So just when I got one big kid back to school (albeit with a hacking cough) – look what happened to the other one…………………
He has spent most of the day either curled up in his sofa nest – or cuddled up on my lap ……………… which is no mean feat with an almost 5 year old, and a strapping one at that!!!
Spot the “Nursey Cat” – the only time she goes near him is when he is poorly. They know – don’t they? And of course “Mary” the pink poodle in her hand crocheted doggie basket and blankie …………….. which was a favourite Christmas present of course
So nothing major got achieved at MFinthree HQ today – no great forging of plans, conference calls or major editing ………….. instead today was spent about this far from the toddler, spooning Calpol , doling out cuddles and reading free books on my Kindle.
I’m reading “Little Women” again, I seem to every year when there is snow on the ground ……….. and of course this (along with books by the Austen’s and Laura Ingalls Wilder) are the few where there is actually knitting in the narrative.
Which got my fingers itching to do something with this orphan ball of lovely yarn in a “not so lovely” colour. It is a true khaki and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what to make with it …………………. but you know the bit in “Little Women” where they all head out into the snow with baked potatoes in their pockets and muffs to keep their hands warm? ………………
Funny how inspiration strikes you?
I’m going to knit my own baked potatoes Stick with me here LOL
I have an almost teen – who won’t wear gloves this winter because its not “the done thing” – so hands in pockets are keeping hands free from frostbite but not exactly cosy.
So this yarn is a Double Knit – should be knitted in a 4 mm pin according to the ball band …………… but I went down to a 3.25 mm to make a much denser fabric and cast on 20 stitches.
I did a rectangle in moss stitch (no reason just to practice a fancy stitch) – then continued in stocking stitch to make a matching plain panel.
Sewed it up along two sides – stuffed 3 tbsp of barley inside and sealed up the little beany bag.
One minute in the microwave makes a toasty hot pocket sized bean bag to keep his hands warm all the way to school. Just like those “wheat bags” made of flannel or fleece that you can use instead of hot water bottles.
Took about 20 minutes per bag to make – really quick project to use up some random yarn. So decided to make Grandad a pair too – keep hands warm on the golf course as he is another one who hates gloves.
They are really nice to hold in your hand when they are warmed up – and apart from those expensive walking gels you can buy in the “outdoors shops” I have never seen little hand warmers like this in the shops.
Tucked into my pockets they kept warm for about an hour BTW – which is plenty time for a school walk after all.
This disadvantage being I suppose that you don’t have a real baked potato to snack on later with these knitted “potatoes” LOL
The when the big boy came home from school he discovered a jiffy bag in the letterbox …………………….. containing a wonderful multicoloured stash of beady treasure courtesy of one of my lovely readers.
Millions – and I mean millions of beads in little baggies – I have poured them into an old spice holder so that they are to hand.
Some of these are destined to made into counting games for the toddler – but some are so pretty that you should keep your eyes peeled for them appearing in a crafting tutorial near you, really soon
So I have half a ball of the khaki cotton left – suggestions on a postcard please?? and someone please tell me that the little one will bounce back soon as I hate seeing him so miserable.
So where do you get your inspiration from your crafting endeavours?? and what is the strangest project you have been inspired to undertake???