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The Eyes Have It!! (The Nintendo Eyes That Is)

It used to be in times gone by (showing my age), that a release of the next big film or the latest super groups cd, would generate a lot of interest. Now it is the games that are followed by such mayhem and pandemonium.

There are adverts all over the tv for this game and that game. Most of the ads tell you to preorder the game so you are one of the first to have it and you have it before it sells out!!  The one that is causing the hype at the minute (well in our house anyway) is the latest installment of Nintendo’s new game (not a thing that excites me, but to a lot of people this is very important mainly the younger generation) Super Mario Odyssey.

Mario Hat 2

It could be that you get a bit like this when the latest cal is coming out by your favorite designer. Maybe its the latest issue of your monthly crocheting mag that gets you all excited. I do know that when the wife puts out a new series of patterns, this generates a lot of traffic onto the blog. Which is good for me when I see the numbers going up and up (as long as I do not look to close at what they are looking for).

If you have a family member (young or not) that is into Nintendo Switch, the patterns that my wife has designed could be the perfect gift that you are looking for. Of course the main character is Mario but there is another new main character Cappy, which is Mario’s hat! There are two patterns at the moment with more to come, which will all be worked into a blanket. The game has picked up some critics awards it is that good. We all know that the critics cannot wait to stick the knife into anyone or anything so it must be good. You will have to wait untill the 27th of October before it comes out and then you can join in and collect Power Moons so you can help to save Princess Peach ( if you want to).

princess peach

I have heard of games in which you have to crochet or knit a pattern which gives you a clue for the next part of the game. The pattern is written in such a way that you cannot work out what it will be until you crochet it, there has got to be a way to connect  a crocheting hook to a game console in which you have to crochet certain stitches to proceed to the next level. Now there’s a thought – virtual crocheting. That is a great idea if it is virtual then you do not need any yarn (yes I have cracked it). I must get to work on this, I will run it past the wife first (will I get away with it?). Just think of all the money, and space we would save!!! I hope you like the patterns, follow the link for the first two of nine in the Super Mario Odyssey Blanket.

Super Mario Odyssey Blanket

Here comes the 25th (Bond that is)

If you have been sleeping over the last few months you will not of heard that Daniel Craig is coming back for the 25th Bond film. Which is exciting if you think (as I do) Daniel is one of the best, if not the best Bonds ever. As all you who have read my blog before you will know all about the Bond Project and the blanket that came from it. If you are new to my blog then I would suggest you can read all about it from these links The names Bond, Project Bond     Daniel Craig is impressed (WELL ALMOST).

Right where was I, Oh yes, Bonds next film. Rumors abound about this film who, what, when? The film is supposed to follow the plot of a book not by Ian Flemming but a book called Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson with the working title of Shatterhand. If you need any proof that this is the case then just look how the price of this book (even used ones) has gone up and up.

This has put the wife in a bit of a predicament with the free pattern she has given away. Does she change it to fit a block into it for the new Bond film and if so what does she put into the block? Does she keep the Bond blanket new and fresh or just stop it all now? Well what would you do?

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We are currently listening to the book as an audio download, which means we can do other things like work (working from home helps with this) or crocheting. I must admit though we do have to keep going back and listening to certain bits because we were disturbed or lost concentration for a little bit. There has been one or two things that stand out, but will the film be exactly as the book?  Do we want to waste time planing and designing a new block and then find it is not in the film or it has been updated which makes the pattern of no use for this project and would it be out-of-place.

The question is does any one out there know? Has anyone an idea? Oh to be in the know.  The wife is designing, moving things around and making plans for crocheting another revamped Bond blanket but all that could change so watch this space.

As always make this world a better place by keep going on with the crocheting.

May you basket or container be always full of yarn.

Bond finished 1 (2)

Do you have your own tartan?

When you think of tartan what does it bring to mind?  Long lost ancestors, Scottish warriors, kilts or a certain name like Anderson, MacDonald or MacGregor clans? Or maybe it’s people, highlanders like Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce or William Wallace or films like Brave Heart? To you is it just something that was from a long time ago. However it is still relevent today. Lots of people get married in it (a kilt that is). Tartan is used by lots of designers today. Something that’s never seems to go out of fashion. Tartan kilts are recognised all over the world. They are worn by members of pipe bands, as regimental dress etc,. It could be that you think of it as something that the upper class wear. Which is surprising when it was first used by farmers and those who worked the land, a cloth and garment that was quick and simple to make and wear.

Does your family or yourself have your own tartan? One that is only in your name? The closest I came to my own tartan was the day before my wedding the last day at work where I was forced to wear a kilt all day. They are surprising warm. Did I do go the full way when I wore it? What can I say a gentleman never tells.

Ste in tartan

Last day of freedom

My wife’s family have their own tartan. There is a free pattern at the end of this blog. (I know you all love a free pattern).

anderson tartan

I bet the last thing you would think of when you think of tartan is a shopping bag!!! It could be you do think things like that are made in tartan or something else perhaps. The thing is how do you make something by crocheting that was originally made by weavers? To some this would be a problem, to the wife just another challenge. Off she goes searching her books and the internet for ideas and inspiration. The first method she tries, well I would describe it as crocheting small strips in different colours and inter weaving them together something quite difficult and time-consuming . After a while it was back to the drawing board. After some time she comes up with her own pattern and hay presto she is off. A tweak here and a tweak their and a few days work you have the free pattern you can get today. As always keep up the good work, keep on crocheting.

Anderson Tartan Covered Jute Bag (medium size)

Anderson tartan bag

The return of the blanket thief

As most, if not all of you know about the Art Nouveau project and all the cushions that came from it. I must say it has taken quite a long time for my wife to make the patterns and crochet them all. During all this time Ginger the dog (aka the blanket thief) had shown no interest at all in what was being crocheted. Not once had Ginger bothered with the panels that were being made into cushions, and there were lots. eighteen to be precise, nine fronts and nine backs. The dog seemed to know there was no blanket here. Now do not get me wrong, Ginger likes cushions if they are not in the right place (as far as she is concerned) she will move them by scratching and kicking them until she gets them just as Ginger wants them. This can mean one or all of them landing on the floor, with her standing with the “what a good girl I am” look on her face. Ginger also rearranges the rugs to suit her, in other words in to a big pile or mess!!

After reading that you can see that no interest being shown in the Art Nouveau project what so ever is strange. After all the blocks and cushions had been done the next stage was to do the joining strips for the blanket, then block them all. Still Ginger shows no interest, because as far as she is concerned there is nothing to interest Ginger there. Then came the final stage of the blanket, putting it all together.

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Wait a minuet, I SAID WAIT A MINUET. Immediately there is movement from Ginger, no interest has turned into a desire or an obsession to claim the blanket for herself!!  Yes just after two of the blocks had been joined together she knew it was going to be a blanket. All of a sudden Ginger became the wifes best friend, only leaving her side for food, water and walks. At first she is a bit annoyed she cannot lie on it. Day after day Ginger sits at my wifes feet waiting and watching for the blanket to be finished. When the wife gets on the second row Ginger cannot sit on it but she has realised if she stands on all fours she can reach the Art Nouveau blanket with her tail and she wags and wags with all her might. Ginger what are you doing? She tries to look as innocent as she can. As the blanket gets bigger and bigger more and more she tries to clams it. This time the wife is determined not to let Ginger claim the Art Nouveau blanket. The blanket is kept off the floor as much as possible, every time the blanket drops down then Ginger is on it like a shot. When that happens she is sent packing. After the blanket is finished it is very hard to keep her off it especially when the photos are being taken hence the photo with Ginger posing on it. You will be glad to know the Art Nouveau blanket is packed away safe and sound away from the blanket thief!!  Although the wife wants to put it back on the bed as she loves it on the bed – even though that means we will never see Ginger as she will claim the bed as her new resting place, a well the things you do for the ones you love – the two legged and 4 legged loves. Till next time happy crocheting.

ginger-the-blanket-theif

Art Nouveau Project

Art Nouveau

What type of picture or scene does Art Nouveau make in your mind’s eye? Do you think of a certain time or person or image? It takes you back to an era between 1890 and 1910 (some say it was at an end by 1905). Art nouveau came from a saying that ment “house of new art”. It was a reaction to the academic art of that time. It took its inspiration from the lines and formes in plants and flowers. The movement started in Britain and came out of the arts and crafts movement. The first thing I thought of when the wife said she was doing an Art Nouveau project was curves. Natural curves found in nature with a free-flowing movement. What names spring to mind? William Morris, Philip Webb, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to name but a few. There designs are still sought after today over a hundred years later. It would be good to have a piece or two for a rainy day.

Art Nouveau blanket outside

Well it is one thing to be inspired by nature it is another to design something from it. Which these men and woman seemed to do with ease. Now to the Art Nouveau Project. I can say with certainly that there has been a lot of planning put in to this project. First things first, what is the topic of the project, then the designing of it. Hours and hours of research. Then lots of drawing etc,. What colours? Then of course the order for the wool!! Two boxes this time, with the wife insisting she did need that much for this project. Turning the drawings into patterns next. Can you do that? Are you good at doing your own patterns? It baffles me! Next the crocheting followed by the blocking (that’s where I come in). I must say there were one or two tricky ones this time (with a little patience and determination they were soon sorted. Last but not least putting it all together.

I know there are people who have already started some of the designs as cushions. the patterns are written as single cushions or all the graphs can be got in one pattern for the blanket  which you can make in to cushions (using your pattern for the back of the cushion). Links to patterns is Art Nouveau Project

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Now I know that we give a lot of patterns for free, but not this time. Mainly because of all the work that has gone into it. I am sure you can appreciate that. I must say that the end product looks amazing, but to celebrate the finishing of the Art Nouveau project the wife is running a competition and 3 lucky winners will be sent the pdf for the blanket.  All you have to do is follow a hookerswidower blog, follow the wife’s facebook page 2nd Bench Along and share her post about the competition on her facebook page.

Just one more question to ask, how long will it be before I am called into action again.

Canada’s Birthday (and Rachel’s too)

This weekend Mrs Grann E. S. Quare is helping to celebrate two birthdays. The first one is in our home the 21st birthday of our daughter Rachel. Yes the banners are up!! So that every one knows that Rachel is 21. Like most of us at that age she is a little embarrassed, but likes the fact that we care and remembered. We will be out later with family and friends to make a fuss of Rachel. I am sure Mrs Grann E. S Quare will be in the middle of it.

Rachel Ballydougan Mrs G S Quare

To think that twenty-one years age my wife gave birth to our wonderful daughter. Where has all the time gone? What were you doing twenty-one years ago? Were you even born then? Lots of thing have changed in those years. I have not got any taller, but I have got a little bigger around the middle. I also know that a lot of you out there have been crocheting for all those years. Go on tell us how long have you been crocheting? Do you still have the first thing you crocheted? Do you remember what you crocheted? Was it a granny square? Most people start there, or are you a bit different and started with something else. As for Grann she was in the thick of the action at the meal for the birthday girl!! Grann enjoyed her meal of roast chicken breast on a bed of mashed potatoes with seasonal veg and thick onion gravy (left nothing). Followed by the birthday cake , not a small piece but a great big chocolate fudge cake. We ordered a cake for ten, but after everyone got a piece (served with ice-cream) there was enough for about twenty more servings. What are we going to do with it??

Cake Mrs G S Quare

Then it was on to opening the presents, which of course Grann was in the middle of (you would think it was her birthday). I forgot to mention the fact that the owner of the restaurant sang happy birthday to Rachel the birthday girl. This did embarrass her a little (but that is what parents are supposed to do right?).

Pandora Mrs G S Quare

The second is the 150th birthday of Canada. 1st July is Canada Day, the national day of Canada, celebrating the anniversary of the British North America Act, an important step on the road to Canada as we know it today. This year marks the 150th anniversary, If you’re wondering why we should celebrate Canada then just imagine what your life would be like without the likes of Shania Twain, William Shatner, Pamela Anderson and, erm, Justin Bieber…According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, Canada is the 7th happiest country in the world. Canada has the most doughnut shops in the world per capita. Maybe this is why they are so happy? Over 200,000 pancakes are served during the Calgary Stampede. Perfect to go with all of the pure Canadian maple syrup, after all, Quebec is the top producer of maple syrup in the world. Did you know that? Mrs Grann E.S. Quare has visited Canada a few years ago now and loved it. Well I think that is enough of Grann’s adventures for now. there will be more on another blog (if you want it). Keep on crocheting.

Canada Day Mrs G S Quares

Mrs Grann E S quare goes to Narnia (Belfast)!!!!

When Grann said she was going on a trip, I was not that bothered about going untill she said she was off to Narnia. That defiantly got my curiosity and interest going. What! Where did you say (the ears these days can miss hearing things). Getting on a bit you see. I said I am off to see Jack (C.S. Lewis to none locals) in Narnia. Have you got the wardrobe then?? No we are going in the car to Belfast. Belfast is not that magical to me, but to smaller eyes at certain times of the year it can be.

We arrived in Belfast early afternoon and parked up close to C.S. Lewis square When I say we I mean me, Grann, Ginger (the blanket thief) and the wife (who did not need much persuading after the mention of cappuccino and ice-cream). It was a nice sunny afternoon which was a nice surprise in its self. As Grann can get a bit excited when she goes out (she does not get out that much these days), there was no time for sitting around so off we went to explore. The first thing we saw was the big man himself (Aslan), keeping a watchful eye over all the visitors.

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For those of you may not know Grann much, she is one of those people who does not go looking for trouble, but trouble always finds her. After warning her about who to trust and who not to trust, also warning about the turkish delight Grann went on ahead. Around the corner she went and bumped into Mr and Mrs Beaver, when we caught up Grann insisted that we take a photo of her with them both. The smile on her face was like a Cheshire cats grin. So far so good I thought, Grann was managing to stay out of trouble (a first for her), but the day was not over yet. On she went right into trouble!!

Beavers

The next time we saw her Grann was eating from the palm of somebody’s hand none other than the Snow Queen (curse the pull of Turkish Delight). Grann had just ignored all we said, she does act like a child.

Ice Princess 3

We ran to her rescue to no avail, it was too late she had been thrown to the wolves. The next thing we saw was Mrs Grann E. S. Quare flying through the air towards the open mouth of the wolf. To find out what happened to Mrs Grann E. S. Quare read the next blog!! (cliff hanger).

Wolf 3

Now on to my next topic?? Only joking. As the picture shows Grann ended up in the mouth of the wolf, what could we do? We started waving our arms about and shouting (we looked a pair of eejits). This was part of the plan, to distract the wolf so Mr Tumnus could rescue her. It worked despite our best efforts. All ends happily as in most stories. We had a great time at C.S. Lewis square – a nice place to visit. There was a coach load of tourist visited while we were there.  If you are ever in Belfast why not call in?

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