St. Paddy’s Day

Drink beer, wear drink1, have a shamrock, and good luck!

St Patrick's Day Shamrock St Patrick's Day Lucky Clover
  • Pattern: Knitted & Bejewelled Shamrocks by Vickie Howell
  • Yarn: Opal something or other in greens, leftovers from a pair of socks.
  • Needles: 2.5mm DPN’s
  • Gauge: Didn’t bother counting.
  • Size: 5.5cm across for the clover, and 8cm including the stem.

Made in a whopping hour! And with four leaves. Because one makes one’s luck!

  1. Green, not drink. I hadn’t even drunk any alcoholic beverage before writing this

A Big Bag

It’s not quite like MaryPoppins’ Carpet-bag, not because I don’t like hers, but because I’m looking for instructions to make one ;) It also doesn’t fit a lamp, or a night stand or an umbrella, but it does fit all the stuff I carry on Mondays to school1.

It’s a simple zippered flat bottom trapezoid bag. Bottom is wider than top and the sides are straight. It has two long wide sturdy straps so you can hung it over your shoulder to carry all the stuff. It’s fully lined, and there is a (giant) hole on the lining to insert a cardboard base to make it stiffer. It also has two small pockets inside, for tissues and other small things that I don’t want to have floating around.

  1. Folder with papers, couple of thick books, pencase, bottle of water, tupper with lunch, fruit for mid-morning snack, and other tidbits. On the way back it also carries my cardigan and scarf

International Women’s Day

International Woman’s Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women1.

In some countries it’s just a celebration of women as mothers & wifes. Another mothers’ day if you wish. In other countries it still claims back women’s political and human rights.

I don’t think one day is enough to celebrate what women do, to honour them. Equality is not something to be thought about once a year, but to be fought for every single day.

Some facts:

  • Of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70% are women
  • 80% of the world’s 27 million refugees are women
  • Women own around only 1% of the world’s land
  • Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10% of the world’s income
  • One year out of college women earn 20% less than men and 10 years later 31% less2

And finally, a quote I like:

We will achieve gender equality when useless women reach high powerful positions.3

  1. Taken from Wikipedia
  2. Facts taken from Internacional Women’s Day Website
  3. Anonymous woman dixit