Work in Progress Wednesday

March 19, 2014

It’s all been lap work and my sewing machine has only been switched on to do some mending… the worst kind of craftiness I could ever imagine! 

DSC_0793The Granny Stripe Saga continues.  It’s getting quite heavy and apparently it is big enough for a baby cot.  All the ends are darned in, so I could stop here, although I would like to keep going when the weather cools down just a little more! 

DSC_0795 DSC_0794At the end of last year I scored a big bag of the palest, softest German Cotton at my local op shop. Twenty balls for $5.  It must have been a bloke doing the pricing that day! I scoured Pinterest and Ravelry for just the right pattern, looking for something that would be great in only one colour. Then a fellow school mum posted a photo of a 12 point ripple blanket she made in multi-colour on a Facebook Craft group and I decided that would be it! You can find the pattern here.

Once you get past the central rose detail, it’s quite easy-going. I tended to look at the photo of the finished products a little to help me along. Poor Rob was listening to me sighing as I pulled out countless stitches and redid them till I was happy with the result. Men must think we are nuts sometimes.. although you wouldn’t find me walking around for four hours carrying a bag, chasing a small white ball now would you?? 

DSC_0792 DSC_0791A few weeks ago, Chiara asked if I could teach her how to crochet. We have been here many times before. In the past it has been all to no avail. But this time, she sat next to me. We had identical wool, hooks and we both made a small granny square. As I hooked I said every stitch aloud. Then after a few rows I got her to say the stitches aloud as she formed them, with me quietly correcting as mistakes were made and then fixed.  She’s on a roll now and sets herself little goals each day “Just a row today Mum”, or “I’d like to finish this colour today.”  

It’s moments like this, when your teen is sitting on the couch next to you hooking away and enjoying it as much as you do that your heart just swells. There have been times when I thought that she just wouldn’t want to give it a go, because of all the failed attempts to learn in the past, but in the end it was her choice and determination that made her succeed. (And maybe just a little to do with a mama who was prepared to sit there for a few hours as she learned…) 

And one last WIP. xx




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  • Reply Chantelle March 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    gorgeous works of inspiration – love your granny stripe – I’m waiting patiently for my Deramores Colour pack to arrive – plan to work up a big granny stripe too :)
    Lovely that your teen is sharing this beautiful craft with you.
    Love your last WIP – very special and such a blessing too :) all the best!
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  • Reply Sophie March 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I have crochet envy! I’m 34 and still have trouble with a crochet hook :( Somehow I think I’m meant to stick to knitting needles. My daughter also asks if she can have a go when I’m crafting. She has her own sewing machine and does well with straight lines. Your last WIP is just lovely :)
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  • Reply Michelle March 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I cannot crochet to save my life, probably because I didn’t have someone as patient as you to sit and teach me Tash. After some harsh comments by my Home Economics teacher in grade 8, I think I got the idea into my head that I was useless at sewing and crochet. It took me years and a very patient mother in law to get me sewing but she wasn’t able to bestow her crochet skills upon me.
    Your blanket is so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Sam Pereira March 20, 2014 at 6:53 am

    It must be so lovely to share with your daughter. It’s something I look forward to with my own bub. We tried making biscuits together yesterday with bub in the bumbo on the bench… the electric beaters made her cry :(
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