Let me count the ways …

I know we are only part way through the day, but so far it’s been so good that I just have to write it down. Firstly, I woke up at 6:20am to the sounds of TTB laying in his bed and calling out the names of everything he could see in his room. This means that I woke up in my own bed, my OWN BED, and that he had slept through the night. THROUGH THE WHOLE FLIPPIN’ NIGHT! When I went in to see him, he stayed laying on his bed and gave me a big cheesy grin as I went over to him, and then said “Hello!” or rather, “Ewwo!” I love the way he pronounces “hello” so much, I almost want him to do it forever.

I finished my breakfast before he did so I got out some yarn and managed to make a whole granny square, partly while he finished his breakfast and then after that he climbed onto my lap and asked to watch “neeyow neeeyow” which is what he calls the episode of Abney and Teal “The Buzzing Thing” as the plot of the episode involves a little aeroplane. He requests this episode several times a day and laughs raucously at the same points throughout it. When he asks for things now, he says a very sweet little “peeeeeeeees!” and signs it at the same time, but it’s his own version of the actual sign for “please” whereby he grabs his tshirt/vest between his fingers and brings that up to his chin. I don’t know where that came from but it’s just his interpretation of the sign I suppose! Either way I love it.

This granny square is “my new design”, if I can call it that – it feels like a bit of cheek claiming granny square designs as one’s own seeing as there are a finite number of things you can do with a granny square and I’m sure they’ve already all been made (by grannies, probably) even if they don’t appear on pinterest. Anyway, this one is really simple but I like it a lot. I’m not going to do a tutorial for it because if you can already make a granny square, then you can do this one. Chain 5 to start and then the “spokes” are just 2TR separated by a chain space. You need 8 spokes. I like to do chain5, then *2TR ch1* (do the bit between the asterisks 7 times in total) and then by that time you are back round to the start. Do 1TR next to that ch5 and slip stitch into the 4th chain to join. (That makes the 8th spoke). Then the rest of it it just normal granny construction but without leaving any chain spaces in the sides. Chain 3 for the corners, it’s making it a bit … flappy cornered but looks ok joined together with other squares. Your tension may vary, you may want to try 2 chains in the corners instead.

I want to make another big blanket but a slow burn one – I’m just enjoying making squares really without a deadline. I really like the look of the pinky/purple/blue aspect of the Big Blue Blanket so I’m taking inspiration for that and making the outers predominately pinky/purple/bluey colours. So far, I may of course change my mind!

After this we facetimed my mum and sister for aaaaages (It’s Rachel’s birthday today – Happy Birthday!) and TTB did lots of funny things for them to watch – he loves an audience.

And THEN we went to do our shopping, for which I wrote an actual list rather than just guessing what I need (fatal when hungry) so that was good. On the way back from the supermarket we stopped at one of the “everything shops” and bought two tub trugs, one for using as a laundry basket in the bathroom (TTB’s “to-be-washed” clothes need somewhere to go rather than just in a pile on the floor. Yes I’m that person, deal with it!), and a little one for carting nappies around in. We went back to cloth nappies a couple of months ago, and we are getting on LOADS better with totsbots easyfits rather than the Little Lamb OFSAs that we had before. Always good to buy something that I’ve been meaning to for ages and will help in my day-to-day housework stuff.

We still needed to go to the market, but I was a bit laden down with supermarket shopping and tub trugs so we popped home to drop these off before coming back to town. On the way out we saw our neighbour, who has a teeny tiny new puppy. TTB wanted to stroke her but I don’t think he was expecting her to be quite so wriggly and didn’t quite know how to stroke her! And then a BT van drove past which was more exciting than the puppy ;-)

Finally we made it to the market, where we bought 650 different types of fruit and veg  for about 12p (these figures may have been manipulated for bloggy effect), and came home and had a delicious lunch of all lovely good things.

And now, TTB is napping, the totsbots are washing because it’s a simply gorgeous wonderful sunny day with a breeze (perfect for drying) and all in all it’s just really good. Oh and I bought new paints and paper for our afternoon activity today which I think we will do out in the yard to make the most of the weather. And this is the longest blog post I’ve written in ages (923 words so far), so that’s nice too :-) Oh and best of all I get to see my friend The Girl tomorrow who I haven’t seen since …. well ages ago! At least a year, possibly 18 months ago. I can’t wait!


Gratuitous Granny Squares

Last month, I showed you some of the granny squares I’ve been making. I thought that tonight you might like to see what I’ve made so far – the light this evening has been superb and it was nice to photograph these outside. Andy’s been working hard on making our yard clean (scrubbing the green stuff away) and it made a perfect place to take some photos.

I’ve made 46 so far, but I have really gone off the colour “Lipstick” (the very bright red) so I’m thinking of removing the two squares that feature that colour. It’s just too harsh and I quite like using “Pomegranate” as my red shade at the moment. It’s not showing the distinction between the two very well here, but in the photo where all 46 squares are laid out, squares number 5 and 6 on the very last row have “Lipstick” in them.

As usual it’s Stylecraft Special dk on a 4mm hook in various colours just from what I had hanging around in my yarn stash. Please don’t make me list the colours! Basically any colours that I’ve used in my previous blankets are featured here. I don’t have a plan for these squares just yet, although I imagine that they will become a blanket eventually. It’s just FUN to play with colour and not have to put in a load of graft to get a blanket finished on time. I made them using my Elmer Squares pattern.