Friday, 10 May 2013

Yarn clouds cushion

We had a lovely sunset the other evening which made the clouds look alive.

 I love clouds; there are so many types and with a different light level they can look quite different.  On a sunny day they can look light and fluffy but with a lower light level, threatening and ominous.

So I was rather pleased to find the Yarn Clouds Square pattern.  By crocheting around the back post it gives  a 3D appearance.

I made 2 squares the same and stitched them together with the same edging that I used for the Daffodowndillies cushion.

The squares measured 8.5 inches and I filled it with a 10 inch cushion.

Audrey thought it looked rather comfy and gave it a test run.......when asked if it was, she gave a wag of the tail.  I think that means it passed the test.

This is a quick pattern and this cushion is able to be made in a day and is also a good way of using up some scraps of yarn.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Daffodowndillies Square

The weather was still a bit dull and dreary a couple of weeks ago and so I decided to make a cushion for my friend who was turning 95.  She had not long had to go into a home and I thought I would make something that would brighten  her new room and hopfully cheer her up.

I found this pattern for the Daffodowndillies square which can be found on Ravelry.   I never knew that daffodils were once called daffodowndillies.  At the beginning of the pattern, Linda Nelson, who wrote the pattern, explains that this is the old fashioned word for them.

I rummaged through my Nan's stash of wool that I was given and came across a nice bright yellow, pale green and off white.

I made 4 x 11 inch daffodil squares and double crocheted them together. For the back I made a 11 inch square in treble crochet and filled it with a 12 inch cushion.  To edge the the cushion I experimented by chaining 3, then doing a treble crochet into the next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch and chaining 3 into the same stitch as the slip stitch which created a lovely little frill.

I'm pleased to say that she was thrilled with it and also the shortbread biscuits I made her.  This would make a lovely Mother's Day present as well .