Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Drink Tea and Do Some Knitting

Very good advice if you ask me. I have been enjoying many a cup of tea this last little while and I have been enjoying knitting my aran woolly. Is it my imagination but does one seem to drink more tea when knitting?? I have been hellbent on finishing my jumper. Since I last 'chatted' with you, when a menial chore demanded some of my attention I have repeatedly said, "just a moment; let me finish this row". I always remember my darling mum saying to me "Kimmy (no-one but my mother ever addressed me so)...always finish the row you're working on before you put your knitting down." Wise woman, was my mother. So.....because I would never in a million years think of disregarding her wisdom, I always finish the row. =)


My single-minded determination of knitting till I reached the woolly finishing line, with both knitting pins raised high in the air, whilst rather exultantly shouting hip-hip-hooray; has reaped wonderful rewards. The constant clickety clack of the needles has resulted in the completion of my aran woolly. A huge sigh of relief at this juncture. This jumper really took an age to knit, and I might add I am not in the least bit sorry that it is done.



It is a jumper which oozes cabled texture and is a long one.....it covers my derriere. It is a bulky knit, perfect for those early, wintry morning walks where the landscape is shrouded in a veil of mist. 




These last couple of days the mornings have been unbelievably beautiful. These mornings when the sun's rays send beams of light through the maze of mist is truly a most splendid sight. These misty mornings delight me. They declare God's loving kindness to me. Each morning is a gift from Him to me. It is these mist-filled mornings that God's awesome handiwork brings a tear to my eyes......they humble me. I will never tire of seeing the majesty of the sun rising each morning, kissing me on the cheek.


So.......me thinks whilst roaming around this little patch of paradise that I call home, on those early, misty morning meetings with my Heavenly Father, my aran woolly will keep me toasty warm.




The garden is still being a bit of a showoff; not that I mind of course. The Cosmos are still 'cosmos-ing', a few of the roses have decided to still astonish with their beauty and the Easter Daisies are in bloom delighting many a bumble bee. The longer the garden gifts me with beautiful blooms is just fine with me, thank you very much.


Little pink, orchid-like impatiens cover the ground everywhere, like a carpet. They too seed like weeds every Summer. These pretty flowers though, will soon disappear.


I cannot tell you how much I am beside myself with great joy with the completion of this woolly. My poor ol' pea brain no longer has to perform cranial gymnastics. My muddly brain pan no longer has to think about RT, LT, MB, C3, BC, FC, C4B, C4F etc etc., or indeed which row I am up to. Thank goodness for that! Though, would you believe another aran pattern has caught my eye. I know, I know.....what am I thinking!! But.......for now the most taxing thought in my muddly brain pan is in which pretty teacup will I drink my tea?? =)

Until the next time.......


56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous jumper !!!! Belles torsades !!!!! Your choose the perfect comfy color !
    The pictures are gorgeous too !
    You are a talented woman !
    Have a fun day !
    Hug
    Anna

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  2. Your photos are a feast for the eyes. That sweater is so pretty. I love that soft color.

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  3. What a gorgeous sweater you made Kim! It is indeed a pure delight! I love the texture, the bobbles and the cables that twirl and dance into a Celtic knot. I am sure it will bring a lot of warmth to the chilly mornings that are on their way!

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  4. Greetings Kim! I love LOVE LOVE your jumper! The color and all the textures are just fantastic. That color is so calming! Your flowers are lovely and such a nice thing to see this morning while it is snowing here in Pennsylvania. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Oh, your wooly jumper is gorgeous as is your morning world! You are one lucky lady, blessed with gifts of artistry and living in a beautiful world. Thank you sharing these gift with all of us!! I’m still working on my crochet project now and then but have put the quilt blocks aside this week as some computer work for some organizations I volunteer with have my attention now. I hope to get a few more blocks finished later in the week and maybe share a post. The temperatures here have been up and down and it’s hard to believe Spring will be here next week. I’m ready though. Have a great week, my friend, and continue enjoying those morning walks! Zenda

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  6. A stunning finish, Kim. And what a lovely soft colour. A truly beautiful sweater!
    You’ll be so cozy and fashionable when you greet the sun on those early morning mist filled walks. Great photos. I love the arms of your sweater filled with flowers.
    Enjoy...

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    1. One always has to be fashionable when greeting the sun, Dixie. Though of course there is never anyone about, excepting the odd farmer in his tractor, clad in his dirty work clothes. But.....I am sure Old Man sun approves of my aqua woolly. =) Thank you for your lovely comments, lovely lady. Kim xx

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  7. I had not imagined so were so close to completing the woolly from the last post. I am speechless because it is magnificent, both the colour and the stitch are great and it looks so soft and comfortable! Besides, it is a long jumper and I love it when it covers and hides the derriere, something that has become too rare with the jumpers that you buy ready-made. The misty landscape in your pictures is stupendous. The magic of nature seems to be sending all your beautiful flowers to sleep for a while, the time for them to come and say hello to us in the north until they return to you in a few months’ time. I love both transitional periods of autumn and spring, they make me feel humble and reassure me at the same time since I see them as a sign of eternity. Enjoy your morning walks cosily wrapped in the beautiful jumper. Hugs! Sandrine

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  8. Ooh. Love the color and the texture of that sweater! Really pretty. and looks so snuggly, too. Those misty shots are fantastic, too.

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  9. Oh my Kim that is beautiful, you have done a wonderful job with it, and you know they say we need to keep our minds active, so it sounds like this was keeping your brain very active :) That is going to be the perfect thing to wear to keep you warm on those winter walks. Love your foggy pictures and those beautiful flowers you continue to enjoy :) That bouquet with the purple looks fantastic with your sweater!! Congrats!

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  10. Oh Kim, I truly adored this post. I am so happy you finished your jumper, it looks so beautiful and I just love the color. You must be so proud of yourself to have finished it. I do know the feelings of trying to memorize a pattern, finish a row, or counting out loud when you need to. My husband now walks into a room, and always asks me quietly, are you counting? All of those thoughts you know, and surely appreciate.

    I know you struggled with this net for sometime, but I can see as you can it was so worth it!

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  11. I am always ready for a cup of tea; especially if served in a pretty tea cup. You made a very pretty woolly. Looks so soft and pretty. So happy you stuck with it and got it done. Keep yourself warm and cozy!

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  12. Oh my goodness! It's absolutely stunning! Well done, Kim! I love it so much! You really out did yourself. I hope it does keep you toasty as fall approaches. I know the birds will count you as one of them because the color is so gorgeous.
    Applause! Applause! Applause!

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  13. Oh Kim, your sweater is so pretty and cozy! ♥♥♥
    Ignore your mothers wise words and it goes wrong;-))
    And...what is life without flowers?
    Hugs to you dear Kim.

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    1. Oh, I always remember and heed my mother's wise words....indeed she was the fount of all wisdom. =) Thank you for your sweet comments, Loes. I went for my early morning walk this morning wearing my woolly aran and it was so warm and soft....it kept me toasty warm. Kim Xx

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  14. Your knitting is as beautifulas my mom's. This color is gorgeous and looks like you got it done just in time for your change of seasons that is approaching.

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  15. Congrats on this gorgeous finish. I love the colour and all your cabling looks wonderful. It will perfect your Winter walks. And as for your advice - knit and drink tea - the best I've heard except, perhaps your mother's 'finish your row' :) x

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  16. Oh, it is beautiful! It will certainly keep you nice and warm. I love all the misty photos. It hasn't cooled down enough here yet for misty mornings, but I just love them. Looking forward to cooler weather, when knitting and a cup of tea by the fire is the best thing to be doing.

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    1. Some knitting and a cup of tea by the fire sounds rather wonderful, Jayne. Fingers crossed that misty mornings arrive at your place soon. They are in full swing down here. Kim Xx

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  17. Your aran jumper is just beautiful Kim. And such a gorgeous shade. These misty autumn mornings are wonderful I agree ... your photos are just stunning.

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  18. MARVELOUS SWEATER AND GORGEOUS KNITTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    either my mom used to call me with pet name shaano though my name is Shabana.
    mothers are always oceans of love which has no end.

    what an artistic display of your beautiful knitting my friend!

    loved the blooms

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  19. This is beautiful jumper, I really like the colour. My gran used to knit the most amazing things, anything I wanted she could make for me and I miss having those personalised clothes. I have tried many times and knitting just isn't for me, I find it very frustrating. x

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  20. The sweater is beautiful! You are a knitting master. I love the color and how smart of you to have a teacup that matches perfectly.

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  21. Your superbly knitted raiment is testament to your talent Kim.
    A magnificent effort m'dear, and well timed for use in the near and approaching season of your bracing frosted mornings.

    My dear mother was always a seemingly effortless constant knitter at every opportunity for herself and all her size shifting and growing children as well as the occasional booties, mittens and bonnets for newborns of her own and others about the immediate neighbourhood.

    Alas, I was never able to master the fine art of knitting at all.
    I was destined to ever be afflicted by what my charitably smiling mother sympathetically referred to as chronic DANNTS (Dangerously Awkward kNitting Needle Technique Syndrome).
    Father suggested acupuncture as a career path.........not funny daddy.

    I could not pick up the knitting habit but thankfully I did pick up the relaxing tea habit.

    Oh! Look! There's your Maisie in the first photo.
    Nonchalant and unobtrusive in the foreground of an already very good image, subtly and suddenly giving much more definition to perspective and sizing.

    Once again......images so pleasing to the eye.
    Just love the misty morning photos......they have a quality all their own.
    And the composition......what can I say?
    A good deal I would think......but I'll stop there if you like.
    I'm convinced that any camera (regardless) responds to good composition.

    All of the above is in my modest night-cap o' the grape humble opinion.

    The composed garment, the garment caressing a bouquet, the toiling bumblebee......all wonderful.

    Oooh, is this an idea for the future?
    'Sarah Lizzie's Handmade Handpicked Photo Album'.
    Mmmmm.

    Thank you for another interesting blog.
    Mare-reemare-ree.

    "Money can't buy happiness but it can buy yarn, which is the same kind of thing."
    - Anon.

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    1. You are too, too funny. I fear a little too much of your grape tipple?? Love the acronym DANNTS....so very clever. I must file that away in my muddly pea brain. Perhaps you should pick up those knitting pins again. You never know, perhaps in your aged years those phalanges of yours will be more attuned to the art of knitting....do give it a try. 'Sarah Lizzie's Handmade Handpicked Photo Album'......mmmmmmm.....indeed! I fear that book would be left on many a shelf (that is of course if there were those out there who would purchase it) buried under cobwebs and dust. Thank you for popping by, Mare-reemare-ree. Kim Xx

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  22. Love your jumper Kim, makes me want to find my needles and have a go. Best Wishes

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  23. What an accomplishment to have your wooly jumper finished, lovely Kim! What a beautiful pattern it is and oh, how I love that color. I can just picture you out in the morning, looking ever so gorgeous while you greet God's morning sun. You certainly deserve a rewarding cup of tea. Did you make that darling tea cozy? Love your bouquet of flowers that you're enjoying while you can. Have a wonderful week in paradise! xx

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  24. The color of your wooly jumper is gorgeous and will look so pretty on your fair pretty face! What a lot of gorgeous cable work. Your fingers are blessed from above with talent like that. I am going to start calling my sweaters wooly jumpers....it is so much more fun! The pictures of your misty mornings is gorgeous also. There, I have used the word gorgeous three, no four, times in this comment!

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  25. Hi Kim, The wooly jumper is gorgeous; I love the color and I like them long, too. I enjoyed your photos of the misty mornings with the sun shining through. I feel so close to the Lord when I am outdoors or working in the garden. As always, your photography is as perfect as your knitting!

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  26. That is one amazing jumper, Kim, such a lovely colour! The jumper is perfect for the misty morning walks in your beautiful countryside. My husband is very familiar with "just let me finish this one row" as well :)

    -Soma

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  27. Oh Kim, it is just darling! I love the color, and it looks so warm and cozy. Those photos of the mist, fog, and sun shining through are breathtaking! I say, YES! Let those flowers bloom as long as they can. I am hoping to get out into my little garden tomorrow for early spring clean up. It does wonders for my soul!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, sweet Jann. My aqua woolly is very warm and very cozy. Fingers crossed you and your garden spend some happy time together, tomorrow. Kim xx

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  28. Your dedication has been rewarded with one of the prettiest jumpers I have ever seen, dear Kim! The color is the most perfect shade of blue...You will be very warm as you walk into your beautiful misty mornings. The last flowers of the season are always the most precious......Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, lovely Karen. 'Tis getting a little chilly down here now in the wee hours of the morning, so my aqua woolly is perfect. Kim Xx

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  29. You are a force to be reckoned with girl!! That is a mighty fine jumper. I love all the cable and the business going on in that pattern. It's beautiful. The photos are amazing and yes, I seem to drink heaps more when knitting. I think my little brain tells me the cuppa will help me get to that next destination point on my knitting. You know that destination point.....the one where you don't go to bed until you get there. lol

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  30. What an amazing talent you have the sweater is lovely. I spotted a fabulous tea cozy. Would love if you shared this with our readers today at Dishing It & Digging It link party. The party starts 3:00 EST. Happy Sunday.

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  31. Gorgeous jumper Kim, just love the pretty soft colour and the cable design. I´m sure you will wear it whilst enjoying the misty mornings.

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  32. I’m in desperate love with your jumper, the cable design and the glorious colour too, it was well worth all that work and effort xx

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  33. Kim, oh I love that soft aqua color and your jumper is gorgeous! I'm afraid my derrière would stretch it a bit!! Love the misty mornings and your flowers.

    I'm back blogging at blogger with a craft blog. I hope that you stop in and visit when you have a moment. It is linked to my name/profile.

    xo Gina

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    1. Hello lovely Gina, I have tried to comment on your new blog but something won't let me. I am so disappointed as I love your place. I don't suppose you know what could be wrong. Ahh....computers and cyberspace...sometimes.....!! As for my woolly aqua, it is wonderfully soft and warm AND I don't believe your derriere would stretch it a bit. Mine doesn't and let's just say that mine is amply padded!! =) As ever, you and your sweet comments have brought a ray of sunshine to this rather chilly morning. Your comments have delighted me. Kim Xx

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  34. Beautiful sweater! You are ready for fall now. I agree about finishing a row. That is advice my mom always gave too. We are going to have more snow this week. A cup of tea and knitting sounds like a good plan to me.

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  35. Incredible! that mastery, that precisions, enchanting. Even the color is adorable. Hugs <3

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    1. You are very sweet, thank you so much! Kim Xx

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  36. Excellent advice! And your woolly is wonderful. It makes me a bit bitter really; we are deep into spring and hardly had any winter this year, some of my sweaters didn't even come down from their summer storage.
    Amalia
    xo

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  37. What a gorgeous creation, that "jumper" of yours! I have never heard of a long sweater called a jumper before but I will take your word for it! I can only imagine the work, time and concentration that went into your gorgeous masterpiece....and I gasped when I saw the way you displayed it with those lovely purple daisies. The foggy photos made me gasp too! Have a blessed remainder of your week, dear Kim (Kimmy)!

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  38. Oh Kim! Such a gorgeous gorgeous piece of work the jumper is! I love the color you chose to do it in, and it is perfectly stunning! I can imagine your happy dance when finishing it!!! I always love your creativity in taking pictures with your creations, so much fun! I would imagine your brain is a bit tired after all that work! And a cup of tea sounds just like the perfect remedy indeed! I loved the foggy mist pictures, I can hardly believe your gardening season is winding down, while ours is just on the horizon. Blessings to you sweet friend!

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  39. oh Kim I am in love love love with your Aran jumper. The colour is one of my very favourites. What an accomplishment. Well done. The feeling of finishing it would be like the feeling when one sees the bottom of the ironing basket LOL.... You have such a lovely way with words and your photography is stunning. To get up early enough to see the sun rise is so lovely.
    Xx jeanette ann

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    1. Thank you, lovely Jeanette. I am a little in love with my Aran woolly myself. Now the correlation of finishing knitting a woolly which seemed to take forever, to seeing the bottom of the ironing basket......mmmm.....I just don't know as my ironing basket is never that full. =) Thank you for visiting my place. Hope you are enjoying a fabulous Saturday, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  40. Tea and knitting! Yes please, anytime! Anna x

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  41. Oh to see the glories of nature through your lens and your eyes - it is a rare treat for sure. And your pretty sweater - what a jewel. The pattern is divine and I can just see you wandering about in your garden in the lovely color. Your life is enchanted - and you are enchanting. We are still waiting about for a touch of spring - cold temperatures - lots of wind and rain and frosty morning - though things are beginning to peek through - tiny daffodils blooming on the deck - wild plum filling the woodland edges with puffs of white blossoms - catkins bursting out and forsythia painting everything bright yellow - now if we could just please have some warm weather - enough of this 45 degrees and wind and rain - please! But it is glorious to see the spring coming and the sun peeking through and making us smile, even as we shiver a bit. Happy weekend my dear - and have another cup of tea - I'm making cranberry pineapple bread this weekend, so stop over.

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  42. Kim your sweater is gorgeous! It will be perfect for your morning walks. I do think we drink more tea while we knit. It goes hand in hand. They go together so well.
    xx Beca

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  43. Amazing! And...it looks like a sweater. :) I'm such a beginner when it comes to knitting - I'm just pleased as punch to get a dish rag completed!!!

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  44. Kim,
    This sweater is just gorgeous! The color is beautiful! What amazing handiwork! I think I drink tea while doing everything....always have a cup sitting somewhere! Enjoyed scrolling through your beautiful photos as usual!xxLinda

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    1. I too, always seem to have a cup of tea sitting somewhere, Linda. Thank you for your lovely comments. Your visits to my place are always a delight. Kim Xx

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  45. Isn't it nice when our mothers called us a special name that no one else called us? I call my daughter Sammy, and when I asked her if she minded (everyone else calls her Sam), she said "no it's ok, but only you can call me that" :) My mother called me Twink (short for Twinkle Toes).

    Oh, but your gorgeous sweater is a work of art. You always take something and make it truly magnificent Kim!! I love the robin's egg blue colour you chose, and it looks so snuggly warm and worthy of an autumn misty morning. I'm so glad you are finished it in time for your changing season. I love working on cables, but I have never tried something as involved as what you have worked on here. You have worked magic with those needles and yarn. Wonderful photos showcasing your beautiful sweater and your misty morning sunrises. Hugs to you Kim!
    Wendy xox

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  46. I just discovered your blog and what a joy it has been to see all your beautiful flowers and your many quilts and your talent ooze through cyber space. I too collect "pretties" from many odd places. My hubby was just asking me where something came this morning. I took a crocheted bed skirt and made a valance. I can't wait to show one of my friends your white chair that you did counted cross stitched flowers on. I too have read "The secret garden" many times. Another book I have enjoyed is "Blue Castle " by Montgomery. We thought spring was here this week but mother nature pulled a fast on on us last night with 2 inches of snow. Keep creating. Enjoy your writing and your sense of humor .

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