A Knitted Menagerie

When I was expecting Samuel, I was overcome by the desire to knit.  I think it is part of “nesting” which many pregnant women experience!  We were living in Sussex at the time and there was a lovely wool shop situated in Burgess Hill.  You don’t tend to find those sorts of shops very often as they did go out of fashion.  It was filled with wonderful wools and pattern books and I could spend a very happy morning  browsing. Unfortunately, it caught fire one day and is no longer there.  I was due to have an amniocentesis test.  As I knew I would need to rest for a few days after, I bought a number of pattern books and lots of lovely wool to start knitting for my baby.   I started making a beautiful blanket in soft, cream Aran wool.  It had a leaf pattern and you knitted lots of little squares to sew them all together.  I also made Samuel a number of little cardigans and socks in various pastel colours as I had no idea as to whether I was expecting a girl or boy.

By the time Lydia arrived, I was fed up with knitting clothes, mainly because I can never get the tension right. So I moved on to soft toys – so much easier!  I started with a snake, then progressed to crocodile (snake with legs!), zebra, monkey and elephant.  And then I discovered crotchet and was hooked!  That is when Stewart the Minion joined the family on Lydia’s 5th birthday.

Animals patterns from “Knitted Wild Animals” by Sarah Keen. Minion pattern by AradiyaToys


Leaving a Blueprint

There is no denying the fact that I am an older mum. I was 38 when I had Samuel and 42 when Lydia arrived.   As a result I am very conscious of the age difference between myself and my children. This normally manifests itself in how tired I feel! They say that you become more aware of the passing of time as you get older and I have found that to be very true. I have this urge to make the most of everything and to try new experiences. What has become increasingly important to me is in creating memories that will live on as my family folklore. I have a real desire to create those “do you remember” moments for my children for when I am long gone.

I have always been a fairly creative person and in the past few years my main activity has been crochet!  That is for grannies I hear you smirk! But I think crochet (and the same can be said for knitting) is making a comeback. I hope to teach my daughter to knit as my Mum taught me. But, I taught myself to crochet.

I find it very therapeutic.   When I crochet I can’t think of anything else – just the pattern and the shape that is evolving under my hands as I work. It is also so quick and easy to make up.  I have had far more success with crochet Continue reading