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Happy Blogday: A Year in the Life of the Shinybees Blog

Image Details: ‘Birthday Cake’ by Omer Wazir, via Flickr The Shinybees blog is 1 year old today. It was on 13th February 2011 that I wrote my first proper blog post – ‘The First Rule of Knit Club‘. So, I have decided to do a little round up of posts for the last year for…

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Damask of Doom: A knitter’s curse?

Image Details: ‘Lil’ devil hat’ by thomasina, via Flickr. Do you ever get that feeling, when you start a project, that you are a bit doomed to failure? Like there is some celestial force which just does not want you to finish it. Bad joo joo if you will? That the craft karma fairy is…

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Nothing like Ghost: A first go at painting pottery

Image Details: ‘all i could think about was ‘ghost’ and demi and patrick swayze and the clay scene…’ by feeb, via Flickr. A couple of weeks ago, between Christmas and New Year, we went on a mission to test an overlocker, as I had been promised one for Christmas. Having driven into Hove and found…

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Lest We Forget

Image Details: ‘Lest We Forget’ by macspite, via Flickr Today is Remembrance Sunday, which isn’t anywhere near as big an occasion in SA as it is in the UK. I have some great memories of selling poppies as a teenager. Getting to the Legion as soon as the doors were open so we could get…

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So far sew good!

Image Details: ‘Singer Vintage’ by Jeremy Brooks, via Flickr. I’ve had my very own sewing machine for about 7 years now. It was a Christmas present, and grand ideas though I might have had about being able to do all my own alterations because I am that tricky height whereby I am too tall for…

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Knitting Perfectionists Anonymous

Image Details: The T-shirt, by pladys, via Flickr CAVEAT: Not my T-Shirt/assets! Ok, so it doesn’t quite have the same ring as Alcoholics Anonymous, but I think there are other people out there (yes, you, I’m talking to you, don’t look at the floor feeling a bit uncomfortable, you know who you are) who are…

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Bloglovin

I made a recent new discovery when it comes to keeping up with all things blog-related: Bloglovin. I was alerted to it’s existence by Penny from Planet Penny, who found the Shinybees blog on Bloglovin. Naturally, I had to have a nosey, as I had previously not come across it.

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The Sock Monster

Image Details: ‘Sock Monster.’ by laurenbeth93, via Flickr. It would seem that I have fallen into a trap. A trap that favourite podcasters and bloggers have often declared that they would avoid. Knitting something that life is indeed too short for. An item of knitwear I too, would never bother with because, well, I just…

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Why everyone needs stash

Image Details: ‘Globe’ by pixagraphic, via Flickr It’s been exactly 57 days since I was separated from my stash. 57 long, gruelling and inspiration-lacking days. 82,820 minutes since the movers came and packed up all my favourite toys for the move to SA. The Minstrel. The sewing machine. 3 crocodile boxes of yarn. 2 of…

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Magazine review: Mollie Makes

I guess it is time for the first magazine review on the blog: Mollie Makes. Unfortunately for me, the lovely Martine from iMake has somewhat beaten me to it, as I have been working on the seemingly endless search to find out whether I can, indeed, take my knitting on the plane. Check out the…

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