Sunday, 16 February 2014

Pink Popcorn Flowers

Well there's one positive thing to be said for being unwell - it gives you plenty of time to crochet without feeling guilty that you ought to be doing something else!

Also I have been blogging much more!

Remembering that I need to start a baby blanket soon for a friends's daughter who is expecting a little girl, I spent a little time last evening looking for inspiration on Pinterest, and decided that I wanted to make a popcorn flower motif. 

Having seen my friend Jane's lovely popcorn flower blocks in the flesh last week may also have influenced me and been in the back of my mind when deciding on this block.

I can see this blanket being kept simple, just lots of little pink popcorn flowers with buttery yellow centres, surrounded by white, joined together, and with a pretty decorative white edging. I have used Sirdar Calico DK yarn for this, a 60% cotton 40% acrylic yarn - it is lovely and soft.

From Pinterest I found this blog, Color 'n Cream, with a lovely clear tutorial sharing how to make this particular block. I adjusted the pattern a little after making up the first one, and am very happy how pretty these are looking, although I was hoping for something a little larger as I am worried I won't be able to make enough in time to finish - or rather, if I'm honest, and knowing myself, I worry I will lose interest and not finish it!

I may keep looking for another larger block before I commit to making up any more of these little cuties - I do love them and I think they would make up into a sweet little cot blanket, but for the moment I shall look a little more.

I have also made lots more progress with the tapestry crochet cushion cover.

Am liking how the colours work together, and it is being given a little rest whilst I make a few decisions - like how much bigger to make it, and whether to make it square or rectangular, and what sort of joining method to use. 

This design makes up really fast and is satisfying to do. If it ever gets finished When it is finished I will share how I did it.

It will clearly need blocking before finishing, and although I started out following the chart for one block, I wish I had the foresight to have started a larger one that could have constituted a whole cushion front without the need to join. As it is, I have continued adding blocks to the original two blocks to minimise joins.

My thinking at the moment is that I may add a third 4-square block to each strip and turn it sideways making a rectangular cushion with only one centre join. 

What do you think?

Meanwhile I have made another couple of sales via my Etsy Shop which has perked me up a lot.
Maybe next week, when I'm feeling better, I will put the Spring products that I have assembled ready for listing into the shop. I am hoping for some bright sunshine to be able to take some good photos.

Hope you have all had a great weekend. Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post, and welcome to my few new followers!

Have a good and creative week!

Edited Thursday......linking up with Chrissie Crafts and Ladybird Diaries Bloomin' Crochet-A-Long on this dreary wet day for a bit of prettiness


  1. I noticed your pins on Pinterest last night Gill, in fact I re-pinned quite a few of them! :)
    Your little blocks are lovely, you could always add a few more rows of white to make them a bit bigger. It's going to be a very pretty little blanket.
    V xxx

  2. I love the popcorn flower motif and your colours are gorgeous. It will definitely make a beautiful baby blanket. Hope you feel better soon.
    Sally xxx

  3. I coudn't give you some advice Gill as I am completely "ignorant" with crochet and crafts but I can surely tell you that you create treasures!
    Have a happy new week!

  4. Hello Gill, your granny squares are beuitful. I love those soft colors. You amaze me . . . if you lived closer I would ask you to teach how to make them. My Mom taught me once, 40 years ago, but I didn't keep it up, so I forgot.
    Have a marvelous day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  5. Love the two blankets you are working on! I can't decide what is best either Gill, sorry. Hope you will feel better soon! Take care!

    Madelief x

  6. Those flower squares are beautiful! I am so bad at the fancier crochet stitches - popcorn, puff, etc.- I liked the other suggestion of adding rounds. I think your idea will work well too.

  7. Very pretty, the two different styles together would look striking in a blanket.

  8. I love the pink flowers so sweet, Thank you for your lovely comment! Heidi

  9. Love the flower squares, they will make a very pretty blanket. Thanks for sharing the blog link too, I have been and had a look and it is a lovely blog.
    Marianne x

  10. Those little flowers are just so perfectly sweet! You could use them as a border for a cot blanket, like make a simple dc or tr blanket middle, then outline it with the popcorn squares, then a pretty edging...I totally relate to your losing interest with them, I'm pep talking myself to get back to my hexie throw this week...Chrissie x

  11. The pink flowers are very pretty - they look like little dahlias. Combining them with another larger crochet square sounds like a good idea. Good news on the Etsy shop! Hope you're feeling better today.
    Jane xx

  12. Your popcorn flower squares are lovely and I hope that you can reach a decision as to how you want to go onwards. I was thinking with your other squares, could you use the two blocks you have to make an envelope back for a cushion, and then do another larger block as the front of the cushion? That might already been what you were thinking of course! They look great though in any case. Hope that you are feeling better soon. Take care. xx

  13. I really like these popcorn girly and sweet!

  14. Your colors look lovely! Thanks for sharing my post. Have fun with the pattern!

  15. The popcorn flower squares are beautiful, that's going to be a blanket which will be treasured forever, so pretty. Congratulations on the sales, may there be many more.

  16. Those popcorn flower squares are so pretty :) I do hope you're feeling better now x

  17. I love those popcorn flower blocks. Such pretty colours. Hope you're feeling better now. xx

  18. Hope you're feeling better now Gill. The pink popcorns are so sweet and the blanket will look wonderful. Am liking the colours in the square blanket too - you are getting lots done so there's something to be said for being ill, I suppose! xCathy

  19. Love the popcorn flowers and the colours you used - such nice Spring colours:)

    Jenn @JennsCraftyWorld

  20. Those flower squares are beautiful, just add another round if you wanted to make them a little bigger. What a lovely gift.

  21. Great squares, I have made similar before and they really eat up the yarn don't they? green is my favourite colour so I am totally in love with your other squares. Jo x

  22. Those blocks would make such a sweet baby blanket. It's looking good!

  23. these are pretty, they certainly "pop" lovely colours


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