Three Things Thursday: 12 January 2017

Inspired by Emily of Nerd in the Brain (note her new self-hosted web site) here are my Three Things Thursday. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

First, our local library. I haven’t been a member of a library since I resigned from the university, but last Saturday I finally got round to calling in to our local town library and joining. Since I spend all day editing, I don’t read many fiction books (I listen to audio versions, which the library also stocks – yay), but I do make lots of use of non-fiction books. So, here is the first one I have borrowed:

Some inspiration when baking for my gluten-intolerant friends

Some inspiration when baking for my gluten-intolerant friends

Second, boro. I’ve been meaning to have a go at Japanese visible mending for a while. I’m quite pleased with my first attempt, which I wanted to be subtle in case it turned out badly! There is substantial reinforcement on the reverse. This is one knee of a pair of Mr Snail’s jeans.

Boro: visible mending

Boro: visible mending

Third, my first pattern sale. It’s taken me ages and a lot of hard work to finalise my bird roost pattern, but it was very gratifying to make my first sale of it from my etsy store. This little boost is encouraging me to get on and finish a second pattern that I’ve been working on – knitting this time.

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A roost made to test the pattern

So, those are three things making me smile this week – what about you?

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  1. That’s a great week of reasons to be happy! Congrats on the Etsy sale–here’s to many more!

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  2. My wife is on the gluten free kick and has been for a few months. I’ve had my fair share of, well, things I’d choose not want to eat again. Some of it really is down right nasty. It’s getting better now. The visible mending is rather interesting, rather unique in it’s ability to look part of the garment but also be functional in fixing a hole.

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    • Once a month I meet up with friends for a shared lunch and I always bake. Since one of our members started having to avoid gluten I have produced some truly dire baked goods, which as you say, I never want to encounter again. I am hoping that this book will contain at least one or two edible recipes – if it doesn’t I’ll try a different book from the library (actually the book would taste better than some of the things I have made!)

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  3. A lovely three things there and all of them make me happy too, especially going to the library. Three cheers for libraries!

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  4. Laurie Graves

     /  January 12, 2017

    I’m with Nana Cathy. Three lovely things, but a big Yay for libraries. Our town library makes my life ever so much better, letting me have excess to the larger world of stories and ideas. I don’t know what I would without that library.

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  5. I have the book in my extensive gluten free cook book library, and it’s a bit of a favourite. There are already several rather sticky and splodgy pages. Do let me provide you with some bombproof GF recipes for the gatherings if you get no joy from this one.

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    • I’m going to try the ginger biscuits for next week’s get-together. One problem is that I don’t have a ready source of many of the ingredients (sorghum flour, psilium husks etc) – the joys of small town living!

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      • Oh, I hear you. But most of my recipes can be made with a simple commercial GF flour mix… I have to say, though, that the psyllium husk is a very, very useful thing, so might be worth grabbing next time you’re near a big supermarket.

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  6. My mom used to mend with subtle weaving. It was lovely.

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  7. Three cheers for libraries from me too. I would be lost without mine. There is something there for everyone. Good luck with finding gluten free recipes that taste good. Well done on the Etsy sale too. It’s always a buzz.

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  8. I love this idea and I love your 3 things. One of my 35 before 35 (it’s explained on my blog!) is to appreciate the small things so I’d really like to borrow this idea if I may x

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  9. I used to practically haunt the library – Brex and I have had some great books out from there, and they’re really good about ordering in books they haven’t got themselves, too. The Gluten free book would be good for Brex, as she’s gluten intolerant :/
    You never told me that your pattern was up for sale! Yay for you 🙂
    I’ve jusy downloaded it – I can’t wait to give it a go – even if I can only work the twine version! 🙂

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  10. Well…I too love mending, eating baked goods and libraries. A friend built our Little Free Library and it’s been a joy watching traffic grow over time. Books change regularly, for children and adults. Another good week. Congrats on the Etsy sale. Your birdhouses are adorable.

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  11. I love this post! Your boro looks fabulous, as does your birds nest. I am grateful to have seen it!

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  12. I wish I knew how to knit so I could try your pattern. Don’t even know anyone that does. 😦 Congrats on the sale though. You do have a lot to be happy about. I have never heard of Bono. Interesting. So many are gluten intolerant. Doc has me off all grain completely for a month. We shall see what comes of it. All sugars too. 😦 Lets hope the scale shows the amount of sacrifice.

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  13. My daughter’s appreciation of her kitten, helping a stranger thread a needle, getting to do work that I love. Yup, I’m blessed!!! PS, congrats on the Etsy thing. Love your creativity!!!

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