A line of dialogue in the television series ‘Shetland’ by Ann Cleeves,
In Nanacathy’s Knit and Natter on Friday she told us about a book that had grabbed her attention ‘Knitted Fairies’ by Fiona McDonald – I have this book and have made a Hairy Fairy. Cathy said she would like to see her – so here she is.
and I couldn’t get the face to work
she looks a little sad, or bored, or fed up!
She probably needs a friend.
which you can find in my Etsy shop
Have you made any fairies, wizards or pirates? If so, I’d love to see them – it might spur me on to give my Hairy Fairy a playmate.
even at six years
Ronovan has given us DARKNESS and DEEP this week in his weekly Haiku Challenge.
Mixing that with our Photo Prompt – FICTION.
My childhood was not always a happy place to be. There is a hint of that in my expression in the photo of me at about 6 years old, that little frown. The photo is in its original 1950s frame.
My Grandad and step-grandmother, Dabbity, provided me with a haven of books, cooking, gardening and needlework, I was always supremely happy when I was with them.
I learnt to read early and loved reading fiction as an escape. Perhaps that is why I hardly ever read fiction nowadays – no need to escape.
These are three favourite books of my childhood: Swiss Family Robinson, Monty Woodpig’s Caravan and Miss Richard’s Mouse
The illustrations in Miss Richard’s Mouse are a bit deep and dark and I remember feeling a bit scared of this book
Please leave your link to your work of FICTION in the comments, we’d love to see them.
Photo Challenge Prompt: MUSIC
Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts: BELLS and RING
I know many of you will be getting festive, but I am retreating into my own little world of creative solitude – bliss!!!!!
Haikus don’t seem to be flowing at the moment, maybe I’ll add one later if inspiration strikes.
The photo above is of a textile book I am putting together as a Baby Book, i thought Rock-a-Bye Baby would be good as the centre page.
and photo frames and a pen holder inside the front cover
Sending you all a pocket of peace.
Here are the targets I have set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy. Pop over and see how well she’s doing.
16 WALKS (of more than an hour)
10 done, 6 to go.
2. In September an hour long walk on Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire.
15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS
11 done, 4 to go
14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP
7 done, 7 to go
11 done, 2 to go.
12 GARDEN POSTS
6 done, 6 to go.
I missed August and a September would just show you how the weeds have grown since my back was turned – it’s a jungle out there!
11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS
10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS
6 done, 4 to go
9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)
3 started, 6 to go
None this month. This feels more like a wet weather project.
8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING
3 done, 5 to go.
7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)
3 done, 4 to go
Both are 8″x8″
And this one, which I entered in our local County Show. I will write a post about the show when time allows. But here is a quick update: We did not get any prizes for the painting, but I did get a first in ‘An Item of Crochet’ for one of my wigs and a couple of Highly Commended in other classes
6 BUS RIDES (using my bus pass)
2 done, 4 to go
None this month
5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED
4 done, 1 to go
No new ones this month. So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class.
4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP
1 done, 2 to go
2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES
One done, one to go
Not quite what I had envisaged at the beginning of the year, life sometimes has other plans. It seems unlikely now that I will be making a trip this year, although I have not completely let go of the idea.
I’m never sure about giving money into a general pot but I was so moved by hearing of the work of Liz Clegg in the Calais Jungle on Woman’s Hour that I donated some money directly to her work of providing a women and children’s centre.
And I still have some ‘Squares for Blankets‘ on the go.
1 NOVEL READ
Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.
A gentle read. A fanciful tale of a group of people spending a month on an island in Maine, US. Not great literature, it didn’t tell me much about Maine and a bit clunky in places but it suited me fine. I enjoyed it.
And I’ve nearly finished a second book which I ordered from the library: ‘The President’s Hat’. Another pleasant read.
0 BEADS BOUGHT
Thank you Cathy for this idea, although things have slipped over the last couple of months, it is still good to look over the things that have been achieved.
Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along, where she invites us to share a yarny project and a book we are reading.
At last I am reading a novel! This is one of my 16 for 16 challenges, I am on page 133 and am still with it – I’m relieved!
I used to love reading, but nowadays I spend so much time reading and writing blogs that I think that might be one of the reasons I haven’t read a novel for ages. The other reason is that the story has to be cheerful, interesting with very little jeopardy, but not too trashy – definitely nothing to do with war, death or violence – that cuts out a great many.
So far so good with ‘Enchanted August‘ by Brenda Bowen.
I was attracted to it because it is about Maine where Melissa of The Aran Artisan comes from. I’m not sure how much I will learn about Maine, but I’m fascinated with all the very English place names, Dorset being mentioned a lot.
As you can see in the photo above, I was taking a break from Beach Cleaning on Monday morning, (more photos here) by reading and knitting a wig. You can see more wigs, and patterns for them, in my Etsy shop
The wig will look something like this when it is finished
and thought these might make a cheeky entry into the Daily Post ‘Abstract’ challenge.
I do love the way the colours blend and am wondering about framing some of them.
They are perfect for making birthday cards and this one went to Big Sister (6) to go with her letter ‘A’
She really liked it and asked me lots of questions about how I had made it. She wanted to make a card like it, but as I did not have all the necessary ingredients with me I said I would send her some of the paper and cut-outs to make some cards of her own – here is the little kit I put together for her.
3 folded cards and some bits and pieces to stick on them.
I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes.
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