Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Filling is the Best Bit

I've seen a few remarks around blogland that some of us are padding out our posts with pointless "fillers" because we have nothing new to show.

Personally, I rather enjoy reading other people's shopping lists and seasonal inspirations.  So if you don't like it, just move along quietly please, no need to make a fuss!

I have my new calendar for 2012 - yay!  It comes from Eirrean Lorsung. Last year's version graced my office wall and received frequent astonished / admiring comments from colleagues and visitors.  I predict further puzzlement in 2012 due to an increased level of whimsy in the illustrations.  Shrug - it keeps them on their toes!

In search of grandma-friendly gifts, I was delighted to see Mooncalf's latest selection of cross-stitched pretties.  In particular, I fell for this "tea wallet" with a distinctly European house motif:  perfect for Other Granny who flitted around the EU for many years and loves special teas!




For the younger women in the family, I am drawn to comic-book hair accessories from Janine Basil  They are perhaps a little pricey for what they are, and I have not yet succumbed, but they are definitely barking up the right tree.

And if I had a special niece or nephew or grandchild to give presents to, this Fantastic Fox Kit would be top of my knit-it-for-posterity list.  But I don't.  So I won't.  What a pity!

21 comments:

ashley0107 said...

I love a good filling! I've not seen this complaint (yet), but I don't agree with it. I'm nosy, and I love the filler posts. I feel like you get to know the blogger a bit more. I also love the 'teaser' shots of a garment in progress :)
Also, I *want* those adorable comic hair clips!!
Ashley x

Kestrel said...

I love the fox! What a gorgeous gift that would make.

I agree with Ashley that these kind of posts satisfy nosiness very well :)

Kat said...

I also love the filling...probably because it appeals to my nosey nature :) I agree with Ashley that it helps to get to know the blogger better. I sometimes ho for fillin posts but who cares...if you don't like it, don't read it i say!! I adore the knitted fox, and also the calender, so cool!

Kat said...

Oh dear, my spelling above is awful! That should be *go and *filling!

andrea said...

I don't understand what "filler posts means. You write what you write and it's not for anyone else to criticise. They don't have to read a blog they don't like. I love reading your posts, your life is different to mine and that is interesting.

Kat said...

Woop go Andrea! I think I actually prefer to read blogs with a bit of life and randomness thrown in rather than finished make after make after make which can be a bit impersonal. I've been reading your blog for a while now, and although i may not often comment it's one i really enjoy. As Andrea said above, the point of a blog is that it is YOUR personal blog and you write what you want, not why others want. So there :) Right I'll stop hogging your comments box now...!!

mooncalf said...

I've not seen any complaints about 'filler' either but I'm mildly shocked too! I love a bit of filler - it gives you a bit of background on a bloggers life and likes and doings...

Tcha!

Thanks for the link BTW :)

Alessa said...

I like reading filler posts, actually. :) The calender is very cute, as are the hair ornaments. If they are too expensive for you, I imagine something similar could be handmade with comic sew-on (or iron-on) patches. :)

Also, I think I may need a fiery red or aqua blue wig...

Scruffybadger said...

I agree with everyone else btw. I enjoy the window yo you that your blog is That fox is too cute. Can't you just buy it for you? A window ledge warmer?

Lorna said...

They better shoot us now then, our blog is all filler.

christinelaennec said...

You're so right, the filling is the best part. I mean, come on, a blog isn't a Ph.D dissertation, or if it were no-one would read it. I love the fox!

Ali said...

That calendar is so fun! And everything else whimsical and lovely. :)

I haven't heard those complaints either, but it's a bit impractical, I'd say. Blogs are as personal as the author and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. FO's are the easiest to comment on, of course, but I find some of the posts I mentally return to are not about FO's at all, but about this journey we're on, wherever that takes us.

And speaking of FO's -- hot damn, woman. All. Those. Hats. So envious. And those pink pants!! And you made a stunning, stunning cardigan I'm sure I drooled over and forgot to come back and comment on.

Another thought: I'm trying to be more mindful about what and how much stuff I have. A parade of finished objects (and I'm guilty of this too) makes me wonder if all those items will be used and loved.

Joy said...

That fox is sooo cute! Too bad I can only knit rectangles.

Roobeedoo said...

Hooray! We all like the hole as much as the doughnut!
Alessa - forget the wig, just pass me the dye!
Joy - I bet most of that fox IS just rectangles!
Ali - yes you are right about parading endless FO's that never actually get worn. I try to be scrupulously honest and put the whole lot up here so I have a record of the winners and the losers. Ditto the flashing of stash. Otherwise I can pretend it doesn't exist... and THEN where would I be?!

Twelfthknit said...

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Twelfthknit said...

oh, OK, must've been a bug yesterday. For some reason I found I was much in need of a fox, so.....

Roobeedoo said...

India - hooray! You must show it on your blog! :)

Minnado said...

I agree with the other comments - if you don't like what you are reading in a blog then you can just skip on...I like filler posts, I am a nosy person though. I liked the calendar glimpse and so I followed your link to the calendar website, ooohh, she has some lovely prints too. Loving the knitted fox. And the pop art hair accessories...is there anything like that in the Tate online shop? There should be!

faeriecollege said...

Pfffft, haters gonna hate. Filler *snort*. What rubbish. This isn't filler! This is wishlist recommendations, which are always good this time of year! You're providing a service here. Move over, complainers *reproachful look*

Dibs said...

Lol....I like the opening paragraph. At the end of the day, its your blog and you can write whatever you want. I like knowing the people's whose blogs I read, as I think it makes it more enjoyable. I am not really into Christmas presents so I like reading about what other people are giving.

Dibs said...

Just read my comment. My grammar is appalling. Lol. What I meant to say was I like knowing about the people whose blogs I read.