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 myrosevalley.blogspot.com. 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.
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