Things have been pretty hectic here at home. We’re still in the middle of huge renovations, and will be for a while longer. Since we try to do most of it ourselves, we only have evenings and weekends to actually do something. And now that we have a brand new baby, most of the work is down to my hubby. So it can get stressful, at times.
To clear our heads and get away from it all, we rented a little appartment near the coast of Normandy.
We went for walks on and near the beach.
Visited the American cemetery.
And the Memorial museum.
Saw the Bayeux Tapestry.
And Bayeux’s cathedral, just in time to escape the rain.
And in between, I crocheted some granny squares for my Weekend in Stockholm throw.
13 done, 43 to go!
Life is good, like that. Now let’s get that throw finished. It might come in handy this winter!
Yesterday there was a big fair here in Ghent, organized by the Flemish recycling stores. Theme: retro 60s and 70s. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who had heard about this fair. By the time I arrived, people were already leaving with fabulous lamps. I’d told myself not to buy anything that I didn’t really need, but that’s quite hard to do when walking through rows and rows of cool retro stuff. One of the things I came across (apart from shoes, glasses and an old electronic projects kit) was this small granny square afghan.
I loved the flowers it had, so I couldn’t resist buying it.
Of course, that means that I now have this small afghan without a specific purpose. I think I’m going to make a cushion out of it. Once that’s finished, it will look great in my rocking chair.
A girl can never have enough bags. Nor shoes, for that matter, but that’s a different story.
Feeling crochety, I thought I’d make myself one. Pattern of choice: Debbie Stoller‘s Granny no square handbag. Basically, you just need to crochet a number of so-called granny squares. I used the pattern described in Debbie’s book, but it goes without saying that you can use just any pattern, as long as they are squares. You can make as many squares as you want to get the bag as large or as small as you want. I did just what the book prescribed and made twelve of them.
Once you have all the squares, you only need to crochet them together. Inside out, it then looks something like this:
That’s the less fun part of granny squares, a lot of loose thread that needs to be tucked in. It takes a while and can get rather tiresome, but once this is done, the only thing that’s left to do is the shoulder strap. And that goes really fast.
To decorate the squares, Debbie advises to get some rivets. Not knowing what rivets were exactly, I asked the shop lady for them. Unfortunately, the only rivets she had were with holes in them, like the ones that are used in belts. And having holes in my bag, no matter how small, is not exactly something I wanted. So instead, I used the upper half of press on buttons. And now it looks like this: