Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Granny Rose Cushion

How lovely is this pretty little granny square?
It's designed by the talented and lovely Astri over at Apple Blosson Dreams

For a 12" cushion insert I made nine granny rose squares with a row of trebles around the edge after joining them. I din't count how many chains I used on the back, I just kept going until it looked like it was roughly the width of the front piece. Simple rows of treble clusters with double crochet for the button band.

The yarn is 'Cotton On' from James C Brett which is a 50% cotton blend.
It's a great yarn for this type of motif as it gives great stitch definition.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Little Projects

Hello! I thought that I would write a little overview type post seeing as I don't really have anything particularly blog-worthy to share on its own. 

As part of my new years resolutions I have been working on more small projects that can be completed over a couple of days. In December I totted up my outstanding WIPs from 2014 and the list was a little intimidating; lets just say it was more than 5, less than 50. Does anyone else get neglected project guilt? So, I'm trying to finish off things from the list when I can but as my crafty time is limited at the minute I don't want to spend it drudging through projects that I'm not enjoying. 

It's all about the little things this year (and maybe some of those blankets and quilts that I started last year) so here are some of the things that I've made so far.

My most recent FO is some crazy looking Stripy Mitts - pattern by Sandra at Cherry Heart
I love these little things so much! It was great to use up some of my buttons and my favourite colours together, and even better to make these over a few days. The yarn is a combination of Stylecraft Special DK and Cygnet Superwash Merino DK. It's such a fun pattern that I want to make some for everyone I know!

A little foxy bonnet - the 'pattern' in so much as it is a pattern is my own. The construction is simple but I would happily write it up for anyone who wants the details. I used Stylecraft Special Chunky in Spice with some DK held double for the little ear tips. I think it was a 6mm hook so it made it up really quickly. 

And a chunky jewelled coloured cowl for my boy. It's so thick and squishy! I made it by using two balls of Stylecraft Life DK in Ivy at the same time to make it nice and think and a 6mm hook. The stitch is the Waffle Stitch and was the first time I'd tried it, it's not difficult at all and there are some great tutorials on youtube. 

And finally something really little! A 10cm flower block for the Patchwork Heart Community Flower Blanket organised by Heather on Instagram. I was so excited to contribute a square for this lovely blanket and can't wait to see it all finished. Take a look at its progress with #thepatchworkheartcommunityblanketmake

I love little projects, they're so satisfying :)

How is your year shaping up? What are your crafting goals? 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Be My Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day

I've been feeling the love with my scrappy heart mini quilt.
I cut the pink squares at 1.5" and ironed them onto some lightweight interfacing in a pixelly style and sewed along all of the sides. Once I'd pressed it flat I cut a heart template and hand appliqued the heart onto the base star fabric. 

It's been brightening up my week hanging on the wall


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Carseat Blanket

Morning All. I'm sharing another colour palette today...

Although I was totally inspired by my baby changing bag I think this would be a perfect colour combination for a manly blanket.

Enjoy the rest of your week