Still hooking

Recently I have written little about yarn, but this does not mean that I have not been busy with my hook (no knitting recently, although I am about to start a pair of socks). So, as a nice relaxing post for a Sunday evening, I thought I would share the progress on the sofa cushions. This is not the only crochet that I have been working on, but two completed pieces are yet to reach their intended recipients and I don’t want to spoil the surprise in either case.

Like Wild Daffodil I have been having fun with African Flower crochet squares this week (thanks to Mollie and Claire for the inspiration). Eventually I decided that seven was enough to include in my final cushion and had to make myself stop. I used the blues and grey in a variety of combinations so every one looks different:

Sam gave the squares a final inspection - she thinks they are ok

Sam gave the squares a final inspection – she thinks they are ok

These and all the others now need to be edged in dark blue and stitched together (16 per side) to make the final cushion. Then I just have to wait for the buttons (they are being hand made for me) so that I can finish them off. For the time being, here is what all the work so far looks like:

The yarn is 100% wool from New Lanark Mill, it’s all DK and the colours are navy, denim, blueberry (not much of this – only in the small squares), iris, sky and limestone.

Now, excuse me whilst I retire with a glass of wine and a needle to weave about a million ends into the small squares!

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  1. Ah yes, the ends… I’ve just had that joy with the quilt. This is all looking splendid and is going to be the most interesting, colourful and unique sofa cover known to man.

    • It’s getting there… I might have to pester my button-maker soon though as I would like to get this part of it finished before I embark on the next section (the seat covers).

  2. glad to hear you haven’t given up the gentle art….. πŸ™‚

  3. dwaycrafts

     /  January 25, 2015

    I love it and its wool amazing! I don’t envy the darning to come – so many tails. Thanks for sharing this treasure.

  4. I am also itching to know what your recipients think of their packages πŸ™‚ I hope they arrive soon! Your sofa cover is such a work of art! I am interested in how you think it will wear and if it will be easy to clean is spills occur. I’m asking because I keep looking at my once white cotton chairs ……… πŸ™‚

  5. Your African Flowers look lovely, they will make a fab cushion. You have been extremely busy with the blues and greys, the collection looks amazing.

  6. I’m loving the shades of blue, happy weaving of all those ends, another glass of wine may be the order of the day πŸ™‚

  7. All the work is fantastic but the African flowers will really make a statement I think.
    You deserve that glass of wine. I’m intrigued to see the buttons when they’re done.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  8. What a lovely colour combination. The squares are just lovely.

    • I’m really liking working with these colours. Since, eventually, the whole sofa is going to be covered in them I decided I needed something relatively subdues!!

  9. Loving the blue African flower squares! Now I’m done with my knitting kick, I’m definitely doing a few more tomorrow!

  10. Amazing collection of wondrous blues – such creative output seen together like this is very satisfying, makes me feel all snuggly! Thanks for the reference to my blog! πŸ˜‰ xx

  11. I really love the colors on these!

  12. You have inspired me to lift my crochet output game a few notches!! What a lot of beautiful work you have done. The colours are stunning. You constantly inspire me, Mrs Snail! xoxoxoxox

  13. Ah, a yarn about yarn πŸ™‚

  14. This is adding up to an amazing project! I like the African Flower design a lot. Like Pauline, I wonder about how this will hold up, with pets and potential wine spills–do you worry?

  15. Wow! Great colour combinations, and I love the patterns – I’d never seen that African Flower one before. And I don’t know if you go in for blogging awards at all, but I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award in my latest post… Even if you don’t have time to do the questions, it seemed like a good opportunity to say “hey, I enjoy your blog”! Good luck with weaving in those ends πŸ™‚

  16. It’s all looking gorgeous Jan – it will look amazing once you’ve finished it all πŸ™‚

  17. Lovely colour scheme and all kinds of funky patterns that blend together to give an amazing eclectic and beautiful look. Can’t wait to see the finished results πŸ™‚

  18. I stopped by not only to read but to let you know your package arrived safely and intact. Thank you so much. Will post on my blog this week. My son and ex-DIL were quite impressed as well. Doing a happy dance here, I will send a card soon if I have copied the return address correctly. I love the work you have shown above and the colors are a day brightener. Thank you again.


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