I've spent a lot of hours at the local park during this past week. And I mean a LOT. The Little People have insisted on it. It's their favourite place to be, and on a sunny afternoon it's hard to argue against it, because in truth it's no hardship for me these days. Quite enjoyable in fact.
This summer, with the LP now aged 5 and 6 (almost 7), they have reached a very satisfactory level of parky-independence. They can tackle all the play equipment now without needing me to lift, push, help or supervise much. So I no longer sit and watch them closely, no longer wait to spring off my seat at the first sign of difficulty, no longer spend my time pushing swings or catching bodies as they fly off the end of the slide. In fact, I no longer sit in the playground enclosure at all :: rather I choose to spread a blanket out on the grass just outside the perimeter fence. Near enough to see and hear and keep my beady eye on goings on, but far enough to discourage my participation. Being on The Other Side of The Fence has proven very satisfactory indeed.
These photographs were taken on Saturday afternoon, when we were at the park for most the afternoon. I spread my knitted blanket out on the grass and settled down to read my magazine and eat strawberries in the afternoon sun.
There were little breaks in my solitude when the Little People came to flop on the blanket next to me for a breather and a cold drink. A little bit of creative buttercup and daisy chain making. But on the whole, I was left to my own devices. And oh I did enjoy it!
Of course, it doesn't take all afternoon to read a magazine.
Yes, there was plenty of time for some hooky goings on in the park on Saturday afternoon.
I do love taking my crochet al fresco. Love that when I am outside working on a particular project, that the memories of my surroundings sort of get woven in to the stitches. So that this Little Squares cushion cover will remind me of warm August summer afternoons at the park, of eating strawberries and listening to the sounds of children playing. It will forever be a Summer Park cushion.
I continued the outdoor theme a little closer to home on Sunday, sitting in my small back yard and working at my outdoor table. Surrounded by my flowers the same colours as my yarn.
I have really, really enjoyed making these Little Squares. Such fun to play with the colours in this way, and a great use of the extra left over yarn after the completion of BB. I think the technical term for this project would be a "Stash Buster".
So I finally finished all 81 Little Squares on Monday evening.
Was SOOOOOooooo glad that they were joined-on-the-go and therefore were not all sitting in a teetering pile waiting to be joined. SO very glad of that.
This method of joining does make the squares a little sort of "bunched up" next to each other and so stretching and blocking is essential to pull them back out to shape.
Very satisfying, the process of blocking.
Love doing it.
Love the results.
Shall we have a sneaky Little Squares ta-dah moment????
Go on then.....take a peek....
Rather fabulous isn't it, if i DO say so myself, haha!!!
And here is it look, next to the Big Square.
Still needing to find a suitable jumper or two to make the backings for these, so they are not yet in cushiony form.
But I'm enjoying playing with them as they are, draping them around the place and just loving their hooky good looks.
Oh my goodness, I do so adore Granny Squares.
They make my heart go flutter-flutter.