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Brick Stitch Scarflet by cowgirlblues

Brick stitch Scarflet

Brick stitch is a beautiful introduction to slip stitch knitting and a lovely way to play with contrasting colours. Having seen a lot of slip stitch colour work around recently I decided to experiment with it myself. There are a lot of instruction options on the internet, but I decided Nadine Mcleod’s was the most […]

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Beautiful knitting pattern by Moorit

Big in Japan

I was 12 years old in 1984 when “Big in Japan” the debut single by German band Alphaville was released.  Their album Forever Young became deeply engrained in the fibres of my teenage being, and I can still remember the words to most of their songs to this day.  Travelling to Japan was somewhat of […]

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Still life with wool - cowgirlblues Merino DK knit swatch and tools

Still life with wool

We do a lot of swatching in the studio.  This sounds like work, and I suppose it is, but it also feels quite a lot like play.  It’s a particularly important process when it comes to mixing colours.  The colours I think will work, because they look happy when they are sitting next to each […]

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Springbok stripe Merino DK wool from cowgirlblues

I love give aways

Give aways are such fun things to do.  I love unwrapping gifts, so the thought of being able to send that thrilling moment of excitement to someone else is pretty cool too. We were delighted to participate in a give away with Your Family magazine towards the end of last year and today I’ve been […]

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Happy holidays from cowgirlblues

Better late than never

Our 12th day of Christmas blog post made it to Instagram but sadly not to the blog, until now that is. Holiday season is probably a distant memory for most of us, but the great part about that is the fun of planning the next one. Here’s to lots more holidays in 2016, and very […]

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Day 11 and almost there …

On the eleventh day of Christmas eleven piping pipers might have driven me to drink.  This super simple crochet cowl would definitely have kept me on the wagon. We like to mix and match textures as well as colours, and this is a great way to do it in a quick and easy cowl. If […]

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On the 10th day of Christmas

On the 10th day of Christmas it’s still scorchingly hot in Cape Town, and whilst planning an ocean dip on my way home from work I’m also having happy cold thoughts, of wintery days, snow, ice, and beanies! Herewith our easy Basic Beanie recipe Materials: 100g ball of cowgirlblues Merino DK self-stripe (enough for one […]

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On the 9th day of Christmas we’re sending you inspiration

I’m almost out of steam and it’s not December 24th yet, yikes!  So today’s post is short and sweet and some colour inspiration from Cape Town. In my mind mid-summer conjures up images of strong bright colours, but that wasn’t what caught my attention on a weekend walk yesterday.  We’ve had some exceptionally hot weather […]

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