October 29th, 2013

Crochet ripple

Another crochet project completed

As I think I've mentioned here before, until a few weeks ago, I thought I was more or less retired and had started lots of crochet projects to keep myself occupied. I then uttered the fateful words, (in relation to clearing and decorating Dad's bungalow so we can put it on the market), "I'm not working now. I don't have anything particular to do. I can take it on as my project."

Unfortunately for all my free time, the universe was listening and totally out of the blue, found a teaching job for me. Though it's part-time, with just 10 hours of teaching a week, because I haven't taught any of the courses before, it's taking hours each week to get up to speed with the topics, prepare lesson plans and prepare presentations and handouts. I was determined not to abandon the crochet, however, because I find it very soothing, though obviously progress slowed right down and I've had to re-think all the things I wanted to make for Christmas presents. I will still make them, but I'll forget about deadlines and do them as random gifts throughout the year instead.

Anyway, here is the latest completed project, which is a lap blanket for my Dad.

Dad's corner-to-corner blanket
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New Steeleye Span! Based on Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith!

I heard about this yesterday, courtesy of a friend posting a link on Facebook. After watching the Youtube video and reading the Amazon reviews, I immediately placed an order for the CD, but due to the wonders of the internet, I've been listening to it all morning via Amazon's Cloud Player.

It reminds me very much of classic 1970s Steeleye Span, the overall sound is similar to albums like The Journey. It's also making me want to re-read the Tiffany Aching books, which in my view contain some of Pratchett's very best writing. His descriptions of the chalk country where Tiffany lives are so evocative. And they're funny, of course and there's a very good Nac Mac Feegle song on the album. :)

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