Saturday, August 13, 2011


I feel it's only fair to warn you that this post is rather photo-heavy!

It's been a funny old week. We're having our driveway block-paved and in our efforts to disturb the workers as little as possible, the children, Merlin and I have tended to avoid going out too much and have spent rather more time than we'd like confined to quarters.

This hasn't been entirely without benefits, as I've had more time to be creative than I have for a very very long time.

First off, I got stuck in to my next sketchbook page. For this challenge, Gina had asked us to choose a portion of one of our potato print images and enlarge it to fill a whole page. I loved doing this and really want to do more - unfortunately I got somewhat obsessed with something else (so unlike me!).

Too much time indoors led to me getting the urge to give some (more) of my cushions a makeover. The crocheted covers I made a while ago were starting to look more than a little tatty, especially as I didn't actually make removeable covers so they were decidedly grubby too.

Initially I only planned to make one cushion cover - a circular Granny cover in Cath Kidston inspired colours, using the fab Granny Mandala tutorial from Crochet with Raymond.

Could have done with making the semi-circles on the back with a little more overlap but no-one will see this bit unless they're being nosey!

Being me, I didn't stop there. I've seen so many lovely crocheted Granny things on Ravelry with a neutral background colour and this idea had been stewing in my brain for quite some time. So, here's cushion number two, again with a little nod to Cath Kidston's colours.

...and the back -again, the overlap could have been a little longer.

By now I was on a roll and as soon as cushion two was assembled and on the sofa, I got stuck into cushion three. This one popped into my head as I crocheted the back of cushion #2 and I obsessed about it the entire time I was finishing off the second cushion!

Luckily all but two of these colours were already in my stash and a quick nip out to the wool shop for a ball of lilac and a ball of blue cotton this afternoon helped me keep the manic crochet going. Mind you, this time I just couldn't face crocheting another cushion back and tried something new(to me) by backing it with fabric.

Here they all are, making my manky old charity shop sofa look really rather gorgeous - if I do say so myself!

It wasn't all plain sailing, however. My first attempt at the circular Granny didn't quite work - a combination of the colours not being quite right and me not reading the pattern - I increased too many stitches on one round and ended up with a very frilly circle.

Not wanting to waste it I set to and blocked and pressed it to within an inch of it's life, turning it into a nice flat circle.

Just perfect for my new jug and bowl :o)

In amongst all this hooking I was forced to take a break for a spot of birthday sewing for one of Minx's 'friends'. Apparently a fiver in a card would not suffice as the little madam in question (and she is a little madam, believe me) had already told my girl that a bag was expected. To make Minx's life easier I agreed to just make the bag....although it wasn't done with much positive energy on my part!

I'm not the only one who's been busy making this week. As soon as Minx saw Jodie's latest patterns she just had to make her very own Smith, with a little help from her Mum. This is Spot Smith - made with some gorgeous fabric given to me by the lovely Kitty quite some time ago.

Thank you so much for the pattern, Jodie - this made my girlie very happy indeed.

All of this creativity has made me so happy this week but the thing that has made me happiest of all happened just an hour or two ago.

A metre of crocheted chain. Minx's very first attempt at crochet. I'm now wearing a turquoise crocheted chain around my wrist - a friendship bracelet made for me by my baby as I was writing this post :o)

Phew! Well done if you made it through all that lot! Here's a little something to end with - one very big, and pointy eared, seven month old puppers.

Wondering where Trashy, D'boy and the little black dog have disappeared to after a very successful visit to Moogshouse on Thursday. Both pups were thoroughly exhausted after a very full-on play session :o)

...and yes, that is one of my beautiful new cushions the little git is standing on!

Happy hooking xxxx


Ali said...

Isn't standing on a gorgeous, handmade crochet cushion a bone removing offence?
But he's cute enough to get away with it.

trash said...

I can't say that My Assistant was staring out the car window in the same way. In fact as soon as she got in the car she curled up asleep on the backseat and didn't move again until we got home.

You have finished that stone one begun a new one? Woman you are a crocheting whirlwind!

Gina said...

Fab sketchbook pages... and even fabbier (?) cushions.

Thimbleanna said...

You crack me up -- "and she is a little madam, believe me" made me laugh out loud. Man oh man, have you been busy! LOVE the gorgeous cushions -- Well Done Mrs.!!!

wonderwoman said...

wow, gorgeous cushions and you've made me want to grab some wool and get crocheting - to add to the other one hundred and ten things i've started lately!!! I can't believe how much the 'little git'has grown!!! xxx

Angela said...

Your crochet cushions are gorgeous, I still haven't finished my ripple blanket.
The sketchbook pages look great.

French Knots said...

Your printing is fab, love the way the colour intensity changes. And the crochet - goodness you are super speedy to get so much done!x

Indigo Blue said...

OOhhh I love your granny cushion!!! I have just dragged my way through a circular crochet cushion using triple stitch (Not sure, still learning) I added some flower loom flowers, hid the wobbly bits. On blog a couple of posts down. It took me ages to make it, you have whizzed off three, I am impressed lovely work.