinybees please vote for her in the UK podcast awards
the podcast has been shortlisted in the finals of the UK Podcasters Awards in two categories: Most Engaged Audience and Games & Hobbies.

Fifty per cent of the marks for each category are awarded for the number of votes received, so please go and vote so we can get knitting podcasts into the world. There are more details on her website: shinybees.com/podcast/uk-podcasters-awards/

Acquisitions

Three Irish Girls Dk in a destash, very excited.

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Surpriso Box : Arts and crafts made easy

I like the idea of doing arts and crafts with my kids, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of actually doing it this is where I trip up. Either we doing have all the supplies and I don’t want to buy 100 brown bags to use 3 or I don’t want 5 different colour rolls of celephane to cut out a small piece of each. Arts and crafts take effort and planning and I worry about the mess and cleaning up.

If you are like me and think you should do more crafts with your kids but always put it off with a lot of excuses then Surpriso is for you. Well it is for you if you are Super Mom, all organised and don’t mind mess too, it will just make it a little easier. But for moms who are a little frayed around the edges and the house is already a tip and the thought of adding paint and glitter makes you want to cry it is perfect.

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Episode 47: Drowning in Fibre

The kids went to a woodland party and looked very cute in their different outfits

Finished Objects

At last the White Sandy Beach socks and Titus’s socks are finished and we have entered them in all the knit alongs

Works in Progress

Mama Vertebrae in Elle Elite 50% wool 50% cotton in peach with yellow stripe

The colour reminded Rachel of a Naartjie so we showed what a Naartjie is as it seems to be a South African word only and Dave and Devin were asking about what it was on Instagram

Rachel’s kiddy Vertebrae is out of Noro Kureyon Sock

August socks are from Electric Carnation and are for Women’s Day in South Africa 3 rainbows for women being multi cultrural, multi talented and multi faceted. Such a genius idea from Wooldiaries.

Sally got me some One of a Kind Bamboo at the market in Pretoria for me to make Titus’s teacher a Volstruis scarf/cowl

Remember the Hat Along
Any hat, any size, knit or crochet.

Acquisitions
We got a LOT of fiber from a destash and are going to divide it up with some friends so we all get to try some Alafoss

Prizes for Opposites KAL

Yarn Stash Blues DK CraftyLynetteR
Yarn Stash sock – Vivieknits
Stellar FibreWorks from Gina – Averil
Tea Collection of hats from Clare Devine – dgwhite
Beaded Hippo – MrsQuilt
Yarn Bling bag – mimiteacher
yarn bling bag – hmgtt
Incomparable Buttons – denaliWWT

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Northern Hemisphere – Let’s do a deal

I know those in the Northern Hemisphere laugh at our idea of winter, a bit like we laughed at their heatwave. The problem here in South Africa is that our houses are just not equipped for winter. They are designed for the long hot summer days. Brick walls, big single glazed windows, open plan, and believe me we appreciate them in summer. Winter however is another story, we don’t have central heating. A few people might have a fire place but that is usually it.

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