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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.

via Miriadna.com
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

Garland

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

Garland


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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Saturday, 26 May 2012

Fridgie Butterfly

Back in the early 80's a friend showed me a butterfly fridgie she'd been given. I thought it was really cute so I studied it and wrote out a rough pattern.

I've recently started making squares for SIBOL - Sunshine International Blankets of Love - and their "symbol" is crocheted butterflies. It reminded me that I had this pattern languishing in my collection.

I can't claim it as an original idea but I've never come across another pattern for it (similar but not quite the same), so I'd like to share it. If anyone does know the source please let me know.


Fridgie Butterfly


Yarn and hook of your choice
A small fridgie-type magnet
Craft glue
Pipe cleaner (optional)

Notes:
·    US  terms
·    Ch 3 for the beginning dc of rounds 1 and 2
·    Picot = ch 4, slst in 4th ch from hook
·    Your work will be very ripply – this is normal and will flatten out when you fold your butterfly in half

Wings:
Ch 6, join w slst to form ring.

1)  (3 dc in ring, ch 1) x 8, join w slst to top of beg dc.

2)  slst to next ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 sp, join w slst to top of beg dc.

3)  Ch 1, sc over slst just made (i.e. in the gap btw the last and first 3-dc shells), (4 dc, picot, ch 1, 4 dc) in ch-1 sp, sc btw next two 3-dc shells, *(4 dc , ch 1, 4 dc) in ch-1 sp, sc btw next two 3-dc shells*,  repeat btw * x 5, (4 dc, picot, ch 1, 4 dc) in ch-1 sp, join w slst in beg sc, FO leaving a long tail for sewing up.

Antennas:
*Ch 9, slst in hump of 2nd ch from hook and next 7 ch, repeat from * once, FO leaving both tails for tying off.

Body:
Weave in beginning tail. Fold the butterfly in half, with the two picot “wings” forming the bottom pair of the butterfly with the yarn tail between. Place the antennas at the top of the wings, tucking the tails inside. Stitch up the centre of the butterfly and over the middle of the antennas to secure them, then stitch back down again. Repeat once and FO. Knot the antenna tails together and cut off close. Glue the magnet to the back and voilà! - one butterfly fridgie.

Alternatively, leave a shorter ending tail, weave it in, omit the crocheted antennas and use a pipe cleaner (p.c.) for the “body” and “antennas” –
Fold the p.c. in half and position the fold at the top of the wings (i.e. at the head).
Keeping the two halves parallel, wrap the p.c. down over the middle of the wings and up the underside.
Bring the ends up through the loop formed by the original fold at the top.
Press the p.c. “body” flat, adjust the antennas and give them a little curl.

-- Judy M Kerr ©2012

As always, if you spot any goofs please email me. Thanks!

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Peace Granny Square - Reverse V-Stitch deciphered

I've had several people contact me saying they were having trouble understanding the Reverse V-Stitch instructions. I thought it best to post my reply here and put a link in the pattern.
Thanks so much for contacting me. In hindsight, Reverse V-stitch may have been a poor choice of name – Upside-down V-stitch is more accurate. Perhaps if I write that round out “longhand” it will be a little clearer...  
Rnd 7) With B: sc in beginning ch3 of the previous round, ch 2, (skip next stitch, sc in next stitch, ch 2) x 3, *skip next stitch, #yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook (2 loops will remain on hook), yarn over, skip next stitch, insert hook in stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through 3 loops on hook (Reverse V-stitch complete)#, ch 2, (dc in same stitch as last dc, ch 2) x 2, repeat between #s starting in same stitch as last dc, (ch 2, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch) x 6, ch 2, repeat from * around, join with slip stitch to beginning sc. = 40 ch2 spaces
I hope this helps. If it's still as clear as mud please don't hesitate to contact me. Happy hooking!

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Friday, 13 April 2012

Garland

...Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;...
-- from Write it on your heart, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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Monday, 2 April 2012

Springtime

First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -
Crocus.
-- Lilja Rogers

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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Garland

With Whom is no Variableness, Neither Shadow of Turning

It fortifies my soul to know
That, though I perish, Truth is so:
That, howsoe'er I stray and range,
Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change.
I steadier step when I recall
That, if I slip, Thou dost not fall.
-- Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)

I found a newspaper cutting of this in my late father's wallet. I like it.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

SOPA/PIPA



But keep an eye on ICANN, too.

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Live a good life

Live a good life.
If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care
how devout you have been,
but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.
If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them.
If there are no gods, then you will be gone,
but will have lived a noble life that will live on
in the memories of your loved ones.
Roi lives on in our memories.

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

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Garland

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
-- from Anthem by Leonard Cohen

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