Posts Tagged ‘work’

Back to the good things

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

I actually got to read, both in work and out of it, today, and I’ve also crocheted another ball or so of yarn on the Sea Swirls table cloth I resurrected from hibernation yesterday. I even went out for supper tonight, so a pretty good day.

41. Start Scrapbooking by Joy Aitman

Another scrapbooking book, but this one is a nice introduction to the craft, with interesting examples and easy-to-personalise how-tos of some effective layouts. I still amn’t ready to buy the equipment needed to get started (a single hook, ball of string and How To Crochet leaflet aren’t that big of a financial investment for beginning a new hobby) but I do get vicarious pleasure from knowing what to appreciate in the crafts of others.

Allowable spend

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

I had fun at work today, ordering lots of books (that we do need). Another of those days that immediately shows either no results or further mess (because of focussing on things like ordering rather than clearing up), but it should bear fruit relatively quickly.

And then this evening I’ve returned to one of my hibernating crochet projects and I’m hoping to finish it this week. We shall see. I amn’t entirely convinced I’ll ever get it to lay flat, though.

ag dul i mo chodladh

Thursday, 7 February 2008
  • got about 3 hours sleep last night, broken
  • got my mitts finished
  • got much ordering done
  • gone off Amazon a bit
  • going to fix my Irish one day
  • mind gone
  • going to sleep now

Local Craft and Art

Friday, 1 February 2008

Crochet Haul
Another good haul, this time from the other charity shop on my way home. I paid three times as much, but I got the magazine rack (obviously to a far better purpose than magazines!), even more hooks, and lots of nice yarn to do some more scrumbles for the Pink Project. (There are two balls each of the grey and the peachy pink on the bottom left of the picture.) I haven’t decided yet will I use the grey as accents for that, or for teaching the kids to crochet. I now have lots of hooks for them, but not so much yarn!

36. The Best of British Scrapbooking and Cardmaking by Joanna Campbell Slan

It’s nice to see crafts treated as art, and this book nicely does that, without downplaying at all the craft, hobby and personal expression sides of scrapbooking. That isn’t something I’ve taken up, but I do admire the best pieces as art, and all for the deeper feelings. Seeing masses and masses of pages can give a twee feeling, but I’d recommend this book as one to take a look at, whether as a scrapbooker looking for tips and inspiration, or a non-scrapbooker seeing what can be done.

Right, back to getting ready for Shabbos!

Doing things for other people

Thursday, 24 January 2008

I didn’t really get any of what I wanted to finish at work done today (although there were some successes nonetheless), because I had people coming to ask me to do or find things for them every few minutes all day. I spoke to my line manager at the end of the day about setting firmer boundaries of appropriate times and requests so that I can get the strategic things done, as well as responding to immediate needs and desires, so it should be better in future. (I didn’t even get a drink of water till 1:30pm.)

And then when I got home (after shopping for Shabbos) I proof-read something for my house-mate. Which I don’t mind at all, and had freely and eagerly offered to do, and otherwise I’d probably have been making her FrouFrou, so it works out. (I enjoy proof-reading too.)

But it didn’t lead to productiveness in either of the areas I normally write here about.


Friday, 11 January 2008

A good haul from the Oxfam shop on the way home, but I should have been quicker, as Shabbos is in less than an hour.

The books are for me (and yes, I started one on the walk back with all the shopping – got to chapter seven), and the hooks are for teaching the kids at work to crochet. I spent an hour teaching one today, and I think she’s borrowed my favourite hook (which thankfully isn’t mid-project just now) but I wanted some that were cheap enough to give away. Now I just need yarn for them. I didn’t really get any reading done at work today, though, so no new books for the list.

Good Shabbos!