Category Archives: Share a Square 2010

Look at my Picture Links

Ohhh, I’m so excited and pleased with myself.

I’d wanted to add the Share a Square button for ages and couldn’t find out how to do it!  I’d read the wordpress stuff and seen the html codes under buttons but had no idea what the heck I did with that – I had a view ideas where to stick them but none relevant to getting a picture link on my blog.  I’d checked out other wordpress blogs I read and the ones that had them were so thought they were the paid for domain thingies.  I was on the very brink of sending out an SOS post. (I can’t decide whether that is an SOS or a SOS – I’m sure someone will let me know!)

And then this morning I noticed that one of the wordpress blogs I subscribe to by email has started coming in with just the start of the post to lure you onto the blog itself, something I didn’t always do when the whole post appeared and there on that very blog was a button and at that moment I knew that it was possible to get a picture link on my blog!

And I surely was gonna get one before the day was out regardless of work, Christmas present making, two of which and three cards I need for a Christmas meal this evening, a trip to see B’s bottom consultant – it would all have to come second to me getting a picture link.

As it turned out it was real easy and I can’t believe it took me so long.  Mind you I’m also finding it difficult to believe that I spent the best part of half an hour on Saturday trying to find a piece of fleece to use in a Christmas present only to remember as I was lying in bed yesterday morning that it had been given to Buddy to use on the back seat of the car at least four weeks ago!

So I give you, for your delectation, my first two picture links over there, no, up a bit, just above on the right, above email subscription  and blog roll, under Things I got involved in, yeah, just there – ahhhh, let’s savour the moment!

150 Share a Square 2010 Squares

Well I can’t believe it.  Of course I can since I crocheted them all with my own fair hands but you know what I mean.  I have finished and have a patchwork parcel (I had to tape several end bits of brown paper together as we appear to be out of it) of my final Share a Square squares.  This takes my total to the maximum permitted 150 squares.

Shelly over at This Eclectic Life is such a slave driver – Just kidding! (I’m not really but don’t tell Shelly that!)

When I started I thought I’d do maybe 20 possibly 25 – but with them being aran weight (after my initial boo boo with double knitting following US to English translation problem) they just crochet up so quickly.

So here are my final 37 squares…

And here’s a little something, I think it’s a bit of mortar, I found in the garden…

Love is everywhere!

Creative Space Thursday – Circles & Squares

Today we have a square full of circles…

And circles made of squares…

More Share a Square 2010 squares.  I picked three colours red, white/cream and blue (okay that’s technically four but the white and cream were interchangeable) and randomly picked the colours for the squares.  Out of 55 squares 42 were unique and only one ended up edged in white.

(I know that’s a square in a square but that’s ‘the exception that proved the rule’ and that’s an expression I’ve never understood.)

Check out other people’s creative spaces here (a lot of which include arty photos of which I am NOT in the least bit envious).



We went for my first Zometa infusion today.  It was fine.  I did get a migrainy type headache later but think that was the bright sunshine – if I hadn’t read it on the side effects leaflet I wouldn’t have given it a second thought as being medication related.  When we got back I did have a nap on the settee but I don’t know if that’s Zometa relating or needing to catch up on sleep after a busy few weeks and a Buddy week!

To show that my husband doesn’t listen to me/retain relevant information – the penny dropped while we were sitting there that this method of protecting my bones requires four weekly visits to Liverpool!

Further proof that I sometimes just provide background noise arose last Thursday following my tooth filling on Tuesday.  We were heading back from purchasing Buddy stuff with Buddy in the back seat when the following took place…

Me:  YAWN – ‘My mouth is still a bit stiff’

B:  nothing

Me:  ‘What’s that Buddy, well yes it is.  Thanks for asking!’

B:  ‘Well you shouldn’t have gone out in your wellies.  You won’t do it again!’

Wednesday night I had taken Buddy (or dog as he was then) out for an impromptu walk having previously decided we wouldn’t bother that night, we’d let him settle in instead.  However around 22:30 he perked up so I took him round the block to de-perk him.  I popped my wellies on as they were close to the back door and so I wouldn’t get my pyjama bottoms wet – okay, I can’t believe I’m confessing to going out in my pyjamas but as I said impromptu!  In no way am I condoning my action by telling you that my sister in law drove over to meet dog earlier than evening in her pyjamas!  I would point out that neither of us (yet) have ventured as far as the supermarket thus attired – which seems to be a growing trend.  Anyhoo, my wellies had given me blisters, so my feet had been a bit sore – hence the wellie comment.  I suppose I can expect a response to my jaw comment about a week on Tuesday.

The highlight of my few hours at the hospital was provided by an 87 year old chap there for a blood transfusion.  He had created a bit of a hoo-haa in the waiting area by pulling up one of the staff about how long he’d been there – about 10 minutes at that point – but he wasn’t complaining you understand.  I was crocheting some Share a Squares in bright red wool and he asked if I was knitting underpants.  I politely informed him that I was not knitting but crocheting underpants!  Apparently this colour of wool should only be worn in such a manner.

So there we were, us and eight other people attached to various drips and the lady closest to the old chap informs him that his chair could recline. He, in a manner reminiscint of the m-i-l, said that he didn’t want this and then asked her to do it for him.  Oh, and he had a loud voice.

Old bloke: ‘Just back a bit!’

Nice lady:  ‘Is that okay?’

Old bloke:  ‘Yes, that’s fine.’

Nice lady:  ‘Would you like your legs up?’

Old bloke:  ‘Yes please, as the girl said to the solider!’

I ask you – and they talk about the youth of today!

Creative Space Thursday Addendum

We’ve been on holiday this week.  Yes, both of us.  I went back to work the Monday we came back from our holidays.  I forgot to tell my Auntie Ann until last weekend!  It’s not as dramatic as it sounds and considering the time I’ve had to prepare it all seemed a bit of a rush.  I have a number of holidays left from last year and this year, excluding the brief period I worked 12 hours from February until my SCT holiday in May, so will be working three or four days a week until Christmas.

So on our last official day off, what are we going to do – nothing well, except go out for tea to a friend’s.  This morning we went for the results of B’s barium x-ray – it’s definitely piles and he’s going for a colonoscopy to check the lining of his innards shows no irritation and the BIG (apparently) piles banded in November so the doc can charge more – just kidding – although helicopters are expensive!  This afternoon I intend to attempt to sleep through most of it, this tiredness being my reason for forgetting to add my tag information for the Share a Square squares on yesterday’s post – thanks, to Fiona for reminding me, especially since it took me ages to come up with what I put on my tags.  So here it is…

Life brings us challenges, let this one give you the knowledge that you can do ANYTHING!

Made with love, a hug and a smile by Paula Kilgallon, Rainford, St Helens, England

And why am I so tired you may be wondering, or not but I’m going to tell you anyway.  Well last night at 3:00am (AM!!!!!) I, rather than catching up with my beauty sleep was stifling hysterical laughter as I collapsed on the bed after the newly put up curtain fell off – all because I tried to open the window because I was warm.  Why was I warm?  Well if you insist!  I’d spent the last half hour cleaning up a bit of a puddle that the newest member of the Kilgallon household had made.  This being the first time he’d messed in the house – oh, and it had to be on the only bit of carpet that we have which is on the stairs and landing.  Everywhere else is laminate, lino or tiles!  This followed along the same lines as the previous night of B waking me up by telling the new family member to ‘Get back in your basket’ about 20 times an hour with no consideration that I could have happily slept through him not being in his basket!

Tomorrow when I am as ‘fresh as a daisy’ – I intend to introduce you to our new addition.

Creative Space Thursday

Meet the mother of all tangles…

I washed my Share a Square 2010 on a delicates wash and they tangled, next time I’m going to use the hand wash setting.  However it wasn’t as bad as it looked and I was able to successfully detangle they and here’s the result…

I particularly like the colours of the yarn on these

Share a Square 2010

I came across this a few weeks ago and was enamoured. Crocheted six inch squares are sent to Texas, along with a card with saying where the squares are from and a little message, and the making up fairies put them together into afghans.  They given to children with cancer who attend a summer camp.  I was unsure as I am still doing stuff for the creche in South Africa and I don’t do much crocheting but had started some shortly after I got home from my ‘holiday’ as it’s easier to do lying down than knitting but since lying down in my case leads quickly to falling asleep I didn’t get much done.

It seemed like such a lovely idea and then on my first trip to Sunflowers, when I had a lift there so didn’t take a tour of Liverpool, I was chatting to a lady about knitting.  I had taken mine of course.  She was telling me that she had come across a local knitting group who literally piled wool in the middle of the group, you selected a ball and started knitting.  They knitted squares which were made up into blankets and given away to various groups or people having a tough time and a prayer was included.  The lady’s husband had received one when he had lung cancer.  Apparently it meant a lot to him and when he went for his afternoon nap in his recliner it was just the right weight.  It meant a lot to him right up until she put in in the washing machine and it went ‘funny’ (maybe it started telling jokes)!  She contacted the group to see if they could offer suggestions and to how to sort it out.  They couldn’t but what they did do was make him another one.

So in view of my apparently endless one ball stash, the lady’s story of how much the blanket meant to her husband and an opportunity to hone my crochet skills I decided to give Share a Square a whirl.  Here’s what I’ve done so far…

Crocheting – how hard can it be?  Well I’m pretty sure that double crochet looses something in the translation even though I checked the UK and American definitions – maybe it’s the translation from paper to my hook.  I started a spider’s web square yesterday and am pretty sure mine didn’t look anything like it should so since we were at the doctor’s with the m-i-l and I didn’t have another pattern to hand I fell back on the basic granny square!  As you can see I’ve been falling back and landing on that one quite a bit.  If you don’t know what a granny square is and as I have no idea how to describe it, I tried and it was like plaiting fog, it’s the most common of the above squares!

I particularly like the idea of a card saying where the square was made but want something really lovely/inspiring/caring (I know I don’t want much) to say on it.