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Rustic Summer Throw

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I’ve been inspired to begin a range of luxury throws, and this is my first one. Working with top quality yarn is such a delight. I can see this is going to be the beginning of something really fun.

I never really imagined myself making a whole lot of blankets. I made a bamboo baby blanket a little while ago for a friend, but other than that one the idea didn’t excite me much. Until I began, a few months ago, to turn all my odd bits of yarn into granny squares and join them all together into a throw. That is a project that will still take a while to complete and will become it’s own story. However, working on it made me realize how versatile, and much needed, throws are in ones life.

rustic throw 2My Rustic Summer Throw is made from a 70% organic cotton and 30% bamboo yarn in blue-grey. It’s 100cm wide and 135cm long. I used a variation of a V-stitch, one that is a little less structured in it’s pattern, and gives this throw it’s delightful comfy and rustic appeal. And my hook was 8mm.

Oh the joy of making beautiful things! It’s going to be difficult for me to part with this creation especially as this blue-grey is perfect for my new bedroom colour scheme. I’ll have to make another one for myself, this one is off to be displayed in a lovely new store in town.

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I can make Rustic Summer Throws up in four different sizes: small (80cm x 110cm), medium (100cm x 135cm), large (125cm x 150cm) and extra large (150cm x 180cm), and in a variety of stunning colours.

Hooray for filling our homes with luxurious delights!

And keep a look out for additions to my Luxury Throw Range.

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Cotton Oven Gloves

There’s so much you can do with a simple skein of string or two. I’ve wanted to make these  oven gloves for a while now and have finally done it. The string gives them a wonderful natural earthy look and they turned out superbly thick too.

I used Mrs Murdock’s Mittens pattern posted by Brenda K. B. Anderson on www.crochetme.com as the basic foundation for my gloves, with just a few adjustments. Instead of the ribbed pattern she used for the cuff I used alternating fpdc and bpdc as in my Coffee Cup Cozies. I did this in order to avoid the extra join. I’m lazy like that. I also up-scaled the pattern by 1 size to make it suitable as oven gloves and not fitted mittens.

The string is 1mm and most reasonably priced at a hardware store. I used 100g for these gloves with a 3.5mm hook. The stitches are very tight with such a small hook, but they need to be to create the right thickness. The bonus is that South African string is 100% cotton, making them good quality gloves that will keep their shape.

Cozy Cushions

This was a project that changed shape a couple of times. I had these two stunning yarns with a light silver grey too. Originally I was going to make a patchwork blanket. Then I decided on a striped blanket instead. I’m so glad I didn’t stick with the blanket idea, coz it would never have looked great, and I’m very happy with how these cushions came out. I’ve given them to my daughter to put on her white bed.

The yarn is a locally produced acrylic. The covers are closed with  6 matching rustic looking buttons each. The stitches I used are those used in blocks II and III of this pattern. And I think I used an 8mm hook. The cushion fillers are just made up in lining filled with ball-fibre.

It’s lovely to have a crochet cushion scattered amongst other plain and printed cushions. I have a couple of others on the boil, too.

Heart Decor

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Whilst it’s been a busy crochet week for me, it hasn’t been a particularly fruitful blogging week. Several of my projects have been gifts that have not yet been delivered, and so I’ll wait to blog about them.

I’m not a huge fan of hearts, but this one stood out as something a little different, so I gave it a bash. The pattern is for sale by Lois Barrett on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-merry-heart. I used 100% cotton thread and a size 3mm hook. I also only made the back section. The actual pattern is a little pouch, which is quite sweet. I have also starched mine so that it can hang on a door.

It’s finished size is 14cm at it’s widest point and 12cm high. I may try a few different patterns of hearts in earthy colours and make a ‘story’ of them.

Cotton Dishcloth

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The humble dishcloth. You can never have too many. A quick project made with the simplest of materials and giving a satisfyingly practical reward.

The pattern says that it takes an hour to make up, but I have to confess it took me about 2 (with a few distractions). I used regular 1mm stationery string, which is 100% cotton, and a size 5mm hook. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diagonal-dishcloth-3.

I’ve only made one of these, but will make many more, I’m sure. Great to have cleaning cloths like these in all the bathrooms and kitchen sinks.