There I was outdoors, photographing some crochet for this blog post, determined that Robyn-the-robin wasn’t going to hijack another post, when guess who zoomed, screeching, past my head demanding food? I didn’t manage to get any decent pictures of her this time (she can be standoffish on days when I’ve selfishly abandoned her to go to work) so here’s an eight-second video from the other day. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll have seen a similar clip already. Was that a shameless attempt to persuade you to follow my Instagram? Why yes, since you ask, it was!
She eats from my hand, too, but she does it so fast that it’s hard to focus the camera in time. Still, here’s a marvellously in-focus view of our shed:-
But yeah, knitting and crochet.
Far too slowly, I’m knitting another Trip To Town cardigan, this time for my friend Alice. Fortunately, Alice’s many qualities include great patience. I’m trying to hurry up because it’s nearly her birthday, but the flaw in that otherwise brilliant plan is that this cardigan was supposed to be a gift for her last birthday. As I said, Alice’s qualities include patience… as well as tolerance of incompetent friends.
I do recommend the pattern, by the way. It’s an easy knit. It’s free via the Drops website. Here’s the previous one I knitted, all finished and ready to be worn on chilly mornings as I walk the twinnage to school:-
There’s been some literary crochet, too. Many months ago, my friend Jo texted to ask the name of my favourite novel. I was busy and distracted when her message appeared – probably peeling the twinnage off the ceiling or something similar – so I quickly replied recommending Barbara Kingsolver’s book, The Poisonwood Bible, and thought no more about it. I assumed she was looking for ideas for what to read next.
But then many weeks later on my birthday, a large package appeared. It contained a great deal of yarn (Stylecraft Special DK) wound into cakes, and some detailed notes. This isn’t even all of it, because I’ve started hooking…
This, my friends, is on its way to becoming the blanket of The Poisonwood Bible. YOU’VE READ THE BOOK, YOU’VE WATCHED THE FILM, NOW CHILL OUT ON THE SOFA UNDER THE BLANKET!
Jo had picked through the book, allocating yarn colours to characters and events and places, planning a corner-to-corner crochet blanket of the whole novel. Along with seven large cakes of yarn, she gave me her detailed notes.
Such was Jo’s dedication to the cause that she found herself in a yarn shop, pondering questions such as “I wonder what colour would best represent malaria.” Stylecraft have yet to add a ‘Malaria’ shade to their Special DK range (must have a word with them about that), but Jo settled on orange. Fair enough.
So I’m crocheting, and I’m having fun, and soon I’ll have an entire novel, if Robyn-the-robin will give me a minute to myself…
Happy yarnery, people.
What a gorgeous, thoughtful gift from your friend! I might just have to waffle that idea.
Or maybe even snaffle it.
I enjoyed all of this post, especially the recommendation of the Trip to Town pattern. Some time ago I bought 1 kg Mirasol Umina at an incredibly low price on eBay. It’s absolutely gorgeous, 50% wool and 50% alpaca in shade ‘Cranberry’ which is a very accurate name. I’ve been looking for a simple classic pattern to do it justice and I think this is it.
Ms Sue says
I love your stories – about robins, the twinnage, oh, yes, knitting and crocheting too. The pictures are always interesting and I love to see your countryside. Always interesting.
Joanne Grace Hortensius says
Love the idea of a literary blanket!!
Beautiful cardigan. And an inspired idea for a crochet blanket. Hmmm, creative wheels are turning…
Cricket Fox says
Such a fantastic gift!!! It’s touching when a friend spends so much time on you. What a blast to make, too!
Lorna Reid says
Always interesting – from birds to bibles!
Zoe Kingson says
That blanket is amazing! That is one of my top 5 favorite books too, super awesome that you’re knitting it!
Bee Humble With Me... says
Beautiful piece stopped me in my tracks love your blog! I’m starting to crochet again I just ordered a new crochet kit with pretty needles etc.! I’m ecstatic! Love your blog! #NEWFOLLOWER