Friday, 26 June 2015

Everyone loves bunting (and Summer)

Lilies were my Mum's favourite flower, but when I was a child I couldn't bear the stamens (the orange bits that stick out of the middle of the flower) - they gave me running eyes and the sneezes. They still do - but I buy them anyway just to remind me of her. Mum used to pinch out the stamens just for me - but then you lost the gorgeous smell. I have decided to grin and bear it...or should I say sniff and bear it?

Lilies also remind me of Christmas...I am a southern hemisphere girl, remember. We would have the whole house adorned with these at Christmas time, stinking up the place but performing the perfect backdrop to the tinsel and pine Christmas tree. So this is my own little piece of a mid-summer Christmas - in June.

As you can see, this is also my workspace. My own little corner of the living room where the sun peeks through in the late afternoon. Sometimes it is cluttered and somewhat unruly and at other times it is a tiny little piece of heaven. As you can see the heaven bit happens when my computer is turned off.

So, bunting...I have steadfastly avoided it, despite being an avid crocheter. It all seems a little twee and kitsch. I love making bunting-like shapes that become placemats and coasters. But the thought of stringing them up for purposes of nothing but display made me feel a little ill. Until I got the lilies. The light shining through the window, the trees beyond, the pink of the flowers...OK, bunting, you have me hooked!

A quick search through my collection of old Simply Crochet magazines revealed a great bunting pattern in this one...

...and my very first string of bunting was born.

I believe I might be hooked (so to speak!).

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Remember the retro blanket...?

Well, it was finished some time ago. That Attic 24 inspired, Stylecraft Special DK stripey monstrosity. It now takes pride of place on our bed and is patiently waiting for us to re-wallpaper the wall behind to match. We did buy new blinds for the window in a lovely shade of green - but then ran out of steam. The wardrobe doors are also in a state of distress owing to the fact they were stripped but never painted... that's not good "shabby chic distressed" either. Its the bad kind.

This was the first time I had tried a ripple and I am really pleased. We decided that it didn't need a border and I was too excited to put it on the bed in any case. That might be a project for another day. But actually, I like the ripply edge.

Yes, you have noticed correctly. It doesn't quite fit our double bed and is really only for a single bed. I blame my lack of skills in the measuring department. 

The next blanket I tackled was for our teenage son and as you can see, it has been a big hit. All those tiny circles and squares were inexpertly stitched together over two weeks. It felt as though making all the squares was quicker! Once again, the trusty Stylecraft Special DK was used - making this a very inexpensive cover for his bed.

I undertook this task in my usual organised way and the process was so exciting. I made around 150 tiny circles, and built them up one by one with layers of colour. Then made each of those large and small circles into squares. It was fun to watch each pile getting increasingly larger in height and in diameter! I counted and recounted many times and laid it out on the floor dozens of times. The arrangement was the most exciting part.

Needless to say, teenage son was not bothered with whether one large circle was perfectly placed or not. But at least his bedroom is looking much cooler!

The next blanket project is a baby blanket for my friends new grandson to be. Ideas gratefully received.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Workshops starting again!

Check out my workshop page for more details of workshops for beginners this month. They will be held at the Chineham Village Hall and are open to all (but not children unfortunately...). Looking forward to seeing you there!