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Giving the knitting a break at the moment to see if the pain in my hand is a repetitive strain injury. Good news is that I finished the Art Deco/ moorland colour theme crochet blanket.

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Can’t decide if it was a mistake not to use the heather colour to join the middle section. Meantime Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island turned up in the heap in the bedroom. Although this is a re-read for me, I still laugh out loud at his observations on us Brits.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

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Traffic on a Greek Island- Santorini

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Traffic on the Greek Mainland- Parga.

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Traffic on the North York Moors- Goathland! Not so diffferent to Greece after all. Just the weather!

Please leave a link to any Traffic photo you have at Wild Daffodil for inclusion in our monthly round up of pictures from February’s challenge, or below in the comments.

Next weeks’ prompt is SEED.

Happy Snapping!

Scrap Happy- a wall tidy

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The bat and star fabrics were bought for the project and along with the gingham ribbon. BUT, I needed to buy them because I wanted to use the scraps of fabric left over from previous projects for a wall tidy hanging for Master T.

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First step was to make the pockets and attach to the fabric. I guess the addition of the ribbon might strengthen the bottom of the pockets.

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I still need a length of dowel to hang it by, a roll of brown paper suffices for a quick picture. The tabs at the top have buttons in the pattern, but I didn’t have suitable buttons. But I did have these two motifs. I have actually had them for years and years and years and can’t recall where I got them from. They are French. They may even have been a free gift. The card in the packet says Cafeteria Casino,the front reads Collectionne Les ecussons Gum’s. Any ideas?

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I think that may be a cucumber.

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And this a tomato. Anyway, more fun than a button, but probably not as strong.

Pattern for this came from a book called Cute and Easy Quilting and Stitching by Charlotte Liddle. Just checked on Amazon and it is available there. I like the book a lot because templates are included for tracing and are the actual size. No fighting with a photocopier.

Joining with Kate for February Scrap Happy.  Do pop over there as there are links to lots of scrap Happy projects. And we all need happiness.

Fed up of February, the cold, the damp and the grey, I decided to search through my pictures from warmer days for my Fence.

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Santorini, 2013. Could be time to book a holiday!

Please leave a link to your Fence picture in the comments and at Wild Daffodil, here

Next week’s prompt is Traffic.

Happy Snapping!

 

Yarn Along!

Hurrah for Bloggers.

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Many thanks for all the help you gave me last week regarding the problem of keeping track of a 17 stitch repeat pattern on a row of 170 stitches. The answer was stitch markers. I marked the end of each 17 stitch repeat, did the next block of 17  and then checked that there were still 17 stitches and the right 17 stitches. And now look – that part of the mermaids tail is complete. The pattern is Sirdar number 4708 and it can be bought Here

Thank you also for the reassurance about the book I was reading which was full of weird people. I returned the book and my friend said Yes they are all weird. She then went onto recommend some short stories by the same author, “Although all the characters are weird in them too” moments pause ” Very Weird”.  I am pleased I was honest, and the story was well written.

And for the recommendation of Ibuprofen Gel, for my sore thumb/hand/wrist, which I am now using. I suspect that it is some sort of repetitive strain injury caused by an over enthusiasm for all things yarn.

Onto this week’s book from my bedside heap. Think Forest Gump meets chocolate. The main character drank an elixir of life and is alive for 500 years. He is then present at all things chocolate. Last night I reached page 199 and then dreamed of chocolate. I kid you not. Chocolates on the book are REAL, not artificial, and were a gift, and won’t be around for much longer!

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

Mr E’s family were ahead of their time. Long before anyone else his parents were growing their own, had a vegetarian diet, ate organic, made compost, used homeopathy and nature cure remedies. White sugar was the invention of the devil. So no-one was more surprised than me that whilst on holiday in California in 2012 Mr E elected to eat a bowl of fruity loops which were neon coloured and bore no resemblance to any fruit I had every seen. Totally artificial.

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Caught on camera for posterity!

Please join us with your artificial photos and leave a link at Wild Daffodil or in the comments.

Feel free to join in the challenge at anytime. Next week’s prompt is Fence. Now that’s an easier one than this weeks.

Happy Snapping!

Yarn Along!

Whatever was I thinking?

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Given that I had so much trouble with a cable pattern over 12 rows, why ever did I think it a good idea to knit something with 170 stitches on the needles with a 17 stitch repeat pattern? I have 64 rows of this to do. All I can say was that back in the Autumn knitting a mermaid’s tail for my granddaughter seemed a good idea. Can anyone think of any good reason I started this? It’s double knitting yarn too. I am trying to do two repeats every day, four rows to one repeat. Just thinking about it means I need a lie down. Exhausted.

The pattern doesn’t even make much sense to me. It’s all holes and waves.

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Yikes.

The book is another one lent by a friend. Number three off my bedside heap. The blurb on the back says it’s a novel about coping with bereavement. But the characters are so weird. Shades of Cold Comfort Farm. What am I to say when I return this one? Sorry, I love you friend but the book is weird.

Thanks goodness for crochet.

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I have added the middle section to the blanket,(shown as bottom row in the pcture) now to repeat the first three rows of blocks. I can do one block a night, but my hand is starting to hurt. My brother says his does too and his GP said it is arthritis. Please no.

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