Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Granny Square Cushion

Good afternoon,
I have been thinking about making a granny square cushion for a while but have had so many things on the go that I never seemed to get round to it.  But the other day I thought I would make a start on it, I wasnt sure what colours to use, do I go for pastels or something a little brighter.  As I has a lot of Stylecraft yarn in various amounts I thought I would go for a little randomness.  I wanted it to be bright but not so bright that you would need to pick up a pair of sunglasses to look at it. 

As I have been working nights this week it seemed an ideal opportunity to get on with making lots of little granny squares.  The squares were easy to do, but I still struggle with the whole joining on the go thing, sometimes I get it right and sometimes they end up all bunched up, I think the term is less haste more speed!!!  

Once I had finished all the granny squares I had the task of deciding which colour to use as the background for joining them all together.  I couldn't make a decision between the beige or the olive green, but after much thought I went for the beige........ and I think I made the right choice as the beige sets off the colours of the granny squares really well.

Below is the picture of the first two squares joined together, this is always the easy bit, it is when you have to add another one into the mix that I tend to get confused.

Well, eventually I succeeded in joining all squares together.  I wanted to have a contrasting colour for the back of the cushion, and settled on a rich red, for the large granny square, the only trouble was that I ran out of red before I reached the end...... don't you hate it when that happens, so for the last few rounds I used some more of the beige, but also used the olive green.

And there you have it, my first granny square cushion, and I can honestly say that I am really chuffed with it and it now has pride of place on the sofa.

Oh well, thanks for stopping by for my ramble of the day.
Take care

Sunday, 21 August 2011


Hi and good evening,

I thought I would pop in a post about four legged person that I spend alot of time with. 

Meet Cooper, she would like to think that she is a horse, but due to being only 14.2 she falls into the pony catagory.  She is not impressed with this, as she feels that inside she is a willowy model, but in reality she is like a naughty chubby teenager.

I have had her for about three years now and we have sort of grown with each other.  She was previously owned by a teenager who thought nothing of feeding her Cadbury creme eggs...... so conciquently when she came to me she went on a diet or three, she is definately the type of pony that just needs to look at grass and it goes straight on her hips!!

She is very inquisitive and nosey, always looking for a polo (sugar free of course).

This is how she spends most of her time, 'naked' apart from hair, as she doesnt like rugs, and has been known to lay on the floor and wriggle her way out of any that you put on her....... a bit like a equine version of Houdini.

The photo below shows the view from her field, and what  an amazing view, I cant stop pausing to look on the way down to the field every day, as the scenery is breath taking.

Copper and I have had some intersting scrapes over the last few months, firstly she decided it would be a good idea to put me face down on the wet sand of the beach, so she could take off and explore on her own. Then a couple of weeks ago we fell down a drain (she was not too impressed with being in the gutter!!), and we both ended up with cuts and bruises.

So that is a little about my naughty but funny pony.
Take care, and thanks for stopping by