Opening a creative circle

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve never joined a writer’s group. I’ve started drawing and painting and general art. But I’m not sure about the local art club. And there’s knitting and sewing and crochet and spinning, costume to make and felt to, well, felt. Creativity is something that […]


She walked the boundary. Once she would have run it, but these days, she was lucky if her knee would support a brisk walk. She carried a stick just in case. It was useful for beating back the brambles and bindweed. As she walked she looked to left and right, and sometimes, flashes of memory […]

Getting back to my yarny roots.

I learnt to crochet when I was around 9 I think. My (first) step mum’s mum taught me. She had a soda stream as well – I loved visiting her, and was heartbroken when she disappeared from my life. (I assume that was the marriage fell apart. I lost my step siblings too. Not a […]


I’m not sure how many words I’ve spilled out in random places on the Internet over the last ten years. Quite a few. Over 4000 posts here. Lots of comments. More tweets than I care to admit to, and then there’s Facebook, forums, email groups. A lot of words. And yet I can’t find time […]

That creative challenge…

A little while ago I set myself a creative challenge. First of all I had to buy some dpns (double pointed needles) the local charity shop came through there, with three different sets for £2.40. Bargain. So I tried with some handy acrylic yarn. But really I wanted to use something special – like this […]

Not quite a resolution…more of a challenge!

but I want to spend more time crafting and creating. I want to challenge myself creatively. I want to design items and make them, write patterns and share them, learn new techniques and broaden my horizons. And I’ve chosen a starting point. The technique is icord as shown in this video and the project is […]

Friday out at friends

On Friday we went over to see Em. The kids took stuff to play magic school, including spare wands for E and R, and I took a bag of yarn and various patterns so I could start something else. In the end, they didn’t play magic school, but it was a game filled afternoon as […]

Very sunny beach day.

As we are now close to the beach, it’s rather a draw for small visitors, so a beach trip was in order for Saturday. It took the adults (namely me!) a while to get going, so it was nearly lunchtime by the time we headed out, but we took fruit and water, crisps and sun […]

Quiet day, followed by measuring, patterns and art on the beach.

Yesterday I wasn’t much up for interaction, and Tim took the children out for an hour to give me some time and space. I think they had rather a good time of it at a nearby copse of trees with associated playground. I got stuck into my maths, which was quite good for taking my […]

And today’s library haul…

yes, I know I only went yesterday. But I finished reading Last of the Wilds (Age of the Five) last night, and when I checked online, I discovered that the sequel, Voice of the Gods (Age of the Five) was on the shelves, so I couldn’t resist going to get it this morning, so that […]

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