I’ve done my homework

Craft | Friday November 26 2010 | 4:38 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , |

Now don’t say I’m not good to you!!!

Whenever I have posted about the circles scarf, I’ve had messages and emails asking how to get hold of the pattern since the magazine is no longer in the shops.  At first I really didn’t know: I hadn’t even considered it to be honest!  But having had the requests I have endeavoured to find out.

I hope everyone has understood that I can’t share the pattern here as it’s not mine to share!  And I wouldn’t be naughty with someone else’s copyright!

The pattern was originally published in Inside Crochet magazine, Issue 11, in the UK.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) this is now published monthly, which means that it is in the shops for a shorter time than when it was every 2 months.

The design and pattern for the Circles Scarf are by Linda Permann and she has written a post about it on her own blog found here!  Linda has said that in a few months she will be able to offer the pattern for sale as a pdf file, but in the meantime it is available in a digital copy of Inside Crochet magazine on Yudu.  It will cost £4.99 on Yudu, which is the same price as the paper copy of the magazine when it was published, so no loss buying it that way.

Just for info too, if you use the King Cole Riot yarn that I have use for two of these scarves now (in the picture above in shade 401) if you make the pattern up to 40 circles long, you should be able to complete one scarf with one ball of yarn using a 4mm hook.  This yarn has a lovely long colour change making it ideal for a striped effect along the length of this scarf.

I hope this is useful to anyone who has not been able to get a copy of the magazine while it was still in the shops.  If you love the pattern as much as I do then your £4.99 will be very well spent!

Anyone for crochet?

Random | Monday November 22 2010 | 5:02 pm | Comments (8) | Tags: , , , , |

I am starting to discover advantages of being ‘between jobs’.  Having time to myself during the week is enabling me to do the things and see the people I haven’t had much time to spend on or with when work gets in the way.

Friday was just such a day when I went to see Kathy for come crochet and catching up.  About 2 years ago Kathy and I were both knitters and trying to find someone to teach us the basics of crochet, but didn’t succeed.  We then, separately, discovered and took the day course at Fibre and Clay and have both spent a lot of time crocheting since then.

Kathy is a fiend for going to auctions and ‘finding’ things and has some lovely and interesting old sewing boxes full of goodies:

We were wondering if our sewing boxes will be discovered and drooled over in years to come when sewing and handicrafts have another renaissance!  I can’t imagine so but I guess the women who had these boxes originally would have said the same.

We took Kathy’s fostered (yes, really fostered) dog, Monty, for a walk round her allotments which was really an eye-opener!  I have never been on an allotment before and now I want want want!  As I live in a flat I have no garden and an allotment seems like a great idea.  However, maybe that’s just a dream because I have time at the moment. 

Brussels sprouts, leeks and onions all getting big and tasty underground:



Back home we had yummy tea and toast and set about the inaugural meeting of our newly formed crochet group.  There are many knitting groups locally but none that just focus on crochet. Between us we know a whole 5 people who crochet and decided it would be great if we could get together from time to time to share ideas, skills, projects etc.  Maybe this will grow and along the way we will discover other people to join us.  Do you live in South Manchester and fancy getting together with other crocheteers?  If so drop me a line.  We don’t have any definite plans yet but if we do develop I’ll set up a Ravelry Group and take it from there!

So our first meeting was two members and a dog called Monty.  Great things from small acorns grow!



I want to finish with showing you just one of the lovely things that Kathy has in her home.  A little tawashi (Japanese dish scrubber) in the shape of an apple slice.  Unused of course, because it’s just too darn cute to get dirty!!!

I’ve not forgotten the crochet!

Craft | Wednesday November 17 2010 | 11:05 am | Comments (7) | Tags: , , , , |

Good morning!  I’ve been up quite early this morning, which is reallynot like me!  I’m rather good at sleeping and particularly with everything that’s been going on lately my sleep has been quite disturbed so I have been catching up a bit during the day.  I am a great believer in sleep as a healer!

I just realised that my last few posts haven’t even mentioned crochet!  I still find it a little odd when I write about other things going on on my life and not primarily crafty things.  I’m not sure anyone’s interested in them either, but I do quite like sharing the odd random other bits and pieces.

So time to get back to the crochet!  I’ve not been sitting here twiddling my thumbs without having a crochet hook in them. 

I have been making some more apple coasters, in green this time:

I’ve also started another circle scarf.  This is really an amazing pattern, I love it so much!  This one is again in King Cole Riot, this time shade number 400 which is blue, grey, green shades and is destined for a present!

Now don’t be alarmed by the word I’m about to use!!!  I IRONED the first circles scarf!  Have you noticed in the picture of the new blue one that each little circle curls in on itself?  The first finished scarf curled up like this along its whole length which looked funny and meant the lovely circles couldn’t be seen properly. 

Ok, maybe I could have blocked it properly, but I’m very naughty and impatient.  I pressed it very lightly with the iron on wool setting, so it wasn’t too hot.  It worked a treat!  The circles have flattened and overall it has a lovely more lacy feel, which I really like.  Here are a couple of pics of the very final finished result:


Big Frank, Little Frank, Cardboard Box!

Random | Wednesday November 17 2010 | 12:57 am | No Comments | Tags: , |

Courtesey of Zawtowers

This evening I have been hob-nobbing with the artsy crowd at the opening of a new exhibition because my very clever chap has an exhibit in it.  Now before you get excited, we aren’t going to live out our lives on the profits of his creativity, unfortunately.  He isn’t, by his own admission, the most artistic person in the world.  But he does try, the love!!

Have you heard of the late, great Bard of Timperley, Frank Sidebottom?  He maybe wasn’t an international superstar, but he was very well known locally and to some extent around the UK.  Well, Timperley is only about 1 mile from where I live and many of my friends were great fans of Frank, who passed away earlier this year.

Frank was often seen on local television and radio and had a famous ‘Magical Timperley Tour’.  He was a massive fan of football and made tribute records to many famous Mancunian musicians.  He also had a sidekick called Little Frank, who was just made of cardboard.

As a tribute to Frank, Caveman threw together his version of his papier mache head and posted it on his Flickr as part of Project 52.  It seems that the curator of Frankophilia at the University of Salford, spotted this image and asked if he still had the ‘head’ and could it be included as an exhibit.  He has been rather sheepish about it, believing it doesn’t compare with some of the ‘proper’ (his word) works of art on display. I think Frank would have been very happy with all of the items on display, which ranged from beautifully drawn paintings, embroidery, films and even a carved pumpkin, which I fear won’t last the whole exhibition!  Oh, and the cardboard box with Frank’s face on it, as first seen on Flickr:


It was good to be back at the University again, as I studied there part time for 3 years.  Unlike Caveman, I don’t hanker after the past and I am glad not to be a student still.

The image below is one of my favourites from the exhibition and was painted on a wall in the gallery.

Here’s to you Frank, it was great, it really was!


Exhibition in Chapman Building, University of Salford, Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12noon – 5.00pm, until 18th december 2010

The Owl and the Pussycat

Random | Sunday November 14 2010 | 8:55 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , |

Picture from: The Telegraph 11 November 2010

I love owls!  I love pussycats!  I can really understand why an owl and a pussycat would get married.  But more of that in a minute!

The above owl and kitten have become best friends after a litter of abandoned kittens was taken to a bird sanctuary in Hampshire, UK.  This kitten has become inseparable from Nigel, a white faced scop owl.

I’ve always loved cats.  I grew up with them.  However, I didn’t discover owls until around 10 years ago when I was in Cornwall and visited an owl sanctuary.  While there I saw some little baby owls (owlets?) which were sitting on a bar right next to the walls of the cage, where I was able to touch them.  Now it may not have seemed like the most sensible thing to do, to stick my fingers through the gaps in a cage so that a wild bird could get them, but it was a wonderful experience.  You know the way when you rub a cat on its chin and under its ears it rubs against you?  Well that’s exactly what these little owls did!  And their eyes were so like cat’s eyes.  I was enthralled and in love from that moment.

So since that time the idea of an owl and a cat getting married, as they do in the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat, seemed completely logical.  They are so alike.

And to make this poem even more special, I read it at the wedding of very good friends a couple of years ago.  It did raise a few giggles as I said ‘ Oh lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are… What a beautiful Pussy you are’!  But I didn’t care.  Sometimes I just have no shame.

Here for your enjoyment, or a a reminder of its loveliness, is the whole poem:

The Owl and the Pussy-cat By Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are, 
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

From Wikisource

The Elves and the Cakemaker

Tea | Friday November 12 2010 | 8:59 pm | No Comments | Tags: |

Now that I’m on my way to being a lady of leisure / one of the great unwashed (I haven’t worked out which yet) I have time to do some things I haven’t normally been able to do during the working day.  This afternoon that meant popping to Chorlton with a chum for a coffee and a mooch.

A few months ago On the Corneropened on Beech Road and it’s a great mix of cakes, old lp’s and books and the best mix of old furniture and crockery you could ever dream of! 

Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me – how silly of me.  [Note to self: always carry camera!]

We had really lovely cake and coffee and were having a good chinwag with owner Steph who was telling us about the different cakes.  It seems the really yummy ones are made by elves!!  Yes, really… elves!!!  Steph leaves plastic boxes in her porch and every morning there are beautiful, fresh cakes in them!  Why aren’t there cake making elves where I live?

Since I didn’t get any pictures you’re going to have to check out their website, or even better go along for yourself.  I can highly recommend the sponge cake with strawberries on it!!!

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