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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Moons and stripes

The first day of the new year saw us witness a wolf moon, it was also a super moon and the biggest and brightest we will see this year.
 
The term supermoon refers to a full moon which occurs when the moon is closest to Earth.   The first full moon in January has been nicknamed the Wolf Moon because traditionally, it appeared when wolves howled in hunger.
 
Unfortuantely, it was very windy and cloudy, even though DH and I took quite a few pictures, this is one of the best - i really must try and improve my camera skills.  
 
 
We bought ourselves a copy of this almanac book for this year and strangely when DH's subscription copy of Gardeners World arrived they were suggesting buying a copy.... does that mean we are trendy?
 
 
It's filled with lots of interesting information about seasonal things and tells me that we'll see another supermoon on 31 January.  That full moon will also be a blue moon because it's the second full moon within the same month which is rare.
 
My brother had a special birthday holiday in the US in October and brought me back some sock wool he found and liked.  Still nursing this awful cold that's about I haven't done any knitting or crafting since 19th December but this week I picked up the needles again on Wednesday evening and the feel of wool and needles was so comfortable.  I finished off the socks and ended up with a nice new warm and cosy pair for me..... my first finish for 2018.
 
 
 
I've also had needle and thread in hand and a little stitching has happened.  I can't share that with you as its the monthly challenge Christine chooses for us.  You'll have to wait till the last Sunday of the month to see that on reveal day.  I must remember it needs to be fully finished and find inspiration how to complete it.
 
Love and blessings to you all
 
Julie
 
 

24 comments:

Barb said...

I shall be howling at the moon then on the 31st Miss Julie. Lovely warm socks Julie, just the thing when you are out at night taking pics. The book looks interesting, I am enjoying the Julie Klassen book and awaiting the second one,thanks for recommending them.
Great news the needle has appeared. Much love to both xx

Linda Harris said...

Definitely trendy x I hope you soon start to feel much better, those socks should help keep you warm and cosy. Enjoy your stitching challenges this year.

gracie said...

I was told by a scientist from our Space Center here in Arizona that using a tripod is really the best way to shoot the moon. Also on my camera there is an "S" setting which is what I use. Try the different settings but try the tripod for sure I use mine. Love the sock yarn. Hope you will soon feel better.

Jules said...

Those socks look lovely and cosy. X

Jennifer said...

Cute Socks! I hope you are feeling better.

kjsutcliffe artist said...

I can never get good images with my camera but my boys with their camera phones seem to capture amazing one.... sigh.
Socks look good :)

Jo said...

The almanac sounds interesting, I shall look out for that. I love the colour of those socks and they look lovely and cosy, just what you need when you're under the weather. There's so much of it about at the moment, I hope it doesn't linger much longer and that you're rid of it soon.

Christine said...

Gorgeous socks Julie.
I, too, am lacking finishing inspiration for the challenge piece

Rachael G said...

Ooo once in a blue moon!
That must be me. I have found my blog again so thought I would pop by and see what everyone is up to. Lovely socks, i am attempting to learn to knit. I am aiming for one pair of socks by the end of the year.

Lesley said...

The moon was so bright for two evening that it looked like we had left our outside lights on!
Your Almanac looks most interesting and I love those socks.

Vickie said...

Great socks Julie. I have this lingering cough from my cold. :( Take care my friend. You are in my prayers.

Katie said...

The full moon info is always an interesting read to me. I love how each one has it's own meaning. Love your new socks. They look warm and cozy. Good luck with finishing up your secret project.

butterfly said...


I love these moons , I got out of bed one night , it looked like my outside light had been left on when I opened the curtain the moon was so big and bright wow it was wonderful.
Love your socks what lovely wool .
It's good to be back to our stitching and knitting .
Looks like a good book hugs.

Justine said...

Your socks are beautiful, what a great gift from your brother! We saw that moon too while driving back from the in-laws. It was so bright!

Carol said...

What gorgeous socks--your brother has good taste :)

Sure hope your cold is history very soon, Julie, and I look forward to seeing what you're stitching up for Christine's challenge at the end of the month...

Maggie said...

Nice socks Julie.
I hope you can manage to shake off that cold soon.

Chris said...

Love those socks, hope your cold is now totally gone. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, I am beginning to feel I am making progress. You're in my prayers every day, be strong! Blessings XX

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

My husband loves to get his telescope out and gaze at the stars, just need it to be less cloudy. Love those stripes on your socks xx

stitchersanon said...

I think you did very well with your moon photograph. I love the socks. I'm sorry to hear you still have a cold. I hope it gets better soon.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Great socks, Julie.

Von said...

Hope you are feeling much better now and enjoying those lovely new socks!!

My photography skills leave a lot to be desired, but my DH is quite good. I've picked up a little bit of knowledge, but need to put it into practice more. :) But I'd rather be stitching.

Penny said...

The moon seems to be a difficult thing to photograph, but I think your photo turned out very well. I'm happy that your knitting brought you comfort, and it resulted in a lovely pair of socks! What I'm not happy about is hearing that you are still dealing with that dreadful cold. It seems to be the same over here -- when people come down with it, it is still lingering on weeks later. I'm going to hope that you are feeling better very soon, Julie -- hugs.

Sheryl S. said...

That almanac sounds really interesting, might have a look for it and I like the facts you give about the moon. Gorgeous socks. Need to find my needles.

Gwen said...

Love the socks. My grandparents and my mom bought an Almanac each year. Each time I see one I think of them. :-)