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#KCBWDAY7 ~ My Time, My Place

#KCBWDAY7 ~ Our Day 7 Challenge: 
Where and how do you take time out to knit and/or crochet? Maybe you don’t take time out at all and instead have your needles twirling as you try to juggle a multitude of other tasks with no ‘spare’ time to think of. Maybe you enjoy nothing more than to crochet whilst winding down from a yoga session, chatting with some friends in a nearby cafe.
Whether social or solitary, tell readers about your crafting time and space, and where you either most enjoy (or can simply find a few snatched moments) to turn yarn into something even more beautiful.

#KCBWDAY6 ~ Polls Apart

Our blogging challenge for today...

#6KCBWDAY6 ~ Most every blogging platform offers a way to easily put together and host a poll, and polls, surveys and questionnaires can be a great way of engaging with your audience and readership. There are times when readers do not feel that they want or have time to think, compose and post an answer or response to a post, but short polls can often be completed with just a few clicks.

Instead of having to listen to me rambling on today, I'm giving you the opportunity to let me know what you are thinking. Here is a short poll and I hope you will participate as well as follow up with comments here on the blog too! Thanks so much!

#KCBWDAY5 ~ Something a Bit Different

It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post, a beautiful infographic or write in verse. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. There’s not too much guidance for this one simply because the more varied the posts are on this day, the wider the sources of information for other bloggers will be.

#6KCBWDAY4 ~ Bags of Fun

#6KCBWDAY4 ~Time to delve into that most treasured collection of tools, notions and oddments as you are asked to spill the contents of your knitting or crochet bag, caddy or other method of organisation and put your crafting unmentionables on display. You may wish to talk about your bag of crocheting tools as a whole, or delve deep into the contents of your knitting caddy and talk about the contents each in turn.

I do treasure my everyday bag and its everyday basic contents. What's not to treasure? I use my crochet tools everyday and always have at least 3 projects going! 

However, I'd like to share some special things that I REALLY, REALLY treasure that are not necessarily in my bag.

In the photo there's a tubular wooden box with lid and I have no idea what it was originally used for, but it is an antique. I keep small odds 'n ends in it such as thimbles. The vintage sock darning tool is so lovingly used and deliciously smooth. Propped upon the darning ball is an antique…

Part II ~ Irregular Expressions: A Mother/Daughter Team

It wasn't planned, but I love the fact that my 2-part article about this dynamic and loving Turkish Mother/Daughter team hugged our Mother's Day weekend!
Crochetkween: Aysegul, are you an experienced crocheter or is your mother teaching/tutoring you?
Aysegul: I learned basic crochet stitches from my mother when I was eight years old, I was creating clothes for my dolls. I am just a beginner when it comes to crocheting with beads and my mother does not have much time to teach me at the moment. But, I plan to learn her beaded crocheting techniques and use my experience as a learner to create educational tutorials for other crocheters in the future. Other than crocheting, I have learned a lot from my mother since we started working together. She surprises me with the way she solves her creative problems; she always finds new ideas to combine different techniques, colors and design elements. She uses her tools in unexpected and imaginative ways; and she never gives up, always tryin…

#KCBWDAY3: Photographic Experimentation

#6KCBWDAY3  Our challenge today:
Every Year Knitting & Crochet Blog Week tries to feature at least one day where photography takes a key role, because it has been proven many times that what captures reader’s attention for the first few seconds to hopefully hold them long enough to invest the time to read your words is your pictures, and so this topic crops up each year, but every year it yields such different results! Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures.

My passion for crochet is inextricably linked to my everyday life. No day is complete without some crochet on the hook! I am no expert photographer, but I do like to experiment and to try and take some unique headshots that express my love of crochet or the season in which I am writing.

6KCBWDAY2 ~ All About Me

6KCBWDAY2-Our challenge today: "Cast your hooks and needles aside! This year you are challenged with one of those tasks that some bloggers can find quite daunting: but there’s never a better time then when we’re all in it together, so let’s shift the focus and turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us."

With a birthday coming up next week, please note that I am a Gemini (the twins) not a liar! "A liar?" you ask. "What is the Queen talking about?"

6KCBWDAY1 ~ If I Were a Yarn

I'm excited to be participating in the 6th Annual Blog Week: We're writing about 6 topics provided for us; one for each day. 

Day One (Monday 11th May): If You Were Yarn.
If you were a type or brand of yarn, which would you be? Are you a classic pure wool? Is there extra tension but a bit of bounce in you because of your high twist? Would you be more like a high-maintainance, strictly hand-wash fluffy angora or a ‘bring it on’ acrylic, bravely heading into the world of possible baby-sick laundering disasters knowing that you will always come out bright and unharmed? Spend some time browsing yarns and getting to know their qualities, and decide which yarn you think best matches your personality. Trying to decide which yarn I would be if I were a yarn is proving to be difficult! I do love it all, but I love unusual materials the most! Randomly, I choose one, raffia, to get started here. Raffia is not all that unusual, but it does lend itself to sculptural effects as opposed to bei…

Book Review: Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace by Denise LaVoie

I will get right to the point: run, don’t walk to buy this book! If you want to understand the thoughts, emotions, and excitement that brought me to this unusual book review introduction, carry on!
I could hardly wait to get started reading about the famous and incredibly capable female aviatrixes from whom Denise derived the inspiration for her new book, Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace! As I began, my first instinct was to search among all the pilots' portraits for a photograph of Denise herself! She is, indeed, a very capable woman, standing tall among the women she has written about. Denise has set the bar very high for anyone who is contemplating a self-publishing journey for their crochet designs!
Combining her artistic talent and extreme creativity, Denise has brought us seventeen delightful crochet and knit designs, as well as a good read about twelve women pilots who lived during the timeframes between 1831 through 1975. Some are well-known like Amelia Earhart and Bessie Col…