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My Crummy Macramé

Not really.  It’s not perfect but it’s not crummy.  I just liked the wordplay.

It won’t surprise any of my regular readers that, given my love of all things knotty, one of the many crafts I’ve dabbled in is macramé.  One of my old projects resurfaced recently so I thought I’d try another.  Here are some photos of the old kit and the project that I did as a teenager.

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As often happens with me, I didn’t have all the right materials so I had to improvise. I only had three beads so I ended up with something that looks like a weird face.macrame3

When I was in Romania I bought an elasticated bracelet off a little old lady.  After a while I added my devotional medals to it.  After wearing it every day for months the elastic I added started to give up the ghost.

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I was sad not to be able to wear it any more so I decided to restore the Romanian bracelet and make a new macramé bracelet for my medals.macrame5macrame6macrame7macrame8

Here is the video tutorial I used.  I changed the fastening because I wasn’t sure that my yarn would melt and seal like the one in the video.

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Getting our Planet into Perspective

Just for extra amusement, leave the captions on at the end.

Decision Making

This sermon by Father David Nix discusses how a Catholic should go about making good decisions.  In doing so it also touches on consolation and desolation in prayer, and the peace that only God can give.  Supporting text here and here.

Moderates Can’t Defend Their Position

U-Turns

Please watch this if you’re pro-choice.  There’s no graphic imagery, just interviews with ordinary people:

Resurrection and Gilgamesh

Okay, so I’ve made this post sound more exciting than it really is.  My good news is probably only interesting to me but I want to shout it from the rooftops.  Here is a video to provide some interest while you read the rest of this post (it helps if you have it turned up nice and loud):

The fact is, my drawing machine, which has been out of action (thanks to a Windows update) for what seems like a lifetime, has been resurrected at last.  We have it running Linux and responding to finger gestures and the stylus  correctly.  It may not sound like much but I love my drawing machine like other people love their iPhones or their cars.  I would now like to say something rude about Microsoft but I’m resisting.  Aren’t I good?

Strandbeest Video

Ingenious, fascinating and mildly disturbing:

African Flower Crochet

Here’s a photo of my progress on my third Heidi Bears creature:

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I’m still using leftover yarn.  The white yarn is a bit thinner than I would like but hopefully it will look alright with the white stuffing behind it.  I’m using a join-as-you-go method using the crochet hook rather than sewing the pieces together at the end.  I’d like to say it’s because it’s a better method but it’s really because I’m impatient and I like to see the creature forming as I go.

If you want to know how to crochet this “African Flower” motif, and you like video instructions like I do, then here’s a couple of great videos to follow:

Star Wars Day

I just came across a series of eleven rather silly but amusing videos that will appeal to Star Wars fans of a certain age group (i.e. my age group, and I’m not telling you which one that is).

Happy Star Wars Day!

Easter Music

Video by Benedictines of Mary, Pennsylvania.