Sunday, 31 March 2013

Crochet Notes - Ollie Owl Blanket

Ollie Owl - buggy blanket!

Yarn Used:
Stylecraft Life DK + oddments of white and orange

1 x 100g of oatmeal, 1 x 100g of royal blue, 2 x 100g of mid-blue, 25g orange and white.

4mm crochet hook,
yarn sewing needle
24 black buttons


Using the It's a Hoot pattern by Amanda Wheeldon found here on Ravelry - make 12 owl squares.
Using the same pattern but omitting the owl - make 16 mid-blue squares and 6 royal blue squares.
Sew together and weave in ends.


Using royal blue work 2 round in trebles - at the corner do 2 trebles, 2 chain, 2 trebles.
(I actually ran out of royal blue three quarters of the way round the second row of trebles - luckily I had bought a second ball - but you could use mid-blue for the second round).

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Knitting Digest - part 3

Women's Rights

What I love about this issue of Knitting Digest, is how it caters for women - mind, body, soul and talent! 
On pages 42, 43 and 47 is the this fantastic article:

Know Your Rights, The Equal Pay Act, The Sex Discrimination Act and You!

We are immediately informed that as women we have equal status with men due to the Equal Pay Act 1970 and the Sex Discrimination Act. Shame that in 2013 we still have some way to go before this is a reality.

On International Women's Day The Guardian published an article that began with this opening line,

"Women in the UK have lower job security and greater pay inequality than those in other developed countries, research shows." 

You can read the full article here.

In addition I heard yesterday that one of Gove's new proposals for education reform, is that when women go off on maternity leave it will count as a break in service. How progressive Mr Gove! It reminds me of the Thatcher/Major days in the 1980s/90s when I got pregnant with my first child. I was a victim of an extremely unfair piece of legislation, because I had worked at my company in the City for two weeks less than two years, I was unable to return to work after having the baby. In those days I used to change my job every couple of years for career progression purposes, as did the young men I worked with. That law prevented women from being ambitious.

I was also interested to read the line,

"Were you ever denied entrance to woodworking class while you were at school and told to take home economics instead."

This was published in September 1976, and yet in September 1979 myself and two friends were refused a request to move from sewing/cooking to woodwork/technical drawing. I remember my teacher saying you'll never be able to make your own curtains. I replied with something along the lines of, "I can already make curtains my mum has taught me." Which was true and I have made many curtains. In the end myself and my two friends deliberately sabotaged our work every lesson until we were allowed to move to the boys group - it took half a term for our protest to work. I see now that had I thrown the legislation at them it would have been sooner.

After that myself and some other friends set about trying to get women's football recognised in school but sadly it remained confined to a lunchtime kick about.

Of course I acknowledge we have made progress with women's rights but we are not there yet sisters!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

WIP Report 28

How many WIPS? 4

Shadow Sox
Stained Glass Hat
Summer Garden Sock Blanket
Coal Face Necklace

How many WIPs started since last report? 7

Oily Puddle II
2 x gift pouches
Cranberry Squash Sox
Stained Glass Hat
Coal Face Necklace

How many WIPs completed since last report? 6

Magic Jeck
Oily Puddle II
2 x gift pouches
Cranberry Squash Sox

Gallery - Finished Projects

On the left Oily Puddle II (so called because the colours look like oil spilled in a puddle) and on the right Rockies (because these small little rock chips went off to Canada to blogiversary winner )

Magic Jeck - using the pattern Jeck by Regina Satta and the yarn Lana Grossa Magico Tweed. These are soft and gorgeous and I love the colours too. 

Two gift pouches for my mash-ups.

Cranberry Squash Sox - lovely colour and very warm:) Using Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Color and 2.5mm needles, used free Regia sock pattern. 

Gallery - Current WIPs

Stained Glass Hat to go with my Stained Glass Scarf. I started this using 4 ply black but have since frogged this and I am going to get some black merino double knit and just use the Wurm pattern. 

The Coal Face Necklace using the button necklace principle. You can find out more here.

Shadow Sox - using a new to me pattern - Falling Tears by Lucy Gerbil. The yarn is Rico Designs Superba Poems.

Using up leftover sock yarn for a practical purpose.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Knitting Digest - part 2

Health and Beauty

For part 2 of my step back into the Indian Summer of September 1976 I am focussing on the health and beauty sections of the Knitting Digest. 

The gloriously pink middle pages offer a competition with prizes of perfume and dusting powder. I remember being given some dusting powder as a child, it made me feel so very grown up to have the tub sitting on my dressing table, with a big fluffy dusting puff inside.

Let's take a closer look at the prizes.

The name Tabu takes me right back to the seventies, along with Charlie and Hi Karate (remember the advert with the woman karate kicking anything in her way to get to the man of her dreams). 

The tie breaker for the competition is "I would call my perfume...." hmmm I shall have to think about that one. 

Page 7 - sees a 10 question quiz about health - have a go yourself. 

Here are the answers.....

I particularly like the advice about smear tests and breast examinations.

Lastly, September 1976 was the end of a very hot summer in the UK and here is some advice about keeping that summer glow going a little bit longer.

In part 3 I'm going to be looking at the women's rights issues explored in this delightful knitting magazine.

Knitting Knotes - Bremen Reyna

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