Having spent many an hour adoring Rosehip's blog (again!) last week, I was prompted to buy (another) crochet book which Beata had bought and from which she seemed to be crafting some rather delightful things. I particularly was loving her crochet-edged pillowcases and lusted after my own. I also had another project for which I was shortly going to be in need of a pretty edging. Convinced? Me too. So, off to Amazon Hen virtually went, and a few days later, there it was...
Oh my, let me tell you my friends, I am mightily pleased with this book. Leaving aside the fact that it is incredible eye candy, there are many gorgeous projects which I really can see myself doing and there is a brilliant introductory section at the beginning which taught me a lot, even beyond the basics.
The projects are split into three sections: Fashion, Accessories and Home. At the back there is a fourth section containing an excellent stitch directory which has many edging patterns (some vintage-inspired), a lot of motifs (grannies, hexagons, triangles) and also stitch patterns, some quite unusual. Shall we have a look? The weather, as I've bemoaned, is dodgy today so the photos less than perfect, I'm afraid.
In "Fashion", I am loving the harlequin edge to this dress and have a dress I could definitely use for this. That said, I can see this pattern working in many other scenarios too.
This edging shall be adorning my blue spotty mac as soon as I get round to it...
Revamp your shoes? With crochet? Who would have thought it?
As well as perfectly clear and concise instructions, there are excellent diagrams. I do love a good diagram.
In "Accessories", I've singled out this bird brooch, isn't it sweet and I think this would be a perfect adornment in many projects. Must give that a go (my mental list of projects is getting longer by the minute)!
Moving into "Home", I do love these trivets. I have seen images in mags with lots of them hung on a wall, purely as decoration and they look fab. Would I be putting my scorching hot pans on these though. Errrm, I don't think so!
I am rather taken with this crocheted bowl too. I have a little pencil pot along these lines which I bought from a local shop and I've been wondering how they did it. I shall wonder no longer (another one for the endless list).
Finally, this is a rather yummy shot, isn't it?
I put the book into use straight away. While we were away in Yorkshire I started on a round crochet cushion having seen some gorgeous ones in Anne's fabby shop. This is a project which had long lingered on my to-do list but I was galvanised into action! I started following a pattern in an old vintage copy of Bazaar (a personal favourite of mine). A slight hiccup ensued when I ran out of yarn part way through the first side. You see, I only ever really buy single balls of yarn because I just make little itsy bitsy things and I know that I can always get the Rowan yarn for my (never-ending) granny blanket. But oh no, a trip to the shops informed me that the yarn had been discontinued, shock horror. But oh, for the joys of the internet. I mean really, how did I cope without this marvel? Off I went and tracked down some more, half price too!
So, the first and second halves of the cushion completed, I yesterday crocheted them together, made a cushion for the inside (used pink fabric as I think having a white cushion inside dilutes the colourful yarn somewhat) and then came the important decision. The "adornment decision".
We three here in the HenHouse had a little discussion about whether to crochet the shell edging in my new green yarn or a rather yummy turquoise. 2-1: the green won. I used the pattern for shell edging as per the mackintosh in "Crochet Adorned". I decided I wanted a little posy of flowers in the centre. All these are made from the patterns for the flowers you see on the front of the book, adorning the cardi (one with a little alteration). They look a bit naff in this close-up photo, bear with me please!
Now I must apologise that I can't take a full-on shot of the cushion, my latest pride and joy, there is a reason for this. A reason which, I'm afraid was really rather expected, as Mr HH pointed out, because there is a certain furry creature round here who is rather partial to a spot of warm, woolly, oh-so-cosy and cuddly crochet. You likely spotted him hogging the banner at the top of the page!
Really, given he is cosying up with my new (most beloved and long awaited) cushion, you'd be forgiven for thinking that he might look a bit more gracious, as opposed to his , "I was asleep, your annoying camera flash has woken me up" face. The "Please go away, I am not going to look directly at the lens however long you wait" kind of look?
Secretly, Mr HH was right (drat!) I was rather thrilled by the little scene I found when I stepped into the bedroom mid-morning! I do love Charlie-Boy, cannot say "no" to him, he is the most marvellous cat, such a character. Such great taste in home furnishings, too, don't you think?!
Did you spot my lovely flowers, over there on my little bedside table? I just adore anemones, all those vibrant, clashing colours and at two bunches for £1, out in the rain, late on Saturday afternoon, how could I say no?
I've been indulging in some great bedtime reading recently. Mr HH bought me The Flower Shop for my birthday and I have already started snipping my flower stems on an angle and adding a touch of bleach to the water in the vase.
The Kaffe Fassett book, Quilt Romance, is his latest one and has scrummy photos. The location for the photos is Portmeirion in North Wales, Clough Williams-Ellis's Italianate village, (and the setting for the 1960's show "The Prisoner") which I have long loved as my parents used to take me there when I was younger and indeed, I fulfilled a little dream when Mr HH, the Munchkin and I rented a cottage there a few years ago. It really is a stunning place so this book is brilliant because it affords me a wonderful ogle at beautiful quilts in a beautiful setting. What more can I ask for?
Jane Brocket's book is an old favourite and probably most regularly to be found beside my bed. It's a bit like a blog in a book.
Aren't they stunning, and so cheerful, my bargain basement anemones?
By the way, I've been a busy little bee and have done a fair bit of updating over in my blogshop. You might fancy a look if you are making inroads into your Christmas shopping or fancy treating yourself.