So what does one make on holiday? This was a question in the back of my mind for weeks before we went away. And now the time has come to reveal my creations – this is Project 1. I’ve been intrigued by granny squares for a while so when I came across granny triangles, my mind just boggled. I first saw them made into bunting. However, there is not much call in my house for colourful bunting (I hate dusting), so the thought of joining them into into a circle came quite quickly.
And since it gave me plenty of opportunity to play around with colours, I was in project heaven.
This is a really easy (once I absorbed the idea of making a triangle) and fast project, although I do wish I held the yarn double so the cushion would be a bit more substantial. I used standard DK (8 ply) wool in regal purple, sunshine and lime. Well, it will always remind me of this one holiday! It would look fantastic in Chrismassy colours or muted colours. However I will just use it as a strong splash of colour instead.
In my eye the cushion was a little unfinished so I added the shell pattern to the edge in contrasting colours.
I was flattered and delighted to find that during the last two weeks I was nominated for the Liebster award twice more. Since lovely Hodge Podge Craft has previously nominated me for this award once, I thought it would be best if I answered the questions and linked back as a form of Thank you – rather than renominating.
Thank you to So Knit Some for her kind words and her nomination. Her questions and my answers are below.
1. Are you a monogamous crafter or surrounded by WIPs?
I’d love to say I’m monogamous as I admire the strength of mind and determination that it takes to only work on one item at a time. Sadly I always have one too many WIPs that end up being shelved for a long time.
2. How did you learn to do your craft?
Initially my Mother taught me. I didn’t do much of either knitting or crochet until my forties. I then retaught myself from a mixture of memory, books and the internet.
3. Do you craft alone or with others?
Both. I run a knitting group but sadly I rarely get things done there as I chat too much. I like having one of my boys to chat with when I work at home. And my most productive time is whilst travelling, when obviously, I’m alone but for a few hundred other sad souls also stuck on public transport.
4. Do you have other creative talents? Which?
Well, I played the violin until my 20s. And still pick it up from time to time. I like to sing too but haven’t the time to join a choir at the moment. I love writing which I’m sort of doing with the blog. I love baking – bread and cakes mainly. Frankly, even Maths can be creative as far as I’m concerned.
5. If you had 25 hours in a day, what would you do with the extra hour?
6. Bricks-and-mortar or online shopping?
This is very difficult. As an on-line shop I feel I need to say the latter. But the reality is that there are some things that I just have to try on and touch before buying. And looking around me, I’ve come to realise that 70% of my purchases are now on line.
7. Do you prefer paper books or e-books?
Depends on the book. I love the speed, ease and compactness of my Kindle. However it has not stopped me from buying real books. Quite the reverse. I just spend even more now. There are certain books which you have just got to have in paper format.
8. What is your favourite place and why?
Home. It’s where my family is and where I feel safest.
9. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever knitted or crafted?
During a business meeting.
10. Are the blogs you follow craft-related, friends’ blogs, a mix of the two, or something different?
All three. There is just so much out there that is interesting.
11. What have you learned from blogging?
People are still nice.
And finally Thank You to Betsy Makes for her nomination. Questions and answers below.
1. Do you believe in ghosts?
Well, not directly. But I do believe that when people die, something remains and that it can give places an atmosphere. My last two houses definitely had an aura and it made them very special. OK. I know that sounds really kooky but there you are.
2. What part of the day are you at your best? Morning or evening?
For cerebral things, morning. For social things, evening.
3. What person in your life do you admire most, and why?
My Mother. For all the things she did achieve and all the things she could have.
4. Would you ever take part in a reality TV programme?
5. If you could time travel, what era (future or past) would you visit?
Late 50s/early 60s for their fashion, fun and positive liberation.
6. And finally, in honour of my Grumpy Old Men revelation, tell us about something that really gets on your nerves!
Now this one is a true favourite. I am forever saying, “and that’s my pet peeve” at a lot of things. So here’s a short list in no particular order. Air fresheners, women who brush their hair on the train next to me, BO/bad breath, negative/lacklustre attitude, rudeness, stupidity, bureaucracy, inequity, time wasters, porn, violence, war, brutishness, NIMBYs…there are a lot more but Sam suggested one and I’ve already outdone myself.
Thank you both again for thinking of me : )