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YARN IS HIGH FASHION IN PORTADOWN

The fashion shows in London, Paris, and New York are over for another year so it was time to move to Portadown for one night. Yes that is right for one night only the fashion world of yarn comes to Portadown.  The show was for a good cause which was Macmillan. I  must admit according to all accounts everyone had a great night with a chance to purchase as much yarn as they wanted (OK that was a bit of an exaggeration because we all know if the crocheters and wool lovers got what they wanted in yarn they would all need a forty-foot trailer to take it home). I am sure that all the other halves could not handle that. Another thing would there be enough space for it?? Back to the fashion show – as they say over here the ‘craic was great’, and all for a good cause. Looking at the photos afterwards it looks as if all the models (and host) did a great job. I think all could and should be on the front of the glossy mags such as Vogue etc,. A big well done to all involved. You can all give yourself a pat on the back.

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The only thing I was a bit disappointed about with the show, was there was only one thing on show that was crocheted – a scarf. All the other garments were knitted and I understand that the show was to show off all the new yarn types and colours. Looking at the garments (I might be wrong but) I think they could of all been crocheted.

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The next question I must ask is have you ever been to a fashion show? Have you ever been in a fashion show? Where you the star of the show? The thing I liked about this fashion show was that everyone was natural, they were not trying to be someone else they were themselves. Because of this they all looked great. In many fashion shows and glossy mags people are made out to be “perfect”, forgetting no one is. There is no need for air brushing or for an inch of makeup. We are who we are. Yes we can be the best we can, but there is no need to try to be someone else!! A lot of people are beautiful on the inside and that is far better than being “perfect” on the outside and not so on the inside. Many years ago I realised I would never win a beauty contest (I once got second in monopoly) I have done a good job at being me. Lets all do the same.

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There was lots of other things organised for the weekend like hand knitting among other things, which you will all be told about in a different blog.

For all of you who are not crocheters or yarn addicts (yes it is a recognised addiction). Just a tip, if your other half goes out to a charity event and claims not to have bought any yarn just check the car boot before you leave for work!! Also if your partner comes back with a free goody bag, you can be sure they have added there stash of yarn into the goody bag. As for V we know all about the other room and whats in it  (how much will you pay to keep it quiet??)!!

As always keep up the good work , spread the word keep on with the crochet (and please, please, please use some of your stash before buying more yarn)!!!!

POSH YARN BOMBING IN ANTRIM

A while ago the wife was asked or volunteered (not sure which) to crochet a line of bunting for a yarn bomb event, so the said bunting was designed, made and sent to one of the organisers of the event.DSCF6315

Today was the day of the event which was called Spinning Yarns (a festival of colour, creativity and craft). It was a two days festival, and what a festival it was. As the organisers put it “set in the stunning Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House. Spinning Yarns is a must do event for those passionate about yarn or simply seeking a great day out. Come along to be entertained and inspired“, well put I say. I must say it was great and even I enjoyed it. It was nice to meet some of the people who had worked so hard to get everything set up.

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You have all heard of yarn bombing right? The action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art. That’s the dictionary definition. You can all thank Magda Sayeg for starting it all off in 2005 (so she claims) Do you know differently? Technically it is illegal as it is a form of graffiti!!! I must say it looks to good to be graffiti, it is art. To the person who could not understand why people do it (yarn bomb) I say look around you, see what joy and colour it brings to a sometimes grey world.

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Where was I? Back to today and our visit to the event. Before you entered the door you were met with crocheted flowers in pots and lots of decorations of different shapes and sizes, which were all looking great. There were lots of stalls and opportunities to buy to your heart’s content. One of the first things you saw when you got through the door was a lovely knitted river which was set in a part of the gardens. The hard work that had gone into it made it so amazing. Such great details like boats and swans to name but a few. I must admit the thing that I liked the best was the Yarn Bombed mountain bike which was near the entrance. There was lots of nice food to buy too. With plenty of displays and demonstrations throughout the day. I must admit after meeting so many crocheters and their friends the day has generated more than one or two ideas for other blogs, so watch this space.

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I must say it was good to meet some of the other half’s (widowers) and exchange that odd knowing glance or nod knowingly to be the partner of somebody who loves crocheting, yarn or knitting. I enjoyed the event, but I did meet some who had that look on their faces (the one I have on my face walking into a yarn shop), which means “what am I doing here”. I hope the photos show what a great day it was. Sometimes the photos do not do it justice. To all the ladies who did not get into the photos, because you were not there I say ‘sorry we missed you’. Thanks again for all the hard work put into the day, for us it went well. After taking some photos and saying our goodbyes it was time to walk through the rest of the gardens and look at the yarn bombing there. Again there were some great examples of it, although there were some of the flowers still in bloom the others had been made to look like they still were with the crochet and knitting. There were lots of what looked like very large Dorset buttons, a great selection of fairy friends and the large blanket (which we had a hard time of keeping Ginger the blanket thief off) and my favourite the small watering can bursting with colour. Space and time does not allow me to share about the other crocheting groups and there work, the woman who has 60 bags of a special stash (which she is determined to start to work through, the thoughts of Mrs Grann E.S. Quaire on the event and the Alpacas, there are other days and other blogs for all that.

 

The moral of the story is if you missed it this year look out for it next year or if you go and visit the gardens soon you will still see some of the yarn bombing left in the gardens (as long as the weather allows). Till next time keep up the good work and keep on crocheting, as for me I am off to finish the “artisan food” we bought.

£20 IS BURNING A HOLE IN MY POCKET

Did you know that last week (Saturday the twelfth) was Yarn shop day? I didn’t and the wife clams she knew nothing about it eiher!! This time I will give her the benefit of the doubt, because she could not hide her surprise at all the things that were going on at the yarn shop. I think also she would have tried to gather more money for her visit to lovewoolni. There was 10% off all stock that day.

Dorestt Button PinkThe morning was planed with a visit to said shop for a work shop on how to do Dorset Buttons (and it was free) run by Rosemary from Simply Spun. This time the daughter had decided to go along as well as she was so impressed with the Dorset button that her mum had done the last time.  I was warned that the wife would probably be purchasing more yarn (no probably about it). After dropping them off at the shop, off I went to do my own thing. Then at the prearranged time I went back to the shop. Which was about three hours later! There were still lots of people milling around the shop and the wife was standing with two bags one of which was free. I was told I would have to come back to the shop as they were running a competition for something done by crochet or knitting and I would be bringing her latest shawl so a photo could be taken and her shawl then judged with the rest of the entrants for a prize (she did get a reserve prize which she was amazed by as all the entrants items were amazing).

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The last thing she said before leaving the shop was and I quote “the hubby will come back with the shawl I will not be coming back”. On the trip home she explained all about yarn shop day and how she had twenty pounds left which she did not spend (I was so proud of her and how she was able to act with restraint in the shop). Home we went with all her goodies to pick up the shawl and drop the wife off at home. The nearer and nearer we got to home the more and more she was going on about the £20 pound in her pocket. This is where the £20 was starting to burn a hole in her pocket! The conversation was turned to a certain ball of yarn, or should I say cake of yarn which would be less than twenty pounds with the discount. Home we got, the wife stayed in the car and the shawl was got. We then retraced our steps back to the shop as the £20 pound was burning a major hole in her pocket.

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Annie’s shawl – Sunrise

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The cake that burned a hole in the pocket!

The other people in the shop were surprised to see her remembering that she had said she was not coming back. The photos were taken and the shawl put back in the bag. The twenty pound did not last long. The yarn was bought and the change spent on a lucky dip in which she won a ball of yarn and an entry into a draw for (among other things) a free spa day. Which if she wins I am sure she will take me I hope, she has already promised to take one of her friends from the crochet club. If you missed yarn shop day this year, put it into the diary today so you do not miss out again. I am putting it in my diary for next year so I can plan to avoid it.

 

Keep up the good work. Keep on crocheting. If you did not miss yarn shop day what bargains did you pick up? Till next time.

Annie’s Shawl – Sunrise

 

The Hooker turns to the dark side!!!

Yes it has happened! I could not believe it at first, was it really true? Could I believe my own eyes? That the hooker (my wife) had discarded her hook for two needles. It is true she has turned to the dark side. Are their people reading this who think it is ok? Do you turn to the dark side?. Why you ask, because a while ago she released a pattern for her Art Nouveau crochet blanket and a few people who do not crochet wanted to do it by knitting. So the wife worked out a plan to knit it then write the pattern for her and anyone else who wanted it. The plan went on longer than she first thought, but it is done.

Are you one of these people who can and does put your hand to any type of crafting? It could be you make cards or do some type of needle work (I have been known to go and do a little cross stitch). I do have proof of it. Scrapbooking is another craft many people enjoy. It could be that you just crochet and nothing else (which is fine).  Just think if you did other crafts how many unfinished projects you would have!!!  Another thing where would you keep all your crafting things? Lets go back to the project in hand, Someone like me would think that all you had to do to change from a crochet pattern to a knitted one would be to swap the different stitches over, not so. The wife had to knit it, which means we now have two Art Nouveau blankets (you cannot have to much of a good thing) and there was just as much frogging in the knitted blanket as there was in the crochted version.  The wife although she gets fustrated at the time with the frogging it is soon forgot especially when she sees other peoples photos of her patterns. Today we seen a photo of one of the Art Nouveau panels of the Peacock, which looked great.  It is good to see other people making some of the patterns the wife has made.

On another topic, I was watching the TV the other day. It was one of those programs when you bring along something to be valued by the experts. The experts turned to the owner of the object and asked how much she paid for it. She did not want to say the price as it was a girly purchase!!  This is the first time I had heard this saying which means you buy it and destroy the invoice so the other half does not know what was paid for it. I feel I must bring this matter to the attention of all non crocheters to look out for those two words “girly purchases”.  I too will be on my guard, listening out for these words or others of a similar nature. You have been warned. Still if you or I let the other half go to a yarn shop with a full purse what do you expect?? But that is another story for another blog. Thanks again and if you know of other words which mean the same as ‘girly purchase’, please let me know. So I can keep all non crocheters informed. As always keep on crocheting.

Art Nouveau Knitted Blanket

10,000 and Counting!! + A Free Pattern

Ten thousand what you ask? Ten thousand visits to this blog, which is a milestone. This is something to celebrate. Now I know that to some people 10,000 is not much to others it is a massive amount (it is to me). I would like to thank you all for your support and all the nice comments and likes. With out you this blog may have stopped by now. It is good to write and be creative (which a lot of you are). It is even better when your work is appreciated. I normally only look back at some of my previous blogs to make sure I do not say the same thing twice, it is always better to look forward, to expand you boundary and push yourself but, with such a milestone I have done a bit of looking back.

There are somethings that has surprised me like, Daniel Craig is more popular than Johnny Depp (the wife says she is not fussy either will do). That is because people keep looking at the blog about Daniel Craig but not so much the one about Johnny Depp. Lots of you like the blogs about Mrs Grann E.S. Quare and of course The Blanket Thief. Also a lot of you commented on the one about Leaving it at your Backside.

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Now the question we ask is why have we had 10,000 views? It is of course because of my charm and charisma and the way I make you laugh (only a part of it). I know if the wife did not share the free patterns with you all the blog would not have reached 2000 by now. The figures prove it. There is a lot of traffic when another pattern comes out. There were nearly 1400 visits when the Bond blanket came out. A big thank you to all of you who showed us your finished version of this (it did bring a lot of joy to the people it was given to and to us). Speaking of free patterns there will be a free pattern for you all at the end of this blog.

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I know were most of the praise and thanks should go to and that is to my (lovely, brilliant ,amazing) wife. First of all for putting up with me for so many years (if only the rest of you knew how hard that is). Second for all the daft and silly things you do which gives something to talk and write about and last but not the least for coming up with so many good ideas for thing to crochet and then turning them into patterns. The new free pattern is a blanket with a pattern which runs through it. The pattern matches all the way through the blanket, even though it is done in strips and then joined up together. When you look at it you will see how clever the pattern is.  Crossover Blanket

Here is to the next 10,000 ( well 9979 to be precise we have had 21 visits since I started writing) Thanks once again keep commenting, liking, sharing with others and most of all keep on crocheting.

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW.

The question is asked what do you do when you are snowed in? Well crochet of course. Did you get any snow? Did it miss you? Do you still have it. We got some which ment that we were stuck in for 24 hours which is ok if you have the essentials, bread tick, milk tick, coal for when the electric went off (just for two hours or so) tick and yarn tick. what more do you need? I do know that some of you would have put yarn at the top of the list. I do know some people had it so bad that crochet or yarn were not on their minds. We were ok – it caused a bit of inconvience but nothing major.

At one stage the wife turned to the dark side (yes she turned to knitting) for a while and all the projects were moved on a great deal. (A new crochet pattern and the Art Nouveau blanket in knitting – (due to her arthritis she can only knit a few rows at a time before the pain gets to bad, its the same when holding the yarn with crocheting and she ends up reverting to holding the yarn with the right hand as the pain in the left hand gets unbearable). We both work from home so being snowed in was no excuse (which is the first disadvantage I have found in the last three years). I must admit that not as much work was done as should have been (just to hard to get out of your nice warm bed in a morning). You just have to get out of that bed or the crocheting will not get started (do any of you crochet in bed?). If I could get away with being in bed for most or all of the day I must admit I would. Before the snow came I was going to write about something else, what?? I here you cry. Read on.

Before the snow I went to pickup the wife from the gossip club (sorry the drop in crochet/knitting group). When I did I spotted a lovely ball of yarn she had bought It was one of those that goes from one colour to another, this one went from black to yellow. There were many different colour combinations which all looked nice. “Do you like the ball of yarn I have bought?” she said.  “Yes, very nice” I said. Then came the words that no husband wants or likes to hear, and I quote ” I will not tell you how much I paid for it”. My reply was ” it is your money, you can spend it on what you want”. At that moment I was thinking it must be really bad for her to say that. The price was not told to me at that time. With her friends going through all the colour combinations she had missed I thought that it was going to get worse (it did not).

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What is the most you have paid for a ball of yarn? If you tell me I will not tell your other half, your secret will be safe with me!  What was the price of the yarn? £20.99. To some of you that will be far too much money for a ball of yarn, to others that will be nothing to what they pay. Thinking about it money is relevent to what you have. A premier league footballer thinks nothing of buying his girls handbags for £10,000. As others only have that to live on in a year. One of my friends said he had got a bargain in the sales. He had got a certain pair of gloves for only £100 (they are special gloves for mountain climbing), to me that is no bargain. Another man I knew thought nothing of spending £60 a week on a hair trim in the 90’s (the car he drove was worth twice as much as my house at the time.

If it makes you happy and you can afford it what does it matter how much it is, right? That reminds me I must hide the recipt for my new walking boots from the wife (joke). Make the world a better place keep on crocheting.

LEAVE IT AT YOUR BACKSIDE!!

Do you or your partner use the saying ” don’t leave it at your back side”? The wife says it to me a lot (I know you may think this is hard to believe, or not). OK  I admit it I do from time to time leaving things sitting around, but only because I think that I will need it again soon (or its a lazy day for me). Are you like this or do you keep things neat and tidy all the time? I once visited a friends aunt and as soon as you put your cup down she was up and took it into the kitchen to wash it and put it away. A lot of people like things in order so they can find them quickly when needed. I must say that if I leave something sitting at my backside I know where it is, unless it is moved and put away!! Is that you or your partner? This leads to other questions like what is the difference between a car mag and a ball of yarn? Or a screwdriver and a crochet hook?

Apparently there is a lot of difference between a car mag and a ball of yarn!! One can be left where ever and when ever around the house and the car mag must be put away if you are not reading it, not leaving it at your backside. Does this rule apply in your house? One rule for yarn and crocheting?? Another for my (or your partners) stuff. As the pictures will show there is a lot of leaving yarn, patterns, hooks etc., left at your backside (which is not covered by the don’t leave it at your backside rule). Were as on the other hand there is no proof of tools, mags, etc., seen anywhere. ‘I rest my case me lord’. There are two reasons for this, first I didn’t take any photos of my stuff and secondly I cannot get into the garage or shed (as they are too full of my stuff).

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Another question I have is, do you do any crocheting or knitting at these weekly get-togethers or “work shops”. Or is it just an excuse to drink coffee or tea, eat biscuits or tray bakes, and talk or gossip?? The wife brought home a Dorset button and a bit of Swiss darning (I much prefer Lancashire hot-pot and Irish stew) from the one she went to this week. They were both very nice (there will be a blog about them at another date). I may have to go and do more research on this, or pay one of these things a visit one week.

So to sum up the blog for this week, if you leave your crocheting at your backside, expect your partner to leave things at there’s (that is my excuse and I am sticking to it). Keep up the good work and keep on crocheting.