Friday, 9 March 2018

Quick change

Winter in Kent is usually quite a mild affair compared to other areas of the British Isles, but last week we were hit by an icy blast which plunged us into the kind of sub-zero temperatures that only come once in a blue moon. It even snowed in London.  The snow was fun but the rail networks struggled with freezing points (well, freezing everything probably).  Flora loved it, she went all setter and charged around in it in a wild frenzy of friskiness.  She didn't seem to notice the cold.  Then, it went away as quickly as it came, the temperatures went up this week (into double figures one day).

I've been joining in a knitalong over the last couple of weeks, hosted by Ami who is The Little Tailoress on Instagram and Ravelry.  We're knitting 'bonding squares' - pairs of 5-inch squares for hospitals to help mums and babies who are separated because of premature birth or other problems.  One square goes to mum, who wears it next to her skin and the other goes in the incubator with baby.  The squares are swapped after a few hours (about 12 I think) so baby is snuggled in with mum's scent and mum has baby's scent on her square when she goes home.  Mine will go to St. Thomas's Hospital in London.  I can't think of a better way to use up leftover yarn/yarn stash.  One of my daughters was premature and the separation is tough, not helped by the somersaulting hormones.  I felt a bit tearful at times while knitting these little squares, even after all these years (silly sausage!)

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane xx


  1. What a thoughtful gift, bonding squares. I didn't know such a thing existed. We still have a few patches of snow and the hillsides nearby are snow covered. Our dog loves the snow, too. He is so small, he literally burrowed under the white blanket. x

  2. Strange weather we have at the moment, March started with severe frost we had not had for years, and we could even skate outside. This week weather has changed to very mild, even + 15 degr.C. yesterday. Hope spring has finally arrived and stays, started cutting the roses, love it to work outside again.
    I never heard before about bonding squares, it's a very good idea and a great gift for the St. Thomas's Hospital.

  3. What a beautiful thoughtful and much needed project xx

  4. These are lovely Jane. I've recently crocheted some of these for a colleague whose young man was not quite behaving himself whilst inside his mummy and made his entrance to the world 8 weeks early. She has found them very useful I believe. He is doing well but just needs to grow a bit now. So yes they are a great way to use up left over yarn that you really would find a better use for.

    Mitzi - Lazy Days & Sundays