Monday, 22 June 2015

Perch Hill


Saturday was an open day at Perch Hill, Sarah Raven's East Sussex garden, so as a little birthday treat [it's not actually until Wednesday, but it's nice to stretch these things out a bit don't you think? ;o)], Mr. T and me went along, and what a treat it was, despite the weather being a little bit dull. 





















I came home with a little scented pelargonium as a memento and dreams of a cutting patch (if I can Flora-proof it that is!). 


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Since my last post I've added to my WIP pile:  more bobbles ...


... and simple join-as-you-go grannies, all exactly the same.



Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x 

Friday, 5 June 2015

How do you bobble?

Bobbles - can't get enough of them at the moment.  I'd used bobbles before in my pink Rogue Flower cushion (see sidebar) and I was rather taken with this pattern from Woman's Weekly Best of our ... Vintage Patterns magazine.  (Worked in 4 x 50g Sublime Egyptian Cotton in Infinity (353) and a 3mm hook.)


This was something a bit different for me and I love the bobble effect, which 
seems easy enough to do:  B1 = bobble 1 (work 5tr in next st, remove hook, insert hook in top of first of these 5tr, then back into loop of 5th tr and pull loop through first tr, yrh and pull through loop on hook).  Simples!  



I looked elsewhere for bobbly inspiration and found clusters:  to make a cluster with 4 treble crochet:  *yo, insert hook in next stitch, yo, draw yarn through the stitch, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook*, repeat from * to * 3 times, yo, draw yarn through 5 loops on hook.



I found a pattern for rows of bobbles that could be adapted to make a cushion:  MB = make bobble (work 4 open tr in same st leaving 5 loops on hook, draw yarn through all 5 loops at once).  Isn't that a cluster?  So when does a bobble become a cluster and a cluster become a bobble?  To be fair, they both look bobbly.  (The square above can be found in Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans on p. 50.)



And then ... Make popcorn.  Popcorn!!?!!  Why?  Oh I see ... work 5tr in next st, remove hook, insert hook in top of first of these 5tr, then back into loop of 5th tr and pull loop through first tr, yrh and pull through loop on hook.  Erm ... that's a bobble?  



Blimey, I need to lie down.    

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x