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Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Web Of Our Life Is Of A Mingled Yarn


Look at me with the new 'do' on my Blog. I felt brave enough to fiddle and faff in the settings section and behold...New Look Blog.  I really didn't have a clue what I was doing and things have changed a bit since I last mooched in the settings.  I could do with changing font style and size but that will have to wait it eludes me for now.  They say 'a change is as good as a rest', well I have had both.  I have no clue what direction my blogging is going in, but then I never really did.  It is all ok.  I like being here.  

I think the photograph, that I have used at the top of the Blog motivated me to have a Blog tidy up.  I found it in old picture files on my computer.  It is a photograph of singles that I have spun using 'scrap fibre'.  The 'scrap' was generated by the wonders of cyber space and the UK Spinners group on Ravelry.  People 'pool' their scrap fibre, via some great volunteers and then it gets redistributed in a 'Scrap Swap'.  I love how something beautiful can be made from 'scraps'.   Last night I cropped the bobbin out of the photograph using a photo editor, just to focus on the spun yarn. It 'spun' me off into an arty farty, reflective 'frame' of mind full of metaphor and allusion.  Yep, playing with yarn does that to me.

"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together:
Our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not"
All's Well That Ends Well - William Shakespeare 


Thank you for stopping by and please do share any of your own arty farty thoughts with me.  May all of your yarns be beautifully mingled.   ;)  xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

More Pink Scarf and I Spot Granny Number 2 of 4

I made four crochet panels for the peace scarf and I could not photograph them.  I spotted another of my pieces in this video at 5.18.  I feel like a proud parent.  I am hoping to spot the remaining two bits now... I don't fancy my chances.  I would have loved to see all this pink knitting and crochet.

http://actionawe.org/video-wool-against-weapons-7-mile-long-scarf-9th-august-2014/

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pink Granny Square

I really wanted to get to this demo.  It is was over 100 miles from me and I have the stinking flu so I gave up on the idea! I made four Crochet Granny Square panels to go towards the seven mile peace scarf that was joined up today.  I wanted to photograph them to share with you, but the flash broke on my camera and then the dog had an accident with the cable that links the camera to the computer.  I need a new camera!  I have been looking on social media for photographs of the day and I spotted my 'Granny'.  It made me ridiculously happy to see it getting pinned to the fence!I would have loved to have seen seven miles of pink yarn loveliness.  Never mind follow the yellow brick road, a seven mile pink scarf?  Awesome.
http://www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk/

Monday, 7 October 2013

Testing Testing...Ask Me What I am Knitting...


I know...long time no see.  I do think about Blogland but I just don't make time to write.  I am not sure if I will or if I won't but it is all ok.  I have wondered about moving Blogs...fresh starts are always, erm...refreshing?  I do miss my Blog buddies but I know you are all still out there doing your thing.

If you ask me what I am knitting, I will gently correct you and say 'actually this is crochet'.  I am currently working on a pink Granny stripe piece for this Peace scarf.

I absolutely love a peace protest, especially when it involves yarn...and so much the better if it is pink.  As the mother of two boys, I like to work in pink!  The more lurid the better.  If you click this link it will take you to the website 'Wool Against Weapons' and it will tell you all about it.  I am happy to have my crochet Mojo back.  I can't photograph my bit yet, because my camera cable has disappeared. I still need to have a quiet word with the dog and ask her what my phone charger was doing in her basket, along with a stolen 'Apple and Cinnamon' muffin.  She is a very clever dog, I never catch her in the act of being 'naughty'.
I have finished making and collecting Premature Baby clothes for now, I have not forgot I need to update you with photographs of the lovely bundle of makes that I have to donate.  We have a holiday in three weeks I will try and drop it off at the hospital then.  Hospitals are always in need of these things...I guess my timing is not crucial.
           If anyone did feel particularly motivated to crochet or knit a square or two in a lurid shade of pink, I would be more than happy to piece them together and send them off to 'Wool Against Weapons'.  You know how to get in touch with me.  It would be great to hear from you.  XXX


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Things That Go Bump In The Night...

I had a bit of an exciting visitor to the garden last night.  It was exciting for the dog who alerted me to it by non stop barking, late!  I went outside to see if it was a cat or I half expected a rat.  I hoped it was not a fox as the internal door from the chicken coop fell off in my hand on Sunday night so the girls are barricaded in at bedtime until I can repair the coop.  (I will repair it asap!  Jeesh, first the sewing machine, now I will be let loose with a hammer and nails).
      I had my camera at the ready, always a great form of protection I think when your 'guard dog' goes off in the night, yeah grab your camera and venture outside.  I have the attitude that an intruder would have to be pretty brave or daft to choose our house.   I had a bit of camera trouble in the pitch black.  I took nine shots identical to the one above because it was too dark for me to see what all the buttons were on my camera and the flash kept being silly.  The shade of black in each picture maybe slightly different.  I couldn't see what I was pointing at in the dark.  I thought that taking photographs of chickens and camera shy dogs is tricky.  Taking photographs of nocturnal, wild creatures, late at night is in another realm altogether.  I think this one may have been poorly.  I also think the three times that the flash did decide to go off was not appreciated.
   
It is a shame the flash reflected in the Hedgehogs eye.  It ran away and hid for a while and was very still.  It didn't curl up in a ball though.  It was a big Hedgehog.  I wonder if 'it' was a 'she' and she is in the 'family way'.  Usually Hedgehogs are pretty fast this one was slow.  I put some water down and I put a small amount of raw beef down.  It seemed interested but too frightened while I was out there.
Very cute.  I don't know if they bite?  My Mom told me when I was small that Hedgehogs have lots of fleas.  It looks like it would be like picking up a cactus.
This is my third and final hedgehoggy shot, it is very similar to my first two hedgehoggy shots but I am proud  three out of twelve photographs actually included the subject.  The Hedgehog turned around and ran to the wall by the garden shed.  It jumped off the wall with about a half meter drop.  I did not know Hedgehogs could jump,  perhaps blinded by the flash, it fell!  It made a lot of snuffly, snorty noises, maybe it bumped its nose in the fall and then I heard it scamper off and rustle in some leaves.   Lots of slugs and snails used to live by the shed and I only thought the other day that they have all gone.  I think this hedgehog may be in residence rather than just passing by.  Maybe we could have hoglets in the garden.  The dog will love that.   I love the word hoglet. 

XXX