I’m not sure how the idea for a cushion came about. I know that this crochet Kawung motif caught my eye because it wasn’t floral (seems to be a rare thing). I resisted buying the pattern until I knew I had a useful application and once I’d made that ‘useful application’ I knew I’d be using it again for something else. It was a bit tricky to start with and I’d suggest looking at the photo’s for joining before you have a go and get it all twisted!
My first attempts were made using four ply tweed and a 3mm hook. I don’t know what I was thinking, that was extremely fiddly. I next scaled up and used dk and a 4mm hook which was still a bit fiddly. That’s when I raided my chunky supplies and found my level with a 6mm hook. Now that I’m more familiar with it I could probably go back to the 4 ply but no, life’s too short. The cushion cover worked up surprisingly quickly and used only one ball of the leaf colour. I used about one and a half balls of the main colour for the front panel and a further one and a half for the back which I made using the envelope construction. The whole cushion worked out at just under £10 because I bought the chunky tweedy yarn in a sale at John Lewis, for £2.49 per ball. I think it’s usually nearer £6 per ball. There may well be a few more balls of this chunky in different colours stashed away for a rainy day. I do like tweedy yarn.
As you can see from where Riley has his nose nestled into the duvet cover, the yarn colours were a good match for this cover, not that we like everything matching. I’m just on safer ground when I’m working with neutrals.
So the bedroom feature wall has gone from slightly pared back to ‘let’s see how much crochet we can throw at this thing’. Well, it’s gotta go somewhere hasn’t it? Our other rooms are very much works in progress. I didn’t set out to adorn the bedroom with crochet bunting, it was more a case of making it and then figuring out where to put it afterwards.
It’s taken years to get round to finishing the kitchen after we knocked it through. The painting only got finished this year, after bare plaster walls for quite a long time. The room really needs two blinds but along with cooking we also seem to get more dust in there than anywhere due to the dogs going in and out of the back door in all weathers. They even have a drying off corner with towels but it does nothing to minimise the problem. I know that blinds would get wrecked in no time and I’m not a net curtain sort so I’ve been mulling over various crochet ideas that could be thrown in the washing machine now and then. It sounds horrendously seventies but there are some modern ideas out there, it’s just a question of how eccentric can we go? Probably no more than having pallet wood on our bedroom wall and rusty science lab stools in the kitchen I guess.
It’s Father’s Day here in the UK. I wasn’t original this year and bought my Dad a book I know he will like and an M&S scent and shower gel boxed set. It was subtly endorsed by Dermot O’Leary which I really hoped he wouldn’t notice but it did not escape his eagle eye and the thank you was, ‘Thank you for my presents, I’ve always wanted to smell like Dermot O’Leary…’ You probably have to know him to know how funny that was.
Unfortunately today is also the day that M has to travel the day before his next assignment. J made one of his funny cards by superimposing M’s head on to a group shot of The Beatles, Ringo’s body as it happens. Very funny. We compiled a simple brown paper coloured photo album with funny and family photo’s which M hadn’t seen in a while. The last of which was a group shot of us that we took by balancing my old camera on a wooden post during a woodland walk with what would have been Harvey and Jake the dog back then. The album brought a tear to M’s eye by this stage. He was really touched.
Overnight we seem to have become the parents of two perfectly grown up children. It’s impossible for me to treat J like a child anymore. University prospectuses are dropping on the doormat daily and we’re in the process of acquiring a car for him. The latter will involve smashing open my camper van fund but I plan to tell him that he owes me the camper van when he becomes a wealthy barrister. Yes that was news to us too. Out of the blue he casually mentioned that he wanted to do a law degree because he’d been thinking it over for a while and it seemed like a good idea. Knowing how his rather unique mind works, I think it might just be a good one.
It’s a few days away from the start of a mystery crochet along which should be fun. Instead of clearing the decks I seem to have added further wips to the pile. After I’d finished the bunting and the cushion I started a shawlette thinking that it would be fairly speedy. I may indeed get it finished by the middle of next week due to M being away. I’ve also been experimenting with turmeric dyeing on cotton yarn. I’ve yet to see the final finished dried colour that it has produced. I’ve no idea what to make with it but it’s been a fun thing to do and less messy than chemical dyes or food colouring. Our large saucepan, a pasta pot from Ikea has survived and will next be subjected to nettles or red cabbage. I’m reading up and plan to dye cotton then put it through its paces with the washing machine and direct sunlight and so on, to test for durability. M is wondering why but it’s purely curiosity. I don’t need too much bright colour in my life but it would be nice to achieve subtle tones that will last a while using natural ingredients. I particularly like the idea of using nettles for green dye because after cow parsley that’s our next best crop!