Friday, 8 February 2013

The Yarn Letters That Never Were and Some Coasters (Mollie Makes Magazine)

Hello there! I hope you've all had a good week. I have to say I am very glad it's Friday. I seem to have spent this week depriving myself of fattening food and alcohol and tonight I am very much looking forward to opening that nice bottle of red wine which is sitting in the kitchen. Not all for me...I will let John have one glass. Maybe.

In between my endless to-ing and fro-ing to school and nursery, shopping, chores, the school disco and other exciting events, I have been doing a little crafting. My Mollie Makes challenge continues but, my goodness, issue twenty was a tricky one. Everything was either too difficult or too time consuming. One little project did catch my eye though, some yarn covered letters. These plain, cardboard letters are quite easy to get hold of. I bought mine in Hobbycraft for a couple of pounds each. And I had the perfect yarn scraps to use up - some gorgeously soft Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino left over from this cushion in the most beautiful colours.


I was all set and ready to go.

The letters stand for Gillian, John, Bella and Angus...I know, I know.

And then I started wrapping the pink yarn around the letter B and I slowly started to lose the will to live. The colour was indeed lovely, and the yarn so soft and silky looking on the letter, but it became clear 1. it would take hours to make these and 2. I would need more yarn.


The whole point of a project that uses up scraps is not to go and spend another twenty pounds on four more balls of yarn. And John, who never really has an opinion on matters crafty, made it clear that he thought what I was doing was bonkers. So I will find another use for my leftover wool (I'm thinking striped garter stitch knitted scarves for the kids) and another use for my cardboard letters. Ideas anyone? I still love the yarn-covered idea but I'll need much thicker yarn, which I don't have. Paint? Fabric?

So I had to find another project from issue twenty and I settled on the free crochet coasters kit which came with the magazine.


This was actually a bit of a revelation - I'd previously looked at these and thought they looked much too complicated for little old me. But actually, they were really easy. You start with a central ring and work outwards, crocheting into the spaces. They are just fancy granny squares! 



It was a bit of an a-ha! moment for me, and boosted my hooky confidence no end, I can tell you.



What are you planning for the weekend? John is not working so we will enjoy some family time. We may go bowling - I am very excited! I see cooking, eating, crocheting and knitting in my weekend too. And maybe a lie in? I'm getting ahead of myself now. Have fun whatever you are up to. Welcome new followers, it's very lovely to have you here, and thank you for stopping by and reading. x

41 comments:

Lauren said...

Oooh, great job! I am hugely impressed with your crochet coasters...and I followed the link to your pillow...WOW, beautiful! I actually really like the yarn letters that you started but can see where it would take ages to get all the yarn wrapped around - and then having to go get more yarn...blah. :o) I hope that you have a very relaxing weekend with your family. xo

sweetpea family said...

You have inspired me to open up my little Mollie Makes parcel and have a go at the coasters - I was a bit scared to start them :)

Anonymous said...

Yes I can imagine losing the will to live doing the letters! Lovely coasters - v pretty. Enjoy your wine! x

rachel said...

Fabulous - if you can treble and chain (and count) the crochet world is your oyster - there are endless flowers and squares waiting for you!!

How abou decoupage letters? Or decorate each one differently for each family member - a glittery B, a yarny G, a J covered in book pages, a car themed A.....

We're off bowling on sunday!

blue hands said...

Washi tape for the letters? (though that would mean more spending), or paint and self adhesive spots? Crochet and knitting patterns are nearly always possible once you take up your pins and follow the instructions.
xx

Jen Walshaw said...

I thought about the letters and doing something similar for the boys, but made pom poms instead! www.athriftymum.com

Regarding the letters, why not decoupage them, either with napkins, paper or fabric. http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/2012/03/22/fabric-patchwork-plant-pots/ I have seen some lovely things decoupaged in cath kidston napkins

A Normandy kitchen said...

I think decoupage like Rachel for the letters - I love doing that - black and white with hand painted washes to finish and spray varnish! Enjoy your red wine and we shall enjoy ours!! Have a good weekend...
Ivan x

the linen cloud said...

Love the coasters Gillian ... I think I shall get stuck into mine over the weekend ... the letters would be cute covered in fabric or decoupaged although I am not a fan of decoupaging myself ... enjoy that red ... Bee

Irene said...

Gorgeous coasters Gillian, I love the pale pink colour.
Enjoy your week end.
luv
irene
xxxx

Dinki Dots said...

Lovely coasters! They look really pretty!
Maria x

Ladybird Diaries said...

Maybe cover the letters in fabric instead? Your coasters are really pretty. Have a lovely weekend, whatever you decide to do.
M xxx

mandicraft said...

I broke my Mollie Makes record and made the coasters on the day my magazine arrived. I think they are too nice to use as coasters and may put them on my dressing table as doilies instead.
I would decoupage the letters you have to cover, just don't get covered in glue and bits of paper yourself :)

Linda Stefansdottir said...

Pinterest is your friend for those letters. you don't have to sign up I don't think, to get inspiration. craftgawker is awesome too.

Lovely coasters! Well done on challenging yourself with the crochet!!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Firstly the coaster is great, secondly, men just don't get it, the crafty thingy, Mr Bea knows now not to question too much! I've not heard him say, what on earth did you by that for?, well for ages now.....do still see it in his eyes though! Have a great weekend! :) x

Leanne said...

Enjoy your weekend Gillian. Demand the lie-in!!

Oh, and I made some marmalade for the first time today, inspired by you post and pretty pictures. Mine is a little runny, but tastes gorgeous. I bought Seville oranges in Morrisons. As I recall from my lowly student days, there are Morrisons in Leeds?! xx

Jennifer said...

I think the letters could look very nice covered in fabric or even in sturdy paper. It might be hard to cut the curved edges though. The yarn seemed like a nice way to do it, I think it was worth a try. I would love to be a Mollie Makes reader too but it's so expensive to buy it here. I have to settle for drooling on a copy whenever I'm in a crafty store.

Julie said...

I bought the very same 'J' this week from Hobbycraft to decopatch - will be blogging about it at some point. It would be better to prime them first so the dark cardboard colour doesn't show through (the children's paints would do fine) and then cover in any nice paper cut into small squares. Bella and Angus would probably enjoy 'helping'! Enjoy the wine and your weekend. x

Helen - sittinginthekitchensink said...

I'm pleased to hear the coasters aren't too tricky! I have the kit stashed away, ready for when I brave trying to teach myself to crochet, so maybe I'll dig it out soon!
I made some wool wrapped cardboard letters for a friend's wedding present - I had small letters and big wool though so it didn't take toooo long! I've seen some nice tutorials on pinterest for fabric covered letters with a layer of wadding in which looked good though.
Happy weekend!x

June said...

How about decoupage applying just newspaper - black and white, very graphic and the industrial look of the mo! No expense involved.
June

tangled_web said...

Those are lovely coasters :-) Most of my yarn scraps go into more granny squares. Looking forward to seeing what you do with those cardboard letters, so many possibilities!

Have a lovely relaxing weekend :-) L x

Julia said...

I think the letters would be awesome covered in fabric!! I love your pretty coasters, too! I hope you are having a nice evening and are enjoying your wine! I am so glad it's Friday! Yay for the weekend!!

Xelena said...

I think your letters are great for decoupage or decopatch.
Have a nice weekend!
Elena

Hindustanka said...

nice idea of those letters wrapped in yarn, where are you going to place them?:)
coasters turned out pretty!
weekend plans..right now I'm in the office, so let's see what we can do tonight. may some wine drinking too:)
have a fab day!
Anna

Lisa said...

Congrats on upskilling on the crochet front.
Good luck with the letters, I'm sure Pinterest will give oodles of inspiration.
Hope you enjoy the wine!
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Your coasters turned out much better than mine, there is a definitely curl up on the edge on my efforts!

dolly mixtures said...

Love the pastel shade of your coasters and the VW mug xo

Col | Hello Olive said...

Your coasters look great! I can see how the yarn covered letters would take aaages...

Enjoy your weekend - sounds like you're in for a good one. Pouring with rain here today (it's lovely!) so we're having a lazy one.

Col x

Colette said...

Those coasters are gorgeous! You have inspired me, again.
I bought some of those letters a couple of years ago, they are still sitting there naked, I could never decide what to do with them, I do quite like them as they are though.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Wrapping anything in yarn or thread takes for.ev.er doesn't it! You need the patience of a saint, something I certainly don't have!

The coasters are perfect :D

steph said...

i wrapped a wreath at christmas and thought i would NEVER finish----and talk about gobbling the yarn! the coaster choice was great.....they turned out lovely!

Plain Jane said...

Well done on your coasters - mine are still sitting in a bag in my 'to do' box!

Jo said...

Such pretty coasters, and you're right, they do look quite complicated so well done. What a shame about the letters. A lovely idea to have each of your initials so you must think of something wonderful to do with them.

Emma said...

Loving those coasters. Every year, I have 'learn to crochet' on my to-do list. It still hasn't happened. But I might get Mollie Makes for some inspiration and motivation to get started.

my little red suitcase said...

oh I think I will have a go at the coasters too! it was a good try with the letters. How about using paper and mod podge or material instead? you weekend sounds lovely, enjoy! Heather x

Jacquie said...

Hi Gillian, love your coasters...so pretty.
Yarn wrapping is very laborious and it seems a shame not to make something to wear from such soft yarn, so I think a scarf is a brilliant idea.
You could try decopatch on the letters....but it's not that thrifty I think.
Lucy has some great examples. Her lampshade and the L O V E over her mirror.
I would like to try it one day.
Jacquie x

Bungalowgirl said...

I would go fabric and mod podge for those letters. In fact I have a wooden set from the op shop that I have those exact plans for ! mel x

Charmaine said...

oh yes I see what you mean about wrapping the yarn... it would take ages but it is very pretty! how about covering in fabric or felt? those coasters are beautiful, they certainly don't look that easy! x

Coal Valley View said...

I think I would die a slow death too Gillian. This happens to me a lot - I see something and don't realise how annoying it will be to make until I've purchased the goods and made an initial start. Love the idea of covering in fabric. I've seen people wrap with strips of fabric as well as whole pieces like wrapping a present. Your coasters are so pretty. They would make lovely gifts too. Hope you got a lie in. We have a long weekend this weekend and I'm really hoping for one tomorrow morning. Mel x

PinkCatJo said...

I've got some of those letters somewhere (I think I bought EAT for the kitchen) but have never used them. please post what you eventually do with them - I need some inspiration! x

Jenny said...

Hey! That cup! I'm reading "A Room of One's Own" right now and loving it.

Those coasters look easy and really pretty. I think I'll try some tonight during my bedtime hookey session. Thanks!

Amelie Pou said...

I love Mollie makes magazine! Those coasters have been on my to do pile for a while but as I can't crochet yet I haven't dared start them! Well done you, they look great!