Thursday, 4 June 2020

True North

Hello, again dear Lovelies!

It's been a few weeks ( cough, cough a month, cough ) and you'd think in Lockdown, time would slooooow riiiight doooown, but no. The days have been whizzing by in a flurry of mundane household chores, making three meals a day ( ugh, I hates cooking! ), mastering online grocery shopping, finding creative ways to walk Roxy ( and myself ), laundry...seriously, why SO MUCH LAUNDRY!? I haven't done any of the things I thought I might do in a Lockdown. For example: learn a new language, tidy THAT dark, dank hidey-hole of a cupboard under the kitchen sink, experiment with fabulous dessert recipes, alphabetise the bookshelves ( yet ). I did finally complete the Green Tea Throw and now, when I look at the Block it does sort of resemble the actual coronavirus with its spikey circular crown! I'll forever associate this particular Throw with these surreal times.



I'm sure you have all been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions? I know I have. When the world wobbles beneath our feet it's interesting what we reach out for to grab ahold of to steady ourselves, right? In this respect, these strange times have forced me once again to reevaluate my life's path. The father of my sons died suddenly in his sleep during this time. Although we'd been divorced for 20-years we always remained good friends and had spoken just a few days before. More than anything, coping with this unexpected blow which inserted itself into the incredibly complex tangle of Lockdown rules and regulations, and the fear of the virus itself, has forced me to once again find my True North.

After making the Green Tea Throw, I received quite a few messages with "suggestions" of what to make next. That's a very odd thing to deal with. I had a good think about it and what came out of " the good think " was that there are two different camps of designers. Camp 1: commercial designers. That is those who create for yarn houses or their own yarn businesses, and who will make varied items, continually staying on-trend and learning new techniques in the process. Camp 2: the designers who's hooks will not listen to reason. I follow my hooks desire and, for now, I go where my hooks heart goes. This is my True North.

So, without further yada yada! Tadaaaaa!



Wishing you all a very lovely, relaxing and fun weekend!
πŸ’— Jen






30 comments:

  1. So sorry for your loss. And yes, always follow your true north (the block is lovely!)

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    1. Thank you! True North...sometimes quite a trip getting there. Hope your weekend is lovely! xox

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  2. Hi Jen. My condolences always follow your heart. We all absolutely love your clever designs and true north is another beautiful one. Thanks so much. πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. Aw, thanks so much for your kind words. What would we do without our yarn and hooks? We're the lucky ones! :D Happy weekend xx

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  3. Hi Jen, I am sorry to hear that you have lost a good friend in your ex and that your boys have lost a wonderful dad. At least it sounds as though there was no pain etc. and that is a blessing. Sending love and hugs to everyone from Zululand!

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    1. He passed peacefully, at home. The boys were able to immediately go to his house and spend some time saying their goodbyes....very, very hard for them and so sad as it was totally unexpected...they said he looked as if in a deep peaceful sleep. That has been a great consolation to us all. Thank you for the love and hugs.xox

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  4. Strange times indeed, and difficult not to be able to say a final goodbye during lock down. Condolences to you and the family.
    Yes, yes, yes, follow your hook! You are amazingly creative, talented and kind-hearted. Stay true to YOU! The rest is just noise in the background! Love you always xoxo

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    1. So strange, right!? All we can do is just keep following our true north one step at a time. It's so weird to think so many millions of people are all in the same timewarp. Happy and fun weekend to us all...we could certainly do with a huge dollop of brevity! Hugs and love! xx

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  5. I love
    deep feeling and meaning behind all your designs, beautiful true north!!!!!!

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    1. It's as good as journally I think... just sitting with the yarn and hook and allowing the tale to reveal itself. Happy weekend, my dear. xox

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  6. Hi Jen
    First of all, my condolences with the death of your sons' father and a close friend of yours.
    That must have been a huge shock.
    And then you discover how much resilience there is in a person and that despite everything, creativity always somehow points the way to healing grief.
    And look what a beautiful new design you made. I will treasure your true north.
    Big hug for you and your boysπŸ₯°πŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸ’

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    1. Aw, I'll take that big hug, thank you!!! XOX

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  7. Love this design even more now I know it's story- thanks Jen. Much love to you and your boys.

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    1. Thank you so much and much love right back. XOX

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  8. I'm happy you stayed good friends, better for the kids. Now you can guide them in this loss of their father. ( we had the simular experience here with different outcome)These times are strange, sad times. Follow your true north dear. :>*

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    1. He was a good man, much loved by everyone and even though we went our separate ways many years ago we always remained friends and the boys remained our centre of love and care. My heart is sore for them but I'm also happily surprised to hear them talking about him with so much love and humour rather than sadness and loss...they know he would have wanted them to get on with things and live to the fullest, exactly as he always did. Happy weekend, dear Tineke. xoxoxox

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  9. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jen and that of your sons. He must have been a special person to have kept lovely you as a friend through all your ups and downs together. It’s also so lovely to hear that the memories carry joy rather than loss...it’s so marvellous when they do, there’s nothing more one can hope for. Big hug to you. x

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  10. I am sorry for your loss. I am glad you were able to be friends despite the divorce

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  11. Wow. The square is beautiful. Must add it to me every growing todo list.... very sorry for you loss. I agree these time have been a rollercoaster. I'm in Canada and with all the chaos going on just south of the border in the USA has me very uneasy. Anxiety having me awake most nights, worried about the world I brought children into. So sad. I start work again Tuesday. And that has anxieties going too. Although the county where I live has only had a totally of 23 cases and currently 3 active cases of Covid since the beginning of all this. I just want normal life!

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  12. Jen, you have the most creative spirit, and the new square shows every bit of it. I send condolence, appreciation, and love.
    You are a true artist, and any wandering pathway (perfectly acceptable of course), reveals itself in your stunning work. Hats off to you!

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  13. Hugs and love to you Jen... you have shared some wise words here. I am off to get me a copy of True North - love your idea of a blanket wrap! Take care xxx

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  14. Another WOW Jen! Love that you have this talent, and that you share it with us. Thank you :)
    So sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm sure you'll always feel his loss, the place where he belonged. Love and hugs to you.

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  15. Very sorry for your loss. I hope your family finds solace in each other through this difficult time. Thank you for the wonderful pattern. <3

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  16. Don't ever change......where you lead I will follow.
    And like a mother duck with her much loved offspring, I'll be bringing the entire Hooks'nTales Pattern Workshop Group members with me Xx

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  17. Hello my dear friend Jen. My condolences for the kid's father ( and you and him bringing up the boy's) dispite your divorce. He was too young, hope the boy's are fine. I know you got my message. With True North I would make a big pillow for now. I am making the squares for the Golden Tea. I'm getting there. Old age has made me slow lol Sending you many hug's Sofia.

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  18. So very sorry for your. The loss is only compounded by this difficult time. Our family has suffered a loss as well, so I understand how hard this is.
    Thank you so much for your lovely creation, as soon as I post here, I am going to purchase it. You have been truly blessed with a talent and I admire your work. I have had a difficult time finding my true north since my DH passing. He passed while we were on a cruise to celebrate our 50Th anniversary. Maybe this is just the inspiration I need to get me back to my beloved craft.
    Thank you so much for sharing your gift. May Love, Peace and Blessings be yours abundantly!

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