Today has involved an awesome combination of crochet, cars and castles!
It started in the car this morning, where I managed a good chunk of finishing off on the chenille crochet cushion I am putting together.
Crochet On The Go
I love crocheting in the car. Probably in no small part because I am not a good passenger.
Relaxing and watching the world go by is not my strong point. If I’m in a vehicle, I want to be behind the wheel. Fortunately, a great way to ignore my inner (and outer) control freak, is to bring along a mountain of crochet.
I am hoping to complete it off this evening, and I will put the pattern up for you in the next few days.
Crochet In The Car – Tips!
If you are going to crochet in the car, then you need to have the right kit.
Scissors, a yarn needle and a couple of stitch markers can make the difference between a highly productive session on the go and a frustratingly aborted one.
If you are working in circular rounds, then stitch markers are essential. You cannot count in your head in the car, at least I certainly can’t. It’s even harder to ignore your family’s interruptions in a confined space than it is when you are sitting on the sofa.
The chenille cushion cover has the added bonus of being in the joining phase, so I was mostly just slip stitching my way around the edge today – using only yarn and hook.
Crochet & Castles
Today’s car journey had a wonderful destination – a Princess Castle! You can hopefully see from the photos why my little girl calls it this, and why the name has stuck with the family.
It’s a very inspiring place – an incredible mixture of 12th to 19th Century architecture. Full of turrets, enormous walls and beautiful rooms.
Frankly, it also looks like something out of Disney movie. Especially as you walk around the corner towards the entrance.
The gardens are stunning too.
Beautiful flower beds that would look more appropriately placed somewhere exotic, adorned with numerous water features and luscious lawns.
The colors of the flowers got me thinking about the projects I will be working on in the coming months.
Yellows, oranges, whites, pinks and purples are going to play a big part.
On the way through town I stole a few moments away from the kids, and with my best friend in tow (yes, I’m an adult and still have a Best Friend. She’s that awesome) poked around the second hand bookshop.
It’s a real treasure trove, and one of my favourite places to pick up vintage crochet books. Today was no disappointment, as I came home with this incredible slice of history clutched in my hands.
Books like this are fascinating insights into our recent history, not just into the world of crochet, and I totally love them.
In fact, I have a fairly huge crochet book collection these days. I’ve written in the past about a select few of them in some detail, and I will definitely be putting together a guide to my bookshelf in the near future so that you can check them out too.