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16 for 2016: October

Here are the targets I set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy at Nanacathy

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

13 done, 3 to go.

Walk 11. Glorious October afternoon walk with my walking buddy, on Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hill fort just a few miles from me.

Walk 12. 2 hour Beach clean walk on Ringstead Beach with Master R in his beloved Woodland Hoodie .

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Walk 13. All day on Brownsea Island, walking, wonderful day with my daughter and her 3 kiddlies, dscf0063we even saw a few red squirrels and some goooorrrrrrrgeous trees. dscf0119

This oak got first prize as far as I’m concerned

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and the sweet chestnuts – wow

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a feast for the squirrels.

15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

12 done, 3 to go

A card made out of two collaged postcards taped together with a duck tape hinge.

14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

8 done, 6 to go

I added this wig

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13 SWIMS

11 done, 2 to go.

12 GARDEN POSTS

6 done, 6 to go.

The least said about this the better!

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

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10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS

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This one was made by simply sewing two crochet circles together an stuffing with yarn offcuts – simple!

7 done, 3 to go

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)

3 started, 6 to go

None this month. This feels more like a wet weather project and the weather has been glorious! I was gardening in T-shirt and shorts today – bliss.

8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

5 done, 3 to go.

Two more done this month: a weekend spent sorting out my workroom. I am trying to get some order in there. Trying, but not succeeding – I need someone organised to come in a set up a storage system – it is plainly not one of my skills.

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)

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4 done, 3 to go

You can see them here.

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.

I think this target will probably stay at 4!

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

1 done 3 to go

At last! I have put a pattern on Etsy (and Ravelry and Craftsy)

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A couple of seahorses made for my sister to hang on the cute little tree in her kitchen. The house is a sewing box and the cupcakes are pincushions.

3 MASSAGES

1 done, 2 to go

2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

The plight of so many people fleeing for their lives hurts my heart. The way our government behaves towards the refugees in Calais, especially unaccompanied children, hurts my heart. That I can do so very little hurts too.

Energetically I feel I am still recovering from a month spent by my mother’s bedside, in and out of hospital. I now know that I will not be going to Calais or Greece to volunteer as I had thought I would back in January when I made this list. The situation has not gone away, nor will it for many years, so there will be other opportunities in the future.

I will continue to crochet blankets and collect clothes to send and wait to hear what Liz Clegg does next, now that her Children’s Centre in Calais has been closed.  I am sure she will pop up again somewhere and when she does I will make another donation.

This article in the Guardian tells of her work.

Money is a form of energy, so although, I have not done what I set out to do, I will say that for the purposes of this challenge, donating money to Liz’s work, and to Calais Kitchens and sending blankets, squares for blankets and warm clothes are ways I have helped – even though it feels so sadly lacking.

1 NOVEL READ

DONE!

Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.

0 BEADS BOUGHT

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Thank you Cathy for this idea, it is good to look over the things that have been achieved and review what hasn’t. I’m already compiling 17 for 2017.

Yarn Along on the beach

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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

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Yarn Along with Orpheus and Cruella

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Ginny asks us to share what we are making and the book we are reading.

I don’t seem to read books anymore but I do listen to the radio as I knit, sew, or crochet and whilst knitting a new Cruella Deville Hat/Wig as an order for Halloween,(you can find a pattern here) I have just listened to the BBC Radio 4’s play: Orpheus and Eurydice, a modern take on the mythical story.

Such a moving expression of the way grief can feel and the kind of madness it can take us to.

As some of you know, there have been a few deaths in our family, each one brings reminders of the ones before, so many mixed emotions. After listening to the play this poem just seemed to write itself:

After Orpheus

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When difficulty goes

One remembers the good

The void is filled

Without effort

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The songs, the sounds

The sights, the scents

Waft in and out

In random shuffle

*

Loss is deep

Gain is there but distant

It takes a while to settle

Each of us alone in our experience

*

The ground shifts

Where has normal gone

Time, friendship and the love of living

Bring us back together

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Drama Wig

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Modelled here last summer by my lovely niecebrownthis knitted Hat Wig is going on the stage! It has just flown off to the University of California, San Diego to take part in a show put on by a drama student for her thesis show, based around the Simpsons characters.                                                    I just love the way these wigs are having a life of their own in many different guises all over the world. (Patterns for them can be found in my Etsy shop.)

These here wigs!!!!!

Who’d-a-thought it!

A lovely woman called Sue asked me to be a Guest Blogger on her Crochet Addict site.

I have never done anything like that before and it was fun to put together.

In the piece I wrote, amongst other things, I  posted pictures of my latest hat/wig designs

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(I’d like my hair dyed like this really!!)

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I think the one above has a sort of Jane Austen look about it – do you?

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(apologies for feeble attempt at digital clown make-up!)

And they seem to be getting a lot of attention and some lovely comments so far from Melissa and Cathy

The patterns can be found in the Etsy Shop and on Ravelry.

Ravelry is a site for all things to do with knitting and crochet.

(You have to register with Ravelry to look at pages on there).

It took me a while to work out how the site works and how to sell patterns. But one advantage of having some horrid bug which has kept me away from doing other things (I’ve been in bed most of the week – yuck!), is that I have had time to spend on the computer and despite my brain being fuddled by a temperature etc, I managed to get to grips with Ravelry.

Which has been very exciting because the hat/wigs seem to be making people smile and they are having fun with them and imagining all sorts of occasions for them – halloween being a favourite. I love the zany craziness of it and can’t wait to see pictures posted of my wigs being worn in far flung places!

Hat/Wigs are taking off!!!!

Daisy wig finished

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The wig adorned with crocheted daisies is now finished and in the shop!

(The original inspiration for this wig came from a picture I found on Google Images when looking for inspiration for a pixie hat. The picture did not lead me to a pattern so I created one for myself. I have only just discovered the designer Megan Reardon on Ravelry. Thank you Megan! You have inspired some fun projects!)

So many of you seemed to like my Daisies post, so I hope you like the finished article.

And now to finish the cushions …