I've got some crochet to share with you today , yay , it seems like a while since I've done that .
As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought a lovely ,but stained child's poncho in a charity shop last week......
Because the colours were so nice I decided it would be worth the time and effort to unravel it and reuse the yarn in my own project.
A few of you seemed surprised at this idea. But I guess it seems normal to me as my Nanna was always unraveling things to use in her knitting .
Indeed the first ever blog I came across, back in 2008 was Laughing purple goldfish. This talented Australian lady uses recycled yarn in all her crochet and knitted projects ,do have a look at her lovely site.
Being "green" was not the main reason I chose this project though.......I was keen not to make a colour choice mistake like I did for my hexagons.I did not want to start another project only for it to be abandoned unfinished.So I decided to play safe and make a simple giant granny cushion cover in the same colour repeats as the original garment , that I liked so much.
What do you think ? I'm very pleased with how it turned out :0)
Yay .... phew ..... it's a great confidence booster to make something so pretty even if the colours were not chosen by me .
And here are those lovely colours close up....
I did end up with lots of extra ends where I had to tie the relatively short lenghts of yarn together ,and the yarn was quite "stiff" to work with , but I tend to find that with cotton yarns.
For the back I decided to use an old fleece blanket that I had lying around and made an envelope style back. To pretty it up a little I added a crochet trim in orange ....
And then I added some buttons to keep it closed. The benefit of using fleece meant I could just made a tiny button hole with scissors and they did not need any sewing as the fleece will not fray.
The back of this cushion does NOT meet with the boys approval , and I have to admit it does look a little like an old fashioned bed jacket , but that just makes me smile :0)
I've got quite a few tiny balls of yarn left so I've been making little three round grannies to use them up ......
These will make another cushion that should co-ordinate nicely with the first one :0)
P.S. I just had to mention that the boys wore my Hawaiian shirts for Red Nose Day at school today . We had fun making tissue paper flower garlands to add to their costume........
These were really easy to do , just tissue paper flowers threaded on to yarn using a darning needle . We used cut up drinking straws to space them out.
Much to their excitement they won a prize for the best costumes in their year, yay for keeping stuff 20 odd years !!