Hello, and thank you for welcoming me back last week. I really wasn't sure whether any of you would still be here. I am still feeling quite wobbly (new monarch, new prime minister, new budget, uncertain future) but the security I found in being back in this place is reassuring.
Today I'd like to share a bit of crochet with you. A couple of Christmases ago my sister gave me a Little Box of Crochet and on the gift tag she wrote that she had chosen it for me because of my love of crochet, my love of the seaside and my love of my summerhouse. Wasn't she thoughtful? Now, I am a sucker for a good box and this Box was very good indeed; to be honest, she could have given me this empty box and I would have been delighted. However, when I opened it up it was even better. Here is what I found:
Inside was everything I needed to make a little string of seaside bunting: five balls of cotton yarn, a pattern book, a crochet hook, a needle and a sweet little handmade stitch marker. However, this wasn't all, as I carefully unpacked the tissue-wrapped contents, savouring the moment, I found some lovely treats, a postcard and a pair of earrings. Inside, I did a little happy dance.
I was itching to get started but it was winter and I realised that I wanted to crochet this bunting not for the summer but in the summer and specifically, on a beach, so I set the Box aside. Actually, that's not strictly true because I kept opening it up to look at the contents and every time I did that I smiled and got a little bit excited. In August I packed the Box into my suitcase, donned a mask and (tentatively) took a half-hour flight from Southampton to Guernsey with the Best Beloved. The weather was glorious and on our first day there, while the Best Beloved and The Mathematician swam in the blue sea, I sat on the beach under a blue sky and crocheted. I couldn't have been happier.
However, one of the flags confused me, it was a plain white triangle adorned with flowers and I just couldn't work out how why it was there and if I couldn't understand it's place in the string, I couldn't happily make it. I turned to the internet and found the designer's website here, she is Eleanora at Coastal Crochet and she lives on the south east coast of England. She explained that this flag represented white chalk cliffs with springtime flowers and there was a photo of said cliffs. At last it made sense! I realised that this was a very personal project and that gave me the confidence to design my own flag because my favourite cliffs are not white, they are golden, with grass above them and sand at their feet, in which lie shells and, if I am lucky, fossils. Here is my flag:
Amanda Bloom has closed down her Little Box of Crochet but the company is being revived soon by somebody else under the same name and is already active on Instagram if you fancy a Little Box for yourself or somebody else (that C thing is coming!). Amanda is there too,and on Facebook, now running Cosy Life Boxes which is similar but different, if that makes any sense!