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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others, including my favourite right now, parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

I have decided to put some structure into my blog so that each day will have something of a theme.
Monday- for Mindfulness; Tuesday - Tidy Up Day; Wednesday - What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday; Thursday - Technique and Tips; Friday - Finish Off Day; Saturday - Start Something New; Sunday - Anything Goes
These themes are not hard and fast and will be changed if I feel the need.

Wednesday 1 May 2013

WOW 204

As you can see, this is not my normal desk.  As yet, I have not managed to get back to crafting in my normal way, but I needed something to keep my fingers and mind occupied in the evenings, so knitting and crochet seemed to be the answer.  This is a jacket for an imminently expected baby.  I chose to do a 2 year old size as they have so many of the new born sizes.  I am also ringing the changes by doing a ripple crochet blanket (thanks Jo for the pattern).

I am keeping this post short and sweet this week, but I do want to say to everyone how grateful I am for all the support I have had from so many of you.  It means more than you can imagine.  I know that I will never get over it, but with your help and the help of my family and friends, I can endeavour to cope and build my life in a different way.  I am sorry that I did not respond personally to all of you, but I know you understand, and I have read everything.
Thank you.


Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Hi Maggie glad to see you are keeping yourself occupied. I know from experience that it is really hard to get back into the craft you enjoyed together but in time maybe it will become easier.
Take care and most of all take your time it does get easier I still have my days even after 4 years
Love jacqui xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh Maggie, I'm so happy to see you on the desks again after the truly dreadful month you've just gone through. I'm so so sorry about the loss of your husband Geoff....it's the one thing that we all dread happening. I think crafting is a good move, doing something with your hands helps.
Sending you big hugs and lots of love,
LLJ 27 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Morning Maggie! I love the colours you're using. I can't think of a better way to fill the quiet times to be honest..it's nice to be able to keep busy without exertion too, huh..i expect theres a lot of that in the daytime hours. so glad you're back to joining us..and remember, baby steps. any part of the routine that doesnt help...ditch it. Xx

Di said...

Oh Maggie, it's good to see you posting.
I do like the look of your knitting (and possibly those are bamboo needles).

One day at a time - we're all still here waiting for you and sending love and our support.

Hugs, Di xx

okienurse said...

What an awesome sweater you are working on! I am sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. I haven't been on line much the past month due to 'issues' with health and this was the first I heard. I will keep you in my thoughts! Looking forward to seeing the finished sweater and the blanket you make. Vickie #41

JoZart Designs said...

lovely to see you back posting and good too that you are keeping busy making some lovely things. Super little jacket.
Love Jo x

Sunshine Girl said...

Its lovely - am glad that crafting is helping you through this difficult time. Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl 31.

Helen said...

I can't begin to know how you feel but am glad that in some way we were of comfort to you. Keeping occupied is the best thing to do but always the hardest!! Much love, and take care, and don't worry about replying to everyone (or anyone!). Helen, 3

shazsilverwolf said...

Morning Marg- overslept this morning, oh dear! I expect you will have a list of messages a mile long to read, so I will see you soon when we bring the computer back. Lots of Love, Shaz xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah Maggie, so nice to see you here, and I say jolly well done on finding anything to do that keeps you from over thinking. I don' think anyone is expecting you to respond personally to their messages..mostly we just want to support you through your loss and adjusting.

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

great work... never been able to get away with knitting so I admire anyone who can produce wonderful things! happy woyww jenx 90

Angie said...

Knitting ...and expect crochet too ...is one of the best ways to focus the mind apparently. You will find the best way cope, whether it is keeping everything to youself and finding your way through things or talking the hind legs off all that will listen to the events around the bereavment and how you feel about it all...that was me. There is not a right way. My thoughts are with you xx66

ria gall said...

what a pretty little make and a great idea doing it for age 2. We all know how quickly they grow out of everything. I love the colour you have picked to use.
Stay strong
Happy WOYWW #204 and enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #44

sandra de said...

So lovely to see you back on woyww. It sounds like family and friends have been such blessing through this sad time. Love the little jacket you are working on and what a good idea to knit a size 2.
Sandra @101

susibee said...

Your knitting looks absolutely lovely. You're very clever.

Enjoy the rest of WOYWW. Susi #65

Winnie said...

Your piece is coming along great! Love the yarn you chose! All the best to you. Winnie#78

Unknown said...

Looks like an interesting knitting pattern.
Karen #52

Caro said...

Maggie, it is lovely to 'see' you on the desk hop again after the truly awful month you have had. I was so sorry to hear the news about Geoff. Take care, you and yours are my in thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#70)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see your finished project. Love the colors.
Happy Wednesday!

Nan G said...

So pretty and good thinking to make a slightly bigger jacket. My heart and prayers are with you. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #5

MaryH said...

So good to see you back blogging, and you must do things as feel 'right' to you. As someone else said - one day at a time. So happy your family & friends are there to be supportive. Lovely little sweater and how sweet it will look on the little one. How wonderful you have the skill to give such a thoughtful & useful handmade gift. The parents will treasure it I'm sure. Hugs.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Maggie, well so lovely this piece of work you are making.. sorry been not around blogs much as had cataract surgery bit over week ago so have not been doing WOYWW round but found your post on my sidebar..
I was so very pleased to see it as you have been much in my thoughts and prayers, had checked back several times now..
Am sending much love dear Maggie, Shaz in Oz.x

NancyD said...

Maggie, I am so glad to see you easing yourself back into crafting and what better to work on the something for a baby to remind us of life. I would turn to knitting as well I think.


scrappymo! said...

So glad to see your update on your progress through this journey of finding your place with your beloved Geoff.

Your sweater looks great and needlework is said to be relaxing!

No response is neccessary...just wanted to say Hi and glad to hear from you.

Take care

Maureen aka Scrappymo

Irene said...

So good to see you posting Maggie, sending lots of hugs and prayers your way.
Take care of yourself.

Deanna said...

Maggie, It is so good to see you posting again. Such a beautiful sweater your knitting and a wonderful project to keep your mind busy. Sending you a hug and prayers during this journey~Deanna