“May Not Be Love” – The Beautiful Word

8 02 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update from The Beautiful Word.

At noon today they released this rather jolly stop-motion video they made. ‘May Not Be Love’ is a track from a 10 track album they are hoping to release this year, produced by Julian Tardo.

If you enjoyed this, the good news is that they will be on tour from 1 April this year. The dates and venues are still to be confirmed, so bookmark their website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to them on YouTube and do whatever you do with people on MySpace and Soundcloud – don’t miss out!

While you’re waiting, why not check out some of their other tracks?


The Beautiful Word – Mirrorball

2 12 2011

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, back in August.

Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Mercury Prize nominated) now wants to produce their next album and has agreed to attach his name to the project in order to help make it happen. Obviously this is very exciting for them and if it happens they’d want to give the album national exposure. So they are appealing for funding to make and promote the record, from a label, a kind man, Swizzels and Matlow – whoever wants to hear the album.

Please take the time to watch and share their latest video and spread the word.


20 08 2011

We got two young ferrets last weekend. They are 11-week-old sisters, one silver and one polecat. The silver is called Ferret and the polecat is called Weasel. We did intend to name them both but Ferret kind of stuck. They are really friendly, jolly little souls, if a little boisterous. They’ve got both the cats and both the dogs, a Lab and a Collie x Lab, healthily respectful of them. They torment the dogs terribly when they’re out.

The other night, I was sitting on the sofa and Ferret came running along the back of the sofa, climbed onto my head, leant too far and fell off into my bowl of pasta!

They have discovered all kinds of hiding places, the sofa being a particular favourite.

Ventures in tatting

23 05 2011

For a few weeks now, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to try my hand at tatting. I was in Duttons for Buttons on Saturday for some bits and pieces for a knitting project and saw that they sold tatting shuttles, so I bought one. Over the weekend, I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure out how on earth I’m supposed to use it!

I search for instructions, but found that they mostly seemed to work from the premise that it was something that one had seen it being done and a lot of them didn’t have pictures. Of course, it did not help that I’ve spent hours upgrading my laptop over the weekend, only to find that the drivers for the wireless adapter have become corrupted and I no longer have internet connectivity from it, so I was using my mobile phone on the wireless instead. While I love my phone very much, it’s not that great for trying to view pictures of something fiddly on a small screen while trying to do said fiddly thing with both hands! There was a lot of focus on the necessity to ‘flip the knot’ and it became apparent than one twisted one’s wrist in order to do so, but I couldn’t picture what that actually looked like.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I finally figured out what it meant and how to do it, and am now able to make rings with double stitches and picots. I am not, however, able to make chains, because I don’t know how to wind the shuttle properly, and, while I’ve been able to make up something in order to be able to practice stitches, what I have been doing does not work for chains!

My investigative projects for today, then are how to fix my laptop and how I should have my ball, thread and shuttle if I want to make chains!

Once I’ve figured out what I’m supposed to be doing, I’ll post some pictures. In the mean time, if anyone knows of any (free) resources that might point my in the right direction, I would be very grateful!


I’ve found a few good videos on Youtube, which I’ll definitely be coming back to later (when I actually have the work in front of me!) and I thought I’d share them here too.

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