Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014

805 - Elbow Cushion

Sometimes I get an idea to make something so ridiculous that I can't not make it. This is definitely one of those times.

Since I've started work I've been getting a really sore elbow from leaning on my desk. I looked it up online and there was loads of different elbow cushions you could buy to ease the pain. I decided I could probably just have a go at crocheting one, and here is it!

Elbow cushion

It's ridiculous, I fully admit that, but it's quite cute and definitely brightens up my desk.

Elbow cushion

Elbow cushion

To make the tiny cushion I used the beginning of the Granny Doris square from the Simply Crochet app. I did the first two rounds the same, but then continued the next two rounds in the same style as round two, so it stayed as a circle. I then joined it with a round of double crochets and stuffed it with some stuffing.

It's quite nice to just randomly crochet up something and also even better that I didn't have to spend any money/wait for something to get delivered!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

803 - Granny Square a Week 5-8

Granny square a week

More lovely granny squares from the Simply Crochet Granny Square a Week app!

Granny Square 1 - Granny Ardith.

Granny square a week

I think this is my favourite square from this set of four. I love the last layer, it's just so chunky and lovely. I sort of wish I had done the second layer in a darker colour, as you can't really see it. I would definitely make a blanket out of these squares.

Granny Square 2 - Granny Doreen.

Granny square a week

Now this one looks like the photo, but it looks squint to me. Which is also does in the photo mind you, but I'm not too sure about it.

Granny Square 3 - Granny Barbara.

Granny square a week

I quite like the strange edging on this one, though it does make it a slightly strange shape. I also learnt a new stitch for this one, the triple cluster. It explains how to do it in the app, but it still took a video or two for me to get the hang of it. It's quite simple once you know what they are aiming for!

Granny Square 4 - Granny Iris.

Granny square a week

Now I'm sure this one is right, and it looks like the photo, apart from the strange shape on the outside instead of it just being a nice square. I do like the mixing of double crochet and triple crochet though, and I love the circle part in the middle. It's good to know I can do a granny circle.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Saturday, 12 July 2014

801 - Racoon Cross Stitch

So as I've started my new job now, I'm getting the bus out to see my Mum on a Monday, so it's a good excuse to take a wee craft kit with me to do while I'm there.

This week I took a little raccoon cross stitch kit from Mollie Makes.

Raccoon cross stitch

I made a wee fox one that was the same style a couple of years ago, so I'm happy he has a wee pal, though this one will be on our bookcase instead of hanging in the spare room.

Another craft kit down. Phew! 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

799 - Wedding Sampler

Last week my oldest friend Zara got married to her lovely boyfriend of 10 years, Mark. I was very honoured to be invited to the whole thing and it was such an amazing day. Weddings are just so much fun.

I wanted to make her something cute to pop in with her main pressie, so I decided to cross stitch her something. Hoping that I can still judge her sense of humour, I went for something a bit subversive.

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

I actually saw a pattern for a more elaborate, old fashioned styled sampler, which I thought was amazing, but the pattern was rather pricey because the Etsy seller customised it with the bride and groom's names, rather than just give you an alphabet chart and let you do it yourself like most of the other wedding samplers I saw did. So I decided to use these very pretty letters from Jo Verso's World of Cross Stitch. I then just popped on a alternating border from two of the colours I used in the flowers.

I love having so many fat quarters hanging around my fabric bag, because it means I always have some nice fabric spare to back my cross stitches with.

I have A LOT of weddings coming up in next few months, so this may no be the last handmade wedding gift you see from me! 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014