Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It's Ripply and Pompommy and Comfy

Drum roll ~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have finished my Ripple Crochet cushion!
I know, there are people everywhere who have finished these massive ripple blankets - legends, and there are even overachievers who are on to ripple number 2 (Kirsty - haven't you anything better to do with your time woman! :-) ). But I am a plodder, crafts do not move quickly in my fair hand, and I'm a shocker for not finishing things so to have a completed task is worth a glass of celebratory wine (done, was good)

Anyway, this is the front of the cushion, I love this colour combination, very under the sea.


Then I ran out of green wool, so decided to use one of my first spinning attempts, done in lairy bright green. Uneven blobby handspun is quite a challenge to crochet I discovered, but makes for interesting abstract kinda texture!
My camera has had a hissy at this point, it can't quite cope with all this bright colour and hasn't reproduced it very well in this shot, it has a weird tone to it.

At this point I discovered I was a little enthusiastic with my ripple rows and had made it 3 rows too long to make a square cushion. Solution (thanks Meshell) was to create a fold over flap on the back and secure it with buttons. I had a hankering for a big of zingy bright yellow...


And, and, the piece de resistance - POMPOMS! I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't stand waste, and here I was with a tiny bit left of 5 balls of wool, so instead of having them lie around and go to waste I thought I'd use it all up and make a pompom for each corner. I must say that I'm delighted with the slightly ridiculous look they have given the cushion. :-)

I tell you what, it's the comfiest, softest most gorgeous cushion to lean into - you positively sink into it. Steve likes it too and seems to think that this will be his special "lean against whilst playing on the X-Box cushion", ha!


And this is the back, which side do you like better? It's amazing how different a few buttons and a different green can make it look actually.

11 comments:

missmeshell said...

Well it took you long enough to accept my fabulous idea for the closure!

I like the back best, with MY yummy vintage Belgian buttons...did you say thank you for those? =P

Pat said...

Me too, I like the back best and I really love the pompoms.
Thanks for visiting, glad you liked the photo, I couldn't believe my luck when I saw it just standing there. Made up for the grey skies.

Pheelya said...

Nice job! And what and idea for leftover yarn!!

Papoosue said...

Hi there. I love both sides for different reasons and the pom poms are fab!

kirsty said...

Cool!! (you know how I love a good pom pom!!) The colours are so pretty (I like the slimy green side best!) and I also love the buttons on the points.Michelle idea of the flap was inspired - it looks so good.
So, what's next??

Fel said...

Haha, love the pom poms! :)
I like the closure and bright buttons, but colourwise I seem to prefer the front. Anyway, great job, and you know, there's people out there not yet producing massive ripple blankets, not even wonderful little ripple cushions. So congratulations, and enjoy! :D

Michelle said...

wow!! that's a really really pretty cushion!!!

Sue in western WA said...

I'm with the crowd that prefers the side with the buttons. And the pompoms are a great touch!

Michelle Watters said...

You are a clever cookie. I love the cushion. I hope I get you in the swap!

knitphomaniac said...

fantastic ripples! I'm a huge fan of cool colours, those look great!

Aurora said...

this is a nice pillow--very pleasing finishing and closure, also--I know what you mean about just taking awhile--I am crocheting a ripple crochet baby blanket for the Afghan for Afghans project and it seems to be taking much longer than I planned...