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Monday, 1 September 2014

Share A shirt In September...Go on, you know you want to.




Well, I can hardly Adam and Eve it, it is September the 1st already.  One son has started college the other is back to school on Wednesday.  Shoes?  Check.  Trousers?  Check.  Blazer?  Oh good grief he has grown, new blazer purchased today...check.  Haircut?  No way Jose!  I have a full 24hrs for further arm twisting to get us to the Barbers.  I think we are as ready as we will ever be.  Now that brings us round to 'shirts', oh yes it does, nicely.  

Over at 'Chalky's World' Linda has been having a very thoughtful think.  If you click on the 'Share a shirt' link above she really does explain it all far more eloquently than I can.  Basically you have a rummage in the back of your wardrobes and find an old cotton shirt.  Any old shirt.  You then post it to Linda and Linda will upcycle the shirt into something beautiful to be sold for charity. I don't think it gets much easier than that.  I nearly found my way to Narnia in the back of our wardrobes and found one measly white shirt.  Bah!  I think it means actually we are all wearing our old ones!  I didn't want to get shirty about it so I popped myself off to our local charity shop and found a shirt that was crying out to be upcycled.  I was not spoiled for choice, I only saw two possible candidates, if in doubt 'pick the one with sparkles and beads' I always say.

I know I cheated a bit but it is a win win situation for 'charity'.  Eh just while we are on the topic, how hard is it to find 100% cotton these days?  Pretty hard I think. While we follow Linda's blog we will be inspired with practical ideas for how we can re-purpose perfectly good material from clothes that have maybe seen better days.  When Linda has a good idea it is a really good idea.  
Are we supposed to say 'White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit' and turn around for good luck on the first of the month?  I know in my school days it was a 'Pinch and a punch for the first of the month', some of them pinches and punches were delivered with too much gusto and could smart a bit.  It was a hard knock life, with not many white rabbits worth chasing!  Now I am off...humming original tunes from the old classic 1982 movie 'Annie'.  I hope September is a good one and I hope you manage to find Linda a shirt.  ;) xx 


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