Remembering Animals on Remembrance Day

Why isn’t this a horse rather than a dog? Is this really about animals or something for self-indulgent pet owners? I’m sure there were far more horses used in wars than dogs.

If it is for the pets… why are they always dogs?

I hope everyone wearing a purple poppy is also wearing at least one red poppy, for the humans lost to the wars.

Source: THE Purple Poppy Lapel PIN Remembering OUR Animals ON Remembrance DAY NEW | eBay

Nice Poppy Brooch

It’s an expensive brooch but doesn’t look it from this photo. But, the design is nice. I like the detail and it does look like the poppies we grow here in the garden. There are some wonderful colours in the garden poppies, in shades of pink, orange and red. Traditionally, it’s the red poppies for Remembrance Day, November 11th. Did you get a poppy for your lapel yet?

Source: PEACE POPPY 30mm gold plated brooch by Rodney: Jewelry

Crochet a Poppy Pin

Red Poppy group on Flickr, mostly real flowers rather than designs or art/ crafts.

Flowers by Irene has a pretty knit/ crochet poppy.

Frayed at the Edges makes a knit poppy.

Erssie Knits has a crochet poppy but the pattern is not available on the site.

Seawood has crochet poppies (flowers) with a big button in the middle.

Kittyboo Crochet has a nice poppy pattern:

A little poppy brooch, made by me, using Rowan Cashsoft yarn. Here is the (very rough and ready) pattern using UK terms:

Make 2.
Ch 6. SS into 1st stitch to form a ring.
24 dc into ring.
DC into each DC, increasing every other stitch to get 36 stitches.
1 ch [1 dc 1 tr 7dbltr 1 tr 1dc 1ss] 3 times with last ss into 1st ch.
Fasten off.
Join the two pieces.

For the centre I really just made it up as I went along. It’s a bit hard to describe but I basically made lots of loops and tied them together (a bit like making a tassle) then cut off the tops and stitched into the centre of the poppy.

Curious and Crafty Readers has the loveliest crochet poppy pattern of them all, I think. Here is the centre and the other page has extra finishing touches.

Super Slack

I’ve been super slack with the Blog Explosion tenant thing. This time I have a tenant and I am a tenant in another blog. It’s not so hard having a tenant, my rent is cheap. But, it’s seldom that you get to be a tenant. Likely a lot of people give up on it. It’s enough to keep your blog posts going a lot of days. Most of the time I can come up with something to babble about. If not I just ignore the blog and pretend it went away.

Anyway, my tenant this time is a small business woman and a New Age/ Pagan type. Have a look at her blog and her shop.

Meanwhile I am a tenant in a Housewife Blog. Have a look at the adventures on the other side of the grass. At least for me it’s the other side. Not that my Mother has quite given up on the whole thing. I’m not so sure, it depends on the kind of day I’m having. 🙂

Have a look at Poppy she is fond of red flowers and is another Sagittarius. You should give us bonus points for having a birthday coming up. They aren’t quite as special once you get past the 20-something and you realize you’re never going to look 20 again. Poppy has several blogs you can find them all by checking her profile. She’s likely typing her fingers to the bone even now.