It feels like AGES since I’ve posted…. days and days and days, but it hasn’t really, only two I think! I’m so pleased that you loved the Spring Explosion tea cozy! Thank you for all of your lovely comments here and on Ravelry! I may have even blushed at some of the sweet things you said! I hope that you’re inspired enough to make your own lovely tea cozies because mine is brightening up my table perfectly!
I had some “fan mail” on Ravelry the other day, and wow, what fan mail it was!!!! I almost want to cut and paste it on here, such a work of art this letter was! This particular lovely lady even quoted me from dated posts about a particular matter, and wow, what a blessing! Thank you!!! (You know who you are!!!) She asked me about how I pick my colours and shade my wool to create the beautiful colour effects that I am so fond of….. so as I was about to start a small project which required shading, I thought I’d photograph the process of colour picking.
Warning…. you must have an extensive stash for this! Go and buy more wool immediately! Then come back and read this post!
Yay! A pink project! (My favourite!)
I have a newish colleague and she is just a legend. (Yes you are!!!!!) She is a quilt artist, a knitter of beautiful baby clothes and just all round fabulous person and the other day she came into work and gave me a bag FULL of beautiful wool (not just ends, whole balls happening here!) plus some pattern books, then had the cheek to ask me if she could PAY me to make her a tissue box cover like the one in my office! Pfffff! Like I’ll take any money after you just gave me a months wool allowance! Of course I’ll make you one, Lovely! Especially as she wanted a pink and purple one! (see why we get along so well?)
But the interesting thing is…. how did she know that I had a granny tissue box cover in my office? (My office is chocka block with crochet bunting, cushions, mandalas…. it’s gorgeous!) I’ve never shown her this box, and I didn’t blog it because I didn’t read the pattern properly and it turned out all saggy, then I ran out of one colour wool and the colours got all fuggly, so I hid my shame from all of you! This really proves, that this fabulous colleague DOES sneak into my office to stroke the crochet when I’m not there! (She admits it too…. such a deep love for craft she has)
So I was thrilled to make her a gift as lovely as this, and set to work that evening!
First I laid out my entire collection of pink and purple wool and had a good look. Then, decided how many colours I wanted to use and laid them out in shade order from light to dark. When you are into shading colours like this, you need to have lots of shades of the same colour instead of saying “no I won’t buy this one as I have a similar colour at home!” Buy them both and use them together!
So I put my colours together in the order I wanted, leaving out three which just didn’t blend enough to pass muster.
And then I hooked away, using the lightest colours first, moving into the dark colours. See how it looks after each row, you may want to add an unusual shade for a cool effect, or you may want to drop some colours…. halfway through this I dropped three shades of purple and worked my way back to the dark pink…. and ta da!
It looks perfect in her office and matches her decor perfectly… the only problem is, that I’m jealous of her beautiful tissue box cover and covet it…. especially when I go back to my office and see my stink saggy blue one with fuggly colour shading…. plus I now miss having one on my tissue box at home, so I do believe I’m going to have to get hooking and suss myself out with a new one! Or two! Promise I’ll show you this time too!
If you want to make one too, and I bet you do! Michelle (Patron Goddess of Crochet) from the Royal Sisters has an easy to follow, fantabulous tutorial happening here: http://theroyalsisters.blogspot.com/2010/09/granny-tissue-box-tutorial.html OK, that’s it… I’m over this WordPress link bother…. I’m contacting them now! I promise!
OK then…. I am off to visit my favourite blogs, plus a few commenters from the last post I’ve never visited before! *excitement*
Raymond sends you all truckloads of love and smooches…. he had a trip to the vet yesterday because his conjunctivitis got so bad I started calling him zombie-cat… he looked a little bit dead in the mornings you see, but he’s all better now! And apparently you can use optrex for cat’s eyes, so file that little bit of info away!
Have a beautiful day,
Love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX