Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Fun Crochet

Hello Lovelies,
back in 2009, before I started blogging, I discovered the wonderful world of creative crochet available on the internet
I loved the many stripy jar covers that I saw like THIS  and I remember using EVERY colour of yarn I possessed at the time to make this version...........


It lives by the phone and is great to keep various pens and scissors handy.

I still like it's colourful stripes but it's grubby and has seen better days now. My crochet was a bit rubbish back then and I just made a rectangle and sewed it together......it was too big so there is a large overlap which I hide at the back :0)...........


Since that first attempt I've made many other and better stripy covers like THIS one, so when it came to this project I wanted to try something different and thought small squares might work............


Once again I used every colour of yarn I own......well every colour of Stylecraft........I have much more yarn these days...............


These tiny squares are made using half double ( U.S.) half treble ( U.K. ) stitches . They are made in the same way as the centre of a granny square, but with only one chain at the corners and joined as they are made.

Here is my finished cover   Ta-dah...............

 I love this bit of colourful yarny goodness that is destined to live between the phone and the fairy liquid, beside the kitchen sink :0)

 But I couldn't resist popping some garden flowers in it today and enjoying it as a vase on my mantle for a little while.............


 It's simply sewn together , you can just see the stitches in the photo above. I could have joined as I went to create the cylinder of yarn, but as it's purely decorative I didn't think it mattered too much. I did think it needed a border top and bottom to tidy it up though so I added a row of U.S. single crochet to finish it off.

I love my patchwork vase/pen holder............


and I love summer days at home with time to smell the roses...............


I hope you lovelies  are finding some creative moments this summer (or winter)
Jacquie x

p.s. despite the glut of posts I am spending most of my time away from a keyboard this week.
Outings with my boys , gardening, de-cluttering, visiting the library, reading, crochet and  a little running have been making me very happy......I think I've found a balance and it's a good feeling. Thank you so much for all your kind comments.

29 comments:

  1. That's a lovely wee cover for your jar/vase. There's nothing like the smell of a home grown rose.

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  2. Love it, so bright, colourful and cheary xxx

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  3. What a great way to use tiny granny squares! Feel very tempted to make one too!

    Helenxx

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  4. that's really lovely and practical I might just try that myself. Amanda x

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  5. I love it, so colourful! : )

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  6. I cant crochet, I must get some tuition, as I simply drool over your photographs! thank you for sharing with us!

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  7. What a perfect rose ! Beautiful......A friend has promised to teach me to crochet....I love the little squares.....XX

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  8. Love this! What a perfectly lovely cover. I think I may have to give this a try!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. That's very cute - I think I will try making one.
    I'm just about to start yarn bombing my bike, do you have any seat cover ideas?

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  10. It is great and so are the flowers!

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  11. Love your revised pot cover and glad you're able to balance your time with your children and the computer, x

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  12. Lovely, especially with the flowers in it. I remember seeing Lucy's covers as well, they're all very inspirational. CJ xx

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  13. Gorgeous little colourful squares Jacquie, and I really like your stripes too! You were one of the first bloggers that I found, looooooong before I started my own account or joined up to follow anyone, and your bright personality, colours and clear patterns taught me so much, thank you :) Joyxo

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  14. Loved seeing your old crocheting, it is great to look back on and love your little squares.

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  15. I remember making a jar cover. Your new one is soooooo much better.

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  16. Perfect container cover for that beautiful rose x

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  17. So pretty. I've collected 3 bottles whilst I've been on holiday and looking forward to making little crochet jackets for them when I'm home. A little bit vintage I'm thinking. Some prettiness and memories in one. Wishing you and your boys a great Summer. X

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  18. I love this Jacquie, thank you for sharing it. I love your blog too!

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  19. It's adorable, like a mini patchwork quilt but in yarn. :) I would be hard pressed to stop at just one. lol In fact, I did a trio of covers, well more of bands for some tiny jars I found while out thrifting, worked up in cotton thread for a matching set. Enjoy you 'unplugged' time this summer!

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  20. Aww this is super cute, makes me smile just looking it at
    Clare x

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  21. Such a lovely project... I love baby squares, they're like candy! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  22. Love that mummy and I am looking for some inspiration to cover a Bodum coffee pot so thank you. Jo x

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  23. brilliantly easy simple and (I would guess) fast - ie perfect!
    Jillxo

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  24. My crochet journey has been pretty short so far but in that short time i feel i've come miles but i have yet to try something like this, despite the fact that i love to re-use jars so this is on my to do list, nice one :)

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