Fat bottomed girls …

01/06/2012 § 2 Comments

here’s a cushion that a few of us can fit on!

I thought I’d use up some of the Ripple One blanket left-overs and make a cushion. This massive 24″ feather cushion pad has been hanging around since I bought it, with the intention of creating something spectacular for my stall.  Now it’s strictly for keeps and I’ve  called it the Wave Cushion!

Thought that it would be brilliant to carry round in Dolly-van – a comfy place to park (my bottom) on the ground, or to loll against on a picnic rug, maybe. I’ll have to fight off competition from Belle, who’s always up for a spot of comfort (snapped here after being allowed up onto my bed for a cuddle, and promptly going fast asleep in Dolly last weekend)!

Ripple & Wave must get together, but Ripple is upstairs on the bed and all this medication that I’m taking is making me feel very wibbly wobbly, so I’ve only made it to outside the back door.  I’ve just noticed that the snippets from the ends are still there under my patio chair!  Must sweep up when I’ve got a bit more energy.  Yesterday evening I couldn’t even be bothered to use a sewing machine to sew it all together, so all the seams are handsewn with wool. I did spend a bit of time on the buttonhole though – just love doing them properly and the wool makes it all chunky and knotty!

Before you ask – I didn’t do all the beautiful blanket stitch around the cornflower blue wool – this is a corner from a rather unusual vintage blanket that has 4 blanket-stitched sides.  Unfortunately it has a horrible stain in the middle, so I didn’t feel too bad about chopping it up.  I should have ironed it, but frankly, life’s too short!

So, give us a wave, you mega cushion …

To celebrate the beginning of June, all the roses in the garden have burst into bloom …

Hope I begin to feel a bit more rosy soon – I hate feeling under-the-weather. Maybe some more crochet will be the cure!

A x

RIPPLE ONE – DONE!

11/05/2012 § 16 Comments

Ripple One – my first ripple blanket is finished!  And – the sun came out to celebrate!

Phew!

I hooked away at the foundation chain and first row, whilst watching Wales win the Six Nations Triple Crown (its rugby, if you’re not Welsh), on 25 February and I finished it last evening 10 May.  That’s 75 days by my counting.

155 single rows (most stripes are 2 rows of the same colour) and she weighs 1.6 kg.  She’s 1.55 m from below the pillows to the bottom of the bed and 2.10 m wide, including the pineapple border.  I haven’t crocheted pineapples for at least 30 years – they’re fun!

Now I mentioned this morning that she’d challenged my perceptions.  Almost every day for months, I’ve measured  progress by holding her up against me, with the stripes horizontally placed.  Then, as I made more progress, I laid her on our bed – my beloved, who has become very attached to this blanket, kept asking if it was going to fit on the bed – but with the stripes placed horizontally she wasn’t wide enough to keep both of us warm.  I pondered and fussed for weeks – whilst still increasing the rows!  The solution was staring me in the face – as most do, if you wait for a while – turn her sideways!

I added a few rows and a simple red shell border to the top and bottom borders but wanted something just a bit showy for the sides. So when a rummage in a local charity shop revealed a huge bag of beautiful Robin pure wool, in a non-challenging grey, my mind was made up – pineapples all the way!

It took me a few attempts to reconcile myself to stripes going sideways, but all is well in ripple-land now. I’m so pleased with her. Last night we slept soundly, and this morning, when I woke I put my hand outside to feel her – such a sense of achievement.  It’s great to make something, to enjoy the journey and snuggle up in the result.

Tomorrow I’ll be in Alton – in sunshine hopefully – at the Art & Craft market.  Pop by and say Hello.

Enjoy your weekend.

Adaliza x

PS Read about her Easter journey here, although she appears in other posts too.

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