I sometimes get a little nudge to do something for another. Given that I’m not really a people person I often find it challenging to engage in conversation with persons not known to me so it was rather surprising that I received a little nudge to make a blanket for a lovely lady who is going through a rather tough time. Do I know her? Absolutely not. My better half does know her husband and happened to mention to me that this lady was having surgery for a disease that it seems 1 in 3 people we know have, and I was vexed thinking about her and her 3 very young children.
Anyhow the feeling grew and the yarn was duly ordered so I waited for the postie to drop the familiar package in through my front porch window which he duly did in a day or two. The blanket was commenced with enthusiasm and I was enjoying my new found ripple pattern however I was somewhat apprehensive about the purpose of this crochet project and a little unsure of whether I should indeed give it to the recipient simply because it felt rather bazaar to be crocheting something for a complete stranger that I would undoubtedly have to meet to present this gift.
As I worked away I kept thinking of how it might bring some comfort to the lady in question and how I really hoped and prayed that she would make a full and speedy recovery and somehow I was reassured from within that I was doing the right thing. The blanket was completed in time to deliver it personally just a few days after Christmas. I was nervous and really didn’t know what I was going to say although when her husband opened the front door my nerves disappeared (my husband had a vague idea where they lived but he also knew what cars they drove which helped in locating the house) as he had the loveliest wee boy clinging to his leg. I explained who I was and why I was there and then handed over the blanket. Whilst asking about his wife the lady in question appeared looking a little fragile but smiling widely. Behind her came the most beautiful little toddler holding her fluffy rabbit and trying to tell me all about the little figures held tightly in her chubby fists. My heart was breaking just taking in this wonderful family scene and I wasn’t the one facing a lifetime of uncertainty.
A card accompanied the blanket explaining that it was created to bring comfort, to keep warm, to bring a little sunshine into the day, to remind us that others care and to let the recipient know that I truly believe that she is safe in God’s hands and that he has everything under control. If I am privileged to make another blanket then I trust that it will bring some comfort and a little sunshine into someone else’s life.
So here I am in the middle of August thinking of the colder climates ahead…maybe our current conditions have subconsciously inspired me. Anyway I thought about my hat collection and felt I needed to add another so here it is!
So I finally finished my baby ripple blanket and I love it!
Had a photo shoot early this morning much to the delight of one dog walker who seemed very interested in what I was doing on the rocks down at the beach….merely endeavoring to find a suitable position for my blanket. Continue reading
Haven’t been here for a while but I have been keeping myself busy with crochet projects and other yummy things. So…finished a baby blanket for a friend who is a lady in waiting however I didn’t really think that she would like it so I started another one in ripple pattern (love this pattern) and here it is so far…
Also, to keep me sane during the long dull evenings, I decided to make some Chili Jam which I dutifully did and put it into some lovely jars which I sourced on my many retail therapy trips. Have to leave it for one month to let the ingredients do their magic but I’ll wait…excellence should not be rushed!
Maybe I should post the recipe too??
Too much crocheting is making me spread out in places that I would rather not so the bicycle was out this morning and I went for a cycle early morning to avoid the tourists…boy are they annoying!! Anyway had a wee flask of coffee and thoroughly enjoyed the scenery while sipping my delightful liquid.
So there I was slaving away in work when my phone rings and it’s a colleague from another office whispering, ‘This isn’t about work, I’m looking for another crochet bag…have you got any?’ Continue reading
So the ripple blanket is finally finished and I am so pleased with it. As it’s 100% wool it is rather heavy and I found out just how heavy it was when I lugged down to the beach this morning to take a wee photo…don’t worry it was 8.00am and not too many folk were up and out so I wasn’t seen. After my friend Lizzy suggested that I take a photo using props I couldn’t think of a better prop than the railing which runs along the promenade so I flung it over and snapped away. Mind you I’m no Lord Lichfield when it comes to photography but it’s documented now and I’m happy with it.
So what’s next then? Well another blanket of course…silly question really. I couldn’t resist another blanket in ripple stitch so I opted for something blue perhaps for one of the lovely men in my life although I did show him the colours and he thought they were a bight bright. Navy, black and dark grey were the preferred colours however I explained that crocheting such dark colours would be a bit of a nightmare so I’m settling on these colours and hopefully they will compliment each other and produce another lovely blanket. What more could a girl want?