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Hello.
I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
If you have landed here - welcome and feel free to dip in to what was our life - once upon a time...
J xxx

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seeing the light


 

Thank you all so much for your good wishes. We are mostly recovered from our 'flu, and beginning to - very slowly - catch up with the world again. The returning strength of the sunlight is such a tonic for us. Very soon, now, the year's work will begin in earnest, so an enforced rest was probably a good thing.
I thought I would take the chance to catch up with all you lovely Yarn Alongers today. To be honest, I don't really have much to show - mainly been plodding away with the ripple, but there are a couple of new things around.


Blocking at the moment are the various pieces of my Moorland Inspired crochet bag. I have been picking this up now and then over the Autumn. It is, as you see, basic solid granny squares for the panels, and a couple of handles. I have used colours from the Stylecraft special range, which reflected the colours of the land around me at various times of the year, and linked them together with a rich peaty brown. I am really pleased with how it has turned out. I have some nice plain linen to line the bag with. Hopefully it will appear complete on my ravelry page quite soon.


You can see the colours I have used quite nicely on this close up of the bag straps.


My current wip is another blanket - a smaller one this time - with a lot of pink in it! I'm not saying too much about this yet, as it is a surprise;) I love working on this - again using Stylecraft special, which is a really lovely yarn to crochet with, and washes so nicely. The pattern is loosely based on this one.


I am also quite in the mood to knit a little something for me. This beautiful Sublime Organic Merino calls to me from my stash, everytime I open the cupboard. But what to knit? I only have just over 600 yards, so my options are limited - maybe a short cardigan or shrug - not a shawl (although I do quite like this ). Ho-hum...more time on the Ravelry search required methinks.


I am reading my Christmas gift - Full Moon Feast, by Jessica Prentice.  I love this book - it was probably written just for me! It is all about food and how it connects and binds us to the gifts of creation - physically and spiritually. Beautifully written and I don't want it to end.
Popping over now to visit Ginny and all and see what everyone else is knitting and reading.

ps - still a few days to enter my new year reading giveaway!

27 comments:

  1. You're totally hooked on crochet now (b'dum-tsch)! Glad to hear you're all on the mend :-)

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  2. Glad you are new weller! And such lovely thins you make too

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  3. Good to hear all are getting better, what better than some yarn therapy to pass the days whilst recuperating.

    Look forward to seeing what you choose to knit for yourself x

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  4. glad you are on the mend! love the bag pieces and can't wait to see them all together!! Great color choices :)

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  5. Glad you're on the mend Jacqui. Lovely things you are making! xx

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  6. You definitely need to make yourself something with the grey sublime - I love your colourful blanket and bag too

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  7. So happy to find you getting better! Lovely colors and so indicative of your landscape. I am eager to see your bag.

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  8. Your bag will be so beautiful! Love the colors. I'm stuck in a similar boat as you. I have 600 yards of some gorgeous Malabrigo...what to make? I'll be looking to you for inspiration ;) Glad you and yours are feeling better!

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  9. Glad to hear you are getting better. I had a really bad cold back in the beginning of December and that was not fun let alone the flu. Right now I have an infection in the muscles of my ribs but I am not sick from it...just pain so I am getting a great deal of crocheting done while I rest.

    Love the projects, especially the autumn colors of your bag. Do you have a link on this blog to your Ravelry page? I just started using mine to log my projects. I had not done that before now. And the yarn is beautiful!

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  10. Good to hear you are all on the mend, the colours of your crochet are lovely. The book sounds an inspiring read.

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  11. We are almost wool twins this week with the Sublime merino :-)
    I'm very intrigued by your book, I might take a look at that.
    Wishing you a bit of sunshine and warmth to aid your recovery xx

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  12. That first picture is quite beautiful!
    Can't wait to see the finished bag, love the colours.

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  13. It is nice to hear you are feeling better, I think the sickness jumped across the pond and is trying to take up residence in my home. I am consuming mass quanities of hot tea and sucking on elderberry pills like they were candy...I don't want to be sick!

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  14. I'm glad that you are feeling better :)

    I love all of your crochet goodness! So pretty!

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  15. dear jacqui, my husband is recovering the same pace as you it seems, so many people have had this cold flu, goodness. your crochet is looking really lovely, i can't wait to see the bag, i've always wanted to make one, you are inspiring me here. the wool for you looks gorgeous, i'm off to follow your links now to see what your considering. i still have not uncrossed my fingers for those books :)

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  16. p.s. your christmas book looks really interesting!

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  17. oh that books looks brilliant, glad to hear you're recovering much love x x

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  18. Sorry to hear you were ill - your work is beautiful as are your photos!

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  19. Loving the look of your yarn, and the book! Get well.

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  20. Nice selection of projects. Lovely colours in those flower motifs.
    Enjoy searching ravelry.

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  21. Such inspiring pictures as ever, and Full Moon Feast looks like something I would love too. I must seek it out. So good you are feeling better, Jo xx

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  22. Good to hear you are all feeling better, love the colours of your crocheting.

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  23. Wow! Those are amazing and very good looking crochets!! I hope I could do the same :D

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  24. Oh I do love a good wander around ravelry.
    Your bag looks beautiful - even unassembled.

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  25. So pleased you are feeling better, and yes down time is where we should all still be. I may have some more of the sublime if you are wanting a little more, let me know the colour shade if you do. I also bought some and have a few balls in different colours left! Love K x

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  26. glad to hear you are on the mend and i love your merino wool. it's funny how wool can call to you from a pile. i am working with some lovely fall-colored wool at the moment; probably just a scarf but the colors are gorgeous. i was admiring your crocheting ... i can knit but have never mastered crocheting. :)

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