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Throw it away?

Nah, I don't know the meaning of the phrase! I don't bin yarn ends, unless they're shorter than 20cm (8in) or so; they get knotted together and crocheted into all sorts of things. This one will be a blanket for Flossie when I have some spare time; I'll make the strip long enough to fold in half so the knots are enclosed, then work a row of crochet round the outside through both layers.


Close-ups of the front...


and back...


This is the stitch I'm using; I call it Recycled Waves. The instructions use US terminology; if you're English, remember that US dc = UK tr.

FOUNDATION CHAIN: Work a multiple of 14 chains plus 3.

ROW 1: (RS) 2 dc into 4th ch from hook, 1 dc into each of next 3 chs, [dc3tog over next 3 chs] twice, 1 dc into each of next 3 chs, * 3 dc into each of next 2 chs, 1 dc into each of next 3 chs, [dc3tog over next 3 chs] twice, 1 dc into each of next 3 chs; rep from * to last ch, 3 dc into last ch, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 3, 2 dc into first dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, dc3tog twice, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, * 3 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, dc3tog twice, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; rep from * to beg skipped chs, 3 dc into 3rd of beg skipped ch-3, turn.

ROW 3: Ch 3, 2 dc into first dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, dc3tog twice, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, * 3 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, dc3tog twice, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; rep from * to turning ch, 3 dc into 3rd of ch-3, turn.

Repeat ROW 3 for length required.

Champing at the bit

There's nothing for myself on the needles (or the crochet hook) right now, just work stuff. That's one of the downsides about being freelance; when the work's there, you have to do it to the exclusion of everything else. I have lots of wonderful yarn tucked away and I've only got as far as making basic swatches in stocking stitch so I can see how the different yarns feel and behave when they're knitted up. Lots of swatches, actually, all nicely blocked and labelled.


And no time to do anything with them, even though they're my favourite colours - purple, grey and black. From left to right, Jamieson's Soft Shetland, Rowan Summer Tweed, Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Rowan Calmer, coned lambswool bought on eBay and Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed. I've got a pretty good idea what I'm going to make with each yarn, but for the time being, the pictures will have to stay in my imagination...

It's been an expensive few weeks here at Wibbo Towers, mainly down to a dead fridge freezer and a tooth coming off second best to a banana chip. Even at NHS rates, fixing the tooth cost almost as much as buying a new fridge. It's a nice fridge though (and frost-free); Flossie's already given it her seal of approval.



In the Land of Frustration, the child-proof bottle is King (or Queen, or Top Person, depending on your views on political correctness). This plastic bottle of multivits


defied a rubber bottle-opener thingy and several attempts to prise the top off with a screwdriver, so I got out the hacksaw. Isn't it ridiculous having to saw your way into a bottle? Bottom left are the multivits in a Lock and Lock box; brilliant storage and easy to open.


I've been tagged by Liz. Here goes....

Four Jobs You Have Had In Your Life:

1. Packing bacon in a freezing cold factory in Selby

2. Working in the kitchens at Butlin's Holiday Camp, Filey

3. Making a Union Jack waistcoat for a bulldog

4. Waitress (very short-lived job; got sacked for slapping the chef because he'd pinched my bum)

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:

1. Now Voyager

2. Field of Dreams

3. Jules et Jim

4. Foreign Correspondent

Four Places You Have Lived:

1. Goole, Yorkshire

2. Leicester

3. Rugby, Warwickshire

4. London

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch:

I don't have a TV, but I used to watch

1. Match of the Day

2. Inspector Morse

3. The West Wing

4. Soccer Saturday

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation:

1. Scarborough

2. Bath

3. Brighton

4. Holt, Norfolk

Four Websites You Visit Daily:





Four Of Your Favorite Foods:

1. Mrs Appleby's Cheshire cheese

2. Roast lamb and mint sauce

3. Stilton and celery soup

4. Sausages from here

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:

1. Tucked up in bed with a good book

2. Old Trafford

3. Somewhere with sunshine, but not too hot

4. Ancient Egypt

I can't think who to tag! It's midnight and I'm going to get some sleep....

Late additions

A quick pic of recent additions to my stash; two colours of Regia 4-ply and 6-ply sock yarn and a little Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK in the Seafoam colourway, now sadly discontinued. I don't understand why spinners discontinue good, clear colours in their standard yarns, only to replace them with yet more nasty sludge. Yes, I know colour choice is a really individual thing, but surely it's not beyond the wit of man (or woman) to offer a range of basic colours plus a few 'fashion' shades which change from year to year. Rant over.....


...which brings me to the question of stash. I've been sorting out my work yarn (doesn't count as stash) from my own yarn (which does) and now realise that I've got a SABLE problem. The problem's not so much the yarn itself, but where to store it. The large wooden chest that does duty as a coffee table is now full; so is the smaller chest by my bed, and the, um, eight giant storage boxes filling the space under the bed. I think (very small voice) the answer might be to stop buying yarn until I've knitted up some of the stash. So, it looks like I'd better put myself on a yarn diet for the time being...

Strange muesli

I made a fortnight's-worth of muesli this morning and was happily shaking ground cinnamon into the mixture when I realised something wasn't quite right with the spicy fragrance wafting upwards into my nostrils. I'd picked up ground cumin instead of cinnamon. So I now have nearly a kilo of strange muesli and will remember to read the label on the spice container next time.... Apart from the odd whiff of curry, it tastes fine eaten with a sliced banana and a dollop of natural yogurt!


Behind the bowl of muesli are some samples of knitted and crochet edgings. I like the narrow band of leaves fourth from the left; if you turn it over to the wrong side and poke the leaf shapes through, the effect's totally different. See what I mean?


Food for thought

In these days of retail therapy, I was amused by these quotes from Our Manners and Social Customs (1891).

"It is held to be unladylike to enter a store unless you have a real errand. To go in 'just to be going' is rude and unnecessarily annoying to the proprietor and clerks."

"It is a good idea to know what you want before you go into a store. To stand at the counter hesitating, or to be unable to tell the clerk what you came in for, is a doubtful compliment to yourself. If you cannot come to a decision, retire from the store until your mind is made up. The time of the clerks is valuable."

"Whisperings in a store are in very doubtful taste."

So, looks like browsing is out then?