a Big Number

hoo ha!

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I’m aiming to up this to 500, so it’ll be quite a push! Tomorrow I’m at the Yew Street Market for most of the day, but I think I can squeeze in some serious sewing on Sunday and Monday. Plus I still have quite a few unfinisheds to get to, and on Sunday am collecting from Berenice, Janet, Martli and Gladys.

Will check in once more before we leave….

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I can’t even count the days properly any more. But I CAN count the hats:

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Up by 44!!! I collected THIRTY ONE exquisitely knitted beanies from Berenice today, and the rest came from me working through a box of unfinisheds (some just needed the ends weaving in – yay)

Back to the sewing machine for more scoodies tonight.

Thanks for all the encouragement, fellow bloggers. Every bit helps :-)


I counted wrong the other day – when I said nine, it was actually ten. Phew.

Today I made 20 furry scoodies and 2 newsboys, so I’m up to ….

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Jess from across the road was playing with her friend Natasha on the roof of the garage this afternoon, so I grabbed 2 scoodies and my camera:

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+ 41 pixie hats =

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And two more talented crochet people have got on board, so I’ve been distributing yarn all over the place and hope to be collecting beanies very soon from Eunice, Gladys, Berenice, Janet an Martli. Work those hooks, ladies!

And in other good news, the City of Cape Town has reissued the trading permit for the Yew Street Market – next market day is 27 June :-)  (article re closure).  I’m very pleased for Kim, and excited to be getting in on the ground floor with this project.

a conversation with my mother

It had been a long, stressful, and emotionally draining day. The Highveld sun had made us hot and headachey on the long drives between any one place and any other in this triffid-like sprawl of a city. All I could think about as we got home was getting in the shower. My mother said she thought she’d have a lie-down for an hour.
me Good idea.
mom But maybe I’ll do the kitchen floor first.
me Okay.
mom Or is that weird? Should I have a rest first?
me I think you should do whatever you feel like. I’m sure the floor can wait.
mom I know but you know how I like to keep busy.
me Yes, I do know that. Clean the floor then.
mom But I really should have a lie down.
me Okay, do that then, and clean the floor later.
mom Your father used to say I was crazy the way I cleaned things all the time.
But I like cleaning, and I think it might even be therapeutic.

me After 78 years, you’re only realising that now?
mom Make fun if you like, I suppose you think you know everything about me.
me I’m not making fun, mom, but I am 53 so I think I do know quite a lot about you by now. I’ve seen you do a hell of a lot of cleaning over the years, and I know it’s your way of trying to
keep calm and work through your emotions and issues, and exert control over your environment
mom Great, now you’re a psychologist. Fine, I’m going to go and lie down then..
me Okay. But wait a minute…what’s that? In the corner by the fridge?
mom What? What?
me Oh jeez there’s a whole lot of crumbs on the floor.
mom Where’s my mop?
me I’d pull the fridge right out, if I were you, so you can clean behind it as well.
mom I will, I will. Where are you going?
me I’m going to have a lie down, and when I get up I’m going to come back to the kitchen to make coffee. Just make sure you’ve dried the floor properly before then..

Yew Street Market [currently on hold]

A few weeks ago I met a fantastic woman called Kim, who was starting up a new street market in Salt River.  She lives in the street herself, and also runs her soap-making business there (Naked Soap). Her vision was to have a community-based event, run by and for the locals.

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Sounds really good. I passed the news on to some fellow crafters and we all helped spread the word. Last week was the first market day but, sadly, the weather didn’t play along.


It doesn’t look too bad in these pics, taken early in the morning, but you see those clouds over the mountain? – they soon closed up the sky and brought lots of rain.

Tomorrow would have been the market’s second day, but we’ve just heard from Kim that the city council has withdrawn the trading permit. The reasons are sort-of unclear, but here’s hoping that the city officials will review this soon and consider it viable.  A new, vibey, unpretentious and totally local market seems like such a great promise of possibilities: (a) a new trading opportunity, (b) a cross-cultural event in a cross-cultural area, (c) a celebration of our wonderful city, (d) a tourist attraction, (e) a damn nice place to eat good food and find original stuff!

I’m blown away by Kim’s commitment to this, and obviously have a vested interest myself. Everyone could benefit. I reminded Kim that most successful stories began with big fat fails – look at Steve Jobs, Vera Wang, J K Rowling, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Lucille Ball….  It ain’t over til it’s over.

Here’s to Yew, Kim, fingers crossed in good faith for a happy outcome xxx