« five good things on tuesday... | Main | never mind paris in the spring »

December 09, 2009


I love your blog, Jane! And this post is full of wonderful colors.

A granny square blanket is next on my project list...if and when I ever get done with Christmas presents (!!) and these ones provide lovely inspiration.

just a note on the country music. i finally sat down and watched walk the line and really enjoyed it. now that you've added dolly and johnny to your cache- consider other country kings and queens tammy wynette, merle haggard, george jones-oldies but goodies but really typify country music roots-consider a trip to memphis and nashville next time you head to the states-wonderful cities to visit-and the bbq ain't too bad either. love your blog, and look forward to your next book.

Johnny Cash's American IV: The Man Comes Around, with his cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt, is a stunning album. Takes country to a place you might not have imagined for it. I wonder if you'd like Lucinda Williams -- her lyrics are pretty great, simple and often sad but healing, some ironic, some not.

What a delight to have Alan Bennett on every night. Couldn't watch on Saturday as people came for a meal so I'm hoping to download from iplayer. Can't wait for Thora Hird and the cream cracker under the sofa. Why is someone talking about the good ewbank (old fashioned non- motorised carpet cleaner for those whose childhood didn't contain one)so perfectly funny?
Must resurrect my rusty crochet skills and attack my stash of non-co-ordinating yarn>

Amanda vickery's "Behind Closed Doors" is still sitting on my uread pile by the bed. I loved the radio four programme and after a couple of episodes found myself on Amazon seeking more but so far I've only dipped into it. you've wetted my appetite so I must hurry on with the fascinating but enormous "Family Britain" by david Kynaston, another great historical read but physically unwieldy. Do you think its ever justifiable to rip a book in two ? I am considering this as a method of speeding things up and saving my wrists. Oh for the Victorian 3 volume tome !

I grew up listening to the classic country music - like Johnny Cash. Very different from the pop country that most people think of as "Country" music.

May I also recommend Chet Atkins and Doc Watson?

Dolly, Johnny and Crochet, what more could a girl ask for?

I am so happy to see that you have adopted the granny square afghans and given them a good home. I get so sentimental when I see crafts from the past. Am I the only person who feels a twinge of sadness at seeing an afghan discarded or mistreated or subject to jokes for being, 'outdated' (as is sometimes done on television)?

I want to think that they are forever appreciated and loved and I know that I am completely unrealistic. I smile when I see an afghan in the back window of a car, knowing when someone in the car is chilled, they will grab it and snuggle in its warmth.

I used to work with a woman who rescued cats and dogs. Upon visiting her home I noticed afghans in every room, many with cats cozily perched. I saw familiar patterns, and yarn that I recognized and knew was no longer available. It was like a trip down memory lane.

I asked about the afghans. She explained that she and her husband scoured thrift stores within 100 miles for them. She had a set rule though, she wouldn't pay more than .75 cents for them and would always try to negotiate the price down below that. Many she had purchased for .25 cents.

Having made and given/donated afghans over the years I wonder where mine ended up. Hopefully they provided warmth and comfort when needed.

How lovely. I am always so sad to see those crocheted blankets in thrift stores, because I know someone made them for someone they loved. I'm tempted to adopt them, but I'm afraid I'd be up to my ears in acrylic.

I made my first crocheted afghan in 1970! We had been to London and saw one in the Design centre and I thought it was fab.The next week I came down with a bad case of mumps and was off work for 3 weeks.That was the start of my first afghan and I still have it.I have made lots more since then.I have a WIP on a crocheted afghan,ripple design, in which I am using up all my left over bits of yarn.

When she makes them my mother refers to those blankets as 'ruglies' because nothing matches.

I've been oogling Granny Squares myself lately! :)

I do love granny squares. I remember the afghan that sat on the back of my grandmother's sofa.

I too am really enjoying the Alan Bennett series. The monologues are truly exquisite; even though they are often tragic.

Blanket making and Granny squares are works of art. For fabulous use of colour and a lovely warm and entertaining read visit Attic 24 blog. I promise you will all want one of her blankets but you will have to make your own - she is a very generous lady who shares her know-how with you so if you want to make one, there is no better place to start. They are beautiful!

All the gorgeous granny squares are perfect eye candy now that winter weather has hit us in the North East United States. I love to crochet my granny square afghans as randomly as possible. The more unconventional, the better. You totally hit the nail on the head with this post! Makes me want to go cozy up with my crochet hook!

I love the look of granny square blankets. Seems to me there used to be a custom of edging each square in black--or maybe those were just the blankets that ended up in my grandparents' houses. Anyway more color is better. More color is always better!

Did you see this huge granny blanket? It fell out of the most recent copy of Selvedge as a subscription request card. The colours were more vivid in their reprint,but it's a lovely thing

This really is my favourite blog. In addition to all the domestic arts you give much interesting information on, for example, music, literature and cinema. I admire both your writing and photographic skills.

Following your recent post I have ordered a dvd of Hell is a City. I too grew up in Manchester but had totally forgotten about this film.

I am now the proud and happy owner of all three of your books. When is the fourth due to be on sale?

Thanks for the pleasure you bring to my (housebound) life.

Best wishes, Deborah - a true Jane Brocket fan x.

Those who like "grannie squares" might want to see the wonderful sculptures of Nick Cave called Soundsuits. There is a You Tube video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdmMM6iAt8E . The Grannie squares appear mostly near the end. I have also linked to it on my own blog. Thanks Jane for all the color!

Behind Closed Doors just went on my wish list. Just the sort of book I've been looking for. Thank you, Jane.

What a coincidence! your link to Hell is a City took me to a website I discovered a few weeks back and was utterly absorbed in, my Father grew up in Levenshulme, and at one time had a shop on Broom Lane. I even found a photo of him on there, dressed a woman in some play or another! I have recently discovered your writing and I so love the voice you have given to the rightly called domestic arts, and all the areas of life that this most neglected of subjects covers. It was quite thrilling to discover you were from Stockport!, and I did wonder whereabouts, (I am a Four Heatons girl meself!.) Well you have partly answered that question in this post, so I shall wonder no more.x.

I am glad you are back. I have been looking out for you each day. I love your blog and you have inspired me. I came across your book The Gentle Art of Domesticity in our town library part way through last year and read it cover to cover. Since then I have been reading your blog and telling everyone I know about it! I have even convinced my local library to order you new book( not being released in AUS until March 2010) and I am number 1 in the holds queue. Thanks for bringing me to the domestic arts! Rachel (Tasmania, Australia)

The comments to this entry are closed.

Become a Fan

words and pictures

  • Please do not use my words or photos without my permission. Thank you.
Blog powered by Typepad