After the rather gray pics recently I thought it might be nice to see a blanket I completed last weekend. I got donated a large bedspread mostly dark blue which was hurrah! made of 8 inch crochet squares. So unravelling it and mixing it up with my luried grannies was a relatively quick job. I’m washing it and then it will be posted to Knit-a-Square in southern Africa to arrive for their winter and warm an orphan.
My mother has an exhbition opening at the Open Eye Gallery on Sat (Dundas St /Abercromby Place corner). Do go if you are in town.
If you have a yen to learn Granny Greens craft group is having a drop in session 6-8pm on Monday April 29th at the Red Squirrel Bar on Lothian Road, Edinburgh.
I managed to visit Loop and splashed out on some lovely laceweight wool which is being made into shrug.
I was in the area to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibtion at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles. I thought you couldn’t take photos inside the exhibtion so didn’t but apparently I was wrong. Starrybluesky has some photos here. It was very inspirational and I came away with lots of ideas for future projects! Great article on Kaffe Fassett here as well.
I only took 3 pictures (Falling in love with you is graffiti from outside the venue). I was so taken away with a) catching up with people b) discovering people from other parts of my life are also secret crafters and c) slaviating over yarn. I was particularly taken with the AWESOME handknits people were wearing. I was so taken by them that I got some posh wool when in London to make myself a shawl/shrug thing (I cannot be more positive as I am making up the pattern).
I happen to think that crochet does make you live happilly…
I’m taking the promt from the post by Chris Guillebeau’s social experiement in seeing what would happen if people offered something for free. So if anyone wants to learn crochet in Edinburgh on Sat 23rd I’ll be in Lovecrumbs at 1pm and I can teach you how to crochet a Grannie Square. Learning to crochet a grannie square is like reaching crochet nirvana. If you are not able to make sat drop into Grannie Greens 6-8pm next monday in the Red Squirrel on Lothian Road. I’ll be there and a crochet tutorial can be arranged.
Let me know if you are coming leave a comment or email me fatblackcatindustries AT gmail dot com so I can bring enough yarn.
As part of One Billion Rising I was up late on Thursday night crocheting. I then spent the morning crocheting up the lettering and sewing it on. Telemarketers getting short shrift ‘No I’m WORKING’. I then hotfooted it up to the Scottish Parliament ( and as what happens on these occasions meet someone I hadn’t seen for about a year and did one of those 10 mins updates, you got made redundant? Restructuring? son broke foot? shlepping to hospital etc etc why do you always meet someone who you should spend time time when running late for something else?) Arrived late at demo pranced about on concrete podium for 20 mins. Loads of photos were taken of me none which have appeared in the digital sphere. I pounced on someone and made them take the above pic with my camera.
Meanwhile I’m making bagels from Claudia Roden’s recipe
I also went to the post office and got new stamps with pictures! If anyone is missing real mail I will send a postie to anyone who signs up for my newsletter (see sidebar) or click HERE. I only send out newsletters irregularly about my etsy shop and other up coming events. You can always leave newsletter – no hard feelings!
The past two weeks have been a washout. The cold has dragged on and on. I’m contemplating a weekend at home. Possibly not even a visit to my beloved Farmers Market becuase I’ve GOT to get rid of this cold. I’ve lost two weeks wages (I don’t get sick pay in my job). The only compensation so far is this blanket. I took apart a baby blanket made with the brightly coloured squares and remade it a single blanket size that Knit-a-Square distribute. The brown / reddish brown wool is a donation from family friend Val in Dumfries on my last trip to see them last year. Val being a South African in exile its very appropriate that the blanket goes to KAS. I’ve just this evening knitted a matching hat and will do a matching hexagon sweater over the weekend. I’ve shown the front and back of the blanket (I think grannie squares look as good either way) plus of course ‘close ups’.