a life of fibre

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One crocheted cushion and slightly sore fingers

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Visiting a local charity shop I spotted a cone of wool for only 50p, no matter that it was strong rough rug wool, I had to buy it. It languished in my stash for some months then finally made it onto my crochet hook. After a brief flurry of activity it languished on my crochet hook too. It has finally made it from w.i.p. to finished project – phew, it took way longer than it should have but I’m pretty pleased with the result even if the wool felt somewhat rough against my skin at times.

The pattern was made up as I went along, I knew I wanted texture (when don’t I ?) and decided on a post stitch to create it. It was simple to follow and no counting so very easy to do.

It’s envelope style which doesn’t require buttons to keep it fastened but I love the contrast between hard shiny buttons and soft (well, softish) matt wool so I added buttonholes and buttons.

The buttons have been languishing in my stash for years and years so it was a perfect match with the languishing wool and a relief to finally find a use for them. I also went mad and added my first ever fringe to a cushion. Why haven’t I done this before? I’m partial to a fringe, I enjoyed doing it and I think it looks great and adds to the texture. There may be more fringes in my future 🙂 This cushion is now off to work to adorn one of the chairs we have available for customers to rest their weary bones, all those decisions on which luscious fibre to buy can really wear you out.

Present ta-dah

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I gave you a glimpse of my latest w.i.p. and can now fully reveal it. As it was a present I had to wait to reveal it until it had reached it’s destination.

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The pale colour is sand, a pale grey and three blues. In July we were on holiday in France when we stayed at the Blue House B&B in Ducey. If you’re ever in the area you have to go. Staying with Nick and Di is like staying with friends, they make you feel so welcome and put their home and garden at your disposal. Plus they have 2 rather cute dogs. Here’s Franc.

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In the morning when he was full of beans both ears would be upright. Throughout the day he could be seen with just one ear upright unless he’d just had a nap. Both ears would be down by bed time. He’s only 3 months old in the photo and is growing at the rate of a 1lb per week. So cute. Millie, their older dog, is still wondering when he’ll be leaving although she puts up with his antics very well.

Being the Blue House B&B I obviously needed to make the cushion in blue and as they have pets I made it from acrylic wool so it can be washed in the machine.

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The buttons are recycled from my stash. If clothes are worn out I always recover any reusable parts like buttons and zips.

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Sunshine bleaches the colour out a bit in photos, they were a little more vibrant than this.

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I was very pleased with how it turned out and have it on good authority that it’s been road tested by Franc.

Hats, hats, hats

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

I’ve never really made hats before but I seem to have been bitten by a bug this winter.

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Eighteen hats and two scarves off to charity. I made various sizes, I hope they fit someone.Currently planning a new blanket for my Mum, something colourful I think.

New Year ta-dah

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you’ve had a good break and feel refreshed. I thought I’d start the year by showing you these two cushions. They were finished a couple of months ago but I just hadn’t found the time to photograph them.

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It’s actually very strong and chunky, crocheted in a rug wool as this is for my friend and her children will have it on the floor to play on in seconds.

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The wooden buttons were made by a local man, they go so well with the natural coloured wool.

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This is crocheted using 2 colours of Shetland yarn. Each band of colour represents the change in just one of the two yarns each time which is why these quite bold colours go together so well. Choosing the buttons for my projects is always one of my greatest pleasures.

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A close up to finish.

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Final baby blanket ta-dah

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The baby was born yesterday, a girl. The blanket was finished ages ago but I just haven’t had time to show you.

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It worked out well, is very soft and very washable – you know what babies are like. I also had a go at making a baby hat.

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The next shot shows the colours better.

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I hope it fits. It’s all gone off to it’s new owner now, time for a project for me.

Baby blanket 2

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

I do hope my niece likes hand made goods for her baby when it arrives as here, for your delectation, is my second offering.

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Boring photo but it shows the scale best.

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A fresh lilac colour using a shell stitch in baby 4ply yarn.

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A delicate picot edging to finish.

A second blanket

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

I have warned my niece that this baby is going to be well, if not over, supplied with crocheted goods and here’s the second blanket completed.

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A rather delicate lilac colour this time so unlike the bright multicoloured first blanket.

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I loved the pattern and it was very easy, just two lines to remember.

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A picot edging completes the lightweight look and feel.

Baby blanket ta-da

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

The baby isn’t due for some months yet but I began my crochet efforts the day after I heard the glad news. I love having a crochet project on the go and was wondering what I could do next.Choosing the colours was fun and I went for as many bright ones as our local yarn shop had in stock.

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I’ve used 11 colours and a join as you go method from Attic 24 As we don’t know the sex of the baby I thought it was important that it was bright but not gender specific colourings.

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Once the baby is born I can always make another blanket in specific colours or designs. I was never a fan of pink things for my Daughter, I always chose bright colours especially oranges and blues.

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Puck took  the opportunity to inspect my work whilst I was blocking it. As they’re hexagons it means you get a more unusual edge to the blanket and I’m not entirely sure I like it.

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Dramatic isn’t it. Eight five hexagons of four rounds each with a colour change on each round. Four rounds of edging in different colours. I’ll leave you with one last shot of the edge.

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Crocheted cushion

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I think this one looks well enough but I won’t be keeping it as it will be given away. At the flats where my Mum lives a lady runs a regular Thursday coffee morning. For only a £1 each people (they’re all elderly) can have tea or coffee (plus refills) plus cake and a raffle ticket. The lady who runs this does it entirely voluntary, bakes all the cakes, brings pretty tea cloths and vintage china along plus provides all the raffle prizes, many from her own pocket.I think she deserves a little help so this will be my contribution to raffle prizes.

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The yarn has been sat in my stash for a long time. I loved the wool and just had to have it then didn’t know what to do with it. The buttons are from my stash, I’ve had them so long I’ve no idea where they came from although, mostly, my  buttons come from worn out clothing.

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Zesty

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Another crocheted cushion for you, half treble stitch again but very zesty colours, so much so that I actually had trouble  taking the photos.

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The main body colour is a combination of red and pink yarns with green, gold and bright pink stripes.

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The same colour stripes, but narrower,  on the back plus a band of purple where the lime green buttons are. It really is very bright but none the less lovely.