I’m not really one for making decorative things for the sake of making them, I prefer to make practical things. Things that look pretty, but will actually serve a purpose are the best. Potholders seem to be my thing, potholders and washcloths.
The pattern for the dandelion clock potholder (which looking at the pattern actually has one square in the middle of each flower a lighter shade of pink; so I imagine it’s meant to be a daisy or something. But I thought thistle or dandelion clock for mine as I really think they’re just as nice) is from Kat Goldin’s Hook, Stitch and Give. It has been sitting waiting for me to use it again, but I had an embargo on starting any other crochet projects until that blanket was finished!
Of course you could just crochet some squares, do some cross stitch decoration, or not, and then DC around the edges through both loops to fix them together. But the book is lovely and I wanted the relaxation of following some well written patterns, and no – I’m not being paid to promote it.
I’ve used DMC Natura cotton as I had loads that Simply Crochet magazine sent me for designing the bag brooch. It’s so nice to work with and I’ve never been a huge fan of crocheting with cotton. I think that it’s hard on the hands because it’s not flexible, also it’s just not as comforting to hold as wool or acrylic yarns, but I’m a fan of this cotton. One website has 50 different colours for sale. I got a voucher for my birthday too…
The scruffy potholder is one I made a year or two ago, it’s well used because someone (naming no names) dropped our largest saucepan lid and it shattered. It’s such a good heavy based pan that I use with a baking sheet on the top, which course gets hot…
Guess what I’m making now?
bag brooch?? what did i miss??
It was ages ago. You saw it 😊
Really pretty and useful!
I totally agree, I also prefer to make useful and practical things!
I’ve got no clue of what you’re making now…
But I’m really anxious to find out in your next post?
I like making useful things too. Hard to guess what you might be making next. A dish cloth?
The dandelions design is cute. I’m trying to get my daughters to knit dishcloths for the bathrooms.
I really like the dandelion one! I’ve always been confused by potholders though. Are they like oven gloves or do you put hot pots on top of them?!
I’d never try to use for oven hot things, I think you’d be off crochet for a bit with sore hands! I use them for the baking tray, hot saucepan handles, sauce lids which get hot. Others stand a tea pot on them, etc.
Thank you. I felt silly for asking but I’ve often wondered!!
I think few questions are silly. 😊
LOVE that embroidered hot pad! I also like to make useful things. Sorry for your broken pot. We’re back from camping and I put a lot of pix up.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)