Revived … African Violets 

I had already finished the African Violets, with one round only, which measured just about 5 feet across.  Not long or wide enough for a blanket, but just enough as a lapghan.

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But I was enjoying making these hexagons – even though they were a bit fiddly at times, so I set it aside.  And then I ran out of the watercolours yarn or the dark purple or dark orchid yarn and couldn’t get out to the craft store to get more, so it was set aside again.  You know how that goes 😉

But I knew that I wanted to add another round of hexagons, to make it bigger.


 

And so it would come out of the project bag every once in a while, when a bug would hit me and all I wanted to do was make the middle circles, sort of like mindless crochet … That usually happens when I wanted to work with yarn, but none of the current WIPs call, or I can’t settle down enough to work on a WIP.

I ended up with more middle circles than I needed, so I had to start on the petals.  But I haven’t unraveled the other middle circles … maybe I can use them again …

I thought the end was in sight … I had enough circles to make into small hexagons, which were then joined into bigger hexagons to make one big hexagon motif – makes sense?
And now this … Working late at night, my eyes tricked me, and instead of following the hexagon pattern around, I joined a big hexagon motif at the top and bottom …

So now, it’s more of a rectangle, instead of the flower motif …

The boys like it as a rectangle shape,  instead of the flower motif.  They said that the flower motif was not wide or big enough.  Maybe because of those odd corners around.  Even with this, Tin was asking why the ends were sticking out.

So it looks like I will continue with this shape.  I’ll just add single crochet rounds for the border, and it should even out the sides and top a little bit, right? *sigh*

This is another project that I don’t want to end.  At times I like this colour combination, specially when I see a picture of it.  Other times, I think that this colour combination is too dark.  Maybe I shouldn’t have used the dark brown to join the big motifs together, but that’s supposed to be branches, joining the flowers.  Anyway … I’m almost done with this, as soon as I crochet a border wide enough.  Next time, I’ll use brighter colours …

 

 

 

Weaving for a Better Life

I was in this area years ago, but was not interested in weaving yet – only the finished product.  I was gifted a beautiful jacket, purchased tablecloth sets, a lapghan, drawn by the vibrant colours and patterns.

Now I want to go back there and spend some time watching and learning what they do. They spin and dye their own yarn, and weave the cloth.

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https://www.linktv.org/shows/women-in-focus/the-art-of-weaving-textiles-for-a-better-life

I wish there was more footage of the actual weaving, but the message they bring as well is important – as tourists interested in purchasing a ‘souvenir’, we shouldn’t haggle it down to the cheapest price.  This is, after all, their livelihood, and as they said, they will never go beyond poverty if we are paying for less.

And what about all the discussions I see on the knit and crochet forums, the indignant posts about how their handmade items are worth the price, and therefore should not be questioned or counter-offered with a lower price?  So why do we shortchange the makers of those handcrafted souvenirs that we come across in our travels?

Are they not also worth the time and price?

 

2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project

The 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project is in full swing.

Actually, we’re nearing the end of the project for some participating states, with about four states holding their winter games soon.  But don’t worry – there’s still another 12 participating states that you can knit and crochet items for.

For a full list of participating states and what they need, go to the 2017 SO Scarf Project page. 

In the meantime, be inspired by the items made by our Facebook and Ravelry group members.

 

The Original Super Scarf

Found the original  Dr. Who scarf pattern today, as released by BBC, they said  … and if I added up the rows correctly, that’s 814 rows !!   Wait … I’m going to add that up again, just to make sure  … nope, it’s 832 … no wait … 830.  Yes, 830 rows!

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I’m calling this the original super scarf – It’s not so wide, but it is super long !

The Dr. Who scarf was always on the to-do list, and I was just going to use any old scraps and left-over yarn.  Some years ago, I saw some posts about others who made the scarf in the same colours as the original.  I didn’t like the original colours – I still don’t.  So I’m still going to use my own colours – but now that BBC has released the original count of rows, then I’ll follow that instead.

How about you?  Are you up to knitting a Dr. Who scarf ?

 

 

 

 

Splash of Colour at Lake Louise 

It’s been a busy period here, running and driving around … You know how it is, you’re the cabbie driving the kids around .. Don’t they ever get tired? I do! LoL

In between, I pick up hook and yarn to settle down even if just for a few minutes. And of course, for instant gratification, hats are quick, easy portable projects.

Good thing too, because an office colleague of mine asked if I could make some hats for her. She was going to a family reunion up in Canada, and wanted to gift the hats to them. No problem, I said.  There’s always an extra hat or two in the bags …

And here are some of my hats, all the way to Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada. Isn’t that scenery just beautiful?

It’s always good to see your creations being used, isn’t it?

I’m still smiling … At the hats and the scenery.