One weekend of hooking, 2 finished projects

I had one of those weekends where there was nothing pressing that needed doing so with the heater turned on and a curry on the stove I got my craft on, whipped out my crochet hook and got two projects finished.

Yes that's right, TWO finished projects!

I can go for weeks without finishing anything so it was a great feeling to get two projects completed.

So here they are....

The first finished project is the little granny square blanket I've posted about on several occasions.

I had pondered the edge for a while, wondering whether to stop at each colour but then adding the next colour and being happy that I did.  I almost called it a day at the blue layer but I thought that having the white in the border would mimic the pattern of the squares.  The picot edge was decided with a couple of ladies at my craft group.  I did one edge and compared it with a white SC row and we all agreed the picot finished it off nicely.

Here is the link to the pattern I used

And then being the glutton for punishment that I am, the fancy took me to have a go at a pattern I had come across for a sunburst granny square.
After I made two I wondered what on earth I was doing when only an hour before I had clambered over the finishing line of my original granny square project that had ended up spanning 4 months. 
So I sat and after a bit of a ponder I got the inclination to make a cushion cover using bright scraps of wool with a white border. 
I thought this would be a lot quicker, take much less effort and hopefully not go on to span a quarter of the year.  So on I went and this is what I came up with this... the second finished project...

I couldn't face crocheting a back piece so I thought a sunny yellow polka dot might be the way to go.  I had to figure out how to attach the crochet front to the fabric back - that was more tricky that I thought it'd be.

I ended up whip stitiching the two sides together in not the best of lights so it does look a tad frankensteinish if you look too closely

I didn't want to faf around making button holes at 9pm on a Sunday night, so instead I ended up faffin a whole lot more and made a crocheted edge.  I didn't really know how to do it but seeing as though 'winging it' is my middle name, I just went for it and figure it out as I went.

Firstly I used a thick needle and blanket stitched across the edge, then did a row of slip stitch with the wrong side facing and then did a shell pattern that I made up using single crochet, half trebles and trebles with a slip stitch between them.  For the button holes I chained 4 and left a gap of 2 blanket stitches.  I'm sure if I'd calculated and worked it all out they would have been perfectly spaced. But I didn't and so they're not. ho hum.
If you want to check out the sunburst granny pattern for yourself I've attached a link hereI made a change to the pattern in that I only used trebles for the first round instead of the double trebles the pattern suggests.  I used a size 4mm hook and the squares came out at 4 inches.  One other thing I did was to make sure I loosened my tension between the cluster stitches to prevent a curl.
Have a go, it's quite easy...
P.S. My friend loved her horse cushion and she didn't see its imperfections (you may ask if she had left her glasses at home but no, she just loved it!)
P.P.S. Thankyou to the lovely people who have been popping along here and have been leaving lovely comments.  I really do appreciate you taking the time x
Jo :)


May Intentions

Happy May to you...

Some little intentions for the coming month

* I have been trying to focus on living in the moment a bit just lately and I'd like to do a bit more of that this month.

* I am so so close to finishing the starburst blanket so that's got to go on the intention list

* I want to set up an account on Madeit and list some things on there

* I intend to spend Mothers Day with my Mom in Melbourne and to do something lovely with her on May 13th

* Go to the Moriac Makers and Growers Market on May 6th

* To carry on decluttering the house

* To get back to the patchwork quilt that I started in March 

I think that should do me for now!  Off out tonight for dinner with my horsey friend, I get to see her reaction when I give her the horse cushion I made.

Jo :)
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