7 March 2014

Something Amazing Has Happened

My 12 year old daughter has asked me to crochet her a lap blanket.

To date she has shunned every offer of something handmade.  Well, that's not quite true.  I managed to coerce her into letting me crochet her a cowl last Autumn.  I got as far as buying the wool but she ended up pooh-poohing all of my suggestions and then changed her mind.  Apparently it's not so cool to adorn yourself with something your Mum has made.

I've stood quietly by while she has oohed and aahed over very ordinary high street knits.  Her favourite winter accessories have been her grey slouchy hat and matching cowl from Zara.  If you peek in her room, it's a nasty One Direction throw that you'll see, lying across the end of her bed.  It crackles with static if you so much as look at it.  How I loathe that thing.  (It would have met an 'accidental' end by now had it not been a present from her brother.)

I wish I could have crocheted when they were both too little to have an opinion.  It must feel amazing to swaddle your baby in a blanket you have lovingly made yourself.

Anyway, this turn of events has delighted me, to say the least.

It started with her being uncharacteristically complimentary about my Spring Stripe blanket.  (My children normally refer to my crochet as "one of Mum's quirks".)  When she actually asked me if I'd make one just for her, I nearly fell off my chair.

She's drawn a picture of what she'd like (stripes again but that suits me - you know how I adore my stripes) and we've ordered the yarn.  There's no going back now.

I love crochet.  I love the whole process from start to finish.  But to actually crochet something specially for my girl which, you never know, could last longer than I do?  That is me loving crochet and some.

Have a glorious weekend.



  1. Aw - that's lovely! Appreciation at last, eh?!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. That's a special moment! Hope you have fun making it, she will love it especially as she has been involved in the designing of it.
    My (almost 19 yr old ) daughter still would not allow me to crochet her anything :( but she loves my sewing!
    Treasure that moment!
    Gill xx

  3. Aww thats lovely, have fun making it oh and I love the anemonie pick, my favourites
    Clare x

  4. I know just how you feel - I was so pleased when my son asked me to make a blanket for him. I hope you enjoy making her blanket. I'm sure she'll treasure it. x

  5. This made me smile, my eldest protests loudly at all things vintage and homemade although I think actually she secret likes them but it's uncool to say so.....you are going to so love making it for her! :) x

  6. How lovely, and made even more special by you both being involved either in its design, its making, or both. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

  7. My teen daughters have also rejected offers of crocheted blankets etc and there is much eye rolling over my favourite quiet past time, however, I often find them under one of my blankets on the couch! I've decided to make Miss 15 one anyway!!! I understand your excitement!

  8. So lovely Heather, I know just how you feel. I keep offering to teach my three girls to crochet but its always a resounding 'No !' That said Meg owns one blanket in her new home, Beth has two in her student home and Immi has put in her order for hers for when she leaves to go to Uni in September. And isn't it funny how whenever you go to get a sofa blanket they are already all being used !
    I'm sure your daughter will adore her special blanket , get that hook working quick.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Kate x

  9. Brilliant! You get to do a make and your daughter gets a blanket and you get to make it for her!! I hope that you all love it. xx

  10. Hooray! I can't wait to see how this develops - I started crochet when my eldest was two, so she's had enough amigurumi toys and silliness around her that a granny stripe blanket in her fave colours was happily accepted when she was seven...but now she's nearly eleven, and I know that window of opportunity is going to slam shut soon...enjoy! Chrissie x

  11. That's wonderful Heather!!
    Have a lovely weekend! Pati x

  12. Aww that's lovely and I'm sure it will be beautiful! Sarah xo

  13. Aww that's so sweet, how lovely for you. I made a blanket last year & my son claimed if for his room. They very idea of me making something for him from the start, well that's different. Much eye rolling indeed..

  14. How lovely to hear this! Enjoy making this extra special blanket for your daughter, Heather! Looking forward to seeing it in progress.
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  15. She's finally seen the light and realised she wants part of her talented mum's makes. I can see why your thrilled. Enjoy the making bit Heather. X

  16. Excellent ...... my boys all have a blanket of their own & I love to see them being used :)

  17. That is so lovely Heather, I can well understand your elation at the prospect of producing her a beautiful blanket full of love and happy thoughts - go girl - she won't change her mind this time, it all sounds so positive! Enjoy the making - I'm really looking forward to seeing its progress for I so love your work and colour choices! Joy xo

  18. Hi, I have not long discovered your beautiful blog, but this is the first time I have left a comment.
    It is wonderful that your daughter wants you to crochet a blanket for her. She will surely treasure it for a long time to come.
    I am also loving your current stripy blanket project. The colours are beautiful, so springlike. Can you tell me what stitch you are using for it please? Is it dc or htr?

    1. I'm so pleased you have, Sonya. Hello! Thanks for your lovely comment. My blanket is simple htrs - two rows of each colour. Hope helps. x

  19. I so totally get you here. My lot only ever want something I've knitted if they need a new beanie or workaday mitts. I know it's great that they'll countenance those but it's as though they think I can't be trusted with anything fashionable, and yet hand knitted versions of the machine knits they buy would be so much nicer.

    Have fun with that hook ;)

  20. Thank you so much for getting replying. HTR's it is then. I shall look forward to starting a blanket.

    Have a lovely day.


  21. How wonderful! I am really happy for you and I totally get why it matters so much. My daughter is 7 and generally humours me in my handmade whims, but she asked for a hat for Christmas and said " But a bought one not a made one Mummy" much to my annoyance. And I've seen her eyeing up the One Direction duvet sets too... x


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