I have been enjoying the peace and quiet around these parts this week since my Little People and the Big Man went back to school/work. It's been quite delicious to walk back into a warm, quiet house after enduring the school run (which this week has been bitingly cold, with 3 inches of snow today too). I am appreciating my own quiet time very much after the noise and chaos that always descends on this house during school holidays. I am still not well :: I am very much better than I was last week been but my head still hurts a lot of the time, so the peace and quiet has been very welcome the past few days.
Yesterday afternoon I sat and quietly worked away on my Flower Patch cushion cover. This little project has taken a surprising amount of work, and now it's finally finished I have to say I am really rather pleased with it.
I had been pondering this design in my mind for a while, ever since I caught sight of an image on Hen's blog where she had placed a flower in the centre of one of her squares. Now I knew there was bound to be a pattern somewhere for making flowery granny squares, but to be honest, I was looking for an easy, low-concentration project that I could do without having to use too many brain cells. I figured I could simply make easy-peasy basic squares and easy-peasy little flowers and stitch the two together. Nothing complicated :: an easy crochet ride. And funnily enough, since starting my flower patch squares, I discovered Julia was also doing it, inspired by a pattern on the Rosehip blog. So there you have it, flower patches seem to be the way to go.
It was odd making the squares in those colours, it really felt strange to be using such a limited colour pallette. Yet I could see it all in my mind, could visualise how the colours would work and I knew that once the flowers went on, it would undergo a total transformation. And I was right, look......
....I love the way these cool colours suddenly ping into life when the flowers bloom across them, it's quite magical.
These are the squares once they've been joined together, it's in it's "blocking" stage in the above photo. I was too impatient to block each square individually, but really needed to block out the finished thing as it was very wobbly once I'd finished the joining. Blocking really does alter the feel and appearance of crochet (especially granny squares), it's quite amazing what a difference it makes and is definitely worth the effort (see here).
I like to join Granny squares by crocheting them together rather than stitching them. I do it with the right sides together so that the ridge of chain stitches ends up on the back, as in above photo.
Incidentally, I've been asked a number of times if I'd do a tutorial for making granny squares, and for the joining method, so of course I'm happy to oblige just as soon as I feel a bit better in the head department. Its amazing how snot-in-the-head can make one feel so sort of disconnected. I do feel most odd at the moment.
Over the weekend I was still feeling quite poorly, and in fact spent much of it in my pyjamas on the sofa. I was not able to concentrate for long periods, but did manage some sporadic sewing-of-flowers when I felt able. We had the fire lit and it was very warm and cosy being able to sit and sew and be quite still for long periods.
Of course it may have been warm and cosy, but it most certainly was not peaceful in our house whilst I was carrying out my Still Ill stuff on the sofa. The Little People were playing games all around me :: Polly Pockets (with pets) for LL and a remote control helicopter for LM. At times it was down right rowdy, but hey-ho, that's family life eh. Quiet please, Mummy is Still Ill. What? Be quiet?? But we have games to play, games that most definitely involve a huge amount of shouting and leaping about!
I did eventually finish the sewing of the flowers in between Polly Pocket parties and Helicopter crashes, and Granny's Patch finally came into full bloom.
It became everything I had imagined. And I can't tell you how magical that is, to see something come out of my imagination and materialise into reality.
Do you remember when I made my last cushion, using an old cotton jumper to make the backing? Well I still had the other sleeve and the back of the jumper left so that I could make a matching back for the granny patch cushion. I constructed it in exactly the same way, and I really enjoyed using those buttons again. That tin, those colours :: so brimful of buttony goodness! So joyful!
And now, at last Ta-Dah!!!!!
Granny's Flower Patch cushion is finished.
There is now rather a lot of colourful crochet invading our living room. And it's a good job we have two sofas and a chair to contain it all in.
Yes, we do enjoy a daily hooky homespun colour fest in the Attic24 house :: I can't imagine this room being any other way.