A meander through my mind….

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This is just a quick update for a year of projects, or YOP as I have being  referring to it through out my posts.  We are actually about half way through this year long project…yes it started in Summer 2014!  

just had to stop the car the other day for this cheeky chappy!
I just had to stop the car the other day for this cheeky chappy!

I have not submitted a YOP post for a while, mainly as I had been working on these cosy blankets …and I have not much else to offer, in terms of started or completed projects  on my YOP list.  I have however, had a few sleepless nights, during which my mind has been turning over plans and patterns and I have been honing my skills over this last couple of weeks, learning new stitches and techniques, which I will take great joy in sharing with you over the coming days and weeks.

 I am preparing a new pattern for you too, which will use some free form crochet and maybe even some felting and use of texture…which, I hope in turn will feed into a crochet wall hanging, which I plan and that does feature on my YOP list.  So for now that is my YOP update…just in case you were thinking I had fallen off the face of the Earth all together.  If you are not participating in YOP, but would like to, you can still join in… check it out just here.

xxxxx

I’ve looked high and low…

Apologies for my distinct absence lately… I’ve found myself waking each morning yearning to create and yet by the time I’m home from work and the chores are done  and I have the opportunity to hook, that a severe melancholy rises up from within and my hook stays in it’s case…. 

I fear I may have lost my crojo!!!

I’ve looked high and low…I have tried and tried… I have put my hooks away and I have got them back out… I’ve thumbed the delightful pages of books and magazines… trawled through many of your lovely project pages on ravelry, where fleetingly my heart skipped at so many inspiring creations, only to find myself with yarn and hook in hand and still no hooking action.

Holey!!!!
Holey!!!!

My brother dropped round last week, to my horror with the blanket I had made as a wedding present last year.  It had a hole in it and he wanted me to repair it, as now the evenings are chillier, the blanket is required once more.   A hole!!!! 

As I mended, I certainly didn’t feel inspired and worried about other gifts I had made… what if?….!!!!

repair in progress
repair in progress

With the repair done and my brother gone, I reflected that actually, that wedding blanket is super heavy and probably with hindsight, should have had a more substantial joining method than the pretty but delicate flat braid join that I gave it… hence the hole.  I did take some close up pics to cheer my soul a little…

crocodile flower by Joyce Lewis
crocodile flower by Joyce Lewis
double treble burst, Crochetville
double treble burst, Crochetville
wedding present
wedding present

It is a very pretty blanket.

In other news, Little Jess has finally found a best friend in Alfie and this has really warmed my heart,  after 2 weeks of grumbling and growling our Alf decided that Jess was not so bad after all.

best friends now x
best friends now x

Importantly, the evenings are now drawing in nicely, I so love this time of year,

The evenings are really beginning to draw in now...
The evenings are really beginning to draw in now…

drawing the curtains, lighting the candles and snuggling in for the evening… what could be better… maybe just a little crochet

 

settling in for the evening
settling in for the evening

 So, please would you have a little look to see if you have any extra crojo that you could send to me… I’m desperate!

xxx

Saturday Morning Suprise

I've got Mail
I’ve got Mail

 

This is what I woke up to this morning, at no earlier than 10am…. yes 10am!  Not only was 10am such a lovely pleasure, but to be woken by Mr. R with breakfast in bed and some exciting mail has just had me smiling all day.

It was particularly welcome as my week has consisted of juggling work with a poorly little one and with Mr R working really long days also, which makes his gesture this morning quite sweet actually.  I am returning the favour as I type though, as he is having a late afternoon snooze, before we head out into the garden this evening for a glass or two beside the chimenea.

Saturday morning bliss
Saturday morning bliss

So, I had a lovely parcel from Sheery, all the way from California, with 2 lovely crochet squares for my second Global Square Exchange blanket and  my monthly crochet magazine.  After a further whole hour to myself, I thought I ought to raise my body from my bed and resume being Mom again.

time out
time out

My year of projects is getting longer already!!!!

Around the World in 64 Squares…

 

I joined a group on Ravelry back in August 2013 called the Global Square Exchange.  It is a fab group of ladies from all around the world who swap squares both crochet and knitted… the beauty of this group is that there is no pressure or time deadlines and you can just dip in and out as life lets you… which gives the whole group a really relaxed feeling, which is definatley what I like about it the most.

 

first swapped squares received

So off I went about swapping squares from all around the world.  Some from very far away…..

 

 From India

 

 some from a bit closer to home!

Thanks Teresa!

 

 

Squares from all arond the Globe, India, Australia, USA, Germany and Finland as well as the UK.

                                                                              from Finland

 

My only request was any colours, any design!  Which was a big thing for me as I love to plan out colours and designs and keep lists and make lists and generally be in CONTROL!!

pink squares

I cant describe the lovely excitement that rises in you when the postman drops that little parcel through your door, or how a carefully placed parcel on the kitchen table enthuses your energy after a long day at work.  It is joyful!

To see what has been created lovingly especially for you, each square stitched and parcelled up, sometimes with extra goodies such as tea/ coffee, postcards or a little letter, stitch markers, ribbon, buttons, recipies, bookmarks, patterns, pens, stickers for the boys and sometimes even yarn itself, caused me to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I think too, I should mention how oozingly happy it is to make someone a parcel also.  To send it off and then to wait to hear that it arrived and that its owner is as delighted as you are.  So all round happiness.  Everyone could use some more of that!

 

Slowly my squares were accumlating in number and I stored them in an allocated basket, wandering honestly if I would ever put them together, or if I would ever have enough to make a blanket.  I decided I wished to make a camping blanket as if I’m honest, I thought that the randomness of the squares, although individually beautiful, would not coordinate into a handsome blanket, so a tent may be the perfect place for such an object, where usefulness succeeds prettiness.  HOW WRONG WAS I!!!

 

friends around the globe x
friends around the globe x

I honestly dont think I ever imagined that random squares could make such a beautiful blanket, not only is it beautiful, it is quirky,  bespoke, and totally gorgous!…. I am definatley taking it camping, and then definatley keeping it on show and snuggling in it! 

This blanket has become very special to me…. perhaps because it has connected me with people around the world whom I shall never meet, but who have become special to me through this project.  And I have learned that planning and order have their place…. but actually to surround myself with the things that I love, whether they match or not makes my life richer x