Welcome to Wool on Sundays 66 and thank you very much all the kind and encouraging comments left on last week’s post :)
A long time ago (on January 12th, 2014), I wrote a blog post called ‘Solomon Grundy and USP (2014 – Notes to Self)’, which was basically about a resolution I called USP (USP = useful things, saleable items, presents) – the types of things I had decided to make going forwards. During the year and a bit since then, I think I’ve done quite well with the ‘useful things and presents’ – mostly cardigans, socks and mittens, and a few crochet home dec items. I’ve also been extraordinarily lucky on the saleable side with my two patterns. My upcycling and making saleable objects has been less successful but I know I tend to be unrealistic in my expectations about how much I can actually make, given all the other things that demand my time everyday.
This week, though, I have broken my rule and my makes are purely decorative.
It all began with a book.
I fell in love at first sight with this book, and indeed all the beautiful crochet projects by the very talented Cécile Balladino
, which you can see on her blog Eclectic Gipsyland
. Most of all I fell in love with the gorgeous purse on the cover. Making it was another issue. My reading of crochet charts is limited and my French language skills even more so. To get as far as this, I must have frogged a hundred times and my attempt is just too holey and baggy to cut it as a functional object.
So I set it aside and started a garland – the charts being easier to follow as the shapes finish flat. I added some rows of double crochet here and there to vary the sizes.
I never did manage the heart (the green one is from the book) to my satisfaction but I chanced upon a very good tutorial – Grannie Heart Tutorial at Cherry Heart
, which I would very much recommend even if you haven’t crocheted before, and, although the one I made was too big for my garland, I was able to adapt the size.
My garland has turned out a bit shorter that I expected but half a garland is better than none and a garland is a joyous thing and easily extended!
Seeing how a little crochet brightened up the room, I decided to salvage the failed purse and turn it into a little wall hanging.
And now I am working on more shapes for the garland.
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Janine @ Rainbow Hare