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Thursday, July 21, 2011


Hello everybody,

It's sweltering here.  It's 6.15am and already its 24C, and will go up to a high of 34C today, and 38C tomorrow.  We have the odd thunder storm, but all it does is make things more humid.  I'm not complaining.  My Mum tells me that the UK has forgotten all about summer this year, so I get that this might not be what you want to be hearing right now.

So, I thought I'd tell you instead about Rain.  Rain Africa is a shop in the Rockefeller Center that sells exquisite handcrafts and beauty products made by small rural factories in Africa.  Ethically traded, organic and environmentally friendly, it's a refreshing change from some of the tourist tat of nearby Times Square.  It's also stupidly expensive (sigh).  They had the most amazing crochet granny square blanket the last time I went in, and I thought to myself "I can make that." (If only I'd just get on and do it. ...)

But I couldn't leave behind the wool box, which seemed to be calling my name.  I have my (very small) stash neatly arranged inside.

(Yes, as you can see, I've only progressed a little with my own granny square business.)

And I have that lovely Alpaca red and grey wool that I blogged about here, to try to make this scarf if and when I learn chevron.

At the moment the box of sheep is shoved on top of a wardrobe so that I'm not reminded on a daily basis how slack I'm being in the craft department.  Somehow the thought of making a wooly scarf in 30C heat isn't doing it for me.  And my head is FULL of house and building work and decorating and travel plans and stories that I want to write.

I guess this is all a long winded way of saying that I'm feeling a bit of a fraud at the moment even having a crafty blog when I'm not doing any crafting.  I haven't written as much here lately as a result.  And that's a bit crap.




  1. I hate it when life gets in the way of blogging! Although I guess it's a better balance than the other way around.

    Look at the box! And you can put wool in it because it's got sheep on it! I totally get it!

    I tried to think about making a scarf the other day and had to abandon thoughts as I broke out in a sweat, so goodness knows you're feeling like!

  2. Oooo I love those sheep!

    I totally agree, I have not been feeling the crocheting love in the last few hot and humid weeks, dress making on the other hand....

  3. I can totally understand the whole not wanting to do woolly things when the weather's hot.
    Now here? It's like early autumn and I've just crocheted a cowl. Not really normal for July, is it?
    I'm sure your crafting mojo will return when you have the time again.

  4. Just enjoy the weather, I say. Anyway your mother is right about the good old British Summer, it is currently bucketing down outside and I've put the heating on. That can't be right in July!!?

  5. And you have the hooks and case too!!!! They are calling you!!! Get on with it xxx

  6. Yes, summer is non-existent here in England! And no, I don't think wool is the thing for that sort of heat. You have to be in the right frame of mind both for crafting and blogging, and sometimes real life just has to take over!

    Pomona x


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