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A BOX WITH MY NAME ON IT!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

Yes it is that time of year (how can you miss it with all the perfume ads). Looking back on last year and what I wrote, I knew the blog had to be written a different way so hence the title. This is a great time of year giving lots of people time to reflect on the year gone by and the things which are important (not just crochet and related subjects). To some it is family to others a time of rest or a time to give thanks. What do you like about this time of year? It also means more time to crochet. Also time to plan for all the crochet  projects (and yarn required) for next year.

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Back to the title!! I am ready to admit that like most (but not all) men, I am terrible at getting the present for the wife right. I must admit I do have my moments (now and then). This year we have decided to do it different. (For all those guys who get it wrong take note). I was informed by the wife that there was a box sitting at the back of the counter of love wool NI (the wifes favorite yarn shop in are local town) with my name on it!  Filled with yarn, a pattern and a project to do over Christmas (she is insisting she has nothing new to do). All I have to do is take my wallet and pay for it. That sounds good to me because it means the wife gets what she wants and I get it right this year (which is always good). This is a good way to take some of the stress out of Christmas.

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A few other things to mention, you can now buy the wife’s paid patterns via the blog, which will save you looking for them on other sites. If you buy a pattern from the blog  we will send it to you via your email and until the 31st of this month you get 25% off them (if bought from the blog). We hope to be bringing other things to the blog, more on that next blog.

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Which just leaves me time to say a big THANK YOU for all your support and to wish you a Happy Christmas, hoping your other half gets it right. If not show them this and get a box with their name on it.

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The Museum of Crochet

Thinking as you do about crocheting (as you are never to far from another projet), the question came to me is there a museum of crocheting?  Apparently there is in the USA near San Francisco. It is a small trailer not big enough to swing a cat in (not that I would). It is run by Shari Elf who does not crochet but wants to learn how to. It is mainly full of crocheted cats and dogs.

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Is there anything you have crocheted that you would exhibit? It could be that you have lots of finished projects that would be good enough to show, others of you have things that could be exhibited but you do not think they are that good (they probably are you know).

If  I was to set a museum of crochet up it would have to be a big place with lots of rooms and plenty of space. (It could maybe be virtual that way you would need only a little room.) You would have to have a room for the history of crocheting. It is said to have started in the early 19th century. The first known printed pattern was in 1924 in a magazine in Amsterdam , before that they printed plates for people to follow. Crocheting was formerly known as shepherd’s knitting. It was just passed down from family member to family member or from friend to friend (I bet you all still do that today). We could talk about the fact that Queen Victoria sparked off a trend of crocheting as it was said at the time  “if it is good enough for the Queen then it is good enough for me!!”

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I do not think we would get away with that today. Moving on…

The next room could show all the types of crochet hooks from the very start of crocheting to the present day, so that would be from bone to wood to plastic up to carbon fibre. If you only had one type of each hook it would be a small room.

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Next would be a room dedicated to the secret stash. This room would be split into sections one dedicated to the secret purchases and smuggling in of said yarn contraband. Yes we would have an example of the shopping trolley or bag with the standard false bottom. Also examples of the false receipt showing a small purchase along with the real ones that show the real cost of the yarn!!  The next section would be all the ingenious ways over the years the secret stash has been hidden.

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Then one of the – if not the biggest room – the room of the never finished projects. This would be the room that would be visited the least as it would bring back so many bad memories to most.

We move on to the last two rooms of the museum, first the sensory room. were you can feel all the yarn as much as you want, touching the yarn with your fingers then rubbing it up and down your cheek just to get the full effect of the softness of it (there will be no shop owners here to tell you to stop rubbing the yarn up and down your face).

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Last but not least the room with all the finished projects and lots of time and space to admire and comment on all the wonderful finished work. I know to some of you this would be just like walking through your own home but just on a grander scale.

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Can you think of other rooms that should be in the Museum of Crocheting?

Till next time keep them hooks moving.

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Art Nouveau Project

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!!

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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.

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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).

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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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