On top of the World!

Mom, as seen through the eyes of The Teen on paint.net

Yeehaw I am on top of the world!

Well, first of all we are still living in a glass enclosed tower with magnificent views over the city and the ocean.  I reckon we will be hauled up in a hotel for at at least another 2 and a half months.  It is quite a large apartment with plenty of space for the 4 of us and from our view and viewpoint we are on top of the world.

Secondly,  in Qatar copper networks have been replaced with fibre optic and we now have a choice of 10mbps, 50mbps or 100mbps (will you believe this!) fibre optic internet in our homes. Installation is the day after application. Pity the hotel is still providing slow internet.

Thirdly, The Teen scored the highest level and mark possible for her English exams last week and she was offered a place at one of only 4 schools functioning under the Outstanding Schools Initiative started by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned and implemented by the Supreme Education Council here in Qatar. It is back to the MYP/IB curriculum for her and we are all on top of the world, especially since waiting lists for schools are often up to 2 years here.

Last, but not least, I have just finished a throw in 5 days - hook in one hand, muscle ointment in the other. Wow, there was some furious crocheting involved, but tomorrow the couriers will arrive to whisk it away and I will be hanging out in the pool to soothe my aching muscles. It is a secret project, one I will be telling you about later, but for now I can say it is gorgeous.

When an idea for a new colour palette formed in my mind many months ago, I never realised how satisfying the whole process from selecting colours to executing the project was going to be.  I bought the yarn in Africa, hooked the project in Asia and the final destination for the item is Europe from where it will be shared with the whole world!  I had this idea to capture two of my favourite cities, Paris and Istanbul, in a project. When I was asked to design and hook something, I couldn't be happier that I decided to pack this yarn in my son's suitcase in stead of leaving it to sail the 7 seas in a container later. 

I will explain the process of choosing colours in a few pictures below:

Photo: Désaccord blog

The first time I visited the Désaccord blog, I was smitten by the colours in every single picture. I selected a few of the photos from the blog and uploaded it to some online sites that create palettes from pictures in order to get an idea of all the colours involved in the complete image opposed to just looking at the crocheted and knitted items.

Below are palettes generated by Palette FX and Colr, pictures from the Désaccord blog:

I decided to put mood boards together (see previous posting) to capture my idea of a woman working and living in cities such as Paris and Istanbul.  What would her wardrobe and space look like?

I  forwarded these mood boards to crochet guru Beatrix who sells hand dyed yarns in South Africa (See posting about yarn) and she put the colours together for me from the Colours of Grace collection. I approved and paid. Below are some of the colours:

I had the time of my life working with this yarn and am dying to share the completed item with you - but alas, we will have to wait!  I am just very glad that there are a teeny weeny bit of each colour left over, I plan to turn these into brooches over the next few days and will at least be able to show you those. 

Hope you are enjoying your short winter holidays (Southern Hemisphere) and loooooong summer holidays (Northern Hemisphere)


  1. Congratulations to the Teen !!! You must be so very proud... And I also think you feel relief, that the question of getting into a good school is resolved at the same time... Here in Europe, especially in Belgium, we consider going to a good school of one's choice, an evident thing... Sometimes we forget here in what luxury we grow up, when it comes to education...
    And I am very eager to see your new crochet projects !! Those colors are gorgeous - love your moodboards, btw...
    Soentjie & 'n drukkie, Ingrid

  2. What an interesting post Magda! And everything looks so stylish again, the photos are beautiful! I am curious about the secret project, hope you will tell and show us much more about it very soon:) ?
    Congratulations to your teen, that is super good news!

  3. What a nice idea Magda! Your project surround all the world and the colour you choise are simply amazing and original as usual! Your mood boards are gorgeous, simply want to be that woman! :) ::Silvia

  4. Silvia, I wish I was that woman, had this wardrobe! Oh my goodness I would be in heaven. Andree, you will know about the project that is for sure. It was taken away by courier and delivery date is tomorrow - I am curious too to get more feedback on it. Ingrid, I have to say the downside to expat living is having to sort out schools and then also having to pay exorbitant amounts of money towards education. It is worth it though, but I can do without the added stress.

  5. Oh, I can't wait to see your five-day-blanket...
    Great drawing of you - Iove the energy that just seems to splash of my screen!
    As always your moodboards are art in itself. And I fully agree with the comment above: I wouldn't mind wearing those clothes, not at all. ;-)

  6. I love the colors too! Beautiful palettes!

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