Friday, 8 October 2021

Blogtober... post#2!

 Happy Friday, Lovelies!๐ŸŒธ

As many of you already know...we have our lovely group back on FB. It took eight days and countless protest forms to FB from so many of you Lovelies ( THANK YOU x millions )! Finally, the powers that be ruled in our favour. You know that feeling when you've had a close call with some random nasty event? That feeling afterwards of GREAT relief? The feeling of joy, appreciation and gratitude to have what seemed lost forever, come back to you? Ok, well all those feelings descended on me in bucketloads. It felt like I'd won the Lottery and simultaneously found the item I was looking for in the supermarket after they had changed all of the shelves around!

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It's sooooo silly I know, and Mr H&T's keeps sayings "it's ONLY the internet" but to me, each and every person I interact with in Internetland is a very real flesh and blood person ( no, not YOU, Trolls!! ) with lives being lived, heartbreaks being experienced, illness being fought, families being nurtured, furry-kids being walked and pampered, trials and tribulations being met and overcome...or not. In my mind's eye, I see you on the other end of our communication. Our lovely Group is "home" to 1000's of real people and losing it, even for only eight days, was devastating to us ( the Admining Team + me ). Judging from all the emails and messages... to so many of you too! We all need a GROUP HUUUUUG!๐Ÿ˜†

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Anyway....before I start getting way too mushy let's chat crochet! It's been a month since I have been without yarn to continue with the Extension for the Harvest Moon Throw. Finally, my yarn arrived! Yippeeeee! All the lockdowns and restrictions meant that Styecraft Special DK was having to labour through MANY hiccups to get to our local South African yarn suppliers. For some odd reason...EVERYONE loves the same colours as I do for whichever design I'm currently working on. Murphies Law? But * happy dance * I'm finally back at " work " and hope to have the Throw done and dusted ASAP! Keep those hooks warm!




The weather has warmed up gradually over the past week. It's still fresh and crisp in the mornings, which is lovely. I've been walking the girls early before "work" and seeing as we're fortunate to live within spitting distance of several lush "greenbelts", it's been an absolute delight! The rivers are still gurgling, the wildflowers are still twinkling... little pops and stars of joy amongst the still-green foliage. But, I can already feel the dry edge on the wind. Our Cape Doctor is good for blowing away colds and flu but does nothing for the landscape. In a few short weeks, we'll be parched. And HOT ( not in a good way though ). I'm trying to not think about that and live in the moment.











While we're still betwixt seasons indoor sun patches are fought over. 

Miss Augusta won this one and is making sure she takes up ALL the space.




Tadaa! GIVEAWAY time ( finally! ): I just loved this festive throw HERE and of course, who doesn't love a man in a kilt. It's also a bit of a nod to my Scots DNA ( my paternal grandmother was a Pringle...no, NOT the crisps! The Pringles originated from the southern parts of Scotland and have their own tartan. Blue and Green just happen to be my favourite colour combo. I should design something, right? ๐Ÿ˜†





Should you feel inclined to comment, don't forget to leave your RAVELRY NAME if you'd like a chance to be the one to win the fabulous Sholach Throw.

And on that clannish note...please do everything you can to have a fabulous weekend!
In Yarn,
๐Ÿ’› Jen

PS: Just look at this gorgeous Delft blue bag made by Johanna Cornelia using the Chrysalis Block HERE for the frontispiece and the Chrysalis Square for the sides! 





33 comments:

  1. Good afternoon Jen, its good that the weather is getting warmer there, we had 5 weeks of a bad heatwave 45C then its gone cold and very windy we didnt enjoy summer over here. Happy that the group is back up. The Sholach Throw looks beautiful. Sending many hug's from cold & windy Limnos island. Xoxo Ravelry name wisdom61

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    1. Hope you have a lovely weekend, Sofia! :D xox

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  2. Fantastic that your SSDK has come in, I've given up on that one in KZN...I love your CT weather, we are so humid up at 31 degrees East!

    I LOVE that manly throw, I was born in Edinburgh, schooled in Penicuik (there's an impostor Penicuik just around the corner from me now, so strange) and finally arrived in Durban in January of 1973, just in time to get on a plane in the snow and arrive here to an oven! I knew I had something in common with you, other than crochet!

    Love to all!

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    1. Wow, so you're a Scottish lass then? That's interesting! Cape Town has terrible weather.LOL! Other than the sweltering high summer months...it's pretty cr#p weather all year rnd...I fit right in. We used to visit Durbs By The Sea every mid- year school holiday and I'd get fried red like a lobster ( could have been the Brylcreem my father thought was a good sunblock, yegads! ). The humidity though...seriously, how have you coped!?

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    2. HI miss Tyler how are you?๐Ÿ˜Šthis is fathima from Iran I love to be one of your testers . I've done nice pretty projets . And I love do your designs but can't shop from ravarly just truly speaking its blocked in my country so . If there's anyways I'll appreciate it. Love fathima

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  3. lindabeaman (ravelry name) the throw is so stunning, love it. your tartan looks like my hubbys. i made a scarcrow in my hubbys tartan with bagpipes. it was a knit pattern but i crocheted it instead. cheers Linda Armstrong (married name now)

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  4. Wow, Linda, that sounds like an interesting project! I'm inspired to try something using the Pringle tartan...however, I'd need at least 6hrs extra to my day and possibly an extra set or two of arms? :D Hope your weekend is lovely! xx

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  5. Love that throw, it's so beautiful! So glad you're back on fb.... was going through withdrawals lol! My ravelry name is knotgadgetgrrl

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    1. Aw, same here! So happy to be back in our little piece of Crochetland. :D Happy weekend! xx

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  6. Love the throw. Happy you received your yarn, n2qbq is raverly name.

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    1. I'm so happy it finally arrived...now I need to tie myself to my worktable and get cracking! Happy weekend! :D xx

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  7. Hi Jen, I´m so happy we have our group back! it has become a place of peace for me, allways find relaxign to watch the incredible versions of your work that can be created. Love that trow, my ravelry name is julic71.

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    1. I know!! :D I'm so happy too! Every morning now, the first thing I do is check to see if we're still there! LOL! Happy weekend! xx

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  8. Hello Jen!You have such a blessed hands. I live in Portugal, was born in Moรงambique. I found your Instagram a few months ago, and was instant love.I don't like the cold weather ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ Thank you for sharing your lovely work, and for being such a lovely lady. Kisses

    Ravelry: PaulaBraga

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    1. Hi Paula! Lovely to see you here. Oh, I loved living in Portugal ( only 9months ) but the heat was too much for me. :D Thank you for your kind words. Hope your weekend is lovely! xox

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  9. Hi Jen and greetings from Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Here autumn is almost finished and winter is just around the corner ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒจ️. So I've been crocheting and knitting warm clothes for winter. You're patterns are so colorful and beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š My ravelry name is caeshcl.

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    1. If you read my previous post you'll know that I recently discovered 30% of my DNA is Finnish! :D Sounds lovely...all I can imagine is large baskets of delicious yarn, roaring fireplace and chocolate hot drinks. Sadly, our Winter is over here and we're facing another hot, humid African Summer. It's not in my DNA to enjoy the heat. :D Happy crocheting weekend.xx

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  10. Hi Jen, lovely to see the streams flowing and lush green vegetation. You made me smile with the wee chuckle you gave when your beautiful dog delightfully ran through the water. My 3 dogs often make me laugh with their joyful pranks.
    My Ravelry name is Needlenoses - in honour of my Whippet (who, alas, is no longer with us) and my Greyhound (who is now barking at the door to be let in). Chin up and keep crocheting girlfriend. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒน

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    1. My dogs crack me up all the time...they are so funny and also love to have fun. I almost died laughing that same day when Lally finally managed to get a giant black poodle to chase her...and he did! But at one point he nipped her on the bum...just to get her to speed up. The look on her face!! Dogs are such a joy, right? Happy fun weekend! :D xx

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  11. Hi Jen, I went in full panic mode when I couldn't find the group. The lovely pictures give me inspiration. I've been working hard on getting my desk & hooks clear while settling on colors and building my bravery to start something of yours. Oh and do love a man in a kilt... I had no idea but after my DNA results came in I found out I was over 40% Scottish. Maybe I instinctively knew.
    Rav name drayvenn.

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  12. First of all .. I'm sooo happy the group is on again, but that giveaway ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ wow.. love it!! (In love with scotland since i've seen Outlander (a few times hahahaha)

    Have a great weekend.. I have to work for 2 hours and than my weekend starts.. yeah!!

    Xx Chan ( chantal zwart(ravelry))

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    1. Hi Chantal! I really must make an effort to commit to Highlander. I'm working my way through the entire series of Seinfeld which I missed years back! Hope you have a FAB weekend and YES...so happy to have our little group back. :D xx

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  13. Afternoon Jen, I'm glad you had a lovely walk with the weather being kind to you. Its warmed up here for a couple of days (UK), which is lovely, can't beat autumnal sunshine. I love the tartan, I am partial to it myself, my school uniform was green/blue tartan!
    My Revelry username is Traceyleigh100.
    Have a lovely, squishy weekend. X

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    1. That sounds like an interesting school uniform, Tracey. I remember ours was white with blue flowers and in summer...a panama hat!! LOL! Happy weekend! xox

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  14. I love your cat Augusta all stretched out in the sun. Animals are so funny, and such a joy.
    Glad you have your wool and the group back. Enjoy the sunshine

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    1. Oops my ravelry name is Bugbop

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    2. Oh, such a joy...they bring relief from a mad world in so many lovely ways. My Cats remind me to rest and my dogs remind me to have fun. :D Happy weekend! xx

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  15. Soooooo happy our "little" family is back together! I can't really compare it to a pandemic or the recent fire that took out about 800 homes locally along with a drought for the ages or the heart rending news about Afghanistan (where I was lucky enough to live for 2 years) BUT not having this magic place to come to was just so unsettling. So thankful to be back to normalcy--as strange as normalcy is these days!

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    1. I ditto you on everything you said, Carrie! I'm thankful for these little mercies, escapes and bubbles of some sort of "normal". Hope you weekend is lovely. :D Hugs!! xx

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  16. I love the colors of the flowers in the pictures you take. Fall is coming on strong here (Maryland, USA) and the trees will soon begin their fabulous show. Looking forward to more more pictures of the wonderful work done by our fellow crocheters and hope to add some of my own to the mix.

    GG8eight

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  17. happy for you all to have your group back online,
    wish so much for a parallel group on Ravelry,
    but very grateful to be able to follow along on your blog,
    kindest regards, deerbystarlight (ravID)

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  18. I love your cat in the sun! Ours are silly too. My ravelry name is MrsCokey.

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  19. hi from sunny queensland Australia, my ravelry name is lindabeaman.

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