Janet's thread

A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

About February 25, 2007


This blog used to be mainly about knitting.  However, whenever books get mentioned on other blogs I tend to jump right in and comment and then do a lengthy entry on my own blog.  Maybe you can guess that librarian is one of the hats I used to wear.  My music activity has lapsed a bit in the midst of trying to move from Dublin Ireland to Seattle Washington.  My recorders, clarinet and guitar are only on display and haven’t been played for several months. The same can be said for painting – only past efforts hang on the wall or are in a box in Seattle waiting to be unpacked.   For outdoor interests from April to September, add lawn bowling…..but that too is in abeyance this summer as I have been travelling a lot.  Check out my blog for an eclectic mix.


19 Responses to “About”

  1. Bonnie Mairs Says:

    Intersting to check family knitting history. My mother was a knitter – mittens, a ski sweater for me – and her grandmother was a knitter too. I have her old metal needles, size 1. She made many black mittens for her grandchildren. They lasted forever; my brothers and I had a pair.

    My stepfather’s family were knitters also. As a boy, he cranked a little machine that made the top and foot of socks for WWI; his mother started the socks, turned the heels and did the toes. She was a Red Cross volunteer too, a re-knitter. The Red Cross accepted all knitting done for WWII, balackavas, socks, vests, nats, etc. Some were so badly knitted that they could not be sent overseas. Grandma B. raveled them and reknitted the wool. I think the Red Cross needed quite a few reknitters, as they never refused a donation, no matter how awful.

  2. Bonnie Mairs Says:

    I put my reply under the introduction to this blog.

  3. Hullo Janet
    I don’t know if you remember me, Marjorie, I met you a couple of years ago at a weaving exhibition in Dalkey. It was there that I told you of the online group, that you write about. I have just been reading your blog about the ‘sketchbook’ workshop, and looking at your picture about the Dundrum, I am in Dublin at the moment, going home on Wednesday, but I intend to continue reading your blog.


  4. Phyllis Says:

    Hi Janet,
    I have been reading and thoroughly enjoying your blog. I’m new at blogging. I have a favorites list on my blog and would like to add your blog to the list. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your postcards.
    Have a good day.

  5. Ana M. Says:

    Hi !
    I’m a postards collector . Finding to postcards collectors in Blogspot I found your Blog. I am interessed in increase my collection because I may be reward if I can do this. So I know you are a postcard collector and I think you can help me.
    What do you think about send me a postcard of your city or other local ? I am finding people who would do this for me.
    Our interesses are similar so why not help other collectors ? Despite of collecting old postcards ( I think ) , I can send you a postcard of my city if you want.
    Visit my Blog , send me a comment and I will contact you again.

    Have a nice Day *

  6. Lynne Says:


    If you send me your email address I can forward some free patterns I have for the gansey I have been thinking about.


  7. Maria Says:

    Hi Janet, thank so much for the kind words on my poem. I’m delighted that you like it. Hope your Christmas is going well and have a blessed New Year, Maria Ní Mhurchú

  8. echostains Says:

    Hi Janet, just wanted to say that I am enjoying your blog. Lots of interesting creative activities – my kind of thing (though I’m not much of a knitter). I see you have been writing it since 2007 – that’s a lot of work! I read a lot of books and have joined the Flashback challenge (re reading books from the past). The nearest I have got to playing an instrument is buying a bodrum drum and some tapes about 4 years ago … maybe this year! Keep up the good work and I’ll keep reading!
    Kind regards

  9. Hi Janet,
    I think we may be in the same neighborhood. Let me know if you’d like to go for a walk sometime, and welcome to the area. I hope your boxes are fast disappearing :-).

  10. Janet, delighted to see you are continuing your yarn art and marketing on the other side of the world! well done on all the great logging of your move and organisation of the “stash”.
    I always enjoyed discussion your latest projects at Dunlaoghaire market.

  11. jstwndrng Says:

    I followed your link from over on VintageSeattle.org. Dublin, wow! You’ve come a long way just to trade cloudscapes. Anyway, welcome to Seattle! Slainte! (or however it goes…. )

    Matt (the Journeyman)

  12. Glenda Says:

    Janet, I just came on wordpress today the first time and typed “crochet” in the search slot and you came up.
    Your blog is great and you sound a delightful person with a lot of interests. I’ve dreamed of moving to Ireland, but that’s probably as far as I’ll get, but I love your country from what I’ve read about it, because unfortunately, I’ve never actually been there.
    I love to crochet and to knit, though I’m better at crochet. I’ve lately done some thread edgings for pillow cases and Irish rose sachets–I live in Oregon and there are several lavender farms nearby, so I fill these pretty sachets with local lavender and give them to people who probably need a lift. I also crochet covers for my prayer books and put bookmarks on the tops of the covers, usually with a crucifix or a medal on the end–because I need more than 1 bookmark, Compline being separate from the rest of the day.

    Anyway, thanks for a fun and interesting blog. Happy New Year.

    (How in the world does the Irish alphabet work? It’s impossible to read Celtic [if that’s what it is] because American English phonics don’t work!)

  13. Matt Says:

    Hi Janet,
    Sure do miss your blog coming up in my reader with new posts. I hope you and Ian are well. Spring is coming, hang in there!

  14. Matt Says:

    Friends of Janet,
    If anyone can tell me any news of Janet, please leave a comment for me over on my blog. Click my name above to get there. Leave news on my about page or on any post. Thank you. I have emailed Janet repeatedly and have heard no word in over a year. We were in regular contact for a long time but she suddenly went silent.

  15. Su Leslie Says:

    Thank you for following Zimmerbitch; much appreciated. 🙂

  16. Amy Says:

    Hi Janet, thanks for following my blog. I am not a knitter, but nevertheless interested in what else you have to say about other things!

  17. Thom Hickey Says:

    Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you will enjoy the wide variety of music covered and some entertaining writing. I welcome comments from readers. I usually post on a weekly basis. Regards and good luck with all your projects. Thom.

  18. Many thanks for the reblog!

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