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Wish I could unravel those parts of my life

Where I wasn’t at my best

Just like knitting where it doesn’t look right

Work at it again

And make it up tight




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Cringe – Worthy


What will make me squirm?

Getting caught in somebody’s quarrel. It’s totally embarrassing. It has happened to me. I try to disappear at the first whiff of trouble brewing.

My (late) husband, and I had invited my cousin Z, and her family for Skiing in Nathiagali. We were staying for a night there. We had driven from Abbotabad where we were (at that time) living. Z had come on a week visit from Islamabad.

After the day was over, we were gathered in the living room of the lodge where we were staying, having tea. Z got up, and went for a minute to her room. She brought out some knitting with her. She had barely knitted a few stitches, when her husband told her to stop. She didn’t, and in a few minutes there was turmoil in our midst. We were so taken aback, and didn’t know what to say.

I never knew her husband was so hot headed. Thankfully they retired to their room, and we were spared the rest of their heated words. They came out for dinner, but the rest of the evening wasn’t the same.

Cringe – Worthy

Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?

Handmade Tales

Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What do you still prefer in their their traditional handmade version?

Automation has made life easier for us certainly. If we don’t want to make it ourselves, or there isn’t time, we get it from the shops. Handmade version is definitely better than a machine made version.

Bread, baked items, ready made meals have lessened hours spent at a hot stove, and given us a respite from kitchen work. But that doesn’t mean that ready made meals have an edge over home cooked eatables. There is more to a home made dish. Everything is fresh, because you choose it with a discerning eye. There are no preservatives used. The smell, taste is great.

I love handmade carpets. I parted with so many things in my home, but the few pieces of handwoven carpets I bought, are still with me. Each and every piece is dear to me. They have a beauty which lacks in machine made ones.

Sweaters which are hand knit are better than the machine ones. Most of the sweaters are the polyester variety. If you make one yourself you will use pure wool, which is better than polyester.

Same is the case with embroidery. Machine embroidery looks nice, but hand done (I agree it is time consuming) is fantastic.

Hand crafted furniture is beautiful. One item on my wish list is getting a handmade wooden swing for myself. That will be a memorable day for me.


Handmade Tales

Getting Over Obsession

Daily Prompt: What Do You Obsess Over?
Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell about something that captivates your attention like nothing else.


I have worked out my obsessions. I used to be obsessed with buying shoes, jewelry, bags, collecting crockery, books, gardening, crafts, knitting, playing games and cleanliness.

The cleanliness bit was a nightmare. When I stopped having anyone to clean the house for me, my life became a misery. We do get a lot of dust storms, where I used to live.

I would make everything spick and span, by next day again, dust would take over. I would kill myself with cleaning. I used to be exhausted. I made myself a schedule. Once a week, I would clean thoroughly. For the rest of the week, I would give a quick flip over to places more used, like the kitchen and living room. That way I made my life bearable.

Getting Over Obsession