Recently I’ve been finding myself craving after hot bright summery colours. Probably due to the almost continual rain and grey skies emanating from above. In a fit of summery over-confidence I recently bought a duvet cover for my outdoor day bed in a multitude of jazzy colours – citrus hues, turquoises and hot pinks , and what a fabulous thing it was to brighten up the yard! I bought a double sized cover to fit a double sized mattress topper but failed to take into account how much larger a duvet is than the mattress it sits upon so I ended up having to cut it down quite a lot and sew up one of the edges. It’s been a while since I dusted off my faithful old Huskystar sewing machine but I soon got the hang of it again.
Aren’t those colours just so scrummy?
I even had enough off cuts of fabric left to make a few matching cushion covers. As sewing is not my strongest craft, in terms of anything technical, I aimed to make the design as simple as possible and sewed a straightforward envelope back to slip the cushions in and out of come laundry time.
The cushions are now a perfect match for the two pillowcases that came with the duvet set, I now have a very comfy lounging area for indulging in my garden crochet time.
Now it was just a matter of settling in a couple of baskets of yarn along with various crochet projects (and at least one cat).
The addition of a little sunshine is always welcome…
…as is a blanket to finish (so nearly, nearly there at last!)
I’ll finish it when Mojo moves.
No matter, he can have his woolly nest, I should be working on the chameleon anyway.
This is my first attempt, but his face and jaw were a bit heavy. In fact, some insensitive person asked him ‘why the long face?’ which just made him feel very self conscious and sent him scuttling for refuge amongst the yarn.
It’s wasn’t long until the duvet colours had inspired a change of striping on my original chameleon design. I started out with blues and greens but really liked the additional yellows, oranges and magentas of my sewing project and thought they would be a perfect addition to add a bit of spark.
The hot bright colours were a joy to work with and as the sun squeaked out of a cloudy gap, I felt like we were experiencing a taste of a tropical Rio summer – just right for the start of the 2016 Olympics.
True to the camouflaging nature of chameleons, subsequent incarnations were morphing into something much more in harmony with their surroundings. Chameleon number two also had a cuter, shorter face and things felt like they were coming together just perfectly.
I ended up making a few more with different coloured spines. I just love the colour tweaking elements of pattern designing. Re-making each one with a slightly different twist sure helps to brighten up the whole process.
I have a few more photos to take this afternoon (…please don’t rain!), then I’ll be uploading the pattern into my online shops, and then I’ll be finished with another WIP. I should have lots more fancy chameleon photos to show you in the next post or two. I hope you’ll be more impressed than Mojo appears to be. He loves my blankets but distrusts all my amigurumi. I guess he’s just a jealous guy when it comes to other critters.
My Spring Circles blankets and cushions are inching towards completion. I have just a few more feet of the bobble border to finish on the cushions. Then they will match the blanket a treat and my bed will be a crochet haven. I’m planning on taking them down to the river for a photoshoot as my garden is a bit too small with lots of crabby, grubby edges, to do such a large project justice. Sounds like a good excuse for a picnic this weekend anyhow (…please don’t rain!)
It was quite satisfying to see how my latest crochet cushions complement my very first granny square blanket – started this time four years ago during the 2012 London Olympics – oh my, how time flies.
So far the bobble trim is crocheted all around the Spring Circles blanket and onto two of the three cushions. I added some extra stuffing to the cushions as well. There’s nothing worse that a saggy pillow that doesn’t stand firm and show off all that lovely stitching and finishing!
So, lots to do, including the hare’s head trophy, an owl pattern for a new Zoomigurumi book and the princess pattern that keeps on getting sidelined, some proofreading and my brand new polka dots blanket, which started out like this…
…and is now looking more like this…
I think this last one could be the perfect project for keeping hands busy while I watch this year’s Olympic Games during my tired out evening slumps. Right, now let’s get some medals, or rather, let’s watch some other people get some medals. Personally I’m too obsessed with my crochet to have a go myself.
I’m quite happy to loll about on the day bed and watch the action from my ipad while hooking up a round or two more of whatever it is that comes to hand.
(Oh, and please don’t rain…did I mention that before…)
August 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm
Such lovely colours and your chameleon is adorable.
August 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
Maybe we should petition the IOC for crochet to be added for the 2020 Olympics!!
August 11, 2016 at 9:09 am
What a good idea! I’m willing to put in plenty of hours of training to be the fastest hook in the world! 😊
August 12, 2016 at 5:44 am
Nice and colorful projects! I love the chameleon ♥
August 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm
Funnily enough, I’d seen the email informing me of your chameleon pattern before I read your post, and had thought how lovely his colours were, so it’s nice to see where you got the idea from – and I love him in all his incarnations, including the first! 🙂
August 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm
Yes, I was undecided about how the final face should look. Grumpy and big chinned or delicate and smiley. I have to confess to liking both too but the second option was a bit more straightforward to make, which is always a good thing! Glad you like the colours, lifted right from my Primark duvet cover!
August 14, 2016 at 11:03 pm
I want to make the attached teddy bear which I believe is your pattern. Can you let me know if I should use US or UK stitches? Thanks! http://www.topcrochetpatterns.com/images/uploads/pattern/classic-teddy.pdf
August 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm
All the patterns I designed for LGC magazine are in UK terms. Hope you have fun making your bear!