Bits and Bobs

Last week marked the 5th anniversary of our wedding so to celebrate we went out for breakfast at the Ice Cream Diner. I wanted to write “5″ on my pancakes with maple syrup but I hadn’t realised how runny it was and I failed miserably. They tasted good though!

From there we went to Bolton Abbey for a walk. I’ve wanted to go for ages (it’s one of my favourite places and if I could drive I would go there at least twice a week!) but it was a bit spur of the moment and we didn’t have the pushchair with us. TTB walked really well but we didn’t really get very far before turning around. I have to judge not on how far he can walk but how far I can manage to carry him back should he give up!

The Bolton Abbey ducks are very bold and keen to come and see you (probably in the hope that you have a picnic they can steal!).

On Sunday morning I did some crochet tinkering to see if I could make a straight start to a ripple blanket rather than adding the straight part afterwards. This is because I messed up my last ripple border despite having done at least five successful ripple straightening/border operations. Three attempts and it mostly works which is pleasing.

How did you spend your Bank Holiday Monday? A drizzly, mizzly mist hung around all day but that did not stop TTB from wanting to go for walks. Andy took him on a long walk in the morning and then …

… I spent my afternoon wandering the streets (and backstreets) with him while he collected sycamore seeds, leaves, sticks, stones, and exclaimed with delight each time he saw a cat. I eventually persuaded him to come home by making a big deal about going in through the back gate rather than the front door (OoooOOOOoOoohhhh) but after his initial excitement about the gate he was mightly pissed off that he was just back in the yard again and I was showing no signs of continuing walking with him!

Toddler exercise is the key priority at the moment, he’s like a dog and he really needs to go out walking in the morning and the afternoons as well. I’m doing my best but boy it’s hard to motivate myself to do it sometimes! Anyway yesterday morning I had to walk up to the post office depot to collect my Homemakery parcel (wonderful service, I highly recommend) which means the pushchair as it’s far too far for him to walk, so we stopped at the park on the way back.

This is what my view of him in the park mainly looks like these days. He runs up the hill, down the hill, looks at the big rock, runs back up the hill … and all the while carrying sticks and leaves and things that just seem to appear in his hands as if by magic. I half heartedly follow up and down with the pushchair but really there’s not much he can do wrong like this. He did get really really close to a crow though! I expected it to fly off but it just watched him. He got about 5 yards away before it flew, I am not sure who was more surprised about how close he got, TTB or the crow!

Ah yes, park treasures. I have persuaded him that they have to stay in the park rather than come home with us … I’ll see how long he agrees to this.

Oh and sad news, the tree that I thought was all autumnal the other week is actually dead. It’s had the bark stripped off it all the way around and it’s a layer in the bark that allows nutrients and water to be transferred from the roots to the rest of the tree. If the bark it cut all the way around then this can’t happen and the tree dies. How very sad. I feel a bit bad for accusing it of being ahead of the game seasonally now!

Ah this is my Homemakery parcel … Rico Baby Classic dk in Ice Blue, Pale Blue, Vanilla, Cream and Blue. Beautiful yarn and really good service and pretty packaging too. My cousin’s wife is having a baby so I thought I’d do a little blanket.

And of course, because TTB needs a walk in the afternoon too we went out again! It was lovely and sunny but still windy and cold. Pretty clouds though :)

He walked a good long way, too!

Tell you what, I don’t half enjoy my naptimes when I can sit down!


The Ice Cream Parlour

This morning we managed to find some sunshine (after days? weeks? of grey sky and rain). It was of course bitterly cold to make up for the sunshine, the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour really catches the wind. It has (without a doubt) the best play area for miles and miles around and we always have a good time when we go. TTB likes to climb on the wooden structures and of course “drive” them, the train being his favourite. I bought us an ice cream to share, sadly I did not get a lick of it for me as once he had it in his hands he didn’t let go until it was all gone. I am so grateful for babywipes!  We went into the play area in the barn for the first time today, including what I shall call the enormous mega slide of doom. Oh it’s very fun and children a bit bigger than TTB can manage it on their own and were having a great time. Unfortunately my child has ideas bigger than himself and wants to join in. As you can see, he did indeed go down the slide and no my nerves still haven’t recovered!

At least he isn’t going head-first I suppose!?

Crochet Squares

A couple of months ago, I made a stack of colourful granny squares, just for the enjoyment of making something and putting the colours together. I deliberately didn’t have a project in mind for them as I didn’t want the pressure of having to work on it and finish it. I had a lot of fun making them! I had the idea in the back of my mind that they would look good one day as a big “anything goes” kind of blanket.

They’ve been stacked up near to our wifi router since then as I’ve been working on other things and I had just planned to leave them there really, but our internet has been really intermittent lately and we’ve had to restart the router a lot and they were really getting in the way. I thought they might be easier to store if I just joined them together.

On Thursday I laid them out on the bed without putting much thought into the arrangement – I didn’t put the same outer colour next to each other but apart from that I just lined them up pretty much as they came. And then I sat and joined them during naptime.

I joined about half of them before TTB woke up, and I longed to go back to them all afternoon! I sneaked another row while Andy was doing TTB’s bedtime story later on and then after he was in bed I ignored all of the washing up and just did this all evening. It was wonderful!

Lately I haven’t been feeling very creative and that was making me feel a bit down. Joining squares that I made ages ago was brilliant instant gratification! I really like joining squares anyway but this was even better as it was like I had made a small blanket in an evening.

My plan now is just to put it away in a drawer because I’m working on other things and because this type of square is more fun to make when I don’t have to make them: the colour combinations come easier when I’m in the zone rather than making squares to feed a blanket. I want to make more squares; this isn’t a useful size (I’d call it a small baby blanket size) right now. When I make more squares I won’t join them to this immediately, I’ll wait until I have 48 again, join them together and then join the two big pieces together, if you see what I mean.

I popped up to see Lucy on Friday afternoon and I took it to show her, on the way back I caught sight of it in my bag and it made me happy all over again. I love scrumpled, soft, joined up crochet. I think I might keep it out for a few days just to look at it before I put it away!

These squares are next on my list to sort out, they are also a bit in the way of the router! Again I think I’ll just join them and put them away and then make more when the mood takes me. I’m not counting theses as WIPs (works in progress) because they don’t really have a proper end in sight, they’re just fun to work on. And THAT is a rather liberating way of working, I have to say.


P.S Elmer squares worked on a 4mm hook using various colours of Stylecraft Special dk. The last photo of squares are just basic granny squares (no chain spaces at the sides) apart from the first round which is 8 x 2TR clusters each separated by a chain space. On the final round make sure to do 3ch on the corners for easier joining, otherwise I’ve done 2ch.