Monday, 26 September 2016

Swift Cover

Over the years I have been lucky enough to collect various crafting tools and I like to make sure that I look after them and store them as carefully as I can.

One of my treasured tools is my yarn swift.  I love it because it is a wooden one which I think is sturdier and kinder to the yarn than a plastic one - although I have no proof of that!  It is also such a useful tool.  You simply pop the skein of yarn on to it, fix it in place and then you can wind a ball of yarn all on your own with no assistance and with great ease.

Until recently I had stored my swift in a cupboard, but after some rearranging to store other things in a better way there was no space for my swift.  So I decided to make a bag or cover for it.

This is the finished article!  Ta Dah!

You can see that it is the same size as the swift when it is folded up.

In case you don't know, this is what a swift looks like when it is opened up.  The yarn then goes round the outside of the arms and it spins as you make your ball of yarn.

To make the bag I first hand sewed a piece of patchwork.  I cut four inch squares and then pieced them together and then lightly hand quilted them to a backing fabric with some wadding in between.

I then sewed the backing and patchwork into a long cylinder making the bag shape.

Added a drawstring closure at the top.

This is what the lining looks like.

Then I had the finished bag or cover and a safe way to store my swift, it is protected from knocks and dust and it will not open suddenly on its own either as can happen if it is not tied round the middle or secured in some other way.

I really enjoyed the hand sewing, it is such a peaceful thing to do.  Just a needle and thread and an embroidery hoop and I was at peace!

How do you store your crafting tools and your swift?


This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.

Linking with Cooking and Crafting with J&J and Mosaic Monday

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Listening to my books - Murder in Mesopotamia

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie was a little different to the other books on tape that I have listened to because it was actually more of a radio play than a straightforward reading of the book.  Several characters in the book Murder in Mesopotamia were dramatized, including good old Hercule Poirot, and the story was told from the point of view of one other character, the nurse Amy Leatheran.

I have seen a TV production of Murder in Mesopotamia, but didn't really remember the story, or "whodunit" so this was a great listen.  The story was told well, and I found it much more interesting than I do reading Agatha Christie books.  I listened to it in August during one of the days I spent sorting Man's papers.  It was great company and kept me sane and interested in what I was doing.  I thoroughly recommend it if you come across this tape.  It was well told and produced and the story is good too.

Murder in Mesopotamia tells the story of nurse Amy Leatheran who travels to the east to explore life and is employed to look after the wife of archaeologist Doctor Leidner.  Louise Leidner has been experiencing many strange things since the death of her first husband and now it seems that she is being haunted by the past once again.

Why could this be?  Who is doing it?  What will happen?  Perhaps Louise is imagining or making the whole thing up, or perhaps there actually is something going on.  Once Poirot appears on the scene more strange things happen and the story unfolds and is, of course, eventually resolved.

Agatha Christie actually travelled a lot in the middle east with her husband Max Mallowan who was also an archaeologist and so several of her stories are influenced by the time she spent travelling with him.  I thought that you could really see this influence in this story and it added to the realism and interest of the story.

Overall, a great listen and although this tape is going back to Lady to listen to again, I would certainly listen to it again.  I recommend it!


This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Five On Friday

Hello Five on Fridayers!

Lovely to see you all.  Thank you for bearing with me last week even though I didn't post.  I do appreciate it.

The reason that I didn't post was because we have been away for a few days.  We had booked a holiday before all of the recent events happened and felt that it was important to still go away as we needed a break and change of scene.  I will share more about it in due course.  We had a good time and the weather was good, even though our minds were otherwise occupied.

Normally I schedule a post if I am going to be away for Five On Friday, but I had also been sick for a couple of weeks before we went so with that and everything else that has been going on I just had to let things slide last week.  I am on the mend now, but need to have some dental work done which isn't going to be fun.  Needs to be done though, but I am not looking forward to it.

As for things with Man, well we will know more by the end of next week.  The best that I can say is that he is so so.  He certainly isn't good, could be worse I suppose because things could quite often be worse, but it isn't looking good for him and I can't see that it could be much worse for the long term future.  I won't say more right now though, I will wait until we have more information.

That is all I have to share right now really.  I will tell you more about the holiday as and when as I said already.  Otherwise it is all really rather too emotional to contemplate really.

What I really want to say is thank you so much for bearing with me and for all of your kind thoughts, and prayers especially and little messages in your other comments.  I am humbled by your kindness and generosity of spirit and thankful for you all.  I can't say much else otherwise I will sob, but thank you thank you thank you.

Having said all of that, I do have some things to share this week.  Five of them in fact so that this is indeed a Five On Friday post.  Here we go.

These are all crochet related - what else did you expect!  Despite all that has been going on I have been crocheting when I can, in the car, when waiting for things and recently while travelling.  I haven't done a lot, but these are five things which are in progress or just completed.  All are, or will be scarves or shawls of some sort and are all my own patterns/designs and I will have more forthcoming about these in due course.

For now, just enjoy the pictures!

Oh, and there is a sneaky sixth!  These pumpkins which were made by loom knitting.  I still have to get the hang of it properly, but I like these in the meantime.

Sorry it isn't more exciting, I don't have much else to share right now.

Thank you for joining in, for linking your posts, for your comments and for doing the most important thing of going to visit and comment on the posts of other participants!  We all appreciate it.

Hope that you have a great weekend, whatever you are doing and that the weather is good to you.  Have fun and tell your loved ones that you love them.



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