Friday, 4 November 2016

Five on Friday - A Random Five

November has arrived, the clocks have gone back and after a gloriously mild Autumn a chill has crept into the air. I am not sure if the change of hour or change of temperature has created a change in mood but personally there has been more pain and less energy this week. Getting through all the normal domestic routines has been a bit like pushing through virtual porridge leaving little time for other diversions. I felt like I had nothing to share with Five on Friday but having looked through the few pictures taken this week, here are a random five. 


The first frost sparkling on the leaves



The completed cowl, which converts to a lace collar



Cyclamen pot brightening the front door step


Treats from Little French Meadow. 



Work in progress

Looking back there are plenty of positives. My bones may not like the cold but the frost does look magical in the early morning sunshine. Knitting projects are progressing and there are new ones to look forward to. Christmas stitch markers and pretty cyclamen always bring a smile.
At least the darker, colder evenings provide a good excuse for cosying up under crocheted blankets and more knitting/crochet/crafting time. 

Joining with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday






47 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear that the turn in the weather has affected your health, sending love your way. Beautiful cowl Annie xxxx

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    1. Thanks very much. I'm pleased with how the cowl has turned out.

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  2. The weather seems to affect my husband too. Stay warm and enjoy some me time. Love the cowl, such a wonderful idea that it converts to a lace collar. Take care.

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    1. I think it is the damp days that affect the arthritis so lets hope we have some bright sunny days over winter. I hope your husband's injection is helping.

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  3. I love the finished cowl, it's beautiful. I've been really achy this week and hadn't thought about it being connected to the change in temperature. Hope your pain eases over the weekend x

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    1. The cowl has turned out well and I am reluctant to give it away for Christmas now! Maybe a good excuse to find some more skeins of baby alpaca and make myself one.

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  4. We got used to that Indian summer so it's come as a bit of a shock that it's all dark and rainy. Your cowl has turned out brilliantly, so versatile. Have a good week, keep cosy.

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    1. It has hasn't it. At least the frosty mornings are often sunny, which is good compensation.

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  5. I love the cowl.I was looking up patterns last night for possible Xmas presents.

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    1. I would really recommend this pattern as it is very straightforward and effective. There is a link in last week's F on F.

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  6. I love cyclmen, or is the plural cyclamens? A friend brought me one this week just because she knows I love them.

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    1. They are such cheerful plants aren't they? I could resist these three at the garden centre.

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  7. I love the look of frost on the plants. I don't like the cold, but hey, the frost is pretty. Rather like that first snowfall lol. The cowl looks very pretty. I think those socks will be very handy in the cold winter months.

    Happy Five on Friday

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    1. The frost does look beautiful, particularly on sunny mornings. I'm trying to get the second sock finished ready to keep my toes cosy!

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  8. It has turned colder in the last few days, extra layers and gloves have been added for walks and the heating has been notched up slightly. Your cowl/collar is lovely and the socks look lovely and warm:)

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    1. We have certainly needed to get out the winter woollies this week. I hope you are managing to keep warm and cosy.

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  9. How gorgeous are your Little French Meadow treats. Like you I don't like the colder weather but it is good to snuggle up and knit or crochet now that the darker evenings have arrived. xx

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    1. I just couldn't resist the Christmassy stitch markers. They are supposed to be for gifts but.........

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  10. I do agree, this cold weather means more cosying by the fire. Love the colour of your sock wool. Beautiful :) B

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    1. The sock wool is Kingfisher from West Yorkshire Spinners. I love all their colour ranges and would like a pair in every shade!

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  11. The cyclamen with the dusty miller is so pretty.

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    1. They make me smile every time I pass them.

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  12. The time change always affect us at this old house. It throws things off in our inner clocks. Hope that's all it is that is for you. Nice you have a creative hobby to enjoy the changing evenings...

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    1. The darker evening are a good excuse for getting the knitting out early!

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  13. The changing seasons are lovely. I'm not sure how I would stand up to the cold of the northern hemisphere though.

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    1. We are lucky to have distinct seasons here in the UK, so should not really moan when the winter cold bites!

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  14. A colourful post brightening up a very gloomy day. Such a change from the past few days with the glorious sunshine and the beautiful autumn colours. Have a lovely Sunday x

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    1. You too Chel. Some pretty crafting can brighten up a dull day.

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  15. Oh I love that cowl!! I'm much more at the cowl level than socks. They terrify me. Thank you for the great name idea for our ginger kitty. We had considered Tigger, but I like Tiggy even better!

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    1. I feared socks until I discovered Christine Perry's book Super Socks back in January and now I'm hooked!

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  16. Oh I love that cowl!! I'm much more at the cowl level than socks. They terrify me. Thank you for the great name idea for our ginger kitty. We had considered Tigger, but I like Tiggy even better!

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  17. Your socks are such lovely colors! We do need colour on these dark and often dreary autumn-into-winter days. Cozy is the key word!

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    1. There are so many lovely sock yarns around now, the problem is I would like to buy them all!

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  18. Oh I just love your cowl/scarf. It's beautiful and practical.

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    1. It is a lovely pattern that I will certainly making again.

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  19. It's wise to keep oneself warm these days! The cyclamen pot is very pretty - have a good week!

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    1. Time to keep cosy with some knitting or crochet!

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  20. It's not the best season, what comes just... but you're right, the frost makes beauty around and I like your red cowl and the socks make happy.
    Have a nice new week

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    1. The cowl and socks have turned out well fortunately.

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  21. It's hard when the cold, dark evenings suddenly descend on us. I've noticed a drop in my energy levels over the last week or two. I think the trick is, like you say, keep busy, stay cosy, make gifts, appreciate the frosty mornings. Your red cowl is lovely. x

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    1. Thanks Gillian. I think we are all affected by light levels at this time of year.

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  22. Love love LOVE that cowl! So pretty!

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    1. It's a lovely pattern and I hope my niece likes it.

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  23. My bones don't like the cold either, but I try to keep moving. I always say winter is for sleeping longer and resting up from the summer because of all of the hard work we do. Maybe we need to not fight it! We've had fires in the fireplace and I've been crocheting and spinning. I need to learn how to make socks. I see them all over in blogland and I just love them. And my feet are always cold. That cowl is beautiful. I enjoyed this post and your blog.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Thank you Cindy. I thought socks would be difficult until I found Christine Perry's blog - Winwick Mum. Her pattern and tutorials are excellent and I would recommend them if you wanted to give socks a go.

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