Sunday, 22 January 2012
A Stripey Crochet Distraction
thank you all for the hexagon love ....you are all so kind. I've been joining more this weekend but last night I was inspired to put them aside for a couple of hours and make a little something both pretty and practical .
Yet again I was caught up by the talent and enthusiasm of the wonderful Lucy at Attic 24 . Have you seen Lucy's latest fun make ? Covers for Tuna Tins that make pretty plant saucers... brilliant.
I love them and having picked up a pack of pretty potted primroses with my shopping on Friday I really needed some more plant pot containers,
Lucy also added an edit to suggest pineapple tins would work......I was straight off to the cupboard to see if I had any.......yes :0) I was keen to hide the whole plastic pot so this was a brilliant suggestion.......
Much pondering on possibilities followed. What colours to use, what embellishments would look nice ??
I loved Lucy's versions but being the creative type too I didn't simply want to copy her. I love the moments when ideas pop into you minds eye,many are later rejected but it's fun daydreaming about ideas. Granny squares?? Ripples?? Buttons ?? Felt?? so many possibilities :0)
In the end I decided just to go with colourful stripes but vary the depth of the stitches to add interest.Late last night I started hooking......
Ohhh I love these colours. To me they are a bit Cath Kidston, maybe a bit Pip studio, but certainly happy and spring like.As you can see I didn't add any further embellishments as I loved the stripes so much.
This is them covering that pineapple tin ........
Yipee!!! so quick and such a high pleasure factor.I used mostly Patons Smoothie yarn which is Acrylic but smooth like cotton with a lovely sheen.It's very reasonably priced and comes in lots of pretty colours.
The stitches are a mixture of single crochet , half double crochet and double crochet ( U.K. Double, Half treble and treble) I also chose a 3.5mm hook so the result would be close stitches that didn't let the tin underneath show through.
I love the way they look next to my colourful utensil jar on the kitchen window sill .......
The plant pot JUST fits in ...ideally I would like to find a slightly bigger tin ...I'll have my eyes peeled at the supermarket next week ...then I'll have an excuse to make another.
I love the recycling element to this make . I also had an excuse to do some baking with the pineapple ...a little search of the www lead me to this recipe for Carrot and Pineapple Muffins.........
They were super easy to make . The recipe called for crushed pineapple so I had to get out my potato masher and give the chunks a squish ...seemed to work O.K. and they taste lovely.I'm claiming this is more healthy baking as they contain fruit AND vegetable :0)
This is what my kitchen windowsill looks like this evening..........Thanks for the inspiration Lucy. I'm loving my P.P.P. (Pineapple/Primrose Project ) .
Hope you have a creative week.