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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sunday Stitching

It doesn't look like much progress for 4 hours work, does it?

To be fair, though, I was trying to hit the 18ct holes while bumping along in a car (no, I was not driving). Plus my eyesight and my wrists aren't what they used to be. And of course, there was a certain amount of unpicking, as always.

Carin of Stitches by Carin celebrated her 1000th blog post recently by giving away some quilting fabric and this cross-stitch kit, and Yours Truly won the kit.☺ We were taking hubby's brother home today after a week's stay, usually a 5½ to 6 hour round trip, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a good start. I think I did all right.

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Friday, 24 June 2016

So Sorry

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Bye-bye Angel Puss

Tinkle - We'll miss you so much
May 1999 - May 2016

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Photographic Evidence

There you have it, folks. Proof that I do, on occasion, still crochet. 
[Shouts of "Photoshopped!" from the crowd.]

The fact that I started this particular blanket in 2009 and I'm still only about half-way, should give you some idea of just how "occasional" my crafting is these days. Another interest is taking up most of my time. But I'm hoping to dust off my hooks and do a bit more, and maybe even design a little something for you all again.

Give yourself a little time each day to do something that makes you happy.
♥ ♥ 

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Sunday, 6 December 2015


Arwen Lynch, Professional Joy Seeker and Tarot reader, shared this quote in a recent newsletter and I loved it, so like she always says about seeking joy, I'm passing it on.
Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord [or your preferred deity/energy - jmk] for letting you have the ride.
-- Jenkin Lloyd Jones

Don't worry about finding bliss. Just seek joy y'all. Pass it on.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Bloody ImageShack. As of 1 November, unless I pay them $3.99 a month, the images they host for me will no longer be "delivered" to my blog. Hence all the empty images on my page.

Looks like I'll be spending precious time reloading them elsewhere (probably Flickr) and redoing all the links. Yay.

Oh, and I've got until 31 January to do it before my account is discontinued and I can no longer access the images.


Monday, 16 March 2015


Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with their experience.
-- attributed to Mark Twain but doubtful


Monday, 17 November 2014


Sasha - Sleep well, little girl.
May 1999 - November 2014

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Out of Time

A friend's recent post has made me consider "man made time" and our habit of loading anniversaries with deep significance when, in fact, they're just another new day.

Roi - This is the last time I'll mark the anniversary of your passing. We love you. Here's to another new day.

Roi Ankhkara Kwabena
23 July 1956 - 9 January 2008

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Lisa's Groovy Granny Shawl

Every so often I'm treated to photos of the works of art that fellow crocheters have created around my Peace Granny Square. Blankets, bags, scarves... All colourful and hippy-happy!

But I was blown away by Lisa Kauma's fantastic shawl and had to share it with you all, with her kind permission, of course.

It's got so much going for it. Beautifully balanced colours. The clever use of granny stitches for the main part. Tassles!! And what about this frog?! ♥

Lisa, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, says:
When I saw the peace sign granny square I knew it was perfect for my friend... I really wanted to make a shawl, since I usually tell people to wrap themselves up and think of it as a big hug from me. I looked around at different shawl patterns and then came up with this shawl. I was happy with how it turned out.
I should think she was! What a lucky friend.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013


The Guest House  
This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 
A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. 
Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, 

who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, 

still, treat each guest honourably. 

He may be clearing you out for some new delight. 
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. 
Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
-- Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

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Sunday, 13 January 2013


We do not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, 
but by making the darkness conscious.
-- Carl Jung

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Has it been 5 years?

We miss you Roi. Peace and Love.

Roi Ankhara Kwabena
23/7/1956 - 9/1/2008

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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Fiona Apple

How has it taken me so long to discover this girl?!?

Lyrics | Fiona Apple lyrics - Never Is A Promise lyrics

I heard Hot Knife a few weeks back, thought it was brilliant, loved her voice and have only just gotten around to checking her out. I've just spent about three hours watching videos of her performances and interviews. Fiona Apple rocks!

If you like this video you might like to hear the studio version - less raw and immediate but it showcases her gorgeous voice.

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Walled Garden Square (maybe)

Way back before personal computers and easy access to photocopiers and scanners, the only way to get a copy of a pattern was to write it out by hand.

I found one such hand-written pattern in my "old" pattern folder (pre-1986). No name, no picture, obviously, but a quick scan of the instructions showed it to be a granny square of some type.

Curious, I whipped one up. And it turned out quite pretty.

I have no idea if I copied this pattern from a book or made it up myself. It would have been done over 25 years ago and I have troubling remembering yesterday! I searched the Ravelry pattern database without success and made enquiries amongst the members - no one (so far) could come up with a source.

So, I'm sharing the pattern with you all here. If anyone does recognise it - perhaps from an afghan pattern rather than as a single square - do please let me know, so I can attribute it properly!

Walled Garden Square
(amended 10 Jun 12 - thank you Scraplyn!)

  • US terms 
  • DK + G hook = 6” (bearing in mind I crochet loosely) but you can use what you like
  • Beg Cluster = ch 3, *yo, insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops on hook, rpt from * 3 times, yo, pull thru 5 loops on hook
  • Cluster = *yo, insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops on hook, rpt from * 4 times, yo, pull thru 6 loops on hook
  • blo = back loop only
  • Crossed DC = skip one hdc, dc in next hdc, dc in skipped hdc
Ch 5, join w slst to form ring.

1)  ch 4, (dc in ring, ch 1) x 7, join w slst in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.  = 8 dc, 8 ch-1 sp

2)  slst into ch-1 sp, Beg Cluster (see above), ch 5, Cluster (see above), ch 5, (Cluster, ch 5) x 6, join w slst to top of Beg Cluster.  = 8 Clusters, 8 ch-5 sp

3)  slst into ch-5 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, 4 dc in next ch-5 sp, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-5 sp, 4 dc in next ch-5 sp, rpt from * 2 times, join w slst to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.  = 40 dc, 4 ch-2 sp

4)  ch 2, 2 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *10 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, rpt from * 2 times, 7 hdc, join w slst to 2nd ch of beg ch-2.  = 56 hdc, 4 ch-2 sp

5)  slst into next hdc, ch 3, dc back into join at end of prev round (= Beg Crossed DC), Crossed DC, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, *Crossed DC x 7, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, rpt from * x 2, Crossed DC x 5, join w slst to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.  = 28 Crossed DC, 8 dc, 4 ch-2 sp

6)  ch 2, 4 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *16 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, rpt from * 2 times, 11 hdc, join w slst to 2nd ch of beg ch-2.  = 80 hdc, 4 ch-2 sp

-- Judy M Kerr ©2012

Please email me if you find a mistake (or two) or have any problems. :-)

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