Isn't she cute? So easy to make too. Crocheting any type of granny item has definitely been a low-level obsession for the past few months. I had seen some cute granny square bowls on Ravelry and thought I should try it. And the fact that they were felted made my heart even happier. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE felting things? Okay, here's the bowl after I finished crocheting:
SO dang easy to make. Just a granny square and then no corner increases to make the sides. I usually am a 3 chain corner girl and 2 chain between the granny clusters. But I think to keep the stitches closer together for felting purposes, this time I did a 2 chain corner and no chain between the clusters.
Did that make sense? If not, here is a more detailed explanation I gave a lady on Ravelry: My bowl base is 5 rounds, I believe. 3 blue and 2 white. These rounds I did with the two granny clusters in the corners. The next green round is where I stopped making the 2 cluster corners. Just regular granny clusters (3dc) in all chain spaces (or spaces between clusters). So the “walls” of my bowl consist of 7 rounds. For the zigzag/ricrac effect I did two rounds of the same color in a row (the green and the blue). Then I did single rounds of white, green and blue. I finished off with sc around the top.
And here is the bowl all felted again. Twice in the washer, stopping at the spin cycle.
I was just loving these summer-y colors and decided to make some more granny square coasters and felt them at the same time as the bowl. I think I changed the coaster configuration slightly from the first ones I made, by no chains between clusters and two chains on the corners.
These are such an easy and fast gift idea. And I don't know why I didn't snap a pic, but the coasters fit snuggly in the bowl, even though I didn't intend for that purpose.
She was a little perturbed at me because Hot Rod's felted geodes and Lil' Mermaid's felted puppet got blog screen time and her precious babies did not. Wet felting is such a fun, tactile experiment with little ones. It's cheap, easy and they love to get wet. What more could you ask for in a craft for little fingers? :-)
I had an especially colorful clothesline out this particular afternoon. Then the chickens came out to play. And it made for a beautifully vivid afternoon and a true snapshot of my summer....chickens and clotheslines..
For a while now I have been meaning to try flower pounding with the maniacs. I've seen several beautiful posts on it and it seemed so simple....
First we gathered some beautiful flowers and leaves from our gardens.
Arranging some flowers for first attempt.
The results on my first attempt.
Then Lil' Mermaid started pounding away.
Then Hot Rod had a turn.
We used watercolor paper and followed the basic directions that we've found in various location and yet.....they did not turn out as vivid as we thought they would be.
They are pretty (although my shady photos don't do them justice) but we all agreed we needed to consult a flower pounding expert. So the kids took the rest of the flowers and put them into their presses......
No floral waste here. We'll have to check in on them in a few weeks and see what these pressed flowers become.
Wife to a VERY understanding man (even if he does roll his eyes and duck back into his garage way too much); mother to three maniacs,crafter, professional volunteer, crazed maniac in her own right...yep, that about covers it for now.
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