Runny Babbit crafts

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Aside from body confidence and all things humourous, my passions also include knitting and crafting. This is the RSS feed from my craft blog, Runny Babbit crafts, and if you click through you will see patterns I’ve developed, South African yarns that I love and just, well, general craftiness.

  • Matcha inspiration
    Matcha is a beautifully green powered tea traditionally served as part of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The tea ceremony focuses on mindfulness and is beautifully described as “a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.” However, I’m … Continue reading Matcha inspiration →
  • 21 Sewing Terms Every Beginner Should Know  |  Colette Blog
    Colette has a fantastic sewing blog, and here they shared some terminology I’ve been struggling with since I started sewing (every one just expects you to KNOW IT!) – like bias, edge stitch and notches. Click through for the full post. Source: 21 Sewing Terms Every Beginner Should Know  |  Colette Blog
  • Chipolatas, apple and butter fried sage
    This is a ridiculously easy and unbelievably delicious snack, and is pretty great with mustard. Ingredients  chipolata pork sausages (this also works with full sized pork sausages) 1 apple, sliced a handful of sage a good knob of butter 2 – 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Method  Warm up your frying pan and melt the … Continue reading Chipolatas, apple and butter fried sage →
  • Three citrus whisky and ginger marmalade
    As you might have noticed, making preserves is something I really enjoy. So for our wedding favours, my fiance and I decided to make personal gifts that really represented us. The first of these is a truly delicious three citrus whisky and ginger marmalade – my fiance loves whisky, and I love marmalade, so it … Continue reading Three citrus whisky and ginger marmalade →
  • Warm doggie jackets
    I loved quickly sewing up these jackets for my sweet greyhound, Sophie. Greyhounds NEED winter jackets because they, like models, they are very thin and have no natural defenses. Sophie gets FREEZING in winter, and often wakes us up as her blanket falls off during the night. We always buy her jackets, but with my … Continue reading Warm doggie jackets →
  • 4 reasons I should craft more
    It’s THAT time of the year. The December holidays feel as out of reach as a mirage in the desert, and work sits heavily on the body. Waking up is hard, work is hard, getting to sleep is hard. And it’s at this time I find myself working ridiculous hours: prioritising myself less and less. … Continue reading 4 reasons I should craft more →
  • How to dye a shibori tablecloth [photo step-by-step]
    Shibori is a beautiful and simple method of Japanese fabric dyeing by binding – a lot like tie dye, but it looks so much better! There are many different methods of shibori, and each has a lovely and different rippled pattern effect across the fabric. I loved the geometric look of the squares, so that’s … Continue reading How to dye a shibori tablecloth [photo step-by-step] →
  • 45 photos from the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair 2016 [GALLERY]
    The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is a trend-setting, haute couture ‘craft’ market that showcases exceptional South African design and hand crafted goods. From truly exceptional gin, to exquisitely crafted cloths, decor and jewellery, this market is a wonderland. Here are some of my favourite items from the market, and some wonderful crafters to bookmark.
  • My first skirt! [The Sewing Diaries]
    It’s been just over a year since I got my sewing machine, and I’m finally feeling daring enough to try make myself clothing – my original aim. I’ve hardly got an ‘off-the-rack’ figure and I love the doors sewing opens up to me. After buying a Tilly and the Buttons book, I fell in love … Continue reading My first skirt! [The Sewing Diaries] →
  • 6 reasons to go to the Kramerville Kamers
    Sometimes, Kamers can feel like the same thing over and over. I’ve gone to pretty much every one in Joburg (and written about them before) and, even though I think I know what to expect, a combination of the vibe and the hand-crafted loveliness always draws me in. So though you can expect a lot of the … Continue reading 6 reasons to go to the Kramerville Kamers →

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