Thank You

The Women of the Afghanistan War

Thank you to everybody who takes an interest in my blog and crochet projects!  It is highly appreciated, my blog is certainly not a little corner of the web I created for myself, but it is a space that allows me to connect with other crocheters on a level that transcends geographical barriers.

To find out why an image such as the above of women in Kandahar, Afghanistan is an example of what crocheting means to me, be sure to visit the lovely Little Things Blogged Blog by Tanya who interviewed me for her Untangling Yarn series of articles.  Thank you for including me in your wonderful series Tanya!

On an academic/professional level I have been itching to do a visual- as well as discourse analysis of the poignant image by Majid Saeedi depicting women attending a crocheting workshop by the Malaysian NGO Mercy and will do so as soon as I receive permission from Saeedi to do so. 

Enjoy your weekend, we are still very busy with our new lives here in Doha, Qatar and I barely have time to blog and crochet at the moment, let alone blog hop. I am hoping for quieter times soon, but first we are off to explore even more of what this society has to offer.  


  1. I read you interview on Tanya's blog - it is really interesting, being one of your blogfollowers, to have more insight in your life (which is, slightly understated even, fascinating !!).
    I hope everything is finding its' place in the new chapter of your life in Doha !

  2. Hi Magda, I've only recently followed your blog. I love it because of the lovely yarn colours you use and the projects that you decide on making.
    When I saw the above picture on Tanya's blog, I was rather intrigued and disturbed at the same time. It would be interesting to read more about this.

  3. I agree that blogs are a great way to connect with fellow crocheter/knitters around the world. Thank you for sharing the amazing photo above! I read Tanya's blog too, and enjoyed your interview. Have a nice time settling down in your new home...

  4. I follow you everywhere!!!!!! ;oD
    I loved reading your interview on Tanya's blog!!!!!!
    Enjoy your happy&busy times in Qatar!!!!
    xxxxxxx ale

  5. Besides beautiful images and superb crochet, I do appreciate your first-hand intelligent observations and intriguing photographs of the many different places that you have visited. I am fascinated by different cultures and places and how societies can be very different and yet have so much in common - including an appreciation of crochet and handcrafts.

  6. I just read your interview on Tanya's blog::: I totally agree with you when you say that blogs are a great way to connect people with the same interest and I'm really impressed of your vision of handmade things ::: as a representations of personal experiences and expression of historical and social background. If global economy (and we as a consumer first) start to consider this as a value, and if we extend this concept to local farmer product or handicraft, is a good way to promote suitability here as well in the developing contry . :::Silvia

  7. stunning picture !! How beautiful are the color treatment in all your projects !!! Love it

  8. My dear Magda,
    Thanks you so much for your amazing interview you shared on the blog!:)
    It was truly an exciting read!
    Wishing you all the best in Qatar!

    1. Thank you Tanya, you have such a rich and interesting blog, it was an absolute pleasure to share it with you!

  9. Hello Magda,
    That is a nice interview. I admire the way you translate your impressions of the world into your own work. I love the way you use colors and yarn, it is so not average and therefore inspirational.
    Hope everything is fine!

  10. Thank you for all the comments - I am so slow in replying at the moment as I still need to download Blogsy to make commenting and blogging from the Ipad a tad friendlier. Barbara it is a picture that initially shocks on many level, but the more I think about it, the more I know that there are many layers to peel. The ladies wear Burkas due to the presence of the male photographer and just this week when I went for my medical (visa) and was surrounded by Arab women, did I realise how misunderstood these women are. Where we are stripped of our clothing (we donned gowns for X-rays) there are neither physical nor psychological barriers and as women we all speak the same language, as humans we all have a sense of humor. About 80 woman are trained at a time by the Mercy NGO. I do think them working on a Barbie doll elicit strong reaction, but then I immediately realise that Barbie is the ideal of beauty among mostly westernised nations and that to these women it might very well simply be a doll used like a mannequin. This is no deep analysis though - I might just say otherwise once I tackle the picture on an academic level!

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