Well whilst I have been ill and am now recuperating I have taken up crochet again. I found that it helps with the jitters from the steroids and although the stitching is repetitive there is little or no resistance and so no pressure on my hands so quite therapeutic really. There have been more than a few moments when the air was blue because I dropped a stitch and couldn't feel the wool to pick it up again but never mind. I have done a few small pieces over the years so this time I decided to go for something a bit bigger. I have made a 'poorly' blanket. I think most homes have one -the one you snuggle into on the settee when you're not feeling well! It has ended up about 5feet square and I dead chuffed with it. I have bought a plain 'supersoft' blanket and have backed it with it so very warm. Only problem now is it's so blooming heavy! Ellie said she wanted it and when I said no she said she'd buy it off me! She was most disgruntled when I said she couldn't afford it. I worked it out that there is about 80 hours work in it at minimum wage that's nearly £500.00! Then I got to thinking about all those crocheted and knitted blankets you see in the charity shops
that sell for a couple of pounds all that work for pennies really . How sad is that?
This is a skill that is dying out and I really should show my girls how to do it. I remember my Nan teaching me but along with all Nan's she had so much patience much more than I do with my girls. Perhaps one day I'll have Granddaughters and I cn show them and I also will have patience just like my Nan did with me.
Love Kate x