Little B and I have quite a busy out-and-about schedule these days, it's not all idle cuddling and sofa snuggling for us you know. Mondays we go to Messy Hands, Tuesdays it's baby Move 'n' Groove, Wednesday mornings we meet with my out of town friend for coffee, then in the afternoon it's Baby Massage class. And Thursdays, my favourite and bestest day of the working week, is as it always has been :: Knit and Natter at the cafe. Love my Thursdays, I very rarely miss K&N cos I love it so so much.
So you can imagine how antsy I get when something prevents me from enjoying the deliciousness of Thursday cafe mornings, and I'm glad to say it doesn't happen often. I had my bag all ready to go this morning look :: there's granny stripe (xx mwah xx, I love you Granny Stripe), with the next 3 colours already selected and ready to hook. And then it transpired that really Little Lady was not well enough to go to school after all. I mean, I did feel sorry for her looking so pale and washed out and suffering with a tummy bug but it was terribly inconsiderate of her to be ill on a Thursday. I've told the little Peeps, time and time again, that they simply cannot fall ill on a Thursday, it's just not on. Tsk tsk harrumph.
Little Lady is an extremely good ill-person though it has to be said, she is very self contained and low maintenance. She either spends all day horizontal on the sofa watching films (if she is really poorly) or pootling about in her own very special Land Of Make-believe (if she is mildly poorly). Today she mostly spent her time drawing pictures and immersing herself in the land of My Little Pony.
To relieve the antsy feeling of missing K&N, I did some baking this morning. Made these rather fancy-pants Fairy Cakes with real butter cream icing. I always, always instinctively bake when the Little Peeps are poorly, I have no idea why. But today I did have a very specific reason to bake cos I had this idea......
......my idea was to have my very own Knit and Natter morning at no.24! Ta-dah!! Genius!!!
I thought that if I can't get to the cafe, then I shall try and recreate the feelings of Cafe Goodness within my own home. Yeah! So I set a tray with a mug of frothy coffee and a plate of homemade sweetness and set about enjoying some morning hooky time.
The natter was a bit limited as Little Lady was away in the Land of Pony and Little B is not quite up to saying much yet, but we did our best.
Little Lady may be low maintenance, but Little B certainly is not. He's at a stage where he doesn't enjoy being put down for long, dislikes to be left alone. he's happiest when he's got full on one-to-one attention, preferably with lots of silly noises/singing/chatting/raspberry blowing etc. So it wasn't long before I needed to have him up on my knee, much the same as in the cafe then really, he was just being thursday-ish wasn't he?
Little B spends a good part of each day practicing how to use his hands. Grab grab grab, he will get a hold of anything that comes close enough. Toys, clothes, cloth, hair, grab grab grab. Oooooo a metal sticky thing, that looks interesting, grab grab grab. It doesn't make for easy granny striping. Progress is slow at my K&N.
But who am I to complain, I am in good company, I get to drink my coffee and eat my fancypants fairy cake, and somehow I do manage to get one whole granny row completed. It feels like a major achievement.
I'm being very very good with my tail ends here. With the granny stripe it's not possible to crochet over the ends as you go which is what I normally like to do, no, you have to weave them in afterwards. I don't find it too much of a pain so long as I do it at the end of each colour change. I go forwards with the needle one way, then darn the end back on itself the other way for good measure. Job done.
I'm really, truly in SO much love with making this blankie, it's such an utter pleasure. I'm particularly finding the play with colour hugely exciting, it's giving me plenty of heart-skippy happy moments of joy.
I've made 26 stripes so far, all randomly selected colours. I like to pick out maybe 3 or 4 colours at a time so that at the end of each stripe I pretty much have the next couple already sorted out.
Ahhhhhh such joyfulness!!!!! I feel all smoochy looking at these pictures, my fingers are itching to get back to it......
My Little People are tucked up in bed and it's my happy hooky time now, so I'll love you and leave you and see you all soon