Three Things Thursday: 17 November 2016

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Ms Emily’s Home for Full-Grown Nerds (note her new blog) and others for Three Things Thursday. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

First, African flowers. I’m very fond of this granny square pattern and I’m greatly enjoying making these for my latest Sixty Million Trebles blanket; they are also using up lots of oddments.

Second, the magic of putting green tomatoes in a box with apples and them coming out ripe a couple of weeks later. I hate green tomato chutney, so turning green tomatoes red at this time of the year means they will actually get used; indeed the ones from the box are those pictured in the roasting dish, which is currently in the oven.

Third, Sugru. This magic creation has saved many items in our household from the dustbin. This week I’ve made a fourth mend (the one in pink) to my favourite headphones. Obviously, it would be better if such things were built to last, but since that is not the case, Sugru will always have a place in our house.

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Can you spot all four mends?

 

So, those are three things making me smile this week – what about you?

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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