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Good morning!  

Thank you for all the replies to my last rambling newsletter.  You made me feel a lot better about using the word 'SOON' so often.  After that newsletter, I took a break for a whole month.  The happy result of this much-needed time out was an explosion of new ideas, for which I thank you! 

This month-long absence means that this is not going to be a quick newsletter, so find a comfy spot and grab a cup of tea.

In February, I had the privilege of spending time with a number of my yarny friends at Unravel.  This is Esther Dijkstra wearing her Hygge Wrap (more about that in a minute), Yours Truly, Sarah Knight, and Nerissa Muijs.

And some more faces...

This is Nerissa, Joanne Scrace, me, Sarah, and Jane Burns, photo-bombing Janie Crow's stall at the end of the day.  Joanne and Kat Goldin's new book 'The Shawl Project - Book Three' is now available.  I've just bought a copy from Devon Sun Yarns and I am very excited to receive it :)

In other February news, I started a shawl design with the yummy new Whirl from Scheepjes.  The shawl isn't finished yet because we had a tiny disagreement early on, but I am back on track, and loving the way it looks so far!  You can read my post about Whirl HERE and you can see a more recent photo of the shawl on my Instagram feed.  Would it be very corny if I called it 'Give This Shawl a Whirl'? Probably...

The pattern for the Namaqualand blanket is now available on my website. Designed for my Be Inspired Tour last year, it is special to me for many sentimental reasons, and I am so pleased to finally share the pattern with all of you.

The last bit of February news is that I have finally found my knitting groove after being asked to review Prym's new ergonomics knitting needles (and falling in love with them).  You can read my post about that HERE.

Actually, there's one more bit of February news (about which I can say a lot, but will only say a little)...I am the new Inside Crochet columnist (heehee), and my first column and pattern were published in the February issue (Issue 87).  

Phew... Finally into March.

In March I did a grand total of one blog post!  I wrote about the insanely popular Hygge CAL, and shared some photos of the ones I have been fortunate enough to see in real life.

I even got to wear one at the Knitting and Stitching Show (if only for an hour).  I've decided that, although Rainbow is my favourite colourway, Jewel suits my wardrobe better.  I would love to know which colourway you prefer and if you are making a Hygge Shawl yourself.

Before I go, I just wanted to share this photo with you, because it makes me happy!  A friend of mine completed Sophie in Stonewashed XL and we arranged for her to come for a visit so that I could 'inspect her work', as she put it.  As soon as she stepped into my house, the boys went:  "Where's Sophie?"  No "Hello Tannie Lynnie";  no "How are you?".  Just "Where's Sophie?".

When she finally produced her blanket, Xander ran to it and hugged it with the biggest smile on his face, and of course Jaco had to hug it too then.  One of the things I loved most about the whole Sophie journey was how the boys embraced the experience and got involved themselves.


And on that note, I am going to love and leave you.

Happy Hooking!


Ps.  I will be doing an interview with The Yarn Thing next Tuesday (28 March) at 10 am Mountain Time.  I hope that you will be able to join us.





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