A little note to say hello
I have been quite absent on the blog for a while. I just don’t have as much time as I used to have, with working three mornings a week but today I have an opportunity to catch up on some things. Eliana spent last night vomiting, so I’ve taken off work today and we are chilling out on the couch now.
I feel like I need to clarify some things, since quite a few of my readers seem to have missed out on some things.
Firstly, I know this blog has a .co.za address but two years ago in May we moved from South Africa to Germany, for various reasons. We live in Lower Saxony now, which is why you will have noticed that I am using more German yarns. I thought I’d use this post to show you a few photos of where we live and also some crochet things I’m working on at the moment.
The current situation here…. we’ve had much more snow this year than last, which is good for the skiing business but not so fun if you prefer mountain biking. It is pretty though.
This photo was taken at the Christmas market in Goslar one evening.
It is winter at the moment so the lake in town froze over. It’s quite funny to watch the ducks skate on top of the frozen water.
So, that’s a little insight of where I am currently living. Now for some crochet and a bit of knitting.
This is Brigit the Elephant and she’s from the book Edward’s Menagerie, it’s a wonderful book and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys amigurumi.
I must admit that I seem to be knitting more than crocheting since moving to Germany, but most of the time I do crochet I am playing with new design ideas. The mittens are called the Snowflake Fingerless Gloves and I thoroughly enjoyed making them.
Since moving to Germany I’ve had the opportunity to try out some German indy dyed yarn. This particular one is Christmas Speckles and was dyed by me new podcaster friend Regina. She has an Etsy store and her yarns are absolutely fantastic.
And here’s what I made with the Christmas Speckles yarn. It’s the Arkadian Ulla pattern, which I absolutely loved making, and will definitely make again.
This is the last knitted item I want to share with you. It’s my Quill shawl, which was part of The Shawl Society by Curious Handmade. I used the South African I Love Yarn bamboo and cotton yarn, which is lovely to work with but unfortunately not very well suited for the German climate.
And now onto some of the crochet things I’ve been working on…
This is a long term crochet design project with a long gradient yarn. It’s a semi circular shawl with post stitches.
I’ve also been working on using short rows in crochet. This is just a test piece trying out the technique but I am planing on making this into a proper design soon.
This is the first short row shawl I’ve designed and I used a set of mini skeins from my friend Regina. I wanted to see whether it is possible to make a crocheted shawl with a mini skeins and I must say that I’m really pleased with the result.
Here’s a side view of the shawl. I used Regina’s Yummy collection mini skein set, which is back on pre-order at the moment. So head on over to Etsy to secure a set for yourself in time for the pattern release.
The pattern is about to be tested and I’m planing on releasing it at the end of January.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.
Chat soon <3