I am guessing by now that you pretty much know how I feel about crochet, right? And if you've been following my bloglett since the early days back in March, then you'll also know how much I love this lovely cafe in my town.
So put the two together and you can pretty much imagine me in a haze of happiness on the second and fourth Thursday of every month when I wake up knowing it's a Knit-and-Natter morning. Wooohoo! I am so glad to be me on those mornings, to find such happiness in good company, pleasant surroundings, and the sharing of creativity. It really makes me feel great, yeah, really great to acknowledge that for me this is pretty much all it takes to make me blisfully content. If I were a cat I would purr loudly at knit-and-natter, yes I would. Puurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Its not a big busy group, our k+n. No, quite the opposite. More often than not it's just me and the Lovely C who runs the cafe. She is the same Lovely C who's hooking workshop I went to a while back. We have found over the months of fortnightly k+n's that we share a lot of the same passions for things. She gets my tea-towel thing. I get her bunting thing. We talk textiles, yarn, artists, magazines, craft fairs, blogs, Greengate, thrifting, camping, countryside, kids :: its like the verbal version of my blog, the stuff that makes me tick and makes my world go round. Stuff that most of my friends and relatives think is slightly bonkers. So its been amazing to be able to get excited over a magazine article, a mug, a granny square, and to share share with someone who gets it and makes me feel that I'm not alone in the bonkers camp.
Granny squares, aren't they wonderful, I never tire of them. These aren't mine though, I'm still doing hexagons, but Lovely C has recently become a Hooker and temporarily abandoned her knitting in favour of crocheting these grannies. And the lovely thing is that up until a few weeks ago, Lovely C could not crochet, but very much wanted to learn. So we arranged a day where I would go to her house up the Dale and teach the basics of granny square-making, in exchange for lunch and some more yarn to finish my second hooked picture. How could I refuse? We spent a sunny day in her idyllic summer house, coffee and chocolate cake, hook and yarn. A break for delicious lunch in the garden, a walk to feed the hens and collect eggs, then more hooking through the afternoon, interspersed with tea drinking and browsing books such as this.
I did not want to go home, felt I could sort of move in to the summer house and live there for a while.
So Lovely C, I know you will be reading this, don't your squares look wonderful in Blogland? They're destined to become a bag and it has inspired me to think about making something similar so that I can arrive at k+n (or should that be c+n now?!), carrying my crochet in a bag that I've actually made. But I need to finish my Ripple first (23 stripes left to go) before starting another project, I think any more than two WIPs at any one time is pushing it.
Look, see how nicely these two projects sit together, we should get them together more often, let their owners drink coffee and natter. Bliss.