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April Books.

I do miss Ginny’s Yarn Along, not just for the knitting but also for sharing my love of books and in reading posts from others picking up some good recommendations for new to me authors. So I have come up with the idea of sharing what I have been reading in a monthly post. Please tell me what you have been reading, whether you have read anything by the authors I mention , in fact anything to do with books at all.

I started this month with reading another book from the heap by the bed ( part of my 17 for 2017).

Derek Tangye- A Drake at the Door. Derek Tangye and his wife started a successful Daffodil farm in Cornwall, in the late 1950s. Think The Good Life . Derek Tangye wrote a number of books detailing their life in all its ups and downs.

As this was number 11 from my heap , I decided that I was making good in roads in my goal to read the books I had accumulated,  so treated myself to some books from the library. It has subsequently occurred to me that the books in the heap are books I have picked up from various sources because I could. They are all perfectly good books but don’t excite me, if you follow my drift, and that is why they are in an unread heap.

All three books are by favourite authors. In the order I read them

Ann Cleeves- High Island Blues-not from the Vera or Shetland series of books. A well crafted detective story involving British Private investigators set In America. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Joanna Trollope- Balancing Act- That old work life balance thing, with relationships, empty nests, the old making way for the young. A good read.

Anne Tyler- Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant- I am still reading this one. Reminds me very much of her other books about ordinary people bringing up the children and then watching from the sidelines of an Empty Nest. It feels a bit samey! But a good enough read.

So now over to you. What have you read recently , anything to recommend please?

 

Knit and Natter Friday!

Not so much Knit and Natter this week as crochet and natter. I am finding this weeks post hard to explain so please bear with me.

It was coming up to Easter, son, fiancée, two children and a dog were coming to stay. Experience tells me that knitting is problematic with lots of people around, you know counting, stopping in the middle of a row, dropping stitches.. what I needed was a simple crochet project. That way I would stay sane, have to have some yarn in my hand to stay sane you know.

Park that thought.

The Snail has been starting a revolution of craftactivists. Basically using your crafts to put across a message you believe in, in a positive and non violent way. There is to be an event in Manchester at the end of May and items were needed from the start of May. Brilliant, what could I do?

Well the big question really was what do I believe in? Two things came to me as I pondered away, usually in the bath. One to use up scraps be it food, fabric , yarn. Not to waste things that are useful, not to be always buying more and more stuff. Very good, so far , but what to make?

Then the answer came to me. It’s coming up to what was my Dad’s birthday, and I have never forgotten seeing him lying in a hospice with a beautiful, much faded and worn handmade patchwork quilt covering him. It was such a comforting sight to see this outward sign of love and care. Not a hospital blanket you see, but a cover made with or donated through compassion.

Light bulb moment!

Last year I made a couple of lap blankets for a care home.

The time frame for the finished items is tight,  a lap/small blanket would be perfect.

So I  set to work in earnest all Easter long, with small left over balls of yarn. Here is where I am now. Should say I am using Attic 24 s method of joining as I go.

I am beginning to run out of small balls so will start to use some of my larger balls on a border. I may even be finished in time for the start of May.

In close up.

Meantime I have to think of a slogan or a few words to describe what this is all about. So far I have “Cherished Scraps make kind blankets”.

What do you think? How could I say in a few words, what I want to say.

Meantime have you been missing Yarn Along? Rachel has now started Yarning Along, do check it out.

Time to do a bit more crocheting I think….

 

Yorkshire Spoolettes.

I was so disappointed to have managed once again to miss the Yorkshire Spoolettes meet up. However I was in France at the time and then Thimberlina aka Ali told me I won the competition to guess the total miles traveled by everyone to get to the meet up. But the best bit was when she said would I like to meet up so I could receive the prize. Well of course I would like to meet up, prize or no prize. And so we did, just before Easter. And I got to meet Cyber Mum too.

Picture by Thimberlina. Lovely to meet Ali and Cyber Mum, and we had such a nice chat. Hope to meet up again one day, and to get to the next Spoolettes meet up.

Meantime that prize, oh WOW.

It came in this great big bag and was full of amazing goodies.

I mean would you look. So Yorkshire Spoolettes, a great big thank you. There was a book, sewing notions, pattern weights, coasters, a pretty box full of pins, a wooly hat much needed in Yorkshire, a drawing. Some were named so a call out to Hannah, Chris, Margaret, Catherine,  Jay  and Jenna many thanks all of you. Now where is my sewing machine?

Spa Bridge Scarborough, taken January 2017

Ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, York, taken this month

Bootham Bar, York. The entrances to the old part of the city of York are called, Bars. In other UK cities they are also known as Gates. Confusing, but we Brits like to confuse!!

Please leave a link in the comments below for any Arch posts. Wild Daffodil will do a monthly round up at the end of April.

Next week’s prompt is Nature.

Happy Snapping!

Scrap Happy- April 2017

Just a baby ball

This side and

this side . Joining with Kate for some lovely scrappiness.

Have a Happy Easter.

Knit and Natter Friday!

It’s Good Friday today, so Happy Easter. I hope the hot cross buns were tasty. I put out my Easter display this week and I think my sheep knitted from a kit by Dartmoor Yarns

fits in perfectly.

Bagpuss is finished. Bagpuss is a children’s TV programme

just an old, saggy cloth cat.
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams.
But Emily loved him.

Or in my case a knitted Bagpuss. So now I am on with some more conventional knitting in the form of a jumper for Little Miss F. I choose and bought the yarn last year when I was trying to challenge myself and improve my knitting skills, which is why once again I will have a cable needle to contend with when it comes to the hearts on the front.

Not certain how much knitting will get done this Easter weekend, I have a full house  with son, grandson, fiancée of son, daughter of fiancée and Coco the woofer. None of whom have the remotest interest in nattering about knitting or anything fabric related. So please do leave  a comment or a link to a yarny, fabricy post. Thanks.

Whilst I was in France in February I was determined to eat a pancake. I had two, both for lunch.

In Carcassonne , with lemon and sugar. Delicious.

As a starter at the Golden Wedding Anniversary party. Buckwheat pancake with cheese, mushrooms and bacon. The filling was tasty but the pancake a bit hard!

Never the less, I enjoyed both.

Looking forward to seeing what you had for lunch. Please leave a link in the comments.

Next week’s prompt is ARCH.

Happy Snapping!

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