I love love love Thursdays, I'm sure I've told you this before. At 9.30 I drop Little B off for his two hour session at playgroup (which he loves), then spend half an hour whizzing round a few of the charity shops in my town. Today's buys were a stripy scarf (destined to become part of an "Upcycled Sheep" for Yarndale) and a really lovely blue china bowl which cost me 75 pence. I popped the bowl into my bag, then walked up to the cafe for knit and natter.
I decided to put my new blue bowl to good use at the cafe, and I have to say I am loving the use of china bowls to hold little bits of crochet, such simple visual pleasure!
This morning's job was to begin stitching my Little Squares together. Each square is left with a 6 inch tail end of yarn which I'm using for the stitching up. It's quite time consuming, and ever so slightly mind numbing, but weirdly I kind of like it. It's simple, gentle repetitive work which allows me to chatter and ponder freely whilst at the same time being productive.
I love setting up a cosy work space in the Big Chair next to the bay window. It feels like an indulgent way to pass the time, and it makes me really content down to the tips of my toes to be able to do this creative thing that I do. I consider myself exceptionally lucky to be a Crochet Lady.
So.....these Little Squares. I am really loving the scale of them, they are sooo cute and quick and fun to make. I love that I can use up the smallest scraps of precious yarn to make them. And I love that I am making them for a Very Good Cause.
You see, this is not a scarf I am making. Nor a cushion or a bag.
It is a small Patchwork Blanket that I am making, which will be for a really special handmade doll.
I am delighted to be a part of a collaborative project which will help raise money for a very well known UK charity :: Comic Relief.
The "Red Nose Day Dollies" will be auctioned on the Comic Relief EBAY site on Red Nose Day, March 15th 2013.
The dolls have their very own blog and you can also keep up with the amazing creative talent happening over on Facebook and Twitter. There are twenty wonderful designer makers all helping to make the project a great success. Many, many thanks to Emma (Silver Pebble) and Ros Badger for making this happen. You are both marvellous!
ps I've already been asked quite a few times on Facebook about the pattern for these Little Squares (yes they would make a fabulous scarf/cushion/bag!), it's very easy as follows ::
Chain 4, sl st into 1st chain to form a ring. Chain 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr's into ring, chain 2, 3 tr's into ring, chain 2, 3 tr's into ring, chain 2, 3 tr's into ring, chain 2, then sl st into 3rd chain of initial ch-3 to close round. Fasten off leaving long tail end for stitching to neighbouring granny!
This is written in UK terms...for those of you in the US, you need to work DC stitches!