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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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Randomness. - All the boys have now gone back to school. The only noise breaking the silence is the extractor fan over the cooker. There's a vietnamese beef curry slowly cooking in the oven and if I don't leave the... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
you talk about flowers and crochet blanket and then you throw a bomb like that. Fab.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Still here at the scent of water
Megan for President!!
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I bought the kit just over a year ago in New York at Purl Soho and although I cast on straight away... I've only finished the cowl last night. That sounds typical... right? In my defence when I got to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
sigh... sewing for boys it's not that much fun... and to be honest they're too old... they'd never wear anything I make!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Japanese sewing for my girl at FuoriBorgo
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non riesco neanche ad immaginare cosa stanno passando i genitori... hugs and prayers.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on one empty, little chair at FuoriBorgo
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Every fruit has its story. Blueberries. I tasted them for first time in my auntie's kitchen, she lived on the fifth floor of this big building in Bologna, tiny lift, not that it's important. A big spoonful was shovelled into... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Things I say to Myself While Hanging Laundry by Ruth Stone If an ant, crossing on the clothesline from apple tree to apple tree, would think and think, it probably could not dream up Albert Einstein. Or even his sloppy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
looks so lovely!!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on simple autumn dress at tiny happy
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And then we're back... long journey, lots of changes, the body doesn't know when to be hungry or tired and so I'm hungry and tired all the time. It's a battle to make it past nine pm! This morning I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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What an amazing week it has been! There have been so many moments that were so ridiculously perfect that we wondered if we hadn't stumbled upon a 'Truman Show' type place... "attention please the couple in Villa 72 are walking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I don't think any words are needed here... See you in a little while... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A few of you have emailed me asking me about how easy it was to indigo dyed... well, the way I do it... it's easy. To do it 'like a boss' - to borrow an expression from my children -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
oh my how much I loved those books!! Little Women is my absolute favour. I collect old copies and have more than 80... slightly insane I know. My favourite 'series' (although give Rebecca another five years for it) is the one written by Jennifer Lambert, American, I think the first book is called "star spangled banner' there's loads... oh gosh how I loved them!
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Indigo fever. There's something about that colour that I find mesmerising. Magic. It's deep. Calm. Thoughtful. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Small randomness. - I just couldn't sleep last night. Don't you hate when that happens? - And the night before I had one of those lingering nightmare when something is out to get me and it's scary even though I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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After the success with onion dyeing I was itching to try other natural dyeing methods. I did a little of research and the yellow gold you can obtain with turmeric was too beautiful to be ignored. Turmeric comes from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Wednesday already? I can't believe how time is running away from me at the moment... but at least is nice and sunny, right? And it's time to through away the last vestige of winter around the house and make it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This is something I've been wanting to try for ages. ... but we don't eat a lot of onions so it took a while to collect all the dry skins. I boiled them for an hour in a big pan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Another one from 'the list'. Pattern from the book "Crochet Adorned" (Linda Permann), which is unbelievably 6 years old. Geesh... where does the time go? The plan was to use a lovely piece of Nani Iro, but I really didn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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As in Katherine Hepburn. THE Katherine Hepburn. Via Molly Wizenberg of 'Orangette' fame. The recipe can be found in her delightful book 'Delancey' which in actual fact is a memoir with recipes... more than a recipe book. And it's lovely.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ah the irony of me talking about sewing clothes after yesterday's experience at London Fashion Week! Talking about pretentious and deluded... Anyway, since we're amongst friends, let's do it. I've had this pattern: 'Sailor Top' by Fancy Tiger Crafts, for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ok so this is not how I usually spend my Sundays.. ... at London Fashion Week... ... instead of standing by a rugby pitch... ... we were surrounded by photographers... and beautiful clothes... ... and the odd sprinkle of known... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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When you're stupid enough to have scheduled an osteopath appointment really early in the morning during half term you're left with a very very long day ahead of you. Don't ask me how I know. First of all ,'the silver... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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The WIPs are being ticked fast and furiously... soon I'll have nothing to show you! Can you believe I have ONLY 1 quilt top to quilt (and I have all the necessary stuff for it too) and 2 knitting projects... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead