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


Pamela said...

Your daughter is beautiful.

KimM said...

What a busy time, you've had! Sorry about the cables.....your knitting and stitching are perfectly wonderful....and your daughter is stunning!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

That is a gorgeous picture of your daughter! The dress is amazing and very becoming. Lots of stuff going on at your house for sure. I would never have guessed bunnies would eat cables. My friend had a pet bunny he called Bummy in his house for years. I used to get a kick out of watching that bunny tear through the house.

I love that saying you stitched.

Hope things have settled down a bit for you.

Mii Stitch said...

Sweet stitching & knitting!!

Vickie said...

Your stitching is sweet and your knitting too. Your daughter is just lovely. What rascals your bunnies are!

Linda said...

Your daughter is beautiful as is the dress. Congrats on cute finish. I had to smile at the bunny story. Show us a pic of them on your next post.


Tiffstitch said...

Wow, everything looks great, and that dress is fantastic! She looks beautiful and congrats to her too. Cute little guy as well. :)

Gillie said...

Well, you are excused on the stitching, just read the post before......you have plenty on the go! Well done on the race and even better that you want to do it again next year! Byes, she looks gorgeous, super dress!

rosey175 said...

Excellent blue dress for your daughter, blue is such a superior color. :D And a lovely little sweater; I'm jealous of your MadSkillz!! But you are full of lies, DPNs are too fiddly!! I always feel like I need a few extra arms haha. I have yet to make a hat though one is in the "probably gonna need this in my life" queue.

Naughty bunnies! For cats, they always say to rub lemon/orange juice on the cords and they won't find them so tasty. Anything rabbits don't like? You're more patient than I; they'd be rabbit stew in this house. :D~

Preeti said...

Your daughter is looking beautiful in her dress:) You had been very busy but still you accomplished lot of things. Lovely sweater and your stitching is looking great too!! Probably the bunnies like noodles so they are eating cables;)
I have been busy too and whatever I plan isn't going the way and new priorities come up each day.....but it is good to crochet/knit as it gives more satisfactory progress in less time.

Heather said...

Beautiful family pictures and lovely stitching :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your daughter looks stunning! Is the final year when they are 16 or 18?

Here pupils leave High School at 16 and have a prom then, they can go to Sixth Form College for 2 years and most probably have another prom then too!

My younger son's school has a very small Post-16 provision and they seem to have a "prom" each year for three years with all three years groups going because they are all educated in one class LOL

Justine said...

Your daughter is so beautiful and her dress really suits her. I love your LK finish and am in awe of your knitting skills!

Brigitte said...

You definitely have been busy, Thoeria.
What a beautiful young lady your daughter is, and this dress is so perfect for her, the colour, the lace, the style, just perfect. It must have been a great night for her.
Lovely stzitchy finish, I love the sentiment. And the little knitted sweater for your nephew is just adorable. And now you will be busy with knitting all these hats for friends and family, lol. Have a great time.