Ok so I’m exaggerating. The phrase goes “measure twice, cut once”. But this weekend I felt like changing it to “piece once, unpick twenty million times!’. It is a few short weeks until our annual Zimbabwe Patchwork and Quilting Show and things are getting a little tense. I have one small wallhanging ready, complete with… Continue reading Piece once, unpick twenty million times!
I don’t want you to think that because I didn’t blog last week, that I have been lazing around lacking creativity. Let’s catch up on the work I have managed so far. With Winter threatening, knitting has come to the fore. I have been back on the Chunky coats, primarily making them for the daughters… Continue reading WIP knitting catch-up
I’m amazed and relieved, that after about two months work, on and off. The Debbie Bliss Aran Tunic Dress is finished. As you know if you read my previous blog I did make some changes to the pattern when I battled with one of the panels. But I hope you agree that the finished article… Continue reading Debbie Bliss Aran Tunic Dress – Finished at last!
We set off for an Easter weekend at Mvuu Lodge in the Lower Zambezi. The journey from Harare to Chirundu takes about five hours. I counted about sixteen police road blocks on the way through and only got stopped at one. They were checking for our emergency triangles, these now have to be reflective on… Continue reading Knitting by the Zambezi
You may recall that I bought a whole bagful of delicious Merino wool on my recent trip to The Netherlands. I have been excited about getting started on a Debbie Bliss Aran Tunic Dress pattern that I bought online from Loveknitting . In the 1980’s I was the queen of cable and bobbles and… Continue reading Debbie Bliss Tunic Dress-A WIP
In a life full of work, quilting, friends and blogging, sometimes, something has to give, and with me last week it was the blog! The last ten days have been so busy, involving among other things, taking students for athletics training every day in preparation for the annual Interhouse Athletics. This took place last Saturday,… Continue reading Light at the end of the tunnel .
When I think back to my childhood, I can remember my Mum getting the Woman’s Weekly magazine. Printed in black and white with a pink and blue front cover, I always felt it was the poor relation to Woman’s Own and Woman magazines which were in colour. My mum used to love the knitting patterns… Continue reading Bring on the free patterns.
I have so many little girls in my life and as the mum of boys, very few girlie knitting patterns. A few months ago I purchased some knitting patterns online, and this one was the inspiration for my lacy backed cardigan. Hayfield 4539, this is meant to be knitted in Hayfield Baby Sparkle, but as… Continue reading Lacy backed cardigan
Just a quick post this week, prepared in advance as I am currently in the UK at the invitation of University of Exeter. Remember the lovely chunky coat that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago in, “Chunky Monkey” well they are going down a storm in chilly Zimbabwe (yes it does get cold… Continue reading Pretty in Pink
I’ve been a busy bunny this week, and it was so nice knitting with the chunky Katia Merino wool. I only started the coat last Sunday and I have already finished it. This is quite surprising considering the fact that I undid the back four times! I was having a problem getting the correct tension,… Continue reading Chunky Monkey