Crochet Pip-Life

What I’ve Been Making

Firstly, Bronte (my ace friends Michelle and Steve’s cat) came to stay. Traditionally when Bronte comes to stay, I like to make her a blanket. Last year I made a Tunisian Crochet one (at the bottom of this post). This time I made a block stitch blanket. BOTH times I used cotton (from various yarn makers) because Bronte really likes natural fibres.

Also, I’m working on this granny square blanket. I feel like I might work on it all year and make it really huge. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my life lately and this blanket feels like it’s got the gains and missteps of all that hooked into it. Sort of like a journal, only it’s written in code, if that makes sense.

Plus, kiddo is doing textiles at school, so he brought home some English paper piecing and I was his sous crafter tacking and sewing those. He did most of the work, to be honest, but it was cute sewing things together and I tried not to reveal that I was pretty much living my dreams in those moments.

I’ve also been making potato curry. I love it the next day on toast. Or on a pile of fluffy rice with a good sprinkling of sea salt and some chilli, too.

I’ve been making lots of words, too, to be honest. For various writing jobs. Thousands and thousands of them. So that’s been good.

Plus I’ve been making time for reading. I finished The May Beetles in 3 days. I’m savouring Only In New York at the moment. I love Lily’s writing and I don’t want the book to end just yet. It’s transporting me back and forth between New York and Carlton, which is a delicious dose of escape and familiarity.

And I’ve been making a lot of coffee. I blame Gilmore Girls.

Have you been making anything?


  • Claire | Heart Handmade UK
    March 12, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Hi Pip, the blankets look fab and Bronte looks chuffed to pieces! I love the idea of the granny square blanket being almost a diary that only you can read. I’m going to seriously think about some long term projects that I can use to chart the year. Thanks for the inspiration! x

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      March 13, 2017 at 4:49 PM

      Aw yay! I think people get so caught up with finishing things, but very often the process is as important as the finished product! 🙂 I love the process! x

  • Jo
    March 1, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    How did you make it?
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

  • Lois CleAL
    February 17, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Bronte is a very lucky cat! She looks extremely comfy 🙂 Love the granny square blanket.

  • Rose
    February 17, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    What excellent stuff you have been making Pip. A delightful combo of words and eats and warm snuggles and shared endeavours. I have been making so many things that it feels a bit chaotic at times. some granny stripe blankets and socks and hats and cardigans… lots of work and study and reading when I can. I’ve been starting each day with a beautiful cup of coffee straight from my cafetiere because the coffee tastes beautiful and more so because of the sound and the smell.

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