Hello my lovelies...it seems to have been a long time suddenly since I sat and wrote about normal daily life here at Attic24 :: truthfully it's been quite hard getting myself back to normal routine after the holidays, harder than usual. I've been feeling adrift in a way that hasn't been great. Hmm, yes I've been feeling a little lost, and dare I admit it, a tad lonely of late too, missing my children and husband and finding friends busily occupied and unable to meet. But hey, lets not dwell or ponder too much, lets get Hooky shall we?!!
So circles and squares today :: a little update on the current hooky goings on round these 'ere parts.
Remember my circular cushion? Started here look, and half way through here...ahh this has been one joyous project to work on, I've love love loved going round in colourful circles with hook and yarn, such fun!
I wanted to try and make the back a little different from the front, in fact I started out thinking I was going to crochet a plain back, in pale blue. But eh-hem it just did not happen. Funny that, I reached in my bag for the pale blue yarn and the red came out and it all went loop the loop from there on in. So I thought, I know, I can crochet three or four stripes in pale blue, inserting the odd colour here and there to make rings rather than stripes..yay, great idea! But that did not happen either. I simply could not bring myself to work two identical colours together, i just could not do it. So in the end, it did turn out kind of ringy I guess, with a pale blue bias...but more to the point, I like it.
I crocheted the two circles together around the cushion pad nice and plain. Then I started out making a small shell edging around the outside edge but it didn't look right and I frogged it. Tried a picot edging and frogged that too. So now I'm thinking I will just leave it plain and simple, no edging. Nada.
Can you also remember in this post I was pondering stitching a crochet flower in the centre? A couple of you were brave enough (heehee) to speak up and tell me it would be too much, and yes you were quite right. I spent an age stitching the flower in the centre, only to find I didn't like it after all and unpicked it. So I guess the moral of the story here is a) don't be afraid to change your mind and b) less is more.
This cushion has turned out to be very deliciously plump and cushiony, I really do love it.
And even though it's destined to reside on my Lloyd Loom chair, i couldn't resist introducing it to it's three cushiony sofa buddies. Yummy!
In fact I love the way the roundness contrasts so beautifully with the rest of my crochet, with the stripes, squares and hexagons. I'll most definitely be making another few round cushions I think, to scatter hither and thither.
Onto the squares now :: the last few weeks I've been working hard on my small back-of-chair throw too. I decided on a 10x10 format, so there are one hundred little Grannies all partying together in the square.
I'm now busy working an edging to the whole block, which is turning out to be hugely satisfying and addictive. I took a train journey yesterday to The City, so 45mins each way and I spent the whole time hooking. I tell you, I could barely bring myself to stop crocheting to fish my ticket out of my bag for inspection, it killed me to stop mid-stitch! I am really quite super speedy now at grannying, I think the ticket inspector
was secretly impressed although he never actually said so.
Incidentally, If you have never had the pleasure of crocheting whilst journeying by train, you must try it, I can highly recommend it. In fact, I may well journey to The City every week just to have the pleasure of crocheting on the rails. Its so rhythmic, oh yes, I did have a jolly good time doing that yesterday.
I took this last photo this morning, it was oddly the first time I'd actually thought to spread the throw out and look at it fully. I've been in such a frenzy with it recently, it's remained all bunched up either on my lap or in the bag.
I was not going to post this pic until the throw was properly finished, until it was all blocked and straight and beautifully edged and perfect.
But I couldn't resist sharing it whilst it's still in-progress.
Because I happen to be very excited about this square of hooky goodness, and it makes me giddy beyond words to keep excited feelings to myself. Makes me feel terribly jittery actually.
Better to share, without question.