Friday, 28 February 2014

Rogue flower cushion

Thank you for your comments on my last post and for suggestions on what to do next with an almost finished cushion and not enough yarn to get there!  In the end I decided to order some more yarn, hoping that the difference in dyelot number wouldn't notice too much and, would you believe it, when the yarn came it was the same dyelot number!  So anxiety attack over, here is the 'rogue flower cushion' that came into being after a disappointing incident with a peony:

The main colour is Sublime extra fine merino dk in Powderpuff (304), the white flowers are Jaeger extra fine merino dk (930) and the rogue flower is Rowan pure wool dk in Kiss (036).  The pattern for the flowers is from the pin cushions on page 96 of Nicki Trench's Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers.

Because I have absolutely no self control, I have bought yet more yarn since the green in my last post (which I haven't started using yet).

No prizes for guessing what this will be - there have been some rather beautiful ones already.

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Isn't it just so annoying when ...

... you're coming to the end of a project and you realize you haven't got enough yarn to finish!  This is what has happened with my rogue flower cushion.

I need to do another couple of rounds to make it fit my cushion pad.  I have crate loads of the white (slight exaggeration) and thought about a white edge, but I'm not sure - I think it will be too much.  It's highly unlikely I will be able to get the same dyelot of the pink, so it's between the devil and the deep blue sea at the moment.

While I ponder on it I have plenty of other things.  The red/white/cream ripple is almost there ...

... and the (well hidden in this photo) buttonholes on the cable cushion cover need re-working as I made a complete pig's ear of them.

Then there's my new yummy green yarn that arrived yesterday - Artesano Superwash Merino DK, I've not used this before. 

I think this is going to look just mighty fine with my hexies ...  

... if I ever get them finished that is - they've been around for a while like so many other projects! 

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post.

Hope all is well out there ...

Monday, 10 February 2014

More flowery things

Continuing on the flowery/gardeny (is that a word?) theme from my last post, the crochet flower squares have now grown to 25 in number and I've started to join them together.  Once again, I kind of wish I'd sewn some of those yarn ends in before now.

Recent posts by Jooles and Chrissie have inspired me to get some of my needlework out again and started me wondering what I'd done with various bits of cross-stitch that I'd worked in what seems like another life it was so long ago; so I had a rummage.  I can't say when I began this (all I know is that my children were young) ...

... but as you can see I've still got a fair way to go and you can tell how long it's been in the cupboard by the enormous crease in the linen.  I should have kept it in a hoop, but I'm not very good at working with hoops, I just work it in a grab-and-stitch kind of way.

During my rummage I found my English country garden, something I've actually finished (fanfare please). 

It was in a bit of a state and I've had to press it using plenty of steam and a big squashy towel; still, it seems to have survived and I will get it framed before it comes to any more grief.

Thank you to everyone who's visited, is following me and has left comments. 

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane xx

PS:  while writing this post I saw the most incredible double rainbow out of the study window. Unfortunately, my camera (or probably my photography) hasn't done it justice, but I thought I'd share it all the same.