A-Z knitting – C is for Cables

Cables are one of those things that can strike fear in new knitters, as they look complicated. In fact once you have mastered the simple technique the possibilities that cables can bring to designs are endless. Simply moving the order in which stitches are knitted, and then crossing them behind or in front of each other and a whole new texture can be woven.

When learning to knit a new stitch I think that doing a test square is often a good way to learn. These little swatches can all be sewn together one day to make a blanket – or a Husbands Jersey, but more on that another day. I found working through a stitch dictionary as a kid learning all the stitches and practicing on squares very useful. This way you only have a concentrate on getting the cable right on a swatch rather than a big project.

In my designs now I have used cables 3 times so far

Owl and Pussy Cat Hat to make the Owl
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Little Nut Brown Hare Hat inspired by the book Guess How Much I Love You
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And the Baobab Pullover which is in my Mzansi – South Africa on my needles book

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I love that you can make anything from an owl, a tree or a celtic knot and many things in between just with cables.

Love them or hate them they are a knitting skill worth learning

A-Z knitting – B is for Bag

Today B is for bag, now while for a lot of women this may imply a lovely, fancy, expensive handbag for a knitter this has to be a project bag. Who am I kidding, it never stops at one bag, so make that bagS

There was a time when my projects far outnumbered the number of project pages that I had. The situation was rather dire, in fact there may have even been a few cases where some of my project were in plastic shopping bags – gasp, shock horror!!

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April A-Z knitting – A is for Alpaca

I have decided to do the April A-Z blog challenge. I saw someone on FB mention it and I thought I would give it a try. I am not sure where it started or who is hosting it and I am sure that I could go and dig and find out. But seeing as it is the 1st April and I have 2 of the 3 kids out of the house and the 3rd playing minecraft I thought I would just start. I am going to do my A-Z on a fibre/knitting/crafting theme so here goes.

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Episode 29: We are Melting

It was the hottest day in Cape Town for 100 years.

Finished Objects

I finished Titus’s monsters using the Daphne and Delilah pattern by Rebecca Danger and Jozi sock yarn from Electric Carnation.

I also just just finished my February Valentines socks in time for the end of the month. Electric Carnation Twinkle Base in Valentines Colourway. I entered them into the FO & Dye KAL

WIPs

I am making my March socks out of Electric Carnation in Paddy’s Pot of Gold colourway on the gold twinkle base.
The kids are both using Opal

Red Cross Children’s Hospital Burns Unit Charity Drive

Last year Rachel cut off all her hair to donate for a cancer wig, we blogged about it here she raised R4693 too for the cost of the wig making – look how cute she looks here in our thank you blog post

She won a Lead SA May youth hero award for this, and this year she is at it again.

Rachel as part of her ambassadors course with the Chaeli Champaign needs to get involved and help a charity or cause. We decided to contact the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Burns Unit and see what we could do.

I visited them on 4 February 2015, (Rachel could not go with me this time as no under 16 are allowed in the acute burns unit,) to find out what they need. I met with Chantel from the Hospital Trust who was very helpful in arranging the meeting and showing me around the hospital. We then went to see the doctor on the burns unit to find out exactly what they need.

In the ward they need:
Toiletries packs for the moms and kids. Most of the burn victims come from rural areas with nothing and hygiene is vital in a burns until to prevent infection. Each mom gets a pack of toiletries for her and her child. The moms do a lot of the help with care.

The pack has soap, washcloth, toothbrush, vaseline, body cream, toothpaste etc in it.

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