Catching Up, Finished Objects, and Christmas Crafting Begins!

In which time runs away from me, I start a new job, finish a few projects, and start some Christmas projects (can you believe it’s already that time of the year!).

I’ve had no excuses for not keeping up with the blog other than not having enough time… In September I started a new job (yay!) so August was spent handing over my work and writing fiction (and yet I’m still not finished with The Box of Secrets).

September, as you may imagine, sped past me in a bit of a haze as I started the new job (as copy writing at a publisher) and had to get used a whole new routine. I am almost feeling like I am catching up again with life, though, although NaNoWriMo is next month and it promises to be a doozy.


Because of NaNo (a challenge in which you write 50 000 words/a novel in 30 days), I will not be able to work on my Christmas gifts as much as I would like. So, for the next two weeks I am crocheting and knitting my heart out.

But first – some FOs

Three finished objects of the past two months are the nameless cactus (for my desk at work), the nameless bear (for a colleague’s daughter), and the Daisy Doily.

Cactus 1

Current WIPs and Christmas crafting time!

Most of my WIPs have now been put on hold while I’m busy with Christmas gifts. The Duinen scarf is so close to finished (about 10 rows left), but I ended up not buying enough wool, so I had to also put it on hold. Luckily I got my hands on another ball of Elle Pullskein in the May apple colourway!

The Christmas gifts for this year is not many in number, but are quite big projects. One is a throw for a double bed and the other includes lace knitting. Which is taking a LOT longer than I had initially thought it would! Keep your eyes on my Instagram for some bits and pieces on the Christmas gifts!

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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