Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Christmas Candy Cushion

I've been seeing lots of peppermint candy inspired crafts everywhere this year. Nothing says Christmas like red & white peppermint candy canes!

Christmas Candy Cushion

When I saw Liz's Peppermint X-mas Cushion on her blog 'Howling at the Mooon' I really wanted to make one.

I didn't have any appropriate yarn so I pinned it to my Pinterest Crochet board for when I did have yarn.

When I saw this awesome Candy Cane Ripple Scarf and Peppermint Candy Hat pattern over at 2 Crochet Hooks I really, really, really wanted to join in on the peppermint candy fun. That Candy Hat has been added to my to-make list too. 

Then my brain finally remembered that I have a UFO, it's not stripes but it is red and white! A UFO that was really a failed and discarded afghan attempt from last year. And now I knew what to do with it!

The shell pattern is from An Encyclopedia of Needlework.

Shell stitch crochet rectangle UFO

Shell stitch crochet

It just had to be turned into a cushion.

I wanted it to be a little different so I made up some hexagon ends using the hexagon pattern from Meet Me At Mikes.

I did make a small change and used trebles instead double trebles.

red & white crochet hexagons

hexagon close up

I realised the cushion cover would need a closure so I made these cute little buttons from Sheruknitting although they refused to have a nice photo taken.

crochet buttons

I still need to stitch the buttons on properly, but I couldn't wait to show you.

hexagon cushion end

I think it turned out not to shabby even if it's more smooshed into little pieces candy bits then peppermint candy cane stripes. (Hubby says it looks like spaghetti)

crochet buttons on cushion

crochet cushion

Until I get those buttons stitched on (hopefully later tonight) it's technically still a WIP but at least its been upgraded from UFO. That's a win in my book.

Crochet Christmas Candy Cushion

This post was featured at Judy's Handmade Creations