It all started here. Wondering what I’d get if I didn’t add any increases to a granny circle. A-ha! A granny bowl. A very wee granny bowl. It sat so prettily upon the table. It was a jewel like jelly fish washed up on the sand. A very pretty jelly wobbling on a fine china plate. A limpet covering the low tide rocks with a floral carpet – oh I can’t wait til the summer holidays – Abby and Julian, I’ll need your help!
Or it could be half a Christmas bauble. Oh yes. I could definitely see Christmas bauble potential. So, instead of rising from my desk and doing some of the sewing that awaits me on the kitchen table, I gathered my balls of cotton and began more trebling.
I do declare, choosing the colours to put together is such fun. And they rarely turn out exactly as I think they will. Well actually, I can’t really picture the finished combination when I start so as I finish I find myself thinking “oh that’s what you are – you’re so pretty” or “really? hmmmm …. “. Funny enough, when I show my family and ask which ones they like best, they almost always like the ones I’m not so fussed on. Goes to show. One person’s perfect cup of tea is another person’s dishwater. Or something like that.
Now it was obvious that there needed to be two of each little granny limpet. But true to Lily form, after hooking up the first two, I dedicated the rest of the day to making the first half of each bauble. Because it was fun.
Until I had a wee pile of granny limpets. By this stage, they made me think of patchworked echinacea. So because my lawn has no spring bulbs shooting and summer flowers are a long way off, I planted my limpets, just to see if they could indeed have a floral future – and they so could! Wouldn’t they be so sweet lining a garden path for a birthday party! You’d have to finish them off properly with a felted wool ball for the echinacea head, and have them firmly attached to the stick. With a couple of felt leaves embroidered with the names of the party guests – then they could pick theirs and take it home as a party favour. Much better than lollies. Oh my goodness Abby – have another birthday party dear! A flower fairy party. What? You’re 17 this year and flower fairies just aren’t your thing any more? That doesn’t matter nearly as much as indulging your mother’s fancies!
Sigh. Well, despite it being a FABULOUS idea and I SHALL do it one day – for myself if needs be – these limpets are destined for more jolly things. And so I stitched their shells together – turned them into ocarinas it did – and stuffed them with fleece. Now there was a brief interlude when the first one – the yellow centred one below – had a crocheted yellow border finishing it off. And it was as irritating as the chicken pox. It just didn’t sit right and I confess, I was disappointed with the effect and cursing as I fetched Abby from school. I’ve spent all day making these bloody things and there’s six of them and now I don’t really love them.
But when I got home, ripped that yellow off, and SEWED the two shells together with the same thread as the final border …. oh. The chicken pox feeling cleared up immediately and I was much pleased. I also changed the pattern slightly from the first yellow centred one. It had chained spaces between the granny clusters – which made for a slightly floppsy integrity. So they’re gone – making my limpets much tighter and more bauble like.
I am very excited about this pattern – I hope to make many more – for our tree, for Nanny and Grandad, for Abby’s school teachers, for Mum to take to family in Vancouver at Christmas … I think they’ll make marvellous little presents. Quick to crochet. Frugal with the yarn. Just right.
And I did announce, via Instagram, that the pattern would be here tonight. But it isn’t. Sorry. I have written out all the instructions but I would like to take several more photographs to illustrate some of the more difficult-to-describe-in-writing steps. And put it together really nicely as a proper pattern you could print off with my “pint of cream” details. So that will happen tomorrow when there’s plenty of light to take nice, clear photos and I can coerce Abby into helping me with the layout. Hope that’s okay and you didn’t have your yarn and hook ready and waiting. Yeah right :-)
I also had a rather good idea involving some little secret bits to put inside … you’ll see.