The pattern: Arwen by Zoya Matyushenko
made with Juna Luna 2ply gradient yarn and a 3mm hook
This one is fixed to a 60cm hoop which I got from Dannell’s (UK)
I have a batch of mandalas waiting to be attached to hoops
The crocheting is the most enjoyable part, but then the ends need sewing in and I wash the doilies so that as much grease from my hands has been removed as possible. They are then first attached to the hoop with stitch markers and then sewn onto the hoop.
I have noticed that although I make the mandalas as taught as possible, over time they stretch and become floppy. From now on I will sew them on with a contrasting thread so that I can remove it if necessary at a later date. I will then be able to attach them to a sightly bigger hoop.
My collection is building. I have made 24 in all, and have given a few of them as presents. I have kept 17 and have five more to fix to hoops.
This obsession is still going strong!