We have just returned from a few days with my parents, who live a couple of hours' drive away. It was the loveliest couple of days. Lots of yummy food, because despite popular opinion my mother can cook. She just doesn't enjoy it as much as others seem to. Feeding my family is entirely satisfying though - they eat everything and tell her how wonderful it was. You wouldn't think iced chocolate cake was that amazing. Maybe they're just deprived?
In any case, Mr Busy got apple and rhubarb pie, and lots of boys-only trips of secret-men's-businness with his Dad and Grandpa. I think they included coffee and cake. Us girls went Geo Cache-ing. My aunty got Mum into it, and then Miss Sunshine downloaded an app and we got into it. And then Miss Sunshine told a couple of friends and now they're into it. So much fun at no cost. Glorified orienteering with a GPS that tells you exactly where you should find the cache.
I got back into crocheting. My mother is the kind of crafter who has all of the paraphernalia required for every craft under the sun. She was the perfect person to ask about crocheting patterns. "What do you want to make?" she asked me. I didn't know, just something. So she dragged out her pile of pattern magazines and such and I looked through every single one. The pile was nearly a foot high, but that's half the fun - choosing something. I found something I loved, went to Spotlight and got my wool and in less than 24 hours I have something significant to show for my time. I love crocheting - so satisfying! In between choosing the pattern and getting started, my precious mother figured out the pattern so I could just get on with it. Because reading the pattern is often the biggest obstacle to crocheting (and knitting). She had to write DC = TR for me at the top of it so my British-oriented brain could cope with a US pattern. I guess I just don't speak US when it comes to crochet patterns. I haven't crocheted for a very long time, but my brain is firmly imprinted with the way I was taught!
At the end of it I will have this vest:
And because crocheting grows so quickly I am already well on my way. All this since 5pm yesterday - a mere 4 hours of work.