Friday, 10 January 2020

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

It is time for my Friday natterings and I'm kicking things off with a huge

I was bowled over by the response to the Charity Kit last Sunday,
they sold like hot cakes and within hours were all gone.
I am sorry if you missed out but February's kit is already underway
and I'm making extra! 
February's kits will go on sale Sunday 2nd February.

The Christmas tree came down last weekend,
I really don't like doing that job.
January is a difficult month, the come-down after Christmas,
the weather, the resolutions and targets we set ourselves.
In fact the 'January Blues' has been 
recognised as an actual medical condition.
I'm fortunate that I do not suffer but I do feel sad packing away 
the tree and especially the lights.  
I go mad with candles for at least 2 weeks,
the boys are convinced we have regular power cuts!

I also feel the need to inject colour so I've started a new crochet project. 
This is the Hydrangea Blanket from Attic 24 
(last week I shared a blanket that I had made using this pattern).
This is from a kit - Attic 24, that consists of 15 different colours and it 
is colourful.  Same pattern each row so it works up quickly
especially if you have a row checker too (aka Bella).

And because I haven't got enough projects on the go, I thought I
would use up some yarn to make another blanket.
It's a made-up pattern using a mix of basic stitches and 
five of my favourite yarn colours.
As you can see, I've started 2020 by sitting on my bum and crocheting! 

OK, I did move around a little bit and ventured out to the woods to take 
Bella for a walk, she was sporting her new haircut, 
which incidentally costs way more than my haircuts!

The woods behind the cabin were coppiced last year and most areas
have been left with deep ruts from the plant machinery tracks,
these have now filled with water and it is mud galore.

If you are a nimble Yorkie-Poo you can leap around and avoid 
the quagmire.
If you're a middle aged Yorkie-Poo Mum you do a lot of 
sliding about, swearing and lose your wellies! 

Returning to the Charity Kits...
I've updated the Charity Kit page (at the top of the blog)
and you can now see the chosen charities for each month.
In light of the devastation in Australia and in particular
the animals that need help, I've opted for WIRES
to be next month's recipient. 

WIRES is rescuing and caring for animals suffering
from the fires and drought in New South Wales.
Please click the logo above to visit their website for more information.
It is heartbreaking ...

There's still a couple of months without a nominated charity so 
please keep suggestions coming, it is so nice to be able to help
organisations that you have an personal affinity with.

And I think that wraps up this week's chatter.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
I hope you are doing something leisurely.

Take care friends.


hazel young said...

Glad to hear the charity kits sold out. I know what you mean about the January blues. Love your blankets and the colours. Bella looks smart with her new hair cut. You did make me laugh about the muddy woods, I can just picture the scenario. Great charity for next month, watching the news is devastating, so can't imagine how people feel who are living this terrible ordeal. Have a great week xx Hazel

CraftyCoffey said...

The crochet looks great & do does Bella.

Very worthwhile charity.

Another charity suggestion is MND who do research into Motor Neurone disease which is what my Mum died from almost 7 years ago at just 68 years old.


Hope and Chances said...

Hi Michele, MND absolutely yes, I will be adding them to the list, thank you x

Chris said...

Well done with the Charity Kits Christine, and next month’s Charity is a wonderful idea. It is so sad what is happening in Australia.
Your Blankets look lovely and a fantastic picture of Bella posing with her new haircut.
Have a great weekend.
Chris xx said...

Morning Christine.
Congratulations on your sell out.
Bella looks very smart, I bet she was a muddy pup coming Home.
I love the space after the down, roll on the light nights.
Have fun with your lovely crochet.
Take care Kitty.

jdunkley said...

One day I will learn to crochet, your makes are always so lovely. May I suggest Action for Stammering Children for a charity to be added to your list please? My grandson (8) stammers badly, it is heartbreaking.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Lovely chat today and great news with the Charity Kits.
I love your crochet pieces, the pattern is beautiful and I adore Bella's new haircut, she looks so cute.
I agree with your idea to donate to the Australian appeal, it is so upsetting seeing what is happening over there and I'm grateful that lots of celebrities are helping with the appeal too.
I took a quick look at your list of charities and was a bit upset that you hadn't included The British Lung Foundation as there are so so many people with lung problems and it is such a deserving charity, I watched my Mum die of lung cancer and it was awful absolutely awful.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Littlelamb said...

Good to hear the Charity kits all sold out. Good charity to support next month. Have friends living in Sydney and Melbourne. Love your crochet. Having a rest from my crocheting at moment and knitting a shawl.. it’s looks very muddy in your woods.

karenlotty said...

I know what you mean about the January blues A friend of ours has a party every January to “blow away the January blues”
Bella looks very smart I can imagine a few choice words were used during that muddy walk!
Loving the crochet
Great charity choice for next month It is so so sad to see everyone suffering
Enjoy your week xx

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Christine, well I must say you may have been "sitting on your bum" but at least you have something beautiful to show for it! Your crochet blankets are lovely. Bella's haircut suits her when she is checking on the pattern and at least there is less of her to clean off when she get muddy though I can imagine your thoughts when you were slipping around. Like you I miss the tree lights in particular when everything comes down so I'm looking forward now to when the evenings get lighter. To help things along though I'm off for a couple of weeks winter sun so I'll be getting the suitcase out again tomorrow!. Have a good week xx

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