Saturday, 22 August 2009

Not Feeling Quite So Clever Now

I have been so proud of my crochet achievements. (You may have noticed.) The other night I sent Millie an email, with photos, very much like my last blog post. She had no idea what I'd been up to, and I thought she'd be pleased to know I'd been working on a way to mend the lovely blankets her granny made. I told her I thought I was nearly there; that I knew the square I'd crocheted didn't look quite like the ones in the blanket, but I reckoned I'd worked out how to make them like her granny, and I figured the next one would be up to the mark.

Millie phoned me last night. 'Thank you for your email,' she said.

'No problem.' I sat back on the sofa, waiting for my due allocation of gratitude and praise.

'Your crochet looks very good,' she said. 'Although Pete says he's not holding his breath for his blanket.'

Such a joker, Millie's husband. I chuckled obligingly.

'The only thing is,' Millie sounded as if she was trying to suppress a laugh, 'you know my granny's blankets?'

'Er, yes.'

'I can tell you why the squares don't look like the one you've made.' Now she could barely get her words out between giggles. 'My granny didn't crochet those blankets. She knitted them.'

I was speechless. I used to knit! How come I didn't realise? Why didn't any of you lot realise either? Or maybe you did, and you were just being tactful...

'You can crochet blankets too,' Millie said kindly. 'I'm sure they'll be very nice.'

I intend to spend this weekend lying in a darkened room with a cold compress on my forehead, in the hope that by Monday my face will have returned to its normal colour. Have a good one, yourselves!

11 comments:

Debs said...

So funny. I would never have known as I've never knitted or crochetted (sp?) anything at all, so it looked fine to me.

JJ Beattie said...

Well. Hmmmm. No I can't actually see that that is true at all. It looks crocheted to me...

But, you know... I'm rubbish.

hilaryusfun said...

Well I consider myself a Knitter, (ie one who can talk endlessly about yarn, and who sheds fluff in all directions) but I can't see that at all.

That is hardcore knitting. I think crochet may be the way forward on that....

Debi said...

So you created something utterly new, making it your own like adapting a much-loved recipe.

And the problem with that is ...? (I speak as a woman with 2 left thumbs, so am easily impressed.)

Queenie said...

You are all lovely. Debs, I'm glad it gave you a giggle. Hilary, I think the phrase 'hardcore knitting' is not only spot on, but will stay with me for life!

Karen said...

Blimey, I used to do both and I didn't spot that they were knitted. My gran would be spinning in her grave!!

Is there a helpline for this sort of thing?

Carol said...

Knitted?? Really?? Well I never!!

*goes away chortling*

C x

Bernadette said...

I've never seen a knitted piece with that little circle in the middle - maybe my life is more sheltered than I think! Possibly done on a circular needle...? (Or maybe Millie is having you on!)

PI said...

I've never used LOL but LOL!

Beleaguered Squirrel said...

Oh dearie me, that's very funny. I mean, embarrassing for you and all that, but still... very funny.

If it's any consolation I knit too, and I've been back and looked at the original photo, and that's some damn fancy knitting. It still looks like crocheting to me. Is Millie *sure*?

womagwriter said...

Oh that blanket is definitely crocheted! As the owner of blankets both knitted and crocheted by my grandmother, and I've made a cot blanket or two in my time, it is definitely crocheted! Your Millie's having you on, or deluded.

You keep crocheting!