For my regular blog readers, you will know that a couple of weeks ago I crocheted this sunburst granny square stool cover for our little puss. Well, with Summer here, my next priority was beautifying our picnic basket with the hope that we will have lots of wonderful and sunny days this summer to enjoy picnics (one can but dream!). Having really enjoyed working these little squares I decided these Sunburst Granny Squares by Priscilla Hewitt would made the perfect little jersey for our basket.
Although I had a good idea of what I wanted, I still needed to figure out how I was going to get there, which to be honest was a bit of guesswork here and there. I was set on having the cover go over and under both lids, but I didn't want it to sit up onto the handle of the basket, if this makes any sense. Basically, I wanted it to fit like a glove. For this project I used DROPS Paris Cotton Aran which I purchased from The Wool Warehouse. I definitely misjudged the amount of cotton I was going to require and there were a couple of days waiting for some more (hate it when this happens). As you can see from the pictures, I did eight granny squares and the rest is just granny crochet around until I got to where I wanted it to be, increasing and decreasing along the way.
I chose a very lovely spot on our doorstep, one we haven't been to for quite some time, largely because for some very strange, but unknown reason (I blame age here!) I have forgotten all about it. Does this happen to you too?
It has river running through it and Josh had so much fun pretending he was surfing on a rather surfboard-like rock.
We found the most perfect spot to camp out for the afternoon to enjoy a rather late lunch and an afternoon of chilling.
For me picnics are all about lovely sandwiches and freshly baked cakes or brownies and a cup of tea offcourse! I took a little empty jam jar with and filled it with some water from the river and a posy of beautiful buttercups. I love pretty things and there is no reason one can't have these little pleasures when your eating out of a basket!
We also tried out the new Strawberry and Rhubarb jam, which I wrote about here and I think I will be making some more very very soon, delicious!
Little Es, enjoying climbing on to everything and anything, such a little monkey.
For me these beautiful old trees are so expressive, every curve on their bodies speak of some chapter in life and express their carefully sculptured moods. For some reason they always make me reflect on my own grounding and how we are all part of this earth, belonging to the greater good. There is something so nourishing about the feeling of belonging and being connected to nature.
Hats on for a cup of tea and some very scrummy chocolate brownies. Our household has become quite fond of these wonderful 'Flourless Chocolate Brownies' by Nigella, possibly because they suit all my intolerances, but also because I am yet to taste a better brownie, so if you haven't made these yet, give them a go.
It was such a wonderfully relaxing afternoon, but all good things have to come to an end.
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