New Doggy Friends

For a while now I’ve been joining a group of people who get together at the end of the afternoon at the local park with their dogs, so that they can all play together. I’d seen them on my walks through the park with Dakota & Rusty as my usual walking area is under construction. So here are some of Rusty & Dakota’s new friends.



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Boheme (the cocker spaniel)


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Rocky (the pug) and Molly (the black lab)

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Molly & Dakota playing

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Bimby , Dakota & Rusty

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Doris & Bimby playing

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Play fighting between Doris, Dakota and Bimby and Rusty keeping an eye on things :)

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Phoenix Hat

Another test knit completed earlier this year in June this time, and I can’t remember if I showed it off here or not, so here goes. The Phoenix Hat is now available on Ravelry. All proceeds of the sale of this hat go towards buying  necessary items (mostly toiletries) for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Burns Unit in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Sally Jane (aka PinkHairGirl) designed the hat to continue supporting the charity that her daughter Rachel picked out earlier this year. I tested this hat in the Adult XS size and it’s been delivered to it’s lucky recipient. The pattern is very well written, extremely clear to follow and super easy. Definitely great to use with variegated, self striping or solid yarn.

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And modeled by the recipient. (photo courtesy of Fernanda)


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Back in February of this year I got the opportunity to do a test a sweater pattern for Hanna Maciejewska. I’d applied for an adult sweater, but alas my size was already spoken for, however, Hanna asked if I’d be interested in testing a child size sweater. As I still had to make a (late) Christmas present for the daughter of a friend, I thought it a great opportunity.


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I accepted the test, chose the size I wanted to do, and set about making the sweater. It has now finally been released through Filcolana’s website and is free. I loved the pattern, very easy to follow. Here are some close-ups of some of the details.

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The recipient was also very happy with her sweater/tunic. (the model in the photo was not the recipient, was she was very kind to model for me)


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Out & About – Maia

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Serralves – Part 3 – Artwork by Kids

Serralves often hosts a special exhibit of artwork created by kids. These are some of the pictures I took during my last visit there.

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Botanical Gardens in Porto – Part 2

Some more photos taken at the Botanical Gardens in Porto.

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The photo above shows a Giant Bird of Paradise plant, unfortunately it wasn’t in flower at the time.

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Ovelha Negra’s Summer KAL

Ovelha Negra decided to do a KAL to promote their recently released Olívia yarn. They decided on the lovely top by La Maison Rililie, SpliTTop. At first I didn’t know if I was going to join the KAL or not, as I have plenty on the needles, and I recently started another sweater, did I really want two sweaters/tops on the needles at the same time?!?!?!

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Well, I really liked the top they chose to knit for the KAL, and having seen Joana’s finished one, I decided I’d like my own version. So at the last minute, the day before the trip to the Botanical Gardens, I sent them an email asking them to please bring along the necessary skeins so I could join the KAL.

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There are a total of 33 participants in this KAL, all making this top, and all using a variety of colour combinations. It only took me a week to complete, and I really enjoyed knitting it. The yarn is great, I’m not a great cotton fan, but this combination of cotton/merino is a delight to work with, I’ll definitely be using it again in the future.

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Botanical Gardens in Porto – Part 1

Last month, Ovelha Negra organized a guided tour of the Botanical Gardens in Porto, followed by a picnic and the start of a KAL (more on that in another post).

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It was a great morning spent learning about the Botanical Gardens (my very first visit) in the company of very nice (knitter) friends.


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Serralves – Part 2

Some more photos from my recent visit to Serralves.

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Presents from South Africa

Even though my Birthday was 2 months ago, I still keep receiving gifts. Thank you Justine for making me this lovely scarf and earrings, I love them :)

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