Wordsmith Wednesday-Tunisian Crochet

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Technically I suppose this is Wordsmith Thursday but I am totally mixed up with holidays, mobile WIFI and adorable grandchildren!

This definition reminds me of a course that I did with my friend Penny. We never stopped laughing which I suppose is why I still can’t do Tunisian Crochet! Thanks to Wikipedia for the following.

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Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called an Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting. As such, some techniques used in knitting are also applicable in Tunisian crochet. One example is the intarsia method.

The work is begun with the traditional starting chain, a series of slip stitches. Once the chain is completed, the first row is worked by inserting the hook back into the previous link of the chain, and a loop from the free end of the yarn is grabbed with the hook and pulled back through the link. Unlike traditional crochet, however, this new loop is not then pulled through the initial loop. Both remain on the hook and then the process is repeated, working from right to left, until each link in the chain has been worked. At the end, there will be as many loops on the hook as there are stitches required. This process is called casting on. This is the first of two parts for creating a row.

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The work is never turned. Once the correct number of loops is obtained, the process is reversed with each loop being worked off from the hook by pulling a fresh loop of yarn through each stitch, working from left to right. It is both parts of the process which form a completed row. The tension of the yarn is much looser than in standard crochet or knitting.

Gorgeous Granddaughter and Gorgeous Granny!

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This week I’m having time out with Gorgeous Granddaughter and it’s lovely. We spent time exploring the garrison town of Richmond North Yorkshire. I am “catching her young” regarding crafting and  treasure (vintage) hunting. We,well she,found some cute silver spoons and a butter knife! We enjoyed a hunt around a fantastic multi roomed antique shop called York House(Antiques) http://www.yorkhouseantiques.co.uk

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We spent a while preparing strawberries, and then ate them! We also bought some blue and silver wool to practice our knitting (it had to have sparkle) and returned to her home to get the campervan ready for tomorrow.

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WATCH: A 90-Year History of TIME Covers in 120 Seconds

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WATCH: A 90-Year History of TIME Covers in 120 Seconds

Noddfacrafts:

My Mum was 89 years old yesterday. Here is 90 years of witnessing the World in only 90 seconds. Makes you think. Happy birthday Mum.

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Did you know TIME didn’t always have a red border? It’s true. Back in March of 1923, when the magazine first hit newsstands, the cover was a white affair. A few years later, the border switched to red; a few years after that, in hopes of compensating for an editorial oversight, the “Person of the Year” franchise was born, to ensure Charles Lindbergh’s face appeared on the cover after his famous flight across the Atlantic.

This weekend, TIME celebrates its 90th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, TIME.com has rolled out an extensive array of special birthday celebrations. Over at TIME.com/90years, you’ll find a gallery of 90 covers that encapsulate world history so far, as well as a historical breakdown of which celebrities and showbiz stars graced the cover through the decades and a hilarious poll that allows visitors to vote for the cheesiest TIME cover ever conceived…

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Crinoline Ladies

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What is it with all these Crinoline Ladies on my vintage linens? They were very popular in the 30s and 40s embroidery. They are often pictured under romantic flower bowers or carrying a parasol. Our American friends call them Sun Bonnet Sue or Southern Belle.

My Nanna (Grandmother) who inspired me to embroider, continued into her 80s as a competant stitch woman. In her later years she attended a City and Guilds embroidery class at her local art school. I remember her teacher saying that she was not to embroider anymore Crinoline Ladies as they were old fashioned! What a shame! Nanna didn’t care if she was old fashioned ( which of course she was). All she wanted to do was to embroider Crinoline Ladies!

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Today I have found a tea pot with a Crinoline Lady on. How cool is that? OK maybe it’s my turn to be old fashioned.

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I have have been increasing my stash of Vintage China and linens as I am starting a Vintage hire business in the near future. More about that soon.

Secrets, Stash and Supplies!

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Today I visited a local craft emporium called Abakhan http://www.abakhan.co.uk close to the North Wales coast. I went with a friend and we were girls on a mission! We were seeking inspiration and ideas for a project that must remain secret! I will tell you soon but for now what happens at Abakhan remains at Abakhan 🙅

We found bargain remnants of lovely fabric for our project. It was an amazing bargain.

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The the lime green dotty fabric is Tshirt fabric that I am going to use to make some Tshirt yarn. ( or try to! ).

If I succeed in making the yarn I have a home project in mind. I can’t tell you about this either as Hubs doesn’t know yet and I will have to negotiate the idea! Great fun isn’t it?

I will have to rush as I am out to dinner tonight. I am going to Knutsford in Cheshire and it has been a long time since I visited this lovely town. Bye!

Home Again -For now!

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Arrived home from Awesome Austria yesterday after a fantastic week of Sun, scenery and sore feet! This was not before an evening on our balcony, glass in hand, iPad at the ready in search of a further week or two back in Austria in the Autumn! This probably won’t happen as we have other plans but you have to dream!( I do, a lot!)

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It was lovely to catch up with family and our loveable Lab Benji. He has now forgiven us for going on holiday without him provided he can go away in our camper soon!

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Gorgeous Grandson had done a great job of dog caring.

Not much crafting to report on I’m afraid. There are great plans afoot on that subject. I will tell you all my plans when I know what they are.

No Wordsmith Wednesday due to holidays but normal service will be resumed next week.

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Awesome Austria Day Six

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Today we walked hobbled around the Zillar Valley in Austria. I would take a pic of my toes but they are far too grusome for publication! My other excuse is that thirty plus degrees is far to hot for hiking anyway!

We travelled up on the single chair lift at Hippach Ramsau. This is the best lift ever! You just glide up the mountain accompanied only by bird song and a gentle breeze. Sadly it is closing after this year due to high maintenance costs. I Signed the save Ramsau lift petition and will do the same on Facebook.

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We stopped at the obligatory cafe at the top of the lift for some refreshment OK beer! I waved Hubs off as he walked into the mountains not to be seen again for several hours. I made my way slowly back to the hotel, avoiding all shopping opportunities. Well it was Sunday, and all or most shops were closed, so I saved a fortune. I enjoyed a swim in the pool ( that didnt hurt feet) and sunbathed in the garden. Bliss!

Awesome Austria Day Four

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Today was the day that I wrecked my feet! It was downhill all the way, but first we had to go up hill!

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We decided to go up on the Ahorn gondola from Mayrhofen to the top of the Ahorn Mountain. The Ahorn Gondola is the largest in Austria and travels up the side of the mountain at approximately 36 kilometres per hour. The whole of the area is geared up for skiing but during the summer it is a walkers wonderland.

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The next problem was which way to walk? Well I do confess it was my suggestion to walk back down. Who in their right mind would walk down a mountain when you can get a lift? Not only that but we walked 4265 feet DOWN HILL!!

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The weather was a relentless 33 degrees. The Hubs was very patient. The feet were a nightmare. The scenery was stupendous. The packed lunch welcome. The water essential.

I did survive and complete the walk/hike/marathon. My poor toes were a different story. I did wear hiking boots but canvas ones. Big mistake. It’s never the wrong walk only the wrong footwear!

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Give feet freedom I say!

Awesome Austria Day Three

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Today we hitched the bus to Hintertux.

You can count on great snow conditions in Tux-Finkenberg, and that’s as safe as mountains! Perfectly prepared slopes at 3,250 m above sea level, on the Hintertux Glacier, 365 days a year! Slope maintenance machines are at work night for night to ensure ideal conditions – the fresh slopes allow ski enthusiast’s hearts to beat a little faster! But we didn’t go to ski we went to walk!

The weather was incredibly hot for walking today. We walked down from Hintertux Glacier but shared the lift up with ski enthusiasts and snow boarding lovers. I spent most of the time seeking shade, drinking water and avoiding cows.

This is The view where we ate lunch.

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All of the walks in the Tyrol are clearly way marked but this doesn’t prevent heated discussions about which way to go!

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I am currently allowing my feet to recover ready for tomorrow’s exciting ramble sorry walk!

Awesome Austria Day Two

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Where else in the World would you get a coffee, partway up a mountain,with such amazing views? Today is day two of our trip to Mayrhofen, Austria. We have been many times (aren’t we lucky?) and are always jaw droppingly impressed with the beautiful views.

The purpose of our trip is to walk a lot, get fit and drink whisky. Mmmmm not sure…..

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This is is a picture of Hubs looking for our lost path. Now this is not unusual we frequently lose our way.

Today was sooooo hot that we did a small walk up hill of course, got lost of course and stumbled across the cafe pictured above. It would have been very rude not to have Apple Strudel with cream and tea. Did anyone mention getting fit?

On our crawl up through the town in extreme heat I did notice a couple of craft shops. These will require investigation within the next few days so I will report back.

We returned to our hotel to have a swim ( Hubs to lift weights) so I decided to lie on the bed and relax. After all I am on holiday not a fitness break and it is hot and the strudel finished me off!