Sunday, 24 July 2016

Cottony Goodness

Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful week, I did.  You would think that being in the middle of winter that I would be beavering away with my snuggly warm Afghans.  No, I am having a love affair with cotton. Doilies, jam covers, and a bag has graced my hooks this week. 

First of all a bag that started out as a tea towel!!!


And yes it is grey and not a black and white photo.  While I am a colour junkie with my art and crafts I wear neutral tones a lot, although my accessories are usually full of colour.  This did really start out as a kitchen towel, a weekly cal at  2016weekly and dishcloth cals had a pattern that looked interesting, as I always wanted to try a towel, I thought it would be just the ticket. However, I did not choose the right cotton and as I crocheted I was beginning to realise it was too soft and silky for a towel.  So it sat there for a while, I was reluctant to undo it all as a lot of time had gone into it… those single crochets!  Then I had a brain wave, a bag!


It was about the right width so I added a flap using black loop sc.  Made a button flower and strap and hey presto!  I just need to line it with the material you see in first photo and I have a stylish bag I think.


Now enough of grey!  Some colour please.

I love doilies antique ones, modern ones, whatever I am a sucker for them.  This week I have been working on one I found on Pink Rose Crochet Blog
It is called Moon Beans by Fujiko Takagi. There is lots of eye candy on this blog if you like doilies etc., and even better some come with charts.


I had hoped to finish it for today’s post but as you see I didn’t, on the last round though.  The reason I didn’t finish was I got distracted by a blog I found this week called Crochet Memories.  There are some gorgeous doilies.  I couldn’t help myself.
I have been wanting to make set of coasters for gifts for ages  and she has several pattern which are gorgeous.
This Lacy Textured Mandala Coaster has so many colour possibilities, and I think I will be doing lots of them.


And gulp I started another doily, a ruffled one. the cal for it has just finished and I am up to week 2.
Also another doily Potpourri Spring Pineapple Lace Doily, I noticed that it could be stopped early and would make a jam cover, as I am in the process of gearing up to make marmalade.  I thought that would be wonderful for gifts.


I am going to carry on and do the full doily with this one, as I need to find some orange cotton for the flowers for the marmalade jam jars.

Soon I will be back to some snuggly wool Afghans.  I am taking part in the Ravellenics on Ravelry with the Colourful Cals group. 

I am entered in the WIP Wrestling and a Cowl Jump events.
For the WIP Wrestling event I decided to finish the 2015 Bam Cal Afghan


All the squares are done I just have to join them and do the border. So far only two are joined! Doable in two weeks I think.  I will show the Cowl I have decidecd on during the games.

Phew if you are still here well done.  I will leave you with a photo of some Daphne I picked today that is gracing my kitchen window sill and is scenting the whole house.  


I love Daphne, as to me it indicates that the garden is starting to wake up after its winter's rest.

Have a wonderful happy week crafting everyone and thank you for visiting.





34 comments:

  1. So beautiful creations !!!!!
    Your bag is lovely and your doilies, perfect !!!!!
    Love the intricated pattern !
    Have a great week !
    Anna

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  2. That is such a great idea, turning the towel into a bag!! It came out gorgeous! Your thread work is lovely. Crochet Memories has some beautiful designs there. Gorgeous gorgeous stitching!!

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    1. Thank you Diana, I seem to be on a thread journey at the moment.

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  4. Sharon you have a very creative mind. Great idea to turn your towel into a bag. Gosh, you've given us so many interesting links to follow - I was about to go to bed but now I might stay up a little while longer. Your doilies are very pretty. xox

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    1. Thank you Dorothy, there is some amazing stuff on the internet, a great time consumer LOL.

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  5. I have never heard of Daphne before. It is a very lovely flowering plant, though. You certainly have been busy on your doilies. They are very pretty and the coaster idea is marvelous. Your afghan squares are colorful and cherry. You certainly turned that towel into a very lovely purse too. Smart move.

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    1. Thank you Marsha, Daphne is a bush and likes the same temps as camelias etc.

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  7. I love doilies although I haven't made many/any? I tried a couple but they didn't turn out for one and I didn't have the right thread/yarn? I need to prepare better. Jam jar covers would be precious and your bag turned out great! Have a great week!
    I can't wait until summer here is over! LOL! I like cooler temps. Your flowers are lovely too.

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    1. Thank you, jam covers will make the gift seem more special. Lol, I cant wait for the summer and warmer temp, although I have to admit our winters are not as bad as the Northern Hemisphere.

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  8. That tea towel made a great bag, Sharon! I love the way you fashioned it. Everything pictured here is beautiful, but I have comment on how much I LOVE those squares. So very pretty!

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    1. Thank you Becki, I used the bag in the weekend and got many compliments, didn't tell them it started off as a towel, lol.

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  9. That tea towel made a great bag, Sharon! I love the way you fashioned it. Everything pictured here is beautiful, but I have comment on how much I LOVE those squares. So very pretty!

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  10. Your doilies are fun; what do you do with them? One thing I love about crochet is how easy it is to change the fabric and to start and stop anywhere.

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    1. Thank you Stefanie, I am in the process of making a doily curtain and bedspread, also they make great gifts, people seem to love them.

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  11. Sharon I just adore your doilies, I love them. I love crocheting with fine thread so doilies always catch my eye, I just need so many more hours in the day to indulge. I can't wait to see your squares all joined, they look so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, I know what you mean about hours in a day, I think I need to be an octopus!

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  12. Your bag is lovely and the colour is perfect! I have never liked knitting with cotton, but after seeing your projects I think I will try again.

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    1. Thank you, I think it is easier if you use soft cotton.

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  14. Your doilies are fabulous, I love the coasters.The conversion of towel to bag is genius, well done.

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  17. What a great solution for your bag that was a towel. No one would have ever guessed. I think it is very elegant! I've been playing lately with doily designs, using double yarn and large hooks to make blankets. Some work others not so much, I'll have to check out the blogs you mentioned. Thanks for the information!

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    1. Thank you, Oh I love the idea of using thicker yarn and making blankets.

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  18. Lovely bag! Good work!
    That BAM afghan caught my attention right away! Looking forward to seeing that finished!

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    1. Thank you, I am looking forward to seeing it finished to, it was my first ever CAL.

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  19. i love the beautiful colors of your doilies. I have tried but never can get my hands to work right with such small thread

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  20. I love your bag. I love light gray and it looks great with lavender, light blue or light pink accents...hmmm or black. I love all of your thread work. I want to make a doily for my little Martha Washington sewing table top. I just need to find something the right size and maybe a square or a narrow oval.

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