Crochet – keeping up to speed despite Corona

Time has been slipping through my fingers as fast as my yarn during these last few weeks. No time for lockdown boredom! Have yarn, will crochet.

So here’s a quick update on my various projects since the tapestry pictures I last showed here in November. Fish and butterfly were professionally stretched and framed – a vast improvement – and gratefully received by their appreciative new owners, marking 40th and 25th birthdays respectively, and now hang proudly in their new homes. My middle granddaughter celebrated her 30th birthday in January, for which I stitched a third picture based on a photo I took representing sunset as seen from our family home in Brittany. Unfortunately, Corona interfered with the stretching and framing of this, so she’s getting it as an Easter present instead (which is why this photo shows it still wrapped up). 

What else has taken shape in my hands?

Two shawls for my newest great-granddaughter, a white one in a very soft silk-alpaca mix aptly called “superkid”, which has a small granny square inside a larger one as a symbol of “great-granny made this”, and a corner-to-corner rectangular beige one that I hope will also be useful as well as nice and warm. 

Rather like Baa-Baa Black Sheep, some very kind friends delivered two bags full of vividly coloured yarns which made a gorgeous rainbow in my stash drawer.

Some of this went into two rainbow scarves – one for me and one for a friend’s little granddaughter who “commissioned” it after seeing mine – and another corner-to-corner rectangular scarf in more muted colours for my daughter who also donated a few skeins.

Then two beanie hats, a pink baby bonnet, two more granny shawls and a decorative floral wall hanging gradually reduced the number of balls and skeins in my rainbow drawer. Another granny shawl is in the making – it’s already been made up once, but was somewhat misshapen so I unravelled it and this time it’s working out as intended.

My eldest granddaughter had a birthday at the vernal equinox but not a round one – for her I crocheted a multicoloured shawl, reflecting her bright personality, and as this didn’t need framing she actually received it punctually (and gratefully!)

Finally, a flash of inspiration (“What can I make with just one skein?”) and some amigurumi appeared instead of Easter Bunnies for my other 4 great-grandchildren: a llama for the oldest boy who loves these funny beasts, a Steinbock (or ibex) for his little brother, who is a fan of the two who advertise for the canton of Graubunden, a unicorn for their four-year-old sister and – conceived but not yet formed – a Haflinger pony for the horse-mad older sister. These of course required stuffing but that wasn’t a problem: I simply cannibalised a spare cushion. One cushion goes a long way in terms of crocheted menageries!

The winter passed away peacefully while I was busy with all this, and I was even able to sit outside in the sunshine to make my little animals. Sunshine and blue skies, with temperatures above 20°C this week – though tonight is cold again and the weather forecast says we are going to get some more snow tomorrow. I’m not bothered about that, though – it won’t stick and spring is definitely here. There are lambkins in the fields, catkins on the hazels and willows, the “lawn” around our house (it’s more of a meadow) is dotted with violets, primroses, cowslips and daisies, and the purple-leaved tree outside my bedroom window has suddenly burst into a mass of delicately scented pink blossom and is abuzz with bees.

Daffodils and crocuses are giving way to grape hyacinths and tulips in our flowerbeds. My neighbour’s old pear tree has clumps of ivory blossom on its gnarled branches where the blackbirds are serenading one another, and the forsythia is aflame in the hedge of another neighbour. I can’t help but sing with Pippa as she passes

“The year’s at the spring,
And the day’s at the morn,
Morning’s at seven,
The hillside’s dew-pearled,
The lark’s on the wing,
The snail’s on the thorn,
God’s in His Heaven,
All’s right with the world!”

 A blessed Easter to you all.

14 thoughts on “Crochet – keeping up to speed despite Corona

  1. Happy Easter Catherine. I love your craft work, you have been so busy. I too have been knitting, socks for my daughter as she mainly wears boots. I’m on my third pair. We are so lucky to be able to do these things, never time to be bored. The days have passed so quickly, enjoying daily walks in the pleasant parks around here and seeing the flowers popping up and blossom on the trees, beautiful. Keep busy and giving pleasure to your family, hugs, Marie M

    • As you know, I can’t knit – but I am very fortunate to have sock and mitten knitters in the family, so never have cold feet or hands. I try to make things that people will like, but on one or two occasions they weren’t so gratefully received. I don’t take that personally, just try with something different. And yes – the spring is very welcome! Love to you and yours xx

  2. What a great post. It makes one want to pick up the needles and start again. Such lovely works of busy hands. I can’t do crochet and only knit the one stitch and don’t even know the ‘pearl’. Even casting off was by trial and error. Still I made 5 scarfs!
    It remains magic though how the continuation of a stitch at a time results in such lovely products, works of art really. Truly amazing.

    • I’m fairly dyspractic (poor motor coordination) but crochet only needs one hook instead of having to manipulate two needles, so I find it easier than knitting. Your scarves looked lovely – don’t give up, keep at it and you’ll be purling away in no time.

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