I am having a renewed love affair with gingham.
Like a lot of things, gingham went through a phase when it was considered a bit daggy.
But I have always loved the fresh, country look of gingham, and it fits right in with my eclectic home.
And who'd have thought - it seems that I am channelling designer couture, as gingham is quite 'hot' at the moment!
Anyhow, a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this blog, Teacup Lane, in which the author was extolling the wonders of crocheting a gingham rug from this book. As this pattern combines two loves - crochet and gingham - I decided to give it a go, even though it looked a bit Tricky.
Here it is so far . . . I am using lovely green and cream Luxury yarns from Bendigo Woollen Mills as they are such a pleasure to work with.
I have to admit that the pattern has been a bit Tricky. Not the stitches - just trebling - but getting the knack of 'carrying' the back threads was a bit of a challenge for me, so it was a bit of a slower start than usual. But I have persevered (I really want that gingham!) and I have now 'got it'.
UPDATE: Tutorial on carrying yarn, weaving ends and joining new colours here.http://ambientinclinations.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/gingham-crochet-rug-how-to-carry-yarn.html
The pattern is for a baby blanket, but I have decided to make a a larger rug as that would be more useful as a winter snuggle rug.
What with the delicious greens, the gingham pattern, taking time to crochet, and using such beautiful yarn, that's four pennies from heaven just by working on it!