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.
Can you see the hint of a darker turquoise?
This is how she looked just after I added that row:
Sitting on the table I am making her for. I did wonder whether to stop here and leave it as a large mat for the table as it looked so pretty, but I’m itching to see what this pattern looks like when finished, so on I went.
I’ve had the mahogany table for years and I love the details in the design. I had to take it outside to get a decent photo of it.
As you can see it is not easy to clean!
The crochet pattern is Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton and I have used Spiro Star in the centre. You can see my tutorial here.
I am using Scheepjes Cotton Bonbon and a 2mm hook.
It will measure approximately 1m across when completed.
In the top picture I have just started the 10th ball of the main colour.
It measures 29″ or 74cm across.
The background is one of my unfinished abstract paintings on canvas in acrylic paint.
Pop over to Nanacathy for her weekly gem ‘Knit and Natter Friday’ where you can chat about all things yarny.
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Mandala Madness with alternative Spiro Star centre,
Scheepjes Bonbon cotton yarn and a 2mm hook
Main colour is Chrystaline, other colours are Candlelight, Lime Juice and Snow White.
Round 83 just completed, at the start of Part 13
On ball 8 of Chrystaline.
It measures 61cm or 24 inches across.
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!
Mandala Madness with alternative Spiro Star Centre. In Scheepjes Bonbon with a 2mm hook. I’m on the 5th 25gm ball of cotton in ‘Chrystaline’ (pale turquoise).
I have just started Part 10 and it measures just over 19.5inches or 49cm across.
Part 9 in just one colour was a bit of a slog, I’m looking forward to Part 10 when I will add some pale yellow and pale green again.
sharp eyes, sharp scissors
small hooks, smart patterns to please
each round exciting
Joining two challenges together:
Our One-a-Week Photo Challenge
Ronaovan’s Haiku Challenge: PLEASURE and EXCITE
Inspired by some of the mini crocheted mandalas I’ve seen in online crochet groups I am trying my hand at making a couple whilst me hands and eyes can still cope!
The white one ‘Sol’ by Zoya Matyushenko on Ravelry, her designs are amazing! Each round is a little gem in itself. I’m making this in Cotton thread – Scheepjes BonBon, Bridal White, with a 1.25 mm hook, although if I did it again in this cotton I would choose a 1.5mm.
The turquoise one is Spiro Star by Helen Shrimpton which I am making with the same thread and a 2mm hook. My plan is to make a one colour Mandala Madness with Spiro Star at the centre.
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Going back to the dark side!
The squares are arranged in rows of like squares at the moment – this will not be the final placement.
I needed to crochet all this:
before I was ready to return to Master R’s colour choices.
I’ve decided to leave it at these 12 squares and do a wide border – I just know it will languish for far too long in the UFO pile if I try to make myself crochet more squares!
Are you struggling with any WIPs at the moment? Leave a link in the comments and we can share your pain!
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Tagged #MandalaMadness, afghan, bedspread, blanket for a boy, boyghan, dark colours, Esme's Winter Cottage, manghan, Nuts About Squares CAL, purple and green, WIP Wednesday
Round 66 is taking forever! It’ll be worth it though.
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