Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday 13, whooooooooo!

Hello, Yaranarinas and Happy Friday 13!

It's also a full moon, so whoooooooooooooooo! That's me doing a very quiet wolf howl seeing as everyone in my neighbourhood is still in dreamland!

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I've been awake since the "witching hour" ( there is speculation on whether that's 3am or 4am ), woken suddenly by an incredible downpour...no warning beforehand like a bit of wind or rumbles in the distance, just a short, but very intense cloudburst that had the Cats instantly awake and jumping out the window onto the verandah so they can "observe". Weird Cats who love the rain! You wouldn't think anything had happened because it's all sunlight, innocent blue skies and chirpy birds this morning. At 5am I recorded this....


Listening to that it's hard to imagine I live in a very urban neighbourhood where during the day you're more likely to hear construction work, ambulance, fire truck or police sirens ( sometimes there are gunshots at night! ), commuter trains whishing by every fifteen minutes, people yelling, dogs barking and of course Mr Noisy Neighbour on his motorbike! These early morning Chirpers mean more to me than I can express. They inspire me every day, without fail. When I'm ready to pack up and head for the hills I think of these feathered Earthlings, who, even with wings to fly off anywhere they want to, choose to stay. Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed, I allow a thought to pass... they are all here for me, my inspiration, my allies, my little friends, my consolation prize. Life is made up of small pleasures, tiny moments like these. It's all good.

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So, today is the release of PART 2-Golden Tea Floral Block. Next Friday ( 20 September ) is the FINAL PART! The 3 x Parts are not released as separate Files. I've added each Part to the original pattern file so you should have only one file for the entire Block. Keep an eye open for your email or Ravelry message update. I've been very two minded about this whole design but then I start getting all excited about the Extension! I'm not exactly privy to what the bigger picture looks like but it somehow FEELS as if it's all going to work out. I'm reminded again of how crochet really is a material expression of our lives, in so many ways and there isn't a day that goes by when I don't thank my lucky stars for the coincidental meeting between student and teacher. Do you believe in Fate? I do!



I thought I'd answer this question next. Many of you ask where I get my inspiration from and if I am perfectly honest, and not trying to present an Instagrammable Life that looks idyllic from the outside...for me... it's a manifestation of my restrictive circumstances. Some of you may be aware of what's happening in South Africa at the moment and it's very disturbing, unsettling and frightening to say the very least. Daily ( sometimes hourly! ) I remind myself that so much good comes from challenging situations. Each day I see this manifesting itself in my immediate neighbourhood and farther afield. Local art, literature and theatre are flourishing! Communities are creatively expressing their frustration, sadness and anger too, but also pulling together. People are reaching out to each other as people do in uncertain times. Kindness, caring and support is everywhere in abundance. It's within this worrying undefinable atmosphere that I pick up hook and yarn and allow it to lead me where it will. It's strange, isn't it, how always in these spaces between tension, fear and angst that those of us who express ourselves, through Craft, Art or Music, Dance or Literature, find inspiration but also, solace. Whatever challenging situation we may face within ourselves or our outer worlds we can always count on our Craft to get us through it all.

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Today's colour mood is ( maybe predictably ) called "Optimism".
YARN:
Scheepjes Catona in Mercury, Champagne, Forst Green, Apple Green, Primrose and Candle Light.


Now, onto some GIFTING! HOORAY!
If you left a comment last week then you stood a chance in three of winning the lovely Gaudi Sidewalk Blanket by Briana K Designs. Congratulations, please do check your Ravelry Libraries!

Today's Giveaway is the gorgeous Spica Bag pattern by the awesomely talented Natalia Kononova!






























Again, all you need to do to stand a chance of winning this luscious embossed bag by a super talented designer is....leave a comment and your Ravelry name! Voila, it's that easy!

I wish you all a very happy weekend wherever you are on this small blue planet.
See you in Crochetland,
💗 Jen xx


40 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this pattern, its just brilliant, and the foliage makes this the perfect mother earth celebration. Would love love love to make it. My Ravelry name is RuthEMiller.

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    1. She is one of my favourite designers! :-)

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  2. Oops, my message disappeared. I have been on the look out for ages for a nice handbag pattern. I love this one, it's very pretty. My Ravelry name is shapeshoulder.

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  3. Thanks so much for a very comforting blog post Jen...being in SA myself, I know exactly where you are coming from...hope and community are alive everywhere but the powers that be keep stoking the fires of dissent...it's so easy to just give up...

    But just like you I am in awe of and refreshed by the symphony of the morning each day and I thank my lucky stars that I am still in a place where I am blessed enough to still experience the magic this world has to offer...

    And thank goodness I finally discovered I'm a hooker...finally having a medium to express that angst and to uave something creative to take comfort in is so liberating...

    AddasApprentice

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    1. We live in a beautiful country with amazing people and although many are leaving I feel there is hope...our marches, our protests, our willingness to talk about difficult things, our tenacity and spirit to always strive towards bettering this country...I want to be a part of that. Through it all, we crochet...sometimes in tears, sometimes furiously...but we crochet! Hang in there. Sending all good things. xox

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  4. I think of you when I read the news of South Africa. Stay save dear.

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    1. Thank you, Tineke. We try and stay safe as best we can. Thankfully our Neighbourhood Watch is excellent and at least there is a growing awareness now at Government level that the country is in deep trouble and something must change, immediately!

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  5. I'm loving the change of pace on the Golden Tea Floral Block to date. I love that your designs aren't predictable,there is always an interesting change lurking just around the corner and keeping things exciting.
    I hope that some good starts to manifest itself soon in South Africa.Its awful that you have to endure so much frightening trouble in your daily life.
    Thanks again for sharing your life and amazing artistry with us all Xx

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    1. Thanks so much for all you do on our Group and for being such a wonderful and encouraging friend to me too!xox

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  6. Breathtaking just what I need to finish my luxurious new look. Very elegant. Just love it....and love all your designs as well. My Ravelry name LeonaC

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  7. Hi Jen--First, thanks for the amazing colorful designs that inspire my hooks to get to work, which helps SO MUCH with my fibromyalgia. It helps distract me from the peculiarities of this problem!
    I love the texture to that bag and would love to make several of them in different colors for Christmas presents! My Ravelry name is Mercy710.
    Prayers for you and yours in SA.
    Thanks,
    Mercy

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    1. You're welcome, Mercy and thank you so much for your kind wishes for myself, and for this troubled country. We all live in faith, and hope that events will soon take a more positive turn. Happy weekend to you and yours. :) xox

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  8. Yet another gorgeous design from Natalia, thanks for the chance to win this, Jen! My Ravelry name is PaulinaSmith 💕

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  9. Wonderful work by beautiful Natalia! Love it!
    I ALREADY COMBINED WHAT I WOULD WEAR IT WHEN I GET IT!
    My Ravelry name is suzyiit.

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    1. I love your optimistic spirit. Suzy! :D xx

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  10. I love your designs Jen I am just so hooked on them. Have a long list things that I want to do but still end up with one of your designs. So very proud of our South African designer. Beautiful Bag by Natalia. My Ravelry name is Jennyfive

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    1. Aw, thanks so much for your kind words, Jenny!! Hope your weekeend is lovely and peaceful! :) xox

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  11. Lovely and inspiring post, Jen. I can’t wait to start my Golden Tea. I just have to decide on the colors. This giveaway bag is also beautiful! My Ravelry name is melmelbook.

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    1. Thank you, Mel! :D It's a much simpler pattern than the others, it should be easy peasy and quick! :D xx

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  12. Beautiful bag design. Would be a pleasure to carry.
    My Ravelry name is KnittingBear65

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  13. That is a lovely bag. I am also in love with all of the colors you put together as inspiration for us all! Ravelry name: Bubbalips

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  14. The bag is just gorgeous. I would love the opportunity to make it. My favorite colors are turquoise/teal. I think it would look wonderful in teal for the upcoming fall/winter. My ravelry name is kathcrochet.
    Thank you for all your amazing patterns!

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  15. my ravelry name is zip - and only use it for mundane and necessary tasks so there's more time for your patterns. the bag is stunning, but you're still #1!

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    1. Aw, thank you that's so sweet of you to say that! :D xox

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  16. Awaiting the revision of your older patterns on ravelry. Thought they were already pretty. I have almost all your published patterns. Thank you for your art.

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    1. I'm hoping to make that my next year project! I think I'm getting to the end of the Throw stage. :D xx

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  17. To be able to follow your Journey its just beautiful <3 Im a Crocheter, Knitter, Embroder and a Painter <3 Im absolutly faszinated with your Colors <3 Ty so much ;) My ravelry name is dartsnorge ;) But Im following from Finland

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    1. Hello, from Cape Town South Africa! Thank you for following my journey...it's been my own fantasy since I was a little girl, to live in Finland! :D I love the cold weather so much and indeed, Africa is beautiful but the heat! Too much! :D xx

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  18. Oh I saw this this morning and just love it but funds are that I cannot afford it at present so my fingers and toes will be crossed for a lucky win. Kathyverrier is my Ravelry name.

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    1. Oh, Kathy, I'm sorry to hear that! You do know all three parts are included in one price? :D xx

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  19. Would love to "saunter" down the street with this bag over my shoulder. Would feel like a movie star.Like the bird pic on your web page here, let the birds sing their song in your ear every morning.Let their joy fill your heart and keep the bad stuff at bay with your crochet for harmony.
    My Ravelry name is Compunut

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    1. Thanks for painting such a pretty picture, Edith! Those Birds don't know how much I appreciate their daily twitters and trills. Such a joy! xox

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  20. Gorgeous bag - thanks for the opportunity to win …. you're the best Jen - I think I own almost all of your pattern!!! Ravelry name: doco5256

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    1. Thanks, Donnalee, that's quite a lot of patterns! Thanks for the support. :D xx

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  21. Just finished Golden Tea part 2 and looking forward to next Friday! That's a lovely bag. My Ravelry name is JustMagicMaria.

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  22. Thanks for commenting, Maria! :-) Happy Weekend! xx

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