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June 9, 2021

new book – Wheesht – by Kate Davies

I have followed her blog for several years

starting before her life changed drastically when she had a stroke at age 36

she had been an academic writer and lecturer – her writing reflects that background

I admire her courage and technical skill and her beautiful way with words

but she has re-invented herself and now designs wonderful knitting patterns

and also has started a company designing and selling a line of wool yarns

the first line in the book is – This is a book about enabling creative making.

 I ordered it from Scotland – and in these challenging times it arrived amazingly quickly

 each of the 12 chapters features an example of how one person meets the creative challenge

telling the stories of local Scottish celebrities and also well known artists

Frida Kahlo, Ella Fritzgerald, Alice Coltrane and Hokusai

and each ends with a creative assignment – something to make, write and/or knit

so where am I going with this??

one of the creative assignments is to take a black and white photograph every day for a week

of course I took dozens!

  it has changed how I see forever – I will continue

suddenly I am acutely aware of how colour affects our understanding of everything around us

that traffic light is red

so is the fire hydrant

and the Canadian flag

this transparency has hung in my dining room window for several years and now looks completely different

for someone who has been strongly influenced by colour in my creative work for many years this is stunning

a new way of seeing

I’ll be moving on to another creative challenge – will let you know how that works out

time for a walk, camera in hand

and by the way wheesht means  ” to pause, to step back, to listen, to be silent” and as they say in Scotland, to haud your wheesht.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2021 7:19 am

    What a wonderful, eye-opening book! I followed the blog immediately – thanks for introducing it to me!


    • June 10, 2021 10:20 am

      Kjerstin – her knitting patterns are beyond my skills (and because of arthritis in my hands I don’t knit any more) but they are so unique and beautiful I still love to see them. I’m happy to loan you the book.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    June 10, 2021 1:39 am

    Mrs Snail posted about that book and I bought a copy too. I loved it! I think the black and white photo challenge was on of my favourites. During lockdown, when I couldn’t buy new materials I kept thinking back to it and using the need to make with only what I had into a challenge not a problem. I am so glad you are enjoying it too and I’m looking forward to more posts as you work your way through it.


    • June 10, 2021 10:21 am

      Sue – I am delighted to hear that you have the book and enjoyed it as much as I am. I’m on my second reading, I think there is much to learn.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        June 11, 2021 1:08 am

        I lent my copy to someone – no idea who! – and it seems to have stayed with them which is fine but I think I will replace it because I am ready now to read it again. I find the best books are like that – read, pause to digest, go back and see things missed before, digest, repeat!


      • June 11, 2021 10:02 am

        Sue – there are so many interesting ideas in the book it is necessary to read more than once just to absorb all the info. It really makes me angry when a book isn’t returned, it shows a certain lack of respect both for the book and the lender.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        June 13, 2021 5:56 am

        I think there may have been a misunderstanding. However it happens to me quite a lot and now I try to make it clear whether it is a gift or a loan.


      • June 13, 2021 10:46 am

        Sue – you are very generous in your outlook, some people just don’t seem to feel a responsibility to return things – I never loan to them a second time. When a guild member asked to borrow a book I told her she could do so when she returned the book she had borrowed a year previously, she never asked again, nor did she return the first one!

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        June 14, 2021 3:05 am

        I try to keep books in separate places – my own on the shelves, unread library books in a pile on my bedside table, read ones in a basket and ones loaned by friends in a pile in the sitting room. I do have one book which was lent to me years ago, got mixed up with mine and I found when I moved books around so now I am trying to find a chance to drive over and give it back! I suppose that is why I assume that when books don’t return to me it is an oversight!


      • June 14, 2021 10:57 am

        Sue – I have become very protective of books, they are so expensive now that I only buy really good ones and treasure them.


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