Thursday, 22 March 2012

The perfect start toi the day, a visitor in bed!

Three months old and gorgeous!
William came to visit us for Mothering Sunday and when he came to wake me up it was the perfect start to my day!

He looked pretty happy too!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Counting my blessings. Sadness and compassion.

We were over the moon when William was born.
He was well and such a good weight.
What a lot to be thankful for!!
We felt truly blessed.

When he was in hospital he had a beautiful blanket that his lovely mummy had crocheted for him at the end of his cot.
 One of the nurses and they got chatting.
My lovely daughter in law told her all about our journey together as she learnt to knit and crochet.

When I went to give William a cuddle the same nurse asked me if I would help the Special Care Baby Unit!
Of course the easy request was for little hats!

My Dear Mother In Law is a star with these too!

The nurse then hesitated and asked if I had ever knitted "Angel Pockets!"
I have in the past, and totally realise how wonderful it must be to have something to wrap a little baby in who  has sadly passed away.
I decided to wait awhile as it is quite a hard task and I just wanted my time as a first time Grandma to be joyous.
It has been and even better than I could have dreamed.
So every day I have counted our family's blessings but that request from the nurse has been quietly waiting for acknowledgement.
I had only knitted them before -- quite a lengthy process.
Here is the pattern I use
Cast on 3 stitches.
Knit 1.  Then increase 1 at the beginning of every row until you have 60 stitches.
Knit 1 row.
Knit 1. Knit 2 together until you have 3 stitches remaining and cast off.

To make the pocket work in exactly the same manner on a second part but cast off when you have knitted the row with 60 stitches.

Place the triangle on top of the square and sew the pieces together leaving the top section open.
Crochet 2 ties consisting of 40 chain stitches and attach to each side.
The pocket can be decorated in lots of different ways.
Quite simply.

Or decorated with lace and ribbons.

Now I was pleased with these but actually wanted a quick alternative so that the Special Baby Care Unit would have a nice little supply to help everyone through such a sad time.
So out came my trusty hook!
And within a very short time ---

A trusty Granny square -- I worked 10 rounds as I wanted it be a useful size

Work a row of scallops on 2 edges.
These will become the top of the pocket.

It took me a while to work out how to work the second part of the pocket.

This works for me!

Chain 6 and turn. Work 3 trebles in the 3rd chain from your hook.
Work 1 treble in the next chain and finish the row with 3 trebles in the last chain space. 7 Trebles in total..Turn
Chain 3 (these chains become the first treble in your next row) Work 2 further trebles in the first chain space. Work 1 treble in the next 5 chains and finish the row with 3 trebles in the last chain space. 15 trebles in total.Turn.
Continue increasing in this way on every row until the second part of the pocket matches half of the original granny square.

Place the 2 parts together.
Sew or crochet the 2 parts together.
 Make the 2 ties and a quick answer to an Angel Pocket has been created.

I am so glad I have made a lovely big bundle of these and hope they bring some solace at such a sad time.
If you could possibly make some I am sure your local Special Care Baby Unit would be incredibly grateful or if you would prefer please email me and I would willingly deliver yours to Barnstaple Special Care Baby unit the next time I am lucky enough to go to North Devon to give William a cuddle and you can be sure as I am cuddling him I will be counting my blessings.

Monday, 12 March 2012

The perfect use for scaffolding!!

Welcome home!
Our Daughter has been travelling for 18 long happy months

 But we were even happier to see her arrive home.
This seemed the perfect use for our scaffolding!

                  Thankfully she is not too worried that she does not have a home to return too!!
When she has finished catching up with all her friends I am sure she will grab a paintbrush and help with making this building site a home again!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Some beauty amongst some difficult times

My Mother -In - Law has often featured in my blog.

I have known her nearly 40 years and I can honestly say we have never had a cross word.
She has not been well lately and sadly we did have some sad,bad news when we saw the specialist yesterday.
Things seem a little bleak just now.
 But look at the basket I made for her last week when she was feeling a little down.

She looked at it this morning and things seemed a little brighter.
She has always been a brave lady so just now she is knitting  hats for premature babies.
The best distraction ever and such a reminder of the "Circle of Life!"