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Three Examples of Excellent Narrative Pattern Writing June 30, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:53 pm

The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

I love the reductionist-style knitting patterns from Continental Europe. Drawing from the Norwegian knitting patterns of my youth and the reductionist-style German knitting patterns, I created my Neo-Norsk pattern construction method. (See my blog posts The Reductionist Pattern, A Very Reductionist Pattern, Deconstructing the Very Reductionist Pattern, and The Neo-Norsk Pattern Construction Method.) But many (many) knitters are more comfortable with the narrative form. Well-written narrative-style pattern also takes skill; just because one is able to write in English doesn’t mean s/he can write a good pattern.

Following up on my dissection last week of Bay Bay Poncho, this post compares the commonalities of three patterns written in narrative format by skilled knitwear designers – ones who also write excellent pattern instructions: Linda Marveng (Norway), Wei Siew Leong of Kiwiyarns (New Zealand), and Kate Davies of Kate Davies Designs (Scotland).

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Back To Knitting June 28, 2018

Filed under: Africa,Ceramics,Knitting,Voodoo Masks — Janet @ 9:11 pm

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IMG_2327  a sampling of the ceramic masks hanging on my backyard fence.  The masks are made by a local potter named Faye.  I’m attempting to transfer the Voodoo Mask idea into knitting.  And I’m working with shades of brown.

 

A War Book But Not…… June 25, 2018

Filed under: Books,World War II — Janet @ 10:39 pm

IMG_2237  1944 Diary is set in the Dutch city of Delft  during the 2nd World War. But the War is very much in the shadows. just a backdrop. It is more about the author’s struggles and doubts about his ability to be a writer, his inclination to be a doctor, and the conflicts of his feelings for his wife and child and his mistress.  The author, Hans Keilson, is a German of Jewish faith.  He is in hiding in Delft.  Not to spoil the ending, he survived the war and lived to age 101, a significant writer, poet, doctor, and psychoanalyst – he died in 2011.

 

The Latest …… June 24, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 12:39 am

IMG_2227  Katerina watching closely

 

A Cat Doing What A Cat Does June 21, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Mice,Seasons,Summer Solstice — Janet @ 4:43 pm

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IMG_5759  Sad demise – I’ve buried the bird and feel awful. I’m glad Katerina doesn’t catch birds very often.  I buried a field mouse yesterday – I felt badly about that also – but not quite so bad.

Does the cat’s recent behavior have anything to do with the Solstice?  I wonder.

 

Genealogy Has Me In A Spin June 20, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 6:07 pm

I’ve went away for a week and now it has taken a week to get caught up to where I was before I went away.  I have been particularly slow in figuring out what I was doing in my genealogy research.  In fact in an unexpected lightening bulb moment last night I suddenly remembered that I was slowly and methodically adding to my annotated list of my ancestors who emigrated from the British Isles to North America.  And the core document for that exercise is a blog entry originally compiled in July 2016.

To add to my confusion I bought a new laptop and am having trouble getting set up.  That old eircom email address is snarling  things up.  Anything eircom is no longer validd or operational.

 

Katerina Wants My (Her!) Chair

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Seasons,Summer — Janet @ 4:04 pm

IMG_5756  stretching out in the early morning sun