My sweet Blossom-girl had a rostered day off from work yesterday so she invited me to spend the day at her house for some sewing and a Jane Austen movie.
She's been working very hard and I could tell last week that she was very much in need of 'time-out' and some mama-love-TLC so on my way to her place I had an idea for something beautiful, something fun, and something yummy.
Blossom is like me, she loves fresh flowers on the table, so I brought carnations to brighten her smile and her home (one of Nana's favourite blooms)...
She used to enjoy knitting as a young teen so I bought us both a $2.99 starter pack of The Art of Knitting...
...which contained two balls of wool, knitting needles, and numerous simple patterns.
The main project and purpose of this series is to knit squares in a large variety of plain and gradually more difficult stitches over a series of time to make yourself a throw rug. Blossom was thrilled!
When my girl is tired and worn I know she needs healthy sustenance so I brought a bounty of healthy fare which she prepared for our lunch in front of the telly...
We watched "Death Comes to Pemberley", a movie adaptation of the PD James novel which follows on from Jane Austen's "Pride and Predjudice".
We very much recommend it - favourite English actors, good storyline, and stunning cinematography!
The first square of our throws are simple garter stitch so we progressed well through the afternoon even amidst our Pemberley distractions....
Blossom intends continuing with The Art of Knitting course as she's needed a gentle hobby to occupy her hands at night. After this first issue, which included wool and patterns for two blocks, the future weekly issues contain supplies and patterns for increasingly challenging blocks until your knitted throw is complete.
I know some may think it much less costly if Blossom were to purchase her own wool at Spotlight and google different knitting square patterns, but sometimes when life is wearisome and you're already run off your feet, this sort of endeavour - the kind where it's all supplied for you - is wise.
This gives her a creative 'unwind' at the end of a mentally draining working day and evening home duties of cooking, washing and ironing for the love of her life.
It brings the day to a gentle close.
The course is $7.99 per week after the initial $2.99 starter pack, and a second $4.99 double pack.
Just for a little perspective, in Australia a fat quarter sells for $6-7 and a skein of Cottage Garden threads will cost anywhere between $7 and $9 depending on the store.
I wasn't sure if I'd continue with The Art of Knitting but it was definitely enjoyable doing this with Blossom as a fun girlie project yesterday. I used to be an excellent knitter until an operation on my right hand restricted its movement with a knitting needle. After so much pain and swelling in my hands if knitting continued for too long, or with small needles, in the end I simply stopped. (in comparison hand stitching is wonderful for my hands!)
But Blossom would love for us to have matching throw rugs in our homes, so you never know...a small square knitted once a week might be doable. I shall give it a try.
Do you have daughters?
Is there a hobby you both share?
Have a blessed day,