Friday, 11 July 2008

Granny Squares and Giveaways...

Do you remember the lovely new books I bought a few weeks back? Since buying them, I have been slightly obsessed with crochet blocks. I thought I'd start small, with a cushion. I've never made a Granny Square before and it is soooo easy!

After studying the book, I decided to use the 'granny-in-the-corner' block as a basis to the front of the cushion. I had 3 colours of Rowan Handknit Cotton, so I started with purple on one...

...then pink on the other.

I made 2 of each colourway and then joined them together by double-crocheting the edges, which leaves a raised seam that I thought looked OK.

Then I did a few more rows of half-treble crochet around all four edges until I'd reached the size of my cushion pad (40cm)

For the back I made one huge granny square - I just kept going!

Until I had almost matched the measurements of the front, then finished off with a few more rows of half-treble again.

Finally, I joined both sides together with a row of double-crochet along 3 sides. I've just got to find some buttons to fasten it at the bottom and it will be finished. The colours were inspired by my Urban Garden Quilt.

This week also saw my first giveaway dropping through my letterbox. Diana, over at Pebbledash, got all creative after reading about Wordle on one of my posts last week and I was lucky enough to land myself the result of one of her creations.

Isn't it great? I shall take it on holiday with me and try to get a bit of sketching in while I'm away. I don't often get the chance to sketch, but I love to draw leaves and twigs or anything else connected with nature. Nothing major, just some pencil drawings. And look at the lovely dragonfly tags as well - lucky me! Thank you so much, Diana.

Now, to get down to that list...


  1. Wow - you have done very well with the crochet - and oh good grief you actually finished! You put me to shame . You would be amazed ( and shocked) at how many half finished projects I have lying around!

  2. You really have a talent for crafting. It would probably have taken me a year to complete that cushion cover. I love the raised detail effect. I think it is the small details that lift things out of the ordinary.

  3. Lovely crochet...I love the tasty combination of pink, purple and fresh lime green! You are definitely hooked! ;o) Fun giveaway! So nice to catch up on your posts. We're just back from England, and had FAB time in London! Now resting travel-weary feet and doing lots of laundry--LOL! Happy Summer Days ((HUGS))

  4. Fabulous crocheting, I must say! And congrats on winning the giveaway- do we get to have a sneaky peek at your sketching when you've had time?x

  5. Oh wow - that's a lovely cushion cover. So stylish, yet simple.

    Congratulations on winning the book giveaway.

    Oh and by the way, I discovered Wordle works just fine using Internet Explorer as my browser, but for some reason crashes when using Firefox. All very odd???

    I should blog my wordle at some point shouldn't I?

    Hope you're having a great weekend. x

  6. Hi The combination of colours work well together lovely. Simple and effective, I like it.

  7. I love your crochet! And those colours are wonderful, too. Glad the sketchbook hit the spot this week. Look forward to seeing some sketching. I'm with you on sketching nature....leaves, seedpods, twigs etc. I guess not too difficult as far as I'm concerned!! Hope your weekend was good. Dx

  8. Oh! Your crochet is as gorgeous as your knitting! Really lovely colours.

  9. Beautiful work - I love the colours and you have done beautifully on the pattern too. Well done.
    Sounds like you are well and truly hooked now! (excuse the pun!)

  10. You are so speedy and the cushion is gorgeous! I've been wanting to try granny squares ever since reading a lovely Martha Stewart article about them a few years ago. But I as you can see, I haven't been nearly so speedy! K x

  11. It is a lovely cushion, I do like the colours that you have chosen. I have made a baby blanket many years ago and have a scarf half finished, but I would love to get on and make a blanket oneday.
    It is all very neat as well..

  12. Ace work on the crocheting. Do you use a wood or metal hook?
    Love those colours together, they work really well. Not at all grannyish.


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