Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Playing Hooky

When the snowmen have been built and your fingers are too cold to stay outside any longer, there's something very special about cosying up on a snow day and knowing that there's nowhere else you can, or should, be.  It's times like this that my creativity soars.

cameron snowman 2013

I have a secret to share.  Shhh, promise you wont tell?  I've been playing hooky from knitting and trying a bit of crochet!

I've tried  bits and bobs of crochet over the years but it doesn't seem to come as naturally to me as knitting.  People tend to say that you favour whichever one you learnt first and I think that may be true.

My foray into crochet was inspired by the beautiful work I saw going on at Knit and Natter group.  I couldn't manage anything quite that fancy yet but I was itching to remind myself of how it works.  It had been so long since I'd made a granny square that I had to go back to YouTube and find a tutorial to refresh my memory.  

I found making granny squares to be quite addictive, especially as I worked out a way to carry my yarn up the back of the work without breaking off and re-attaching (oh, how I dislike sewing in ends...) when I alternated colours.
I was very tempted to keep on going and make a blanket but in the end I made two sides of a cushion cover and then whipped up a plain cover to go under it on the sewing machine with some fabric I had in my stash.

Granny square cushion cover

The colours are rather more understated than my usual choices but our second hand sofas are ready to retire, really, so I'm hoping that the ecru and stone yarns that I chose will match whatever furniture we end up with.  

Now that I've caught the granny square bug I'm thinking of revisiting this project, which is so pretty that I feel guilty every time I see it neglected with my stash of yarns.

Have you been doing any cold-weather crafting?

14 comments:

  1. Hi Hannah, I think your cushion is absolutely beautiful and I'm also very happy that you came back to my favorite-crochet. I do lots of it when my hand doesn't hurt which is right now, unfortunately. So at this moment I'm taking a break from crochet and finishing a quilt. But oh, I miss the hook so much.
    Enjoy your snow-break. It's snowing here in Dublin but not enough for us to stay home....yet ;)

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    1. Thanks, Dita. I hope your hand is better soon x

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  2. Very nice snowman, I'd like to order one for my garden please, its looking a little lonley and I'm not brave enough to risk getting cold yet. I'd like to put in a request for a deluxe model too...one that comes alive and flys at night! :)

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  3. I learnt a tiny bit of knitting when I was a child, but it didn't really sit well with me. I tried a bit of crochet later and it seemed more natural, but I've never had enough time with someone to show me how to do it. Maybe I'll try on my own, but I learn better when I have someone to show me.

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    1. I'm a visual learner too Elaine but I find that Youtube is almost better than someone showing me because I can pause etc.

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  4. That cushion cover is gorgeous. I much prefer crochet because I'm so slow at knitting.

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  5. Love the snowman photo & your cushion is lovely. I wish I could crochet!

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    1. Thank you - this is about as much crochet as I can do!

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  6. I love your cushion. I still can not knit or hook!

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  7. Ooh I love your cusion is lookes fab. I love the colours :-)

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