Episode 18: Swatches sometimes lie

Shownotes for Podcast Episode 18

Tidying up Book is: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Finished Object

Vanilla socks in Monet colourway 75% superwash merino 25% nylon by Electric Carnation
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Works in Progress

1) Pink and Orange self stripe socks are also Electric Carnation in the Superwash, nylon and stellina base

Garter short row heel from Clare Devine’s Corrugate pattern

Rounded Toe by Tanja Murray

2) The Geeks socks are Nurturing Fibres Man Sock in the woodland colourway. Standard toe up with a slight texture I added to the top.

3) Bonny by Tin Can Knits in Hartlam Sutherland Lace in Sweet Nothing Colourway 75% Superwash Merino, 20% slik, 5% Stellina

Yarn Harlot on Why Swatches Lie

4) Sock Yarn Blanket I am using this pattern as a guide but with 41 stitches

KAL
Knit along on Pink Hair Girl group

Prizes
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prizes for
1) First finished object in the FO thread – fastest needles first
2) Chattiest person in the chat thread
3) Most finished objects
4) Random draws from the finished objects thread
5) Best where I live story

Rules:Come join our Where I live KAL. This is to celebrate the Mzansi South Africa on my Needles that has just been released. Come and share about your part of the world. Any project can be entered into the KAL as long as you can tell me how it relates to where you live. Maybe the colours, or the style or just that you need it against the cold, or to cheer you up in the grey. You do not have to knit a pattern from the book, but you do get extra entries for knitting from the collection.

Rules:

You must be a member to the Pink Hair Girl Designs Ravelry Group

Start Date: 12 October 2014

You can enter any project started between these dates, but not before or after.

You can use your project to join this KAL and others KALs too, just check their rules too.

There will be prizes, I am trying to make the prizes have a very South African feel and will add them as we go.

Every project you finish that you can tie to the theme during this time can be entered.

No limit to the number of times you enter, each entry must just have it’s own post so it gets a number for the draw.

Any pattern and any yarn is welcome, you get 2 extra entries for knitting a pattern from the Mzansi South Africa on my Needles so 3 entries in total for knitting from the collection.

To enter your project, post a picture of the completed item in the FO thread and tag them with PHGwhereIliveKAL. Remember a new post for every completed project.

The thread will be locked the midnight of 31 January 2015 South Africa time and winner(s) drawn using the random number generator on the next podcast following that. ( please note the extension until 31 Jaunuary 2015 to give you more time after the very busy end of the year time)

I will announce the winner on the podcast and earburn you on Ravelry, from that point you have 30 days to contact me to claim your prize or it will be forfeited.

Acquisitions
Christmas yarn, Jozi stripe and Halloween yarn from Electric Carnation
find her on Hello Pretty

Thinking of a toy for Titus with the Jozi
Miss Gelato Giraffe – But a Master rather than a Miss

Wild Thing

or one of the Rebecca Danger toys

My other purchases were from the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.

Thanks for watching
Happy Knitting
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Girls can’t be astronauts


“Girls Can”  T-shirts available here

Girls can’t be astronauts!” I hear Caleb emphatically telling Rachel. My heart drops and I silently I despair as I realise how far we have to go in gender equality.

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Camping

I am a slightly reluctant camper. I did a lot of camping as a kid with Brownies and Guides. We also went camping as as family and in university quite a lot. So I am no stranger to camping I just choose not to do it anymore. When The Geek says he wants to go camping with the kids I tell him to have a nice time, I would rather stay home and knit.

So when Karin asked me to be the camp nurse on the kids nature camp I was dreading the camping part a bit. But it turned out to be a lot more pleasant than expected.

We left Cape Town on the Saturday morning and the first stop was the shooting range. Both Karin and her husband shoot and feel it is important to teach gun safety to children and teach them respect and not fear for a weapon. Stuart gave the kids a very good talk on gun safety and especially what to do if another child tries to show you a gun. Many kids are hurt/killed when showing off or playing with a parents gun. Each child go 2 turns at the target and they all enjoyed it very much
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Step Parenting

The Geek is Step Dad to Rachel and Caleb and biological dad to Titus. He has been the only father figure the kids have known since they were 5 and 2, they are now 10 and 7. They have occasional skype contact with their dad in the UK  and a short visit if they go over to the UK which will be once each in the 5 years.

I have heard differing opinions about how step parents should interact with step kids:

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Goodies with Goodness

After the amazing gluten free cake and Madelines for Rachel’s party from Goodies with Goodness I decided to find out a bit more about the lady behind the great taste.

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SJ: Hi Melissa

Welcome to the Pink Hair Girl blog, I am really pleased to be interviewing you for the readers today. I was so impressed with the quality, taste and friendliness of your service when we had Rachel birthday party.
Hi Sally-Jane. It was such a pleasure to bake for Rachel’s birthday – I am so pleased you all enjoyed it! Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed.

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