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Once every four years

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Happy leap day everyone! I don’t know about you, but today hasn’t been that different to any other really, but it kinda feels like it needs mentioning simply because it doesn’t happen that often.

So today hasn’t been particularly special, just pretty crazy. And the day isn’t over yet and I still have a long to do list. So instead of getting on with it I thought I’d write about it instead! Don’t you just love procrastination?!

Anyway, what with having a kinda crazy week, I’ve not felt like crafting much. I come home exhausted and still have things to do for the following day, so I get on and do them as quickly as I can so I can fall into bed as soon as possible. How rock and roll am I?! Hopefully next week will be calmer and I’ll be able to get back into the crafting groove.

But for now, here is a little selection of what I’ve been up to this month. A nice lot of colour to liven up a pretty gloomy month 🙂

African flower scarf giveaway

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After just a few more hours work the scarf is finished! It took me a while to decide on the order I wanted the flowers to be in, but had fun shuffling them all around on the floor.

I then worked a round of treble stitches (US doubles) around each flower in dark purple, joining them as I went along.

After they were all attached I worked two rows of double stitches (US singles) around the whole lot to strengthen them.

At this stage it was nearly finished, but was quite curly! A bit like a sandwich a few days old. It kinda looked ok, but not quite.

 

 

So then came the blocking process. I’ve not done this before, but it seemed to work quite well. I stretched the scarf out across a couple of towels, the pinned each point to hold it in place. I then spritzed it with a nice fine mist of water and left it to dry for 24 hours.

This afternoon I removed all the pins (which was a lot quicker than putting them all in) and ta-dah! Had my properly finished scarf 🙂

And here it is:

If you would like a chance to win this scarf, just post a comment on this post. I will draw a winner either on 12th March, or when I get 20 followers. So get commenting!

On another note, I was having a little browse at some lovely blogs yesterday, and came across Stocki, where I read about a truly great idea! Jill is making a Beautiful Blogger Blanket, made up from squares sent in by people from all around the world. (Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page if you want to be involved yourself, but be quick about it as the closing date is next week!) I couldn’t resist and whipped up a couple of Granny Squares to be part of it.

The one on the left is based on a pattern found here at Rose Hip – just lovely. And the one on the right is a plain old Granny Square, as taught to me by my very own Granny!

A Granny and a Giveaway

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I know after yesterday’s cliffhanger you’re all on the edge of your seats just waiting to find out what I’ve been making.

But you’ll have to wait just a few more minutes while I show you my completely, properly, absolutely finished cushion.

It measures just over 14 inches across (that’s about 36cm). The cushion I tried it out with is a 14 inch, but I think it would look a lot better (just generally plumper and more cosy) with a 15 or 16 inch. But I didn’t have one of those, so the 14 inch had to do. You can see that it’s slightly squished on the bottom left corner – that wouldn’t happen with a fatter cushion. You may also have noticed that I didn’t take off the other cushion cover, which is why you can see a few black lines underneath – oops!

But what a wonderfully large Granny Square. Yum!

Anyway, here’s the front (or the back, depending on whether or not you like to look at the buttons or not. I personally think that the buttons are a key feature, but if you see them only as a functional aspect for closing you may prefer to keep them hidden. That is entirely up to you.)

And just one close up of one of the buttons, handsewn and tied with pink embroidery thread. I took pictures of all five, so be grateful I didn’t force all of them on you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, my new project.  You may remember that last week I had a go at making African flowers (see my first attempts here). Well, I’ve come back to them and made loads! I took this picture early this evening. Five lovely little flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

Mere hours later they have increased. I now have seventeen flowers that are ready to be edged and made into a scarf! I apologise for the quality of the photo, but it’s really quite gloomy in here at the moment, and it’s hard to find somewhere with better light.

But you get an idea of the colours anyway.

The main reason I’m so excited about this particular scarf is that it will be my very first giveaway!

I have to say that I got the idea from Katie over at Booty-licious (now one of my new favourite blogs) who did a giveaway to celebrate 20 followers.

I thought I’d do things a little differently – I will make up the scarf and probably get it finished over the next day or so. If you would like to win it all you have to do is leave a comment under this post. I will then put your name in a hat (ever so sophisticated, I know). I will draw a name from the hat either on March 12th (to celebrate the two month birthday of my blog) or when I get 20 followers – whichever happens first. So it’s really up to you how soon I draw a name! (If you want to follow just click the button at the top on the right, the one that says ‘follow the creativity’.)

This is open across the world, so even if you don’t live in the UK feel free to enter.

And by the way, thank you to the people who are already following me – you make me feel very special 🙂