Friday, December 23, 2011

Moorish Mosaic Afghan

The original is a mosaic of earthy colours evoking the balmy skies of the south of Spain.

Since it was published in Interweave Crochet, hundreds have been choosing their own medley of colours and all of them have been breathtaking

You can see my medley of colours in the three motifs I made below, Grass Green, Deep Rose Red, Light Orange, Light Salmon, Lilac and my main colour Grey.


I think I may have been too ambitious by choosing to use a variety of mercerised cotton instead of worsted weight yarn.

Originally planning for a baby blanket of 9x9 motifs - that has changed to 4 x 4 and possibly even 4 x5.

Here's where it stands now ( pic by Instagram with Lomofi filters)

All ready to go then realise I forgot to bring my hooks!

BUT here I am already to start crocheting during the Christmas break in Malacca when I realise I forgot to bring my hooks.


Here's the google image search "Moorish Mosaic Afghan" for your inspiration

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: The Winter King

The Winter King
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another Arthurian legend with a twist, but very much in line of a Britain in decline towards the dark ages.

Not your Morte D'Arthur variety, Bernard Cornwell's Arthur is a warlord, not a King, albeit a far-seeing leader in search of a united Britain as a last defence against the encroaching Saxons.

We know the rest, the Saxons won and Britain became England, entering into popular obscurity until the Norman Conquest.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wrote a review for this book for an English exam in 6th form and received an A+. It was read out in class! Wish I had that review now.

I remember it to be profoundly disturbing.

(This book was my first introduction to English literature as a subject, where I learnt to look at language, themes, alliteration, and a big word called "Onomatopoeia". Awesome memories.)

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Review: The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this re-envisioning of a half forgotten fairy tale. The additional elements of special gifts extend the story easily to sequels, and the romance is tasteful and utterly believable.

Its beauty lies in finely tune clear cut prose, none of the flouncy flowery language that often becomes too heavy handed for young adults. And none of the heaving bosoms, or rippling muscles either.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

NZ May 2010

Auckland War Memorial MuseumPriscilaPink flowers at Winter Garden, Auckland DomainWinter Garden flowerFlower displayWinter Garden Patio
Winter Garden StatueWinter Garden fountainHibiscus in the Winter Garden, Auckland Domain Pretty row of housesMy LunchAutumn Sky and Trees
Lake PupukeThe Pumphouse, TakapunaThe Pumphouse Door, TakapunaFamily of ducks on Lake PupukeDucks on Lake Pupukefarmersmarketflowers
Breakfast!Bunch of flowersBuskerMoo cows under the NZ skyThis is HobittonSkies over Hobitton

NZ May 2010, a set on Flickr.

It was a year ago and I have just finished processing and choosing the best ones this album

So It begins again

18 months it took!
18 months and plenty of social media experimentation such as Ravelry, Twitter, Facebook and now Google+.

It's a lot of changes for little blogger me.
I tried to microblog on Twitter and nothing beats the instant gratification of a reply or a mention not to mention the instant validation of the re-tweet.
But then it became more of a conversation rather than a self expression.

Then there is Facebook, all that poking and clicking on games gave me RSI and formed a habit for FB credits.

Ravelry has relevance mostly to my knitting yet I feel I have more to say than just about my craft....

Sooooo, in the interest of just recording the random, the meandering or just plain self- indulgent me.. KnitNut will Natter about anything.