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

Crochet Granny Square Cushions With A 3D Effect

crochet motif cushions

At last week's FinishItFriday I said I'd share a few bonus projects that were completed last year. These crochet motif cushions are top of the bonus list, bringing the total finished project count up to 14 from 12.

Can I really not count, I hear you ask. How I got from 12 to 14 by completing one project is explained below.

Back in 2014 (yes that long ago) I made a pile of little crochet motifs, which really helped to improve my crochet skills, I would recommend doing this to anyone who wants to get better at crochet.

crochet motifs and joined granny squares

Later that year I tried my hand at various granny squares and my very first crochet tutorial. A month later, which happened to also be the next year, I added an edging to the granny squares.

Shortly after I had them joined with the idea of making them into throw cushions. I was was undecided just which motifs should go where. A few months later I stitched the motifs on and added button closures using buttons from I had on hand. I even took photos and uploaded them to the blog and started a draft post.

trying out different motif arrangements before stitching them to the cushions

But that was as far as I got. The last little step was all that was needed to complete them. Making cushion inserts.

button closures for crochet cushions

Then late last year, a friend gifted me with some cushion stuffing. I had found some pink gingham in my fabric stash. I took it all along to a sewing day and finished it off.

I had long ago decided I didn't really like the cushions. I liked the concept but the colour and style weren't really me despite the fact I really enjoyed making them.

Then this magical little moment happened. One of the ladies at the sewing group loved them! She said how well they would fit into her decor and right then and there I gifted them to her. It made me so happy to have my work go to someone who appreciated it. The following week I also gave her the few matching motifs that didn't get used on the cushions.

Give your crochet granny square cushions a 3D effect with crochet motifs

Project started:

in winter 2014

Last worked on the project:

November 2015

Still to do:


But wait, I still haven't explained how the finished project count got to 14. I also get to delete that draft post I started back in February last year and I'm totally counting it.

How did you go last week? Have you made progress on an unfinished project since Friday? Tell me in the comments.


See previous Finish It Friday projects.