Friday, 7 February 2020

Under the Weather


I've been in hibernation the last few days. Just before the weekend I came down with a rotten cold and have spent much of this week feeling rather sorry for myself. I've been curled up on the sofa under a blanket, drinking hot lemon and honey, and managed just the bare minimum of housework in order to keep everything ticking over until I felt back to normal again. This morning I think I've finally turned a corner, my eyes have stopped streaming and I have discovered the ability to breathe normally once again 😌
One advantage (if there is one) of being poorly is that I've had Mog snuggled up on the sofa with me. She was the same this time last year when Lily came down with chicken pox, sleeping right by her side. I'd like to think it is genuine concern that something is not quite right, but I'm sure it is more likely down to having a warm human to lie with and a cosy wool blanket. Nevertheless, she has been good company.



The recent turn in the weather has heightened my longing for spring. Bright, dry days and lighter evenings have been a most welcome change from the dark and damp we had throughout  January. I hope this weekend's imminent storm is short-lived and that we can look forward to even more sunshine and blue skies as the month goes on. The snowdrops are out here now and I've been determined to enjoy them while they last. A short walk through the woods and we were greeted by this lovely sight.


Just after Christmas I began making a blanket for a friend's baby, due in March, and I'm happy to say I've finally finished it. It is largely based on this pattern here, although I have made the picot edging less 'spiky' and I used  the Teeny Tiny Stars pattern from Attic 24.




It's not easy to photograph a blanket but I hope you get the idea. I gave it to my friend this week and I'm happy to say she is thrilled with it. In fact, I was really touched when she told me it is already packed in her hospital bag.

J. X

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  1. Get well soon, it's rubbish when you feel under the weather, but I'm sure having lovely Mog snuggled close to you has given you a bit of comfort. The blanket is beautiful, such a pretty colour and I love the stitch, such a lovely gift.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Mog has been a very cosy companion. X

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  2. glad you are over the worst (I do accredit it to the power of a purring Mog and blanket therapy) talking of blankets - the baby blanket looks wonderful - the stars just add that extra love xxx

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    1. I was soon over my cold, Kate, but have since been visited by a stomach bug! X

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  3. Oh I’m right there with you with the cold, I’ve had it now 7 days and I sure wish I had a fur baby like Mog to comfort me , my fur babies now walk as ghost cats in heaven, your baby blanket is beautiful! Oh and the spring blossoms, a treat fir my snow weary eyes. Take care,,

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    1. It's rotten when our beloved pets leave us. Mog came to live here shortly after I lost my last dog. The house didn't feel quite right without something four legged and furry around. X

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  4. A lovely poutpourri of eye candy this morning. The blanket looks perfect, and the little stars are a delicate touch for a wee one. I do hope you are feeling fit as a fiddle this morning. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Faith. Unfortunately, as soon as I posted this on Friday morning I came down with a sickness bug. Thankfully, I'm beginning to feel a little better now. X

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  5. Pleased to read that you've turned a corner and are beginning to feel a bit better. The snowdrops are spectacular. I have just 2 in my garden! The blanket is so pretty. I'm busy knitting baby blankets for 3 of my husband's colleagues.

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    1. Snowdrops are so lovely to see at this time of year. A reminder that spring is on the way. X

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  6. So sorry that you have been poorly Jules but very glad to hear that you have turned a corner now.

    Oh my word.....your blanket is absolutely adorable. The stars look amazing on it.

    The snowdrops are always such a joy to see aren't they?

    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. I'm having to turn yet another corner following a sickness bug which landed on Friday :( X

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  7. Oh Jules, it's beautiful, I love it! I looked up the pattern and it said project time 2 hours- that's some serious speed crocheting! Sorry to hear you've had a cold, but happy you're on the mend. Wonderful, caring, Mog. I do think our pets have that sixth sense and KNOW when we are ill. Watching wildlife documentaries, so many times you see animals caring for the sick and older members of their group. Take care, Jane x

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    1. The 2 hour project time made me chuckle. I'm not sure how long it took me but I can guarantee you it was much longer than that. X

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  8. Lovely blanket!! Glad you are feeling better

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    1. Thank you. I am beginning to feel better at last. X

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  9. Beautiful crochet blanket!!

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    1. Thank you, Angela. It's lovely when a gift is so well received. X

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  10. I’m glad you are feeling better, Jules.
    That’s a beautiful blanket.

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    1. Thank you, Nil. I wasn't expecting to be hit by another virus but I'm on the mend now. X

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  11. You clever thing, the blanket is amazing.Hope you're on the mend soon.

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    1. Thank you, Tania. I'm beginning to feel better at last. X

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  12. Dang Jules...now the teddy bear will want a blanket just like that lovely one! Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling rotten. The love of a kitty cat cannot be bettered when they snuggle into you though...I really miss kitty cuddles. x

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    1. I'm not very good at being ill, Jackie, but I don't mind cuddling up with Mog. X

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  13. A furry first aider is always good company when poorly, good to read you are well on the mend now and able to enjoy seeing those lovely snowdrops in the woodland.
    Beautiful blanket, teddy does look cosy and comfy under it.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. A furry first aider is generally a better prospect than a six year old one with a plastic thermometer and stethoscope! X

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  14. Oh, look at that sleeping kitty! Taking her job of providing companionship when her humans are not feeling well very seriously, I see. Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather, but, glad you are feeling better, now.

    The snowdrops are so pretty! And that baby blanket you made is adorable! The little stars really make it special. What a lovely gift!

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    1. Thank you, Bless. I hoped my friend would like the blanket but was surprised at just how thrilled she was to receive it. X

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  15. I'm glad you're beginning to feel better Jules. The blanket looks very sweet and the snowdrops are lovely :)

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    1. Thank you, Eunice, and I hope Sophie continues to improve. X

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  16. I love your blanket it is perfect for a newborn and oh those tiny stars. I have snowdrops out in the garden - they have multiplied quite quickly from the one pot I planted a couple of years ago.
    Stay warm x

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    1. Thank you, Vivien. It's lovely to see the snowdrops. The ones in the photograph had only been planted there last year. X

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  17. Oh so sorry you have been unwell... Do hope it is mostly in the past now.

    Be safe,with the coming storm.

    We have been in an Ice Storm, last night and today. Luckily, we still have power, but a huge amount of my city and area, are without power. Due to ice/snow covered trees limbs, falling on power lines.

    With luck, we will continue to have power.

    Gentle hugs...

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, WoW, and I'm relieved to read you still have power after the storm. The weather has been wild and windy here. X

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  18. Those snowdrops are stunning and the blanket is absolutely beautiful. Now wonder your friend was delighted. So clever.
    Stay warm and I hope you feel better quickly.
    xx

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I'm beginning to feel a little better now. X

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  19. Glad to read you are on the mend and feeling a little better. Loved seeing the snowdrops they are so uplifting. Hopefully the storm won't be as bad as predicted. Love the blanket with the added stars, a stunning gift made with love.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes and I hope you're keeping safe and warm in your little cottage. X

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  20. That's a beautiful blue blanket, Jules. I adore the little white stars on it. Perfect for a brand new little one to snuggle in. Glad you are feeling better! MegXx

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    1. Thank you, Meg. I was rather taken with the pattern when I first saw it, so it was lovely to be able to make it for my friend. X

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  21. Your blanket is so beautiful Jules, I am glad it was so well received.

    I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I do hope you are continuing on the road to recovery and feeling a lot better now.

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    1. It's a lovely feeling to know a gift is really appreciated isn't it. Thank you, I'm finally on the mend now (I hope). X

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  22. It's really pretty, Jules. I'm sorry to hear that you've been under the weather. Your cat looks so sweet and comforting. I've heard they are great healers. Several of the bloggers have been unwell recently.

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    1. Thank you, Stephenie, I'm beginning to feel better now. X

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  23. Oh you poor dear, hope you really have turned “the corner” and are on the road to recovery. If Mog was a dog I’d say she was snuggling up to give you comfort, but the dear girl is very much feline and that probably means she thought YOU were there to give HER a warm snuggly place!

    The blanket is gorgeous, wish I could crochet. XX

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    1. I was on the road to recovery until I got hit by another virus! Along with the weather it's been a pretty miserable weekend. I survived, however, and thankfully I'm beginning to feel better now.
      And yes you are, of course, absolutely right about Mog :)

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  24. Sorry to read you've been unwell, hope you are feeling a lot better now.

    Those snowdrops are wonderful, I love seeing them.
    The blanket looks great, love how you've photographed it with teddy.

    Keep warm and safe in Storm Ciara.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes, Jan. I hope you've escaped the brunt of the weather. X

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  25. The blanket is so pretty.
    Hope you feel better soon

    Julie xxxxxx

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  26. The snowdrops are gorgeous and the baby blanket is even lovelier, so pretty. I hope you are feeling so much better today x

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    1. Thank you. I hope you've managed to remain unaffected by the storm. X

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  27. Hope you're feeling a lot better, I use Olbas oil, great for making a stuffy nose clear. Love the blanket and wow those snowdrops, gorgeous.

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    1. I'm feeling much better now, thank you Chris. X

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  28. That blanket is stunning! I'm not surprised your friend packed it for hospital, what a precious gift and beautiful heirloom.

    Snowdrops are the prettiest sight.

    I hope you are feeling better now, sounds like you were struck down horribly. And yes, it's Mog showing she cares. They can be selfish and heartless little characters, but you can tell that they really love you when they snuggle up when you most need it! xx

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    1. Thank you, Sadie, It made me so happy to know how much my friend loves the blanket and I hope it gets plenty of use.
      I'm feeling much better now, fingers crossed. Although, I'm sure I said that before the latest virus arrived :) You have much more faith in Mog than I do. She only appears to 'care' when there is a woolly blanket involved. X

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