Tag Archives: Learning new skills

Just playing around (and a request!)

After finishing the last big (crochet) blanket I felt like just playing around a bit.  So I got out all the odds and ends of blanket yarn and started on a small ‘granny stripe’ blanket using Lucy’s online tutorial (Attic24). … Continue reading

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Adventures in crochet

Recently I finished yet another blanket – this one a mash-up between Lucy’s Harmony blanket (which I made last year) and my own experiments in playing with colour.  It was a belated ‘new home’ gift for our god-daughter, who last year … Continue reading

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Playing with colour

You’ve probably noticed by now how much I enjoy colour.  Now I’m learning to play with it myself as well as enjoy other people’s games.  Learning by doing. I’ve been using odds and ends of yarn left over from other … Continue reading

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Whatever next?

Like many, I’ve been pondering what if anything I personally can do to counter the growing sense of powerlessness in an increasingly challenging domestic and world political context. That’s not an easy thing to do, in the face of so … Continue reading

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The allotment: August and September

This summer was different from previous years.  We were away such a lot, and despite no longer working, somehow I seemed to have far less time than usual to spend on the allotment. But it was a good way to … Continue reading

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New York parks – part 2: Bryant Park

(all photos by Malcolm) Bryant Park is a city centre (Manhattan) park that used to be a drug haunt but has been cleaned up and given a complete makeover (back some years ago now).  I’m told by one who knows … Continue reading

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The Gap Year: July’s adventure(s)

This month there were two ‘adventures’.  Or to be more precise. one micro-adventure that turned out to be more of an adventure than expected; and one trip that honestly wasn’t in the slightest bit adventurous but was none the less … Continue reading

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