Sunday, 12 July 2020

In search of Arcadia.

Dearest Lovelies, hope you are all well and staying safe and sane in Crochetland?

I'm typing this from my little studio as icy rain lashes the garden, windows rattle and gusty gale-force wind apparently wants to pry the roof off the cottage! I've been awake since midnight unable to settle down with car alarms being set off and strange thumps and bangings going on outside. I'm dreading going out into my garden later! The kitties and I have been cowering under the warm bedclothes while Mr HooksnTales took to the spare bedroom room with two very nervous doggies ( our bed is not big enough for the six of us! ). You know I bow to the mighty Stormbringer. I'm a Pluviophile through and through. But this is unnerving! I think we're all a little unnerved these days, right? Dramatic weather or not.



THANKFULLY, in all sincerity, so very thankful that we who craft have a creative outlet to help us process and traverse these very troubled times. We can make all. the. things while the sun doesn't figuratively shine. We can create silver linings around dark clouds with actual silver thread. We can construct where there is destruction and I'm reminded once again how creative souls continue to create, in myriad ways, through the worst of times. We create our own Arcadian idyl if we can. Oh, look at me going all mushy on you all! But you get my drift?

It's still dark outside but I can imagine for now that all the flowering plants and bushes have been stripped of their winter blooms. The garden will look as if a stormy wedding party whirled by shredding every blossom and leaf for confetti. There is some terrible beauty in that too. Anyhoooooooo...before I make you all cry into your chilled Chardonnay or steaming hot chocolate ( depending on which hemisphere you call home ) let me take a jump to the left and announce ARCADIAAAAA ( drum roll ). So, it seems Helen Shrimpton also released an "Arcadia " pattern but honestly, I live under a rock and had no idea until Noelene told me after the fact! I'm going to stick with the name because now more than ever I want to imagine that sometime in our near future we can enjoy a more arcadian reality. Let's raise our glasses to that!



 But hang on...there's more!😸

I think it's time for another GIVEAWAY from another Designer! I fell head over heels for the adorable Jasmine Sweater by Ana D Designs. Leave a comment below and don't forget to add your Ravelry name.

Until next time Lovelies...stay calm, stay safe and take good care of yourselves!
πŸ’œ Jen

PS: the furballs made me laugh! Miss Nisha-Li completely unaware that she's sitting next to her doppelganger! 😹


And sulking in the pot plant because I'm sitting on HER cushion.







70 comments:

  1. Another beautiful block! Stay safe and warm.

    Jackie
    Jdatlas - Ravelry

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    1. Thank you, Jackie...it was fun making it and kept my mind off other things. xox

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  2. A creative soul you are indeed, not just with yarn, but with words too. Your designs are just gorgeous, so intricate. Love the challenge. Love reading your blogs, almost like reading a novel. Extra bonus- the kitties - am also a cat lover.
    doidgea (Ravelry name).

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    1. Thank you, Adri, I really enjoy making these squares... to be honest, besides crochet...it's my Cats who have kept me most grounded and sane through these challenging times. They've been staying close, and often sleep on top of me which I find very comforting! :D The dogs are more like demanding toddlers with no boundaries and up for a party nevermind the weather or atmosphere! Stay safe, and warm! Hugs and xx.

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    2. Indeed, my cat loooves sleeping on me, but only when I'm lying down, never on my lap. I often wake up with him sleeping on my stomach or even perched on top of my side if I'm sleeping on my side. Not such fun when I'm asleep, but love it when I'm awake. Mommy and her boy time.
      Very grateful for your creativity that inspires and provides an outlet for the need to create. Crochet has also definitely helped. Hope the weather down there in the Cape does not get to Look bad 😱, here in Pietermaritzburg it is a lovely sunny, but cold day, expecting bad weather tomorrow and Wed. Stay safe and warm too. πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

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  3. Ooh your Arcadia is beautiful Jen. And thank you so much for offering the Jasmine sweater ��������. Isn’t it just perfect for cheering us up with its loveliness in these trying (and dark in SA) times? Thank goodness for crochet and chocolate, Stay safe and warm ��. Tiffany (Ravelry name is tiffanytr)

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    1. Thank you, Tiffany! I love the Jasmine Sweater... now just to try and figure out how to read another designers pattern! :D You are so right, thank goodness for the three C's Crochet, Chocolate ( and Coffee ). Hope your day is lovely! xx

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  4. Such a lovely square! Again! And the kitties are adorable!I hope snuggling reassured your kitties and dogs amidst the storm.
    On Ravelry I am kotenzemom

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    1. Thank you so much, I love making these squares. :) They are a little nervous but hopefully the worst is over. Luckily there are a few very sunny days from tomorrow onwards and I'm sure a little sunbathing will restore their spirits! xox

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  5. Thank you Jen, beautiful block, beautiful cats, beautiful.....;raverly name melihat

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  6. What a wonderful new pattern,Jen! I love your patterns.

    My ravelry name:
    anastasiah000

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  7. That's another gorgeous pattern love to the kitties and doggies.
    Ravelry ID dizzy21

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    1. They wagged their tails and said woof, woof...which I'm sure means thank you! :D The Cats just looked at me as if to say, yes we know we are loved by everyone in the entire world. Lol!

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  8. I love this square and can't wait to try it out. Thanks for your beautiful patterns.

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you enjoy making it! xx

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  9. Oh my goodness you've outdone yourself! What a stunning pattern! And thank you for the chance to win, my Ravelry name is Shamci

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  10. Thank you for another most wonderful design
    Ravelry name Wadkin

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    1. Thank you, Polly! I enjoy making these floral squares. I wonder when I'll ever try something else...like a shawl? :D xx

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  11. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your God given talent with us,it brings so much joy! Kernolsie

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  12. Very nice! Thanks a lot.
    Kaderus (Raverly)

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  13. Gorgeous square love seeing all your patterns posted. i am attempting the Amanzi Throw for my sister but life keeps getting in the way. Ravelry name Heddy56

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    1. Are you on our Workshop Group on FB, Helene? Maybe all the pretty Amanzi's there will motivate you to keep going! :D xx

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  14. beautiful block
    cindyo101 (Ravelry)

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  15. What a frightening weather..πŸŒͺπŸ’¦πŸŒ¬And at night everything looks and feels so much more scarier

    I LOVE the Arcadia!! Beautiful for an Afghan!πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ€ŽπŸ€πŸ§‘

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    1. That is so true. It doesn't seem half as bad at lunchtime! :D

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  16. Owwww that bad weather and flowers. Awful. Had a hundred year old Prunus Serrulata at the big farm.Lots of anticipation seeing the buds. First sunny day in spring all open and us oooooooooh underneath it. Next day spring storm and a pink pavement. Every darn year. I learned to love rain, gardens need rain. My rainbarrels filled up and all plants soaking up the precious water. Your square is a beauty, again, you nailed it again. Love it. So what there two or more Arcadia's. One can never have enough. I think Helen is a forgiving person.

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    1. There are quite a few patterns called Arcadia so she'll have to fight a few others before she gets to me! Lol! Yes, even as I moan I know we desperately need to continue filling our dams for the coming dry summer. Our 2 x 1000lt rain barrels are topped to the brim... the overflow is running into the swimming pool! I feel worried and very sad for all the people living in informal settlements and those who have to go and work "out there" and have to face the traffic in this weather! On top of trying to stay safe from C-19.

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  17. I love your work. This block is beautiful ❤❤ Khite56

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  18. Wao another beautiful pattern wirh lovely colours.. Thankyou so much for your love....
    Sohail

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  19. I love that you and Mr.HooksnTales each take furbaby duty during a storm! I bought a king-size bed because I was sick of being pushed out by 2 kids and a cat and a dog.
    This block is beautiful- thank you for another inspiring offering ♥️
    Lenaknits

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  20. Vchill73
    I love your Arcadia and hope there will be an extension to follow......pretty please. Love your fur baby, so opinionated at times and I should know having 10 fur babies at home.

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  21. This block is gorgeous and I can't imagine an entire blanket of thmt. It would be amazing!
    Kris
    Ravelry ID: kjprice

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  22. Thank You Jen!!. Beautiful!!

    nancygortiz Raverly

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  23. It's "Gorgeous"!! The colors are so vibrant, I just love it! You are just so talented! Love your designs! RAVELRY name: jaaan

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  24. Love it! Ravelry - pjflinn

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  26. Thank you!!! Ravelry id - kmmsb459

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  27. Pluviophile, oo just learnt a new word! As it is raining right now I think I might try out my extended vocabulary! Love the Arcadia block too.

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  28. Love ccx the square and sweater.
    Ravelry is Needlekrafter

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  29. Amazing square! Your work is always inspiring and beautiful..... Keep safe too! Kisses from argentina. My id ravelry is Lokasuelta. Thank you so much

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  30. Wow, I hope everything was okay after the storm! Arcadia is beautiful <3 I am jjvn on ravelry

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  31. BeautifulπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ˜πŸ˜

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  32. Oh my! I do hope that your garden is not damaged badly. What a gorgeous pattern! You have set up an addiction. My husband asks - what are you going to do with them. I love looking at them! My projects are lovingly strewn across our "princess couch". It's a vintage couch that our princess kitty adopted immediately upon it being set in our living room.
    Hoping the sun shines upon you today!
    Robin (RobWill on ravelry)

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  33. Love this pattern, beautiful as always Jen, I have just lost my job due to Covid 19, so will have my fingers crossed that luck will be on my side.Thank you for the chance, Rav name kathyverrier.

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  34. Moondaemoness - loving your new square <3

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  35. Try to keep warm Jen, It looks like your having a bad winter, but we all need the rain. With covid on the rise, I pray you and your family are safe. Here on the island (in Greece) thisyear we really have not seen summer, very high winds, lot of rain and chilly. Love your new square Arcadia. God has blessed you with so much talent. Sending you many hug's. Sofia.

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  36. Oh! My! What a beauty of a pattern to get my handa, fingers, toes and hook into!!!!
    Tjecmom100

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  37. Love your Arcadiaaaaa as well as all your other gorgeous patterns! Lets celebrate life @deliadiertjie lots of love Delia

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  38. Good to do some crafts when then weather is so bad.
    Your square is gorgeous. With so many people crocheting it is almost impossible to give your design a name that is not used by someone else.
    Your cats are so funny and beautiful.
    Ravname: ambersidee
    I wish you a great day, Margaret

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  39. I'm so glad to have crochet when I need to have my quiet time, it keeps me sane and hopeful. That block is stunning, hope the storm passed without too much damage.Take care, Guida x. ravelry= creativemum

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  40. It's beautiful Jen ❤️

    Best wishes

    Raverly ID CrochetVilla75

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  41. Your Arcadia is fabulous, and I want to start on one right now! Love the kitties too. On Ravelry I am PettigruHooker.

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  42. LOVE Arcadia, and ALL your patterns!
    Looking forward to making this and many more!

    Blessings, Darlene T Ravelry- Darsie

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  43. Wonderful Arcadia

    Avarravonkoeller

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