Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hooky Ta-daa!

Hello all. Things have been very busy here in the MarmaladeRose household lately. Wonderful Man and I have just returned from a lovely little break in the Cotswolds. (One of my favourite places) But more about that another time. Not only has child #1 found himself a full time job but he's also passed his 2 year diploma course and earned himself a place at his chosen university, HOORAH!

I've just had an email from a Portuguese interior design/craft magazine asking to use 3 of my crochet projects in its next issue! Friends and family are queueing up to come and visit over the next couple of weeks so it's not going to get any quieter around here for a while yet.

So today I thought we'd keep it simple and have a quiet meander through some crochet loveliness.
I've had these crochet circles multiplying in my in my woolly yarn corner (it's actually 3 shopping baskets stuffed at my end of the sofa in the sitting room) for months now with the idea of making them into a blanket. Only I seem to have misplaced the cream yarn that was to join them all together. Yes friends, somewhere in my attic there is a large bag with about 8 balls of cream yarn that I have carefully stashed away in a safe place for about the last 7 years. It even moved the 120miles with us from East Yorkshire to the Dales when we moved house. Can I find it now though?
Nope! Not a chance.

Never mind. Lets do something else with them instead. Cushions!

Now I have to confess I'm not a lover of crochet cushions.

But I do love these! They've just grabbed me and given me a big warm squeezy hug! Mmmm...I'm really quite taken with them.
Beautiful soft double knitting yarn, a mix of easy care acrylic and warm soft wool... delicious.

I took a leaf out of Lucy's book over at Attic24 and used a woolly jumper to make the back of the cushion. Check out that neat hand stitching, I was a quite amazed how good it looked too, lol.

Plumply stuffed with brand new feather pads. Not bad for the side you never see.

All colourful and cuddly and soon to be residing in my Folksy shop, I just need to stroke and caress them a couple more times....

Lovely!



27 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

These are fabulous..I like the idea of making them up with discarded sweater backs too..they look so cuddly and comfy. Congrats to No 1 son and yourself for your Portuguese connection too.

Danielle said...

these are gorgeous!

Sandie said...

Very nice and cuddly!
Congrats on the offer from the Portugues Mag!And to son, he's one of the fortunate ones this year!

Sandie xx

Miss Holly said...

These look great!! Makes me think I might have to do one!!

Kris said...

They are yummy! I have some hotpads on the hook right now. I hide things quite well too, and find them years later!!!

Making It Vintage said...

Beautiful colourful cushions, I can fully understand your need to keep them and stroke them a while longer.

marigold jam said...

Beautiful and how lucky you couldn't find the cream yarn as now you have these beauties to drool over (metaphorically speaking of course!) before selling in your Etsy shop. They'll be snapped up I'm sure. Congrats to you on the mag contract and to Son No1 on his university place.

Twiglet said...

Well done on the Portugese mag item! Love the colours in your cushions - hope they sell well. My daughter M has just opened her Etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/tillyteadance?ref=pr_shop
Good luck to your son -what a great time of life for him. x Jo

Allyson said...

Lovely!

Catherine said...

The cushions are GORGEOUS!!! KEEP THEM!!
Well done to No1 Son! It's such a relief to see all the hard work pay off in the way they have chosen! Cx

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love the cushions Fi - they are so colourful and the idea to back them with woolly jumpers is good, so that either side is comfy to put one's head on. Congratulations to son by the way.

Betty The Wood Fairy said...

How lovely, congratulations on the magazine feature - shame we won't see it - unless of course you get a chance to blog it. Your cushions are very pretty. I enjoy visiting you as you make such beautiful things Congrats to your son too - in a recession where everyone is after the same jobs/opportunities it is good to hear that there are a few out there fulfilling their ambitions. Bettyx

Julia said...

Oh I am SOOOOOOOOO happy and excited for you being in the magazine, well done to you!! Your cushions are absolutely wonderful, no wonder your designs were snapped up! Well done to your son too, you must be very proud!

Sending love
Julia xxx

Little Blue Mouse said...

How exciting to be approached by a magazine!
The cushions look lovely.

Yollie, the human of Fairy Castle Farm said...

Congratulations to your son! You must be so proud of him. I love all your work the colours are just stunning and beautiful. Nice to hear you got to go away for a short holiday. Take care, Yollie

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Becky Buckle said...

I need to hone my crochet skills, and fast! These are amazing! I love the bright colours, really funky. Great idea using old jumpers!

Soon my new bedroom will be full of crochet madness as well as boxes (from moving house!).

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your pillows are absolutely gorgeous. Love how you finished the backs. Sounds like you are busy indeed! Enjoy and have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Congrats to your son and to you on your magazine feature :-)

Wow those cushions look lovely, love the backing you have used. x

Sandi said...

Congratulations to you Fi and your son, what wonderful news. Am loving the cushions, beautiful jewel colors, I want to do some but keep putting other things first. At least I did my blanket so that is one off the list.
x Sandi

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi there Fiona So glad to hear about No 1 son he should be proud of himself. Hope you had a lovely time in the Cotswolds and the weather was good or at least reasonable. Love the cushions and I agree with everyone with the perfect backs. You are so clever to get your makes in a magazine, I knew you would be recognised before long, you are very talented.

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

congratulations and beautiful hookie work...

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Congrats on the three patterns being published. How exciting! Congrats to your son, too!

Adoring the cheery colors of your peppy pillows. They are lovely!

melanie said...

Fab, totally love them, I do love crocheted cushion covers :) xxx

Claire said...

Oh Fi, your cushions are lovely and great way to recycle a woollen jumper too.

Congrats to child #1 on finding full time employment and getting his uni place.....very exciting.

Congrats also to you Fi......finding your wonderful crochet projects in a magazine, woohoo. A whole new audience is about to discover Marmalade Rose.

I'm sure you'll stumble across those missing balls of yarn one day, probably carefully hidden right under your nose. Isn't that always the way?

Enjoy your weekend,

Claire :}

iza said...

gorgeous!!!!

Karoline said...

They are lovely, congratulations to your son