Sunday, 29 January 2012

A Crochet Challenge at Christmas

I was given a lovely supply of different coloured wool from my daughter and my mum at Christmas along with a challenge to create something from scratch, and to also finish it! After a recent visit to Malvern Flea market where I purchased a cute little vintage bedroom stool with a furry bright red cover, I thought it would be fun to crochet a cushion to compliment it.  On my travels around the many scrumptious crochet blogs before Christmas, I had come across a gorgeous daisy square pillow tutorial that had kindly been put together by the very talented Annette from  To find the instructions just look under her tutorial section. I knew that this was the perfect choice for the stool.
My eighty year old mother was staying with me at the time and although she usually uses a very tiny crochet hook as she likes working with very fine thread, I invited her to join me in the challenge.  We had such a fun time putting the colours together and deciding how we were going to go about creating what was to become ‘our’ masterpiece ~ lol! It's was also lovely to engage my mum in something that I knew would stimulate her and to be able to do something together.  Mind you, I notice I had to sew it up, but she did a few squares so I must not complain.

The cushion is made up of twenty eight squares. It was quite a challenge to try and get a different coloured centre with a contrasting outer row. The simple bit was doing the second row all in white. The squares were joined by using single crochet and putting two wrong sides together. I need to practice this a bit more but I'm sure I will improve over time ~ hahaha! I joined four at a time which gave me seven squares across. With hindsight I think I chose the wrong wool to do this as I thought it looked a bit flimsy although the overall effect looks ok.  

For the back of the cushion, I chose a few of the main colours and did four rows each of double crochet, with seven buttonholes (marked with thread). 

 I have to say that crochet is totally and utterly addictive and I have so many things that I want to do that retirement sounds more and more attractive as time passes.  My preference has always been to knit and although my mum taught me to crochet when I was younger, it has only been in recent weeks that I have come to understand why she loves it so much.   I’m still at the stage of getting to grips with a range of techniques and stitches but as my confidence grows I am looking forward to starting a blanket .......... or two!
When the back and front were finished I decided to join them on the inside (putting right sides together). If I were to do another one, I would do a single crochet on the outside as I think this gives a much neater finish.

I bought some lovely yellow spotty buttons to finish it off and hey presto! I'm really pleased with the result.

Sunny smiles ~ Haizi D x

Monday, 16 January 2012

Costa Condordia Tragedy

My thoughts and prayers are with the passengers, crew and families of those involved in this very sad disaster.   I have been a happy cruiser for the last seventeen years and I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to deal with the trauma and aftermath of something which is almost to big to contemplate. May they find the courage and strength to deal with, and get through the difficult days, weeks and months ahead.

♥ lavender heart hugs 

♥  Haizi   

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

I've become totally hooked ......... on crochet!

It feels like it's been a long time since I did a proper post and I apologise for not leaving any comments over the last couple of weeks.

I have been determined to at least make a start on some of the things I've been promising myself that I will do over the last few months and after being inspired by several blogs to include ~

I have managed to make a start and have done some crochet and sewing which is wonderfully relaxing after a long day at work. These two cushions are the first things that I've actually completed.  Using Rico creative cotton Aran, the blue, red and green one just started off as a small single square (well a circle really) and I continued to crochet around until it measured sixteen inches. I loved doing the back as I not only used up my scraps of wool but I did my first ever set of buttonholes. My friend gave me a lovely tin of vintage buttons when I last visited her and I used some of them to complete the cushion. I have decided that my house is going to be filled with bright colours (hopefully matching) rather than the beige and creams I've tended to opt for in the past.

The pink, green and yellow one below consists of four granny squares which I joined together and then I did several rows of double crochet to again make a sixteen inch square. I have to admit to being a bit odd as I loved sewing all the ends in which is usually the worst bit and joining the cushion together. Cause for concern I wonder ................ or therapy maybe!

I am very pleased with the result and intend to buy either a turquoise or bright red sofa so show them off. I have several others on the go as I am totally and utterly hooked ......!

x Haizi x

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Wishing everybody a very Happy New Year x

Apologies for no posts recently ~ in between suffering from a very bad back after somebody went into the back of my car, working more than full-time and christmas, I haven't had much time to play. Hopefully I will be back on track soon. During my restful periods I have been doing lots of sewing and crochet ~ oh joy of joys! Pictures to follow.

I hope this year brings lots of love, light and laughter to you all ~ lavender bag hugs xxx

x Haizi x