das beard

Hey guys, just touching blog base quickly with John’s birthday present – one of those manly beanies with a beard and moustache attached.

john 1     john 2

He was laughing so much I couldn’t get a good picture, as you see. I have wanted to try one of these for ages, but was concerned that if I gave it to the obvious choice (Rob), he might actually wear it in public. With me.

Free pattern for das beard beanie found here.

Happy birthday, John. 49 today :-)

fake snake

I love this fabric, I call it Fake Snake! I found it in a funny little shop off Grey Street in Durban many years ago, and purchased it with no specific purpose in mind. (That’s how stashes are born.)  And now that I am hat-mad, here is the first of many:

party snake  party snake 2

Hats are pretty much what I’ve been concentrating on lately, trying to get my “perfect pattern” for different styles and doing lots of sewing in preparation for the spring and summer markets.

I experimented with some shiny velvety stuff last week, and came up with these: the pics don’t really show how gorgeous the purple and brown velvets look in real life. And that exquisite girl in the crimson one? That’s Danny, one of my loveliest and best ever customers from the Edgemead Market. She bought four hats on Saturday, which I have taken as reassurance that I’m on the right track here.

purple 1 purple silk 2 silver 2 brown gold 1 newsboy custom 4 danny crimson newsboy

Think I’m not fitting in any crochet? WRONG!!!!! Just working the last stitches on a big project, hope to show-and-tell soon.

Love to you all, from beautiful Cape Town :-)

where I work

So, I’ve been putting a lot of time and energy into my part-time job at The Carpenter’s Shop, and I have to keep a constant watch on balancing that with the Jam Tarts side of my life.  I’ve made some excellent contacts out in the winelands of Paarl and Franschoek, and the orders are starting to flow in.

On Mandela Day, on 18 July, we were visited by the staff of go2Africa, and they put together a great video afterwards:  I thought I’d show it to you here so you can see where I work.  My best friend Karen is in it, she’s the social worker.  She specially did her nails that day!

My favourite bit is the guy at the end in the yellow anorak.

baby Ella

The Ella hat was big news for me this winter (purchased from etsy here).  It’s a great pattern and, surprisingly to me but then who am I to judge?, two Ellas have been bought by men. For themselves.  Young men, guys really, not big burly rugby player types.  How cute is that!?

wed 3   wed 6 wed 5     bothasig2    judy3

Anyway, when Nicola asked me to make two baby bonnets for her 6-month old niece in Durban, I thought I’d try the same pattern but using thinner yarn and a smaller hook.

Ta-da! Worked perfectly:

ella baby 2   ella baby 1 (pompoms still to be attached when I took these pics).

And on the magical little person herself:

baby ella

I mean, look at that face!!!  I should be paying that girl to model for me :-)

Back soon x

the 10-minute fabric beanie

I found this tutorial by Yolanda Lopez on youtube the other day, and got all inspired. She says 30 minutes, but you don’t even need that long if you already have your sewing machine threaded up and ready to go.

I used a thinner fabric, and here is my version:
beanie sew beanie sew 2 beanie sew 3

It’s a particularly cute beanie because Yolanda’s pattern includes a simple but effective way of giving the back a pouchy shape rather than a limp-sock shape. No-one wants that limp sock look, right?

Back soon x

pixie hats

When I was little, fairies and pixies lived at the bottom of our garden. I like to think they would have worn something like this to keep their little heads warm in the winter.

pixie new 1 pixie bought
blue pixie 3  blue pixie 1

The first one is actually a Flying Fish gone wrong. It was the first item to be purchased at the next market I attended, so the second one was planned. With extra beads, a curly-wurly and a pompom for luck. There’ll be more…

 

How to join your yarn by making a double knot – YouTube

Nice piece of work:

Why am I only finding out about this now ???!!! This is wonderful :-)

Originally posted on G-Ma Ellen's Hands - Adventures in Crochet and Knit:

This video tutorial will show you how to join a new ball of yarn to your knitting or crochet by making an invisible knot. This knot is very strong and leaves no ends to weave in.

via How to join your yarn by making a double knot – YouTube.

I wish I had found this video before I started my last project!  Well, onward and upward!!!

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