Sew be it

It's time to introduce a new category. Still creating useful contributions to life, some contributions being just for decoration or amusement. Whichever, it keeps me amused. My new cutting board is in place on my desk, the rotary cutter is ready to go. What to sew first? That is the question, and one I'll be answering soon. Watch this space.Read more …

What can you do with an old bag?

Plarn. Qué? Plarn. PL astic y ARN.  See what I did there? I’m a little late to the party, I know.  Apparently, plarn has been a thing for a long time.  I know because I found Eco-Friendly Knits Using Recycled Plastic Bags by Emily Blades, published in way back in 2010.  I’d dabbled with twine and string over the years, and I’d made some shoulder bags out of discarded tee-shirts.  But plarn? Never ‘ad it, Mr Fawlty. I was very excited to discover plarn.  I’ve been a successful hoarder of plastic bags over…Read more …

A Toad in the Hand is worth Two in the Bath

Not a proverb you’d have heard of but it’s one that suits this jotting. If you’ve read any of my musings before now, you’ll know that most of the pieces I produce are knitted flat.  I’ve eschewed the Magic Loop and the dreaded sets of four or five dpns for years now after one disastrous attempt with four needles when my fingers jerked uncontrollably, needles slipped to the floor and stitches twisted upon themselves.  I couldn’t see the attraction or the point of fiddling with more than two needles.  Until the other day. …Read more …

Leaf it out

My toad-loving friend and I reached the anniversary of meeting each other 50 years earlier (how did that happen?).  This time, a toad (or a frog, we’re not particular) wouldn’t really do, even though the amphibian affinity began early on in our friendship.  It should really be something that marked the literal beginning.  It was Decimalisation Day; surely there would be something knittable within the currency theme?  Nothing inspiring, as it turned out.  I haven’t mastered basic crochet skills and I suspect coins are a perfect crochet go-to.  How about the school logo?…Read more …

Pour l’homme qui a tout

I’ve asked it before and I’ll ask it again.  What do you give the man who has everything?  If the top of his present wish list is a pizza oven shovel for putting the pizza into the oven and a hot ash shovel for removing hot ash from the pizza oven, which, by the way, he has built himself, from mining his own stone to cutting and shaping it, then finding the perfect gift is nigh on impossible. A bowtie then.  Why not?  He’s a man of many parts and a man of…Read more …

My ears are burning…but in a good way

You know when you get up in the morning with the intention of going out on your bike?  Yes, you really fancy an energising blast that’ll set you up for the rest of the day.  While making your coffee, you observe that the breeze looks…refreshing.  Great, it’ll cool you down as you warm up on your ride.  The sun keeps peeping out.  That’s a dose of vitamin D right there.  Another good reason to stick to your plan.  But as a plastic flowerpot bowls along the path and the branches of distant trees…Read more …

A Bootee Bonanza

It’s bootee season in my house at the moment.  A new born due any moment in Norway and a mother-to-be in Surrey appealed to my preference for small projects.  Taking into account the season and temperature, several patterns and sizes of bootees drew my attention and have resulted in 4 pairs winging their way to Norway.  It was pink or blue in my day, with the occasional yellow or white knitted mittens, hats and cardigans, but now anything goes. With a strong hint that a baby girl was expected, a pink pair was…Read more …

NHS, Nous Vous Saluons!

Si on voudrait exprimer sa gratitude pour le travail et le dévouement de la NHS, on peut montrer les arcs-en-ciel à la fenêtre, autour d’un arbre, ou dessiner à la craie sur le trottoir.  C’est vraiment quelque chose, et c’est normalement un tribute des enfants. Les adultes, comment peuvent-ils montrer leur soutien à la NHS ?   Il y a l’occasion d’applaudir à 20 h chaque jeudi soir à l’extérieur de la maison avec tous les voisins.  Bien sûr, on peut frapper les casseroles, les moules à tartelette, n’importe quoi pour démontrer, avec des grands…Read more …

Dishcloths of the World Unite

Got a theme?  Want to make a gift?  Make a dishcloth!  There's not one idea I've wanted to mark with a piece of knitting that I haven't been able to fulfill with a dishcloth. A French teacher's thank you gift? OK, that one's a phone case, but a friend's planned trip driving from the south of France to visit her daughter in Portsmouth?  Voila, dishcloths to order, thanks to Marilyn Wallace of Knitting Heaven on Earth   Qualifying for dual citizenship was a good motive for embracing the Netherlands flag in dishcloth form…Read more …

Knit Something Simple

Now that's right up my street.  Something simple, but oh so effective.  Enter [SIMPLE little SOMETHING] offered by Wendy Chapman Blue Dog Workshop The perfect present for a young lady, just turned 20, an age in France as significant as our 21st.  She and her family have received knitted bookmarks, key rings, egg cup cosies - all the essential things in life - already.  Such a simple pattern, producing this eye-catching texture, but with enough to think about to retain your attention.  I'm thinking specifically here of making the knots.  It's a great…Read more …