This was going to be about what has just jumped to the top of my to-do list … but then I had a flash-bulb moment about the crafty to-do list vs the bucket list.
We use the ‘to-do list’ every where in life – in the office, household chores, errands … So that means these are the things that need to be done, and will be done. I’ve seen it on the knit and crochet forums as well – somebody posts a pattern, and many exclaim that it’s now on their ‘to-do list’. I’ve done it too. But on second thought … am I really going to make that item? Or am I just adding it to the collection of ‘wish I could make those items’?
Last year, I had posted about my bucket list – those projects or patterns that I have decided that I want to try, and will make some day. I suppose this can also be called the ‘wish list’. No, the crafty ‘wish list’ are those items that I wish I could do, but lacking the expertise and knowledge, I know I will never be able to make and will not even attempt. Hmmm … but maybe I shouldn’t say ‘never’ either … there’s items on the bucket list that I said ten years ago I would never make, and there they are on the list …
Anyway … now that I’ve got all that straightened out in my head … this is now on my bucket list … a Mandala Crochet Coat. Isn’t it gorgeous! It can be found on ByCheryve.com – it’s already sold out. A post on FB says that they’re making another one in black.
The scarf and hat I can handle – just make it with super thick bulky yarn. And since making a cape was already on my to-do list, so this isn’t so far from it.
It’s beautifully designed. The site says that it’s a knit cardigan – that would be the front and sleeves. The back is a crocheted floral mandala, and looks like the borders around is also crocheted. Then hand crocheted tassels at the edges. What are hand-crocheted tassels? A string of single crocheted cords? Hmmm … the sleeves and the outer border look like the same pattern, so then maybe stitches are picked up and then knitted around? Looking at the photos close-up though, it looks to me that even the cardigan itself is crocheted.
The pattern isn’t available – maybe not yet. I’m sure there’s similar coats out there, with similar constructions. Maybe I can try one of those first … and come up with my own mandala design …