Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Garden Diary - 26th June 2013

 Dahlia and Aster Watch


Last summer my garden sort of fizzled out after the Penstemons and Daisies finished - I bought some Asters and Dahlias and decided then that this year I would invest in more of them. They are all planted out now and I'm just waiting for the flower show:)

Dahlia number 1 - pale pink I think.
Dahlia 2 - bright pink - returned from last year. 
A bit of a mystery this one - could be a pale lilac Dahlia or a blue Salvia. 

A purple Aster returned from last year.

A new pink Dahlia. 

Another new pink Dahlia.

Yet another new pink Dahlia. 

I think this is Aster Chatterbox spreading - we'll see. 

This is a pale pink Dahlia that I bought as 1 corm but has split into two. 
Two new purple Asters. 

A new orange Dahlia in my hot bed. 


Thursday, 13 June 2013

WIP Report 33

How many WIPs? 5


Shadow Sox
Summer Garden Sock Blanket
Thai Palace Cushion
Rustic Pru Two
Twinkly Fern


How many WIPs started since last report? 3


Rustic Pru Two
Twinkly Fern
Strawberry Popcorn Cushion



How many WIPs completed since last report? 2


Purple Star Cushion
Strawberry Popcorn Cushion

Gallery


WIPs

Twinkly Fern - using Adriafil Giada, I am making a top that I first made back in the early 80s. It is from the Sirdar Sunseeker range. I originally made it in pink. 

Rustic Pru Two - using up the yarn left over from Rustic Prudence, a top I made last year. 

The Thai Palace Cushion - based on photo I took at Royal Palace in Bangkok last summer. 

FOs

Strawberry Popcorn Cushion

Purple Star Cushion
For Crochet Notes on the cushions see here.

No change on the Summer Garden Sock Blanket and Shadow Sox. 

Friday, 7 June 2013

Crochet Notes - Strawberry Popcorn Cushion

Strawberry Popcorn Cushion



I wanted to make my Auntie a cushion because when I go round to visit she always comments about how nice my projects are. I had some oatmeal left over from my Purple Star Cushion and I found some chunky left over from a student scarf I made for my son. 

Yarns: 

Oatmeal - Stylecraft Life DK - 50g
Berry - Stylecraft Life Chunky - 90g
Berry DK - 10g
Hook: 3.75mm
Cushion: £4.99 from Poundstretcher. (16 inches)


Instructions


Popcorn stitch - do a cluster of 3 or 4 trebles as required - take the hook out of the loop and hook a loop from the first treble, then put the loop from the end back on the hook - yarn over and pull through. 

Using the chunky berry make 12 popcorn circles. 

  • Chain 5 - slip stitch to form a ring.
  • 3 chain, 11 trebles - slip stitch to top of 3 chain.
  • In this round I did popcorn clusters of 3 trebles in each gap and 2 chain in between. 
  • Fasten off
For the frame - use oatmeal DK.

Round 1 - slip stitch into a gap and chain 3, 2 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles. Then do 1 chain and a 3 treble cluster into the next gap, 1 chain and 3 treble cluster into the next gap, 1 chain 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles. Repeat in this manner to complete the round. 

Round 2 - Corners as round 1 and 3 treble clusters into each gap. Slip stitch to join round and fasten off. 

I used the join as you go method form Attic 24 to join the squares. 

Using the chunky berry make 1 large popcorn circle.

  • Chain 5 - slip stitch to form a ring.
  • 3 chain, 11 trebles - slip stitch to top of 3 chain.
  • In this round I did popcorn clusters of 3 trebles in each gap and 2 chain in between. 
  • In this round I did popcorn clusters of 4 trebles in each gap and 3 chain in between. 
  • Fasten off


For the frame:


Using oatmeal DK

Round 1 - slip stitch into a gap and chain 3, 2 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles. Then do 1 chain and a 4 treble cluster into the next gap, 1 chain and 4 treble cluster into the next gap, 1 chain 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles. Repeat in this manner to complete the round.

Rounds 2 to 4 - Corners as round 1 and 4 treble clusters into each gap.

Rounds 5 to 6 - Change to Berry DK - Corners as round 1 and 3 treble clusters into each gap - fasten off.

Sew the inner square into place.

For the edging:

Corners as round 1 and 3 treble clusters into each gap. Slip stitch to join round and change to DK berry.
Corners - 3 half-trebles 2 chain 3 half trebles.
Half-treble into each gap.

Weave in ends - pin to cushion cover and sew in place:)




Sunday, 2 June 2013

Crochet Notes - Purple Star Cushion




Yarns: 

Oatmeal - Stylecraft Life DK - 100g
Plum Centres - Rico Essentials Merino DK - 20g
Purple - Patons Wool Blend DK

Hook:
3.75mm

Cushion: 

£2.49 bargain from Dunelm Mill. (16 inches)

Instructions


Stars: 
I used the Granny Star by Kara Gunza which I found on Ravelry.

Framing the Granny Stars:

Round 1
  • Slip Stitch into a 2 chain loop with the oatmeal. 
  • 4 chain 1 treble into the space.
  • Half treble all the way round into each space - except on the points - do 1 treble 1 chain 1 treble.
  • Slip stitch to join round.
Round 2
  • Slip stitch into space between 4 chain and 1 treble.
  • 3 chain 1 treble 2 chain 2 trebles.
  • Half treble all the way round into each space - except on the points - do 2 trebles 2 chain 2 trebles.
  • Slip stitch to join round.
Round 3
  • Slip stitch into 2 chain space. 
  • 3 chain 1 treble 2 chain 2 trebles.
  • Treble all the way round into each space - except on the points - do 2 trebles 2 chain 2 trebles.
  • Slip stitch to join round and fasten off.
I made 8 full stars and 2 half stars.




Half Stars:

To get the three sides required to fill the gap, work the centre as normal but then only do 4 points. 
For the framing I just worked straight across the flat edge. 

Completion:

On this occasion I sewed the hexagons together.
For the edging I began along a side that didn't have the half stars in it. 
I trebled along the edge (doing trebles on the pointy bits).
I then back tracked and trebled along it again. 
Then I did a third row of trebles (this time only doing 1 treble in the pointy bits).

Next I turned the corner with 2 trebles, 2 chain, 2 trebles and then trebled along the side with the half star in place.

Turn the corner as before, then treble 3 rows along this edge. 

Turn the corner and treble 1 row along the second side with a half star. 

Slip stitch to finish.

Weave in ends and block.

Sew crocheted fabric to the cushion cover. 

The reverse side - quite impressed with my £2.49 cushion.

Looking good with my Plum Blossom Cushion.


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