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My Top 5 How to Knit Top Down Socks on DPNs Website Tutorials for Beginners

Close up for colour appreciation!

Close up for colour appreciation!

Being the generally all round awesome Daughter-in-Law that I am – not to mention the only DiL, so not a lot of competition to beat off, admittedly – I recently gifted my MiL with some sock yarn. Not any old sock yarn, but some Nurturing Fibres sock yarn.

Now we all know how fond I am of this particular Indie Dyer. This year, she has released a number of new sock clubs, one of which being the ‘Colours From Africa’ club. As my MiL grew up in Kenya, I knew she would enjoy this particular club, as it would undoubtedly bring back warm memories of living in Africa. She decided she wanted to knit her first every pair of socks when the yarn arrived, so who was I to refuse a bit of enabling?

Sock love..

Image Details “Sock love” by the_vampire_hanna, via Flickr.

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013

Writing Apparatus

Image Details: “Writing Apparatus” by Kazarelth, via Flickr.

The 4th annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is coming up next month, between the 22nd and 28th April. This is run by Mimi of the Eskimimimakes Blog, and involves Knitting and Crochet bloggers taking part in a week-long series of blogs, one per day, on a specific theme. The themes for this year are due to be released tomorrow, so if the idea of doing a post a day is a bit daunting, you can write some in advance and schedule them to post automatically on the given day. This is also good if you are expecting to be away or busy during that week.

KCBW2013

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Episode 6: Modown

"Moustache"

Image Details: ‘Moustache’ by Paul Mutant, via Flickr.

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Shinybees podcast – ‘Modown’. This episode is brought to you from a somewhat cooler than SA UK. We have a pattern pick in celebration of Movember and an interview with Carlé of Nurturing Fibres, a South African indie dyer from Cape Town.

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Episode 5: Poppy Pickers

Poppy

Image Details: ‘Poppy’ by Mark Bridge, via Flickr.

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to Episode 5 of the Shinybees podcast. This week, we have a run-down of recent happenings, a re-attack on the C word from Episode 3, we chat about F.E.A.R, Wippin’ Piccadilly is back as well as a trip to Stellenbosch and finally the return of the Shinybees Pattern Pick.

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Episode 4: Close Encounters

Close Encounter in Zimbabwe

Image Details: ‘Close Encounter in Zimbabwe’ by hchalkley, via Flickr.

Hello and Welcome to Episode 4 of the Shinybees Podcast: Close Encounters. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners! This week is mostly about rhinos and cake. In the words of Aerosmith, “Just Push Play.”

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Episode 1: Send in the Hogs!

Son/daughter of Billy

Hello and welcome to the shownotes for the first official Shinybees podcast. For those of you coming back after the Pilot Episode, great to see you again, and a warm welcome to any new listeners.

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Episode 0: The Pilot Episode

Pilot. Geddit?

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Intro

These are the show notes for the first ever Shinybees podcast episode: The Pilot. In this show I talk about the reasons for starting a podcast, my current works in progress (known as the Wippin’ Piccadilly section), and a little about South Africa before wrapping up. It’s quite amazing how quickly you get to 30 minutes!

 
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Bunt-o-rama!

bunting

Image Details: ‘bunting’ by mrjamie, via Flickr.

Bunting was originally a type of fabric, used since the 17th Century, used to make, amongst other things, signal flags for the Royal Navy. The term ‘bunting’ is also used to refer to a collection of flags, particularly those of a ship. In the last couple of years, it has also become the home decor accessory of choice in such style bibles as Ideal Home.

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Getting Your Crafty Ducks in a Row

organized threads

Image Details: ‘organized threads’ by jenni waterloo, via Flickr.

I have an inbuilt hatred of being Too Organised. Despite my military background, which you would think would have forced me into being a bit more regimented after several years of loyal service to Queen and country, I find the whole concept of getting things organised to the nth degree suffocating. That is not to say I am a massively disorganised person, because believe it or not I do have a plan (yes, I can hear the wails of protest from here, but stick with me people – especially you, Sal and Kate!) it’s just in my head. I am one of those people whose husband, a lovely gentleman with an acute case of OCD, despairs at them, because my ‘guff’ – books, knitting, general notes and paperwork – is dotted in little piles around the house instead of being put away Nice and Neatly In Its Place. I defy his pleading cries to tidy up, because in my mind this is tidy. I don’t lose things. Ask me where anything is in my house and I can take you straight to it. Granted, it might not be in the most obvious place to most people, but I know where it is. This, I feel, is more important than having stuff neat but not knowing where you have put it so neatly.

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