Progress so far.
I’m building the mandala back up again.
This free pattern is by Helen Shrimpton (I have made a few alterations.)
check out her website for this and so many other amazing patterns.
Below is what the mandala looked like when I decided to unpick the edge. I didn’t feel happy with the solid row of folded trebles followed by the semi-circles of dark turquoise, it seemed too heavy an edge. If I was going to use it as a tablecloth as originally intended, this edge would have been fine as not all of it would have been seen at once.
But now I’m thinking I would like to attach it to the painted canvas and hang it on the wall, so a softer edge will please me more. Crochet as art is something I’m getting a teeny bit excited about.
I unpicked about a week’s work – thank you to everyone who helped me make the decision. Once the decision was made it felt good to quickly undo it.
Experiment time: The Lime Juice (pale yellowy-green) still seemed too solid a line
so I broke it up with some of the pale turquoise.
I’m much happier with it now and will add a row of white next and then there will be more decisions to be made about the final few rows.
The end is is sight!
Made with Scheepjes Bonbon cotton thread and a 2mm hook.
I’m on Part 17 of Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton.
The end is in sight.
I started this project back at the beginning of August and it has gradually taken over my every waking hour – very little else gets done. I hate to have to leave it, I wake early in the morning to work on it and I’ve enjoyed seeing it grow and develop. It is the first project I have done for myself for ages and I love it.
Huge gratitude goes to Helen for the amazing pattern and to Esther of It’s all in a Nutshell for her wonderful video tutorials.
I have made a few alterations along the way:
- Spiro Star at the centre (tutorial here)
- Baby pineapples in Part 10, instead of bobbles in diamonds
- Plain single crochet instead of extended single crochet in Part 12.
- Missing out the back posts in Round 86 to create a slightly more broderie anglaise effect.
- And I plan to do a lacy edging, yet to be decided – any ideas or suggestions would be very welcome.
But other than that it is Helen’s pattern.
It is made with Scheepjes Bonbon cotton yarn and a 2mm hook.
The finished piece will measure about 1m across when finished.
I finished the 11th ball of the Chrystaline (main colour) just before the end of Round 102. So far I’m still on the first balls of Lime Juice, Candlelight, Snow White and Tropic.
If you would like to see some other yarny beauties and have a good old natter, pop across to Nanacathy.
Progress so far
I am loving seeing how this one develops, although , to be honest I am finding doing so much of it in one colour a challenge. It is harder to follow the pattern at times and my colour hungry eyes want to add more variety.
I am using Scheepjes Bonbon and a 2mm hook.
The main colour is Chrystaline, with touches of Lime Juice, Candle Light and Snow White.
In this photo I have just come to the end of the 5th ball of Chrystaline. Although the dye lot is supposed to be the same, the centre ball is lighter, I like it that way though. I’m thinking of using a darker turquoise later in the pattern.
What a relief to get to the rows where I wanted to put some pineapples in – well they are meant to represent pineapples. They are a bit titchy-tiny, but they are pineapples to me!
You might remember I have a passion for Pineapples .
I’ll sneak them in where I can!
The ‘fruit’ is in Candle Light, the softest of pale yellows and the ‘leaves’ are in Lime Juice, which is slightly greener than in the photo.
The pattern I’m following is Helen Shrimpton’s Mandala Madness
with an alternative Spiro Star centre.
Over at Nanacathydotcom, Cathy holds a Knit and Natter on Fridays, so put the kettle on and pop over there for a good ol’ chinwag about all things yarny – she’s knitting gloves with fingers! The patience!
touch, smell, remember
how did life get so busy
miss beachcombing days
All these shells and pieces of coral were collected in Abu Dhabi in January 2014.
Two weeks of warm sunshine, sitting on the beach, wandering slowly along the shoreline, knitting, reading and arranging shells ……. ah! ………… sigh …….
You might recognize some pieces that have been used in my shell pictures.
My entry for our One-A-Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt: ORDERLY
Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: TOUCH and MISS
I could happily spend days arranging collections of objects in an orderly fashion – how about you?
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Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for ‘In a Vase on Monday’
with Purple Loosetrife, Marigold, Gardeners Gaiters, Pelargonium, Erigeron
Cee for Flower of the Day
Crochet Spiro Star as a centre for Mandala Madness in Scheepjes BonBon cotton, using a 2mm hook.
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Joining Cathy of Rambling in the Garden for her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ international Garden Party. I love this meme so much and enjoy seeing what gardeners from all over the world pop in a vase every Monday.
My garden has slipped way down the list of priorities this year and I don’t have many flowers growing at the moment. Yesterday was the first day for ages that circumstances aligned for me to be able to spend the whole day tackling the jungle it has become. As I cut back, slashed and weeded, I saved the few flowers I found and plonked them in jam jars hoping to be able to make up a vase for today ….
I looked at this sorry collection and realised something was needed for added value.
So I lay one of my paintings-in-progress on the floor and then I drifted off into a very happy place playing with petals and leaves
Click on the photos if you would like to see them larger.
The centre is the beginning of a crochet mandala in cotton called ‘Sol’ by
You can see the beginning of this mixed-media-mandala in yesterday’s post.
The words are a quote I have adapted from the book ‘Conversations With God’ Book 2 by Neale Donald Walsch, the quote is “a woman hears the melody of flowers in the wind”, but I wanted to change it so that everyone could relate to it.
Little Miss M (5) was here a few days ago, she loves to have music playing – her favourite at the moment is ‘500 miles’ by the Proclaimers, she says she wants to walk 500 miles with me – now there’s an ambition! We were both dancing to the song and she looked out at the wind blowing through the plants in the garden and said,
“Look Granny, the garden is dancing with us!”
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