Fairisle by the pool

As is my wont, I got slightly distracted away from Color Affection by another of my holiday projects – a Christmas Fairisle hat…  

       

Half way through. It’s really not that good! Very uneven stitches! Three stranded Fairisle is hard and takes ages! 

Bedted’s poncho

This is Bedted. He’s my sister’s 40 year old childhood companion. And he’s wearing a handknit poncho courtesy of my Great Granny.  

 
My ten year old niece decided to bring him with her on a trip to Madeira as ‘he needs a holiday’….

My sister is mildly anxious about him (yes he might be wearing a dress but he’s definitely a boy) as he’s quite fragile. Incidentally my niece’s teddy Timmy is also a boy that wears a dress (or today a pink gilet, sparkly top and shorts). With impeccable logic my niece advised me that Timmy’s a tomgirl. And why not… 


Anyway back to Bedted. I’ve never had cause to examine Bedted’s poncho before now but it’s a really pretty stitch pattern. It was originally made for my Sindy doll in acrylic that’s gone fuzzy with age. Can anyone tell me what this stitch is?  

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Holiday! 

What a week! Some times sunny, some times raining! I valiantly tried to finish all the round 2’s on my sister’s blanket…  

       

But I had to finally admit I couldn’t! I have known for a while I couldn’t do the blanket for her birthday but I hoped to be half done. A lesson to learn from the delayed blanket is I love crochet but too much all of the same at once I find hard.  So trying to do 400 times the same round isn’t sustainable and I need to do it in achievable chunks… 

So, I needed a birthday present and as luck would have it, yesterday we were in Taunton to go to ‘Taking Shape’, my favourite clothing chain and we walked past a shop selling Troll Beads. Gayle’s husband is buying her a Troll Bead bracelet for her birthday, so she picked some beads to go on it.  😄

I have been packing this week. Everyone apart from me thinks three shawl and three hat projects is too much. But I have all the yarn in my case alongside my clothes and I an under the allowable weight so it’s all good. 😄

This yarn I have decided will be a Colour Affection shawl:  

 

And I got a bit previous and started knitting it…  

   

That’s me getting in a sneaky bit of knitting at work as I arrived very early. 

Right I’m off to take the bunnies to their holiday home and have a sort out for our house sitters! 

Quote A Day for 3 Days… Day 3

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The lovely Pauline over at The Contented Crafter invited folks to take up the baton from her on the Quote A Day for 3 Days challenge. I was totally up for it as I love that sort of post. 

I’m on my third and final day. It had to be something by Terry Pratchett! 

I was tempted by ‘Oook’ but decided what would be unfair to anyone not familiar with the Unseen University’s Librarian…

So, I’ve cheated a bit and picked two.  One by a Pratchett character, and one by the man himself. 

First up, Death:  

  

 
There are so many amazing quotes from Terry Pratchett, it’s hard to pick one, but in honour of his death earlier this year I chose these. 

I hope someone else will now pick the baton up and run with it! 

Quote A Day for 3 Days… Day 2

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The lovely Pauline over at The Contented Crafter invited folks to take up the baton from her on the Quote A Day for 3 Days challenge. I was totally up for it as I love that sort of post. 

Day 2. I’m an English Literature Graduate so I considered Shakespeare but how to pick one? My favourite line of the Bards, simply because it makes me laugh (quite inappropriately considering the play its from), but which actually is a stage direction  “Exit, pursued by a bear” from The Winter’s Tale was ineligible. 

My favourite poets are the First World War poets, so I thought, as we are currently living through the Centenary of the Great War, that I would pick one about the futility of war. From Wilfred Owen’s 1914:

War broke: and now the Winter of the world
With perishing great darkness closes in.

Here’s the full poem: 

1914
War broke: and now the Winter of the world
With perishing great darkness closes in.
The foul tornado, centred at Berlin,
Is over all the width of Europe whirled,
Rending the sails of progress. Rent or furled
Are all Art’s ensigns. Verse wails. Now begin
Famines of thought and feeling. Love’s wine’s thin.
The grain of human Autumn rots, down-hurled.

For after Spring had bloomed in early Greece,
And Summer blazed her glory out with Rome,
An Autumn softly fell, a harvest home,
A slow grand age, and rich with all increase.
But now, for us, wild Winter, and the need
Of sowings for new Spring, and blood for seed. 

This Rupert Brooke poem was my second choice: 

The Dead
Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead! 
There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old, 
But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold. 
These laid the world away; poured out the red 
Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be 
Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene, 
That men call age; and those who would have been, 
Their sons, they gave, their immortality. 
 
Blow, bugles, blow! They brought us, for our dearth, 
Holiness, lacked so long, and Love, and Pain. 
Honour has come back, as a king, to earth, 
And paid his subjects with a royal wage; 
And Nobleness walks in our ways again; 
And we have come into our heritage. 

Incidentally, every day on my way to and from work, I walk past the memorial to Harry Patch, the Last Fighting Tommy, the last man to die, aged 111, who had served in the trenches. 

Quote A Day for 3 Days… Day 1

*Warning! This post contains no wool whatsoever*

The lovely Pauline over at The Contented Crafter invited folks to take up the baton from her on the Quote A Day for 3 Days challenge. I was totally up for it as I love that sort of post. 

So here’s my Day 1. From Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. I grew up in Ireland and the first vote I ever cast was for Mary Robinson when she stood as President for the first time.   

 

I’m cheating a bit and including two quotes!  

 

She’s a very inspirational woman, biography here, which is well worth reading, and now runs a foundation campaigning for climate justice, as well has continuing to be appointed on occasion as a UN Special Envoy.