Monday, 16 April 2012

Circular Granny Cushion!

After finishing the cushion for my sister I decided to make another cushion with all that cotton. This time I kept going with the circular pattern to make a circular cushion. It was actually pretty easy to do since I already had the translation straight in my head. I probably would have finished it in a weekend had I it not been for other things getting in the way. As it was it took me about a week.

I didn't really think about the colours again. I just tried to make sure I used them all and if you look closely both sides are different. This time I didn't do the edging that I love and I am actually quite glad of that. I made the cushion pad myself and sadly it's a little on the small side. My poor cushion cover is a little baggy. I am going to have to make another and unpick the edging to insert it. The moral of that story is never trust a compas! Or, never trust my math skills maybe (especially since I didn't use any).

Oh, and a close up. My mum is now the proud owner. I hadn't planned on giving it away but when I offered it to my mum she was very excited about it. It moves to another space when she is having a cup of coffee. If you want the pattern it is actually called the Granny Mandala and was once again courtesy of Crochet With Raymond.

I still have  A LOT of cotton left and I am thinking yet another cushion. This time possibly granny stripes and I will keep it for myself.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Blind Leading the Blind?

When I was crocheting my squares together last week a few friends from my knitting group were asking how to make the ridge. It's a little hard to talk someone through it when you are on the other side of the table and the only one doing it. I offered to make my mum one of these cushions (it was either that or she was going to pinch my sister's) so thought I could show friends how I did it if we made one together.

I've turned it into a double class. I said that if people were interested I could show them how to do the circular grannies whilst we were there. A few have said yes and I thought that would be no problem at all. That is until I tried to translate the American pattern in British. My weakness is crochet patterns. I'm a little new at being able to follow them so translating might be more than I can handle. It's all written out read for tonight but it's maybe just as well that I will be showing my friends how to do it rather than just handing out the pattern.

Fingers crossed it will all go well and hopefully I will have some finished photo's at some point.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easter Granny Square Cushion

Remember these a few posts back? I was learning to crochet circles a few weeks ago thanks to pinterest.

Those squares eventually became lots of squares. 32 to be exact. Every single one of them different.

This is what they look like all put together. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. I used every colour in that bag and somehow they all seemed to go together. They aren't colours I would normally put in one project.

I even copied the edging from the Cath Kidston. In the cotton it's a little more subtle. I quite like it though. Hopefully my sister will to as it is for her. I have a load more of this cotton left so I am working on something else. If that doesn't use it up then I have more plans for it.

If you want to learn how to do those granny squares there is a great tutorial on a blog called Crochet With Raymond. That's where I learned. They are actually called grandala squares but I call them circular squares. The tutorial is good although it took some getting used to. Fellow Brit's dc is what we would call a treble.

Oh, and if you are on pinterest say hello. You'll find me there under Karensi1.