Spring is the time for new beginnings…at Lydd we have been learning to crochet baskets! One of the group members is really very good and she has been guiding us beginners, very patiently. We have all made at least one basket, some of us just need to crochet the handles and we have started crocheting a bag.
This could be the beginning of a social enterprise. We now need to learn how to spin ‘Romney Sheep’ wool and use the yarn we have spun to crochet baskets and more!
The word crochet comes from a french word, ‘croche’, meaning hook. Crochet still remains a hand-craft and has been around since the early 19th century, Europe, it was known as ‘shepherds knitting’.
Queen Victoria leaned to crochet and crocheted scarves for the veterans of the South African war.
By the 1920’s – 1930’s people across England had become ‘hooked’ and were crocheting hats, gowns and other garments.
During and after the war crochet was popular, women would crochet items for the troops and also collars and other accessories to give a fresh new look to their clothing.
The 1960’s and 1970’s saw the creation of the ‘granny square’ and crochet really became fashionable. Granny squares can be different sizes and are a good way of using up part balls of wool. They can be joined together to make blankets, clothing and accessories and homeware, such as cushion covers.
The largest ‘granny square’ blanket, in the world, was made in 2015. It measured 3,133 square metres. It was made as part of the ‘Mandela Day Celebrations’.
Information found on; Wool and the Gang Blog, A Brief History of Crochet, 2015.
A perfect example of nature showing us how to make the very most of foraged materials. What a wonderful example of a ‘foraged Easter nest basket’, complete with eggs. The number of eggs in a clutch can be between 3 and 8.
Swans usually stay loyal to their partners for their lifetime. They will find another partner if one of them dies or they have a nesting failure.
If you have been lucky enough to see them with their curved necks making a heart shape, then you have seen part of their mating dance.
The male, (cob), is larger, has a bigger ‘blackberry’ on his beak and a thicker neck than the female, (pen).
The male helps with the nest building, sitting on the eggs and raising the cygnets. He will rear-up flapping his wings if he senses a threat, while guarding the nest. I witnessed this behaviour a few days ago when Fizz decided to join me in admiring the nest in the photos. When Fizz moved away and he settled down.
Fizz in the wheat field.
Swans are related to ducks and geese. Unlike swans, ducks often have an extra partner to produce extra offspring.
Could this be the extra partner?