Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Madness and mayhem...

Absolute chaos and turmoil!! That's what these past couple of months have been! I had this post planned and written in my head way back when May was still a month......no idea how it snuck past me! I feel like  Tom who is charged with protecting the piece of cheese....then waking up suddenly to find that Jerry has stolen it!

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The really sad part of it all is that there really hasn't been that much stitching taking place!!

As I may have mentioned, my eldest is in her final year at high school. It's a tradition here that in the last year, they have what we call a Matriculants Dance (as the last year at school is known as your matriculation year). I suppose you could possibly equate it to the American Prom type dance. Anyhooo.....her dance was in May...so the most of May was spent sorting out the last minute bits...the dress was bought in December last year already at a little boutique that did one offs.....as heaven forbid she has the same dress as anyone else! :D :D

I do think she looked beautiful....but I'm kinda prejudiced!



Also in May, was youngest's 9th birthday....so we had another celebration! Well....two actually as her Dad had to go to Cape Town for business and wasn't here on the day....so we had a little cake and supper without him, then her party 2 weeks later when he got back :)

We also had a lovely surprise visitor.....my sister and her hubby....along with my nephew came to stay for a week :) He's just adorable!!



On the crafty side....well....I did say not much in the stitching department!. I did finish Lizzie Kate's "Be Who you Are"

"Be Who you Are"by Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 36 ct Linen with a mix of overdyes and DMC

I still need to get it ready for framing though!

I have, for the most part, been either knitting or crocheting...

On the knitting front, I finished this little sweater for my nephew. I can't find the link to the pattern right now, but will keep searching!



And I did some You Tubing to see how to work with double pinted needles (DPNs) as I really wanted to knit a beanie! I'm happy to report that working with DPNs are not as fiddly as I had thought they would be, and with the wool left over from the sweater I knitted myself this slouchy beanie!

Slouchy Beanie knitted with "Elle Rustica" 
I'm rather pleased with how it turned out and the kids as well as my dad have asked me to knit one for them as well :) I think it's the weather that makes me want to work with wool rather than threads and linen! This easy peasy beanie can be found here

I should have my stripey crochet blanket all done by next post.....so will post a pic of it then :)

Oh.....did you know bunnies are cable thieves??? Well....not exactly thieves....but they do chew through cables!!! We had quite a cold snap a few weeks ago, so I brought them into the house (they are normally out back where they're happiest). Well.....in next to no time they chewed through  one of the mobile phone charger cables....



As well as my telephone cable....


I need to go get a new phone!

Have a fantastic week all :)

Take care



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Oh fiddlesticks!!!

I am sooooo sorry.....the plan had been that as soon as I was back home that I was going to be on and regaling you all with the tale of my exploits into the mayhem and madness of running a 21km race!! Alas....I arrived home and immediately got swallowed by the chaos that ensues when kids are on school vacation and just life in general!

But....I will nevertheless bore you all with my stories......so prepare yourselves for a rather long post :D

Let's see.....race morning dawned dark and chilly....I was up at 3.30am..... dressed....fed ....and on the road by 4.30am. The first mishap occured when we got to the race parking area, only to discover that due to the extreme congestion, the shuttles that had been promised would be available to shuttle runners to the start venue was running late.....so  my friend Aysh who had come along to be my cheerleader (ain't I cool.....a one woman football team with it's own cheerleader :D) and I, along with a multitude of other runners, started the 2,2km walk to the starting line in a light persistant drizzle. We got to the starting area with time to spare, and I breathed a sigh of relief....thinking this is it!
Of course.....this is me.....the madam of mayhem.....and to cut a long story short....after hearing a starting gun going off somewhere out front....I discovered that I was in the wrong starting pen.....instead of being in the half marathon start area....I was in the ultra marathon block!!! I crossed the starting mat a full 3minutes and 59 seconds after the official start......
For the most part the race was an amazing experience....a marvel of endurance and camaraderie and exhilaration and pain and with moments of extreme self doubt - believe me....there was that moment when faced with what is called the "Southern Cross Drive" - a hill that climbs for about 2.6km/1.6 miles - and then the 3km/1.9mile climb along Union Avenue near the end....when I really thought that there was absolutely no way that I would ever manage to get my wobbly rear across the finish line before the cut off time!!! But you know what?? I did it!! Just barely.....But I finished it before the cut off....and have the medal to prove it :)


And as crazy as it sounds, I can't wait for next year!! I plan to be back there....running that 21kms all over....beating my time :) I've been back to training again and am focussing on building up more strength and stamina!

Okay okay okay! Enough about the runny stuff :)

It's not only my feet that has been busy this past month :) In my last post I mentioned that I was contemplating a new start or two...

Jo has shared her finish of "A Dark Alphabet" (a freebie design by Ïn the Company of Friends) on her blog on a number of occassions and I've always resisted.....but...I am weak....and I could withstand it no more....so.....a small start ...

A Dark Alphabet - freebie design by In the Company of Friends
Stitched 1 x 1 on 28ct evenweave with DMC threads
Then, Rachel had so many gorgeous Lizzie Kate pieces going that she inspired me to pull out one of the charts I have and I started  this one

"Be who you are"by LK
Stitched on 36ct linen over 2
I'm using a mix of different over-dyed threads that I have in my stash (Gentle Arts, Weeks Dye and Crescent Colours). I will be gifting this to my friend Aysh :)

I completed these 2 squares for the Stitch for Syria project....

Stitched on 14ct Aida with variegated Anchor and DMC threads
There has also been crochet taking place.....

This is my son's blankie that I've been working on for the past year. As you can see it's quite a substantial size at the moment (he has a 3/4 sized bed) so I'll be finishing it off before the really cold weather sets in here!

And lastly...we've acquired 2 new furbabies......

Meet Peanut and Pebbles :)



Can you guess which one is which ? :)

They've settled into the family beautifully and have trained the cats to leave them be - bunnies are cute and cuddly but they sure know how to let the cats know that they are not giant mice :D

I suppose I should end this rambling long post now. If you managed to get through all that then you deserve a medal!! You can't have mine though :P :P

Take care


Friday, March 25, 2016

A quick note....

Sooooo.......it's the day before  the "BIG ONE".....tomorrow morning this time I will have been running for over an hour....no doubt cursing myself for being an absolute idiot....but giving it my best shot :)



Rain is predicted....and along with the wind it is going to make for an interesting morning :D

There has been limited stitching taking place.....a new start or two thanks to Jo and Rachel's wicked influencing :D Buuuttttt more about that in another post...when I can share pics!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

I'll hopefully be back next week with some stitchy news and a tale or two about the race :)

Take care


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

One crooked twisted tree.....

I've finally managed to finish the second tree for my crazy class....hmmmmm......who would have guessed that I'd sign up for a class on crazy :D :D

I'm not so sure about this one though...


The tree itself is what's called a twisted tree...not the type of tree....though I'm pretty sure there is a tree out there called a twisted tree....but I'm referring to the method of creating the tree :)..and it's really easy to do. 

I had mentioned that I had a vision of a winter tree with no leaves.....but once I'd finished the tree and took a good look at the block....it just screamed "incomplete" to me....so I was forced to add some ribbon embroidery to make it look a little less empty.

Now the tree itself is not the issue.....it's the placement of the tree in the block


Can you see that?? Can you see how lopsided and skew and funny it looks in that block? I'm hoping that as I start to fill the rest of the block this leering to the side crookedness will be less apparent.

I've also finished off  another easy block on my seaside quilt :)


With autumn knocking on our doors here in the Southern Hemisphere, the schools have yet again sent out an appeal for knit/crochet blocks to be made into blankets for distribution to the poor....so I'll have to squeeze some blocks into my day as well!

Oh.....and I did another 10k race on Sunday :) No pics...I'm pretty sure you're tired of my sweaty mug :D :P

On the celebratory front, Kim who blogs over at Wisdom with Needle and Thread is throwing a huge party for her 60th :) She's wanting to complete 60 RAKs for the year !! Her work is lovely and I for one would LOVE to receive a piece of her gorgeousness .... read all about it by following clicking the button right at the top on the right of your screen :)

Have yourselves a fantastic week all!
Take care 


Monday, February 29, 2016

I gave myself permission....

Given my overly energetic activity yesterday...I gave myself permission to spend the day on the couch :D

Well....not the whole day....dishes had to be washed and beds made, but after all that nonsense was ut of the way I spent some quality time with my knotty tree....and manged to get it all done and dusted! I'll be starting tree 2 tomorrow....and from the instructions this one should be a quickie! I'm planning to do it as a winter tree,,,,unless I get struck by another spell of insanity!! I figure that a winter tree won't be needing leaves...sooooo....let's see what tomorrow brings!

But that's tomorrow.....now....there's this....my French knot tree :)

French knot tree - Crazy Quilt class

The postie has also been good :) Unexpected gifts from a very dear friend of mine in Australia :)


I've never tried long stitch but this is such a cute design....aren't koalas just too cute?! The kit contains everything to complete it.

DMC Longstitch Kit - Porthole
I forgot to share the gorgeous "Serenity Stitching Book Kit" that Donna from By the Bay Needleart
had created for those who signed up for the Serenity SAL with her :)


Cute little dove charm!
The fabric ...gorgeous Serenity print!

All my excitement with the running yesterday had me forget to mention the giant hole in my ceiling thanks to a burst water tank in the roof (the hot water geyser tank as it's called out here!)

Bathroom ceiling.....
It's been a week and we're still waiting for the contractor to come out and fix it......insurance company has assured us that he was going to be here last week.....
At least the hot water geyser has been replaced!

I'm off to gather my materials for tree 2! Have a lovely evening all :)

Take care