We finished Mum’s creation. I love it and am really proud of how she’s practised and focused on getting her stitching right. Mum is something of a perfectionist though, so this craft doesn’t entirely agree with her! She wants her lines to be perfect, and they’re not – however in my view, the finished item looks pretty darn lovely 🙂
Mum has also been completing a gorgeous little set for my cousin’s baby, cardigan and leg warmers, I felt they deserved to be here too…
I spent a moment or two crocheting a little something to leave with her, a coaster to sit beside her bed for her morning cuppa – she likes it! (Don’t tell her but I’ve also started a crochet necklace for her birthday too!)
Slightly different today. My creative time has come from teaching my Mum how to make herself an embroidery hoop picture for her bedroom. We’ve not completed the project entirely but begun well. She’s tried her hand at the machine for the first time in well over a decade, possibly more like two! She’s made a good start getting to grips with a little freehand stitching. We’ve created the design and I think there’s every chance that tomorrow she’ll decide she wants to make a second!
We began with Mum drawing and cutting out the template for her petals.
Having cut out the petals we had a quick debate about how many, and finally settled on seven. Then we had a little search through some buttons I bought yesterday and her buttons to find something to use as the centre. All this organised we fixed some of the patterned fabric to the bottom half of the plain – giving Mum an opportunity to get to grips with straight lines to begin with. Only after learning how to thread the machine …
My inspiration today is the impending birth of a friend’s baby. The stitch is one picked up from Bubblegirl who has some lovely ideas. It’s the same stitch I used last weekend when making a phone case for my Mum (pre-#creative365 project!) and also used when adapting Bubblegirl’s mug cozy pattern as a tea cosy last year.
I’m not sure I will complete this today, but it’s been a pleasant hour or three and I’m sure it will bring pleasure to the recipient!
It’s such a simple, but effective stitch – a double then a treble, skip a stitch – giving a pretty rippled edge if left, or it could be squared up as Bubblegirl does by doing a round of the outside before finishing. Combined with the self-striping cotton yarn, it will make a cheery and gentle wash cloth for a new baby.
I picked up crochet late – it always looked so complicated, until I tried, with immense patience from my Mum (there is so much I could learn on this basis from her!) and picked it up relatively easily. I’ve found some brilliant books via the library which show clearly how to complete various stitches. What pleases me is that, like chunky yarn when knitting, crochet tends to grow quite quickly – I have been known to be impatient (see earlier!).
Keeping my hands busy also prevents me from snacking – I worked hard to lose boredom weight, and this helps keep it off!
acknowledging the importance of creativity in my daily life