My lovely friend Helen and I took a road trip yesterday. It wasn’t far, but we had so much fun! Because she was driving I got to crochet in the car – an entirely new experience for me. It took a little getting used to, but it was great to be able to use that time productively and managed to finish 10 of these colourful circles during our travel time.
These are for yet another project I’ve started, and will show you the finished items as soon as I can.
Our little trip mostly consisted of shopping and lunch. I hadn’t really planned to get much, but these little beauties just jumped off the shelves and into my hands, so what could I do?! The first thing to leap at me was this lovely little Cath Kidston bowl. So lovely and summery, and just right for cheering up a gloomy day.
Just around the corner was this beautiful sugar bowl. I just love the colours, and even though I don’t need a sugar bowl for sugar I was sure I could find some use for it.
And indeed I did – it now holds my paper clips, split pins, pegs and other random items that have no other home. The best part is that I can put the lid on and stop them getting all dusty – bonus!
As I was wandering around one shop I suddenly spied these lovely spotty tea towels, and immediately thought of notebook covers! I washed them all as they felt just a bit too new and needed softening up.
(Apologies for the quality of the photo – the ironing board is in a particularly gloomy corner and my poor little camera just can’t cope with gloom!) Anyway, as I was paying for them Helen suddenly exclaimed “Tea towels!” No, she wasn’t losing the plot, she had just been hit with a flash of inspiration! She had seen some draught excluders that she kind of wanted, but didn’t really like any of the colours or patterns available. So I said I’d make a cover for her. But out of what? We decided to work on it at a later date, but then came the flash of inspiration – why not make a cover from tea towels?! So here are the 3 she decided on…
I’ll let you know how the tea towel cover turns out!
Oh, and here are the notebooks that I will cover with the other spotty tea towels…
As they are quite pretty as they are I’ll try to work out a way of being able to see the pictures. Perhaps a pocket would be bettern than covering them entirely. Hmmm… I’ll think about that.
I bought several other things too, but nothing quite so pretty that needed pictures. However, when I got home there was a little parcel awaiting my attention. Upon opening it I discovered these…
Blank buttons! In my Coriandr shop I have a few Buttons on Buttons for sale. These are tiny buttons stitched on to pretty fabric and used to cover bigger buttons. This may seem like an odd idea to you, but I love them! Anyway, I have just received an order for 100 of these buttons to be made for a button seller in Canada. Hence the ordering of a rather large quantity of blank buttons.
I have started to cut out circles of fabric to cover these buttons, which are currently residing in the lovely Cath Kidston bowl. These will all need to be ironed before the tiny buttons can be added. What joy!
And now for something a little less round and circley – hexagons! I sorted out the order I wanted them in on Tuesday night and took a picture just to remind myself of how I wanted them. Here they are in all their colourful glory…
I did wonder if there were in fact too many colours – I used 19 different shades in the end – and if it was just a bit over the top. But since starting to join them with the white wool I’ve decided that actually they look quite lovely. The white between each colour is enough to balance everything out a bit.
I think it also helps that I have worked 2 rounds of white around each hexagon.
This serves a double purpose – 1) so that the vast amount of colours are not too overwhelming, and 2) to make the blanket bigger! I’m really quite please with how it’s looking so far, and it’s a lot easier to work in the ends as I go along than it was on the squares blanket – which means alotless work at the end. Fabulous!