Sparkling

Hello, hello from the wintery far south of New Zealand.  Despite this, my house at certain hours of the day is awash with sparkles!  This was the kitchen this morning

 

It’s the right time of year to be enjoying a light catcher or two (I have many more than two)  with the sun laying low in the sky and sunbeams more inclined to come through windows and play with the faceted crystals.

I had started playing with, for me, unusual colour combinations of beads – you may recall seeing this photo a couple of posts backEventually I completed three –  at some stage I’ll pop them into my shop.

This first one I feel I was channeling my late friend Cynthia who loved bold hues of orange and blue and I pretty much smiled and even laughed out loud on my way through its creation.    So, of course, this is called The Cynthia.

IMG_20180415_141900.jpgNext this one came, I’m thinking ‘Chocolate and Lemon Cream’ ……..  Mmmmmmm!  The deep brown fluted beads look black here – but that is just my terrible photography.  It really looks good enough to eat – but please don’t Siddy!

IMG_20180415_144404.jpgStaying with the food related beading programme (Huh?) Did you have those orange flavoured chocolate balls when you were a kid?  We called them Jaffas and the boys loved to roll them down the sloped floor at the weekend kids movie show when the serial opened with a replay that revealed the heart-stopping  event ending last weeks episode was completely untrue and the hero hadn’t gone over the cliff on his horse, wagon or train.  He had jumped clear at the last moment.  I got fooled week after week!  And of course we don’t call those sweets ‘Jaffas’ any more.  Now they are Choc-Oranges –   So this one is the ‘Choc-Orange’

IMG_20180415_144640.jpg I also made a pink catcher, but as you can’t eat that one, I’ll just pop it quietly into the shop.  Next lot will probably all be shades of blue just to make me really happy.

The Seaside Stash Busting Blanket is up to date with the CAL.  Here is the link if you are interested in checking it out.  It’s not too late as Eleonora adds just four or six rows a week and we are, I think, at week 13 now.  My two rows of pebbles tend to look a bit ruffled here – perhaps its the wind that is howling around outside the house.   I’m thinking I might steam it and stretch it out a bit so that all the bobbles and interesting bits find their places nicely……..  Or I might just leave it.  Any thoughts?

IMG_20180415_145219.jpgI think this is the last time I’ll be able to show all the rows all at once – it’s starting to get quite big.  Still, with the weather showing definite signs that winter is approaching fast it is nice to have this across my knee as I hook away.

 

So with those catchers completed, it’s back to the card making.  Happy days!

Thanks for coming by today, I’m so happy that you did!

 

 

76 thoughts on “Sparkling

  1. What beautiful light catchers, Pauline. I love The Cynthia. We do still have Jaffas over here, as well as Choc Oranges. I wonder why you don’t. Interesting. I’m sorry I’ve missed many of your posts. I’ll get to them as I can. I must say that, with the sun sparkles, you brightened my day. Thank you.

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  2. Hi, Pauline; I’ve dropped by at times in an effort to catch up, but have not commented for a while. Just too much going on here. But I have to tell you I love your latest creations. I was puzzled that the pink light catcher didn’t receive a ‘tasty’ name; I immediately thought of strawberries and other such things, as well as the delicious pink apple pies my cousin S has been making since I came to stay with them. She doesn’t use any sugar, just adds a quarter cup (I think) of those wee cinnamon candy hearts. Pink lemonade came to mind, as well. Anyway . . .

    That Persian Tile pattern is gorgeous! I don’t know if you remember, but back around 2013-2014 I crocheted quite a few blankets while chatting with my Auntie Irene in Edmonton. Those were all ‘sampler’ patterns, as I had joined a face-to-face crocheting group in England that was run by Selma of Eclectic Home and Life. She taught a different pattern each week and we did as many rows as we wished. I really like sampler blankets; one can use colour to harmonise them. I like how yours is turning out. I’m tempted to say yes, block and steam it. If you don’t press it, the textures should only be enhanced. If you’re not sure, maybe try steaming just a bit of it and see what you think. Or a sample that’s similar, assuming you have time to make one.

    I don’t think I’ve heard of the chocolate-orange Jaffas; we only have the chocolate ‘oranges’ that break into slices here. I agree that it was a tremendous waste to roll them down the aisles. Didn’t anyone try to collect some afterward? I’m sure I would have wanted to.

    I hope your winter is not too long; it doesn’t sound promising that you already have cold. We are only just beginning spring here; I saw my first daffodils a few days ago in Vernon, which is lower than Salmon Arm, also drier and a bit warmer.

    One last thing . . . we have a small town here named Hope; if you ever wish to live in Hope, I can give you directions . . . 🙂 We here like to say that we are beyond Hope . . .

    Warm hugs, Pauline, and a friendly pat or two to Siddy and Orlando (and a belated Happy Birthday to Siddy; I can’t believe it’s been four years already!) ~ Linne
    (I changed my username for the new blogs and it is showing up everywhere, but I’m leaving it for now. Bestemor is what my grandchildren call me; Grandmother in Norwegian).

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    • Hello Linne, it’s lovely to see you pop by. That’s a lovely name for a grandmother isn’t it – my grandies, had there been any, would have called me by the German informal noun of ‘Oma’. The day after put this post up the weather took a decided turn for the better and became warm and gentle again. I had to hunt out the summer clothes I had put away and turn the heating off…. apparently it will be at least another two weeks of nice days. It was very early and I was feeling a bit concerned about it. Last winter was so mild we hardly knew we had one and I thought maybe we might get a humdinger to make up for that. How lovely that you live near Hope. It is funny to be able to say you live beyond Hope, but even more fun to say “I live in Hope” Love that! I hope all is well with you and each day brings you good cheer and a reason to smile! xo

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  3. It’s interesting the way we choose to find ways to keep people in our memories. I love those bold colors too. I often pick blue and peach but orange is a good one too. I still have never seen a dangler anywhere here as lovely as those you make. But after reading the post and all the comments, I’m heading into the kitchen shortly for some ice cream too. Chocolate and lavender/honey. Yum. Every one of these you make are interesting in unique ways. I’ve never knitted and always had problems with directions in crochet but love the textured look you have going on there. More cards!!! Looking forward to them. I’ve been sitting here all morning so work must commence here as well. Giant hugs. M

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    • Now there’s a thought shades of purples and lavenders with choc browns ….. I’m still searching for something largish, round and able to hold individual strands, and their weight, to make a spectacular dangler – so far no luck! I appreciate your reports on the uniqueness of my creations. I expect others are making them now, I get a lot of hits on light catcher posts and followers ensue – but no-one reports back. I gave away almost all the cards I made this year so have to make a stash for myself to send out – and I’m trying to use up my supplies! (Which sounds very noble until you realise I keep buying more!) I hope you had a productive afternoon xoxo

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      • Hmmm, largish and round. I’ll keep that in mind and talk to the kids. Who knows what those minds will come up with. I’ve looked at craft fairs and specialty shops and see nothing like what you do. You are uniquely you. 🙂 You are using up the old stock and replacing it with new. That’s a better way to look at it. As long as it’s fun, there is no harm to keep bringing in new work for yourself. Cleaning house for the kids arrival on Friday night. Starting early since things never go according to plan. Spent an hour on the phone talking my sister down again. She will take tomorrow that had sewing in the plan. I’m just going to use extra time to read and catch up on blogs. Have a fun, creative week. Hugs and much love. M

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  4. Such a lot of creation going on. I like all your color combinations, though that golden one (chocolate and lemon) makes me think Hawaii, for some reason. And your blanket!!! it looks beautiful and warm and weighty. And fabulous colors of course–like all of nature in a blanket. Now for the cards, eh? Stay warm.

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    • Hawaii! An excellent place for a mid-winter break. I once had a teaching colleague, a bachelor, who took himself off for a week to Hawaii every winter. He always returned tanned and rested and the rest of us, raising families, were quite miffed 🙂 I returned to the card today, but it always takes a while to work myself back in – so not a lot was achieved.

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  5. What a delicious post I love the Whimsy names for your danglers. I don’t know of those candies with the orange and brown. Regardless, I feel the need for something sweet and sugary after reading this post. Beautiful work!❤😊

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  6. Hello busy Bee! Your light catcher stories made me want desert 😀 So I took a wee break for a lemon yogart and whip cream 😀 I snuck a peek-a-boo at the link. Each of those rows look so dag gone complicated. The pebble rows look like lovely bubbles to me and I like me some bubbles ;D Bubbles float around in kind of goofy paths, they’re like pretty sparkly diamonds and remind me of summer days. xo K

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    • Ha – while you were having dessert, I was opening a package with the able assistance of Sir Siddy who was quite convinced there was something very tasty in there 🙂 There was, but not for him 🙂 An email will follow. After I made the lemon chocolate dangler I had some ice cream with lemon curd spooned on top and a bit of yoghurt poured over – it was yummy despite the lack of chocolate!

      I think crochet looks and sounds more complex than it is – once you speak crochet it’s a breeze. 🙂 Love your take on bubbles, I could have sworn you had already imbibed some with this happy comment 🙂 ❤

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  7. What surprisingly lovely colour combinations in those light catchers. If you had just described them I maybe wouldn’t have been convinced, but they look delightful. I’m sure they’ll be snapped up from your shop pretty quickly.

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  8. I love your color choices for the sun-catchers, Pauline. Especially the ones that look good enough to eat! Ha ha. And the blanket is wonderful. I love the variety of colors and designs. It’s so playful! Have fun with your creative projects!

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  9. I grew up in steam and look how I turned out… so naturally I’d say give it a whirl in the hot-damp and see what happens. It might grow a beard and lose its bobbles – more seriously (since when? Ed) those light-catchers are stunners. And yep we had chocolate oranges that fell apart into segments… if that’s what you’re recalling

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  10. What wonderful light catchers! I love that you named one as a tribute to Cynthia. This is who you are: kind, thoughtful and open-hearted. I love the blanket. I like the way it looks without the steaming. It has a nice texture. Orlando and Siddy are such a riot! Yarn Rascal does the same thing. Has to be draped over my lap while I am knitting which means I have to hold the knitting up in the air to accomplish anything.

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  11. It doesn’t seem right that you have winter and we do, too! Aren’t we supposed to get summer when you get winter? It’s horrible here . . . but I still catch sunbeams with my light catcher (and I’m glad it’s blue!) I like your new color combinations–see, you’ve been encouraging me to try new things and it’s worked for you, too!

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  12. The chocolate lemon cream really caught my eye, it’s beautiful. As is the blanket. What a lovely childhood memory. For me it was milk duds – they totally destroy your teeth, but it was worth it. Sorry you are already seeing Winter, that must have been a very short Autumn.

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    • I like that one too – it looks so lovely hanging up! I’ve heard of milk duds of course, but have no clue what they are – probably just as well if they did that to your teeth 🙂 It was indeed a short autumn!

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  13. As far as I know, we still call those lollies Jaffas – why was the name changed over there? I always thought rolling them down the aisle was a dreadful waste of chocolate. Your light catchers are gorgeous and I particularly like the chocolate orange one. I can’t believe it’s got so cold so early. Here it is still very summery, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s.

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    • This morning I am hopeful of a reprieve in winters arrival – the wind has died away and the temperature has risen….. I live in hope! But it does rather seem as if we are in for a long and turbulent season, so I am glad to have my two woolly projects underway! To the best of my knowledge the name change was occasioned by the perjorative use of the word to describe people of colour from another land (though it’s also a tongue in cheek term the rest of the country uses to describe metro Aucklanders – it’s an acronym) The deep dim recesses of my memory wonder if there may also be another company producing the same sweet that initiated the name change. I thought it was a dreadful waste of tastiness too, clattering them down the floor boards – but we never had them as kids and could only watch on enviously…….

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  14. Lovely work, Pauline. Good to see more combinations in light catchers. As you know, ours throws rainbows round our kitchen. I would leave the pebbles – for texture. Also liked the mention of Cynthia, who still comes up time and again.

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    • I love knowing there are sparkles all round the world from my light catchers Derrick 🙂 Cynthia is still much loved by so many. It’s lovely to bear witness to that isn’t it! And I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the pebbles, thank you!

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    • I wish she had known how well loved she was Yvonne! I do often think of her, she steals into my thoughts with a pithy addition quite often! She loved that colour combination and I found myself well underway with it before realising there she was again! Cool huh!!

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  15. Oh…are the two rows of pebbles you reference the rows at the top (our top)? I’ve seen blankets with lots of texture and I like the look. Is this something you can add a few more rows to before deciding?

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    • Yes, that is correct. It’s (again) fairly straight forward and easily made (and removed) and added to. I was thinking this is a really great way of learning lots of different stitches – you could make it up like a crochet primer…. Did I pass this idea onto you already?

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      • Pauline, that’s a great idea, practicing stitches and making a primer. I recently bought some yarn from a local shop that is sadly going out of business. I have a small stash, too, of yarn purchased for different projects. I wish I had more colors, but no reason why I can’t give this a try in one color. It just won’t be as pretty as yours. xo

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        • Well, I don’t know Alys – I was just thinking that with all the different stitches and so much texture going on this blanket might well look quite lovely in one colour. Will you give it a whirl? If we lived closer I would love to help – we could always video call if you get into bother. Not that I’m thinking you will 🙂

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          • You’ve given me a lot to think about, Pauline. I just need to get through the next eight weeks and I’ll be able to “breathe” again. Between now and then we’ll be attending my nephew’s college graduation, M’s high school graduation, Mike and the boy’s birthdays, all in May and early June, and two more college tours. I’m half way through my 30-day outdoor makeover, thwarted by late-season rain and a busy schedule.

            A video crochet-along sounds like great fun.

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  16. I think Cynthia would be delighted to know you named a light catcher after her. It feels bitter sweet. It must have been special working on that one, Pauline. You are a woman of so many talents: cards, light-catchers, crochet and you move between each one with what appears to be little effort.

    It sounds like winter is settling in without any consideration for autumn first. Is it typically that cold and windy in mid-April? We’re still in Reno, and although it’s 70F outside, there is still snow on the nearby mountains. Weird! Are they forecasting a cold winter for you?

    Sending you a warm hug, along with an extra little pat for Siddy and an ear scratch for O (if he likes that sort of thing).

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    • Hello again Alys – I was just visiting you! The truth is my hands need to be busy and I love making things. I’ve made things all my life and don’t really know how to stop. I’d probably take up drinking if I couldn’t create! 😀 (I suspect creating is more affordable.) Autumn was pretty brief really and then rather abruptly the cold and wet started and now we have the wind as well. The heating is on. It does feel a bit early, but then again the country seems to have been battered by storms continuously through the summer and maybe that trend will continue. We are still becoming acquainted with the new ‘normal’. The boys are both beside me while I write this, waiting for the keyboard to move from my knee so they can tussle over who gets to sit/lie on it. This means I get to crochet with the project held up under my nose and my neck pushed up and back – no movie for me tonight 🙂 All scratches and tickles happily accepted by O of course and Siddy doesn’t mind them either.

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      • I’m smiling at the scene you’ve painted here, Pauline, with your crocheting up around your face while O and S jockey for position.

        It’s stunning to me that you’ve had so many storms this year, but as you say, the new normal is anything but predictable.

        On Monday here in San Jose, we had thunder (unheard of in this valley) followed by hail (hail in April…also unheard of) and by 10 a 3.9 earthquake on a nearby fault. What a surreal day.

        Your wind sounds scary, especially when it’s powerful enough to bring down a limb of an oak tree. I’m glad there are no large trees close to your abode.

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        • Discussions about the weather have moved from the mundane to the profound 🙂 And yes, your Monday morning occurrences do sound close to surreal! Thank heavens the quake was a small shake. I am often sad about the lack of trees around my place, but now you have made that statement I realise it should be something I am pleased about 🙂 There’s always an upside!

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          • There is always an upside. And remember, you now have a maple tree growing on your patio. It will be taller than the fence in no time (unless it’s a dwarf variety). Yes, mundane to profound is a good way to describe it. At this stage, typical weather means nothing any more.

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