As a Christmas surprise for my daughter, I made her a crochet throw and cushion to cosy up her leather sofas for the winter weather. The stash was raided for greys and taupes to match her colour scheme, with a few pinks and mauves to petty it up a little. The cushion cover is just two giant granny squares crocheted together over a washable feather pad and the throw is 12 giant granny squares, each of 9 rows of colour. Every single square is different, thanks to the stash!
My little cat, Milly, was a huge help during the creative process and my daughter’s cat, Gatsby, clearly appreciates the result!
So far Milly has been a little shy about attending the weekly meetings of the Fenton Knitting Group. This is a bit strange as it is quite clear from her attachment to my yarn and needles when I am trying to knit that she absolutely adores knitting, just like me.
But today we had something of a break through. My crocheted knitting basket was perched on the table where the knitting ladies meet. I was just having five minutes of knitting and Milly decided that she’d take advantage of those moments to take over the basket. It’s the purrfect (sorry!) size for a kitten and the handles make great look out posts for a kitty sniper on the prowl for passing dogs.
The ‘honeymoon’ bed runner was hand placed and quilted from vintage upholstery fabric swatches, Laura Ashley scraps from the stash and a little modern gingham, embellished, as usual, using a collection of vintage mismatched buttons.
The completed bed runner
Also on the bed are a couple of cushions, crocheted from scraps of colour coordinating yarn. Just a couple of giant granny squares, crocheted together to form the frill.
Then it was time for handmadebysoo to try a little ‘up-cycling’, adding a modern Laura Ashley hydrangea fabric cover to a vintage Lloyd Loom style linen box. There was no need to do anything to the original paint finish. Even the braiding was saved and re-used.
There is a rumour, with some foundation in truth, it has to be said, that handmadebysoo will shortly be relocating to Lincoln. Travelling back from Lincoln to Aylesford this afternoon by train handmadebysoo was crocheting granny squares, natch (!) which led to a lovely conversation with a complete stranger, but fellow knitter, so therefore already a friend, about the best way to use up the stash before the husband becomes too aware of it. It seems that knitting (and crochet) do indeed help break through the great North/South divide. Mr handmadebysoo is already concerned that the Aylesford stash is going to need its very own pantechnicon to make its way up to Lincoln in a couple of weeks’ time. How many granny squares could humanly be created between now and then to avoid this prophecy coming true? The answer is, not that many considering there is the rest of the house to pack up, too, not just the knitting wool!
Never mind, normal business continues amid the chaos of our impending move up north and the Aylesford Knitting Group will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, as usual. Here’s a lovely photo of DeeDee taken by our Japanese visitor. It was a rare moment of posing on DeeDee’s part as she usually runs towards anyone showing her the slightest attention (some would call this tarty behaviour, but we could not possibly pass on such a derogatory remark about such an elderly and revered ‘lady’!) which kind of spoils any photo opportunities.
handmadebysoo is pleased to offer a Crochet for Beginners workshop next month in Aylesford.
On Thursday evening, 3 April, from 6pm to 7.30pm or Saturday afternoon, 5 April, from 2.30pm to 4pm, you can learn the very basics of crochet, from your very first chain to a fully finished granny square.
Can’t make either date? Ask about a one-to-one class just for you!
Learn to crochet a granny square
Have you always dreamed of learning to crochet?
Would you love to make a fabulous, vintage-style granny square blanket?
Now’s your chance to learn the basics.