Monthly Archives: February 2012

A splash of colour

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Sitting having my breakfast this morning the sun was streaming through the window, shining right on to my colourful mess of crochet where I left it last night. By the time I got my camera out the sun was starting to hide away. But the colours still looked lovely, and thought they were worthy of a photo.

By the time I’ve got my computer up and running (only about 15 mins after taking the photo – I tend to faff around a bit) it’s looking decidedly grey and gloomy outside. Just in time for me to go out. Fantastic.

Anyway, a quick progress report. My Granny Stripes stopped halfway. My reason? I started making something else! But it’s all connected: I decided that the stripes would be great for the back of a cushion, so thought I’d make two panels that would overlap to make the back.

That was because I wanted to put this on the front:

A giant Granny Square!

And I’m really happy with the front, especially as it reminds me of a blanket I had on my bed as a child.

But I’m now less happy with the back – it doesn’t really fit properly with the Granny Square, and having two different things going on on the same cushion makes my eyes water a little.

So, after thinking it through (and looking around for inspiration) I think I’m going to turn my stripes into a full sized cushion front, and back it with a jumper, a la Lucy.

And my Granny Square will have a matching one to make up the other side, but with an extra bit worked on to one side to make a flap for closing (I don’t like cushions from which you can not remove the covers – I’m quite messy and spill things easily, so things need to be washable!)

I’ve made a start on my second Granny Square, but it only has two rounds so far. Let’s hope for some good stuff on TV to keep me entertained as I work through it!

Spot the difference…

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I thought I’d give you a little update on my Granny Stripe cushion cover. Here it is so far…

Anyone spot any differences?

Yep, it’s completely different. About 5 minutes after my last post I looked at it and decided that I just wasn’t happy with it. I didn’t like the colour combination – all the colours were fine, but just not in that order. And I decided that I only wanted one row of each colour, not two. And my foundation chain was too tight, so even within the few rows I’d worked it was wavy and all over the place.

So I pulled it apart and started again! I made a much shorter foundation chain (60 stitches instead of 90) and used a 4.00 mm hook so it wouldn’t be so tight (I switched to a 3.50 mm hook to work the main part).

And I’m much happier with it this time round! I like the colours in this order, and much prefer just one row of each colour. And even better, it’s working up much more quickly due to the shorter rows – bonus!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m also working in some of my brand new wool! The colours aren’t quite the same in the picture, but are pretty close. From left to right they are:

Pomegranate, Aspen, Lipstick and Turquoise, all in Stylecraft Special DK.

Lovely!

As well as having a chilled out afternoon watching trashy TV and working on my Granny Stripes, I’ve been doing a little more pottering around on the internet and come across a whole host of gorgeous blogs! My most favourite can be found on the menu either at the top of the page, or in the right hand column. I’d recommend having a look – so many pretty and inspiring things! Enjoy!

A little light activity

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After an enjoyable but hectic morning with the kids in Sunday school, it’s lovely to shut myself away an just have an afternoon of gentle pottering. My pottering this afternoon didn’t involve leaving my chair (surely the best kind of pottering?).

Instead, I pottered around the internet. Along with the obligatory checking of Facebook and emails, I indulged in a little link hopping. I started off with another WordPress blog, Creative Pixie, and had a little browse of her lovely projects. Then I scrolled to her blogroll, partly just to be nosy (as I’m a pretty nosy kind of person) and partly to see if there was any inspiration lurking.

And there was! I came across Bunny Mummy and Diary of a Quilter, both of which are just gorgeous. And yesterday I came across MemeRose as I was browsing through the blogroll over at Attic 24.  It’s amazing what you can find when you spend a little time being nosy! These have all been added to my ‘Beautiful Blogs’ menu, which can be found to the right. (They also appear along the top, although I’m not quite sure why – haven’t been able to figure it out yet!) I’ll be adding more to the menu as I come across more treasures.

In amongst the nosiness, I also started a new project. My wool, spilling out of my beautiful crocheted bag, was right next to me, just begging to be used.

I liked the idea of making a crochet cushion cover, and decided on Granny stripes as the basis. I followed Lucy’s pattern, which can be found here. However, it’s already a whole lot longer than I anticipated at the beginning. Oops! So instead of going back and starting again (which I just hate doing!) I’ve decided I’ll just make it work. Somehow. I havent figured out all the details yet, but I’m sure it’ll be fine! It’s only a few rows long so far, but have got lots of lovely colours to work with, and am planning to treat myself to another couple of colours tomorrow. Yes, I know I have a huge bag full already, but you can never have too many colours! And I’m using Stylecraft DK, which is really quite cheap (can you hear me talking myself into it?!)

Will keep you updated on the progress, but here it is so far, elegantly modelled on my laptop 🙂

A busy week

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First let me apologise for being so quiet all week. I’ve been working a bit more this week, so spent lots of time planning lessons – fun! In between I’ve been trying to get a bit more of my cushion cover done. But I’ve obviously not been trying very hard as I think I’ve only done about 4 more rows since my last post – oh dear!

One reason for this is that I just couldn’t resist playing with some of my new wool! I started with the lovely, snuggly Norse wool, used a 5mm hook and got started on a snood. Using a big hook and thick wool is great, as it grows nice and quickly – brilliant for someone with little patience.

I was holding off showing the finished product as I haven’t found the right buttons yet. I decided to make it adjustable and will add two sets of buttons so it can be made tighter or looser as the wearer desires. But I have a very particular idea for buttons in my mind and can’t seem to find them! So rather than get some I’m not happy with I’ve decided to shop around for a bit until I find the perfect fit. In the meantime, this is what it looks like so far, in it’s very nearly finished state…

I’ve also spent a fair bit of time this week browsing through other people’s blogs and looking at many beautiful crochet patterns (isn’t google a wonderful tool?!) My favourite pattern this week has got to be the African flower tutorial, found at Craft Passion. I have to say, it was the colour combination that caught my eye, the pinks and greens looking so lovely and spring like on a gloomy winter day. I eagerly found some pretty colours of my own and whipped up a lovely purple and green flower. 

I found it easier than I thought I might, so having had a little practice I got out the gorgeously fluffy Patons wool (the back row) and set to work. It’s nice to work with, but did find I ended up covered in fluff – but one has to make some sacrifices for one’s art!

 

Aren’t they pretty? And so super soft and sunggly – just right for (yet another) scarf!

I also discovered MemeRose this week. So beautiful and so worth looking at. Enjoy!

A Cardiffy Weekend

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Mum and I have been treating ourselves again, and spent some time in Cardiff this weekend. We stayed with another cousin and his family and had a great time with them. I was especially excited to see his nearly 7 year old daughter doing her knitting! Such a look of concentration on her face, and so proud of her work.

Then last night we went to see Straight No Chaser and they were amazing! If you’ve never heard of them you’re not alone – most people have a very blank look when I mention them, but you need to listen to them (here is a good place to start. And here. And maybe here too.) Just brilliant! And so very funny too – it must be hard to act so goofy and sing amazingly at the same time, but they do it so well!

So after a great evening yesterday and a slightly damp walk to school this morning, we decided to take a detour to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway on the way home. I enjoyed browsing through the shops and flicking through books and magazines, but the things that really caught my attention were the balls of wool! John Lewis and Hobbycraft both have a selection of colours and textures that make me drool a little bit just looking at them. And of course I wasn’t content with just looking, and ended up coming home with 4 more to add to my ever growing collection.

This Norse wool is just beautifully soft and snuggly, and is destined to become a snood or scarf. I’m not sure yet whether to knit or crochet… it needs serious thought!

And this kid classic is just gorgeous – and was half price (I love a good bargain!) I can see this becoming gloves, or possibly a lacy, elegant scarf.

Last week, when I got back from the oh so exciting craft fair, I was so excited to get using some of my beautiful new wool. But so far I haven’t touched it! But there is a good reason for this, I assure you. I knitted a cushion cover for my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas, and they liked it so much they’ve asked for another one. This did throw me into a slight panic at first, as I made up the pattern and had it scribbled out on a piece of paper, which for all I knew could have been thrown away weeks ago! But, thanks to my compulsion to keep everything, I managed to find it screwed up in the bottom of my knitting bag. Hurrah for not throwing things away! So I’ve been busily knitting away and have nearly finised the first flap of the back (I’ll knit it all in one long piece – half of the back, the front and the other half of the back). And here it is so far, looking all lovely and snuggly and warm 🙂

Finishing off and sewing up

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 I was having a bit of a sort out this morning. With all my new wool (and all the many balls I already had) it needed a bit of organisation. And as I was working my way through a carrier bag with some cottons I’ve had for a couple of years I found a nearly finished hat! No idea why it was in that bag in the first place, or why it was still unfinished – it must have been in the bag for at least a year. But obviously I was distracted from the sewing up process (never my favourite thing to do) by something far more interesting.

But it seemed a shame to leave the poor hat in its unfinished state, so I got out my big fat plastic needle and had it finished off in 5 minutes! And it’s now in my Operation Christmas Child bag, waiting to be sorted into shoeboxes later in the year.

But the hat wasn’t the only thing I finished this morning – I also completed my wrist warmers! And they turned out so much better than I expected! Halfway through making the first one I really wasn’t sure (especially as I was making it up as I was going along), but when the first one was finished it looked quite good. Now they are a pair they look even better! 

I just love the little flowers, and my new buttons give the perfect finishing touch. Beautiful!

So, what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know – it’s always good to have feedback!

P.S If you really like them, you can go and buy them here 🙂