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    all the above.
    and excepting its “normal” to be naked in the woods on a sunny afternoon, pushing two beautiful naked women on a tree swing, without a care in the world. “Well perhaps two cares hopes.” I’m in love with the concept, the idea already.

    Anyone who thinks it's okay to be naked in the woods CLEARLY isn't allergic to mozzie and midge bites. Lovely idea but in reality.....Ooooooooh NO!

    People around the world are apparently making masks for medical staff. Although it would obviously be better if a health service was funded sufficiently in the first place this real effort to help is a very positive move and gives me some hope that there may be more good people out there than the ones who have stripped the supermarkets bare.



    (Oh wow! A kingfisher just landed and sat less than six feet for a while away as I was writing this.)

    I belong to several sewing groups online and have accounts with several fabric retailers so I know what's going on. There are literally hundreds of not just individuals but whole sewing groups around the world who have given up their normal projects to make masks and my local quilt fabric shop has donated whole rolls of fabric to one local group. There are any number of free patterns online. And anything that can be made on a sewing machine can be made by hand as long as you can sew.

    That is simply amazing and wonderful for all of you. With all the added stress, your daughter will have a right story to tell the child as they grow up.

    Not my daughter Rogue Trader. My best friends granddaughter. But yes. It's an amazing day. A bright ray of sunshine in the middle of the doom and gloom.

    We are doing okay food wise. We have an Aldi and a little Tesco right on our doorstep and a big Tesco just 2 miles up the road. My son does the shopping early on a Sunday morning as he's an NHS worker. The only things we are still struggling to get are rice, pasta, flour and yeast. Fresh produce is no problem. It's the dried goods that half the population don't know what to do with anyway, that are disappearing.

    My BFF's granddaughter has just given birth to her first child. It's such a special occassion because her waters broke a month ago at 22 weeks. She's held onto the pregnancy, with a lot of assistance from our wonderful NHS, against all the odds and got her baby to a relatively safe date. Still touch and go but we are all very, very hopeful. An extraordinary and wonderful day in the middle of so much mayhem.

    I found and downloaded these from Pinterest. I just put in Hexagonal Granny Square. There are loads more. I would recommend a double knit baby yarn and a 4mm crochet hook. You'll have to look up the crochet symbols online. There may also be tutorials in youTube. Hope these are helpful.


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    as my youngest, Daisy, is pregnant, i want crochet a baby blanket for her. she has said she likes the colours grey, yellow and teal together and sent a pic of a honeycomb blanket (hexagonal pieces).

    i don't even know where to start looking for a pattern to follow (i am a real novice) or where to buy yarn online.


    i'm in serious need of some guidance!!!!

    There are dozens of yarn sellers on FB selling a huge variety of yarns at good prices. I've had stuff from The Knitting Network. They sell brands you'll recognise if you knit or crochet regularly. I was very pleased with what they sent me. Or look on eBay. Hundreds of yarn sellers on there.


    Pinterest is a good place to look for ideas though it can be very frustrating trying to actually find a pattern. Some are linked to Ravelry but I'm very wary of Indie designers. I've bought Indie patterns but they don't always use proper knitting and crochet terms and one pattern ran to a massive 50 pages that I couldn't make head nor tail of. Many of them are American as well and they use different crochet terms to UK.


    I'll have a look and see what I've got Pinned. I don't promise but I may be able to find something I can link you to. I'm going to be a grandma again in July so I understand your excitement.:D:D:D

    My grandson is 9 years old. He started quilting when he was 6. Until last year he'd only made small things like tote bags and cushion covers. This week he finished his first full size quilt. He did at least 95% of the work himself including the quilting on my bog standard domestic sewing machine. He didn't aim for a specific size, just stopped when he though it looked good. It fits his single bed perfectly. The block he chose to mke is called The Pinwheel. I'm so proud of him! :love::D101_0089.JPG

    It's a beautiful sunny day, I took my 9 year old grandson over to the empty playing field opposite us so he could ride his bike and get in some fresh air and exercise before he did his online lessons. He then designed a cot bed sized quilt for the baby brother he's getting in July and we logged that in his home schooling book as maths and design and technology. Tomorrow he'll finish the design and write up what he did to get the finished design. To add to his history (Tudors) he's raided my fabric scraps and he's going to make a collage of Queen Elizabeth 1st. Now he's making Key Lime Pie to enhance his literacy skills: Following instructions. It's really handy being a retired teacher. I can turn just about any activity into a lesson for him. And it's good fun for us both. :D:D:D Stay safe, well and chilled peeps.

    I think they have an anxiety induced cold though, as they're sniffling rather than coughing -- so gonna check in over the next couple of days and see how they turn out. :/

    There are a lot of the sniffly snufflies around Paul. I've had them on and off since Christmas as well as the worst cold I've had in over a decade which lasted nearly a fornight. But no harm in being cautious if you've been in contact.


    I can't exactly go into isolation as I live with my son, his partner and grandson. But I've been put under house arrest by my son and absolutely forbidden to go out except for walks across the fields opposite our house for excercise or to get eggs from next doors egg box. Stay safe guys.

    I got 46. So apparently I'm not likely to be on the autistic spectrum. When I was a teacher all kinds of odd things used to land on the staffroom table. One of them was a test that could be administered to find out if any of our charges were on the autustic spectrum. So of course we photocopied it and took it ourselves. As you do. Apparently we were all autistic, some of us at the higher, less communicative end of the spectrum. No sarky comments please about teachers. ;) I apparently was particularly obsessive which caused great hilarity when I told my friends as I'm well known for my olympic level skills at starting numerous new projects before I'm even half way through the current one.

    I'm really ignorant about this. We have a woodburner in the living room of our rental house. We don't need to use it because we have central heating but of course we do. How will anyone know if the wood that's being burned is kiln dried or not. Obviously if you're trying to burn damp wood that's a bit different. We buy bags of kiln dried logs from our local shops but we've also burned waste wood and our Christmas tree. Apart from the smell of the Christmas tree I can't tell the difference. I wouldn't have thought most people could.

    Just a couple of quilts I've managed to knock off my UFO list in the last two weeks. I made myself a promise I wouldn't start nything new until I'd finished a few things. So as I'm getting itchy scissor fingers, I thought I'

    d better get cracking.


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    This one is a star quilt. All of the blocks are star blocks and are named after stars in the Pleiades constellation. The most difficult blocks I've ever made, it was an online quilt challenge for advance level quilters which I'm not and some of them will never get made by me again. In spite of numerous mistakes and missing points, I think it's turned out okay.

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    This one is all hand appliqued and hand quilted. I did this one in tandem with my BFF who lives on the other side of the country. We designed the blocks between us, shared the patterns we made and then made our quilts in our own choices of fabric.

    I cry over just about anything. My emotions are always very close to the surface. But I laugh just as easily. I guess you could say I wear my heart on my sleeve.

    I've fucked up already!, I had a spoons breakfast and didn't think about bacon and sausage as being from mammals, fuck sake!!! :insane:

    It takes time, a lot of time, to unload old habits. Don't beat yourelf up hun! At one time I was a vegetarian. !0 years and I still found myself automatically going to eat bits of left over pepperoni pizza from the fridge. And to be fair, bacon aside, I'm not actually convinced 'spoons sausages have ever been anywhere near an actual animal. Bread paste and glue maybe.

    My sister was in Oklahoma a few years back. Her son was on a uni student exchange for a year. She says the scariest thing she's ever done was shop in Walmart. They have a whole section given over to guns of all kinds. My sister has nerves of steel but she said she was extremely nervous. Buy a pack of cereal and put an assault rifle in the trolley next to it. Insane!

    It's not the USA! When I think of the latest insanity from one of the southern states............. women who have ectopic pregnancies must have the foetus transplanted into their womb or both woman and doctor will be charged with murder.............. I can't help but be grateful for my accident of birth that makes me British.

    I wanted to quote the above Maggi but the website is playing kooky this morning and wont quote. I do feel that in the case of the transition to meat free and what you say about dieting being tough, it has to be treated the same as an addiction. Folk having issues with food they know is bad for them hence weight issues, it is an addiction, anything that is hard to give up or change comes under addiction am sure of that.

    You'll get no argument from me. The difference with food from other addictions is, you can't give it up. Alcohol, drugs, you can stay away from them. I'm not saying it's easy with drugs and alcohol by the way. A late friend was a heroin addict and he struggled every day and another friend is an alcoholic. But you can't stay away from food. It's everywhere, it's legal and it's highly advertised and in some cases actually pushed on you.. And in spite of what Breatharians say, you can't exist on air! My lifelong struggle has been my weight. And it's all psychological for those who have this problem. In theory it's just a simple matter of calories in versus calories out. And if that was all it was it'd be easy. But if I'm not in the right headspace, it's not going to work. And any dieter will tell you the same. It's not that I don't know what to do and how to do it either. I know as much as any qualified nutritionist because I made it my business to know when I had kids. There's no help either. If I was anorexic or bulimic there would be counselling and other help available but being overweight isn't seen as an eating disorder in spite of heart disease being one of the major causes of premature, preventable death in the western world. I'd like to say that going back to veganism will help but I was fatter than I am now last time I was a vegan thanks to long working hours and manufactured crap full of salt, sugar and fat. At least I can cook from scratch now.



    Why would someone who is vegan want to eat a food product that has the texture and eatability of meat, is that seen a a transitional thing from being a meat eater to becoming a fully fledged Vegan.

    Giving up meat doesn't mean you don't like it. For some people it's a really tough transition. You(generic) may want to be a fully fledged vegan but it's hard to lose the things you love no matter what the reason. If people want to eat meat substitutes that's a personal choice. There is absoutely NOTHING in the vegetable world that gives the same satisfaction as the texture of meat. I love chilli. I really love chilli. But without meat it's not chilli. My son makes a great meatless chilli but it just doesn't cut the mustard so I don't eat it. I'm not going to leave myself open to that disappointment. Nothing in this world is cut and dried. It's not just a matter of giving up animal products. There are huge psychological impacts as well. ESPECIALLY around food! It's why dieting is so tough! If it was simple I'd be twig thin and a size 8 instead of decidely lump and a 16/18.

    Almost every meat replacement ive eaten has been pretty dire. The pea meat by lazyvegan being about the only one i can stomach.

    I don't use meat substitutes and I have too much respect for my taste buds to even go near the commercial cheese substitutes but I have managed to whip up a reasonable 'cheese spread' which was very nice on crackers or toast and a crumbly cheesy 'ricotta' mix for lasagne made from tofu, nutritional yeast, sunflower seeds, olive oil and lemon juice. I think it's the texture I miss more than anything. There's nothing to really get your teeth into on a vegan diet.

    back on the vegan thing, i was really surprised at how much negativity is out there from other vegans! my family and close friends are really supportive but i had to leave a couple of FB pages i'd joined because some of the other members were just plain nasty!

    Oh Lord! I've joined and quit so many FB groups. Mostly for quilting. Frankly most of them are the pits. I think my record for joining and quitting is half an hour. Veganism has become a religion replacement for some people and like born again christians, it's my way or the highway. Admin should be jumping all over any nastiness but sadly few of them bother. Start your own group, set your own rules and make it a comfortable place for other people. Kick out the negative nellies or the evangelists. No-one needs that shit.

    I'm no vegan but a woman I do work for knitted me an alpacca beanie,(bless) its warm, I think hemp would be the way forward here but not sure about the environmental cost?

    Hemp, from everything I've read over the years, is probably the most environmentally friendly plant you can grow. It doesn't deplete the soil and gives us oil, paper, rope, fabric and yarn. Hemp cloth is extremely strong and the more it's washed the softer it gets (a bit like linen). It was processed into rope and sailcloth by hand in the 15th/16th century so can't be that difficult to process cleanly nowadays, even in bulk. It used to be compulsory, for farmers who had over a certain acreage, to grow it for the use of the navy.

    Whereas I think that is a well written and interesting response Paul which lots of does make complete sense to me, I can not understand why a vegan would consider boosting the profits of a huge food company that makes billions of pounds each year from the exploitation of animals !!

    Where are vegans to shop then? You've just excluded every supermarket chain in the country. They ALL exploit animals very heavily either in their fresh and frozen meat and fish sections or in their manufactured products which includes tins, ready meals and sandwich fillings. I don't know what the figures are but I'm betting that MacDonalds falls by the wayside compared to the amount of animal products used in meal productions at home. They've had a VERY bad press over the years AND they deserve it but they aren't the arch villians here. They're merely a gnat in a wasps nest.

    I last used pinterest years ago (iirc before you needed an account) and i seem to remember it didnt allow you to save pics.

    You can actually download pics directly from Pinterest now Compo. I download colouring pages to use as embroidery patterns and I've had some quilt block patterns as well. It's one of those sites that you either love or loathe. There's a lot of advertising now, mostly from Chinese clothing sites that are all rip off merchants and they steal pictures from Indie designers and what they actually sell isn't even a recognisable copy much of the time. It seems to be evolving as well right now with supposed ways to make money from it. I love it for the art and craft ideas. A lot of people hate it because they expect links to lead to free patterns, which they sometimes do but a lot of it is just clickbait. It's not really supposed to be much more than an electronic pinboard. Which is how I use it. There are patterns to be had but I rather suspect they've been pirated from published books, pattern leaflets and blog sites and are mostly breaching copyright somewhere in the world. I used to have hundreds of craft that took up space I no longer have. Now I have all my inspiration at my fingertips and the click of a keyboard. It's definitely a rabbit hole I can get lost down for hours when I'm in search of inspiration.

    I'm glad to see the back of it. It's been a really shitty year in so many ways. I'm hoping 2020 is going to be better but knowing some of the shit stirrers from 2019, I'm not getting my hopes up just yet. On the plus side I'm going to be a grandma again in about 5 months time so I can't help but look forward to that event at least.



    HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS! I hope it's going to be a good one for you all.

    I can't afford to shop 'ethically'. I have my state pension and a small industry pension which is less than the state pension. By the time I pay my rent and utilities I can eat and have a small amount, a few pounds, left for other things. In theory I could have more money but my landlord won't take housing benefit. But that's another story. Anything I buy has to be as cheap as I can get. I don't knowingly buy from China but they're getting crafty and many now have 'addresses' in the UK that goods are supposedly despatched from. Almost everything is now manufactured in the far east and our manufacturing industries have pretty much been killed off. The cost of setting up new industries here would be astronomical and very few people would be able to afford the goods on offer. And how do you force people to use this new retail outlet. Until people stop wanting to buy throw away goods, this is the world we've got. I do what I can but unless I win the lottery and can afford hand made goods, I'll continue to do what I'm doing. That's the reality for me and thousands of other people.

    No need to stress. It sounds like you're overthinking everything. I tend to do that a lot of the time as well.


    A multivitamin will tell you on the packet what percentage of your daily requirements you're getting from one tablet. You might be better off just taking a B12 supplement though. If you have a healthy balanced diet you shouldn't need any other supplements and there are some vitamins you can actually take too much of.


    You don't NEED to buy any seedy stuffs unless you like them or need them for a recipe, especially if it's stressing you out. This is what I know about various seeds and how I use them when I have them.


    Chia i know nothing about except it's one of the latest trendy superfoods which means there's a big marketing push on it, which means a lot of people have a lot tied up in promoting it and a lot of shareholders to keep happy. My son had to do a paper on these so called superfoods for his bio-medicine degree and he says the scientific evidence is they're safe to eat and do have nutritional value but there's nothing special about them to make them a must have. I doubt I'll ever buy it unless it's necessary for a recipe.


    Linseed has been around for ever. Literally centuries. It's completely indigestible for some people in its seed form because of it's very hard coating. The seeds are small and can be an irritant to the stomach and the intestines. The ground variety will probably be the best place to start. If you bake bread you could substitute a small amount of flour with ground linseed or linseed oil for olive or sunflower oil. Linseed and flax are the same thing. I don't use it in any form except the boiled oil which isn't suitable for human consumption as it's used to thin oil paints.


    Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are my seeds of choice. I sprinkle about a teaspoon on salads in the summer for some crunch. I often have sunflower seeds because they occur in quite a few vegan recipes. Usually ground up. They also work well in homemade seedy bread with some additional poppy seeds. They're a good snack for anyone who follows the GL diet principles for type2 diabetes as they help keep blood sugars on an even keel.


    Hemp seeds I tried once when someone gave me a handful. I spent about a week trying to get them out of my teeth. Hemp oil is probaby your best bet. It's pricey but really only useful as a salad dressing so a little will go a long way. I don't use this either.


    I would say buy them if you like them or need them for a recipe but don't get stressed. No one food is ever essential.

    There's loads of vegan Quorn now, and there has been for a couple of years, but you need to check the label on the packet.

    I didn't know that Paul. I haven't bought any in years.Thanks for the info.