Just occasionally, it’s nice to take time out with just one of the children. Precious moments, making memories. Last weekend, I took Youngest to Bristol. We headed to Brandon Hill for a nature scavenger hunt, arranged by Muddy Puddles.
We were given a spotting sheet and a colour sheet, and set off to explore the area.The boy was on a mission. We ticked off quite a few on the spotting sheet. Some did stump us. No acorns, but we did count the oak flowers instead, so we ticked that instead. No problem finding cowslips and woodlice.We also collected leaves and petals, to match the colours on the other sheet.
Squirrels were not on either list, but they are so friendly in the area, that we had to say hello.
Then at the end, we had enough collected leaves and flowers to arrange into patterns on the sticky sided plastic to make into a collage. He took great care putting this together. I’m afraid they didn’t stay quite in place when I manoeuvred the other side of the plastic over the top of them. We could have done with a few more hands to help.
It was a great day and he really enjoyed it. More than he thought he would. He had my full attention. I could target everything at his level, without him feeling he was in competition with his older sisters. I loved having time with him. It doesn’t happen often enough. They are running another one in June and already the boy has said that he wants to go. We’ll see.
Ta Da! It’s finished. My second, crocheted blanket. I’d hoped to finish it for spring and I have done just that.
Although, I have to say, working on the daisies in the middle of winter was odd. It made me wish the colder season away, that little bit faster.
I went for a blue, white and yellow colour scheme. I tried to add green, but it took some of the spring out of the daisies. Too dull.
The eagle eyed among you, may have spotted that not all the daisies are white. I added in three yellow flowers. Just randomly. The rebel, buried deep inside me, could not let this blanket be uniformed. Rows of white daisies seemed too ………factory made. So I added the yellow flowers. To buck the trend and break the mould.
In my own quiet way.
I did experiment with echoing the daisy petals on the border. It didn’t work. So instead, I crocheted two lines of white, one of yellow and two white ones again. In an attempt to give the impression of the daisies, without replicating the shape.
The blanket is not perfect. I can see areas, where I missed a bit, but that is OK with me. Already the children have wrapped themselves up in it and told me how much they love this new mama-made piece. I really cannot ask for more. Also the mistakes, miraculously disappear once draped around a child.
It’s ready for it’s first outing to the beach. Along with my first blanket, which is in daily use.
I used the same wool and joining technique as the first crochet blanket. The daisy pattern, may have morphed, but was certainly inspired by Tillie Tuilips daisy blanket . You can find it on my Crochet Inspiration board on Pinterest
Next blanket? I’m thinking bright, jolly colours. More summer themed, me thinks. I could do with a riot of colour. What do you think?