Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Rosie Posie Granny Squares

I'm still whipping up these cute Rosie Posie Granny Squares.

Stash busting is going great but I am running out of the colors I have used. So my dilemma is, Do I keep just using what I have on-hand and make it work? or Do I replenish the colors I am using and stick with this color scheme? I am completely out of the turquoise and nearly out of the purple and cream. I still have plenty of the lemon grass and zinnia, which is great considering they are my main colors.

I am really loving the darker, brighter colors and thinking about staying with these colors. Oh what to do, what to do....

Have a great rest of your week. I am linking up with Tami's blog, so take a moment and check out other WIPs!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Another Crochet Cushion

I completed my cushion using the linen stitch technique. I think it turned out rather snazzy! 

I'm thinking now a matching afghan would be nice with this little cushion! :))

Take a moment and hop over to Tami's Amis blog and checkout other great FOs!!! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rosie Posie Granny Squares

I am still working on some stash busting projects. I found a really cute granny square tutorial and just had to start whipping some up. I decided to keep at the stash busting even though I would have loved to gone yarn shopping. Sandra at Cherry Heart has so many gorgeous crochet items and she does a great tutorial on the Rosie Posie Granny Squares!

I have a lot of the Lemon Grass and Zinnia Lion Brand wool ease yarn, so I decided to make those two my main colors and use scraps for my centers. I haven't decided on the last row which squares up these cute little rounds. I don't know if I want it to be all the same color or mix up the colors. I figure I have plenty of time to decide and maybe by then my yarn stash will be replenished.

We received some Spring Snow last night!

Take a moment a check out other WIPs going on this week over at Tami's blog!! Enjoy the rest of your week!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Crochet Pillows!!!

Hello everyone and a Happy Friday!!

I have been crocheting away on a few pillows! It's so nice to do quick fun projects that really do add something nice to my home. I try to be that whimsical art loving and making person, but my practicality personality always perseveres. So I made some really cute pillows these past couple of weeks. If you remember, I posted a WIP on making a Diagonal Pillow here. Well I made a couple and love how they turned out. I found the pattern on Red Heart's website under their free patterns. It is by Kathy Wigington called simply "Diagonal Pillow".

Then I decided to do some stash busting and worked up a Ripple Pillow. I had attempted the ripple afghan stitch before but could not remember the exact sequence. So I found a great video tutorial by The Crochet Crowd. I inserted the video below for anyone who is interested in making an afghan or pillow.

 I had seen a really cute ripple blanket and cushion by Lucy at Attic 24 and wanted to do something similar. I wanted some pops of color but also liked the idea of white as the main color. So I made it with alternating stripes of white and a different color until I reached the length of my pillow. The video tutorial instructed to make sections of fourteen stitches until you had reached your idea width. So that is what I did. I liked the idea of my stripes going vertical instead of horizontal. (okay I didn't feel like making long stripes and opted for the shorter way) The shorter way did pay off with my stash busting because I had just enough of one color to do two rows...whew it was a nail biter!!!

I think they all turned out really cute and provided the splash of color I was looking for. Making the smaller projects using new stitch patterns is helping me learn more and have something quick and cute to showcase.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Linen Stitch

I am currently working on another little cushion project. I am enjoying doing small projects that are teaching me a new stitch. This week the stitch I am honing my skills on is the crochet linen stitch. If you click on the link provided it will take you to a great tutorial by Dedri at Look at what I Made. The linen stitch is also known as the woven stitch and sometimes the moss stitch although I think the moss stitch is a wee bit different.

I am working with three colors and using the white as center accent color.

My plan is to place another row of grey in between two rows of white and then finish the pattern with alternating rows of grey and blue. After the cover is made I will add a few decorative buttons. I hope it turns out as cute as it is in my head.

Enjoy the rest of your week. My week is very busy with work, work, and more work. Take a moment and check out other WIPs over at Tami's Amis blog.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Caron Simply Soft Diagonal Pillow - WIP Wednesday

I have the pillow fever once again!! I am in the process of hooking up a diagonal shell stitch pillow out of Caron Simply Soft yarn. I had some off white and bone/beige skeins of Caron Simply Soft on hand. I am using the Red Heart free pattern "Diagonal Pillow" by Kathy Wigington. It is a fairly easy pattern once you figure out the first three rows. The second row was so very confusing when I first read it. I almost decided against this pattern, but then googled for a video tutorial on how to stitch the diagonal shell stitch. I was so lucky to find a YouTube video by jifrpreston called simply "Diagonal Shell Tutorial". It is a very good video. My pillow will be slightly larger than the Red Heart pattern because of using the different type of yarn. So mine will be 16" x 16".

It is turning out very nice and I am looking forward to completing it today!! Take a moment and check out other WIPs over at Tami's blog!!