564287_296946860388586_1466195527_nI booked an outdoor pitch at the Tweseldown Artisan Market for Saturday just passed, so was most grateful for the relatively clement weather. Mind you,¬†sitting about is still quite chilly after a while and despite my snow boots, my feet did get rather cold on a couple of occasions as it was quite slow. I plan to trade at the November and December markets as well, but am hoping to get an indoor pitch for these as I don’t much fancy my chances of staying warm outdoors. I’m rather hoping things will be busier in the run up to the C-word as well ūüôā


I Came, I Saw, I Knat

knittingneedlesWith the Clues only taking a couple of days and then the enforced hiatus on the MKAL, due to there being no clues at all for the version I am making for a whole FORTNIGHT, my restless hands have turned to other projects.

Monday saw a very quick knit that has been in my queue for absolutely aaaaaaages, namely the Medievalesque neck warmer. The original pattern is a bit minimal and stood some improvement as the lace section was way too short, so I added a few more rows and altered some of the existing lace pattern. I used DROPS Eskimo, but any super bulky yarn will work just fine. Here is how mine came out:


A Bit Less Mystery

image_mediumThe Autumn Mystery KAL I mentioned a couple of weeks ago¬†is looking less mysterious now I have completed three-quarters of the pattern. Aside from regularly getting outwitted by where I’ve got to in the lace repeats, due to the usual distractions (dog, TV, offspring, DH, Farcebook), and then having to tink back when it becomes apparent that the pattern no longer lines up, it has all gone quite swiftly. I find myself finishing a Clue after a couple of days and then spending the next 4 or 5 drumming my fingers impatiently on the keyboard awaiting the next release.

Spoiler alert…



f6969d88As you may be aware, TW3 is the abbreviation applied to the 60’s satirical show That Was The Week That Was.¬†(No, I’m not that old, but I am familiar with the show¬†and have pinched the title for my week that was ūüôā)¬†Mind you, that was focused on current affairs and despite best efforts, I must admit¬†that this particular week was back at the mid-end of July. Unfortunately, I never got around to posting it as the week and subsequent summer holidays were stupidly busy. So cast you mind back to the hot, stormy weather of the latter part of July… *cue wavy line effect*…


Epiphanies and Elephants

swords03 copyWelcome to the latest edition of the Tarot Blog Hop. The theme for this Mabon Blog Hop is to talk about a time when our understanding of the Tarot underwent¬†a quantum leap, what brought about the change in our understanding of the Tarot and how we¬†approach the Tarot differently than we¬†did before the change. In other words¬†“the things that I wished I knew about Tarot sooner than I learned them.”


I thought long and hard about whether to participate in this hop, since when it comes to Tarot, I can’t honestly say I’ve had¬†any massive leaps in understanding, as such. No light on the road to Damascus, no divine revelations complete with angelic choirs and heavenly light, no epiphany, no OMGs, not even a blinding lightbulb moment. No, it’s been more of a process of gradual realisation. A realisation¬†that there was an elephant (not necessarily a pink one) in the room and although it¬†had been there all the time, I had just not noticed it. In short, the process has been more quantum creep than quantum leap, rather like the oft-unnoticed snail on the RWS 9 of Pentacles card.


One Step Forwards

image_mediumI jumped in and started the Autumn MKAL a few days ago and was was busy congratulating myself on¬†how quickly I managed to finish the first clue…Except, then I realised that I’d misread the instructions for the short rows and so had to tink* back the last 4 rows and re-do them, plus the additional rows required to finish the short row section correctly *sigh*.¬†¬†Still, the nice thing about the short row section is that they got progressively shorter and so it didm;t take me too long to finish Clue 1 (correctly, this time).



strongbox2I was¬†tidying the accumulated piles of paperwork and stuff doing a little sorting out today and stumbled on a poem I’d¬†knocked off¬†whilst at the V&A a couple of¬†years ago.

The V&A have activity packs to make the business of looking at the exhibited objects a bit more entertaining and interactive. They get snapped up quite quickly so the choice can be limited and we ended up with one which directed us to the section dealing with keys and locks. The packs contain a number of activities, one of which was to write a poem inspired by one of the exhibits and offering a list of keywords.  The item in question was a large sea chest with a great many locks Рa treasure chest, in other words.


It’s A Myshtery


60d2b8be8349ac34180e9fe98e6c40c4I haven’t blogged about knitting for a while…well, I haven’t really had much time to blog about anything over the summer season…but I have had my arm twisted¬†been persuaded to participate in Susanna IC’s latest MKAL (Mystery Knit Along) and have been tempted to have a go at NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month), which runs parallel to NaNoWriMo*¬†(National Novel Writing Month) during November.

*(You may recall that I have participated that for two years Рyou can read about my efforts here).


Looking Back

cups05You may know that I read at a lot of Medieval and Historic Feativals and I’ve just returned from a 5-day stint at Leeds Castle, preceded by a couple of days at Herstmonceux. The latter¬†was not a hectic event¬†and I found myself having two slightly odd conversations about reading the past. Now this is curious because most Tarot “virgins” usually¬†want to know about the future (will they succeed/win the lottery/find love/get better) and I spend a lot of time explaining about my approach not really being predictive in that sort of fortune-telling way*.


A Good Crop

PentaclesQueenWelcome to the latest edition of the Tarot Blog Hop. For this Lammas Hop, we have been asked to channel our inner Queen of Pentacles.

I must admit that, at first glance, this topic did not appeal to me at all, given that I identify more strongly with the Queen of Swords usually. However, the more I considered it, the more I realised that I have quite a hefty chuck of the old QoP in there, it’s just that I tend not to give¬†her much recognition. She’s usually the one chained to the cooker while my other Queens are out having a good time: drinking, dancing, having a good time and waving their knickers in the air (metaphorically, at least). (more…)

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