An extended leave of absence…

I’ve been away a while.

Things in our house have been a little crazy. My baby boy (okay, he’s nearly three, but he’s my baby of five boys) is in the process of being diagnosed with autism. This in itself has rather shaken our world, but on top of this he has a new diet which is outrageously restrictive and restricted, but which has produced incredible results in terms of how he is connecting with his family. So, the long and the short of it is that I’m rather chained to him and the kitchen and struggling to find time for my (other) passion – wool.

However, as the shock dies down and the diet becomes a little easier to get my head round, the crochet is creeping back in…

So, for now, this is where my crochet cardigan has got to. It is about half the length I hope it will be eventually, is entirely organic and evolving as I go, ideas popping into my head in the small hours when sleep is eluding me. I started with a pattern and discarded it after about the fourth granny square. I have totted them up and now have, I think, 81 squares so far.

Here’s a reminder of where it began:

One arm-hole

Granny square waistcoat
Granny square waistcoat
Granny Square Waistcoat
Granny Square Waistcoat
Granny Square Waistcoat
Granny Square Waistcoat

And here it is now:

Halfway there...!
Halfway there…!

I inserted two triangles at the back of the hip, in the yellow, green and orange row, which has given it a fuller ‘skirt’ and taken each row from 11 to 13 squares.

The next row is coming on in this colourway and pattern:

New colours and patterns
New colours and patterns

So, my sanity-saver has returned. And I am determined to finish it before the autumn. Earlier if I can.

I have a couple of other WIPs, some of which are old and will stay covered for a while, and some of which are new and smaller, to give me a sense of satisfaction when I finally complete them πŸ˜‰

Before I disappeared, Fiona nominated me for the Liebster award. Fiona, if you see this, thank you. I’ll reconnect when I’m back in full swing πŸ™‚

In other news, our Beard Oil business is launching officially this week and is taking up every second of ‘spare’ time we can find. If you’re involved with a bearded man, check it out. I promise you won’t regret it!

See you soon!


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  1. Just came across your website whilst searching granny square waistcoat. I love how yours has turned out! I’m currently making my own waistcoat and at the stage where I am wanting to insert triangles to make my waistcoat fuller. Can you please tell how you inserted the triangles? Did you place them at the back or was it two triangles at each hip? I have tried for several hours placing the triangles and not getting anywhere. Thank you

    1. I’ll take a picture tomorrow so you can see exactly how I did it. If you search my Facebook page, I’ll put it on there 😊

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