For the last eight months, I have been knitting and crocheting like a fiend for one very good reason… my daughter told me she was expecting her first child, and my first grandchild. What better excuse is there? It was that flurry of activity that gave rise to this blog. So many friends were interested in what I was making and a few suggested I should start blogging about it. At the same time, I began exploring homemade things that went beyond fibre arts – cooking, baking, growing my own vegetables, preserving food, using essential oils to create home cleaning products and even my own skin care in order to reduce the toxin load and endocrine disrupters in my home. Friends kept asking me to share recipes and tips with them. I needed labels for the food I was preserving and home cleaning products I was making, so after a trip to Officeworks, the ‘Homemade by Bridget A’ labels were created and the idea for the blog took root.
That idea has now blossomed and is coming alive before you. Just like my grandson developed, grew and then came alive. Thaddeus arrived on Monday night – a few weeks early. I cannot tell you how much love I have in my heart for this little guy already; and I haven’t even met him yet. My daughter lives in another country so it will be another month before I can see him. In the meantime, I have a very special crochet blanket to finish for him. “Sophie loves Lila Björn Winter Blanket’ is a gorgeous large blanket that uses overlay crochet technique. There are about a squillion ends to weave in, but it is worth it! The pattern can be found here on Ravelry.
So far, I have made my grandson two sweaters, two beannies, two pairs of slippers (including one pair with koalas on them so he doesn’t forget he is half-Australian!), a chenille star-blanket, the Lilla Björn blanket, and an Amigrumi earthworm. I have the yarn and pattern for another sweater for when he’s a little older that I will start soon. Stay tuned for future blog posts about some of the patterns I’ve used as well as some posts on my attempts to learn to spin wool!