Friday, 17 July 2020

FriYAY!

Hello, Lovelies!

Honestly, I have been feeling a bit down in the dumps ( as I'm sure many of you have too!). It definitely has nothing to do with Winter. I'd live in the arctic north if I could! Another lifetime ago, when I travelled and lived in Europe I was waved off with dire warnings about European winters and how I'd be back in South Africa as soon as I couldn't wear flip-flops all year 'round. I bought my first EVER pair of winter lace-up boots, blue Sketches, in Amsterdam. My new friends taught me that snow, sleet and icy rain was " just weather " and no excuse for not bundling up and going out in -10C. I adapted and thrived! What a shock for a 6th generation African! Must be my Scots-Dutch-Danish-French ancestry? Mongrels are always hardier than purebreds, right?

The first thing I saw this morning, through the steam of a 5am coffee and after feeding 2 x Cats + 2 x Dogs + 3 x Apple Platys + 1 x Neon Tetra + 4 x Phantoms + 3 x Algae Eaters + 3 x Goldfish, and after I fired up my computer, was Noelene's version of the Arcadia Floral Square! Oh my, Noelene does have a fabulous way with colour placing!


To clear away the stormy clouds in my head I've been taking advantage of every sunny day so far, which haven't been many. I don't wish for sunny days though ever since we experienced that awful drought in 2017 where Cape Town City almost ran out of drinkable water! Last year, our Winter rainfall was above average but still, the entire month of July 2019 saw not a drop of rain which makes "rain in July" very welcome! Anyhow, my point is...the front steps of our cottage make a perfect spot for some winter-sunbathing and crochet. You'll find me here if you stop by, listening to The Fall of Civilisations Podcast by Paul Cooper...just to cheer myself up you know?


We've been watching the skies of late! Combine smoke from chimneys and rain clouds and you're in for a spectacular show. I snapped this with my lowly cellphone one early morning from the steps of the cottage, looking East.


This coming weekend Mr HooksnTales and I, plus the two Dogs ( did you notice I said TWO? ) are heading West to our off-grid Housie to see if it's still standing after last weeks epic storm. Next FriYAY, I will post some pics as we hope to see snow on the mountain peaks. Also, I'll introduce you to our new rescue called Leia ( as in Princess from Star Wars ). If you want to see our little Housie just click on the OFF-GRID LIFE tab under the cover pic above.

I'll be working on a new pattern, sat on a blanket under the Almond trees, while Mr HooksnTales mows the lawn and makes me cups of coffee ( just kidding!! I'll make coffee as long as he makes dinner! ).

Reading Material already packed:

1. Latest IDEAS magazine.
2. The Litte Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.
3. The Art of Making Memories also by Meik Wiking.
4. Making Winter by Emma Mitchell



But before I wrap up ( heehee ), THANK YOU all, so much, for your lovely comments on the previous post! I've randomly chosen ( the old names-in-a-hat method ) 3 x recipients for the gorgeous Jasmine Sweater by Ana D  so please check your Ravelry inbox if you left a comment. This week, our GIVEAWAY is Spring Posy by Rosina Plane . If you do comment, don't forget to add your Ravelry name!

I hope you all have a lovely, peaceful and productive weekend.
Stay safe, stay calm and crochet on!
💙 Jen

PS: It's been bitterly cold and our old girl, Roxy spends most mornings wrapped up like a little sausage.






28 comments:

  1. Hi Jen
    Thanks for sharing lovely give aways

    Rosina is mine favorite one of fevorite designer .

    Raverly ID : CrochetVilla75

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    1. I also love her work! Happy weekend! xox

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  2. beautiful pattern
    Ravelry ID Cindyo101

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  3. Beautiful pictures as always!
    Ravelry name MadJen

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  4. Ravelry name: DMallender
    You have such a generous spirit with your giveaways Jen - thank you. I hope you realise how much pleasure and connectedness your blogs and patterns bring us all 💜

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    1. Thank you so much for that, Diane!Your words warm my heart. :D xox

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  5. Wow! What a combination of beautiful blogpost and fabulous pattern. Hope I win.
    salehawaseem @ravelry

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    1. I also hope you win, Saleha! Happy weekend my dear! :D xx

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  6. Hey Generous Jen, thankyou for such a lovely bblog enjoyed reading it, and the picture of sky luving it,all the patterns of Rosina's are 😍 her cushions and wall hangings are pretty too.
    RavelryID: ThePinkKnots

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    1. I;m a huge fan of Rosina's patterns. I think she's a terrific crocheter and designer. We've been having a lot of these dramatic skies lately. It's all the wood smoke in the air from winter fires. Happy weekend! xox

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  7. thanx for sharing all the beautiful things in life with us and of course all the beautiful patterns - love love arcadia - stunning block just like all your other patterns. stay warm and safe... happy crocheting <3 my ravelry name is hlm1312 - have a blessed weekend xx

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    1. Thank you so much, I love how it turned out too! I'm so happy it's received a warm welcome. Happy weekend! xox

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  8. Love the new block, couldn't find the instructions to make a smaller block on Raverly. Picking up yarn in an hour. I've made almost all of your patterns, and will be donating some of the throws to be auctioned for my grandsons school band, that is if they ever go back to school. My daughter saw them and already put dibs on one of them. Everyone who has seen them cannot believe the intracy of your patterns. Keep up the good work and be safe.

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  9. I am such a fan of your patterns Jen. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous designs at such incredibly affordable prices

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    1. Thank you so much! I enjoy making the patterns so much I feel guilty charging for them! :D xox

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  10. A lovely blanket. Thank you Jen for this give away.
    Id. Sandravaessen

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  11. Ooh, that's a pretty blanket! Thank you for having these giveaways, I not only get a chance to win a beautiful pattern but I also get to discover new designers!
    ID jjvn

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    1. Thank you! I hope your name comes out of the hat! :D xox

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  12. Oh I do hope your little cottage has no damage if you return to it. Princess Leia, how fitting for a little rescue. I'm so happy you take rescue's Jen. Now you did make me envious! A husband that cooks. Soak up that sun, enjoy the snow on the mountains, read those books and relax. Have a lovely time ;>* Tineke

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    1. I can't believe the storm did no damage ( this time, thankfully ) even though our neighbours veranda roof ( afdak ) blew off! Our housie is only timber and nutec...nothing fancy...but it's stood up to many storms. Hahaha...Mr HooksnTales has no option! If he doesn't cook he must buy dinner. We share 50/50 dinner arrangements ( either home-cooked meal or eating/ordering out ). :D Now just to get him to take on 50% of the other chores. :D Happy weekend dear Tineke! xox

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  13. Thinking about you in the cold weather. It's so hot here in USA - we're expecting a heat index of 110℉ today. Storms threaten, but little cooling rain results.
    Thanks for the lovely patterns.
    I am Ravelry's PettigruHooker.
    Ann

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  14. Oh my goodnes, I'm having a hot flush just thinking about your Summer temperatures! Enjoy your cooling storm ( I'm sure you will1 ). Stay hydrated! :D Happy weekend! xox

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  15. Beautiful block, your a amazing designer. Here in Greece summer came late, I miss spring and fall, Now it goes from freezing to hot weather.
    Hug's Sofia
    Ravelry name wisdom61

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    1. Thank you dear Sofia! I've been watching the latest episode on youtube of The Fall of Civilizations-Byzantium, and now I have a really deep understanding of the origins of Greeks and Greek culture and why there is tension between Greeks and Turks that go back 1000's of years. Happy Sunday, stay safe and warm, love to all your Fam. :D xox

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    2. My dear friend I will check out you-tube for The Fall of Civilizations-Byzantium, Turk's have kept all the Greek names they only changed Constandinople to Instabul. I hope you can come back here to visit, I know it's hard but you never know. Hug's to you and my love to your family. xoxo

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