Crochet flower cushion 3.0 and dealing with Gollum, my inner critic

cushion evolutionI’m always far too lazy to really qualify as a perfectionist, but there is always that nagging voice in my mind insisting that I could have done better. Sometimes I listen to it, ripping back hundreds of stitches just to get to that one cluster on a crochet blanket that has two stitches instead of three; or I frog a day’s worth of knitting to fix those decreases that lean to the left instead of the right. Yarn runs out halfway through a row? Well, the odds on me working my way back to the beginning of the row to attach the new yarn in the appropriate place have significantly improved, but not to the point that it’s an absolute certainty. Continue reading

Three magic words: crocheted tea cosies.

The winner of the Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition was announced yesterday and I had planned to blog about it today, but I need to give it some more thought. I urge anyone who is interested to check out the Pintrest board with all the entries and to make up your own minds. Personally I think the two entries who received honourable mentions were much better than the overall winner, but more of that another day. I promised you tea cosies!

First up a pink flowery tea cosy that was commissioned by a friend of my mum. (Yay! A commission!)

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Frames, magnets, crocheted Easteriness and fifty, yes FIFTY flowers. Plus cat.

Last week was a bit of a blur. First the deadline for the Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition (which I only just met!), then a flurry of activity to get ready for the Easter Briar Patch Craft Fair, then the fair itself on Saturday, and through it all I was still struggling to fight off a nasty gum infection. But despite how grotty I’ve been feeling physically, it’s still been a good week, and I did get round to finishing a lot of half-finished and (barely started!) projects.

Firstly there were the plate full of fabric flowers that I made with my kanzashi flower maker, remember those?

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Pretty flowers, mild panic and naughty cats.

It’s been a bit of a funny week in the BAM household. It’s as if spring’s early arrival has set a clock ticking in my head, warning me that time is running out to finish all the things I thought I’d get done over the miserable colder months. I know it’s daft, but it’s been difficult to shake that nagging feeling that I should be getting more things done, things that have absolutely nothing to do with the weather! I’m my own worst enemy most of the time, so to escape that ticking sense of doom, and cheer myself up in the process, I made this:

Can you see it amidst all my crafty clutter? I'll give you a clue: it's blooming lovely!

Can you see it amidst all my crafty clutter? I’ll give you a clue: it’s blooming lovely!

It’s not quite the shelf edging I had planned, but when the urge to crochet pretty little flowers pops into my addled brain, it seems kinder not to resist. Besides, the results have cheered me up! They also inspired me to dig out a terracotta pot that I picked up at a charity shop last year. I have three of these little pots and I’d planned to make a crochet garland of flowers to go around their necks. One down, two to go!

I used 4ply cotton Drops Safran for the flowers, which isn't mercerised so it is slightly more muted than Drops Muskat.

I used 4ply cotton Drops Safran for the flowers, which isn’t mercerised so it is slightly muted in comparison to Drops Muskat.

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