Achievements, celebrations & the mundane

What a week it has been! We’ve done more home improvement in the last month than we have done in the last year! That’s Parkinson’s Law for you.

The biggest achievement (and a huge weight of my shoulders) is the completion of Richard’s office. It’s a small room attached to our garage and basically had bare brick walls, a concrete slab floor and a dodgy light. Richard installed down lights and put new power, telephone and TV points. Then we spent the entire last weekend painting the brick walls and ceiling, which by the way is very hard work! And on Friday I laid down the new vinyl flooring all by myself. Yes, me! I rock!

Richard's newly renovated office

Richard has set up his office now and he is a very happy hubby. Only 2 more weeks before my new house mate moves in and I’m starting to feel nervous and excited at the same time.

On Saturday, we celebrated our nephew’s 9th birthday and there was a bit of fooling around when the sparkles got lit on the cake! That’s the uncle (Richard’s brother) grabbing his nephew’s face. Haha… no harm done I promise!

Jackson's 9th B'day

Now for the mundane part of life. Charlie had one of his showers this week and was happy to show off for the video camera. He LOVES it and gets all excited when he sees the spray bottle.


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I’ve also bought yarn to start knitting a charity Christmas project. I won’t say what it is just yet.

Red & White Homemaker Acrylic 8ply

Has anyone started their Christmas knitting? I can’t believe we’re only 4 months away from 2011!

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Exclusive Yarn Packs Now Available

Salihan Crafts Shop Update
ECOYARNS have put together 8 special yarn packs exclusively for Salihan Crafts Shop. Each individual pack is filled with beautiful eco-friendly and organic yarns at a massive 35% to 50% discount! It is a great opportunity to grab a bargain or simply to try eco-friendly and organic yarn for the first time.

Each yarn pack cost $45 and are one-offs, never to be repeated again. While stocks last!

Red-brown Pack
Red Brown Pack
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Blue Pack
Blue Pack
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Rauschenberg Pack
Rauschenberg Pack
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Perfect Pink Pack
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Pure Pink Pack
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Baby Pink Pack
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Sea Green Pack
Sea Green Pack
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Earth Pack
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All yarn packs are available exclusively at Salihan Crafts Shop
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Salihan Crafts Shop

Also visit ECOYARNS for your organic and eco-friendly yarn, fabric and fibre needs.

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Yarn and Kisses – 15% off storewide

October giveaway sponsor, Yarn and Kisses, is relocating from Perth to *ahem* and having a 15% off all stock store wide. Sale ends 15 November.

Just thought I should just let you know since I know there’s quite a few Malabrigo lovers out there. *wink wink*

P.S. Email me [me@salihan.com] if there’s something happening in your store or blog that you would like me to mention here. I would be more than happy to do so if it would benefit my readers. :)

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Yarn and Kisses Malabrigo Winner

There was a whopping 420 entries to the very successful Yarn and Kisses Malabrigo Giveaway! A big thank you to everyone who played along.
Yarn and Kisses
Malabrigo colours


Alas, there can only be one winner.

Drumroll please…

And the winner of the Yarn and Kisses Malabrigo Giveaway is…

Malabrigo winner
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KINNEXA! Congratulations!

As your wish is my command, you’ve won two skeins of Kaleidos Malabrigo Worsted yarn. YAY! I’ll be in touch with you shortly.
Kaleidos Malabrigo

Thanks again to everyone who left comments and especially those who subscribed to my blog via email and RSS.

Last but not least, a big “YOU ROCK!” goes to Yarn and Kisses for being a great sponsor. :)

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What would you do with 2 skeins of Malabrigo?

Tell me, what would you do with the two skeins of Malabrigo yarn if you won this month’s GIVEAWAY?

I have made several projects with just a few skeins of this luxurious yarn. Maybe I should share them with you again to get you thinking…

The first time I used Malabrigo, it was for my hubby, Richard. I bought two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Tortuga.
Malabrigo Tortuga

Just two skeins gave me three wonderful projcets – Jacques Cousteau Hat, Ken Gloves and Cigar Gloves. The gloves don’t fit but I can hardly blame the yarn but the hat gets two big thumbs up from Mr Picky.

So now that I have road tested Malabrigo yarn and fallen in love with it, I quickly searched for a project for myself. With four skeins of Malabrigo Wosted in American Beauty, I knitted my first cardigan and my first giveaway prize. :)
Malabrigo American Beauty

I even had enough to make a baby hat for Jolene‘s son and crochet hearts (in the last photograph below) for my lovely family back in Singapore.

And when a dear friend lost a loved one and wanted a handknitted scarf, I can only think of making it with Malabrigo Lace. She picked Alpine Pearl and, like me, fell in love with the Muir shawl I made for her.
Malabrigo Alpine Pearl

With less than a skein leftover, a Baktus scarf was soon knitted and is the most worn scarf I own.

But if you have children, not cats, they shouldn’t miss out on being comforted by ultra soft jumpers handknitted with Malabrigo, of course.
Malabrigo Saphire Green & Oceanos
Mossy Baby Sweater by Jolene and knitted in Malabrigo Worsted Saphire Green and Oceanos. Free pattern available here: www.inoriz.com/2009/10/19/mossy/

Need more convincing or mental probing?

Really!? Hmm… tough audience…

Ok if this doesn’t get your brain juices flowing, I don’t know what will. Here are my top 20 favourite Malabrigo projects around Flickr.
My Top 20 Fav Malabrigo Projects Around Flickr
1. Spiraled, 2. Annabelle’s Butterfly, 3. wavy scarf, 4. yellow + purple, 5. Crochet Hearts, 6. Pompom Thorpe Hat, 7. Shetland Triangle, 8. My So Called Scarf, 9. Annette’s Swing Coat, 10. Two tone back view., 11. Star Crossed Slouchy Beret (on Jamie!), 12. www.flickr.com/photos/throughtheloops/1052416247/, 13. koolhaas 2, 14. just enough ruffle, 15. Dolores Park Cowl, 16. Aestlight, 17. Retro Redux Shrug5, 18. Collapsed with Scarf, 19. Maude Louise, 20. cozy

So tell me. What will you do if you won 2 skeins of Malabrigo yarn of your choice?

P.S. GIVEAWAY now on!

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