12 Feb 2016

Five on Friday

Tudor Square, Sheffield
This week I've been into Sheffield city centre several times as this is where many of my interest groups take place and where I usually meet up with friends.  On Monday I met a friend and we went to sign up for a day course in March on photography and painting that's being put on in the studies department of the central lending library in Tudor Square.  Then we went for coffee and my friend gave me a refresher lesson on basic crocheting.
In the evening I had another try at making some Afghan squares using the instructions from an old book of crochet patterns.  I must have kept it from when our daughters used to do a lot of crocheting. After being shown those basics the illustrations made more sense and the crocheting below is my first lot of experimental pieces.  They're not perfect yet, but now I'll have a go at making something, possibly a blanket.  I'll need to get some suitable yarn and work out the right tension. I wonder what yarn those of you who crochet use?  We have a small craft shop in our local area and I shall probably go and buy some there.  It's where I bought my wool for the scarf and I was pleased with the quality.



On Wednesday I was back in Sheffield as I went to the Ash Wednesday service to mark the beginning of  Lent. Ever since moving to south Yorkshire Sheffield Anglican Cathedral has meant a lot to me because it's a place that's open during the day for quiet contemplation.  Many of the other city churches and the R.C. Cathedral, St. Marie's, are also open and welcoming, which is a good thing.  This was something I particularly appreciated in the early days of settling into a new area and a change of lifestyle as I got used to retirement. Afterwards I sat and listened to the organist playing a piece of music and it was a peaceful few moments before going out into the busy streets where there was extra hustle and bustle due to the week being the half term holiday for schools in the city.

 St. Katharine's Chapel window, Sheffield Anglican Cathedral


The weather has been brighter and pleasanter when out and about.  It has been good to see the occasional blue skies!

I'm joining Amy's Five on Friday.  Thank you for organising the link up, Amy.

Have a good weekend everyone!
Linda :)


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  1. The Cathedral windows are stunning. I'm sure you won't be able to stop crocheting now you've got the bug! :-)

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    1. I'm sure I shall enjoy the craft once I get going :)

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  2. Good luck with your crocheting..Double knit is usually great for granny squares. Beware it's very addictive. Those windows are beautiful and I bet it was wonderful listening to music in the cathedral..one of my favourite things. Have a great weekend. Barbara x

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  3. I have never been to Sheffield but enjoyed seeing your photos. Good luck with the crocheting, it is very easy to get addicted. xx

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    1. Our daughter makes granny squares that can be made up into blankets for a charity and I might be able to contribute some myself once I get started.

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  4. I'm impressed with your crochet work Linda!
    I've decided I'm dyslexic where crochet is concerned - I get totally bamboozled reading a pattern. When and if I completely retire I'll try a class.
    A Church is wonderful for silent contemplation and reflection and that's what Lent is about. Only six weeks until the greatest feast of the Church year - Easter Sunday.
    Where is this year going?
    Glorious blue sky and pretty blossom must lift your spirits!
    Happy weekend
    Shane

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    1. Thank you Shane. Apparently I'm left-handed when crocheting according to my friend, but I'm sure I'll get into it so long as it's something simple like granny squares!

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  5. I agree double knit is a good choice to start s blanket with. Your crocheting already looks great. You'll be crocheting every spare minute soon I'm guessing. It can take over...

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    1. Crocheting seems a satisfying craft. Thank you for the advice re. the sort of yarn to use.

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  6. The Tudor Square is beautiful, as well as the Cathedral. During my travels I want to see all chapels, churches and cathedrals. The athmosfere in them is full of history and peace.

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    1. There are interesting and beautiful cities everywhere with places where one can find peace and quiet.

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  7. Looks like you have had a lovely week with meeting friends and your crochet. The cathedral looks lovely inside and the windows are wonderful:)

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    1. It's been a good week full of different activities. Trying to master a new skill is challenging, but satisfying.

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  8. A week of interesting and pleasant contrast, Linda. Good luck with your crochet. I remember that book from my early days of working in the library. :-) Incidentally I do like the new font for your posts - elegant and very easy to read. What is it called, please?

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    1. Thank you re. crocheting. The font is Josefin Sans.

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  9. I love the beautiful stained glass windows in your church - how lovely that the church is open for quiet contemplation during the day. Good luck with your crocheting, too - something I've never learned, but maybe some day!

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    1. Thank you Leslie and thank you for your visit. It's good to hear from you.

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  10. We're back in a grey and rainy pattern here in the Pacific Northwest. Happy to see some nice blue skies and sunshine in Sheffield. On one of our trips to the U.K. we spent the night in Sheffield before we traveled on to York. Glad you had a good week!

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    1. The weather is changeable so blue skies are very welcome.

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  11. The cathedral is beautiful I could stand and gaze at stained glass windows forever. Your crochet is looking good. I think DK yarn is the best to work with at first, I use a lot of stylecraft special Dk and hayfield bonus Dk both are good quality acrylic yarns that don't break the bank lots of yummy colours too. Have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you and for the advice about what yarn to use.

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  12. Tudor Square looks lovely. And the stained glass windows are just gorgeous. Nice work with the crochet. happy weekend, Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy. I hope you have a good weekend yourself.

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  13. Such beautiful photos, Linda! There are few things lovelier and more invigorating than sitting for a moment in a peaceful church, even better with the organist practising...
    I don't know much about crocheting, but I believe it's at least as addictive as knitting. :)
    The last photo is wonderful. I fully understand why you like white flowers. Wishing sun and blue skies for your weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you Sara. Sun and blue skies would be good for the weekend. Whatever the weather have a peaceful weekend.

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  14. I look forward to your Friday Five post each week Linda. That combination of modern and historic in Tudor Square is wonderful. I can picture you walking around and having coffee with your friends. The church is truly lovely and such a blessing that it's open and available for you to sit and contemplate. Good luck with the crochet.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoy Five on Friday catch up as much as I enjoy posting and reading what others have been doing.

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  15. Your beginning crochet looks good and it'll get easier the more you do it. Lovely picture of Sheffield.

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    1. Thank you Janet. Early days yet with the crocheting, but I have an incentive in making granny squares that will be made up into blankets for a women's refuge and daytime drop-in centre.

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  16. The juxtaposition of the modern glass structure against the Cathedral is so odd....like the pyramid in front of the Louvre. Disturbing in a way. I know we have to move on, but I always want to modern architecture in one area far away from the historic! :-) It's just me. Loved seeing the interior of the Cathedral where you attended services.

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    1. The photo's perspective gives the impression that the church in the background, St. Marie's RC Cathedral, is near the blue glass building, a restaurant for the theatres that are in the piazza, when actually it's way back in a side street. I think all the buildings, old and new, surrounding and near the redeveloped Tudor Square have interesting architectural features and give the heart of the city its unique character.

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  17. What a lovely visit you had to Sheffield! Always great to meet up with a friend isn't it. Your crochet looks good and I can see that as you were getting further out in the square that you were getting better. Keep going! That book is wonderful, I imagine that it has some great vintage looking pictures to enjoy! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, Happy Valentines! xx

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging comments, Amy. Yes, the book published in the 1970s has some interesting photos of garments that would now be regarded as vintage items!

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  18. Sheffield looks like a lovely city with lots of sights. Your crochet is so bright and spring like. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day, Pat :)

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    1. Thank you, Pat. Have a lovely Valentine's Day.

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  19. I am a self taught crocheter...I'm not great at it but okay with squares...patterns for crochet tend to confuse me so I have stuck with knitting for garments. I love to visit the old cathedrals and churches...peace and tranquility is always welcome. Lovely photo of the blue sky and blossom, I am really enjoying the calmer weather we have had this week.

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    1. I enjoy plain knitting. Let's hope the weather starts to improve as the days go by as I'm sure you have plans for your allotment this year.

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  20. I love the cup and i love the blue glass tower in the first photo. the flowers at the end say spring is on the way... the class at the library sounds like fun to me

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    1. As soon as we get some sunshine the blossom starts to appear although it's still early in the season. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks when I hope to attend a new course. The photography and painting will be something different and enjoyable.

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  21. Sounds like an enjoyable day out. The square looks full of interest, and the flowering tree is breathtakingly simple and lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your day with us! -Beth

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    1. Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment, Beth. Have a good day.

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  22. It looks like you have picked up on crocheting again, quite nicely. I like a yarn that is tightly twisted, as loose twists always cause me trouble with separating as I hook. That can be frustrating! Sheffield seems a wonderful place to spend the day. So nice to see the Cathedral windows and fruit blossoms. Our trees have not blossomed but my first daffodil has bloomed! So happy that spring is on the way! Happy hooking! x Karen

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    1. Some blossom has suddenly appeared after a day of sunshine. It's blackthorn and rather early for it to bloom. I was walking in our neighbourhood and noticed it and just had to take a photo against the blue sky. Now we're back to grey skies again, but at least we have dry weather. Something to be thankful for after so much rain in the last month or two.

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  23. These cathedral windows are so beautiful..... I see Sheffield is much more than an industrial city.
    Regards, Janneke

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    1. There has been much regeneration in recent years. The redeveloped area is helping to boost Sheffield's economy and highlight the city's cultural heritage.

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  24. Churches and libraries - they have so often been my introduction to new cities at home and abroad.
    Your little squares are looking good. I haven't crocheted for years and I am worried that my mind 'deleted' the crochet memory....it's been such a long time!

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    1. I'm grateful that such places are open to all, at least during most of the day and evening. I think it will take time for me to work out a crochet pattern and be successful in what I want to make. However, I'm sure you would remember how to do the basic stitches if you were shown them.

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  25. I need a friend to get me started on the basics of crocheting again - I used to do it all of the time but stopped years ago and now I cannot remember how to get started. I'd love to be able to at least do some scarves and blankets again.

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    1. I can remember how much I enjoyed making blankets with our daughters when we were holiday in Italy. No television, of course, so it passed the time and it was something we could do together. Like every new skill you have to be motivated. A daughter showed me how to start of squares, but I wasn't in the mood at the time and left it. Now I feel determined to try again so that we can do something together when she comes to stay in the Easter holiday.

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    2. P.S. I'm sure if you got someone to show you the basics you would remember what to do and enjoy making some scarves and blankets.

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  26. Dear Linda,

    I loved seeing your five on Friday and always great to see where you have been and all your wonderful photos. The stained glass window in the Cathederal is beautiful, as is your start of your crochet work. Is Sheffield where the knives are made?
    The last photo is beautiful with the blue sky and blossom.
    Thanks for the visit and I have your beautiful cards you gave me stored away in a box.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. It has been a good weekend and I hope that's the same for you. Yes, Sheffield is called Steel City as it's famous for its metal working industry, especially stainless steel cutlery.

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  27. What a beautiful window in the cathedral. Places like this are wonderful in such busy surroundings, a little bit of a calm oasis for quiet contemplation. Keep going with the crocheting, you know what they say, practice makes perfect.

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    1. You're right, Jo. I've been crocheting these past few evenings and I'm getting better at it! :)

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  28. j'habite trop au centre de la campagne pour avoir tous ces loisirs
    les vitraux sont superbes
    soleil , pluie , vent sont le quotidien de mes journées
    bonne journée
    et bon courage pour le crochet
    tendresse

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    1. Thank your Iris. I'm starting to enjoy crocheting. It seems your weather is similar to ours at the moment. We've had sunshine and snow showers then sunshine again today!
      Have a good week!

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  29. Oh blossoms, how wonderful!!! The window in the cathedral is just glorious! I do love it so.

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    1. Beauty all around wherever we look. Have a good rest of the week, Marilyn.

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