Yes, we’re all being told to make do and mend and embrace craftiness. But actually, making stuff yourself often isn’t cheap. So let’s hear it for Regina de Búrca, who offers a guide to being crafty on a budget. I come from a long line of women who knit, sew and crochet. My forebears’ sole [...]
Category Archive for 'Crafty'
Recently I’ve taken up knitting. Anyone who knew me in primary school and witnessed my epic battles with a pair of plastic needles and a ball of cheap wool would no doubt be horrified. I was a dreadful knitter. I despised it. Many a night I spent in mute misery not being able to sleep [...]
There’s just something about October that makes me want to dig out the craftwork. I think it’s nothing more atavistic than the traditional autumn screen binge, actually – because I’m currently watching Mad Men (still wonderful, despite the broken tension), I,Claudius (because of feeling rather ancient worldy following a short September treat in Rome) and [...]
Regular readers will be au fait with my general sense of malaise, but I’ve found you can’t be disatisfied all the time without discovering some small solutions along the way. Recently, and by total chance as is often the case in these situations, a good friend of mine who lives in Wicklow, gave me a [...]
I hate it when I fit into a cliché. I like to think of myself as being, I dunno, vaguely individual. And yet, sometimes I find myself fitting the early-30-something settled-down middle-class former-teenage-riot grrrl cliché. To give but a few examples: I still have a huge pile of Sassy magazines in my wardrobe. I shop [...]