It’s the little things

We are lucky. Every week we get to see some great projects, works in progress, ideas and colours. Big projects can be very impressive and we celebrate them with a lot of ooohs and aaahs because they really are beautifully made items when the long haul journey is finally complete. There are so many little things each week which can revitalise how we look at our own ideas and projects. It is often the little things which quietly suggest a way of making something your own or better. Sometimes it is the colour or the texture. Maybe the look…

Top left is Wendy’s felted pouch in which she keeps her electric spinning machine battery . It keeps it safe and protected and the pouch looks really nice. It is a good way to use her own felting. Practical and pretty.

In the middle is Jan 1’s beret which she didn’t  like so she used her considerable felting skills to turn it into a really lovely bowl which has such an eye catching colour. If you have the skills and you develop those skills you can do what you want! Jan 1 is always teaching us to be bold in our approach and not to worry about things going wrong.

Top right are Hilary’s fingerless gloves. They look like colourful rolls but as soon as you put them on your hands look colourfully elegant. They are , in fact, very flattering to wear and make your hands look attractive. It’s because they fit snugly and then are longer than some fingerless gloves.

Bottom left is Maria’s beanie. It is in her own spun wool. She is  making up the pattern for the beanie and the pattern for the stitches. Maria likes to let herself roam freely with her skills sometimes so she allows her confidence and creative develop. She is always teaching us to trust ourselves and our judgement. She can produce very high quality , intricate work and is disciplined in her approach but then she just picks up her hook or her needles and does what she feels like.

Bottom right is Janette’s  homespun beanie which made us all smile. We loved the not a pompom, not a tassle…I’ll just be here on top of this beanie. We liked the colours because they were so very cheering on a cold day. It’s a fun hat. Janette often spins the colours of nature and our environment. These are Adelaide summer beach colours…the blue, the heat, the sun. Janette can also make very classic, traditional pieces which people like. Every once in a while she just breaks out and has fun, as we all should.

 

 

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Show and tell

show and tell August 19thThe 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.

John's oddment WIP

oddments weavingShow 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.

 

Side puff stitch

side puff stitch

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

 

 

 

Granny Square Day 2019

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.

Loxton Library