Posted in Ramblings

Carved stitches…

I am delighted to announce that my  latest haiku poem will be featured along side some amazing and creative people in Poetry Ireland.

This online event kicks off at 11:00am (Dublin time). Follow @orlawrites on Twitter!

In these most trying of times, Bluefoot Press is proud to host a unique event for Poetry Day 2020.

Initially conceived and organised by poet and scientist Orla Grant-Donoghue as a live poetry event in Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have resulted in its transformation into an online-only collaboration (for now).

Determined not to let lockdown curb their creativity, poets, writers, artists, scientists and actors have produced these new works responding to a favourite book.

These have been inspired by simple lines, characters, scenes, covers, even by the memories triggered by a book.

The Aran sweater,
carved and sculpted stitches,
The ultimate pride.

Posted in Notes on Nursing, Ramblings

I’ve got you covered…

I know there has been plenty of discussion about wearing facemasks out in public.

For me a facemask is an adjunct to staying safe out in public like running out to the shops or the post office.

Wearing a facemask is one reminder for me NOT to touch my face. I keep to social distancing, use hand sanitizer when I am out and about. Wearing the sunglasses so that I don’t rub my eyes.

washing my hands as soon as I get home and very frequently.

I am wearing one of my own facemasks that I made from the disposable fabric used wrap OR instrument sets with.

Posted in Haiku

A love like no other…

Monday’s haiku is a tribute to my parents on what would have been their 57th wedding anniversary….

A call to the Nursing profession

beckons from across the ocean

Interwines two soulmates

A love like no other. . .

Posted in Haiku

Speckled dot of colour…

It’s Haiku Monday. Today’s theme is inspired UV Knits by @freckledpast

Knit brightness for warmth

A speckled dot of colour

Optimistic glow.

*photo reposted from Freckledpast’ IG grid .

Posted in Haiku

A gift in the night…

I received a lovely care package from a lovely group of friends over the weekend. This #haikupoem is dedicated to a little girl, who made and decided to gift this little doll for my care package.

A gift in the night,

Kindred spirits warm my soul

To a blissful calm. .

Posted in Notebooks and Planners

A Knitter’s Planner for 2020

*this is not a sponsored post, as I purchased all the items and products myself*

It’s no secret that I love notebooks!

When The Constant Knitter and Kieran Foley collaborated with Badly Made Books to create a collection of Knit themed covers on handmade books, I was hooked on collecting them.

I was delighted to see another Irish designer, Carol Feller a.k.a. Stolen Stitches commission and launch a cabled themed notebook with Badly Made Books.

Stolen Stitches Notebook

A couple of months ago I purchased the planner version for my so called busy “knitworking” life.

These Badly Made Books are created from used coffee cups (80% Cup Cycling TM) and the covers are from post consumer waste card (100% recycled).

Similar to the notebooks, the planner is made up of individual booklets stapled together then binded to make a notebook with a snazzy cable pattern as its cover.

I love to plan. This undated planner has 56 weeks, with a grid for the days on one side and a blank sheet on the other page.

I am not a fan of blank pages, so I place a sheet of lined paper under the page to keep my writing on a straight path. I would have prefered a lightly dot grid page for writing or even drawing.

I noticed that the centre page of each booklet had two planner spreads side by. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, I’ll figure out how I will deal with it when I get to it.

I tested the 140gsm acid-free note paper with watercolour paints and only a bit of wrinkling on the page was noted. I’ve tried my Lamy fountain pen writes beautifully on this paper.

I like the rustic and handmade look of these notebooks. That’s why I keep collecting and writing in them…