panyabanjoko

Poetry, stories and knitting

When is half a good thing?

…When you’ve completed 40 out of a total of eighty squares…

…that’s when!

Felt it deserved a slide show.

Whoo hoo!!!

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Aside Note!

…snippets from the mouthy poets

Romeo and Juliet… Aside note…

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10+10+10=30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty squares completed…

fifty to go!!!!

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How to put a smile on someone’s face…

…A simple commission to make a funky super chunky hat based on a well worn loved model…

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A Peep at the Past…

..FoodMood was a weekly event held at the Mange Caribbean Restaurant in Nottingham. It was a blend of the finset caribbean food mixed with a mellow mix of performance artists. It featured a range of artists from the UK including Sure Shot, ‘J’. Abii soul, Asha Jazz, Haiki, Mr Jones, Natron Nesi, Carol Leeming, Oneness and Wolde Selassie plus many more. It was produced by me and I had a lot of fun organising it for two years.

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Live a little… Love a little

I don’t know when the going out on a Friday night… ( drinking and dancing, plenty of dancing,  in ridiculously high shoes dancing, dancing until feet cried dancing…) ended and the visit to luncheon clubs and knitting with the elders began!!!

I must be getting old….

You can stick your double brandies and neon coloured shots! I like to listen to the elders telling stories, stories of coming to England, of living in the Caribbean… stories about pioneers, rude boys and girls…

One of the ladies I’ve grown to love… (We’ve become friends despite the massive generation gap.) …is a Ms Catherine. She specialises in babywear… you can see some of her makings below. If you’re interested in purchasing some of these from her let me know.  Her prices are very good and her craftswomanship excellent.

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My Nose was Almost Touching the Clouds…

…it’s funny how an audience can influence the way you perform a piece of poetry.A week ago I performed my poem Verbally Vibrant to a group of young people and I performed it rather grittily (is that a word?!). Fast forward a week and I am performing the same piece to a more mature audience… pensioners in fact.. and in a tea room… how quaint. Somehow I became rather snooty… my nose so far up in the air it was almost touching the clouds… albeit I was indoors.

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Open Mic’s all right…

…especially when they’re impromptu. Had a blast last Friday at Nottingham Playhouse.  Met two American poets…Jon and Ken. Both were energetic and enthusiastic about poetry, as they should be, they’re currently on tour in the UK. Felt I might have made Ken slightly uneasy… with my remark about only dating guys with beards… his was lovely… wanted to wrap my fingers in his follicles!!! (I’d better stop there!)

I performed my poem ‘Bad Bwoy’ and a short piece called ‘Wots That On Yer Head’

…proof of my meeting USA poets Jon Sands and Ken Arkind

…PS isn’t Ken’s beard lovely!

you can check out what they do here…

http://www.jonsands.com/

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Poetry and Tea?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me in Lichfield having just done a spot of poetry… I’ll upload a clip once I’ve done a bit of jiggery pokery with it. I must say that if you are ever in that area you must pop in for tea and the chocolate cake was absolutely divine.

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Double take…

I was asked to make a hat in this style but in black with a red, yellow and green pattern…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

so I thought making six panels like this would give me the shape I needed…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is four of the panels sewn together… I should add I’ve never made a hat like this before… so wasn’t sure what the outcome would be!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six panels later and it wasn’t the right size so I had to make a seventh panel! My concern was would the seventh panel throw the shape out… would I have to start from the beginning? The answer to that turned out to be no. It looked fine…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The customer was very happy and I had successfully duplicated a hat adding my own creative design and flair. I was also commissioned to make 50 more. This is the biggest knitting order I have ever had. Now I’m looking for someone to outsource some of the work to.

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