These pictures absolutely captured my imagination and I’d pore over them for ages, taking in all the detail. When I had Bea my Dad passed on my old books and I re-discovered the Benedict Blathwayt books with glee. As an adult I still love the detail in each picture and can imagine myself within each little scene and landscape.
When I looked at the patchwork of fields and farmyard I just thought of how wonderful they would be in crochet form and what a fabulously old-fashioned toy it would make. So there began the idea for a crochet farm play mat.
I was able to keep track of stitches and rows and coloured in each bit as I went to keep track of what I’d done.
I have to admit that towards the end I became really quite bored of those long rows of green double crochet and was very glad indeed to finish the last field.
Then it was time for a just a few embellishments. I’d imagined a pond and stream from the beginning, inspired by the book, and thought I’d try my hand at a ripple for the first time and see how it worked for the stream…
… a raging success if I do say so myself! I used Lucy’s neat ripple pattern and absolutely loved it, she really does write (and photograph) the best tutorials.
The last component was a flat circle pond (pattern also from Attic24) and both stream and pond were joyously stitched on whilst watching The Jungle Book with Bea.
And so came the end result and I really am pleased. The scale is a bit dodge but it’s homespun and I really don’t mind, plus Bea has a very eclectic mixture of plastic farm animals in various shapes and sizes so hopefully the whole thing will just look rather wacky.
Hehe I love it! It’s a bit baggy and saggy in places but I used a selection of dk yarns from my stash and they didn’t all marry up fully but hey ho, it’s going to be trampled on and toddled over and crawled on so I don’t think it really matters.
A close up of the water feature:
And a last view down the lane towards the wheat field:
This will be a present for Bea’s first birthday in a few weeks. Photos of the whole caboodle – complete with wooden buildings and plastic animals – will follow once she has seen it herself.
I feel so happy to be able to spend time doing something I love and using it to make things for Bea to play with and hopefully enjoy. Happy happy x x x