The weather looked nice but the wind was icy cold today. At least the sun was out which was cheering . Our show and tell table was colourful and interesting and there are still signs of the grannie square bug.
Show and tell
Janette: a ball of spun wool in blue and white.
Marina & Peter produced a roll of woven material in purple/green,
Marina found a table crochet decoration in pink in wheel design, 3 granny squares mixed colours, 2 shower mitts in cotton & a blue mobius cowl with white pearl beads.
Peter: a carded rolag in lime green/orange
John: a weaving in progress with many interesting colour combinations.
This pink is so pretty, isn’t it? Maria is crocheting a cushion and had just started it and already it looks so lovely. She is using acrylic. You want to be able to wash cushion covers quickly and easily. The pattern is trebles and then side puff stitch which gives it some good texture.
Instructions for side puff stitch are on new stitch a day. There’s a video to help you learn.
Regular, vertical puff stitch is a handy stitch to know as well. It makes for good texture in anything you are making but it also makes good blankets. If you watch the video below by Rich Textures Crochet you will see the stitch comes into its own if you make a blanket which changes colour.
There is a nice puff pillow pattern on stitchinprogress
We produce so many things in a year and we like to. Part of what we do is create things for others like our tiny teddies last year. Jan 1 regularly knits beanies for the homeless in winter because there is a big call for warm hats for them. One of her beanies in progress is featured left.
Recently we were talking about the need for penguin jumpers on Philip Island. The pattern is here and the Penguin Foundation website gives you all the background for the cause.
Kogo accepts hand knitted things all year and highlights any needs as they arise. You can find them on Facebook as well.
Life’s Little Treasures is a site which supports premature babies and it has two lovely knitted bears which are signature bears for the cause.
There is no compulsion for us to knit for others but we always keep each other aware of what community needs there are so we can participate if we want to. Hilary reminded us there is always a need in hospitals for crocheted octopuses for premature babies and the YouTube clip by APcrochet explains how to make them. It’s a good thing for any little baby, actually.
The British crochet magazine, Simply Crochet, is having a Granny Square Day 2019 on Instagram where you post a grannie square and they turn it into a visual blanket. Marina had told us about this and we got all enthusiastic about grannie squares and all the colours and shapes you can make them. We have been posting about it all. We have really enjoyed it. Grannie squares use up oddments and you can never have enough grannie square blankets. They all get used and worn out. People love them. You can use grannie squares for scarves, hats, blankets, jackets, cushions, bags…They can be used to make gloves and toys. They are so versatile and then very helpful when you are yarn bombing 🙂
You can see some of ours at the top of this post and then Hilary shared a lovely photo of a grannie square banner outside of Loxton Library. So pretty.