Tag Archives: reading

What are you reading?

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I couldn’t make my mind up which of these two books is my favourite. The book “A Trip around the Wool” is a great book and up there among my current favourites. It’s a bi lingual book in both French and English and beautifully illustrated. I’m just starting a project titled “52 Happy Memories of 2007”. The aim is to create an embroidered hexagon each week culminating in a 52 hexi quilt. I’m already falling behind so nothing new there.

The second book “Stitched Memories” by Tilly Rose is a glorious book sub titled “Telling a story through cloth and thread” which sits well alongside the other book. I’m using old embroideries and Harris Tweed to create my memory quilt. But lots more about that as it starts to come together.

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Treat

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A friend in Craft Group lent me a book that she thought I’d like. She was right! I liked it so much that I didn’t read it. It’s a lovely book. OK I confess. I didn’t read it or even take too much of a peak. I bought my own copy immediately. I put my friend’s book to one side and shall return it as soon as possible! How mad is that? My own copy has arrived and I shall take it away with me next week to study in peace. Whoo Hoo!

Welcome to my Craft Room

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Hello and welcome. I can show you around my craft room because it’s tidy! Whoo Hoo! Well, sort of. Its not the Worlds biggest craft room but it’s all mine. Small but beautifully formed.

I have sorted, dusted, sneezed and organised. I’ve even labelled projects and threw out rubbish. Now Hubs would say that I don’t have a craft room but a craft house. He’s not far wrong as all my WIP S( works in progress) seem to travel around the house and are very fond of the dining room table.

Anyhow come and take a look at my happy place……….

Just a small selection of my craft books.

Christmas PrepOrganised?Room with a viewWell dear friends I hope you enjoyed your sneak peak! Come back soon for another visit.

A Busy Life.

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Ive just started reading a book called Enchanted Britain with the sub title Mystical Sites in Rural England Scotland and Wales by Marc Alexander. The reason being that there is a facination with standing stones and long forgotten history. I’m searching for a definitive list of Neolithic structures, burial chambers and stone circles in Britain. I think that this would/will make an interesting project and maybe I can visit any of these structures, oh and castles! Any top tips will be gratefully received.

imageI’m pressing on with my current knitting project as I am going to visit Woolfest in Cockermouth Cumbria in a couple of weeks. I want to be organised so that I can max out my yarn purchases, new craft projects and knitting know how. Whilst I am there I hope to visit Castlerigg stone circle once again.

imageSuch a busy, wonderful, happy life!

Knowledge

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Last week I went to Liverpool for a day. It’s not very far from where I live but access is complicated by the Mersey Estuary getting in the way! Friend K and I went by train which was quick and efficient. Oh and ALL DAY parking was 80p. This must be the cheapest parking anywhere!

We called in at Liverpool Central Library which was amazing. It feels as if all the knowledge in the World is there. An exaggeration I know but it is a temple to books and information. The building is a blend of modern architecture at its best and a traditional building containing old and valuable books and documents.

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We didn’t have very long to explore as we were on a fabric hunting mission. I will certainly return to this wonderful place and spend much more time absorbing the atmosphere and even reading the books!

If ever I leave Hubs ( which isn’t on the agenda!) I will be found in this lovely library. There is a coffee shop for food and drinks. There are cozy chairs for curling up and reading in. There are computers for surfing the web and it is peaceful and quiet. Well it is a library!

More Yarndale and P.I.M.s

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imageOn my recent trip to Yarndale 2015 I must say that I did leave rather loaded with projects to make, ideas to mull over and enthusiasm unbounded! However, rather than allow these projects to join my UFO (Unfinished Objects) or PHD (Projects Half Done) pile I have decided to call them PIM (Projects In Mind) I have a lot of these elusive projects all in my mind!

I purchased this lovely, colourful pack of wool from Attic24, which will become a crocheted Coast Ripple Blanket one day. Take a look at http://www.attic24.typepad.com

imageI was delighted to meet a fellow blogger Christine Perry who blogs under the name of “Winwick Mum”. She has recently published a book “Super Socks” which she very kindly signed for me. One day I will have a go at knitting socks (another PIM?) and join her on line sockalong. It was fab to put a face to a name of someone I have followed on line for some time.

I also found some fabric exactly right for Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. This will be used to up cycle a vintage leather case. Phew ….. More work!

If I was to change one thing about Yarndale It would be to have a bloggers meet up. It would be wonderful to meet for a coffee for a blogging natter!

still more about Yarndale 2015 to follow….

Vintage Life

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Today I stumbled across a great magazine called “Vintage Life”. I am really a magaholic but find that since I’ve been Blogging and reading bolgs I don’t buy as many magazines. I suppose that there is only so much reading time in a day so I’m more inclined to savour a magazine as a treat. Which is what was doing today. I say ” was” because after I had taken the following photo I knocked the cup of tea all over it! Ah well! I did manage to salvage it even if it now has curly pages!

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Maybe I will go and make another cup of tea and try to separate the pages.

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Apologies to Darling Daughter but the knitting pattern did bring a smile to my face!

St Agnes and Mines

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Wheal Coates is a former tin mine situated on the north coast of Cornwall, England, on the cliff tops between Porthtowan and St Agnes.

imageIn 1881 138 people were employed at the site to mine a seam of tin just below sea level. Whilst walking along the coastal path you cannot miss these sentinels of a past era. These mines are clinging to the cliff edge along the coast. The mines often went far out under the sea in there quest for tin. What a life! It must have been very hard and probably very short. (Poldark?)

imageWe walked, or rather were bloimagewn, along the path to the Cornish village of Saint Agnes. It was very invigorating. The views were fabulous. Benji dog really enjoys running along the cliff path. He’s certainly not worried about the weather! The path was lined with the most beautiful wild Spring flowers. I bow my head in shame when I think about how little I know about flowers, plants etc. I can only say that there was a great mix of colour and type of flowers

imageIm finding time to do a little knitting, a lot of reading and plenty of internetting! Ah such a lovely life. See you all soon.

Wordsmith Wednesday

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word·smith
n. 
1. A fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally.
2. An expert on words.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Until I retired I worked in a busy Radiology/imaging department. Many “words” passed through this office and it was an unwritten rule that if we had to ask how to spell a word, we were to look it up in a dictionary. This meant that not only did we spell it correctly but we qualified the definition. We therefore improved our vocabulary and spelling. This is one thing that I miss from work. I decided that every Wednesday we would investigate a “new” word.

There are no real rules regarding “Wordsmith Wednesday” except

1) The word must be interesting, uncommon, or unusual.

2) I will check both the definition and the spelling

3) There are no rules!

Dont forget to visit next Wordsmith Wednesday next Wednesday!👍

What a week!

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image image imageWell! What a week! Hubs has been in hospital to have a new knee. I’ve been in sole charge of house and dog. I have also shopped, washed, chauffeured, and most importantly walked Benji dog. I have been chief walker for about six or eight weeks, since Hubs knee became much worse. The problem is Hubs has set the bar high with respect to length and frequency of dog walks. Not one to disappoint Benji, I have increased my own walking tremendously. Now I would like to say that I am now much fitter and thinner…..

Hubs was discharged on day three following his minimally invasive, computer positioned new knee. Clever stuff! Now I am nurse, carer and cleaner as well as head dog walker. My chill out time has consisted mainly of reading. I love to read but have limited time to devote to this treat. I do find that blogging and reading blogs is a wonderfully enjoyable but steals time from other leisure pursuits. On saying that I’m not about to give up my Blogging hobby!

One of the books I have nearly finished is a trilogy called “An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler”. This book is an easy read- a bit of a no brainer. It is a book to read in bed but I have enjoyed the stories. It has also refreshed my memory of quilting terms and techniques. Maybe I will get out one of my unfinished quilts and attempt to finish it.

The second is a book called “Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft”. This book I got out of the library and liked it so much that I went out and bought it. So much for my library economy! Still it is a great book.

I nearly forgot! I am also top fire lighter. Now this is a real problem as I am a rubbish fire lighter. Don’t tell Hubs but whilst he was in Hospital I struggled so much to get a decent fire going that I went to bed and read under my electric blanket to keep warm.