Monday, March 5, 2018

Hyacinths and hexagons




I am so glad I bought this potted hyacinth last week. I went in for daffodils but they didn't have any, so I went over to see what I could buy, and the potted bulbs looked great so I grabbed a hyacinth. I could tell it was going to be purple from the dark tone of the buds. The purple ones are my favorite, though I like the pink ones too. Within a couple of days, the first flowers were open and they've been blooming steadily since.

I'm keeping them on the kitchen table, where they're getting good sunlight for the first half of the day. I'd like to try planting the bulbs outside when they're finished blooming, but I'm still reading up on that. For now, I'm just so happy to have them in the kitchen. They smell wonderful! Yesterday, I was sitting in the family room, about fifteen feet away from them. We had the sliding doors off the kitchen open for fresh air because it was beautiful outside. The breeze was just right to send the hyacinths' scent into the family room. I was reading a book and when the scent first hit me, I stopped and looked up, just trying to get more. I felt like Toucan Sam.



The hexagons I recently began to crochet are coming along nicely. I'm really enjoying this! They work up quickly and they're easy to join. I'm making about three at a time before joining them row by row. I'm only on my second row, but you know what I mean. I often make every single motif in a blanket before joining them, but this time around I wanted a change of pace. It's fun to watch the blanket take shape this way. I did Big Gulp this way too, at least some of the time, and I liked it.

Maybe I'll finally get to the bottom of my stash. Well, that's probably a bit too optimistic. I think I will probably have enough for at least another throw-sized blanket when all is said and done.


It's so nice to have a project in my basket again. I plan to crochet this afternoon. I also have a loose plan for baking, maybe cookies. We haven't had cookies since Christmas. I've been falling down on my baking. But the Bear said he wanted to bring something to work this week for a meeting and I'm always happy to oblige when someone asks me to bake something. I have a new bag of library books too. Oh, it's hard to decide how to spend your time when you're a lady of leisure! Tee hee.


Surprise! There is precisely one open plum blossom as of this morning. It was unexpected because last night and today have been cold and windy. But it was lovely and warm all weekend, so the trees are responding. There are a few other buds close to blooming. I also have a grape hyacinth blooming in the planter at the base of my mailbox. I'm whispering...spring is just about here in my part of the world.

24 comments:

  1. The blanket is looking lovely, and it's a great idea to join as you go, I imagine that makes it a lot less daunting. The blossom that's opened so far round here has been damaged by the cold weather. I'm hoping the unopened ones will still be fine. Crochet, new books and a little baking sounds absolutely divine. Enjoy! CJ xx

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  2. Your hyacinths look lovely, I wish we could smell them. Stocks in the garden always smell wonderful too. Your hexagon blanket is looking great, you're probably right about joining as you go. Very motivating to see it growing row by row. I've sent you an email today, I hope you've received it. Cathy x

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  3. I'm not sure about the no-reply blogger sorry, Christina mentioned it once too but I don't know how to change it. I've clicked the 'Notify me box', is that right? I've emailed this address - thistlebearhome@gmail.com is that right? Cathy x

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  4. Your hyacinth looks beautiful!!!
    And reading and baking sounds perfectly cozy.
    Enjoy! : )

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  5. Hi Jennifer, I've sent an email again via your profile pg but as you said, it's the same address. I've also changed the setting on my blog to anyone can comment. Still not sure if that's right. Please would you mind taking a look to see if I'm a reply blogger now. Thank you for your help. Cathy x

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  6. I bought a purple hyacinth bulb in a clear vase of water at Trader Joe's a couple of weeks ago. It's opening up beautifully now, much like your plant. It's definitely some needed cheer when winter is still very much a thing here in northern IL. It is so cold and windy and dreary today and a couple of inches of snow coming tonight. Your crochet work is amazing and beautiful!

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  7. Oooh - I love that plum blossom! Such nice signs of Spring! Hyacinths always bring a smile too.
    Your blanket is looking wonderful!

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  8. I'm glad you all are feeling better! Your hexagons are lovely...I have yet to try to make one, but yours tempt me to try :-) I am imagining the sweet scent of your gorgeous Hyacinths. I am enjoying reading Debbie Macomber's "A Turn in the Road" [women on a cross country trip].
    Signs of Spring are all around us here in Sonoma, California. Beautiful! xx

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  9. Oh I absolutely love the look of your hexagons. I love how it’s all going together. Do you know Purple is my favorite color and that hyacinth is making me want to run to Trader Joe’s! It is amazing and I can almost smell it through the computer. I hope you’re having a lovely evening Jennifer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. I would love to be able to crochet a blanket - this looks like its going to be something quite beautiful...!!

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  11. Ok thanks Jennifer, I'll take a look tomorrow. Just a thought - maybe it went straight into spam. I often find e-mails that have gone into the spam folder, including newsletters I'm waiting for.
    I've looked into the no-reply blogger and atm I'm not sure how to change things. It looks like it's something to do with blogger itself to protect our account. I could be wrong. I've ticked notify me, so will receive any further comments from this post via email. Thanks for your patience. Cathy x

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  12. I tried making a hexagon once and it turned out a little wonky. Perhaps I'd be more successful at it if I tried again. Right now I've got tons of granny square blankets started that I am trying to finish. I manage to fill my time with all sorts of things other than what it is I should be doing. :)

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  13. It's lovely to see the first signs of spring starting to appear, especially after the weather we've just encountered here over the past week, spring can't come quick enough for me. I'm a big fan of hyacinths, I just love their scent, though it's rather strong so I can understand those who can't tolerate it. Your new blanket is starting to take shape now, I really need to get back into crochet, it's such a long time since I picked up my hook, but I'm so into knitting at the moment.

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  14. I love hyacinths I have some too that are coming up nicely, I’m so pleased that the recent snow we had hasn’t killed them. I can’t wait for Spring, Winter has been far too long. I love your blanket it’s coming along so nicely and it’s always better to join as you go when you can it saves so much hassle later on. Have a great day Jennifer. 😊 x

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  15. Utter bliss :-) for a short moment I imagined being you, sitting in your family room and enjoying the hyacinth fragrance. How wonderful. I am glad you are enjoying the beauty of the day. xx

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  16. So nice to read about the smell of the hyacinth, they certainly look beautiful. As does the hexagons, stunning colour combinations.

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  17. You blanket is looking good. I finished one last night and I am already starting on the next one. The hyacinth is beautiful. I just love their sent. I also have a blue one in flower in a pot on my front step. I bought it just as it was about to flower. I don't have a lot of success planting them on outside here in Spain but I always did when I lived in UK so maybe our summers are just a bit too hot for them. Our plums aren't in bloom yet but we have almond blossom everywhere and it is so pretty. Spring is definitely on the way. Kate x

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  18. Your hyacinth is so pretty!! That color says Spring to me. You will have to let us know what kind of cookies you decided to bake - I'm sure they were yummy!

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  19. Hi Jennifer, Sorry me again. I have added e-mail to my profile, so I'm hoping I'm no longer a 'no-reply blogger'. Please could you try replying just to check for me. Thank you so much.
    Ps, I've tried the other e-mail that you mentioned, I'm hoping you've received both/either of them either in 'inbox' or 'spam'.
    Thanks again for your patience. Cathy x

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  20. Such a content post Jen, you sound like things are going well. Your blanket is looking fab and those flowers are beautiful. In the UK I always put them out in the garden and they flower the following year. Our Puppy dug a few up last year but now he is older I can keep him off the garden (a bit!) Have a good week. Jo x

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  21. Beautiful blanket!! I needed this inspiration! I want to start a new crochet project. What yarn is used in this blanket? The flowers you mentioned are lovely. I have some grape hyacinth and hope it flower this year. Last year the bunnies discovered it and had it for lunch. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Angela! The yarn is all either I Love This Yarn or Vanna's Choice worsted-weight acrylic.

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  22. Thanks for the reply Jennifer. Your work is beautiful!

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  23. That blanket is beautiful! I am full of ideas for a new crochet blanket but just can't settle on anything at the moment. I adore hyacinths and often put them on the hall table so they're the first thing I smell when I open the front door. x

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