I have a theory that one of those island bench wotsits plonked in the middle of a bright airy kitchen is the key to household harmony. After conducting a semi-official survey over the last decade or two, it’s bleedingly obvious to me that the kitchen is the hub of any house. Or at least houses that ooze welcome and warmth: the ones that feel loved and properly lived in. The bit of my theory that remains somewhat untested is that communication with kids – particularly older ones with hormones – works best when it looks as though you aren’t paying attention. There’s always stuff to be doing in the kitchen and an island bench has gravitational pull. I’m betting that it’s entirely feasible to chop carrots and have the simultaneous lowdown on the latest kid saga.
We do not have an island bench wotsit. One day we will. We just need to make a whole heap of space by knocking down three load-bearing walls surrounding the existing kitchen while figuring out how to keep the roof where it’s supposed to be.
In the meanwhile, I find knitting to be an excellent substitute. While it looks like I am immersed in the stitchery (because I still can’t knit without looking), it’s really just a fine motor skill version of sitting in a comfy chair, meditatively rocking back and forth. Good conversations happen around knitting. Although I do have a somewhat alarming tendency to throw extremely direct questioning into the mix, then seemingly submerge myself in a tricky bit of the pattern. The on the road bit of Thursday’s 24 hour road trip was spent entirely knitting and nattering, as was much of the evening huddled around an extremely cosy fire with close friends. Food for the soul. Also a new top for the two year old:
The photographic honeymoon period is over. The kid is now calling the shots. Use your imagination and look at the ingredients here and the free pattern here. I made allowances given I had neither the correct size circulars, nor the appropriate wool and the pattern is for a three to five year old. I just couldn’t go past the variegated sock yarn (with its ‘OOOH! Look, now it’s red! OOOH! Look, now it’s green!’ appeal) and the fact that the entire top is easy peasy, knit in the round and without any of that joinery malarkey at the end. More food for the soul.
EDIT: My apologies, but it seems that the free pattern has turned paid pattern, although sizes are now available up to a child’s 8-10...