Thursday, 7 November 2019


Happy Friday, Lovelies!

Oh my gosh, it feels like years since the last blog post!
So much has happened in the meantime. Well, it SEEMS like so much!

There were the weeks of fostering Freya and her newborn Pups, who are now on to the next phase of solid foods! They have been moved to a "getting ready for adoption" facility where they will receive their inoculations, and their first very fancy puppy-food and have regular photo-shoots. Of course, little Freya will remain with them until they are fully weaned.

Then there was the curveball of stomach Flu which brought my former cracking pace with the Golden Tea Extension to a crashing halt and then once I felt a teeny bit better, a snail's pace! On the plus side, I lost 2kgs and I discovered that I could watch fabulous classic 1940s movies on Youtube. What a treat! Also, Roxy did not leave my side. She's honestly the Best Dog In The World ( we all say that about our furkids, I know ). That's the one advantage of being bedridden for a few days, being able to indulge in back to back Movies. Usually I just don't have that sort of free time.

Through all of this the weather played along perfectly. High winds and buckets of rain! Yum! Once my legs weren't feeling so wobbly Mr HooksnTales and I ventured out to our favourite local park with Roxy. This lovely green belt had been badly battered by the winds with some of the beloved old trees blown over! Roxy is very familiar with this walk and has an absolute ball every time! Diving into the river, rolling around in the long grass and insists on greeting every other dog just minding their own business with a high-pitched YIP, YIP, YIP! KIDS! I made a little Video which ends in me not looking where I was walking ( stubbed toe and blood everywhere! ). But Roxy stopped her high jinks immediately and walked by my side like A Very Good Girl the rest of the way. My take away from this walk? Wear appropriate shoes.

But, enough about me! I have some announcements which are actually about CROCHET!

1. If you've been making-along with us over on the Workshop Group HERE then you'll be happy to know that the final part, Part 4, of the Golden Tea Floral Block Extension is in your Ravelry library as we speak. Don't forget to delete your previous file as ALL the parts are in the latest ( and last ) file. I'm very excited to see your completed Throws! It's been a bit challenging trying to take some pics of the finished Throw though because of YOU. KNOW. WHO! Or should I say THEM?

2. I was REALLY hoping to complete all four Throws by Xmas but time is running away with me. Also, my hands are itching to make some smaller projects. I am going to leave the Green Tea Floral Throw for after Xmas. Which on the plus side. gives you ample time to finish off Golden Tea and also gather yarn for Green Tea. I absolutely love the Festive Season! Even though my five kids are all grown and living La Vie elsewhere and we very seldom have those Xmas Day gatherings like we used to when they were all living under one roof,  I still get into the Xmassy mood, BIGTIME! I can't wait for the end of November to put up our fact, why am I waiting at all?

3. I have finally caved to pressure ( teehee ) and loaded up all my patterns to Lovecrafts HERE! I did have a few of them on Etsy but Etsy is not a good fit for me.

Todays Colour Mood is Berry Beautiful! It's an oldie but still a goldie. I do love these rustic images which always make me long for a simpler life, far away from the hustle, bustle and noise of my very Urban environment ( as many of you already can attest to from my video tutorials ). Although we do have the privilege of an off-grid cottage in Riebeek-Kasteel which is technically in the country, the reality of living there permanently is still a way off. In the meantime, I dream.

I've been meaning to do reviews on all the new Crochet Books I have recently bought but just never seem to find that block of time. Funny thing is, I flip through them looking for inspiration and end up doing my own thing. But, BOOKS, I love them so much and to me, a home seems very empty without a well-stocked bookshelf ( or shelves! ). Whenever I visit someone else's home I instinctively look for "the books" and " the pets ".

Today's GIVEAWAY is a really fun pattern in a simple tapestry crochet technique! It's called Square Eyes and designed by POP Crochet! I think it's adorable and can also be made into a tote bag. To stand a chance of winning this cute GIVEAWAY all you need to do is leave your Ravelry details in the comments section below! Good Luck!

Well, that's me, done and dusted for the week. I'm going to put up our Xmas Tree now!😺

Happy Weekend, Yarnarinas!
πŸ’— Jen

PS: for all you avid Rugby Fans out there who crocheted, or worked in ends nervously through the Rugby World Finals.... πŸ’— GO BOKKE, you made us SO proud! πŸ’—


  1. Owvwow thank you for the beautiful Golden Tea Jen. And now you have given us something to look forward to in the new year!
    Thank you so much for sharing your delightful park and walk with us, it looks so peaceful.

    The photos of your completed Golden Tea with the fur babies are such a delight to see.
    After all the totally amazing designs you've made available this year, you certainly deserve a rest.
    Have a fantastic time with ALL the children, be they furry or
    RenΓ© (Goffel on Ravelry)

  2. I love Fridays and your wonderful rambling tales.Its great to go on a little journey into your part of the world and I feel like a loving adoptive aunty to all of your beautiful furbabies.Thank You so much for sharing your amazing designs and giving us something fabulous to look forward to.

    1. I always give love to my furkids from Aunty Noelene! :D Keep that hook warm...more patterns to keep you out of trouble, on the way! :D xox

  3. Hi Rene! Yes indeed, I was thinking the same that Green Tea is something to look forward to for next year! I'll probably start working on the design soon but at least there will be less pressure to get it done before Xmas! :D That is such a lovely walk...I don't know if you ever went there? The Alphen? It's right behind the Alphen Hotel and it takes about an hour to do the complete circuit. I absolutely love it does Roxy of course! Thank you for your wishes and I wish the same for you and your loved ones. See you in Crochetland! <3 xox

  4. Ooooooh Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum majus in wild! Lovely. And wearing flipflops on dogwalks eh. Poor you. And this weather and an early xmas tree XD, my cats will bring it down in pieces. Good to hear Freya's children are up for adoption, hope al find loving homes.

    1. Oooo, they take over here but I love them so much! My garden is overflowing with them right now but I can see they are slowly starting to die off. I use the leaves and flowers in salads but I leave the seeds ( capers ) so that in Spring next year we'll have more. The Bees love them too! :D xx

  5. Thank you for your Friday tale!!
    Betsie: betsievdkaap on Ravelry

    1. Betsie van die Kaap...really should be the title of a book. I love it!! Thank you for reading my Friday tale, Betsie. :D xx

  6. I am so looking forward to starting golden tea, but am determined to finish another project. I still look forward to green tea as my stash is no going down as planned but seems to grow.Lovely to hear the pups have grown so well ,I am looking forward to a new pup in the new year as my girl passed a few months ago with cancer. Please keep up the great work you do it keeps me busy, and thank you.

    1. Oh, Christine I am so sorry to hear of your Pups passing! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I hope your weekend is fabulous! xox

  7. Thank you Jen, for all your lovely posts and patterns. I've come a bit late to the party, I'm afraid as I didn't discover you until fairly recently, but I have started the High tea block and am really enjoying it. I have just started treatment and so am having an enforced period of doing not much at all, so it's come at just the right time. Really looking forward to Green tea in the new year but I've also bought Hibiscus tea , and Golden tea. Thanks again for the great patterns and the videos.

  8. Hi Carole! Funny how I was forced to stop too some years ago and in desperation to keep my hands busy, I learned to Crochet. I hope you start feeling so much better soon! Please drop me a line with your Ravelry name so I can enter you into our Giveaway? Keep in touch. xox