Progress: African Violets

Here’s my progress so far on the African Violets.  I’m actually doing quite good with keeping to this one project for the past week.

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I thought that two skeins each of the variegated, eggplant, and the brown would be enough to make a lapghan.  But it looks like I’ll have to go and get a a couple more, to get it that big.  My original plan was to use only the yarn that was available, without having to go and buy more.  The other colours – coral, pumpkin, orange, chili (red) – will have to be another project, since they don’t go with these colours in this pattern.  If it had been a random granny square pattern, or even this same pattern made in random colours.  But not like this, the way I’ve put it together now.

That’s how my mind works … it changes even during the project, away from what I planned in the beginning.  I had also planned to border all the motifs in brown, but after the first one put together, it looked too dark for me.

Then I had the idea to make a bigger hexagon around the middle one, but with the dark borders on the individual hexagons, then you wouldn’t see the bigger hexagon.

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My son had said to use purple again, for the borders, or maybe blue.  But then I was so far into the assembly, I didn’t want to rip it apart at this stage … or maybe I could still … hmmmm …. I’m going to have to buy more skeins of the variegated and eggplant anyway, another skein of blue or purple wouldn’t hurt … We’ll see …

I also adjusted the pattern a bit.  I was having a hard time figuring out that middle stitch to make the point/corner, so what I did was I just started making the point a row earlier.  Now I know where the corners are, and I don’t have to keep counting.

I’m still thinking that it’s coming out a bit dark.  Maybe the final product won’t look so dark … and maybe I should take photos in bright, natural sunlight, but I’m not home working on this during the day, so I take photos when I can.

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I’ll keep going with this for now … I’m sure my brain will figure out something that it likes …

African Violets

So … from my previous post I had talked about recently acquiring a stash of yarn, but not just any yarn.  It belonged to a departed aunt, and I wanted to make something with it.

There was purple variegated yarn and eggplant in one bag, and so I thought that perhaps African Violets, which she liked, would be a good pattern.  This is actually the African Flowers pattern; the African Violet flower has five petals, so this should have been a pentagon motif.  But I had hexagons on the mind.  Maybe I can still change it – I’ve only made four motifs so far.

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My plan is to use only the yarn that she had in her stash, and nothing more.  But my OCD brain is already mapping out the colour scheme.  The other colours she had in the other bag were fall colours – pumpkins, gold, coral, chilis.  I suppose that could still work with these colours, if correctly placed.

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Maybe this is what is wrong with me – I over-think.  I should just keep crocheting, let my fingers and my subconscious work it out on their own …

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I’ll make a few more of these … I’m determined to get my crochet mojo back …

 

 

Hawaiian Flowers Progress

Progress on the baby blanket.

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I opted to continue with variegated pinks as the contrast colour in the last round, and I’m joining as I go. I have a little bit left from the skein so I would say that you can make about 23 flowers from one skein.

I’m thinking that it’s going to need some serious blocking when done, because it’s not laying completely flat. Some of the petals are curling up on me. That could be me and my tension or the way that I’m joining the points.

Anyway, I like the way it’s going. No more frogging. Need to get this done and start on another layette.

Hawaiian Flowers

I thought it was about time I started on some baby shower gifts.  I have two to attend in May, and I didn’t want to be finishing it up on the night before, like some recent ones in the past.  I had picked up some yummy Candy Baby from Bernat Baby Coordinates, and had been itching to start working with it.  I tried out some pattern swatches with it, but didn’t like it, so I frogged them and put the yarn away.

Last night, in the middle of another cold, arctic freeze, my brain put two and two together.  I’ve been wanting to try out the pattern Hawaiian Flowers by Sarah London for a while.  The colours in the yummy Candy Baby yarn reminds me more of flowers than candy.  My cousin, who is one of those expecting, used to live in Hawaii.  Ta-dah!  Perfect!

So late last night, I made two of the flowers, and decided that I would join as a I go.  Wasn’t sure I wanted to be joining all those squares with one or two single crochets, and then have a million ends to weave in.  This is what it looked like this morning.

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It wasn’t looking too bad.  Since the yarn was already variegated, I didn’t exactly follow the pattern with all the yarn changes.  But looking at it and imagining it completed, the riot of colours started swimming in my eyes.  I started thinking about a contrast colour on the last row instead.

So I made up another pair, this time with some variegated pink that I found in the stash.

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Not looking bad either.  Since it wasn’t pure white, it didn’t quite make the colours pop.  It gave the flowers a subtle outline instead. Hmmmm … that might work.

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I joined it to the two others to see the overall effect, and made two more.  Don’t know why I did that, because now if I want to frog the two made completely in variegated yarn, I would have to frog all.

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And then I got some more suggestions of contrast colours – black, one of the other colours in the yarn, a complimentary colour, green … So what I’m doing now is just making the flowers, without the last row for now, until I decide on what colour I want to do the contrast colour in.  I suspect that I will be buying more Bernat Candy Baby.  I have one more baby layette to make, anyway, so I can play with all the contrast colours and put them together.  

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Painting Flowers

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I finally got around to experimenting with colouring flowers. My son got white daffodils and roses for me, so that’s what I worked with. With food colouring ready, I pulled out glasses to place the flowers in.   As instructed, I trimmed the ends diagonnally under water.  Then I sliced about an inch and half up the stem.

 

This is how the red and green roses came out, after about 18 hours in the dye.

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These were the blue and green daffodils.

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I think the yellow rose turned out the best.  Well, it turned the white rose evenly yellow, no lines or spots.

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For the second twenty-four hours, I moved all the flowers one glass over, to another colour.  It didn’t change much after that.  I don’t know if it was because the flowers weren’t so fresh, or that I didn’t have enough dye in the glasses.  Maybe next time I’ll shorten the stem – so maybe the dyes won’t have to travel far?  Or add more dye to the water.  In any case, I’m happy with how this first experiment turned out.  More ideas for the next one ….